There are a few things you need to do and know to get your student experience off to a great start. To become a fully registered student at the University of Aberdeen you need to confirm some personal details and, if applicable, organise how your fees will be paid. The steps below take you through the process. 

For returning students please remember that Online Registration needs to be completed at the start of every academic year. Online registration and MyCurriculum will open on set dates, depending upon your year and programme of study. Information on when the systems will open to you can be found here.  

Student Online Registration (UG & PGT)

1. Set up your IT Account

You must activate your IT account, email and password. 

  • If you are creating an IT account there may be a delay of up to 3 hours in getting access to other systems. This might affect those students from Qatar, Online and transnational.

Please note this will only be available 40 days before your start date.
Note your password - you'll use it to access everything, including WiFi.


Top Tip

  • Connect your email to your mobile device. That way you will never miss any emails from the University.
  • Visit Toolkit to find out how to set up on your iOS or Android device.
  • Remember, we will be sending you a series of emails about getting ready and registration specific to your degree in the run-up to starting with us. Keep an eye on your University email for these!

2. Start Your Online Registration Process

To view the dates that online registration is open, visit this webpage.

You will be asked to:

  • Confirm your Personal, Financial and Academic details,
    • You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fees.
    • Sponsored students or students funded by Student Finance must send a copy of their award letter to tuitionfees@abdn.ac.uk (not required for students sponsored by SAAS).

 Online Registration will take you through the whole process of getting yourself registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen. As part of the registration process you will also need to upload a photo for your student ID card here.

Information on fees and funding
ID Card Photo Specifications
  • be of the file type .jpg (it will not accept .jpeg)
  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels high
  • at lease 50KB and no more thank 10MB
  • unaltered by computer software

The photo should also...

  • show you on your own, looking straight at the camera
  • be a close-up of your head and shoulders
  • show your full head, without any head covering, unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • be identical to you, and taken in the last month
  • be in colour (not black and white)
  • be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background
  • be taken against a plain cream, plain white or plain light grey background
  • not show you with red-eye
  • be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
  • be free from reflection or glare on your glasses
  • be taken with nothing covering your face
3. Choose Your Courses Through MyCurriculum

The next part of the registration process is selecting your courses using MyCurriculum. This step can only be completed after Step 2.

MyCurriculum is the course selection system for on campus students. You use it to pick your courses. The system will step you through the process of selecting the courses for your degree. You will select your Prescribed Courses first, followed (if applicable) by optional courses under the Enhanced and Other tab. You should spent some time thinking about your degree programme and the courses you might like to take.

Please note that postgraduate research students, i.e. students studying for a PhD, do not need to complete MyCurriculum or MyTimetable. Contact the Infohub to complete your registration.

ERASMUS and International Exchange students will complete MyCurriculum with the assistance of their Go Abroad Tutor.

Please note MyCurriculum will open to you on set dates, depending upon your year and programme of study. Information on when the systems will open to you can be found here.

4. Choose your Class Selections Through MyTimetable

There can be a delay of up to 3 hours between completing MyCurriculum and all your courses being available for selection in MyTimetable.

  • If you are a new International student commencing your studies at the University.  Please visit the immigration and student visas web page for full information on what you need to do. You WILL NOT be able to see your courses in MyAberdeen until you have done this step.

MyTimetable allows you to choose and sign up for your tutorials, practicals and labs (if applicable) and finalise your personal timetable.

  • Issues can be reported by using the 'Report a Problem' button that appears at the top right of MyTimetable and your request will be allocated to the most appropriate team.
  • If MyCurriculum has been completed for you by the school or online team please check the MyTimetable opening times.

Please note:

  • With blended learning courses your timetable may not be as full/populated as expected. Please check with your school if you have any doubts.
  • Lectures are not being delivered on campus and will not appear in your timetable. Instead, see MyAberdeen for your lecture materials.
  • Some courses are online only and will not appear in MyTimetable. Please check this list.
  • Medical, Dental and Physician Associate Students should visit MyMBChB, MyBDS or MyPA respectively for information regarding timetables.
5. Your VLE and Student Hub

VLEs

The University uses Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) that enable you to:

  • view all your teaching materials
  • access the University’s online libraries
  • submit coursework
  • receive grades and feedback
  • keep up to date with what’s happening on your course
  • chat with your tutors and classmates in secure forums

These are also discussed further in Orientation.

