Please note: this information is only relevant to those who study on campus/in person courses. Students who are registered on or intend to register for wholly online degree programmes should contact their course leaders to discuss their teaching for 2021/22.


In the coming academic year, we expect to offer more on campus teaching than we were able to last year, due to the restrictions easing. We expect that you will return to Aberdeen (or Doha, if that is your home campus), where you are able to do so. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus, and hope you will be able to benefit from the many positives of studying in person and on campus. Our teams have been working hard to ensure that it will be as safe as possible, while also providing you with an excellent learning environment.

The *University has confirmed that it will meet the cost of managed quarantine (a maximum of £2250) for our international students (new and returning) travelling to engage in on-campus learning who are from a UK travel red-list country (the country where you were located when you applied to study at the University of Aberdeen’s UK campus). More information is available on our Coronavirus FAQ webpages.

*Not available for Qatar Campus Students

Please note that if you study on one of the following programmes, online only study may not be possible, due to accreditation, pedagogical or placement reasons:

  • Medicine (MBChB)
  • Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc)
  • Physician Associate Studies (MSc)
  • Dentistry (BDS)
  • Dental Technology (DipHE) and Postgraduate Dental Programmes
  • Education (including PGDE)

For more information, please contact your school directly or see below.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, please see the recent communication issued to students. More information regarding your student visa is available on our International Study webpages or on our Immigration and Student Visas webpages

You can tell us you require to study online via the Student Hub. Please note, however, that the University is not able to offer online study only as a permanent option for those registered on “on campus” programmes. As such, we can only guarantee that you can study online in the first half-session, while arrangements for the second half-session will be reviewed in the Autumn in line with restrictions.

Please note, students who are temporarily studying online as a result of a positive Covid test or due to self-isolation should continue to follow the procedures available in the Coronavirus FAQ section for Absence Reporting and Self Isolation.

What Can I Expect on Campus?

In the drop-down banners below, please find school and location-specific information as to what you can expect on campus in the coming Academic Year (2021/22). Please note, this information is subject to change and is not exhaustive. There may be other activities not listed that students will be able to experience. All on campus provision is dependent on local restrictions at the time.

School of Biological Sciences

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

For BSc Biological Sciences (Level 3 Hons), there are some courses in the second half-session that cannot be completed online due to mandatory laboratory learning outcomes.

For most programmes in the school, field courses form part of the programme in the second half session, and we will provide opportunities as permitted by government guidance.

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group lab-based practical classes.
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates.
  • Small group tutorials, dependent on course choice.

Second Year

  • Small group lab and computer-based practical classes.
  • Small group tutorials, dependent on course choice.

Third Year

  • Computer-based practical classes.

Dependent on course choice:

  • Day field trips.
  • Small group lab-based practical classes.
  • Small group tutorials.
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates.

Fourth Year

  • One-to-One meetings with supervisors.
  • Lab or field-based project work, dependent on project choice. 

Dependent on course choice:

  • Small group tutorials. 
  • Computer-based practicals. 
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates.
  • Research seminars.
  • Teaching placement in a local school. 

Fifth Year (UG)

  • One-to-One meetings with supervisors.

Dependent on course choice:

  • Small group tutorials. 
  • Lab- or computer-based practicals.
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates.
  • Day field trips.

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials.
  • Lectures and seminars for small classes.
  • Groupwork activities with fellow classmates.
  • Lab- or computer-based practical classes.
  • Day field trips.
Business School

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops as appropriate to the discipline

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops as appropriate to the discipline

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops as appropriate to the discipline

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops as appropriate to the discipline
  • Dissertation supervision meetings as appropriate

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops as appropriate to the programme and dissertation supervision meetings where applicable (normal taught programmes) or block teaching activities appropriate to the course and programme (block taught programmes).

