University of Aberdeen
Welcome to University of Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen is where history and academic prowess collide. Established in 1495, the institution has racked up five Nobel Prizes for work carried out or begun here, and it’s currently ranked among the top 1% universities in the world.
Located in the heart of Scotland’s third most populated city, the University is home to over 14,500 students who, on graduating, earn up to £1,500 more than the average UK graduate. In fact, over 96% of the University's graduates go into further education or graduate employment within 6 months of graduating.
The University consists of two main campuses based in the city centre, with the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and Olympic-standard sports facilities. Located in the heart of a vibrant, creative and ambitions city, the University of Aberdeen is known world over for it’s pioneering research, strong teaching reputation and its diverse and flexible degree programmes.
Aberdeen has been voted as Scotland’s safest university city (Complete University Guide) - big enough to give the big city feel, but small enough to easily find your way around and make friends. Students benefit from being able to travel, in a matter of minutes, from the bustling city centre of Europe’s Energy Capital to touring through awe-inspiring countryside and coastlines. With global air, rail and road connections, Aberdeen is easily reachable from anywhere in the UK within an hour and a half. Local transport services offer a reliable and regular service throughout Aberdeen and surrounding areas.
Alumni include Paralympic gold-medal winner Neil Fachie, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alastair Darling, BBC actress Laura Main, radio presenter Nicky Campbell and author Ali Smith.
Courses and fees
With over 440 first degree programmes, there is something for everyone at Aberdeen. The University’s most popular courses include Medicine (Aberdeen is Scotland’s no1 Medical School and no5 in the whole of the UK) dentistry engineering and the arts. Medicine and dentistry are taught at the Foresterhill campus whilst all other courses are taught on King’s Campus.
Entry requirements vary depending on the course you’re choosing, so it’s best to check the prospectus for specific requirements or do a quick course search on the University of Aberdeen’s courses page. As a rough guide, you’ll need at least AABB for all SQA Higher qualifications, and BBB for A-levels.
For undergraduates from Scotland and from non-UK EU Countries, you’ll be looking at £1,820 per year; this is except for medical students who will be paying £2,895 for their course. You may be eligible for your fee to be covered by the Scottish Government if you are domiciled in Scotland, studying for your first undergraduate degree, and on a full-time course. If you are an EU national from a non-UK EU country studying for your first full-time on an undergraduate degree course, then you might also be eligible for this fee to be covered by the Scottish Government.
Undergraduates domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will pay £9,000 per annum, but this fee is capped so that no student will ever pay more than £27,000 for their course – again, this is with the exception of all you medics out there who will have a different fee. Check the University of Aberdeen website for details about medicine and five-year courses.
Postgraduate and International Fees
Postgraduate courses for UK and EU students have an annual fee of £3,400 for the majority of courses – although some courses will have higher fees than this.
International students starting either an undergraduate or postgraduate course will be looking at anything from £13,000 to £28,000. Once again, it’s best to check the University of Aberdeen’s fees page to find out the exact fee of your particular course.
Bursaries and Scholarships
These fall under two areas at the University – ‘merit awards’ for those with exceptional academic qualifications, and ‘access awards’ which are there to support those who may be in a situation where they would find it exceptionally difficult to afford tuition fees without financial support.
There are a whole range of scholarships, bursaries and financial support opportunities provided across the board at undergraduate and postgraduate level. A selection of the most popular ones include:
- Music scholarships are offered each year to a selection of outstanding musicians. These include organ, choral or instrumental scholarships.
- The Alumni Sports Bursary Scheme which supports up to 20 scholars competing at national level each year.
- The Jim Duncan Scholarship can provide £1,500 a year for students who have taken a break in their education or had an interruption beyond their control before starting their undergraduate course.
- The Charles Sutherland Scholarship for Agriculture, Engineering and Economics can be applied for through the Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences.
- The Elphinstone Scholarship to assist PhD students who are seeking funding assistance.
There are many more bursaries, scholarships and funding opportunities available at the University, so keep an eye on their Funding Database to see what you could be entitled to.
Coming to university is one of the biggest moves you’ll ever make. Hopefully you’ll find student life new and exciting, but to help you along the way the University has developed a whole range of award-winning facilities to help your time here even more enjoyable.
An award-winning library and one of the largest wireless campuses in Europe are among the highlights of the University’s facilities. The latter means that, whatever building you decide to crash at for the day, you’ll never have to live a second away from Facebook. We’ll let you decide if that’s a pro or con!
Library and study facilities
The University’s Sir Duncan Rice Library opened in 2012 and has won several awards, including being named in The Independent’s top 20 ‘most spellbinding university libraries in the world’. Now that’s a title! It’s not hard to see why it got it – the 760 shiny glass panels of the library’s exterior are a striking contrast to the grand Hogwarts-style hallways of the King’s College campus. The building also picked up an award from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) in 2013.
