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Facts & Figures

We are the Scottish University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021), recognised for our teaching excellence, student-centred approach and are consistently named as one of the top UK universities for graduate employability.

As the top modern University in Scotland and the UK* (National Student Survey 2021), our applied learning, strong industry links, state-of-the-art facilities and demand driven courses will ensure you have a fantastic experience at university, while gaining the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.


Learning and Teaching

All of our courses will provide you with practical, hands-on learning and teaching experiences.

  • Awarded a Gold Rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), placing us in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of our undergraduate teaching and learning
  • 3rd largest UK provider of distance learning Master’s courses (HESA 2019/2020. Data based on FTE calculations of UK based students)
  • Our Aberdeen Business School has been named the Business School of the Year for their work-based learning, teaching and the innovative approaches of staff  (Times Higher Education 2020 Awards)
  • 4th in the UK for course satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland* for academic support (National Student Survey 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland* for learning opportunities (National Student Survey 2021)
  • Top 10 in Scotland and the UK* for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021)
  • Top modern (post-1992) University in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2022), which reflects our commitment to providing a high quality, demand-led curriculum which is responsive to the needs of industry.

*Excluding colleges, small, specialist and private providers.  


Employability

Whether you are looking for a job during your studies or after you’ve graduated, or you want to switch or advance your career, we will ensure you are ready to succeed in the world of work.

  • Top in Scotland for graduate employability with 97.6% of respondents entering employment and/or further study within 6 months of graduating (2016/17 DLHE survey, HESA 2018)
  • 2nd in Scotland for graduate prospects: on track (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 2nd in the UK (and top 50 in the world) in the Graduate Employment Rate measure (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)

Industry Connections

We continually engage and build upon our industry links to ensure our courses are demand driven, of the highest quality and tailored to meet the current and future needs of employers. Many of our courses will offer you the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience or placement, collaborate with businesses on live projects and attend industry guest lectures and masterclasses, providing you the chance to make connections and network with potential future employers.

  • 1st in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK for good industry connections and high-quality facilities (The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

With huge advancements in technology, we will equip you to be much more resilient and adaptable to disruptive changes in the industry. Innovation and entrepreneurship are threaded throughout everything we do, where we will provide you with the transferable skills, enterprising knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to adapt to changes throughout your career.

  • Our launch of the RGU Startup Accelerator contributed to our recognition by the Herald Higher Education awards for outstanding business engagement
  • Our collaboration with Scotmas Group Ltd to develop a new and innovative method of producing disinfectants without harmful by-products for use in hospitals, water supplies and food production applications, won innovation of the Year at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2021

Campus

We’ve invested £120 million in the development of our campus including modern, purpose-built facilities, industry standard equipment and dedicated study spaces. You will benefit from these exceptional facilities by undertaking industry-level projects and study in an environment that encourages independence and innovation.

See for yourself and come along to one of our events, take a virtual tour or check us out on Instagram.


Aberdeen City and Shire

Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan, creative and connected place – with people from across the world working and studying here. There is something for everyone, and with over 16,000 students, you will be part of a lively, vibrant, student friendly city with great culture, shops, restaurants, live music, bars and nightlife. Aberdeenshire has a stunning coastline with vast, spectacular sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages, and with 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape, it is unsurprisingly known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country’.

  • Aberdeen is the 2nd best Scottish city and in the top 10 UK cities to live and work in (Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index January 2021)
  • Aberdeen is 2nd in the UK for workers earning the highest average monthly salary (CV-Library in partnership with Zoopla 2020)
  • Aberdeen is 1st in the UK for workers having the highest remaining income after deducting basic monthly costs (CV-Library in partnership with Zoopla 2020)
  • Aberdeen is 1st in the UK for affordability thanks to our lower living costs (QS Best Student Cities 2022)
  • Aberdeen is in the top 10 UK cities for desirability demonstrating that we are a vibrant, diverse and safe city (QS Best Student Cities 2022)
  • Aberdeen is the 3rd best city in the UK for millennials (Totally Money 2019)
  • Aberdeen has retained its Purple Flag status for the city’s evening and night-time economy for the 8th year in a row. Areas awarded the Purple Flag standard are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture, while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents
  • 1st in Scotland and 4th in UK for most affordable rent prices of a coastal university (UniHomes 2021)

Subject Rankings

We teach over 300 courses, covering a wide range of subjects. Find out more about our highly ranked courses:

Accounting and Finance

  • 1st in Scotland for student experience in Accounting and Finance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for teaching satisfaction in Accounting and Finance (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2022)

Architecture, Construction and Surveying

  • 1st in Scotland for student experience in Architecture (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland and joint 2nd in the UK for career prospects in Architecture (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Architecture (National Student Survey 2021)  
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Architecture (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in Building (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for course satisfaction in Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2021)

Art and Design

  • 1st in Scotland and the UK for student satisfaction in Art (National Student Survey 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland for course satisfaction in Art (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland for teaching satisfaction in Art (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland for career prospects in Art (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in the UK for course satisfaction in Fashion and Textiles (Guardian University Guide 2021)

Business and Management

  • 2nd in Scotland and the UK for course satisfaction in Business, Management and Marketing (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student experience in Business and Management (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Business Studies (National Student Survey 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide 2022)

Communications and Media

  • 1st in Scotland for feedback satisfaction in Media and Film Studies (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Media Studies (National Student Survey 2021)  
  • 2nd in the UK for feedback satisfaction in Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Journalism (National Student Survey 2021)

Computing

  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Software Engineering (National Student Survey 2021)  - Cyber Security and Network Management

Engineering

  • 1st in Scotland for course satisfaction in Engineering: Electronic and Electrical (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland for student experience in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for graduate prospects: on track in Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2022)

Events, Tourism and Hospitality

  • 1st in Scotland for graduate prospects: on track in Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 2nd in Scotland for Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies (Complete University Guide 2022)

Health and Sport Sciences

  • 1st in the UK for Health Professions (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland for career prospects in Health Professions (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland and the UK for Radiography (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland and the UK for student satisfaction in Medical Technology (National Student Survey 2021) – Diagnostic Radiography
  • 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for Physiotherapy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Physiotherapy (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction and graduate prospects: outcomes in Sports Science (Complete University Guide 2022)

Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice

  • 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in Midwifery (National Student Survey 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Children’s Nursing (National Student Survey 2021)  

Pharmacy and Life Sciences

  • 2nd in Scotland for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Pharmacy (National Student Survey 2021)  
  • 1st in Scotland for career prospects in Biosciences (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in Biomedical Sciences (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 2nd in Scotland for Food Science (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for graduate prospects in Food Science (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for graduate prospects: outcomes in Forensic Science (Complete University Guide 2022)

Social Studies

  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for course satisfaction in Social Work (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Social Work (Complete University Guide 2022)
 

National Student Survey 2021 data is based on CAH Subject Level 3 results and excludes colleges, small, specialist and private providers.


Key Statistics

  • 16,000 students from 153 countries
  • 10,000 undergraduate students
  • 6,000 postgraduate students

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