Robert Gordon University

Aberdeen, Scotland


Robert Gordon University, commonly called RGU, is a public university in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland. It became a university in 1992, and originated from an educational institution founded in the 18th century by Robert Gordon, a prosperous Aberdeen merchant, and various institutions which provided adult education and technical education in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

According to the 2013 Times Good University Guide it is the best modern university in the UK, while according to The Guardian University Guide 2013 it is the best modern university in Scotland and 2nd-best in the UK. It was shortlisted for Sunday Times University of the Year 2012 and was named Best Modern University in the UK for 2012 by The Sunday Times University Guide.

The university awards degrees in a wide range of disciplines from BA/BSc to PhD, primarily in (but not limited to) professional, technical and artistic disciplines and those most applicable to business and industry. A number of traditional academic degree programmes are also offered, such as in the social sciences. Disciplines available include the social sciences, life sciences, engineering, computing science, pharmacy, nursing, allied health professions, social work, law, accountancy, business administration, management, journalism, fine art, applied arts and design, and architecture.

83 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1992
Size Large
16,787 Students


4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Common Application, Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline for UCAS application
Deadline for Common Application

Cost and Scholarships

£ 12,360
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



RGU Financial Award for Full Time On Campus Undergraduate Courses
Total Worth £2,000
Eligibility and Requirements Is eligible for an offer from Robert Gordon University having met the standard or advertised academic entry requirements Must hold RGU as their Firm Choice on UCAS Be classed by the University as a Rest of UK fee paying student Must be a self-funding student. This includes students who apply for funding from: Student Finance England Student Finance Wales Student Finance NI
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details Full time on-campus undergraduate course within subject areas of Architecture, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering, Health, Pharmacy and Life Sciences For students starting in Year 1 or Year 2 of an undergraduate course
Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Scholarship
Total Worth One full year’s tuition fee
Eligibility and Requirements Selection of successful awardee is based on academic merit Holder of an offer from Robert Gordon University for a full time on campus undergraduate course Be classed by the University as an international fee payer for tuition fee payment Must be a self-funding student
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline June 30
Other Details Students from Any full time on campus undergraduate course are eligible.
Anderson Anderson Brown Access Scholarship
Total Worth £1000
Eligibility and Requirements Students who have accepted the offer of a place on Accounting and Finance undergraduate course at RGU and meet at least one of the ACCESS RGU scholarship criteria
Available for International Students --
Application Deadline --
Other Details Open to undergraduate students in Accounting and Finance. The scholarship provides funding support up to the value of £1000 per year, a paid internship and a dedicated mentor.