Undergraduate students

Graduate attributes

The University's Graduate Attributes are a wide-ranging set of qualities, which you will develop during your time as a student in preparation for future employment, further study, and citizenship. You will have many opportunities to develop and achieve these attributes. These will include learning experiences on credit-bearing courses and co-curricular activities such as work placements, study abroad, and volunteering.


The ACHIEVE site on MyAberdeen offers resources that will enable you to assess and reflect upon your present skills and development needs. You will also find resources to help you to improve your skills and links to a range of University services. When you have access to MyAberdeen, you will find the ACHIEVE site listed in your My Organisations module on the Home and Organisations tab.

Postgraduate taught students

The Academic Learning Resources site in MyAberdeen can be found in your My Organisations module on the Home and Organisations tab. These resources are provided by the Student Learning Service  and include help with essays, academic writing and note-taking.

Postgraduate research students

The University offers skills training for Researchers through the Centre of Academic Development.  Further details on courses run, as well as booking information, can be found on their website

Individual Schools may offer their own skills training courses.  Details of these should be provided on induction.  If not please discuss what opportunities are available with your supervisor.

As a postgraduate researcher, you are expected to produce a thesis and you are also expected to develop a wide range of professional and research skills. Such attributes are desirable not only in an academic environment, but many employment sectors in the business, teaching, and voluntary field are actively recruiting researchers because of the transferrable skills they have.