University of Aberdeen experience surge in undergraduate student applications

The University of Aberdeen has announced a 7.5 percent increase in undergraduate student applications.

Figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), show the University has seen its largest increase in applications in 8 years. 

The figures also show that more applications for Master of Arts (MA) degree programmes have been received by the University this year than ever before.

Degrees in Engineering have seen a surge in applications, rising by 17.7%.  The increase follows the launch of five new degree programmes in the discipline within the last three years, namely Chemical Engineering; Petroleum Engineering; Electrical Engineering with Sustainable Energy; Electronic Engineering with Oceanic Instrumentation and Engineering in Electronics with Photonics.

Applications in Medicine and English have increased by 9.1%, and 34.4% respectively.

Whilst applications for Sports Science have nearly doubled, increasing by 73.8%, complementing the University's £28 million investment in the new Aberdeen Sports Village. 

Lori Manders, Director of Development and External Affairs, University of Aberdeen said: "The University of Aberdeen is committed to enhancing the experience offered to students and this is achieved through a continued strategy of investment in both world leading facilities and internationally recognised academic staff. 

"This commitment is reflected in these figures released by UCAS today which show we have successfully increased student applications across the board in both science and arts degree subjects. 

"Today's news further cements the University's status as one of the UK's leading institutions and looking to the future we will continue to drive our ambition to be one of the truly great universities in the world."

"Plans for a £57million library, scheduled to open in autumn 2011, are at the centre of the University's £230 million capital investment strategy for the next decade.  Other capital projects at different points on the way to completion include the £20 million Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare; and the £28 million Aberdeen Sports Village which will offer world class sports facilities when it opens this summer."

Hundreds of prospective new students from across Britain and beyond will descend on the University within the next month to learn more about their future education as the institution hosts its annual Bachelor of Science (BSc) Applicant Day on Wednesday 25 February and its Master of Arts (MA) Applicant Day on Wednesday 4 March.

The BSc and MA applicant days are open to anyone holding a firm offer in either a Science or Arts subject area respectively, and due to begin their studies at the institution in September this year.

For more information on the BSc Applicant Day and to book a place visit or call 01224 554257.

For more information on the MA Applicant Day and to book a place visit or call 01224 272080.