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Mature Learners

If you're looking to change or progress in your career, return to education or develop your skills there's a place for you at RGU. This is your future.

As a mature undergraduate learner (those aged 21+) you might be joining us in search of developing new skills or taking the next steps in your career. We are here to support you no matter the journey you're taking. 

29.7% of our undergraduate student community are mature learners.
Based on enrolments from Scottish domiciled students in 2023

Why RGU?

We provide industry led undergraduate courses leading to highly relevant awards and degrees. Situated on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, the university provides facilities that will have a real influence on your capacity to learn.

  • 2nd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (THE's positivity measure, NSS 2023)
  • 2nd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for teaching excellence (Daily Mail University Guide 2024)
  • 3rd in Scotland and the UK for student experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Our mature learners

Don't just take our word for it, read about the experiences of mature learners from across our courses:

Duncan Pirie

When Duncan Pirie crossed the stage at P&J Live not only did he successfully mark the end of his studies but he is beginning a journey to improve the lives of others using his experiences in care and the skills he gained at RGU.

Morag O'Neill

RGU alumna Morag decided to study nursing at age 50 to completely change her career path. She reflects on her positive time at RGU and shares insights on her current role as a Community Nurse.

Emma Davidson

A 30-year-old Robert Gordon University (RGU) student from Aberdeen who took an unconventional path to university has graduated with a first class honours, as well as a full-time job, in the field she craved after years of working and travelling.

Gain further insight and find out what it’s like to be a student at RGU by speaking to our current students.

Getting back into education

We understand that life might look different for mature learners compared to those who have joined us after leaving school. You might have a family, a full-time career or other responsibilities beyond study. This is why we offer a range of part-time and flexible learning opportunities to our students as well as dedicated support and advice services to help you throughout your university experience.

Student finance

Your tuition fee status and the level of tuition fee that is paid is determined by nationality, the country in which a student is ‘ordinarily resident’ and other relevant criteria.

If you are a parent returning to study, you may be eligible for support from a grant or fund:

UK students may be eligible for assistance with study related childcare costs. The fund makes awards in the form of a grant which does not have to be repaid.

If you have an adult who depends on you financially you may be eligible for additional assistance.

Lone parent students may be eligible for a Lone Parents’ Grant

Next steps

Our Student Recruitment team is on hand to answer any questions you have about studying at RGU: 

Apply now

Ready to apply and need to know what to do next? We're here to help you throughout your application process. Find out more and apply now:

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