Arts and Social Sciences

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts & Social Sciences

Honours degrees in Scotland normally take four years to complete. In an arts or social science subject, you have a great deal of freedom to devise your own programme of study. Most first year classes are open to you even if you have not studied the subjects before, and you can usually go on to Honours in any subject that particularly interests you, even if it is not the subject you applied for via UCAS. All degrees have core courses, but your freedom to combine subjects is generally limited only by the timetable.

Changing Your Subject

The tradition in Scotland is to admit students to a degree programme rather than to a particular subject or degree. You do have to put specific subjects and course codes on your UCAS form, but essentially we admit you to the MA degree programme rather than specifically to an MA in Anthropology or History or Philosophy, for example. As a result, it is possible in most cases to change your Honours preference after you have begun your degree.

Specialised Years - Honours

Honours students can specialise in their third and fourth years in one particular subject (Single Honours), in two (Joint Honours) or in the case of Scottish Studies, three (General Honours). You can also take an Honours degree in which you add a 'minor' in a subject like Music to your 'major' subject. Honours degrees are classified, that is to say you will be awarded a first-class, upper-second, lower-second, or third-class degree.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the MA are rarely subject-specific: we are more interested in your overall ability than in the precise content of your pre-university studies. In most cases you do not need a prior qualification in the subject to enter a first year degree, even if the subject in question is one that is on the school curriculum. There are some exceptions, but they are rare. When you apply, do not worry too much about getting your subject choice absolutely right on your application. If you find your interests changing, you will usually be able to change your degree intention accordingly.

Level One
Type of Qualification General Requirements Subject Requirements
SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • National 5 at A, B C or S at levels 1, 2 or 3 in English
  • Minimum of 4H at AABB or 3AH at BBB.
  • Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum.
  • Group Awards will be taken into consideration for entry purposes although additional H or AH passes may be required. National 5/S Grade Maths needed for entry to Accountancy, Economics, Finance
  • For some degrees a specific subject is required, see subject listings for details
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • GCSE in English or English Language
  • Minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4AS at AABB
  • GCSE Maths needed for entry to Accountancy, Economics, Finance
  • For some degrees a specific subject is required, see subject listings for details
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • DDM in related subjects
  • For some degrees a specific subject is required, see subject listings for details
ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  • O in English or in English Language
  • A minimum of 5H with 3 at H2 and 2 at H3, or AAABB obtained at a single sitting. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above
  • For some degrees a specific subject is required, see subject listings for details
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • SL in English
  • Minimum of 32 points including at least 5,5,5 at HL. For some degrees a specific subject is required. See online programme entry for details.
 
EB - European Baccalaureate
  • Pass First Foreign Language - English
  • Minimum of 75% overall
 
Higher National Diplomas
Higher National Certificates

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Level Two (Advanced Entry)
Type of Qualification General Requirements Subject Requirements
SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • Advanced entry is possible in most school based subjects. A minimum of ABB overall in Adv H is required. Adv H at A in the subject selected for Single Honours, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours.
  • National 5 at A, B or C, or S at levels 1, 2 or 3 in English
  • For some degrees a specific subject is required, see subject listings for details
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A Level at A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours, plus a further B
  • GCSE in English or English Language
  • For some degrees a specific subject is required, see subject listings for details
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • SL in English
  • Minimum of 36 (including 6,6,6 at Higher in subject(s) selected)
 
Higher National Diplomas

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Offers of Admission

Admission is competitive, and consequently precise entry requirements may vary from year to year. We have many more applicants than places, and most applicants meet our entrance requirements, so achieving the grades listed will not guarantee an offer of admission. An applicant’s academic profile will normally be the most significant factor in our decision making. Additionally, certain features of the personal statement and reference may help to strengthen an applicant’s case.

Typical entry requirements for all of our MA degrees are for grades of AABB at one sitting of Highers (where it is a school’s policy for an applicant to take one Higher in fourth year and three more in fifth year, we count all four as being achieved at one sitting).

Our minimum requirements are for grades of BBBB at Higher.

Where applicants are taking two sittings to accumulate their qualifications, we normally look for a better performance than the above. We do not double-count a Higher and an Advanced Higher in the same subject, but we do consider that a B-grade in Advanced Higher can represent an improvement on a B-grade at Higher, so an Advanced Higher may be used to upgrade a Higher.

Applicants choosing to resit a Higher in which they achieved a grade C or below in their first sitting will normally be required to achieve an A-grade in their second attempt. If the Higher at C was achieved in S4, this policy does not apply, even if the resit is not until S6.

We are keen to encourage people from the widest possible range of backgrounds to participate in university studies, and we appreciate that not all applicants have the same opportunity to meet our typical entry requirements. For this reason we take certain “contextual information” into account when deciding on the exact grades we might require in any given case. This might include information about whether an applicant has had health problems or a disability, has been homeless, is a care leaver/estranged or a care giver, attends a school where a low proportion of pupils normally go on to higher education, lives in a relatively deprived area as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, has attended or is eligible to attend widening-access programmes such as Aspire North, LEAPS, SWAP etc. Where information of this kind appears on the UCAS application, it may allow us to make an offer at our minimum level.

