Pastoral Support and Guidance

Pastoral Support and Guidance

The University has a number of systems which provide pastoral support and guidance for students throughout your studies.

Pastoral support is provided by a member of staff in your School, who will help you reflect on your progress and take advantage of the opportunities available to you during your studies. They can also direct you to specialist support when it’s needed. 

  • For a quick guide to support services available to you, view this page.

If you have any queries, email


Your personal tutor is a member of academic staff who can guide you with any problem that is affecting your experience at University. Whether it’s a personal matter or related to your course, your personal tutor is available to offer advice about any concerns you’re having and will refer you to our wider support services when necessary.  

Your Personal Tutor can also provide general support in achieving the UoA graduate attributes, enhancing your employability and taking advantage of co-curricular opportunities.  

Meetings will take place face to face on campus or online.

Postgraduate Taught

Pastoral support and guidance is provided for taught postgraduate students through your School.

Your PGT pastoral support lead is a member of staff who can guide you with any problem that is affecting your experience at University. Whether it’s a personal matter or related to your course, talk to your pastoral support lead for advice and they’ll refer you to our wider support services if necessary. 

Meetings will take place face to face on campus or online.

Find out who to contact in your school below.


Biological Sciences
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Business School
Divinity, History and Philosophy
  • Your Programme Coordinator
  • Your Programme Coordinator or Deputy Programme Coordinator
  • Programme Director
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Natural and Computing Sciences
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Social Sciences
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Postgraduate Research

The Postgraduate Research School supports your PhD journey to ensure that your experience with us enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes you need to navigate your PhD and prepare for your future career, ready to tackle the global challenges of our world today and tomorrow.

Our team are on hand to provide advice and guidance across all aspects of your PhD journey. Your School will also provide support, through your supervisor and others, so please do ask.


In the healthcare programmes offered by the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition the support provided varies slightly. Academic support provided by Personal Tutors in other programmes are instead provided by the Year Lead teams. The pastoral support is focused on promoting wellbeing in each student.

The School operates an additional longstanding pastoral support system known as the Regent Scheme.

Each healthcare student is assigned to a senior member of University or NHS staff who will meet with them regularly and be available to provide support and guidance on any personal problems that the student may have during their course. These senior staff members will have a good understanding of what it is like to work in the clinical situation and issues arising from that.

The Regent can also act as a mentor to support the student’s professional development. They can provide opportunities for contacts, networks, research and further learning experiences in the clinical situation.


Students on the University of Aberdeen Doha campus can avail themselves of the same level of academic and personal support that is afforded to the Aberdeen campus students.

Students in Qatar should know that, whether they wish to discuss academic or non-academic issues, they can do so in confidence and in the knowledge that their issue will be pursued to a satisfactory conclusion.

On-Demand Online Study

Our first class support structure will ensure that our students aren’t alone in their studies. Students will have contact with their tutors via MyAberdeen and email, and can use social media and discussion boards to chat with fellow students too.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll be part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.