University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s 3rd and UK’s 5th oldest university. It combines ancient tradition with the best in modern teaching and study facilities.

A large number of companies working in oil and gas fields in the North Sea are based in Aberdeen. The industry has forged strong ties with the university, developing a large number of courses focused on the energy and oil sector, such as:

  • Integrated oil geoscience
  • Safety engineering and risk management
  • Gas and oil business management
  • Underwater engineering
  • Renewable energy
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University of Aberdeen Fact Sheet

Fast facts


  • Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Number of students

  • 14,035


  • 4,491
  • 120 nationalities


  • College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Life Sciences and Medicine
  • College of Physical Sciences

Notable Alumni

  • George Paget Thomson, Nobel Prize in Physics
  • John James Rickard Macleod, Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • John Boyd Orr, Nobel Peace Prize
  • Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Frederick Laurence Millington Synge, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Anthropology, Archaeology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business and Management
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Global and Public health
  • Human Nutrition
  • Mineral & Mining Engineering
  • Oil & Gas


89% of the university’s research has international quality and 55% is world leading.


in Scotland

QS World University Rankings, 2018


Top world university

QS World University Rankings, 2018


Oldest university in the UK

QS World University Rankings, 2015


The City of Aberdeen is Scotland's 3rd largest city and the cultural centre of the north-east of Scotland. It’s an attractive, prosperous and friendly community of 250,000 people.

Aberdeen is a centre for industry, research and learning, with a superb countryside and coastline in an area rich in historic and natural interest.

  • Voted the best place to be a student in the UK
  • Named as Scotland's safest university city

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Programmes in the Spotlight

Aberdeen School of Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Nutrition

Located within one of the largest health complexes in Europe; the school provides a world-class environment for students, tutors and researchers from different disciplines to work together and create excellent opportunities for higher knowledge that will underpin both maintaining good health and treating the disease.

  • MSc Clinical Pharmacology
    This master's degree program aims to develop your research skills, knowledge of clinical medicines and their use in the real world.
  • MSc Human Nutrition
    This MSc will enhance your knowledge of clinical, metabolic and molecular nutrition while learning about problems affecting public health. The study of this detailed master’s program will lead you to specialize in Clinical Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition or Public Health Nutrition.
  • MSc Global Health
    This programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to address complex and multidimensional global health problems. Allowing you to make professional contributions to positive health and social change.
  • Master of Public Health
    This flexible program can be tailored for students to meet their own needs through a wide range of professional accreditation standards in public health and / or pursue an academic career.
  • MMus Sonic Arts
    If you like sound and its creation, the MMus Sonic arts programme takes this concept into a fully developed discipline. The master develops its knowledge of sound arts and sound technology to build a strong portfolio towards your ideal career. Offering not only a complete overview of sound but also hands-on, practical and skills-based core courses that can help students design and realise original sound projects throughout the programme and build a strong portfolio as a sound artist. Graduates in Sonic Arts will be able to find employment in creative industries, such as film and multimedia sectors, computer games and programming, broadcasting, theatre, education and other areas of the music, sound and entertainment business.
  • Decommissioning MSc
    First degree in the UK and in the world in decommissioning oil rigs, platforms, and offshore structures. This multi-discipline degree is designed to cover all the key aspects of the decommissioning process, including the engineering challenges, legal and environmental considerations and policies, economic, business and project management related challenges. It is aimed at recent graduates from a range of degree backgrounds but also very much aimed at those already working across the oil and gas industry.


The University of Aberdeen has various scholarships available for international students, each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information please contact the Inova Education team. We are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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Aberdeen, la ciudad de granito es ideal para vivir y estudiar.  Es una ciudad costera rica en cultura e historia y rodeada de bellos paisajes en donde a la vez, se puede disfrutar de la vida urbana y el encanto de la Universidad de Aberdeen, que cuenta con más de 500 años de historia.  La UoA ubicada dentro del 1% de las mejores universidades del mundo, me ha permitido ampliar mis conocimientos en el campo de la salud y nutrición ofreciendo una ventaja competitiva sobre otras universidades ya que es única brindando el curso de especialización en nutrición molecular y la oportunidad de colaborar con científicos del prestigioso instituto Rowett

Ana Isa Silva Valdes - MSc in Human Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen, 2018

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The Pre-sessional course was an amazing experience. I received specialized English training and it gave me the opportunity to learn the UK academic style. Otherwise, it would have been difficult to learn on my own. The teachers are friendly and helpful. They gave us all the necessary support to develop our skills. It was a great opportunity to get used to the university facilities. The course allowed me to meet new friends from different countries. It was undoubtedly a great experience and I strongly recommend it.

Mario Paredes Uriona, Bolivia - Studied the pre-sessional course for the MSc in Petroleum Engineering at the Unviersity of Aberdeen, 2017

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