Starting your studies in January is perfect if you're still considering your options, you need more time to secure funding or you're looking for a new challenge in the new year. The University of Aberdeen understands that flexibility is key for postgraduate study so we have a number of degree programmes available with a January 2021 start date.

There are also a number of PhD opportunities available for January start.

Arts and Literature
Biological and Life Sciences
Business and Finance
Computing and Mathematics
Health and Dentistry
History and Heritage
Social Science

Important Dates for January Start

  •  Deadline for international non-EU applications: Saturday 14 November 2020

Our Scholarships

  • We offer a range of funding opportunities for international students
  • Aberdeen Alumni receive an Alumni discount to study our postgraduate Masters programmes

English Language

The University's Language Centre offers a pre-sessional English language programme for students whose degrees start in January. 

International Students

If you require a Tier 4 visa, you will need:

  • CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University: We recommend that you accept the offer and send documents to satisfy conditions no later than 9th December 2020. A CAS number will allow you to apply for your visa.
  • ATAS clearance: For certain programmes, you will need to have ATAS clearance. If you are required to apply for ATAS clearance, this will be indicated in the offer of admission. The ATAS application can be found at Applications can be submitted 6 months before the programme start date and can be submitted while the offer is conditional.
  • TB test: Some applicants are required to take a TB (Tuberculosis) test before submitting the visa application. The test is valid for 6 months and the test certificate must be valid when you submit the visa application. More information about this can be found at