UNDERGRADUATE GUIDE 2021 - UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

 
UNDERGRADUATE GUIDE 2021 - UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
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                                                               university

                              UNDERGRADUATE GUIDE 2021
ABERDEEN
OPEN DAYS
TUE 25 AUG | SAT 3 OCT 2020
 MEDICINE SAT 13 JUNE 2020

                                                         GOOD
                                                         UNIVERSITY
                                                         GUIDE
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                                                         SCOTTISH
                                                         UNIVERSITY
                                                         OF THE YEAR

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UNDERGRADUATE GUIDE 2021 - UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest University in the UK,
dating back to 1495                                                               Contents
Over the past 525 years, we have proudly offered our students
life-changing opportunities by proving true to our Foundational purpose:
‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’.     Information                                                                  Programme listings
Our vast experience in teaching – along with our modern, 21st century
                                                                                  Our top facts................................................... 2           Accountancy............................................. 68             History.........................................................150
outlook – enables us to offer the same great opportunity to you today.            Why Aberdeen............................................... 4                Animal Behaviour.....................................70                 History of Art...........................................152
                                                                                  City of Aberdeen.......................................... 6                 Anthropology............................................72              Human Embryology and
Our rich heritage, world leading research and learning excellence has             Aberdeenshire............................................... 10              Archaeology...............................................74            Developmental Biology..................... 154
                                                                                  Sport at the University............................ 12                       Behavioural Biology................................76                   Immunology.............................................156
contributed to our associations with five Nobel Prize winners and more
                                                                                  Study with us.................................................. 14           Biochemistry..............................................78            International Business.........................158
recently being named as a top 30 UK university, by The Times and Sunday                                                                                                                                                                Language and Linguistics...................160
                                                                                  University Timeline..................................... 16                  Biological Sciences.................................80
Times Good University Guide 2020. We now warmly invite you to join                Your degree.................................................... 18           Biology...........................................................82    Law................................................................. 162
our Aberdeen family and become part of the next chapter in history.               Careers and employability................... 22                              Biomedical Sciences.............................. 84                    Legal Studies............................................164
                                                                                  Student support......................................... 24                  Biotechnology.......................................... 86              Marine Biology........................................166
                                                                                  Study abroad................................................ 26              Business Management......................... 88                         Mathematics............................................168
                                                                                  Life at Aberdeen......................................... 28                 Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies..... 90                                  Medicine MBChB...................................170
Can we help?
   abdn.ac.uk/study                                                              Accommodation........................................ 30                     Chemistry.....................................................92        Microbiology.............................................174
   study@abdn.ac.uk                                                               Your Students’ Association................. 32                               Computing (MA) and                                                      Modern Languages and Translation
                                                                                                                                                               Computing Science (BSc)................... 94                           and Interpreting Studies.................... 176
   +44 (0)1224 272090                                                             International students............................. 34
                                                                                                                                                               Conservation Biology........................... 96                      Molecular Biology................................. 178
                                                                                  Your Aberdeen............................................ 36
   @aberdeenuni                                                                                                                                                Dentistry...................................................... 98      Music............................................................180
                                                                                  Finance and funding................................ 38
   @universityofaberdeen                                                                                                                                       Divinity (BD and BTh)...........................100                     Neuroscience with Psychology..... 182
                                                                                  Scholarships and bursaries.................. 39
   youtube.com/uniofaberdeen                                                                                                                                   Ecology........................................................ 102     Pharmacology..........................................184
                                                                                  Widening access......................................... 40
   instagram.com/uniofaberdeen                                                                                                                                                                                                         Philosophy.................................................186
                                                                                  Articulation from college..................... 46                            Economics.................................................104
                                                                                                                                                               Engineering................................................106          Philosophy, Politics and
                                                                                  Entry requirements explained.......... 49
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Economics (PPE)......................................188
                                                                                  How to apply................................................. 52             English.......................................................... 122
                                                                       Aberdeen                                                                                                                                                        Physics..........................................................190
                                                                                  Entry requirements................................... 54                     Environmental Science....................... 124
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Physiology.................................................. 192
                                                                                  A great location......................................... 216                Exercise and Health Science............126
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Plant and Soil Science.........................194
                                                                                  Degree Combinations........................... 218                           Film and Visual Culture.......................128
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Politics and
                                                                                  Index................................................................. 223   Finance.........................................................130
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       International Relations........................196
                                                                                                                                                               Financial Economics..............................132
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Primary Education.................................198
                                                                                                                                                               French........................................................... 134
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Psychology...............................................200
                                                                                                                                                               Gaelic Studies.......................................... 136
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Real Estate................................................202
                                                                                                                                                               Genetics......................................................138
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Scottish Studies.....................................204
                                                                                                                                                               Geography.................................................140
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sociology..................................................206
                                                                                                                                                               Geology and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spanish and
                                                                                                                                                               Petroleum Geology.............................. 142
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Latin American Studies......................208
 GOOD                                                                                                                                                          Geophysics................................................144
 UNIVERSITY                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sports and Exercise Science............210
 GUIDE                                                                                                                                                         Geosciences.............................................146
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Theology and Religion........................ 212
 2019                                                                                                                                                          German.......................................................148
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Zoology....................................................... 214
SCOTTISH
UNIVERSITY
OF THE YEAR

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Ancient university                                                                                                                                                              Ranked in the

               with impa ct                                                                                                                                                            in the UK
                                                                                                                                 Complete University Guide 2020 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

       1495
             Founded                            SCOTTISH
                                               UNIVERSITY
                                                                        2019
                                                                                                                            15,000
                                                                                                                             STUDENTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       130+NATIONALITIES
                                                              OF THE YEAR                 *

                                                                                                                                         Overall

                                                                                                                                      31                       st
                                                                     Associated with

                                                          FIVE
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       OLYMPIC                                                                                                                                                                                     INTERNATIONAL
      STANDARD                                                                                                                                                                                    GLOBAL NETWORKS
                                                                                                                             IN THE WORLD                                                            Campus in Qatar, Alliance with
          Aberdeen Sports Village                         NOBEL PRIZES                                                           for societal and                                                   Curtin University and Partnership
                                                                                                                              environmental impact                                                            in Sri Lanka

                                                                                                                            75%
                   Over                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the top

      220
        SPORTS CLUBS
              and societies
                                                    SIR DUNCAN
                                                    RICE LIBRARY
                                                                  named one of the
                                                     MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD                                  **
                                                                                                                              of research classified as
                                                                                                                              W RLD LEADING
                                                                                                                                                                                    ****
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          170
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNIVERSITIES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         IN THE WORLD◊
                                                                                                                         ***Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2019 | ****In-line with the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results
                                                                                                                         ◊Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
2                                   *The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 | **CEOWORLD magazine, 2016                                                                                                                            3
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Ancient
                                             Welcome to one of the most prosperous and beautiful regions
                                             of the UK. Aberdeen is a vibrant, creative and ambitious city,
                                             known for its historic charm and cosmopolitan community.
                                             Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have something for everyone:

university
                                             from the bustling city centre of Europe’s energy capital to
                                             some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside and coastlines.