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • It is expected that students who can return to campus will do so in order to benefit from the mix of social activities delivered by AUSA and student societies (the school supports a number of very active business- and employment-oriented societies) and small-group in-person academic activities (as indicated above) delivered by the school.
School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials for each course

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials for each course

Third Year

  • Divinity, Philosophy and Art History: Small group seminars for each course
  • History: Small group tutorials for each course
  • Art History: Local fieldtrips are currently being planned (dependent on local restrictions and guidance).

Fourth Year

  • Divinity, Philosophy and Art History: Small group seminars for each course
  • History: Small group tutorials for each course
  • Art History: Local fieldtrips are currently being planned (dependent of local restrictions and guidance).

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials or seminars on campus.
School of Education

*Please note, this information is only relevant to MA (Hons) students. 

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

School Experience Placements will take place in schools as planned. Students will attend their placements in person and will need to have an address within the partnership Local Authorities to access their placements.  Information about the student's address to be used for placement allocations should be returned to the Partnership Unit via the School Experience Forms.

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials with class members for all education courses
  • Elective tutorials/workshops

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials with class members for all education courses
  • Elective tutorials/workshops

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials with class members for all education courses

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorials with class members for all education courses

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • Student Experience 
    Being on campus provides opportunities for students to develop links with other students in their learning and can enhance peer-support. Students will also be able to engage in with AUSA and societies.
School of Engineering

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

There may be a requirement for on campus provision subject to the Professional Engineering Institutions’ (PEIs) guidelines for the delivery of hands-on laboratory practicals in 2021/22. Updated information and guidance is expected, and will be made available as soon as possible.

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials, laboratory practicals and computer classes. § One-to-one meetings with Personal Tutor

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials, laboratory practicals and computer classes
  • Workshop practice activities in second half-session
  • One-to-one meetings with Personal Tutor

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials, laboratory practicals and computer classes
  • Surveying field activities (for UG Civil Engineering)
  • Lectures for small class sizes
  • Group design activities
  • One-to-one meetings with Personal Tutor

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorials, laboratory practicals and computer classes
  • Lectures for small class sizes
  • One-to-One meetings with project supervisor
  • Group design activities
  • One-to-one meetings with Personal Tutor

Fifth Year (UG)

  • Small group tutorials and computer classes
  • Lectures for small class sizes
  • Group design activities
  • One-to-one meetings with Personal Tutor

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials, laboratory practicals and computer classes (where appropriate)
  • Lectures for small class sizes
  • One-to-one meetings with project supervisor

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • Access to Library and Computer Rooms
    While many resources can be accessed electronically, physical access to the University Library collections will allow use of wider resources, and physical access to computer rooms will allow use of Engineering software without relying on the VDI.
     
  • Student Experience 
    Aside from the contact sessions with academic staff and hands-on activities which being on campus facilitates, being on campus allows students to more effectively develop and integrate into a learning community which can enhance learning and provide peer-to-peer support.

    Opportunities for students to engage and participate in activities organised by Engineering Societies, for example, TAU Racing who design and build a single-seat racing car and compete in IMechE Formula Student annual event at Silverstone racing circuit, ProtoTAU who design and manufacture a hydrogen-powered vehicle, Aerospace Engineering Society who design and manufacture a small aircraft to compete in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) challenge.
School of Geosciences
Archaeology

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

In the second half-session, some postgraduate programmes may be required complete a field trip which cannot be completed remotely.

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorial, seminar and practical sessions
  • Interactive, hands-on artefact tutorials in the Marischal Museum in Aberdeen
  • Site visits to archaeological site in the Aberdeen area and exploration within the city itself

Second Year

  • Small group tutorial, seminar and practical sessions
  • Site visits around Aberdeenshire
  • Laboratory introductions.