Inside, the library has seven floors, includes an exhibition space on the first floor where you can take in a bit of art in between lectures. Students can take a breather in between work at the library’s Hardback Cafe or in the Breakout Cafe at the top of the building, with its panoramic view of the whole city. For Business students and finance enthusiasts, students have exclusive access to one of the UK’s first ever Thomson Reuter’s Eikon Trading Rooms, where a flagship trading floor integrates real activity in financial markets directly into your courses. There’s no need to bring your own laptop; there are computers on every floor.
The University has extensive support systems in place to help you with all types of financial queries. From information on different funding bodies, to bursaries and scholarships, there’s always someone on hand to help.
There is also a discretionary fund that, in exceptional circumstances, makes non-repayable payments to students.
Students can also book up free meetings at the Students' Association's Student Advice Centre, where they can receive advice on financial topics such as budgeting or discuss any financial issues that might arise.
The University’s most recent statistics show that 96% of its students go directly into work, further study, or have been in training within six months of graduating.
The city itself is home to one of the lowest unemployment rates in the UK, and University of Aberdeen graduates enjoy some of the highest graduate employment rates (and salaries!) in the country. In fact, our 1st degree leavers in Aberdeen earn £1,500 more than the UK average.
The University Careers Service is on call to help Students get help with finding that elusive first job , and can help you explore your options, lending a hand with the information you need as you start job-hunting.
Aberdeen also runs career mentoring programmes where students are matched with professionals able to share their expertise.
In addition, the Careers Service has strong industry links to help students connect with future employers. The University’s regularly updated online jobs database typically has more than 600 graduate job and work experience opportunities and the service runs on-campus employment events and skills workshops, while some courses include industry placements in a variety of fields.
Make sure you get around to registering with a GP as soon as you can – you will only have yourself to blame for ‘freshers’ flu’ otherwise! There are plenty of GP practices nearby to the University of Aberdeen. Visit the Aberdeen University Students’ Association for a full list of doctors’ surgeries.
The University of Aberdeen is home to students from all over the world, with 120 different nationalities represented. Those international students make up more than 32% of the student body.
The University's International Centre provides a place where students can meet up and bond over “all things international,” as the university puts it. It’s a good place for finding out about international activities happening on campus as well as getting info on studying and working abroad. Whether you need help finding other people from your own country, need to speak to a country-specific expert, want to join the university’s International Student Forum, would like to start a language exchange or simply want to learn more about the city’s wider student population, the International Centre is on hand to help.
Aberdeen is well known for its thriving oil industry, and the business has created a truly multi-cultural feel to the city. You won’t struggle to find international shops and restaurants.
If you are a new student, the university guarantees to find you accommodation, either in its own university owned accommodation or with one of their preferred providers, provided your application reaches us by the deadline.
There’s no shortage of student accommodation at Aberdeen with four on-campus halls of residence, plus an entire Student Village, which is only a five-minute bus ride from the King’s College campus. All accommodation is a mix of individual rooms within houses or flats – both catered and non-catered.
All campus halls – whether they’re catered or non-catered – come with utility bills and wi-fi included. They are also covered by CCTV and have a 24-hour reception.
The university has two catered halls – Johnston Hall and Crombie Hall. Both halls come with single beds provide meals for 37 weeks during your stay. There’s little difference between the two in terms of price: Johnston Hall costs £144 per week and Crombie Hall is a little more at £149 to £164 a week.
Prefer to eat at your own times, or around a difficult schedule? Introducing – King’s Hall and Elphinstone Road.
Both of these residences are non-catered with a communal kitchen area, where you and your new flat-mates can bond over someone’s lack of culinary skills – there’s bound to be at least one person! Both halls are suitable for postgraduates and mature undergraduates. They also contain single occupancy rooms and can be either single-sex flats or mixed.
King’s Hall is £135 per week; Elphinstone Road is £108 - £135 per week.
Hillhead Student Village
The Student Village has options to suit most budgets across its nine different buildings. The Village is comprised of all self catered accommodation, the majority of which is single sex. If you’re keen to meet your future flat-mates before you arrive, you can do so on the halls’ Facebook pages once you’ve been allocated with your accommodation.
Open days are an eye-opening chance to gather your first in-the-flesh impressions of your future university. It’s also the perfect time to ask any niggling questions.
Aberdeen’s next undergraduate day is on 1 September 2015. Or, if you just can’t wait, you can get in contact directly by emailing [email protected] with your preferred date and set up your own individual visit.
“If you get the chance, I totally recommend staying at Hillhead Halls! Every night out usually starts out down there in first year and will be where most of your friends are staying.” Duncan Vickers, Divinity Graduate
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