                                   In spi ra ti o n a l c i ty

           The
SAFEST
city in Scotland
Source: Unbroken Britain Survey,
   Provident Financial, 2018
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Discover a city full
of possibilities
Aberdeen is a unique student city, characterised by a mixture of distinctive architecture,
cosmopolitan spirit, northern light and its proximity to the sea. It was ranked 24th in the New
York Times list of must-see global destinations in 2019, the only UK location to feature.
Arts and Culture                       Festivals                                                       Food and drink                           Shop
Whether you love a bit of              Festivals are part of Aberdeen and                              Foodies beware! You’ll be spoilt for     Union Street and the surrounding
stand-up comedy, live music, opera     Aberdeenshire’s old Doric culture.                              choice. The city offers a fantastic      area makes up the city’s main
or theatre, Aberdeen is the city       The locals love to celebrate their                              mix of both well-known restaurant        shopping hub. You’ll find designer
of the north that provides it all.     music, food, Scottish tradition                                 chains and quirky independently          brands, unique boutiques and all
From historical venues such as         and contemporary art. There is                                  owned bistros and eateries offering      the big high street names spread
His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music    so much to discover, from the                                   the best local produce. You will find    across five shopping centres easily
Hall, to smaller intimate spaces       annual Jazz festival and The                                    vegan, gluten-free and internationally   accessible on foot. In addition,
for live entertainment such as         Highland Games, to SPECTRA,                                     themed outlets and plenty of places      our four retail parks dotted around
The Lemon Tree or the Blue Lamp,       Aberdeen’s winter Festival of Light.                            offering traditional comfort food.       the city provide larger stores with
Aberdeen has something to offer                                                                        Don’t forget, one of Aberdeenshire’s     good parking facilities.
everyone. In 2019, the P&J Live            aberdeenfestivals.com                                      claims to fame is being the birthplace
arena opened its doors and to date                                                                     of Brewdog and Mackie’s Ice cream.       Night owls
has welcomed many events and           Sport                                                           Both Brewdog and Mackie’s original       Aberdeen boasts some of the best
acts such as: Jack Whitehall,          Aberdeen provides many                                          eating and drinking establishments       natural light in the UK. During the

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Catfish and the Bottleman and          opportunities to take part in                                   can be found in the city centre.         summer months, the city often hosts

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the Year awards. If you enjoy          surrounding area boast over                                                                              at night. To keep you entertained
inspirational, thought provoking art   50 golf courses, five ski centres                                                                        in the evenings, Aberdeen offers
or a bit of history – then be sure     and several sports courts and                                                                            an array of cosy evening café’s with
to check out our museums, Art          pitches. Pittodrie Football                                                                              live music, clubs with touring DJ’s
Gallery, and the region’s two annual   Stadium welcomes both local,                                                                             and chilled out craft beer hideouts.
art festivals: NEOS and NUART.         national and international games
                                       and the Linx Ice Arena hosts                                                                                abdn.ac.uk/study/city
     visitabdn.com                    National ice hockey games.
      aberdeenperformingarts.com
      pandjlive.com

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Our location
within easy reach                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Our campuses are located within easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              reach of the city centre, airport, train
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and bus stations, beach and our student
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Ancient university

                                wi l d wee ke n ds
                                                                                                                                                                       ABERDEEN HARBOUR:
                                                                                                                                                                           a great location

                                                                                                                                                                      Dolphin
                                                                                                                                                                      watching

                                                                                                                        Get adventurous                          See the Northern Lights
                                                                                                                        Keen skier, cyclist or horse rider?      (Aurora Borealis)
                                                                                                                        Fancy surfing, quad biking or golfing?   A once in a lifetime experience,
                                                                                                                        Whatever interests you, there are        the Aurora Borealis is a stunning
                                                                                                                        endless opportunities to explore         example of natural beauty that can
                                                                                                                        things you already love and are yet      only be seen from certain spots in
                                                                                                                        to discover. For all of our skiers and   the world (we’re thrilled to say we’re
                                                                                                                        snowboarders, a visit to Glenshee Ski    one of them). For hundreds of years
                                                                                                                        Centre is a must. Cyclists and horse     Aberdeenshire has been a famous
                                                                                                                        riders can explore the various trails    hot spot for this magical light show,
                                                                                                                        made with them in mind, and water        attracting visitors from across the
                                                                                                                        sports fans have miles of coastline      world. Look out for Aurora forecasts
                                                                                                                        and numerous lochs to explore.           online, which help you pinpoint the
                                                                                                                                                                 best time and place to see the show.
Get wild                                  Walk and trek                         Proud of our history                    Life’s a beach
The city and surrounding shire is         Sometimes the best way to discover    Evidence of Aberdeenshire’s past        Whether it’s surfing, walking or         Try a wee dram
famously known for many different         the shire is on foot, where you       is still very prominent today, with     swimming, there are an abundance         Whisky production has defined
types of wildlife. Spot dolphins in the   can experience the impressive         historical attractions ranging from     of activities to discover with 150       Scotland’s heritage and reputation
North Sea, or see hundreds of seals at    landscape up close. Aberdeenshire     the Neolithic age to World War II.      miles of coastline at your disposal.     for many centuries and still does
the Sands of Forvie National Nature       is home to four of the five highest   Stone circles, castles, ruins and       Or just take a stroll from our campus    today. Aberdeenshire has plenty
Reserve – less than 20 miles from the     mountains in Britain and we have      other buildings can be found all        to the beach, a walk of only about       of whisky distilleries where you
city centre. To catch a glimpse of rare   208km of unspoilt coastline and       over the city and shire. One of         20 minutes – definitely something        can discover how the spirit is made.
animal and plant species, visit the       incredible beaches to enjoy. Our      our most well-known castles is          to impress visitors with.                Tourists from across the world come
Cairngorms National Park, which is        coastline was named one of the 20     Dunnottar Castle, which was part                                                 to Scotland to visit our distilleries,
home to 25% of the UK’s threatened        most iconic landscapes in the world   of the inspiration for Disney Pixar’s      visitabdn.com                        with many of them located in
birds, animal and plant species.          by National Geographic.               animation Brave.                                                                 beauty spots around the country.

