When do your programmes start?
All taught postgraduate programmes start at the end of September. A number of programmes also have a January start date too.
When do I need to apply?
Applications can be made 12 months prior to start of programme. There is no need to have completed your current degree before applying.
It is recommended that you apply at least 6 months prior to the start of course to allow time for all your paperwork to be dealt with.
For international students applying to taught programmes, there may be a deadline. The deadline is there to ensure students have sufficient time to complete the application process and apply for their visa in order to arrive in Aberdeen on time. Some programmes may have specific application deadlines - check the department website before applying. Any application received after the stated deadline will be considered for the next available intake.
There is no deadline for those students classified as UK or EU applicants, but please ensure you allow enough time for your application to be processed (approximately 4 weeks) and for you to make arrangements to come to Aberdeen in time for the start of session.
There is no deadline for applications to Research programmes as students can start at a time agreed with the relevant College.
How do I make an application?
Applications for the PGDE in Primary or Secondary Education must be made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR). Please do not use University of Aberdeen or Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) forms. Applicants should note that although there is no official closing date for the PGDE Secondary, there is an official closing date for the PGDE Primary.
What documents do I need to submit along with my application?
Do I need to supply academic or employer references?
For Research programmes – two academic references
For Taught programmes – one academic reference from applicants with a first degree from an institution outwith the UK and from applicants who have yet to complete their first degree from a UK institution.
Applicants who have completed their degree from a UK institution are not required to supply a reference.
Please note that your references must be on institutional headed paper and be signed by referee(s). They can be uploaded with your online application (if referee allows to share with you) or can be sent directly to University in sealed envelope.
Do I need to take an English language test?
Applicants whose native language is not English need to sit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System: www.ielts.org) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language: www.ets.org/toefl) English Language qualification. The test must have been taken within 2 years of the programme start date.
Details of the scores required can be found at: www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements
I have submitted my application to the University, what happens now?
When the University of Aberdeen receives your form, an acknowledgement is issued and completed applications are passed to the Graduate Schools for consideration.
The Schools then review the applications and decide whether an offer can be made
Successful applicants are sent either a conditional or unconditional offer.
How long should I expect to wait for a decision on my application?
The University endeavours to process all applications for taught programmes within 21 days of receipt. Applications for research degrees can take longer to process.
In both cases this is dependent upon applications arriving complete with all supporting documents and references as required. The admissions team are unable to process applications until all relevant documents are received.
Do I require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate for the programme I am studying?
Overseas applicants for some Science, Engineering or Technology disciplines may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. The ATAS certificate must be obtained before applying for a visa. For more information visit www.fco.gov.uk/atas
I have been made an offer, what do I have to do now?
You will be sent an Offer Letter, and an Acceptance/Decline and Financial Guarantee Form. You must complete and return these to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Once we have received all the necessary documentation you will be 'cleared for admission' either immediately (for unconditional offers) or when you have met the conditions of our offer to you. You will then be sent a Certificate of Acceptance which, if you are an overseas student, will allow you to begin arrangements for your student visa.