Robert Gordon University

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

No. Students: 15,000 (1,000 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 1,400
Funding type: Public
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*: Approximate

Robert Gordon University is an internationally acclaimed institution of higher education, training and educating students from all over the world in many sought after fields of study. Students from 73 countries enrol in this University every year to earn undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. The Times Good University Guide 2010 named Robert Gordon University as the best modern university in the UK.

Located in Aberdeen, Europes oil capital, this state-funded University offers a comprehensive range of courses in nursing, business, law, engineering, science, computing, art, design, architecture, pharmacy, social work and health sciences. The University offers these courses through its various schools located in its Garthdee and Schoolhill campuses. Currently, 15,000 students including 1,000 international students are enrolled in Robert Gordon's various courses. There is also a total of 1,400 staff to help these students in their academic endeavours.

All courses offered at Robert Gordon University are created to make the students employable as soon as they complete their study. To achieve this, the University has designed a curriculum that involves theory and practice in equal measures. The University frequently interacts with a wide range of industries and businesses to create courses and curriculum that accommodate industry expectations and latest technological innovations. Robert Gordon University also has an outstanding record for graduate recruitment, and as such has consistently been ranked in the top 5 UK universities for Graduate level jobs by the UKs leading newspapers: The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Independent.

Many of the courses at Robert Gordon's also offer professional accreditation from leading UK professional bodies such as The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, The British Computer Society, and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations to name a few. Recognition by one of these professional bodies has many advantages both within the UK and internationally.

Paid work placements during undergraduate study is another important aspect of the Robert Gordon's study culture. Most of the courses include a work placement in order to train students in real-life work situations, and allow them to put academic theory into practice.


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.

Consistently ranked among the UK's top universities for graduate employment for many years, recent accolades have included:

* Best Modern University in the UK' - The Times Good University Guide 2012
* Scottish University of the Year 2011
* Top Modern University for Research in Scotland

Our 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.

The majority of our courses enable part-time study, with an increasing number also available via distance learning through the University's online learning environment, CampusMoodle.

Our growing reputation for research reflects our interest in finding real solutions to real problems experienced by businesses and other organisations.


Award Bearing Provision Accredited/Recognised by Professional/Statutory/Regulatory Bodies

* Institute for Chartered Accountants of Scotland * Institute for Chartered Accountants of England and Wales * Chartered Institute of Management Accountants * Association of Chartered Certified Accountants * Association of International Accountants Scotland * Association of MBAs * The Project Management Institute * Association for Project Management * Chartered Institute of Professional Development * The Law Society of Scotland * Faculty of Advocates * The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) * Chartered Institute of Arbitrators * Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals * Tourism Management Institute (TMI) * Institute of Hospitality (Formerly: Hotel Catering and International Management Association) * Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply * Chartered Quality Institute * Chartered Management Institute * Chartered Institute of Marketing * Chartered Institute of Public Relations * National Council for the Training of Journalists * Broadcast Journalism Training Council * Institution of Occupational Safety and Health * Energy Institute
Award Bearing Provision Accredited/Recognised by Professional/Statutory/Regulatory Bodies

* British Computer Society (BCS) * Energy Institute * The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) * Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) * Architects Registration Board (ARB) * Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) * Association of Building Engineers (ABE) * Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists [formerly British Institute of Architectural
* Technologists (BIAT)] * Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Partnership * Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) * Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM)
Award Bearing Provision Accredited/Recognised by Professional/Statutory/Regulatory Bodies

* British Dietetic Association * The Society and College of Radiographers * Chartered Society of Physiotherapy * Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education
* * Forensic Science Society * Health and Care Professions Council * Higher Education Academy * Institute of Biomedical Science


Robert Gordon University has spent millions of pounds towards establishing and modernising facilities in its two campuses. Each of the University's many schools possesses subject-specific, state-of-the art academic facilities to render a world-class education.

Garthdee Campus

The campus houses modern lecture theatres, a television studio, an excellent moot court facility, numerous small group rooms and many executive education rooms.

Schoolhill Campus

The campus possesses the latest equipment and facilities for pharmacy studies including a custom built Pharmaceutical Care Centre which comprises of a state-of-the art simulation of both primary and secondary healthcare environments including a GP surgery housing several thousand sets of primary care medical notes, a community pharmacy and a drug information centre.

IT Facilities

All students have access to the University's campus-wide network of over 2500 state-of-the-art, internet enabled PC's through library facilities and drop-in IT labs.

Sport Facilities

Robert Gordon University has invested over £11 million in a state-of-the-art sports facility, which has greatly improved the regions sporting infrastructure and also acts as a social hub for the Garthdee campus. The facility features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, climbing wall and bouldering room, cafe bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall.

Other Facilities

There are catering outlets on both campuses including Costa Coffee bars and student refectories selling a wide range of hot and cold dishes.

Students Association

The Student Association has its own building in the centre of the city with a shop, cafe bar, main bar, pool tables, big screen TV room, etc. The association coordinates activities between different clubs and societies.

Student life

At Robert Gordon University we know that great accommodation, social activities, facilities and support will bring out the best in your motivation and learning, and help you on the pathway to a successful career. If university is about getting on in life, it's also about having a safe, stimulating and fun experience that you'll never forget.

The right course may be a major factor when choosing a university, but the social scene is just as important. This is the place where you'll make friends and professional contacts which can last for life. RGU has two campuses: Garthdee, beside the River Dee and home to our £10m sport centre; and the City Centre Campus, location of the Student Union and the base for Freshers' Week, societies and year-round events.

The Student Union is located in Aberdeen city centre, beside the Schoolhill building and just a couple of minutes walk away from the St Andrew Street building. The Union deals with every aspect of university life, and can provide help and advice if you need it, put you in contact with clubs and societies and can help you get involved in student politics.

There is a wide variety of sports clubs and societies that you can get involved with. Joining a club or society is an ideal way to meet new friends and develop skills that will enhance your CV. If there is an activity that you are interested in but it is not represented, we will help you to set up a club or society.

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