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Robert Gordon University

Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Campus setting Suburban
Living cost USD 1,550 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students Contact the university / college
Institution type Public

About Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University is a dynamic, modern place to study with an international reputation for providing high quality education from undergraduate through to PhD level. Its diverse and exciting range of degree programmes are taught in state-of-the-art facilities by specialists who maintain close links with the world of work. Well-established relationships with professional bodies, industrial organisations, government departments and research institutes ensure that all taught content is relevant and meets industry standards.

Robert Gordon University comprises three faculties, in which 9 academic schools are located (all with the shared vision of making each graduating student as employable as possible by the time they complete their degree at RGU):

  • Aberdeen Business School
  • Grays School of Art
  • Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • School of Applied Social Studies
  • School of Computing Science and Digital Media
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Robert Gordon is the number one university in the UK for Graduate Employment (Higher Education Statistical Agency, 2013) with over 97% of RGU graduates going onto career level employment within 6 months of graduation. That is the highest figure of any UK university, including Oxford and Cambridge. 73% of its courses carry accreditation from the relevant professional bodies, such as CIMA, AMBA, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Energy Institute (EI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and many more. Also over 70% of its courses include a periods of practical placement or internships. These range for short term placements, 2-4 weeks to yearlong salaried internships. RGU is also the Best Modern University in the UK 2012, according to The Times and The Guardian newspapers and the Top Modern University for Research in Scotland.

Campus information

Robert Gordon University is located in Aberdeen, in the North East of Scotland. Aberdeen is known as the Energy Capital of Europe and is one of the most economically robust cities in Europe. Aberdeen is regularly cited as being an economic powerhouse in the UK economy but at the same time it wins awards for proving the best quality of life, and being the safest city, in the UK.

RGU is located on the impressive Garthdee campus on the edge of Aberdeen city. Over £170 million has been invested in campus facilities in recent times as RGU believes that students need to graduate with experience of industry standard resources such as labs, software, equipment, facilities and techniques, if they are to get their career in their chosen field underway as quickly as possible.

In September 2013, as part of an impressive campus development strategy, the new School of Engineering; Computing Science and Digital Media; and Pharmacy and Life Sciences opened, giving RGU students access to some of the most advanced education facilities available at any university in the UK. A brand new state of the art library was also included as part of this campus development, which benefits the entire Robert Gordon student population.

Robert Gordon University is located on the beautiful riverside campus of Garthdee, situated on the outskirts of Aberdeen city. Covering over five miles of green space, Garthdee has been named as one of the nicest learning environments in Europe.

Although the Garthdee campus has a feeling of serenity and tranquility, it is only a short bus journey (15 minutes) into Aberdeen city, with the campus being included as part of a bus route meaning there are several buses every hour to shuttle students between the campus and the city.


The University provides a range of accommodation to suit different needs and budgets. Spread across the city of Aberdeen, the university is committed to providing safe, secure and affordable accommodation for the students. All accommodation is in the style of private bedrooms in shared, self-catering  apartments, or flats as they are called in Scotland.

There is more to University life than studying, so those flats cater for more than students' academic needs. Each study bedroom is equipped to provide a private place to relax or revise with the option of an ensuite bathroom if desired; and each flat contains a communal living area and kitchen where flatmates and friends can socialise.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Architecture, Building 1 Business, Management 3 Computer Science, IT 2 Creative Arts & Design 1 Engineering 1 Health and Medicine 1


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