Clearing vacancies for 2020 are now closed

Please note

The information below relates to Clearing 2020. These FAQs will be updated before our 2021 Clearing vacancies open.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is in operation each year following the release of exam results and is how universities fill any vacancies they may have on their courses. It means that you have a chance to find a course to suit you, even if your exam results are not quite as expected.

I haven't had my results yet - what do I do?

We'll be delighted to speak to you when you have your results, and while you're waiting for them to be announced you can plan ahead and find out more about the University of Aberdeen by looking through our site and downloading or requesting a prospectus.

If you provide us with your details, we can keep in touch and send you more information about the University of Aberdeen and the area.

If you're waiting to hear from us about an acceptance, we will update the UCAS system when we've been notified of your exam results and then UCAS will let you know if you've been accepted.

I haven't applied to UCAS - what do I do?

If you haven't applied to UCAS yet, you'll need to register and make an application. The UCAS online application will guide you through the process.

Am I eligible?

The University of Aberdeen seeks to recruit as many well qualified applicants as possible. The University has reached its Government-set numbers for places in most subject areas. However we are still in a position to offer places to well qualified Rest of UK and International students for all subjects and from students from any area in Science and Engineering subjects. In line with widening access priorities, we can also accept applications from those who meet particular criteria.

I have my results - what do I do now?

When you call, please have your UCAS Applicant ID number (the one which starts with a 1) and your results ready and at hand.

During the phone call we'll ask you some questions to make sure that you're eligible for the course in which you're interested. If we're in a position to offer you a place, we will let you know within a minute and back this up immediately with an email which will explain exactly what you need to do to accept the offer to study at the University of Aberdeen.

Fees & Funding Information

During your research, remember to look for the fees which apply to the area in which you live. There may be funding available, so have a look before you apply to ensure you're aware of the course and living costs. We have more information for you on our Fees & Funding page.

What accommodation options are available to me?

We have a range of accommodation options to suit everybody, located in or close to King's Campus, Hillhead Student Village and the City Centre. These are just a few of the many benefits to living on campus:

  • 24 hour, 7 days a week senior management and friendly face presence, responding to and assisting with everything from being locked out, a blocked drain or just someone to talk to.
  • Although just a short 10 minute walk to the main academic campus, Hillhead Student Village enjoys great transport links with a regular & direct bus service to our King's and Foresterhill campuses and the City Centre.
  • Guaranteed accommodation* for all new students
  • Priority access to a fantastic £7 million student services building, HeadSpace.
  • A great range of catered room packages and food & drink meal plan options.
  • Living on campus is truly part of the University and Student Life experience.

*See our website for Terms & Conditions related to guaranteed accommodation.


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Good Luck!

We wish you the very best of luck for your exam results! Remember: we're here if you want to talk to us.