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          Aberdeen Sports Village

       YOUR HOME
        OF SPORT

          Powerful
         performances
Sport at the University                                                                                               Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) is
                                                                                                                      located close to the main campus
                                                                                                                      and offers exceptional sports
                                                                                                                                                            The standard of the facilities
                                                                                                                                                            has helped attract a range of
                                                                                                                                                            high-profile sporting events to
                                                                                                                                                                                              In addition to access at ASV, the
                                                                                                                                                                                              University also provides facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                              in and around Aberdeen including:
Reach your full potential with our Olympic standard sports facilities.                                                and exercise facilities, including:   Aberdeen, these have included:
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Rugby, lacrosse and cricket
                                                                                                                      • Well equipped gym with 150+         • BBC Sports Personality of the     pitches in Old Aberdeen
AUSA Sports Union                       provide ample scope to develop         support to allow those competing         exercise stations                     Year’s “Festival of Sport”      • Outdoor tennis courts and
For many, sport will be a big part      transferable and team skills.          at that level in any sport to pursue   • Olympic size 50m pool and           • Swimming events including         floodlit football training
of campus life. It can enhance                                                 their athletic and academic              25m diving pool                       the 2020 European Junior        • Football, rugby and shinty
wellbeing and build friendships.        Beyond the clubs, Aberdeen also        dreams. Funded by the University’s     • Full-size indoor football pitch       Championships                     pitches at Balgownie
Whether you want to compete,            serves the more independently          Development Trust, support             • Outdoor running track and           • And others e.g. Commonwealth    • Football and hockey pitches
to participate recreationally, or       minded well, with outdoor pursuits     includes: cash awards of up to £3000     indoor athletics area                 Water Polo, European Under        at the Hillhead Centre
simply to remain active during your     and adventurous activities to          annually; gym membership; athlete      • Extensive group                       21s Netball, and various        • Rowing club boathouse on
studies, there’s something for you      suit all.                              accommodation; strength and              exercise programme                    Scottish Athletics meets.         the River Dee
at the University of Aberdeen.                                                 conditioning; physiotherapy; sports                                                                            • Royal Deeside climbing bothy
Our Sports Union supports over          Sports Scholarships                    science support; workshops and
50 different clubs from Archery to      and Bursaries                          seminars; and academic flexibility.                                                                                aberdeensportsvillage.com
Weightlifting. Our teams compete        For students competing nationally
across the UK, often at a high level,   or internationally, scholarships and      abdn.ac.uk/sportandexercise
and the clubs themselves                bursaries are available. These offer

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Ancient
university
We invest heavily in our facilities and
learning resources, giving you access
to everything you need to help you
succeed. The growth of our learning
resources has placed Aberdeen on
the map as one of the UK’s leading
universities for study and research.
                                          Mo de rn a pp ro a c h

    SIR DUNCAN
    RICE LIBRARY
      named one of the
     MOST BEAUTIFUL
     IN THE WORLD*

      *CEOWORLD magazine, 2016
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 Investing in
 your future
  for over 500 ye a rs
                                                                                                                  1495                           1497                        1751                      1788
                                                                                                                   Bishop William                 King’s College        Thomas Reid is appointed         James McGrigor
                                                                                                               Elphinstone establishes        establishes a Chair of        Regent of King’s          graduates. He goes on
                                                                                                               King’s College to teach       Medicine, the first in the College, going on to play    to establishes a system
                                                                                                                  arts and divinity          English-speaking world         a key role in the       for evacuating wounded
                                                                                                                                                                         Scottish Enlightenment        from the battlefield

      1921                        1915                        1913                     1903                       1882                           1865                        1861                      1860
      Frederick Soddy       Nan Shepherd graduates    The Rowett Institute is  Dr Isabel Kerr graduates           Alexander Ogston,                Patrick Manson          James Clerk Maxwell,         King’s College and
  (Professor of Chemistry     in English Literature. founded by Sir John Boyd     with a Bachelor of             is appointed Regius            graduates from King’s     who was Professor of       Marischal College merge
       at University of     She went on to become Orr, who goes on to win a Medicine and Bachelor             Professor in Surgery and       College. He becomes the        Natural Philosophy      to become the University
  Aberdeen from 1914-1919) a world renowned author. Nobel Peace Prize in 1949   of Surgery. In 1911, she        goes on to introduce         first person to show that     at Marischal College,           of Aberdeen
   is awarded the Nobel       Her face would later                            opens a centre in India to        antiseptic surgery at         insects transmit disease   develops the world’s first
    Prize for Chemistry        appear on £5 notes                                 help cure leprosy           Aberdeen Royal Infirmary                                      colour photograph

      1923                        1937                        1946                     1952                       1980                           2012                        2017                      2019
      John McLeod (with        George Paget Thompson           Reginald V. Jones           Richard Synge       Built by Professor James        The Sir Duncan Rice       University of Aberdeen     University of Aberdeen
Frederick Banting) is awarded (Professor of Natural       becomes Chair of Natural (biochemist with Rowett)    Hutchison and his team,          Library is officially     opens international       wins Scottish University
the Nobel Prize for Medicine Philosophy 1922-30)            Philosophy until 1981.     is awarded the Nobel    the Mark 1 MRI scanner         opened by The Queen           campus in Qatar            of the Year Award
  for the discovery of insulin  is awarded the Nobel        He plays an important       Prize for Chemistry   successfully scans its first
 in treating diabetes. He was Prize for Physics in 1937   role in Britain’s defence in         in 1952        patient and is the first of
 appointed Regius Professor                                      World War II                                           its kind
     of Physiology in 1928

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Your degree
Choic e. Fl exibility. Empl oya bility
                                                                                                                              Over

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                                                                                                                       DEGREE
Our degrees are usually four years and let you choose your studies around                                              programmes
your interests, giving you the opportunity to widen your knowledge
and skills base and maximise your employability.

