Robert Gordon University

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RGU is an innovative, accessible, impactful and professionally-minded university, with a student population of over 16,000 from more than 132 countries. RGU's applied learning, contemporary course content, industry-centric approach and state-of-the-art facilities ensures their students are work ready when they graduate.

The University has been recognised in the Teaching Excellence Framework as a Gold Standard institution, placing them in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of their teaching, learning, support and graduate employability. Students will learn in their purpose-built and modern facilities during classes, and relax outside of lectures in the tranquil parkland.

Robert Gordon University

The university is formed of 11 academic schools, covering a wide range of disciplines including business, engineering, architecture and the built environment, computing, law, nursing, health professions and art and design. All schools offer flexible study modes; on campus or online; full-time or part-time, with all their degrees developed through close collaboration with industry.

Facts & Stats

  • Student population of 16,000, with 153 nationalities represented and a global alumni community of 80,000.
  • It is one of the UK's top 10 universities for overall student satisfaction* (National Student Survey 2022, *excludes colleges, small, specialist and private providers)
  • Has invested £120 million in the development of its modern and vibrant campus.
  • It is 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the Graduate Employment Rate measure (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022).
  • The University is in the sparkling city of Aberdeen – named the happiest city in the UK to live and work in (Shawbrook Bank 2021) and 1st in the UK for affordability (QS Best Student Cities 2022).

Graduate Employability

RGU prides itself on its graduate employability record. They are consistently ranked top in the UK for graduate employability and produce experienced, skilled, capable graduates who are prepared to succeed in their career.

Currently ranked:

  • Top university in Scotland for graduate employability with 97.6% of graduates entering employment or further study within 6 months of graduation (HESA published 2018).
  • 34th in the world for Graduate Employability Rate; higher than institutions such as Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019).

Industry Connections

RGU’s links with industry, accrediting bodies and professional recognition ensure their courses respond quickly to changes in the marketplace, are of the highest quality, relevant and tailored to meet the ever changing needs of employers.

Business led workshops, guest lectures and placements provide an opportunity to interact, engage with and learn from a wide range of leading industry professionals from a variety of perspectives and sectors. They also work in partnership with professional bodies to deliver courses and modules, collaborating to design the curriculum which is taught by practitioners.

Outstanding Quality of Teaching

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awarded RGU ‘Gold Standard’, which is the highest accolade you can receive. TEF is the only UK government backed assessment of undergraduate teaching quality across higher education institutions and rates institutions according to their teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

RGU’s Gold Award shows the added value and outstanding real-world impact that their excellent teaching has on their students. This is in no small part to the passion that their teaching staff have for their subjects, coupled with their wider world experiences that extend far beyond academia.

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