Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the University of Aberdeen has made the difficult decision to cancel the on campus Medicine Open Day on the 13th June. We are looking at options for a virtual event to allow prospective students to learn more about the Medicine programme at Aberdeen and to not be disadvantaged.

Our August and October Open Days will be continually monitored in line with government advice and further information will be posted on these webpages when it is known. 

Timings for the day (October)

  • Registration - We recommend arriving by around 9am to check in at a registration point. You will be given an information guide and bag. (Medicine students go directly to Foresterhill)
  • Academic Exhibition - The exhibition will be open from 09:00-15:00.
  • Welcome Talks - 10am and 12pm.
  • Campus Tours - The tours will run throughout the day from 8:30-15:00 (last tour leaves at 3pm).
  • Sports Tours- The tours will run throughout the day from 9:30-15:00 (last tour leaves at 3pm).
  • Refreshments - A snack shop serving breakfast rolls and tea and coffee will be available in Near Linklater from 08:30-12:00. A BBQ will be on Elphinstone Lawn serving meat and vegetarian options from 11:00-14:00. Other outlets across campus also offer food throughout the day.
  • Hillhead Accommodation - Hillhead Halls are available for self-guided tours between 9:00-17:00

When You Arrive

King's College Campus (All subjects excluding Medicine)

On arrival, you'll need to register and collect your Welcome Pack; there are registration and information points throughout campus - look out for our gazebos or make your way to Elphinstone Hall. Your Welcome Pack will include a full programme and map and our experienced Student Ambassadors will be available to help you throughout the day.

Foresterhill Campus (Medicine Students)

If you are interested in studying medicine please go directly to Foresterhill where our medicine team will be running a separate programme for you. You are very welcome to come down to King's College Campus throughout the day to see other aspects of the university. 

Information and Assistance

Our Student Ambassadors will be available around campus in bright red tops in case you have any questions (or get lost!). Alternatively, make your way to one of our Information Points around campus or on Elphinstone Lawn at the heart of the campus.

Most events will take place around King's College and Elphinstone Hall.


There will be a series of complementary buses running on the October Open Day, some of which will run continuous circuits, others will run for a limited period. Timings are yet to be confirmed but there will be a morning shuttle taking visitors from the station to the campus in the morning from around 8am-10am. A shuttle bus will run throughout the day to and from Hillhead Halls of residence. A final shuttle will take visitors back to the station at the end of the day. For detailed bus times please check the October Open Day guide. 


Outside Elphinstone Hall you'll find the university BBQ with vegetarian options available. We have several independent cafes on campus, which offer a range of food options. There are also several campus food outlets open on the day, including the Hardback Cafe (Sir Duncan Rice Library) and Cafe Kovo (Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics Centre) which also offer great lunchtime options.

Safety and First Aid

For your own personal safety, please ensure that you obey all safety and warning signs whilst on campus. If there is an emergency, please alert a Student Ambassador or the nearest member of University staff. If a fire alarm sounds, you must evacuate the building via the nearest emergency exit and remain outside until you are told otherwise. Please do not use any lifts under these circumstances.

First Aiders will be available on the day if required. If you need First Aid assistance, please make your way to the Information Point in Elphinstone Hall and a member of staff will assist you.

Disability Awareness

If you would like to discuss issues relating to studying at the University of Aberdeen and disability, please visit the Student Support information stand in the Linklater Room. You can advise us of any individual needs you might have on the Open Day booking form.

If you wish to arrange an individual appointment with the Disability Advisor, please call Student Support Services on 01224 273935 or send us an email at student.disability@abdn.ac.uk. Please note that without a pre-arranged appointment there is no guarantee that you will be seen on the day.

Who should attend?

Everyone is welcome to attend Open Day regardless of when you plan to begin your studies with us. You are welcome to come on your own, with parents, teachers and other guidance staff, or as part of a school party.

For those who can’t make it along on the day, we also operate an open door policy whereby you can book a separate visit on a different date - find out more about our private visits.