                                                                                Entry requirements
                                                                                The entry requirements are
                                                                                the minimum standards and
                                                                                subjects required for entry
                                                                                into our degree programmes;
                                                                                however, achieving these does
                                                                                not guarantee entry. You will find
                                                                                our entry requirements alongside
                                                                                each degree in this prospectus.        Curriculum for Excellence                Duration                                 Flexible entry and exit
                                                                                                                       Information on University policy         A Scottish honours degree normally       If you have very good qualifications
                                                                                Scottish Baccalaureate                 can be found at:                         takes four years to complete,            you can be admitted to the second
                                                                                Aberdeen recognises the value              abdn.ac.uk/study/                   giving you the option to delay           year of study in many of our
                                                                                of the Scottish Baccalaureate               curriculum-for-excellence           your final degree choice until the       degree programmes, enabling you
                                                                                and it will be considered alongside                                             end of your second or sometimes          to complete an honours degree in
                                                                                Advanced Highers for direct            Scottish Credit and                      even third year. A number of our         three years. In some cases it is even
                                                                                entry into year two across a           Qualifications Framework                 undergraduate Masters degrees take       possible to enter the third year of
                                                                                range of degree programmes.            All degrees offered by the University    five years to complete, although         a degree programme.
When you join the University we          Our BSc (Bachelor of Science)          Where appropriate, the Scottish        of Aberdeen are compliant with the       second year admission is possible
don’t limit you to a specific subject,   and MA (Master of Arts) degrees        Baccalaureate will be used in          Scottish Credit and Qualifications       if you have very good qualifications.    We understand the importance
school or department. This means         are especially flexible, and the       offer making, with the exception       Framework (SCQF). For more               Some language programmes take            of recognising successful study,
you can study subjects from outside      LLB (Bachelor of Laws) and BTh         of Medicine.                           information visit:                       five years if they include a full year   and know that students may wish
your chosen discipline, and, even if     (Bachelor of Theology) programmes                                                  scqf.org.uk                         of study or work abroad. There are       to take a gap year or study break.
you know exactly what you want to        also offer some flexibility.           Foundation Apprenticeships                                                      some programmes that include             If you decide to leave the University
do, you’re able to change direction      Other degrees like the Masters         Aberdeen recognises the value of       Courses and credits                      a year’s industrial placement, which     before completing your degree,
as your interests, passions and          of Engineering, the MBChB              the Foundational Apprenticeship        Almost all of our degree programmes      means they also last for five years.     you will receive an Undergraduate
ambitions develop.                       (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor        and it will normally be considered     consist of courses (modules) at four     The MBChB degree takes five years.       Certificate or Diploma in Higher
                                         of Surgery) or our Education           in lieu of one SQA Higher at grade B   levels (1-4, equivalent to SCQF levels                                            Education if you obtain 120 level 1
Our degrees are structured slightly      degrees – which train you for          across a range of degree programmes.   7-11). You can access our catalogue      Honours                                  credit points (for the Certificate)
differently from the rest of the UK      a specific profession – offer less                                            of courses at:                           If you are taking a four year            and 240 credit points (including 90
and Europe but have similarities to      flexibility, as the content of these                                               abdn.ac.uk/registry/courses        degree, admission to the honours         at level 2, for the Diploma). If you
the structures found in the USA.         courses must satisfy the relevant                                                                                      part of the degree is conditional        later wish to return to study to
Our degrees are unique as they allow     professional organisation.                                                                                             on performance in the first two          complete a full honours degree,
for more study flexibility and choice,                                                                                                                          years (or in some cases the first        you can do so as long as you meet
providing you with a broad range of                                                                                                                             three), but most students who            the criteria for readmission.
knowledge and skills.                                                                                                                                           want to progress to honours do so.

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 FIRST YEAR                           SECOND YEAR               THIRD & FOURTH YEAR                                                                                  Sustained Study courses
                                                                                                                                                                     Sustained Study provides you
 History                              History                   History                                                                                              with the opportunity to take on
                                                                (single honours)                                                                                     courses for two years, that are
 English                              English                   or                        Choose from                                                                separate from your core discipline.
                                                                English               A RANGE OF                                                                     For example, you may benefit from
 Sociology                            Management                (single honours)
                                                                or
                                                                                      LANGUAGES                                                                      having a language, or perhaps some
                                                                                                                                                                     knowledge of business or science,
 French                               French                    History and English
                                                                                      to study alongside                                                             alongside your main degree subject.
 (Enhanced Study option)              (Enhanced Study option)   (joint honours)
                                                                                          your degree
                                                                                                                                                                     Sixth Century courses
How our courses                                                                                                                                                      These courses were launched in
work in practice                                                                                                                                                     celebration of our 500 years of
Here’s an example of a student                                                                                                                                       teaching and learning. They are
who has applied to study History                                                                                                                                     cross-disciplinary and designed to
at Aberdeen. As you can see, they                                                                                                                                    help you question and analyse the
have plenty of flexibility and the                                                                                                                                   subject of study at a deeper level.
chance to change their specialism
during their studies.                                                                                                                                                For more information on the
                                                                                                                                                                     range of courses available, visit:
We encourage you to study                                                                                                                                                abdn.ac.uk/registry/courses
subjects that both interest you and
help you find your dream career.                                                                                                                                     Part-time study
This means you could, for example,                                                                                                                                   The majority of our degree
add a subject in science or law to                                                                                                                                   programmes are available to study
your arts degree. You could add                                                                                                                                      on a part-time basis on campus in
management studies or a modern                                                                                                                                       Aberdeen. If you just want to study
language to your science degree.                                                                                                                                     individual courses to update your
                                                                                                                                                                     qualifications or for interest then
Undergraduate students normally                                                                                                                                      individual subject study may be
study 8 courses during first year                                                                                                                                    the route for you.
– 4 in the first half session                                                                                                                                            abdn.ac.uk/study/
(September to December) and                                                                                                                                               undergraduate/ug-part-time
4 in your second half session
                                                                                       Enhanced Study options                 Discipline Breadth courses
(January to March). Each year
                                                                                       As mentioned before, flexibility       This option allows you to extend       Online Learning
                                                                                       and choice is where our degree         the scope of your study by taking      Some of our course modules are
of degree study equates to
                                                                                       programmes excel. Most new             just about any of the University’s     available to study online, giving you
120 credit points.
                                                                                       undergraduate students (with           undergraduate courses. A course        all the practical advantages of fitting
                                                                                       the exception of Medicine and          counts as a Discipline Breadth         your learning around your location,
For more information on our
                                                                                       Dentistry) will have the opportunity   course if it is not a required or      work and personal commitments.
wide range of degrees, visit:
                                                                                       to add additional subjects with        optional course for your chosen             abdn.ac.uk/online
    abdn.ac.uk/study
                                                                                       no increase to your overall            degree, and is not in the same
                                                                                       workload. This provides a great        discipline as your degree intention.
                                                                                       way to broaden your learning.
                                                                                           abdn.ac.uk/study/
                                                                                            enhanced-study

                                                                                       The three types of
                                                                                       ‘Enhanced Study’ courses are:
                                                                                       • Discipline Breadth
                                                                                       • Sustained Study
                                                                                       • Sixth Century Courses
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Careers and                                                                                                                                                                        Online Professional Skills

employability                                                       Find out where your                                                                                            A suite of 0-credit online
                                                                   degree can take you at:                                                                                         Professional Skills courses has
                                                                        abdn.ac.uk/                                                                                                been developed for
                                                                       career-options                                                                                              undergraduate students
                                                                                                                                                                                   covering a range of careers and
The Careers and Employability Service provides information,                                                                                                                        employability topics.

