Scottish Universities

University of Aberdeen

History and Excellence

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK. It has a student population of around 14,000, and a large international community of students drawn from 120 different countries. The University has an excellent reputation for teaching quality and research, and has recently seen a meteoric rise up the Times University league rankings to 137th in the world, the fasting rising University in the world\'s top 200.

Leading in the 21st Century

In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise 10 departments received the high rating of 5 as internationally distinguished and 19 departments received a rating of 4 recognising national excellence. Therefore 85% of Aberdeen\'s staff are working in departments or research groups that are recognised as centres of national and international excellence, so students at Aberdeen are taught by academics at the forefront of their fields of expertise. The University thrives as an integral part of the economic, industrial and cultural life of north-east Scotland. In partnership with local research institutes, and through developing specialist centres, the University of Aberdeen creates a stimulating research infrastructure, and is acknowledged to be at the forefront of research in many fields from devolution to diabetes.

As part of the University\'s commitment to excellence in academia, £230 million over the next 10 years is being invested into teaching, facilities and infrastructure including a new £55 million library.

A Choice Environment

The University has a beautiful central campus where ancient buildings sit side by side with modern, newly refurbished, first-class laboratories, up-to-date computing facilities and the latest library technology. The student population, which has almost equal numbers of men and women has a lively sense of community and belonging. A place in University Halls is normally guaranteed to all students during their first year, and these are either on, or within short walking distance of the main teaching site. Social and sporting facilities are outstanding and the city of Aberdeen truly has something for everyone - from the bustling city centre of Europe\'s energy capital to the superb countryside and coastline in an area rich in historic and natural interest.

Taught courses and Research Programmes

The University of Aberdeen offers over 140 different one year Masters programmes. Strong links with industry and the professions enable the University to develop courses to meet the changing demands of the workplace and continuing professional development. Taught Programmes combine flexibility with the broadening of skills - both vital in expanding the potential of the working student. Opportunities for Research Degrees, Postgraduate Taught Courses and Part time Study are available across the three colleges.

Arts and Social Sciences

The College of Arts and Social Sciences is the largest college in the University and incorporates the Schools of Business; Law; Education; Social Sciences; Language and Literature; and Divinity, History and Philosophy. The University of Aberdeen has a proud history of producing some of the finest Law and Business professionals in the country. LLB graduates can complete their Diploma in Legal Practice (DLP) at Aberdeen and also on offer are a comprehensive range of taught LLM programmes and research opportunities. The Times Good University Guide 2008 rated the Aberdeen Law School as the best in Scotland and the 2nd in the UK.

The University of Aberdeen Business School covers a range of discipline groups, such as, Economics, Management, Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Property and Law. In all these areas there are staff with internationally recognised reputations and extensive experience of teaching MBA, MSc and Research graduate business programmes.

The school of Education is nationally and internationally recognised for creative work in curriculum development and innovation and participation in government initiatives such as the 5-14 School Curriculum, Social Inclusion and Early Intervention. The School offers PGDE programmes for those looking for a Primary or Secondary teaching career, as well professional development programmes for those already in the education profession.

The college is also highly regarded for its teaching and research in the fields of the Social Sciences, Language and literature and Divinity, History and Philosophy. In addition to the renowned Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies which is a focus for advanced study in the languages, literatures, histories and cultures of the two nations, the college has strong research groups in Early Modern Studies; Contemporary Austrian Culture; Francophone Studies; Philosophy, Technology and Society and Scottish Philosophy. The Elphinstone Institute is a focus for research on the traditional culture of North East Scotland, and contributes to the work of the unique Research and Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology, Cultural History and Ethnology.

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Life Sciences and Medicine

The School of Biological Sciences; Medicine & Dentistry; Medical Sciences and Psychology form the College of Life Sciences and Medicine. Created in 2003 as part of organisational restructuring throughout the University, the College is home to over 3000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is internationally recognised as a research-led centre for teaching excellence.

The College has major research facilities required for modern molecular and cell biology, biological sciences, psychology, medical and health services research. There are specialist microscope facilities, core facilities for DNA synthesis and sequencing, protein characterisation (sequencing, mass spectrometry and proteomics) and cell culture. Individual research laboratories are well supported and are equipped to an exceptional standard. Research is supported by well-founded laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and computing facilities. There are also extensive opportunities for field-based work in the UK and overseas, including research in the College\'s field centres at Ocean Lab and Cromarty.

The College has taught MSc programmes providing training in basic science, biomedical sciences, medical specialities and health care. Strong research strengths provide taught programmes in subject driven areas of importance, for example Ecology and Environmental Sustainability, Medical Molecular Genetics and Medical Molecular Microbiology.

The University also has one of the largest groupings of biological and environmental scientists in Europe. Through strong industrial links, programmes in Environmental Science and Marine & Fisheries Science provide students with training that matches the needs of industry. Biomedical taught programmes provide accredited training in medical fields and there is an element of teaching from clinical staff in the programmes offered in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Medical Sciences.

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Physical Sciences

There are around 300 taught postgraduates and about 200 research postgraduate students in the College of Physical Sciences. There are postgraduate opportunities in the School of Engineering, the School of Natural & Computing Sciences and in the School of Geosciences; in addition, the Graduate School which provides a central point of contact for all postgraduate matters. The School of Geosciences comprises Geography & Environment, Geology & Petroleum Geology, and the Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management; the School of Natural & Computing Sciences comprises Chemistry, Computing Science, Mathematical Sciences and Physics.

The College offers both specialist and conversion taught postgraduate programmes and outstanding research opportunities with many funding opportunities available to both taught and research students. With its strong industrial links, programmes are available in Advanced Computer Science, Integrated Petroleum Geoscience, Safety Engineering & Risk Management, Oil and Gas Enterprise Management, and Energy Futures.

These provide students with training which matches the needs of industry, as well as providing a channel for disseminating recent research which will be of value to industry in the future. Aberdeen is a world leader in offering training in Project Management and Software Project Management part-time and globally by distance learning using the World Wide Web. The MSc in Information Technology and MSc in Information Systems offer IT conversion programmes for graduates of any discipline. . The MSc programmes in Sustainable Rural Development and Applied Geospatial Technology also draw graduates from a wide range of disciplines. Recent additions to the College portfolio include MSc Subsea Engineering and MSc Urban Planning and Real Estate.

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January Programmes

As well as having an annual September intake, many postgraduate programmes also have a January or early February intake. These programmes vary year on year generally include all LLM Law and MBA programmes. For up-to-date information visit


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