Aberdeen Student Guide – Where can I study?


Where can I study?

The new library at the University of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen is home to two universities: the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. Robert Gordon University is the largest of the universities in terms and student population and provides places of study to over 15,000 students every year. The university was granted university status in 1992 and has a reputation for linking its courses with businesses to provide students with easier access to employment after graduation. Robert Gordon University is divided into two campuses: the Garthdee Campus and the City Centre Campus. The Garthdee has seen a number of investments in recent years and the university plans to move all of the faculties and departments from City Centre Campus to Garthdee within the next ten years. In 2012, The Complete University Guide listed Robert Gordon University as 51st in the national league tables.

The University of Aberdeen is home to over 13,000 students and can be found in the centre of the city. The university is the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest in the UK. The university is divided into three colleges: College of Arts and Social Sciences, College of Life Sciences and Medicine, and the College of Physical Sciences. The colleges are then separated into a number of schools and institutions. Kings College is a campus 2 miles from the centre of the city and covers an area of 35 hectares, forming two-thirds of the university’s estate. The university site at Foresthill is home to the university’s medical school and library. Aberdeen University has a strong reputation for academic excellence and performs consistently. In 2012, The Complete University Guide placed Aberdeen University 46th in the national league tables. The university is particularly noted for its studies in the fields of natural sciences, technology and law.

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