advice and guidance to help you reach career success.                                                                                                                              These courses will:
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	help you to see how you
                                                                                                                                                                                      can develop your skills
Our Services include:       Explore your options                Connect with opportunities           Develop your skills                     The Co-Curriculum                        and experiences
                            The earlier you begin to plan       We work with employers and           Get involved in the range of            You can enhance your employability    •	teach you how to present
•	Specialist one-to-one                                                                                                                     through participating in a range of
                            your career, the more time you      organisations – from small, local    opportunities available to you                                                   yourself effectively to
   support to explore       will have to build the skills and   organisations to large, multi-       alongside your studies from the         co-curricular programmes including:      potential employers and
   career options and       experiences that employers look     national corporations – to provide   very beginning of your time at
                                                                                                                                             The STAR Award: Earn recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                      postgraduate course providers
                            for. Careers Advisers for your      opportunities for students to        University. Employers value skills                                            •	teach you how to find
   develop career plans.                                                                                                                     for the skills you develop through
                            degree programme can help you       gain practical experience and        and experiences you gain through                                                 work experience and plan
• Co-curricular 		                                                                                                                           approved roles such as class
                            discover career options to suit     nurture their professional skill     participating in activities alongside   representative/committee.                your career.
   programmes to develop your interests and personality –       development in a range of ways.      your studies. A wide range of           Leadership Academy: Discover
                            as well as the choices available    You can connect with employers       co-curricular programmes, many          and develop your personal              Ultimately, the courses will
   skills and attributes
                            within your degree subject.         at a variety of events such as       of which are delivered in partnership   leadership style.                      enhance your employability
   valued by employers.                                         careers fairs and employer-led       with employers, are on offer to         Career Mentoring: Connect with         when you graduate!
•	Opportunities to                                             presentations throughout the         students throughout their studies.      an experienced professional in
                                                                year. CareerConnect is the central   Successful completion of many           your area of interest.                What our students say
   connect and build                                                                                                                         BP Student Tutoring Scheme:
                                                                online portal for browsing an        of these programmes is recorded
   networks with employers.                                     extensive range of employer          on your Enhanced Transcript             Boost your confidence and broaden     ‘‘These courses are very
                                                                opportunities including graduate     providing you with evidence to
                                                                                                                                             your communication skills while         good at making you think
                                                                                                                                             making a difference in the lives        beyond your studies.
                                                                jobs, placements, internships        share with potential employers.
                                                                                                                                             of local school pupils.                 They help you to
                                                                and volunteer positions.                                                     Careers Service Ambassadors:            anticipate what you
                                                                                                                                             Represent the Careers Service
                                                                                                                                                                                     may need to do in order
                                                                                                                                             and develop skills in areas such
                                                                                                                                                                                     to be employable
                                                                                                                                             as communications, teamwork
                                                                                                                                             and marketing.                          after university”
                                                                                                                                             Enterprise and Entrepreneurship:
                                                                                                                                             Seize opportunities through           “I absolutely loved it!
                                                                                                                                             creativity and problem solving.        A great initiative for
                                                                                                                                                                                    students who are looking
                                                                                                                                                abdn.ac.uk/careers                 to develop their

     Connect with us now!
                                                                                                                                                                                    understanding of what
                                                                                                                                                                                    they can do to make
                                                                                                                                                                                    themselves stand out
                                                                                                                                                                                    from others and enhance
                                                                                                                                                                                    employability prospects!”
                                                                                                                                                                                    1st Year Biochemist

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An ancient university
with support
Right from the start, our staff and student support teams will ensure you
have access to all the support you need, whether that be on campus or
by directing you to a local organisation.

Personal Tutors                      Looking after your health             Student Advice &                        International Student Advisers          Student Support Advisers              Chaplaincies
On arrival at the University you     Full NHS medical services are         Support Office                          Our ISAs provide advice on              Student Support Advisers provide      The University Multi-faith
will be allocated a Personal Tutor   available to students. The Old        Located on the second floor of          immigration issues, in particular       free, impartial and confidential      Chaplaincy is a community hub
(or, for Medicine and Dentistry      Aberdeen Medical Practice,            the Students’ Union Building, the       Tier 4 visa extensions, and queries     advice to students on a range of      for people of all faiths and none.
students, a Regent), who will meet   a comprehensive NHS health            Student Advice & Support Office         regarding dependants. British           issues which include student loans,   The team comprises of Honorary
you during Welcome Week.             practice, has many years of           offers impartial, confidential advice   immigration legislation is complex      finance, University procedures,       Chaplains and Faith Representatives
Your Personal Tutor can provide      experience in providing advice        and support to students across          and our immigration advice and          benefits and personal problems.       who seek to encourage the spiritual
general support to you throughout    and treatment to students.            a wide range of issues including        services are regulated by the               student.support@abdn.ac.uk        life on campus. There is always
your studies and will be a point     The Practice is independent           finance, disabilities and specific      Office of the Immigration Services          01224 273935                      a warm welcome for all and the
of contact for any queries you       of the University, but located        learning differences, visa and          Commissioner. The HOST UK                                                     Chaplaincy team is committed
have as a student. They will often   close to King’s College campus        immigration matters, mental health      scheme for international students       Welfare support in                    to giving personal and pastoral care
be the first person you turn to if   in a purpose-built health centre.     and wellbeing, and more. Students       at the University is administered       Halls of Residence                    to anyone who needs it: offering
you encounter difficulties.          The Old Machar Practice is also       studying on the Foresterhill campus     by the International Advisers.          A Community Liaison Officer and       a listening ear, a hospital visit and
     abdn.ac.uk/students            close to the King’s College campus.   have access to student support               student.international@abdn.ac.uk   team of Student Resident Assistants   much more. The Chaplains also
                                                                           staff based in the Suttie Centre and         01224 273935                       (SRAs) are based in the University-   encourage community across
                                     Childcare                             the Institute of Medical Sciences.                                              owned Halls of Residence to look      the University campus and
                                     The campus-based Rocking                  abdn.ac.uk/students/support        Mental health support                   after the welfare of residents.       oversee University services
                                     Horse Nursery provides childcare                                              If you have a diagnosed mental          The team work very closely with       within King’s College Chapel.
              The                    for pre-school age children           Disability advice                       health condition we provide             the Student Advice and Support             abdn.ac.uk/chaplaincy
      STUDENT ADVICE                 of students and staff. The            A team of Advisers provide              a range of professional, free and       Office and often signpost students
     & SUPPORT OFFICE                nursery has three departments         information, advice and support         confidential support appropriate        to see an Adviser in the team.        Our obligations and yours
     is here for all students        which cater for 0-2, 2-3 and          for students and applicants with        to your personal and academic                                                 The University has a student
        at the University.           3-5 year-olds respectively.           physical and mobility difficulties,     needs through our team of Mental        The Counselling Service               charter that sets out the
            abdn.ac.uk/                  abdn.ac.uk/rockinghorse          visual impairments, hearing             Health Mentors. You can also come       This is a free, confidential and      responsibilities of the University
       students/support                                                    impairments, medical conditions,        and speak to us about any issues        professional service for students     and of students. It gives details
                                                                           specific learning differences,          you may be experiencing and get         who have personal, social or          of various University policies
                                                                           and mental health conditions.           help in seeking support in the local    emotional concerns. The service       and procedures. As a condition
                                                                           They also provide assistance to         community and NHS.                      is student focused and is             of enrolment in the University,
                                                                           students who are eligible to apply           student.support@abdn.ac.uk         located in Dunbar Street on           all students are required to abide
                                                                           for the Disabled Students’                   01224 273935                       the Old Aberdeen campus.              by the University’s Code of Practice
                                                                           Allowance (DSA).                                                                     counselling@abdn.ac.uk           on Student Discipline, as amended
                                                                                student.disability@abdn.ac.uk                                                   01224 272139                     from time-to-time.
                                                                                01224 273935