MyAberdeen
This is the University’s virtual learning environment. This is where you will find learning materials and resources associated with your courses and where you will be notified of any announcements about your courses or the University.

 

MyMBChB - for medical students
If you are a medical student, you will use the MyMBChB website to access your latest lectures, personalised timetables, exam feedback, e-Learning, and other web based services.
MyBDS - for dentistry students

For dentistry students, you will use the MyBDS website which is a dedicated resource that provides lecture notes, learning materials, timetables and course-related announcements.

MyPA - for physician associates

For physician associate students, you will use the MyPA website which is a dedicated resource that provides lecture notes, learning materials, timetables and course-related announcements.

Student Hub

Once you have registered for the University of Aberdeen's computing facilities, you can use your computer username and password to access the University's Student Hub. From here you can view, check and update your personal details, course enrolments, class timetable, exam timetables and results, and more.

6. Complete Orientation

The Introduction to the University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need to prepare for and commence your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts. 

You can get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules. 

Information is also available about your School orientation.

7. Get Connected to Social

Social Media for current students

The University of Aberdeen has a presence across all major social media channels for current students. We use these channels to keep you up to date with all things related and of interest to current students, make sure you follow these channels - there may even be a competition or two! 

 

Central Student Channels (for current students of the University)

Follow the Central Student Channels to be in the know for everything current student.

Student Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups are a great way of interacting with your peers with similar interests or academic route.

Students who are residents in University accommodation can join the accommodation group where you can meet and chat with flatmates prior to arriving and throughout their stay.

New Students can join out Freshers' Group which is jointly run by AUSA and the University. It's a forum for all things UoA!

School Social Channels

School specific channels which you may want to join, along with some related societies, and listed on the following web page.

Student Online Registration (PGR)

1. Set up your IT Account

You must activate your IT account, email and password. 

  • If you are creating an IT account there may be a delay of up to 3 hours in getting access to other systems. This might affect those students from Qatar, Online and transnational.

Please note this will only be available 40 days before your start date.
Note your password - you'll use it to access everything, including WiFi.


Top Tip

  • Connect your email to your mobile device. That way you will never miss any emails from the University.
  • Visit Toolkit to find out how to set up on your iOS or Android device.
  • Remember, we will be sending you a series of emails about getting ready and registration specific to your degree in the run-up to starting with us. Keep an eye on your University email for these!

2. Start Your Online Registration Process
  • You now need to complete Online Registration which will take you through the whole process of getting yourself registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen. 
  • You will also need to upload a photo for your student ID card here.

You will be asked to:

  • Confirm your Personal, Financial and Academic details,
    • You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fees.
    • Sponsored students or students funded by Student Finance must send a copy of their award letter to tuitionfees@abdn.ac.uk (not required for students sponsored by SAAS).

Please remember that online registration will only be available 30 days before your start date.

Information on fees and funding
Photo ID Specifications

Your ID photo should:

  • show you on your own, looking straight at the camera
  • be a close-up of your head and shoulders
  • show your full head, without any head covering, unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • be identical to you, and taken in the last month
  • be in colour (not black and white)
  • be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background
  • be taken against a plain cream, plain white or plain light grey background
  • not show you with red-eye
  • be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
  • be free from reflection or glare on your glasses
  • be taken with nothing covering your face

 

As soon as you arrive at the University, It is critical that you meet with your PhD Supervisor(s) and PGR School administrator when you first arrive at the University, before you visit the Infohub.

If you are a distance learning PGR student, once you have completed online registration you should email postgraduate@abdn.ac.uk and ask them to activate your record.

3. Orientation

The Introduction to the University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need to prepare for and commence your research degree.

  • You will receive an invite to complete this.

In addition to your University Orientation programme, as a PGR student you have a mandatory training programme that must be completed within your first 6 months.

You will also have a school and/or discipline specific orientation to complete.

4. Get Connected to Social

The University runs a PGR Facebook Group with the aim of connecting PGR students to each other for networking purposes prior to arriving and throughout their time studying with us here in Aberdeen.

Next Steps

Now you have registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen, there are a few things you should still do. It can feel a bit overwhelming to think of everything you need to do, but don't worry - we can help!

