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Welcome to the University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the 5th oldest University in the UK with an impressive global research and innovation history which includes 5 Nobel Prize winners, and the invention of insulin and colour photography. It attracts over 14,500 students, over a third of whom are international students taking postgraduate taught and research study.

Welcome to the University of Aberdeen

Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • 96% of our graduates enter work or study within 6 months of graduating. We are in the top 5 in the UK for graduate employment (HESA 2016).
  • We are home to an impressive calibre of international staff and students drawn from over 120 countries. Take a look out our international business employability.
  • Our postgraduate degrees are available on campus and online to maximise your innovation potential, deepen your choices and start up business capabilities. Many degrees are accredited by professional trade organisations.
  • 76% of research has been classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF14)


We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships. Search for scholarships in your subject area.

Welcome to the University of Aberdeen

Subject Areas

  • International Business – finance, economics, marketing, real estate, energy
  • Law – private, public, trade, environmental, human rights, arbitration
  • Sciences – environment, bio, chemical, nutrition, clinical, pharmacology, imaging
  • Engineering – structural, safety, subsea, energy, geology, chemical, mechanical, decommissioning
  • Arts – literature, music, history, divinity, languages, writing, archaeology, heritage, translation, TESOL
  • Social Sciences – political, international relations, anthropology, gender, sociology
  • Education – primary, secondary, further education, specialist education, mindfulness
  • Information Systems – mathematics, artificial intelligence
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Campus Facilities

  • Beautiful Kings College is located in ‘Old Aberdeen’ and a free bus takes you to Foresterhill. Both campuses provide eating and drinking facilities.
  • Study in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views of the city, and impressive collections of materials on site or online. Relax in the Botanic Garden or absorb the historic streets and Seton Park.

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Living in Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen is a world energy hub and home to FTSE 100 energy specialists. It is accessible whether you visit the beach, city, Royal Deeside or enjoy the vibrant café scene, museums and entertainment in a safe city.
  • Aberdeenshire offers countryside, seaside villages, castles, access to the Highlands, Scottish cities, and ferries to Orkney and Shetland.


There are several self-catered and catered residences at the heart of the campus and at the edge of the campus. Hillhead Student Village is nearby at Bridge of Don.

Welcome to the University of Aberdeen


  • Aberdeen airport offers connections to major UK and European airports including; Schiphol, Paris, Oslo, Brussels, Belfast, and international destinations.
  • The train and bus station is near Union Square in Aberdeen City Centre There is also a ferry port.


  • Keep fit or compete at Aberdeen Sports Village where you will find athletics, swimming, football, rugby, and fifty eight sports clubs on campus.
  • You can ski, climb, walk, cycle, raft and enjoy outdoor activities at The Cairngorms National Park.

Department / School information and available programmes:

The University of Aberdeen Business School is located in a vibrant city at the heart of Scotland’s thriving global energy industry and close to some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes. The School itself is located in Kings College, which has been a centre of academic excellence, tradition and history for over 500 years. The School offers a range of challenging and rewarding taught Masters programmes covering the disciplines of Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing and Real Estate.

One Year Full Time MBA Programmes with September and January starting dates

MBA Energy Management
MBA (Global) - online part-time
MBA (Aberdeen) - campus MBA
MSc International Business Management

One Year Full Time MSc Programmes with a September start date

 MSc Accounting and Finance (with option to take IFRS certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales)
 MSc Finance and Investment Management (with an option to take CFA Level 1)
 MSc Finance and Real Estate (accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with or without CFA Level 1 exam)
 MSc Marketing Management
MSc Management Consultancy
 MSc Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance
MSc Applied Economics
 MSc Real Estate (RICS-accredited), with the options to follow the Commercial Real Estate pathway or International Real Estate pathway

Why Aberdeen?
 Programmes built on a long and successful record of teaching and business-related research
 Programmes delivered by a credible and experienced international faculty
 Programmes blending latest thinking, research and practice
 Programmes incorporating links to industry and commerce
 Programmes supported by a dedicated Careers Service

Structure of our Masters Programmes
 Students on MSc programmes will typically study four courses in each of the first and second semesters
 In the third semester students will work on a more substantive written piece of work, either in the form of a dissertation or a consultancy based project
 A variety of teaching and learning methods are utilised by faculty, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, computer simulations
 Different assessment methodologies are used across programmes, including essays, reports, role-play exercises and written examinations

Alumni Destinations
Recent graduates of the School have been employed by an impressive list of companies, including:
 Bureau Veritas UK & Ireland
 Ernst and Young
 Royal Bank of Scotland
 Stork Technical Services
 Talisman Energy Inc
 YesBank
 Google
 Taqa
 BP
 Npower
 Citibank

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The Graduate school offers an excellent environment for undertaking both taught and research qualifications and provides postgraduate students with a culture of excellence in teaching and research.

All students who register for a higher degree or qualification are members of the Graduate School of the College of Life Sciences and Medicine. In coming to Aberdeen you will be joining a large and diverse postgraduate community and a University that recognises the important contribution that postgraduate students bring to University life.

Postgraduate opportunities are available across the four Schools in the College in which many research themes achieved the highest rating of 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise. There are currently 150 taught postgraduates and 320 research postgraduate students in the College who make a vital contribution to the research activities of the College.

