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Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is based in Aberdeen, North-East of Scotland which is also known as the Energy Capital of Europe. By studying at RGU, students participate in an educational journey which not only provides them with detailed subject knowledge, but also through engaging with employability services, produces experienced, skilled, capable graduates who are prepared to succeed in their career. 

RGU also boasts of a proven combination of professional placements, academic excellence, and state-of-the-art facilities, it is a perfect place to start your career journey. RGU has not only been awarded a prestigious Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its consistent delivery of outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students (placing it in the top 20% of UK universities) but also ranked first in Scotland for course satisfaction (Guardian University Guide, 2017).

RGU has also achieved global recognition for the employability of its graduates:

  • 27th in the world; higher than institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge - QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018
  • 1st in Scotland and 4th equal in the UK with 97.6% of graduates entering 'Employment or Further Study' within six months of graduation - Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey 2016-17.

About Aberdeen

Set between the rivers Don and Dee in the North-East of Scotland, Aberdeen is a prosperous, cosmopolitan city with an international population. With an estimated population of 300,000, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city that is rich in culture, with a range of museums, art galleries, cinemas, concert venues,cafes, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, shops and malls nearby which means this small city is packed full of things to see and do.

Aberdeen was named the 2nd safest city in the entire United Kingdom in The Alternative UK University City League Table 2017 and the second most affordable city for students in the UK by Natwest in 2017.

Aberdeen is also often referred to by its friendly locals as ‘The Granite City’, and ‘The Silver City with the Golden Sands’ because almost all of its buildings are made of the local grey stone, granite, and the city has  spectacular sandy coastlines to the east (not to mention some of the UK’s highest mountains to the west).

It is far milder here than one might expect for the northern location. The East coast is actually the sunniest area in Scotland, where sunshine hours average around 1,500 per year, ideal for the outdoor and active lifestyle which attracts huge numbers of people to the area throughout the year.

With the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park right on the doorstep, there are plentiful opportunities for mountain biking, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding and white water rafting within easy reach of the city.


According to The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 2016 – RGU is equal in the UK with Oxford University for the quality of their facilities and boast a state-of-the-art learning facility in a beautiful riverside campus location.

Due to the University's close links with industry this also includes the Drilling and Advanced Rigging Training (DART) Simulator which is owned by KCA DEUTAG but built in and hosted by RGU due to a strategic alliance. This full-scale simulator is a reproduction of an offshore platform or land rig, complete with 3D graphics of the rig’s drill floor operated by both a driller and assistant driller, this is as close to the real live scenario as a driller can get. The entire experience, equipment, control room cabin are all true to life. This simulator is the only of its kind in Europe.   

Student support services at RGU are far-reaching and include:

  1. Student help point – for finance, accommodation, travel or systems support
  2. Careers and Employability Centre – for mock interviews, CV support, job searching, internship/placement support during studies and mock graduate assessment training
  3. Disability and Dyslexia Centre – for students with specific support needs
  4. Study support – for students who would like help with English language, essay structuring, study planning and any other academic support out-with classes
  5. IT Help Desk – for any IT issues for personal laptops and devices
  6. Students' Union - this is a student run organisation managing the running of societies and clubs across the university.  Organising Freshers' Week. Proving confidential services such as Nightline, health and advice and support
  7. Student Counselling & Wellbeing Centre – counsellors and advisors who can talk over issues that may be concerning to you such as depression, fitting in, adjusting to university life, stress, relationship difficulties and more

RGU: Sport – Is the on campus sports centre which includes:

  • An Olympic size swimming pool
  • 2 Cardio rooms
  • 2 Resistance rooms
  • Various exercise classes including Spin training
  • Climbing wall
  • Bouldering room
  • Sports Hall
  • Physiotherapy clinic

There is student accommodations available both in and near the campus as well as in the heart of the city centre. The cost varies from £100-£150 per week roughly and there is an option for apartments, ensuite bedrooms and bedrooms with shared facilities depending on the preference of the students. There is also the option for students to rent private accommodation in Aberdeen if they prefer, or if they are travelling with family.

The RGU campus is based on a beautiful grassy riverside so a very relaxing place to study, that offers lots of outside study or social areas. There are also various eating establishments including subway, costa, starbucks and papa Johns, making it a very sociable campus to be a part of.

If you want to learn more about RGU and study options here, get in touch with us today for free guidance and support.

Student population: Over 16,000 students from 147 countries

City population: 229,800

Location: Aberdeen is Scotland’s 3rd largest city. It has a city centre but it is small and easy to navigate, it is also costal however and students are always pleasantly surprised that they can travel to the beach or to the countryside and both would take 30 minutes to reach. There is also good hill-walking/ hiking very close-by. The university is located 4 km from the city centre (20 minutes by bus).

Closest airports: Aberdeen International Airport with direct flights to various countries across Europe to as far as Malta and Turkey

Date of establishment: 1729 founded as a college – 1992 granted university status.

Cost of Tuition per year: from £14,000 per year (2021/22)

Scholarships: RGU offersgenerous scholarships and financial awards for student, please ask your Across the Pond advisor for details

Accommodation cost: ranges from £98 per week

Areas of expertise: Oil and Gas courses throughout the curriculum due to being in the energy capital of Europe (Aberdeen), Specialist Engineering Postgraduate courses, MBA programmes including an Oil and Gas MBA course, Nutrition and health courses including MPharm, Accounting (including Oil and Gas Accounting)

Academic Schools:

  • Aberdeen Business Schools 
  • School of Applied Social Studies 
  • School of Computing Science & Digital Media
  • School of Creative & Cultural Business
  • School of Engineering
  • Gray's School of Art
  • School of Health Sciences
  • The Law School
  • School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences
  • The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment

Liam Corrigan

My experience living and studying in Scotland has been the best experience of my life. The staff at RGU were so accommodating to international students and worked hard in providing us with a superior education that has proven itself over and over with the quality of graduates returning to begin employment in their home countries.

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