University of Aberdeen

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Description

The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university, and the UK’s fifth. It was formed in the merging of two colleges, King’s and Marischal, in 1860.

King’s College was founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, the then Bishop of Aberdeen, who used the great European universities of Paris and Bologna as his model.

With just 36 staff and students when it first opened, King’s was dedicated to training teachers, doctors, lawyers and the clergy who would serve northern Scotland and the Scottish monarchy. It offered studies in arts, theology and the law, and its position of chair of medicine, established in 1497, was the first to be created in the English-speaking world.

Marischal College meanwhile was opened in 1593, in the New Town of Aberdeen, by the fourth Earl Marischal.

The two colleges merged and for a time King’s focused on arts and divinity while Marischal focused on law and medicine.

The first women were admitted as students in 1894, with four women graduating in arts in 1898. By 1899, women were a quarter of their faculty.

Current students of the university number around 14,000 and prominent alumni include former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, former Cabinet Office Minister Tessa Jowell, two judges of the supreme court of Scotland and a number of university vice-chancellors.

Health and healthcare have long been a research priority for Aberdeen, with the region boasting the highest concentration of health and life scientists in Europe. In 2002, a new Institute for Medical Sciences was opened followed by a new Health Sciences building in 2006, while the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare, a £20m training facility, opened in 2009.

The university also opened a new £57 million library, the Sir Duncan Rice in Old Aberdeen, in 2012, and in 2014 an aquatic centre with an Olympic-standard swimming pool.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Physical Science, Education, Psychology, Social Science

Location

United Kingdom
King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB24 3FX, United Kingdom

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My university is open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others. This is a very welcome university with students from all over the world. The students support structure operating through the Students Advice

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Good Uni and teachers are highly qualified with good facilities. University accommodation is good with excellent facilities. The teaching staff is good and takes a lot of pride and interest in resolving student queries.

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The University does a great job at making every student feel as if they are apart of the close-knit community, rather than just a number. Walking every day on the stunning campus is an absolute highlight. The professors are also very...

The University does a great job at making every student feel as if they are apart of the close-knit community, rather than just a number. Walking every day on the stunning campus is an absolute highlight. The professors are also very knowledgeable, and truly care about how you do in their classes. Overall, I would recommend the University of Aberdeen, as the student life mixed with the great academic opportunity is well worth it.

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It is a very friendly and student-oriented uni. Tutors are very supportive. Excellent sports facilities. The campus is compact. The library is very modern. The city is on the coast of the North sea, so the view is amazing. The city is clean and...

It is a very friendly and student-oriented uni. Tutors are very supportive. Excellent sports facilities. The campus is compact. The library is very modern. The city is on the coast of the North sea, so the view is amazing. The city is clean and compact too, so you can walk and economy.

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The university has good teaching and study facilities, good and experienced professors, a Good library with a lot of facilities. The university accommodation is good for students. The University of Aberdeen is an international university with...

The university has good teaching and study facilities, good and experienced professors, a Good library with a lot of facilities. The university accommodation is good for students. The University of Aberdeen is an international university with students from different part of the world.

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I thoroughly enjoyed studying at the University of Aberdeen and would recommend it highly. Courses are well-organized, up to date and research oriented. University is international and non-discriminatory. Most lecturers have an open door policy,...

I thoroughly enjoyed studying at the University of Aberdeen and would recommend it highly. Courses are well-organized, up to date and research oriented. University is international and non-discriminatory. Most lecturers have an open door policy, which makes learning much easier and enjoyable.

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University of Aberdeen is a great place for a Bachelor's degree. The curriculum is very well thought out. The lecturers seem passionate about their fields. They always explain their topics well and give examples of additional literature that...

University of Aberdeen is a great place for a Bachelor's degree. The curriculum is very well thought out. The lecturers seem passionate about their fields. They always explain their topics well and give examples of additional literature that could help us out further or perhaps spark our interest for something new. It's easy to follow missed lectures with recordings. Most of the student accommodation, not only the one offered from the university, is really close by, so you don't have to spend money on transport. There are many opportunities for practical work and labs on what you are studying, but you can also explore other subjects if you want to.

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I have loved studying at the University of Aberdeen for the last four years. The LLB Law course is challenging but very rewarding and with so many opportunities both within University and outwith. The campus is beautiful and historic and the...

I have loved studying at the University of Aberdeen for the last four years. The LLB Law course is challenging but very rewarding and with so many opportunities both within University and outwith. The campus is beautiful and historic and the University is well respected. The Duncan Rice Library is an asset to the University providing a modern touch but also a brilliant place to study. Help is always available from lecturers who in my experience have always gone above and beyond to help their students succeed.

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