Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University

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The Robert Gordon University is an undergraduate and graduate university located in Aberdeen, a Scottish city. The university was founded as an educational institution in the mid-18th century, although it received university status in 1992. Robert Gordon University is known as “The Professional University” because it focuses primarily on vocational degrees. Currently, more than 16,000 students attend the university, including more than 1,000 international students.The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are industry-driven and lead to highly relevant degrees and awards.

To enhance the student experience at the university, there is a students’ union that supports the student community. A variety of fitness and sports services are offered by the sports department on campus to both students and the general public. As the University’s design and print consultancy, The Gatehouse provides all design and print-related services to academic and support departments, as well as students and commercial enterprises.


There are 11 academic colleges at Gordon University, covering finance, engineering, architecture and the environment, computing, law, nursing, health, and art and design, among many others. On-campus or online, full-time or part-time, both schools offer flexible learning options, and their degrees have all been developed in close collaboration with industry.

As a Gold Standard institution, the University ranks among the top 20% of the UK’s best universities for the quality of its teaching, learning, support, and graduate employability.It is ranked 27th in the world in the QS World University Rankings for Graduate Employability Rate 2018 and first in Scotland for graduate employability, with 97.6 percent of graduates getting jobs within six months (HESA published 2018).

As a demand-driven, innovative, inclusive, impactful, and professional institution, Robert Gordon University focuses on quality and innovation in both teaching and research.As a result of its expertise across eleven schools, the University generates innovative solutions that result in economic, societal, environmental, or cultural benefits for businesses and industry by encouraging excellence in interdisciplinary knowledge exchange. Research, creativity, authenticity, approachability, collaboration, enterprise, ambition, respect, and equality are the values that RGU values as an institution and as a community.

Why Robert Gordon University

  • Professional development is emphasized, and students receive the hands-on training they need to succeed in their chosen fields. Because of this, graduates from this school are in high demand from the business world. 
  • Over the past decade, RGU has maintained one of the greatest records for graduate level employment of any university in the UK. 
  • It is one of Scotland’s three best institutions, according to the National Student Survey, and it prides itself on providing excellent educational opportunities for its students.
  • Sustainable transportation, built environment visualisation, industrial biotechnology, smart data and artificial intelligence, and pharmaceutical practice are just a few of the important areas where the university is investing heavily to grow its globally impactful research.


In Robert Gordon University, applied research is of primary importance. In order to achieve our mission, we need to establish a research base of highly relevant, cutting-edge researchers who will advance knowledge and provide tangible benefits to society and the wider economy.A wide range of academic disciplines are represented at RGU, including allied health professions, computer science, engineering, architecture, accounting, business and management, and library and information management.

Providing learners with the skills to succeed in their careers, Robert Gordon University (RGU) offers high-quality educational experiences. As a leading provider of excellent teaching, research, and enterprise opportunities, RGU contributes to economic, social, and cultural development as well as the sustainability of the environment by transforming people and communities.

Services for International Students

Robert Gordon University has both Licensed Student Sponsorship and a team of Student Immigration Specialists ready to assist you during every step of the application process, in addition to its licensed student sponsorship.

To improve their English language skills, students who are eligible for entry but lack the required grades can attend an eight-week pre-sessional English course. Students can further enhance their English skills by enrolling in English language classes during term time. In addition to general group classes, individual support is also available.

International students may be able to work in the UK while they study, but their nationality will determine what conditions they must meet. The visa stamp on their passport will tell them whether or not they can work in the UK.

If you are an adult student with a valid visa:

  • The maximum number of hours per week you may work during term time is 20 and during vacations you may work full-time
  • If you work for an employer (other than a recognised Foundation Programme), you cannot be self-employed.


RGU (Robert Gordon University) is a newly established public university based in Aberdeenshire, UK. QS (Top Universities) has consistently rated RGU between 800-1000 universities since 2018. Compared to THE’s best university ranking, RGU has fallen from 801-1000 in 2019 to 1001+ in 2020 and 2021. RGU has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the UK by the two most popular ranking services in the UK.

  • 801-1000th in QS – World University Ranking.
  • 1001-1200th in THE (Times Higher Education) – University Ranking.
  • 65thin The Complete University Guide – University Ranking (UK).
  • 83th in The Guardian – University Rankings.

