University Guide

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest in the UK. Known for its rich heritage, world-leading research and learning excellence, Aberdeen boasts flexible degree programmes across a range of exciting disciplines. The university has over 15,000 students from over 130 countries across the world.

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University of Aberdeen

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Aberdeen.

  • Rankings

    The University of Aberdeen is ranked 25th out of 130 Universities in the UK by the Times Higher Education.

  • Employability

    96% of graduates from the University of Aberdeen enter the workforce after 6 months of graduating.

  • Fees

    Scottish domiciled students pay £1,820 (fee rate set by the Scottish Government). Scottish students can apply to the Students Awards Agency to cover this cost. Undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales currently pay £9,250 per year for the majority of degree programmes. International student fee rates vary per programme, more information can be found on the university’s fees page.

  • Bursaries

    There a number of scholarships and bursaries available, including the RUK scholarship which is awarded automatically to all those who meet the financial or academic criteria.


The University of Aberdeen guarantees accommodation to all new students, either within university owned accommodation or with a university preferred partner, as long as the University has received the application on time. Postgraduate students who have an unconditional offer will also be eligible to apply for accommodation and the university also welcomes returning students to apply. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis, with the exceptions of those with a disability, medical condition or for single gender accommodation. Many 2nd and 3rd year students choose to live in private accommodation and use AFS to accompany their search.

Students' Union

The Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA) is a vibrant community run by students for students. From Student Radio to Weightlifting AUSA offer a range of exciting activities and initiatives to give students the opportunity to make new friends, develop their skills and discover new hobbies.

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University of Aberdeen Students' Union
University of Aberdeen Students' Union

Famous for

The University of Aberdeen has five Nobel Laureates across the disciples of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and for the Nobel Peace Prize. It is renowned for its medical research, and continually ranks highly for the quality of its medicine and dentistry courses.


The University of Aberdeen’s professor Dr Takahiko Kiso received an honourable mention at the EAERE awards for Environmental economics for her paper ‘Environmental Policy and Induced Technological Change: Evidence from Automobile Fuel Economy Regulations’. The paper received ‘Highly Commended’ status, a big achievement for the University.

AFS says

"Aberdeen has many nicknames – ‘the oil capital of Europe’ for example – but the most important thing for students to know that it is Scotland’s third most popular city, so you won’t be short of a friend or two! Not only it is one of Scotland’s most prosperous cities but is also has everything you could want from a University town – except for the warm weather! If you do choose to study ar Aberdeen, make sure you pack a coat or three!"

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