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An ancient university
                                                                                                                                                                            Study Exchange
                                                                                                                                                                            Study exchange allows you to

with global opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                            spend a semester or year abroad
                                                                                                                                                                            at one of our partner institutions
                                                                                                                                                                            in Europe, North America, Asia
                                                                                                                                                                            or Australia.

                                                                                                                                                                            The majority of our partner
                                                                                                                                                                            universities teach in English,
                                                                                                                                                                            so you do not need to speak
                                                                                                                                                                            another language to participate
Go abroad, come here, go anywhere! Our global networks offer you the opportunity                                                                                            in study exchange.
to make an international experience part of your degree.
                                                                                                                                                                            For most European exchanges,
We offer a wide range of options for        When can I go?                      “My exchange year gave me                                                                   available destinations will depend
our students to spend a structured                                                                                                                                          on your degree programme at
                                            Study or work placements             an insight into another
period abroad through either the            are available for either one                                                                                                    Aberdeen. Outside of Europe,
                                                                                 culture and improved my
European or International Exchange          semester or a full academic                                                                                                     you can study at most of our
                                                                                 language skills immensely.                                                                 partner institutions provided that
programme. For the majority of              year. Most students go abroad
                                                                                 I was able to try many                                                                     the host university teaches
students, a semester or year abroad         in their second year; however,
is not an additional period of              with departmental approval
                                                                                 different activities that                                                                  relevant courses.
study and the academic credits              students may participate in their    I wouldn’t have had the
gained abroad will count towards            third year of study. Students        opportunity to do anywhere                                                                 Traineeships and
your degree.                                undertaking a period of residence    else and made friends                                                                      Summer Schools
                                            abroad as a requirement of           for life with people from                                                                  European traineeships are open
We work hard to make our                    a degree in Modern Languages         around the world. It was                                                                   to all students. Depending on the
opportunities accessible to all,            or Law with another European         an unforgettable year.”                                                                    degree programme, traineeships
and to support students before,             legal system will usually study     Rebecca Scott                                                                               can fulfil the residence abroad,
during and after their time abroad.         abroad in their third year.         University of Deusto, Spain.                                                                industrial placement or project
                                                                                                                                                                            requirement of a programme.
Spending time abroad not only                                                                                                                                               Alternatively, they can be taken on
offers the opportunity to experience                                                                                                                                        a voluntary basis over the summer
life in an exciting new culture – it also                                                                                                                                   or after graduation, further
offers a new perspective on your                                                                                                                                            enhancing your employability.
university subjects.
                                                                                                                                                                            Some of our European, Asian
Studying or working abroad is an
                                                                                                               “Challenging myself, going “The city, my friends,            and North American partner
increasingly vital element of our                                                                               somewhere different, and travelling, the food, the          institutions also offer summer
programmes, ensuring that your                                                                                  learning how to live in a  uni life, my courses...          schools. Funding is available for
degree is internationally relevant                                                                              foreign country has been   It was one of the best           certain summer schools, whereas
and that you graduate with the                                                                                  the most rewarding and     years of my life.”               others charge tuition fees.
skills needed to set you apart from                                                                             eye-opening experience     Barbara Merino                        abdn.ac.uk/go-abroad
other graduates. Students with                                                                                  of my life.”               Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
international experience return                                                                                Jacob Duane
to Aberdeen having developed                                                                                   University of Padova, Italy.
skills such as independence,
cultural awareness, self-confidence
and the ability to work in
a multicultural team.

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An ancient
                       When you start your life
                       in Aberdeen you become
                       part of an international

university
                       community that welcomes
                       you whoever you are
                       and wherever you come

                  ty
                       from. We have a hugely

           diversi
                       diverse student and staff

      with
                       population, with over 30%
                       of our students coming
                       from outside of the UK.
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Your home away                                                                                                                                                                 FAQ

