How to Apply

We are delighted that you are considering applying to Robert Gordon University. This section is designed to help you through our application process, providing you with all the advice and guidance you need to make an application.

Girl on a laptop in the libraryThe process differs if you are applying for a Postgraduate or an Undergraduate course. We have a team of advisors who are happy to help you with the application process by email, or you can also visit one of our representatives in your country for further assistance with how to apply to Robert Gordon University.

Details of our education agents in your country can be found in the In your country section.

For information on how to apply for an international student visa or for Robert Gordon scholarships, visit

Postgraduate Courses

You can apply directly to Robert Gordon University online at  Apply Online.

Please note that when you apply online, you need to upload copies of all your supporting documents or send these by email quoting your applicant ID number. Without these documents, we will not be able to process your online application until we have received all the full supporting information we require.

Apply Online

Check out our Courses with January intake.

Undergraduate Courses

For all undergraduate applications to a UK university, it is necessary to submit your application through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Applications should reach UCAS between 1 September and 15 January (to begin your course the following September).

The University will, however, still be happy to consider all applications received at UCAS before 30th June, providing there are spaces left on your course of choice.

It is also important you quote our institution code name and number as follows:

Institution code: RGU
Institution number: R36

Pathway Programmes

Robert Gordon University offers alternative entry points to our degrees through our on-campus pathway college, the International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU).

As an Affiliate College of the University, based in a central location on the Garthdee campus, ICRGU will provide three intakes a year to undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Further details will be available soon.

Help in your Country

In many countries we have a network of trusted agents who can help you with your application, give advice on the visa process and provide an additional insight into studying in Scotland.

For more information on if Robert Gordon University has an agent in your country, please visit the In your country section of this site.

If we don't have an education agent in your country, you can receive tailored information for your needs by emailing international@rgu.ac.uk .

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply?

For most courses there is no fixed deadline for applications from overseas. However, please note the following exception:

Whilst the University does not have applications deadlines for our courses, we ask our International Students to consider the time that it will take to make their visa arrangements before submitting their application to us. UK Borders Agency advises you allow 4-8 weeks to receive your visa and to bear in mind this can be affected by demand at peak times ie August/September and December/January.

What documents should I send with my application?

  • Copy of any school qualifications, including results (which should include percentage equivalents if the results are quoted in grades. If the results are shown as marks then it should be made clear what the maximum possible mark was.)
  • Copy of any university or college courses taken (including full title of college or university where the course was taken, list of module titles from the course, duration of course in years or semesters, results obtained to date (which should include percentage equivalents of grades if the results are quoted in grades. If the results are shown as marks then it should be made clear what the maximum possible mark was.)
  • Details of any English language qualifications.
  • Your CV with details of relevant employment experience
  • Details of any other experience you have that shows the course leader why you are interested in following a particular course (for example if your hobby is computing and you want to follow a computing course)
  • Statement of purpose that outlines your reasons for wishing to undertake your chosen course of study
  • A copy of the photograph page of your passport
  • If you are applying for an Art and Design or Architecture course, you must include a portfolio of your work to demonstrate your capabilities and suitability for the course and preferably this should be submitted on disc. Without this we will be unable to process your application.

How long will my application take to be processed?

If you are applying directly to Robert Gordon University, we will do our best to give you a decision within 10 working days. Applications made through UCAS, however, may take longer than this.

If you have applied online, we will start to process your application as soon as we have received all the supporting documents that we require.

Once we have made a decision we will send you an email confirming this, and directing you to check your online record either through Apply Yourself (AY) (for postgraduate) or UCAS (for undergraduate).

How do I accept or decline an offer?

You can do this in a number of ways:

You can accept your offer by updating your online record on AY or UCAS.

You must tell us if you want to accept an offer, if you do not do this you could lose your place. Also, you will not be able to proceed with arranging other aspects of your application such as booking accommodation.

When you are confirming your acceptance of an offer, we also ask you to verify your contact postal and e-mail addresses. It is very important that we have the correct contact details before your arrival in Aberdeen, so if these change please remember to tell us.

Useful Advice for Applying

It's useful to remember that academic criteria are not the only factors our International Admissions team and Course Leaders take into account when assessing your application. They also look for personal qualities, maturity, relevant experience, an awareness of the course and how it fits in with any proposed career path.

Your online application allows you to save and return to your application as often as you need to, so take some time to think about what you writing, particularly your personal statement. Don't forget, if you submit a complete application (with all the necessary supporting documents) it allows the Admissions team to be able to make decision on your application much quicker than if they need to contact you to ask for further information.

International Enquiries

If you are from outwith the UK and are enquiring about a course at Robert Gordon University, contact us:

Complete our International Enquiries form

Phone +44 (0) 1224 262726

Email - international@rgu.ac.uk

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