FAQs

Academic Session 2021-2022


Visit our Academic Session 2021-2022 page for details.

I am interested in starting my studies in September 2021

Last updated 08 July 2021

If you are interested in undergraduate study with us, we do have availability on some courses – please check out our information on clearing and email study@abdn.ac.uk with any questions.

If you are interested in postgraduate study with us, please be aware that the application deadline for International/EU applicants applying for full-time on campus postgraduate taught degrees starting in September 2021 will be the 17 July 2021. For applicants who don’t require a visa to study in the UK, the application deadline for postgraduate taught degrees starting in September 21 will be in August 2021.

You can talk directly to current students and admissions staff via Unibuddy.

You can take part in one of our online information sessions or virtual open days. Find out more here.

You can join us at one of the online higher education events we are attending. Find out more here.

Undergraduate degree programmes

Last updated 29 April 2021

1. I would like to apply to university starting September 2021, but am worried that because my secondary school education has been interrupted due to Covid-19 (school closed, exams cancelled, classes missed, etc.), I will not have the grades to be accepted onto a course of study.

We recommend that you contact your school for guidance about completing your university application, if you have not already done so.

The University of Aberdeen recognises the disruption caused to education systems and learner journeys across the world. The University’s Admissions Selectors will be as flexible as possible while still ensuring that applicants are academically qualified for their chosen course of study.

We understand that these are unprecedented times, but please be assured that, wherever you are from, we are looking at all options to support your future ambitions to join the University of Aberdeen. If you have any concerns, please email our UG Admissions team to discuss your circumstances.

2. I am studying for an HNC/D at College but we are no longer sitting graded units, what does this mean for my offer to University?

The SQA has confirmed that in academic year 20/21 instead of sitting Graded Units HNC/D students will be awarded a mark based on quality assured grades from internal assessment in their College. The University will make offers based on these new grades. The offers will be at the same level as the former graded unit offers but the University remains in close contact with Colleges regarding the changeable situation. We recognise the disruption caused to education systems and learner journeys across the world. The University’s Admissions Selectors will be as flexible as possible while still ensuring that applicants are academically qualified for their chosen course of study.

We appreciate students may be worried about the situation but would like to encourage anyone to contact us at this time with any concerns they may have. Please email our dedicated Access and Articulation Team if you would like further information and guidance.

3. I am planning to apply for university for September 2022 and am concerned about the approach to awarding grades. How will this affect me when applying to start in 2022?

The University of Aberdeen recognises the disruption caused to education systems and learner journeys across the world. The University’s Admissions Selectors will be as flexible as possible while still ensuring that applicants are academically qualified for their chosen course of study. 

We understand that these are unprecedented times, but please be assured that, wherever you are from, we are looking at all options to support your future ambitions to join the University of Aberdeen. If you have any concerns, please email our enquiry team [study@abdn.ac.uk]  to discuss your circumstances.

Postgraduate taught degree programmes

Last updated 09 March 2021

Are you accepting applications to join in September 2021 for Postgraduate Taught programmes?

If you are interested in postgraduate study at Aberdeen, whether in September 2021 or beyond, we would encourage you to apply. We are processing applications as normal, but there may be some delays due to our Admissions Team working remotely from home.

International applicants

Last updated 6th August 2021

1. I have an outstanding language condition attached to my offer - What should I do?

The University of Aberdeen has extended the range of language certificates and documents it accepts. You can find out more about the different options to meeting the required language standard here

The University of Aberdeen also offers a range of Pre-Sessional English courses, including 5- and 10-week options for students wishing to commence study with us in September 2021. You can find out details here.

2. Visa centres in my country are closed and I cannot obtain a visa – what should I do?

If you are unable to apply for a visa, you can start your studies online and transition to on campus study once the visa centres in your country re-open.

3. There are no flights from my country to the UK – what should I do?

If you are unable to travel, you can start your studies online and transition to on campus study once flights to the UK resume.

4. Will I need to quarantine?

Full details of the rules regarding travel to Scotland are outlined on the Scottish Government website: Coronavirus (Covid-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine).

The rules are different depending on where you are travelling from, with countries allocated a rating of Red, Amber or Green depending on the risk of Covid-19 in that location.

The following website confirms the countries in each category and the steps you must take when travelling into Scotland from these areas: Coronavirus (Covid-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine).

At the current time,

  • arrivals from red list countries will only be allowed to enter the UK if they are a British or Irish National, or have the right to remain in the UK – this includes those with a visa to study in the UK. They will be required to enter a managed isolation hotel and stay there for 10 days at a cost of £2250. At this stage, the Scottish Government has not approved the use of University operated accommodation as a suitable substitute and individuals required to stay in hotel quarantine will need to do so, regardless of their status as a student. 

    The University will meet the cost of managed quarantine (up to a maximum of £2250) for our international students (new and returning) travelling to engage in on-campus learning who are from a country on the UK travel red list country (this is the country where you were located when you applied to study at the University of Aberdeen). Please read our FAQs on Managed Quarantine Payments for more information.
     
  • arrivals from amber list countries, which will be the majority of countries, should self-isolate in their accommodation on arrival for 10 days. They also need to book two tests prior to arriving in the country (£170). Some fully vaccinated arrivals from amber list countries in the EU and US will no longer be required to quarantine from 2 August, but will still be required to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day 2 after arrival. More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.
     
  • arrivals from green list countries will not be required to quarantine or isolate on arrival in Scotland, but will need to take a PCR test shortly after arrival (£88)
 
Vaccination

Last Updated: 20th July 2021

Visit our Vaccination page for FAQs and more information.

Deciding where to study

Last updated: 16 July 2021

1.I have an offer to study at the University of Aberdeen, and wish to come and visit the campus before I make a decision. Can I do so?

We are very pleased to be able to resume our in-person campus visits. For more information, please see our In-person campus visits page. We also have a number of excellent virtual campus tours available to watch. Check them out!

You can find our campus maps online. If you’d like some tips on where to grab a coffee, email the Enquiry Team on study@abdn.ac.uk who would be delighted to help.

2. I have questions I would like to ask before submitting an application or accepting an offer. Can I talk to someone?

You can talk directly to current students and admissions staff via Unibuddy

You can take part in one of our online information sessions or virtual open days. Find out more here

If you are an international student, you can also join us at one of the online higher education events we are attending. Find out more here

You can always email our enquiry team at study@abdn.ac.uk, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Life in Aberdeen

Last updated: 29 April 2021

1. What restrictions will be in place in September?

You can keep up to date with the latest Scottish Government plans for easing restrictions on their website

2. I have questions about the arrangements in halls 

Please see our Accommodation FAQs page for further information.

Tuition Fees

Last updated: 16 July 2021

1. Will blended learning or having to study online initially involve any changes in our SAAS applications, funding or student loans?

No, students should continue to apply for funding as normal.

2. Will my tuition fees be adjusted in light of the announcement that some of my degree programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach?

The tuition fees remain unchanged.  We are moving ahead with plans for the delivery of teaching and other activities on campus for all students who can be in Aberdeen. Although we do not expect to be able to deliver teaching to large groups on campus, there will be on campus teaching for smaller group activities and we will continue to provide a high-quality education experience that enables you to achieve your potential while meeting required academic standards through blended learning.

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Contact us

Our phones are currently not in operation as we are working remotely from home. You can reach us by emailing study@abdn.ac.uk and by following us on social media:

You can also chat to our students and staff via Unibuddy.