University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest university
and the fifth oldest university in the United Kingdom.
The University of Aberdeen is the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1495 for regional education, over the centuries, it has evolved into a leading university offering modern interdisciplinary programs, an inclusive environment, and broad international opportunities for its students.

The student community comprises over 14,000 students representing more than 130 nationalities.

The university provides cutting-edge undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in areas such as arts and humanities, business, social sciences, law, engineering, geosciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, and pharmaceuticals.

The institution boasts an excellent faculty. The university's research activities are also impressive, with 77% of projects recognized as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Rankings and Awards

  • 2nd place in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for student satisfaction (The National Student Survey 2023);
  • 12th place in the national university rankings (Guardian University Guide, 2024);
  • 19th place in the national university rankings (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024);
  • Ranked 192nd in the world in the Times Higher Education Ranking, 2023;
  • Recipient of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for research and teaching in the field of behavior.

Schools and institutes

Education at the University of Aberdeen is organized into 12 specialized schools:

  1. School of Biological Sciences
  2. Business School
  3. Divinity, History, Philosophy, and History of Art
  4. Education
  5. Engineering
  6. Geosciences
  7. Language, Literature, Music, and Visual Culture
  8. Law
  9. Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Nutrition
  10. Natural and Computing Sciences
  11. Psychology
  12. Social Science

Educational Programs at the University of Aberdeen

The university offers a wide range of training courses, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs.

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

This program will help you adapt to the Scottish education system while developing both language and subject knowledge. Equivalent to the first year of a bachelor's degree, this course offers progression to the second year upon achieving the required grades (except for law bachelor's programs, which admit students only for the first year).

Students can choose from the following specializations:

  1. Business, Economics, Accounting, and Real Estate.
  2. Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences.
  3. Natural Sciences.
  4. Physical Sciences and Engineering.

International Year Two

The second-year program allows you to kickstart your career by completing the foundational course and a bachelor's degree in just three years, provided you have already achieved a higher level of academic performance in your home country. This program is designed to support international students whose performance exceeds the level required for admission to the Foundation Bachelor's program.

Students can choose from two pathways:

  1. Business Management and Finance.
  2. Computer Science.

Bachelor's programs for international students

  • Accounting
  • Animal Behavior
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Sports Science
  • Archaeology
  • History of Art
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Management
  • Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology and Sociology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
  • English, Creative Writing, English and Scottish Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Physical Exercise and Medical Sciences
  • Film and Visual Culture
  • Finance
  • Genetics
  • Bachelor of Geography
  • Geology
  • Bachelor of Earth Sciences
  • Immunology
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience with Psychology
  • Physics
  • Real Estate
  • Theology and Religion
  • Zoology, and others.

Master's programs for international students

The university offers more than 150 master's programs:

  • Master of Accounting and Finance;
  • Master of Advanced Chemical Engineering;
  • Master of Advanced Clinical Practice;
  • Master of Advanced Energy Materials;
  • Master of Analytical Chemistry;
  • Master of Applied Medical Sciences;
  • Master of Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology;
  • Master of Archaeology;
  • Master of Biotechnology,
  • Bioinformatics, and Biobusiness;
  • Business Law and Sustainable Development with Dissertation LLM;
  • Corporate Finance and Law LLM or MSc;
  • Master of Cybersecurity;
  • Master of Data Science;
  • Master of Energy Policy and Law;
  • Master of Economics and Financial Management and Investment;
  • Master of Global Health Management and many others.

University of Aberdeen campuses

The Old Aberdeen is one of the most beautiful and historic districts in Scotland, built in the 15th century.

Teaching and research are conducted at two campuses: Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill. The Schools of Arts, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and the main university library are located in Old Aberdeen. The Old Aberdeen campus consists of impeccably preserved buildings with the most modern facilities for learning, research, and recreation. The Schools of Arts, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences are situated here.

With a plethora of modern facilities, Foresterhill is a hub for life sciences and medicine disciplines. The Foresterhill campus provides high-quality medical services, education, and research. It is jointly owned by NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen.

Additionally, the university has an international campus in Doha, Qatar.

Among the outstanding sports facilities of the university are the Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and the Aquatics Centre.


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