Follow the steps below and read the information so that you are aware of everything. Some of these steps can be done before you start your studies.

Book your Accommodation

If you haven't already done so, you should book your accommodation.

We guarantee to offer you a place in our portfolio of accommodation either University-owned or with one of our preferred partners providing your application reaches us by the deadline, although we will still accept applications after this date.

Request Airport Meet & Greet

We’re delighted that you’re coming to join us in Aberdeen and want to do all we can to help support your arrival. You can use our Meet & Greet service if you want us to arrange for complimentary transport to take you to your accommodation.

Immigration and Student Visa

If you are a new International student commencing your studies at the University and require a right to study check once you have arrrived in the UK, please visit the immigration and student visas web page for full information on what you need to do.

If you are a new International student commencing your studies at the University you must complete your Right to Study Check and fully register by your latest course start date – even if you are not in the UK.  Please visit the immigration and student visas web page for full information on what you need to do. You WILL NOT be able to see your courses in MyAberdeen until you have done this step.

Pre-Departure Checklist

There are a few things that you need to do and know before travelling to study with us. Check out our quick pre-departure checklist which will help you prepare and make sure you do not forget anything! For a more in-depth list download the UoA Student Guide app which details a checklist for before and when you arrive.

Tasks to do (all students)

  1. Arrange your funding
  2. Arrange your Accommodation - apply for UoA accommodation as soon as possible in advance
  3. Complete Online Registration
  4. Book the Meet and Greet service
  5. Complete Orientation
  6. Download the UoA Student Guide app to your mobile device
  7. Plan your budgets
  8. Read all the New Student emails - (sent to your University email account)
Additional tasks for International Students
  • Your passport and visa: Make sure you have a valid passport and a valid visa - checking visa requirements and terms and conditions
  • Insurance: Make arrangements to take out insurance for your personal belongings. This is best done before you leave for the UK to cover your journey and the first few days in Aberdeen
  • Medical matters: Make sure you are up to date with any vaccinations required and have all the necessary medical certificates.
  • Money: As it can take several weeks to open a UK bank account, you need to bring enough money (in cash or travellers cheques) to cover your initial expenses for the first week or two. Do not carry a lot of money.
  • Read the International Pre-Departure Guide
  • Pack an electrical adaptor for British plugs
Things to pack and think about
  • Don't pack more than you can carry!
  • Put tags onto all your bags and label them clearly
  • Check your airlines maximum luggage weights and policies
  • Check what luggage is allowed in hold and cabin
  • Pack for all weathers - sunshine, snow, rain and moderate.
    • For a full up-to-date list of what not to pack visit the Gov.uk website
       
  • Make sure you take photocopies of all your important documents, packing these into your hand baggage
  • Passport and visa
  • Flight tickets and any other travel documents
  • University documents
  • Evidence of financial support for fees and maintenance
  • Evidence of TB screening if this was required as part of your visa process
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Accommodation details 
     
  • If you are staying in University Accommodation bedding and kitchen packs can be bought in advance and delivered to your room.
  • Visit the accommodation website for a full list of what you should take with you.
ID Card Collection

You must set up your IT Account and complete Online Registration before your student ID card can be produced.

You can collect your student ID card from the InfoHub between 10:00 - 14:00 Mon - Fri. Students in Hillhead should collect their Student ID from the reception. Please note that during this time the InfoHub office will only be open for ID card collection.

Students in the Qatar campus can pick their student ID cards up from the Student Hub
Staying Connected and Updated

Social Media for current students

The University of Aberdeen has a presence across all major social media channels for current students. We use these channels to keep you up to date with all things related and of interest to current students, make sure you follow these channels - there may even be a competition or two! 

If you haven't already we would recommend following the UoA Student Life Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. 

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PGR Students should follow the PGR School Twitter account.

Additionally, the University also run a variety of other Facebook Groups which you can join. These include a University resident Accommodation group where you can meet your flatmates prior to arrival, and also PGT and PGR groups.

Disability Advisory Service

If you have a disability, specific learning difference like dyslexia, a mental health or long-term health condition and would like support in your studies, our Disability Team offers confidential information, advice and support. You can get in touch with the Team by completing the Offer Holders’ form.