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We are one of the top universities in the UK for overall student experience (National Student Survey 2022) and for graduate employability (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2022).

As one of the UK's top 10 universities for overall student satisfaction* (National Student Survey 2022), 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.

  • 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 was named the Business School of the Year 2020 for their work-based learning, teaching and the innovative approaches of staff  (Times Higher Education 2020 Awards)
  • 2nd in Scotland for personal tutors (Student Crowd 2022) thanks to our efforts in supporting students as they transition to university, access support services and help them thrive beyond course work.
  • 2nd in Scotland for learning community  (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 2nd in Scotland for learning opportunities (National Student Survey 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK* and top three in Scotland for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 2nd in Scotland for teaching quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • 3rd in Scotland and the UK for student experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • 2nd in Scotland for satisfied with assessment (Guardian University Guide 2023)

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.

  • 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK (excluding small, specialist institutions) for employability and/or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the Graduate Employment Rate measure (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022)

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 happiest city in the UK to live and work in thanks to a number of factors including our low crime rate, a high quality of life and an average monthly salary greater than the UK average (Shawbrook Bank 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 place to live in the UK (HomeViews 2022)
  • 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)
  • Aberdeenshire has been named as the best holiday destination in the world for 2023 (Good Housekeeping Magazine 2022)

Subject Rankings

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

Accounting and Finance

  • Top 5 in Scotland for student satisfaction in Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • 1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Accounting (National Student Survey 2022)

Architecture, Construction and Surveying

  • 1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Architecture (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Building (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Building (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • 2nd in Scotland for Building (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Art and Design

  • 1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Art (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Design Studies (National Student Survey 2022)

Business and Management

  • 1st in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in Business Studies (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide 2023)

ENGINEERING

  • 2nd in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in Mechanical Engineering** (National Student Survey 2022, **5 year route)

Events, Tourism and Hospitality

  • 2nd in Scotland for graduation prospects: outcomes Tourism, Travel, Transport and Heritage Studies (Complete University Guide 2023)

Health and Sport Sciences

  • Top 5 in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Medical Technology (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for graduate prospects: outcomes in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Physiotherapy (Complete University Guide 2023) 
  • 1st in the UK for best sports science course (DNA Lean 2021/2022)
  • 1st in Scotland for graduation prospects: outcomes in Medical Technology and Bioengineering (Complete University Guide 2023) - Diagnostic Radiography
  • 2nd in Scotland and the UK for Physiotherapy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Pharmacy and Life Sciences

  • 2nd in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in Pharmacy (National Student Survey 2022)  
  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for graduate prospects: outcomes in Food Science (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • 1st in Scotland for graduation prospects: outcomes in Forensic Science (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • 2nd in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Biomedical Sciences (National Student Survey 2022)

Social Studies

  • 2nd in Scotland and in the top 3 in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Social Sciences (National Student Survey 2022)
 

*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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