Robert Gordon University offers over 1,500 rooms in its University accommodation, and it guarantees housing to all first-year students. It takes only 25 minutes to walk to the furthest of the two campuses, and buses connect the two campuses. A large number of rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and studio apartments are also available. Additionally, the University can assist students in finding alternative accommodation in private residence halls or apartments.

A beautiful backdrop for work and play, the Garthdee Campus is set in a beautifully spacious parkland next to the River Dee. Mature trees and walkways combine with striking architecture to create a great work and learning environment.Over the past few years, they have invested around £120 million into constructing their impressive River Dee campus, which features state-of-the-art facilities to increase the employability of their students.

Aberdeen provides RGU students with a fantastic atmosphere for learning, working, and recreation thanks to its abundance of social and cultural events. You can make the most of our top-notch amenities and lovely green open spaces on campus.

The Garthdee Campus is located next to the River Dee in gorgeously large parkland. The combination of mature trees, walkways, and spectacular architecture creates a lovely setting for both work and pleasure.

There are many social and cultural activities in Aberdeen which create a great study, work, and leisure environment for RGU students. On campus, you can take full advantage of first-class facilities and our beautiful green open spaces.One of the most exciting parts of being a university student is leaving home for the first time. Because Aberdeen is a truly student-focused city, you’ll meet people from all over the world, and it’s an opportunity to live independently, meet new people, and make new friends.

In terms of job opportunities for students, Robert Gordon University has a good reputation. Additionally, it has a high employment rate among the universities in the country for graduates or students who continue their studies six months after graduating. As well as this, it has an extensive alumni network across the country.


University graduates are employed at the highest rate in the industry, which demonstrates the University’s commitment to professional education. In recent years, it has been rated as having the best graduate prospects among modern universities several times. 


Based on government statistics, RGU is ranked top by HESA for graduate employment after graduation (HESA Destination of UK Leavers’ Survey 2013/14, August 2015).

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Address: Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK

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Entry Requirement

Normally, postgraduate and undergraduate  taught courses require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Depending on the course, you may need a different level of English. For specific details, please visit our course pages. 

All SELT test reports, including IELTS and other standalone English tests, expire after 2 years years only and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Qualifications for English tests

  • Bachelor’s degree candidates must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 and an IELTS score of 6.0.
  • IELTS minimum for master’s degree: 6.5
  • The required TOEFL score for masters is 88. 

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Tuition Fee

  • At Robert Gordon University, the cost of a bachelor’s degree ranges from 1,820 GBP to 6,750 GBP for local students and from 4,640 GBP to 17,150 GBP for international students.
  • For domestic students, the master’s tuition at Robert Gordon University ranges from 1,820 GBP to 9,900 GBP a year, and for international students, it ranges from 5,300 GBP to 18,230 GBP per year.

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To assist international students in this initial stage, RGU provides a discount on their fees to those who are self-funding, direct entry. In addition to scholarships, we have partnerships with a number of companies in the UK and overseas that offer international students funding opportunities.

Undergraduate Students

  • Robert Gordon University’s route students will not be eligible for the fee decrease until they complete Year 2 of their studies there.
  • International students must be enrolled full-time, on campus.
  • The student is responsible for his or her own financial support.
  • Accepted for the ICRGU’s Foundation Studies Programs in September 2022 and January 2023

Postgraduate Students

  • The MSc program at Robert Gordon University is the only one that qualifies for the fee reduction, not the ICRGU route.
  • International students must be enrolled full-time, on campus.
  • The student is responsible for his or her own financial support.
  • Pre-RGU Master’s MSc Programs for 2022/23


International students can apply to this fund if their financial circumstances have changed since they started their course.Before applying to Student Finance, students should speak with them.