Third Year

  • Small group tutorial, seminar and practical sessions
  • Archaeological field training including excavation, geophysics and landscape archaeology
  •  Hands-on post-excavation artifact study
  • Study visits to archaeological sites around Aberdeenshire
  • Study visit to Orkney archaeological sites

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorial, seminar and practical sessions
  • Access to university libraries and laboratories for independent research
  • Museum visits and artifact study
  • Laboratory and analysis experience in a range of archaeological specialities
  • Student symposia
  • Common student research spaces

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and practical sessions
  • A range of field, laboratory training and experience
  • Student conference

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • Access to Library Resources - While many resources can be accessed electronically, physical access to the University Library collections will allow use of wider resources.
     
  • Student Experience - Opportunities for students to engage in additional on campus activities which will help to build connections with other students e.g. through AUSA.
Geography & Environment

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

In the second half-session, some postgraduate programmes may be required to complete a field trip which cannot be completed remotely.

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops, including computer practicals, discussion sessions and presentations
  • Participate in a local 1-day field trip

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops, including computer practicals, discussion sessions and presentations
  • A 4-day residential field course in Easter 2022, depending on Scottish Government restrictions

Third Year

  • Small group tutorial and seminar discussions, including group sessions involving presentations in person
  • Computer practical help sessions with staff
  • Laboratory practical sessions including microscopy exercises
  • Various field trip options, including day visits in Aberdeenshire and an opportunity to attend an optional week-long residential field course with a focus on either Human or Physical Geography in June 2022 (dependent on local and international restrictions)

Fourth Year

  • Dissertation supervision: one-to-one progress meetings plus bespoke assistance with computer or practical applications
  • Small group tutorial and seminar discussions, including group sessions involving presentations in person
  • Computer practical help sessions with staff
  • Laboratory practical sessions including microscopy exercises
  • Various field trip options including day visits in Aberdeenshire

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group seminars and practical sessions
  • A range of field, laboratory training and experience

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • AUSA Societies - Geog Soc provide a good support network for students taking the BSc, MA and Joint Geography degree programmes. The Society arranges a programme of social activities which helps students to get to know each other better and develop/maintain friendships. Geog Soc student members also share their experiences of the BSc, MA and Joint Geography degree programmes, with useful advice and feedback on our range of courses, including the dissertation (this is the most challenging course you will take).
     
  • Access to Library Resources - While many resources can be accessed electronically, physical access to the University Library collections will allow use of wider resources.
     
  • Student Experience - Opportunities for students to engage in additional on campus activities which will help to build connections with other students e.g. through AUSA.
Geology & Geophysics

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials and practical classes

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials and practical classes
  • Residential field course in late August 2021 or April 2022

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials and practical classes
  • Residential field course in late August 2021
  • Residential field course in May 2022

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorials and practical classes
  • One-day (or longer) field courses throughout the session

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group seminars and practical sessions. § A range of field, laboratory training and experience
School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

For Bachelor of Music in Education level 4 students, school placements are a mandatory part of the course in both half-sessions. This is a mandatory part of the GTCS accreditation requirements for the programme.

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops/ instrumental tuition as appropriate to the discipline.

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops/ instrumental tuition as appropriate to the discipline.

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops/ instrumental tuition as appropriate to the discipline.

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops/ instrumental tuition as appropriate to the discipline.

Fifth Year (UG)

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops/ instrumental tuition as appropriate to the discipline.

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops/ instrumental tuition as appropriate to the discipline.

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • Access to Library Resources - While many resources can be accessed electronically, physical access to the University Library collections will allow use of wider resources.
     
  • Student Experience - Opportunities for students to engage in additional on-campus activities which will help to build connections with other students e.g. through subject societies such as the Creative Writing Society which are very active and arranging events for students in the subject area and beyond throughout the semester. Other on-campus activities will be coordinated by AUSA.
     
  • Music - Opportunities for students to engage in ensemble work and performance activities subject to restrictions in place at the time.
School of Law

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials (1 hour class). These interactive discussion classes will run for each compulsory Level 1 course.

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials (1 hour class). Interactive discussion classes for all Level 2 compulsory courses and elective options.

