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.
The university has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), placing it in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of its undergraduate teaching and learning.
Consistently ranked among the UK's top universities for graduate employment for many years, recent accolades have included:
- Top university in Scotland for Health Professions, Journalism, Architecture and Pharmacy. Top for graduate prospects – Guardian University Guide 2017
- Ranked 1st in Scotland for graduate prospects in 11 subject areas - The Complete University Guide 2017
- Ranked 5th in the UK for universities that do most to boost graduate salaries - The Economist 2017
- Top university for graduate jobs in Scotland - HESA July 2018
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.
Robert Gordon's mercantile adventures founded a strong and remarkably modern belief that his investment in the education of his townsfolk would equip them with the skills and knowledge to strengthen their success in Europe and further afield.
Today, more than 260 years after his death, the University which bears his name remains true to his spirit and enterprise.
1824: Aberdeen Mechanics' Institution opens - the beginnings of an adult education programme
1881: Robert Gordon's Hospital is transformed into Robert Gordon's College with a secondary day school and separate adult education college
1884: Educational work of the Aberdeen Mechanics' Institute is transferred to the College
1885: Gray's School of Science and Art opens on Schoolhill, funded by John Gray, head of the firm of William McKinnon, Engineers and Iron Founders
1898: Aberdeen Pharmaceutical Society transfers training for apprentice apothecaries, chemists and druggists to the College
1903: Scottish Education Department designates the vocational courses work of the College as a ‘Central Institution for Specialised Instruction'
1910: Robert Gordon's Technical College is formed
1955: Local architect and businessman Tom Scott Sutherland gifts the Garthdee Estate
1957: Scott Sutherland School of Architecture opens
1965: College becomes known as Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology (RGIT) to reflect higher levels of teaching and its new role as a centre of excellence in the non-university higher education sector
1967: Gray's School of Art moves to Garthdee campus
1991: Name changes to The Robert Gordon Institute of Technology - one of the largest central institutions in Scotland
1992: Awarded university status and first chancellor, Sir Bob Reid, is installed
1998: At the end of the 20th Century the Aberdeen Business School moved to the Garthdee campus.
2002: The Faculty of Health & Social Care building was opened in the summer of 2002 and is home to Applied Social Studies, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing & Midwifery.
Present day: Campus development continues in parallel with growth in RGU's reputation. All teaching is delivered at our Garthdee Campus in state-of-the-art facilities on the banks of the River Dee. Both phases of building development were completed by 2015, providing a fantastic learning environment for our students in a beautiful riverside setting.
On campus, RGU aims to enhance your experience as a student at the university. We provide all of our students and staff with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, formal and informal learning and social spaces and there is support on hand to provide advice and guidance throughout the duration of your study here at RGU .
Set between the rivers Don and Dee in the North-East of Scotland, Aberdeen is one of the top 10 places to live and work in the UK, according to The Good Growth for Cities Index run by PwC. With a population of approximately 228,000, Scotland’s third most populous city is prosperous and cosmopolitan, outperforming other major cities in the UK in terms of jobs, skills, income and environment.
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire provide hundreds of local events organised throughout the year by the respective Councils, event partners and the community. Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan city which is full of surprises, its mix of international sophistication and old-world intimacy means that it is like nowhere else. Located in the north-east of Scotland, often thought of as ‘true Scotland’ due to its history and landscape, the city provides easy access to sandy coastlines, majestic countryside and The Cairngorm mountains.
When you join RGU, you automatically become a member of RGU:Union, and we are here to make your time at RGU the best that it possibly can be, by providing a number of different activities and opportunities for you to get involved with. These include sports clubs, societies, student media, raising money for charity, or volunteering in the community - the list is endless, but the bottom line is that we exist to help students, and that is our number one priority.
Leaving home for the first time can be one of the most exciting things about going to university. It’s an opportunity to live independently, meet new people and make new friends – and because Aberdeen really is a truly student-focused city, you’ll meet people from all over the world. We are committed to providing safe, secure and affordable accommodation for our students. We have accommodation at five sites across the city offering a range of prices, rooms, flats and locations. All of our accommodation is self-catered. We also work closely with student accommodation providers in the private sector and will help you choose the right accommodation for you.
We have graduate employability at the heart of our approach to education, working closely with industry to ensure your knowledge and experience allows you to succeed when you graduate and thrive in your life-long career. Our approach to developing our courses involves working closely with industry to understand what the needs for the future are and ensuring our teaching reflects the workplace.
Placements and work-related experiences play an important part in developing your employability and give you a distinct advantage when starting your career. You may develop work experience through a placement component of your course, or by taking the initiative to participate in a work experience project.
There are a range of benefits to work experience such as:
- Put academic knowledge to practice
- Learn professional skills and values
- Possibility to earn with some paid placements
- Demonstrate independent, responsible working
- Build industry connections and possibility for job offers
- Work on live projects and diversify your interview answers
- Gain experience, skills and references for your CV
- Be distinctive against less experienced candidates
During your studies, it is important to make the most of all of the opportunities you have to learn and set yourself up for your future career. There are many ways you can develop experience at RGU including placements, projects and volunteering. We encourage you to view the placement and job opportunities on our course pages or contact our team for more information.