from home
                                                                                                                                                                               What are my options if
                                                                                                                                                                               my accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                               requirements are less than
                                                                                                                                                                               a full academic year?
                                                                                                                                                                               Limited short-term lets are
Living in accommodation with other students will give      We offer:                                                                                                           available for one semester.
                                                           • Guaranteed accommodation*                                                                                         Please contact us for
you a great start at Aberdeen. You will make new friends                                                                                                                       further information
                                                             All new students are guaranteed*
during the first few weeks and these friends often stay      an offer of accommodation in                                                                                          abdn.ac.uk/accommodation
with you throughout your university life and beyond.         a single occupancy bedroom
                                                             within our portfolio, or with                                                                                     Are part-time students
                                                             one of our preferred partners,                                                                                    entitled to accommodation?
                                                             provided your application                                                                                         Full-time students are given
                                                             reaches us by the deadline.                                                                                       priority but it is often possible
                                                             * (Terms and conditions apply)                                                                                    to accommodate part-time
                                                           • Accommodation on, or within                                                                                       students too.
                                                             walking distance of, the main
                                                             campus – a range of properties       • A dedicated team to provide          Costs and additional                  How do I pay my rent?
                                                             are available in, or close to, the     support and information to           information                           Rent is normally paid at the
                                                             main Old Aberdeen campus and           enhance the student experience       • Up-to-date information on the       start of each term. Alternatively,
                                                             the Hillhead Student Village.          while you live in university           various accommodation offered       arrangements may be made by
                                                           • Frequent Bus Service –                 accommodation. As well as              by the University (including the    individual agreement to pay
                                                             Hillhead Student Village enjoys        providing advice and guidance          all-important costs) is available   on a monthly basis.
                                                             great transport links with             the team run a variety of social       on the accommodation website.
                                                             a regular and direct bus service       events throughout the year.             abdn.ac.uk/accommodation          Will I be housed with other
                                                             to our King’s campus, and the        • 24/7 maintenance support                                                   first year undergraduates?
                                                             city centre. We also have            • Single study bedrooms with           When to apply                         The University has dedicated
                                                             a dedicated bus route (which is        both ensuite and standard            • Applicants who have firmly          undergraduate accommodation
                                                             free for students) to                  facilities available to suit all       accepted an unconditional or        and we aim to place all first
                                                             our Foresterhill campus.               budgets. The majority of the           conditional offer of admission      year students together
                                                           • Headspace, the central hub             accommodation is within five           will be able to apply online        where possible.
                                                             within the Hillhead Student            bedroom cluster flats. In addition     for accommodation up to
                                                             Village offers extensive social        to this there are also large           the application deadline.           Is there a deadline for
                                                             and study facilities with a            traditional halls with shared          The application process allows      accommodation applications?
                                                             reception open 24 hours a day.         bathroom and kitchen facilities.       you to make up to five choices.     Yes, usually in August, although
                                                             The community space houses           • Wireless network throughout            We endeavour to allocate first      we recommend that you book
                                                             a teaching kitchen, music room,      • Car parking and bike storage           choice where possible but this      as early as possible. Unfortunately,
                                                             TV area and study rooms are also       facilities                             is not guaranteed.                  accommodation applications
                                                             available for group or individual    • The University also has limited                                            received after the deadline
                                                             projects. You can also enjoy a         accommodation for couples                                                  cannot be guaranteed.

                              Accommodation
                                                             bite to eat in The Works cafe bar      and families
                                                             which also hosts regular events
                                                                                                                                                                               For more Frequently Asked
                                                             throughout the year.
                                                                                                                                                                               Questions (FAQs)
                                                                                                                                                                               For more FAQs please visit
                                                                                                                                                                               the accommodation website.
                                                                                                                                                                                   abdn.ac.uk/accommodation

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Your Students’
Association
The Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) aims to support,
empower and represent the vibrant student body here at the University.
We strive to create an influential student community by listening to our members
and changing to adapt to their needs. We think student life is better together,
which is why we run events, clubs, societies and sport to bring everyone closer.

Where we are?                           with your classmates or fellow club        Student media
You’ll find AUSA and elected            members why not pop into Union             Fancy a career as a radio DJ, TV
representatives (Sabbatical             Brew Bar&Café for a cup of coffee,         presenter or journalist? Our Student
Officers) on the ground floor of        food or a drink.                           Groups are a perfect start. You
the Students’ Union Building on                                                    could be hosting your own radio
Elphinstone Road. Also look out         Student Enterprise                         show, TV show or seeing your name
for us at Hillhead, Foresterhill and    AUSA is a big supporter of student         in print for the student newspaper.
the Aberdeen Sports Village.            enterprise. Helping to give space          Aberdeen Student Radio and
                                        and training to new businesses             Granite City TV both provide this
Getting the student voice heard         and fundraising ideas. There are           opportunity along with The Gaudie,
We want you to use the power            three student enterprises located          our student newspaper, which has
of democratic representation            on the ground floor of the                 been in circulation since 1934 and is
to get your voice heard. Drive          Students’ Union Building including         one of the oldest in the UK.
positive change through your            BookEnds, The Corner and the
Sabbs, student committees,              Swap Shop. Each providing a                Activism and elections
events and campaigns.                   unique service to students either          University politics is often the
                                        working at no profit or raising            training ground for future country
Sports, clubs, societies                funds for local charities.                 leaders. If you want to make a
and events                                                                         change locally, nationally or
Clubs and societies are a massive       Volunteering                               event at the University, then
part of your student experience.        Volunteering with AUSA is                  get involved in one of the
Our choice of more than 180             an excellent way of widening               many campaigning or political
societies is sure to give you the       your student and personal                  organisations. Or why not stand
opportunity to meet people with         development experience.                    for one of the student committees?
similar interests and the chance to     It helps you to build professional
try something new. If sport is your     skills and opens doors to new              Connect with us
thing, we have an additional 55 clubs   opportunities. It’s easy to get               ausa.org.uk
devoted to different activities. We     involved, whether you have one                facebook.com/abdnunisa
run events most months of the year,     free hour or hundreds. AUSA                   twitter.com/ausatweet
such as Freshers’ Week, quiz nights,    runs volunteering programmes                 instagram.com/aberdeenunisa
fun socials, live music and ceilidh     to support anything from sport,
nights. If you want to get together     local charities to events.

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Undergraduate Guide 2021                                                                                                                                                                                               3 LIFE AT ABERDEEN

International Students
A warm welcome
Aberdeen has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over                                          The International Centre is          English language                     Fixed fees
                                                                                                                         designed to:                         There is a set minimum entry         The University of Aberdeen is
the world. We have a large international community of students and staff drawn
                                                                                                                         • Help integrate new students        requirement for your level of        committed to providing a fixed
from over 130 different countries, making Aberdeen their home away from home.                                              to the University and city         English to ensure you have           fee structure for international
                                                                                                                           through our orientation and        sufficient language skills to cope   undergraduate students.
                                                                                                                           transition programmes.             with your studies. An IELTS          This means that you will be
                                                                                                                         • Act as a space for students        Academic overall score of 6.0        charged the same fees over
                                                                                                                           who are on, or are interested      is required for admission in to      your programme of study
                                                                                                                           in, an exchange or study abroad    an undergraduate programme.          in each year of study.
                                                                                                                           programme. The Centre has          Medical students require an IELTS
                                                                                                                           members of staff from our          Academic overall score of 7.0.       Foundation pathway
                                                                                                                           Go Abroad team on hand                                                  programmes
                                                                                                                           to advise you.                     For more information on our          The University has a range of
                                                                                                                         • Provide a forum for students       English language requirements        foundation pathway options
                                                                                                                           to meet people from around         and the various English courses      open to international students.
                                                                                                                           the world through different        offered by our language centre.          aberdeen-isc.ac.uk/
                                                                                                                           activities and events, including   Please visit:
                                                                                                                           trips around Scotland.                 abdn.ac.uk/study/               Non-graduating or visiting
                                                                                                                         • Allow students to practise              international/english           international students
                                                                                                                           a variety of languages in               abdn.ac.uk/languagecentre      We welcome visiting students
                                                                                                                           an informal and casual                                                  from all over the world. A wide
                                                                                                                           atmosphere, including English,     Visa advice                          range of courses are available, with
                                                                                                                           Spanish, Japanese and Arabic.      In line with UK Visas and            the exception of Clinical Medicine.
                                                                                                                         • Give students the opportunity      Immigration (UKVI) advice, we        For further information, including
                                                                                                                           to develop leadership skills       advise on budgeting for £1,015       application forms, please visit:
                                                                                                                           through the volunteering           per month on top of tuition fee           abdn.ac.uk/study/
Applying to university                 Our International Centre                 To help you have the best                  programme of the centre            costs to cover living expenses             international/study-abroad
If you are an international student,   As a leading international university,   possible student experience,               activities team.                   throughout the duration of your
and you wish to take a full            we recognise the importance of           our International Centre is              • Highlight to students with         study in Aberdeen. The UKVI
undergraduate degree, you can          helping our international students       designed to make you feel                  families the many opportunities    advice is subject to change so it
do so by applying through UCAS.        fully integrate in to Aberdeen,          welcome and help you as                    to meet other families, and        is important you are aware of and
The International Office is here       helping you to live, study and           much as possible during your               ways to get involved in the        adhere to the most up-to-date
to advise and help you before,         make friends during your time            transition to life in the Silver City.     local community through            advice on their website.
during and after applying to           here. We understand that studying        The International Centre is for all        ‘Global Families’.                      abdn.ac.uk/study/
study at Aberdeen. Contact us at       here is a huge investment in your        students, whether you are from           • Present students with the                international/intl-finance
abdn.ac.uk/study/international         future, and we are dedicated to          Edinburgh, Manchester, Dubai               various tools, maps and tips
or email study@abdn.ac.uk              ensuring all of our international        or Texas: we are here to help you          that will allow their time
                                       students feel part of the University.    have an international experience.          in Scotland and Aberdeen
                                                                                                                           to be a success.