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Courses & Faculty

Students can earn degrees from the university in many fields, from BSc to Ph.D., including technology, arts, health care, and business.
  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Accounting and Management
  • Accounting with Data Science
  • Applied Biomedical Science
  • Applied Bioscience
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Applied Sociology
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Science
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business and Management
  • Business Management
  • Business with Data Analytics
  • Business with Finance and Economics
  • Business with Human Resource Management
  • Business with Marketing
  • Communication Design: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography
  • Computer Science
  • Computing – Application Software Development
  • Computing and Creative Design
  • Computing Science
  • Contemporary Art Practice – Moving Image, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber Security and Network Management
  • Design
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Marketing and Business Analytics
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Media (Placement)
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering (4 Years)
  • Engineering Design
  • Events Management
  • Fashion and Textile Design
  • Fashion Management
  • Fine Art
  • Food, Nutrition and Human Health
  • Forensic and Analytical Science
  • International Business Management
  • International Hospitality Management
  • International Tourism Management
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Law – Online Learning
  • Law and Management
  • Management
  • Management with Human Resource Management
  • Management with Marketing
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (4 Years)
  • Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
  • Mechanical and Offshore Engineering (4 Years)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (4 Years)
  • Media
  • Nursing – Dual Registration in Adult and Children and Young People
  • Nursing – Dual Registration in Adult and Mental Health
  • Nursing – Dual Registration in Children and Young People and Mental Health
  • Nursing – Adult
  • Nursing – Adult (3 Years)
  • Nursing – Children and Young People
  • Nursing – Mental Health
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Painting
  • Pharmacy
  • Photography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management
  • Radiographic Studies
  • Social Work
  • Social Work – Distance Learning
  • Sport Coaching
  • Surveying – Building
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Architectural Design
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice
  • Advancing Practice
  • Analytical Science – Drug Analysis and Toxicology
  • Analytical Science – Environmental Analysis
  • Analytical Science – Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety
  • Applied Psychology
  • Architecture Part 2 RIBA/ARB
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Building Retrofit
  • Business Analytics
  • Business and Management
  • Business and Management with Sustainability
  • Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Leadership and Management
  • Business with Financial Management
  • Business with HR Management
  • Business with Strategic Risk Management
  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice
  • Clinical Pharmacy Service Development
  • Communication Design
  • Construction Law and Arbitration
  • Construction Project Management
  • Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Diagnostic Image Reporting
  • Digital Marketing
  • Drilling and Well Engineering
  • Energy Management
  • Energy Transitions and Sustainability
  • Engineering
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Financial Management
  • Fine Art
  • Health Safety and Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information and Library Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology with Business Intelligence
  • Information Technology with Cyber Security
  • International Business Management
  • International Fashion Business
  • International Marketing
  • International Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • IT for the Energy Industry
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Law and Energy Law
  • Law and International Commercial Law
  • Law and International Law
  • MBA
  • MBA Oil and Gas Management
  • MBA Sustainability and Energy Transitions
  • Mental Health Officer Award
  • Oil and Gas Engineering
  • Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law
  • Petroleum Data Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacist Independent Prescribing
  • Physiotherapy – Pre-registration
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Product Design
  • Professional Legal Practice
  • Project Management
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Quality Management
  • Social Work
  • Strategic Service Planning and Delivery in Health and Social Care
  • Therapeutic Photography

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

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The Garthdee campus of Robert Gordon University houses eleven schools. In addition to Aberdeen Business School, there are also Aberdeen Applied Social Studies Schools, Computer Science Schools, Creative and Cultural Business Schools, Engineering Schools, Gray’s School of Art Schools, Health Sciences Schools, Law Schools, Nursing Schools, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice Schools, Pharmacy and Life Sciences Schools, and Architecture and Built Environment Schools.

Robert Gordon University has 16,000 students from 153 countries. 10,000 are undergraduates and 6,000 are postgraduates.

The undergraduate and post-graduate programs at this university are open for intake in January 2023.

The Robert Gordon University is located in Aberdeen, United Kingdom

If you have circumstances that have impacted your ability to meet a coursework submission date, and you are seeking an extension to that submission date, read RGU’s “Fit to Sit” policy and complete the Coursework Extension Form – Self-Certification.
Your RGU email account must be used to submit the form at least 24 hours in advance of the coursework submission date and time to your school’s designated email address. Contact your Course Leader or RGU:Union Advice & Support for assistance with completing a Coursework Extension Request Form.

  • An Academic Appeal is a request for a review of a decision of an academic body. During the preparation for or completion of an assessment, a student may wish to submit a Student Appeal Form: Academic Appeal – Award and Progression Stage 1 if there were circumstances beyond their control.

Academic appeals should be based on the grounds listed in Regulation A3-1 (or Regulation A6 for research degrees). Please contact RGU:Union Advice & Support if you have any questions about completing the Academic Appeal Form.

RGU takes misconduct very seriously, and sanctions can be imposed if it is proven to have occurred. To familiarise yourself with the Student Conduct Procedure, you should read it if you have been requested to attend a misconduct hearing. You can obtain advice or support from RGU:Union Advice & Support if you have questions or concerns about a misconduct hearing.