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials (1 hour class). Interactive discussion classes for Level 3 compulsory courses and elective options. Small group, interactive seminars (2 hour class) for level 4 (Junior Honours) courses.

Fourth Year

  • Small group, interactive seminars (2 hour class) for level 4 (Senior Honours) courses.

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group, interactive seminars (2 hour class) for each course choice.

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • Access to Library Resources - The Taylor Law Library offers access to extensive law subject discipline resources, some of which are not available to access online, and also offers space for students to meet and work collaboratively.
     
  • Student Experience - In addition to the prescribed, on campus teaching classes the School hopes to resume some complementary activities and opportunities for students including on campus research seminars and supporting the work of the ten law discipline Student Societies, the Aberdeen Law Project and the Legal Research Society.
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

For the following programmes, online only study is not possible due to the requirement for clinical or practical teaching to meet regulatory outcomes:

  • MBChB
  • BDS
  • HE Dip Dental Technology
  • Postgraduate Dental Programmes
  • MSc in Physician Associate Studies
  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • MBChB: Small group practical/simulated classes, eg clinical skills centre examination, procedural classes, potential anatomy practicals. Clinical placements in Semester 2 (dependent on NHS capacity and Covid response).
  • Dip HE in Dental Technology: Small group practical classes.
  • BSc: Small group practical classes.

Second Year

  • BDS/MBChB: Small group practical/simulated classes, eg clinical skills centre examination, procedural classes, dental laboratory work. Clinical placements in Semester 1 (dependent on NHS capacity and Covid response).
  • Dip HE in Dental Technology: Small group practical classes.
  • BSc: Small group practical classes and skills workshops.

Third Year

  • BDS/MBChB: Small group practical/simulated classes, eg clinical skills centre examination, procedural classes, dental laboratory work. Clinical placements across the year (dependent on NHS capacity and Covid response).
  • BSc: Small group tutorials and practical classes.

Fourth Year

  • BDS/MBChB: Small group practical/simulated classes. However, the majority will be spent in clinical placements across the year (dependent on NHS capacity and Covid response).
  • BSc: Small group tutorials and practical classes. For some, lab-based projects in Semester 2.

Fifth Year (UG)

  • BDS/MBChB: Small group practical/simulated classes. However, the majority will be spent in clinical placements across the year (dependent on NHS capacity and Covid response).
  • MSci: Some work placements may be face-to-face dependent on local restrictions and individual company policies.

Postgraduate Taught

  • Healthcare MSc Programmes

    • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice/MSc Physician Associate Studies: Clinical skills teaching, tutorials and clinical placements.

    • MSc in Special Care Dentistry: Patient clinics.

    • MSc in Restorative Dental Practice: 2 Residential periods for 3 or 4 days at the Dental School for access to clinical skills laboratory training.

  • All Other MSc Programmes

    • Small group tutorials, seminars, groupwork activities, laboratory practicals, computer practicals and/or workshops as appropriate to the programme.

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

  • Student Experience - ​​​​​​​A return to campus will allow students the opportunity to interact with other students and with academic staff. Students will also be able to engage with AUSA student societies and events organised by the International Centre, for example, as well as having access to the excellent sports facilities at the Sports Village.

  • BSc – We will attempt to run a full programme of practical exercises on campus (depending on government guidance and capacity). These will permit students to gain experience in developing practical skills within a laboratory environment.

School of Natural & Computing Sciences
Chemistry

Is there mandatory on campus provision?

There may be a requirement for on campus provision subject to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) guidelines for the delivery of hands-on laboratory practicals in 2021/22. Updated information and guidance is expected, and will be made available as soon as possible.

