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    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.

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    My favourite part of the city is that it is very easy to get around. As the city is not too large, it is easy to walk from place to place. It also has a vibrant and lively nightlife. Especially Wednesday night socials!


    Jasvinder (“Jas”) Clarke, Mechanical Engineering Student


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    At a glance

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    The Guardian – University League Table 2015
    Rank: 41

    The Times – World University Rankings 2014-2015
    Rank: 178


    Scottish students pay no tuition fees, and should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland to cover their fees.

    The cost of tuition fees EU undergraduate students is £1,820 per year, with the exception of medical students, where the cost of tuition fees is £2,895 per year.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will pay £9,000 per annum, but this fee has been capped at £27,000 in total for a three or four year Honours degree, and £36,000 for a five year Honours degree – this is with the exception of Medicine.

    2015/2016 fees for international students are £13,000 for arts-based courses, £16,200 for science-based courses and £28,600 for Medicine.

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    People and Planet University League 2015:
    Rank: 49 Total score 49.6%

    Total students

    Undergraduate students
    12,370 (75% of all student)

    Postgraduate students

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    2,805 (17% of all students)

    % International students
    8% (Students from outside of the UK & EU)/23% (All students from overseas)

    % Mature students

    Male to female student ratio
    46:54 (Male:Female)

    Student to staff ratio

    UCAS Code: A20


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    Open days at the University of Aberdeen

    University of Aberdeen open days

    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.

    The University’s next postgraduate open day will take part on 1 November 2015 from 12noon to 3pm, in the MacRobert Building on the King's College Campus.

    How to find it:


    University of Aberdeen
    King's College
    AB24 3FX

    Telephone 01224 272000