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4 YOUR ABERDEEN

An ancient     With extensive
               scholarship and bursary

university
               schemes available, plus
               professionally accredited
               degrees and enhanced

       tions
               study options, we have

with op
               everything in place to help
               you get the most out of
               your time here.
Undergraduate Guide 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                          4 YOUR ABERDEEN

Finance and                                                                                                                 Scholarships
funding                                                                                                                     and bursaries
                                                                               You can apply for a government loan          The University of Aberdeen is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless
                                                                               to cover the full cost of your fees
                                                                               and the money will be paid directly
                                                                                                                            of financial circumstances, which is why we offer a large number of scholarships.
                                                                               to the University. The loan is not           Visit: abdn.ac.uk/ugfinance
                                                                               repayable until after graduation and
                                                                               you are earning a set salary.                Scholarships for students from        Entrance scholarships                    Scholarships are only available
                                                                               Depending on where you live,                 England, Northern Ireland             Each year we award entrance              to those who are offered and
                                                                               you will also be able to apply for           and Wales                             scholarships for undergraduate study.    firmly accept a place at Aberdeen;
                                                                               additional financial help, including         Students from England, Northern       A number of these are generously         however, those who have
                                                                               government grants, scholarships              Ireland and Wales, who pay tuition    supported by alumni, individuals and     submitted a UCAS form but have
                                                                               and bursaries, and maintenance               fees, may be eligible for specific    companies through the University         not yet received an offer from the
                                                                               or living cost loans to help cover           scholarships*, allowing them to       of Aberdeen Development Trust.           University are welcome to apply.
                                                                               your living costs while at university.       receive additional funding. These     Most scholarships are worth at               abdn.ac.uk/study/
Students from Scotland                  Students from England,                                                              are designed to provide assistance    least £1,000 per year for each year           entrance-scholarships
If you are a Scottish student living    Northern Ireland and Wales             For more information, visit the              to help students support themselves   of study. If successful, you will have       abdn.ac.uk/funding
and studying full-time in Scotland,     If you come to study in Scotland       site that applies to you:                    during their time here and also       an additional £3,000 to £5,000 –
support for your living costs while     from elsewhere in the UK, you will                                                  reward academic excellence.           depending on the length of your          University scholarships
at university comes from a means-       be liable to pay tuition fees, but     England:                                                                           degree course – to support you.          A number of additional
tested system of repayable loans and    you will be able to borrow this and        gov.uk/student-finance                   These scholarships are available in   The award of a scholarship does          scholarships are made available
non-repayable grants. Provided that     repay it after graduation, just as     Northern Ireland:                            addition to applicable Government     not affect the amount you can            each year to students at the
you have not had tuition fees paid      you would if studying in England,          studentfinanceni.co.uk                   loans and grants. More information    borrow under the loan arrangements       University.
for a previous course and you are not   Northern Ireland or Wales.             Wales:                                       is available on our website.          or other entitlements from                   abdn.ac.uk/study/ug/
repeating part of your programme,       The University of Aberdeen’s tuition       studentfinancewales.co.uk                     abdn.ac.uk/study/               public funds.                                 scholarships
you do not have to contribute           fee for students from England,                                                            undergraduate/ug-finance
towards the tuition costs of            Northern Ireland or Wales in 2021*     Part-time students                                                                 Applicants who meet the University’s     Other support
your degree.                            is £9,250 per year for all of our      Charges for part-time programmes                                                   criteria, and are applying for a full-   Our Student Support Office
                                        full-time undergraduate degrees.       are based on the credits or courses                                                time undergraduate degree course         provides a money advice service and
For students living full-time in                                               (modules) you register for. Part-time                                              at the University of Aberdeen, can       can advise on personal budgeting.
Scotland, the first step to finding     For more information on our tuition    students studying up to 75 credits                                                 apply. Applicants do not have to         Aberdeen’s strong local economy
out more about, and applying            fees visit:                            (maximum) may be eligible to apply                                                 be UK nationals and will be given        means there’s no shortage of
for, financial support is to contact        abdn.ac.uk/infohub/finance/       for the SAAS part-time fee grant to                                                equal consideration.                     holiday and part-time work
the Student Awards Agency                    tuition-fees                      help towards the cost of tuition fees.                                                                                      on offer.
for Scotland.                                                                      abdn.ac.uk/infohub/finance/
                                                                                                                                                                                                           *Terms and conditions will apply.
      saas.gov.uk                                                                   tuition-fees                                                                  “Being able to enjoy
                                                                               * For full information about our                                                   university life rather
                                                                                  2021/22 tuition fees visit:                                                      than worrying about
                                                                                  abdn.ac.uk/infohub/finance/tuition-fees                                          the finances of higher
                                                                                                                                                                   education has given me
                                                                                                                                                                   the freedom to concentrate
                                                                                                                                                                   on my studies.”
                                                                                                                                                                   Allanah Gray,
                                                                                                                                                                   Economics & Politics student

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