University welcomes record number of applications

University welcomes record number of applications

The University of Aberdeen has announced today (Monday February 8) a 32 percent increase in undergraduate student applications - the highest increase amongst Scotland's ancient universities and 10 percent above the UK national average.

Figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), show the University has received its highest ever number of applications at 16,795 - 4000 more than last year.

Applications to science and engineering degrees have increased dramatically by 63%.

The institution has experienced the highest increase in applications for medicine in Scotland, rising by 30%.

Applications from students outside of the EU increased by 34%.

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.

Lori Manders, Director of Development and External Affairs, University of Aberdeen said: “The University of Aberdeen has made a significant investment in offering students a unique experience and opportunities that will differentiate them from other graduates.

“Students embarking on their studies this September will be the first to benefit from our broader and more flexible curriculum which aims to ensure our graduates are academically excellent, intellectually flexible, critical thinkers, whose range of skills will make them highly attractive to employers.

“Within the last year we have opened two world class facilities in the Aberdeen Sports Village and the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare which offers medical students an unrivalled learning experience.  Our £57million library, which will open in autumn 2011, will further enhance the experience we offer to students.

“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.”

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 Science Applicant Day on Wednesday February 24 and its Master of Arts (MA) Applicant Day on Wednesday March 3.

The Science and MA Applicant days are open to anyone holding an 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 Science Applicant Day and to book a place visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/scienceapplicantday/, call 01224 559243 or email bsc.info@abdn.ac.uk .

For more information on the MA Applicant Day and to book a place visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/maapplicantday/ , call 01224 272084 or email cass@abdn.ac.uk .

For further details of Curriculum Reform at the University of Aberdeen visit www.abdn.ac.uk/cref  or www.abdn.ac.uk/thedifference/ .

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