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group laboratory practical classes
  • Small group tutorials/workshops appropriate to the course

Second Year

  • Small group laboratory practical classes
  • Small group tutorials/workshops appropriate to the course

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials/workshops.
  • Small group laboratory practical classes

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorials/workshops
  • Lectures for small group cohorts, where possible
  • Undergraduate Research Projects for BSc students
  • Group laboratory projects and/or individual projects for MChem students

Fifth Year (UG)

  • Small group tutorials/workshops
  • Lectures for small group cohorts, where possible
  • Undergraduate Research Project in second half-session

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials/workshops
  • Lab-based and professional skills courses
  • Laboratory practical classes
  • Postgraduate Research Projects

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

Hands-on experience of working in a lab environment is vitally important for graduate Chemists. This is important for students entering their final year, but also for earlier year students to develop a firm grounding in practical chemistry. On-campus labs were repeatedly mentioned as a highlight of courses where they were able to be held in student Course Feedback Forms, for both learning practical skills and the social learning environment.

Computer Science

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions

Second Year

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions

Third Year

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions

Fourth Year

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions

Fifth Year (UG)

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions

Mathematics

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorial sessions

Second Year

  • Small group tutorial sessions

Third Year

  • Lectures

Fourth Year

  • Lectures

Fifth Year (UG)

  • Lectures

Postgraduate Taught

  • Lectures and small group tutorial sessions

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

This past year’s experience of blended teaching has shown the importance and benefits of on-campus activities, in particular the opportunity for small groups of students to interact with each other and with members of staff. Social and learning interactions are enhanced by the availability of our well-equipped Seminar Room and our Common Area.

Physics

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions, including a hands-on experience and discussions and solving problems in groups.

Second Year

  • Small group lab and tutorial sessions, including a hands-on experience and discussions and solving problems in groups.

Third Year

  • Small group lab, computer-based and tutorial sessions, including a hands-on experience and discussions and solving problems in groups.

Fourth Year

  • One-to-one meetings with project supervisor
  • Groupwork on real-world problems during sessions facilitated by tutor
  • Small group tutorial sessions, including a hands-on experience and discussions and solving problems in groups.

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorial and computer practical sessions
School of Psychology

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group methodology classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates

Second Year

  • Small group methodology classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates

Third Year

  • Small group methodology classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates

Fourth Year

  • Thesis supervision meetings with tutor
  • Critical review supervision meetings
  • Lectures for small class sizes

Postgraduate Taught

  • Lectures for small class sizes
  • Groupwork with fellow classmates
  • Small group tutorials.

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

Being on-campus allows students to better integrate within the school, speak to staff and to benefit from peer-support through interaction with peers. Activities that will be available are regular Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) meetings for all years (Level 1 to PGT).

We also hold a series of employability talks given by psychology practitioners which will help students in their future career choices as well as working closely with the Careers service which provides many opportunities for students to develop their employability skills.

The School of Psychology offers internship opportunities for students wishing to gain research experience. Students will also benefit from being able to join Psysoc, the psychology student society which regularly organises talks, activities, and social events.

School of Social Science

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials

Third Year

  • Small group seminar discussion sessions

Fourth Year

  • Small group seminar discussion sessions

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials
  • Access to the Museums, with appropriate measures in place (MLitt Museum Studies only)
  • Face-to-face meetings with the PGR Students

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus?

All three disciplines in the School have strong student societies which provides an excellent support network for those studying the degree. The Societies arrange a programme of activities throughout the academic year.

Qatar Campus

What level of provision can I expect on campus for first half-session?

First Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops appropriate to the discipline.

Second Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops appropriate to the discipline.

Third Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops appropriate to the discipline.

Fourth Year

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops appropriate to the discipline.
  • Dissertation supervision meetings as appropriate.

Postgraduate Taught

  • Small group tutorials, seminars and workshops as appropriate to the programme.
  • Dissertation supervision meetings where applicable (normal taught programmes).
  • Block teaching activities appropriate to the course and programme (block taught programmes).

What other activities can be offered if I come to campus

It is expected that students who can return to campus will do so to benefit from the mix of social activities delivered by AUSA and student societies (the Qatar Campus supports some very active business and employment-oriented societies) and small-group in-person academic activities (as indicated above).