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The College of Arts and Social Sciences delivers excellence in graduate education through effective engagement with a highly productive academic research environment. The bedrock of this community lies with a solid foundation of prestigious eminent scholars recognised across the world for their path-breaking research and intellectual reasoning.

There are six schools in the College: Business; Divinity, History and Philosophy; Education; Language and Literature; Law and Social Science. Additionally there are several Research Centres, including: the Centre for Modern Thought, the Elphinstone Institute and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies.

Within the College, there are more than 320 academic members of staff, 200 postgraduate degrees and approximately 1500 graduate students. Postgraduate students are a vital part of our academic community, and every attempt is made to involve you in the intellectual life of the College.

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Business School

The University of Aberdeen has a long and successful record of teaching and researching business-related disciplines. The Business School covers a range of discipline groups, such as, Economics, Management, Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Property and Law. In all these areas we have staff with internationally recognised reputations and extensive experience of teaching graduate business programmes.

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy

The School of Divinity, History and Philosophy comprises Divinity, Religious Studies, History, History of Art and Philosophy. There is an active postgraduate research culture with about 80 students undertaking PhD study across the School.

The School has a vibrant research community and has fostered the development of the Centre for the Study of Spirituality and Health and the Centre for the Study of Scottish Philosophy. The School is also a major contributor to the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies and the Centre for Early Modern Studies.

In the 2008 RAE, History was recognised as the leading research department in History in Scotland, and fourteenth in the UK, according to the rankings of the Guardian and Times Higher Education.

School of Education

With a history of teacher education which can be traced back to 1873 the School of Education has an impressive pedigree in the initial professional training of teachers and long standing, wide ranging partnerships with local authorities and schools to provide continuing professional development for teachers.

The facilities on campus are state of the art as a result of a recent £9m refurbishment of the MacRobert Building and the portfolio of programmes and research activity within the School is enhanced substantially through the provision of postgraduate degrees at MEd, MPhil and PhD levels, degrees in Music and through other extremely active research centres which focus on music, human traditions, the well-being and development of children, and the development of integrated provision of children, young people and their families.

School of Language and Literature

The School of Language & Literature comprises the Departments of English and Film Studies (including Literature, Language and Linguistics), Celtic, French, German and Hispanic Studies, as well as the Language Centre.

The School offers a range of taught Masters and research degrees, including several interdisciplinary programmes in conjunction with other Schools. At MPhil and PhD level, the School provides research supervision with experienced staff who will give expert guidance and support throughout your studies.

Law School

A Masters degree at the University of Aberdeen offers you the opportunity to study at one of the oldest universities in Europe. Law has been taught in Aberdeen for over 500 years: the University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 with law as one of its foundation disciplines.

The Law School has a thriving community of over well over 100 LLM students from all over the world: recent students have come from countries such as Angola, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Zimbabwe. The Law School also has a flourishing population of over 40 research students and around 100 students taking the professional Diploma in Legal Practice.

School of Social Science

The School comprises Politics and International Relations, Sociology, Anthropology and Gender Studies.

The Department of Politics and International Relations has a long-established reputation in teaching and research. The Department now focuses its research into a number of clusters: Security Studies, Religion in Politics and IR, Scottish Politics, Nordic Policy, European Union (and wider Europe), Public Policy, Globalisation and Democratic Theory, Parties and Interest Groups, and Green Politics, Comparative Public Opinion.

Sociology is an exciting, diverse and expanding department. The Department is among the best teaching and research units in the United Kingdom and recognised internationally for the quality of its work and was awarded a '5A', the second highest rating and one that places us in the top third of British university outlets.

The Department of Anthropology has established Aberdeen as the principal focus, nationally and internationally, for research in the Anthropology of the North. Today, the Department has the largest concentration of anthropologists working in the North within the UK and one of the largest internationally.

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The College of Physical Sciences is based on the King's College campus in Old Aberdeen, one of the most historical parts of the City of Aberdeen. The College has a clear vision to provide academically challenging programmes of study for undergraduate and postgraduate students and to lead the field in cutting edge research activities.

There is a long history of interdisciplinary co-operation on research with colleagues in other parts of the University and with partners in a wide range of prestigious Institutions, both in the UK and overseas.

The College has an enviable record in attracting funding from Research Councils, private organisations and the European Union. The recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) highlighted the strengths of the researchers in the College with high ratings achieved in all areas. We have created a vibrant, dynamic environment for research staff and students who have access to the latest technology to help with their ground-breaking investigations.

As a member of the Aberdeen Research Consortium, we have formed links with several local research Institutions to share knowledge and expertise and ensure Aberdeen maintains its high profile in the international research arena.

New postgraduate students attend a formal induction programme as part of their training in research skills and personal transferable skills, which are developed throughout your stay with us. You will be encouraged to share the knowledge you acquire during your studies at seminars held within the University and at national and international conferences. This helps to develop your confidence and presentation skills. There are often opportunities to contribute to the teaching of undergraduate students in the College and this provides a useful way to supplement your income!

Studentship funding is also available from several sources such as the Research Councils and commercial organisations as well as from the College.

Throughout your stay with us, your supervisors will provide support and guidance for your studies and/or research and there is a range of support services available to all our students.

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