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University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

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

The university is based in the energy capital of Europe, the city of Aberdeen where a large number of companies are based that work in the North Sea oil and gas fields. The industry has forged strong ties with the university, developing a large number of specialist courses focused on the energy and oil sector.

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
    • Integrated oil geoscience
    • Safety engineering and risk management
    • Gas and oil business management
    • Underwater engineering
    • Renewable energy


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, 2018


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

Other information

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.

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Aberdeen has various funding and scholarship arrangements in place for international students. Scholarships may be offered by the university itself, some by the British Government, whilst others are country-specific scholarships or study loans, part of an agreement with funding bodies across Latin America. Below is an overview of opportunities available to Latin American students interested in studying at  the University of Aberdeen.

For further information please do some research directly with these funding bodies, or contact the Inova Education team and we can assist you identifying opportunities available in your country. Note that in most cases you cannot apply for scholarships or study loans until after you have secured a university offer.

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