University of Aberdeen

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Welcome to one of the most prosperous and beautiful regions of the UK.

Aberdeen is a vibrant, creative and ambitious city, known for its historic charm and cosmopolitan community. The City of Aberdeen has something for everyone, from the bustling city centre of Europe’s Energy Capital, to the beautiful countryside and coastlines, there’s plenty to see and do.

Based on the North East Coast of Scotland, Aberdeen finds itself in the perfect location for mixing colourful city life with exploring miles of surrunding countryside. The city itself has a dynamic and friendly community, known not only for being the Cultural Centre of the North East of Scotland, but also Scotland’s Safest University City, the Happiest City to Live in the UK and even one of Scotland’s Sunniest Cities. To top it off, our travel links are excellent, which means getting around the rest of Scotland and the UK is easy.

Big enough for the “big city” experience, student friendly Aberdeen is compact enough to make it easy to find your way around and make friends.  Bustling by day and lively by night, Aberdeen is a centre for industry, research, learning and life.

Aberdeen is unusual for a big-city university in having a lot of student accommodation within walking distance of its main teaching site. There is a choice of University-managed halls and privately-owned and managed halls, all situated within easy walking distance of the campus.

Information regarding applying for accommodation will be sent to all students who firmly accept an offer of a place. The University-managed accommodation houses approximately 3,000 students. If you are a new student, we guarantee to find you a place in our portfolio of accommodation, either University owned or with one of our preferred partners, provided your application reaches us by the deadline. The University does not have family accommodation, but we can provide a list of local Solicitors & Estate Agents who may be able to assist you in acquiring suitable accommodation.

We invest heavily in our facilities and learning resources, ensuring that our staff and students have access to everything they need to help them succeed in their work and study. The growth of our learning resources has placed Aberdeen on the map as one of the UK’s leading universities for study and research.

Resources for Language Learning

Our Language Centre offers a broad range of audio, video, computer and satellite television facilities, along with an extensive range of materials which cover up to 50 different languages. The Centre also offers various courses for students whose native language is not English, and all the language learning advice and support which students may need during their time in Aberdeen. Whether you are studying for a degree in languages, preparing for an exchange visit, hoping to improve your CV or are simply fascinated by other cultures and languages, the Language Centre is available throughout the year.

Computing Services

We support a variety of web and computer based resources, complementing your studies and allowing you to manage and review coursework at your pace and in your own time. Our students enjoy free, fast, wireless internet access in all Halls of Residence and most administrative and academic buildings across the campus.

You can contact the Service Desk for advice on all computing matters, including electronic resources. There is a drop-in Service Desk in the Computing Centre and in the Medical School Library.


Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

Business School

The University of Aberdeen Business School is a leading international provider of excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education, at the heart of the University. It boasts an international faculty of over 40 research-active members with world leading academic credentials and strong professional links with the business community.

College of Arts and Social Sciences

The flexible undergraduate MA in Arts and Social Sciences offers a wide choice of subjects and a great deal of freedom to devise individual programmes of study. In addition to the MA, the College delivers undergraduate degrees in Divinity, Education, Law and Music.

The College also offers a wide range of multidisciplinary postgraduate programmes, highly relevant to industry needs. It aims to achieve international recognition as a research-led centre of teaching excellence for the Arts and Social Sciences.

The College of Arts and Social Sciences comprises five schools:

  • Divinity, History and Philosophy
  • Education
  • Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
  • Law
  • Social Science

College of Life Sciences and Medicine

The College of Life Sciences and Medicine is a dynamic research-led centre with first class teaching and home to more than 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the world.

BSc, MSc and PhD programmes attracting high quality students cover the range of life science subjects including popular, long-standing courses in Zoology and Biomedical Sciences and newer ones such as Drug Development.

Building bridges between science and everyday life: the College’s work goes from laboratory to bedside in applying science to improving healthcare, and in realising the commercial potential of science ideas.

The College is organised into three schools:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
  • Psychology

College of Physical Sciences

The College offers degree programmes across a broad spectrum of interrelated and relevant topics – from core sciences to technological and industry-focused programmes, and those with a social and environmental focus.

Teaching and research are characterised by a strong interdisciplinary approach, applying theoretical understanding to real world issues.

Located in the heart of the UK’s oil and gas industry, the College offers an extensive portfolio of Engineering and energy-related degree programmes, which are strongly supported by industry and reflect the sector’s current and future needs.

The College comprises 3 schools, covering teaching and research areas across a number of subject areas:

  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Natural and Computing Sciences


Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest and the UK’s fifth oldest university.

William Elphinstone established King’s College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the communities of northern Scotland, and lawyers and administrators to serve the Scottish Crown. Much of the King’s College still remains today, as do the traditions which the Bishop began.

King’s College opened with 36 staff and students, and embraced all the known branches of learning: arts, theology, canon and civil law. In 1497 it was first in the English-speaking world to create a chair of medicine. Elphinstone’s college looked outward to Europe and beyond, taking the great European universities of Paris and Bologna as its model.

Uniting the Rivals

In 1593, a second, Post-Reformation University, was founded in the heart of the New Town of Aberdeen by George Keith, fourth Earl Marischal. King’s College and Marischal College were united to form the modern University of Aberdeen in 1860. At first, arts and divinity were taught at King’s and law and medicine at Marischal. A separate science faculty – also at Marischal – was established in 1892. All faculties were opened to women in 1892, and in 1894 the first 20 matriculated female students began their studies. Four women graduated in arts in 1898, and by the following year, women made up a quarter of the faculty.

Into our Sixth Century

Throughout the 20th century Aberdeen has consistently increased student recruitment, which now stands at 14,000. In recent years picturesque and historic Old Aberdeen, home of Bishop Elphinstone’s original foundation, has again become the main campus site.

The University has also invested heavily in medical research, where time and again University staff have demonstrated their skills as world leaders in their field. The Institute of Medical Sciences, completed in 2002, was designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for medical researchers and their students. This was followed in 2007 by the Health Sciences Building. The Foresterhill campus is now one of Europe’s major biomedical research centres.  The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare, a £20m healthcare training facility, opened in 2009.

Investing in our Future

2012 saw the opening of the £57 million Sir Duncan Rice Library in Old Aberdeen, a great modern building to match the splendour of the University’s 500 year old campus.

The fact that the University has become what it is owes much to the determination and vision of a handful of visionaries and pioneers, including a distinguished list of scholars who in their own unique ways, helped to shape the University into the world-class institution we have today.

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