Advanced Entry

The traditional four year MA Honours degree with its 'two-plus-two' structure (two pre-Honours years followed by a two-year Honours programme), allows you to experiment with new subjects in your pre-Honours years, and perhaps change your Honours intention, while still completing your degree in the normal time. However, if you are clear about what you want to study, and have (or are likely to get) good qualifications in the subject or subject area you have applied for, it is possible to complete an Honours degree in three years. In your first year, you would take a combination of first and second year subjects, and then proceed to third year in your second year of study. Direct entry to the second year of study is possible in most subject areas covered by the MA degree. To qualify for Advanced entry, prospective Single Honours students must hold an A grade pass at A Level, or an A grade pass at Advanced Higher, in the subject they wish to study for their degree. Prospective Joint Honours students may be admitted directly to the second year of the degree if they hold an A and B grade pass at A Level, or one A grade pass and one B grade pass at Advanced Higher in the subjects concerned.

Enhanced Study

You may have the opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and widen the breadth of your studies even more. Visit https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/enhanced-study-options-1518.php for further information.

Foundation Apprenticeships

The University recognises that Skills Development Scotland, alongside other partners, is working with industry to increase the range of work-based learning opportunities for pupils in the senior phase of secondary schools. The development of Foundation Apprenticeships is one such initiative and this qualification will be considered alongside Highers across a range of degree programmes.

Articulation routes

The University welcomes applications for degree level study from students with HNC and HND qualifications, and has a number of college articulation routes in place which lead to advanced entry into our degree programmes. For full information contact your college, visit www.abdn.ac.uk/study/college-articulation  or email study@abdn.ac.uk .

Employment Prospects

'Arts' degrees are often thought of as educationally attractive but not strongly job-related. In fact, some degrees within the arts and social science area are strongly vocational: most graduates in Accountancy, Computing and Economics, for instance, will have no difficulty in finding a job, and will be employed because of the knowledge and skills they have learned at university; Mathematics graduates, too, are highly employable. As with most science graduates, however, the majority of graduates in arts and social science subjects go into careers in which they do not use their subject knowledge directly. They nevertheless have access to a wide range of career openings, because more than 40% of the vacancies notified to university careers services, or advertised in the broadsheet press, are for holders of degrees in any subject. Employers are looking for the qualities that any good MA graduate will have.

Sciences

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Sciences

The University is a major international centre for teaching and research in all divisions of scientific study, and Aberdeen has an unparalleled provision of buildings and equipment for science students.

Flexibility and Breadth

The University of Aberdeen BSc degree structure is extremely flexible. When students apply, they are asked to nominate a specific degree title. However, admittance is actually to the general BSc Pure Science programme. Within this programme, students are free to change their degree intention to any of those listed in the BSc section of the prospectus. There are a few exceptions: the Biomedical Sciences, MChem, MPhys and some MSci degrees have higher entry requirements than other science degrees, and consequently formal approval is required before changing degree intention to one of these degrees.

In the first year of study, students typically take at least three subjects. One of these is continued in second year for half of the time, alongside either one of the other subjects studied in first year, or a selection of subjects, some of which may be new. At the end of second year the final choice of degree intention is made, based on the subjects studied so far, and the results obtained. In years three and four, students follow the specified curriculum for their final choice of degree subject.

Each student has a Personal Tutor to guide them in their subject choices and to ensure that these choices comply with the degree regulations.

Qualifications

The Honours BSc requires four years of full-time study. The degree classification is based on the student's performance in the final year, and in some cases the third year as well.

There are also a number of integrated Masters programmes (e.g. Mchem, MPhys and MSci) which require five years of full-time study. These degrees normally include an integral industrial placement. A student who leaves the University after one, two or three years of study can be re-admitted to study for a more advanced qualification.

Entry Requirements

Below you will find a full breakdown of our entry requirements. We look for a good level of proven academic ability overall, and strength in Science or Mathematics subjects. Beyond this we do not usually insist on specific subjects.

In some cases, such as Chemistry and Mathematics, previous study of the subject is usually desirable in order to cope with the first year material. A student applying for one of these degrees who does not have the required background may still be offered a place, but in this case may be directed towards one of the other science degrees for which their background provides a better preparation.

Minimum Entry Requirements - BSc

Level One

Type of Qualification

General Requirements

Subject Requirements

SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • A minimum of 4H at AABB (C at AH may substitute for B at H) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of AAABB obtained over two sittings
  • National 5 at grades A, B or C, OR S Grade at levels 1, 2 or 3, OR Int 2 in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • BB from two Science or Mathematics subjects
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science
  • BB from two science or Mathematics subjects
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • DDM (Minimum)
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics or Dual Award Science
  • Main subjects to be in science or mathematics.
ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  • A minimum of 5H with 3 at H2 and 2 at H3, OR AAABB including a minimum of H3 or BB from two science or mathematics subjects
  • O in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • H3 or BB from two science or mathematics subjects
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • A minimum of 32 points
  • SL or HL in English and Maths
  • 5 points at HL required from two Science or Mathematics subjects
EB - European Baccalaureate
  • A minimum of 75% overall
  • Pass First Foreign Language

 

  • Minimum of 75% in each of two sciences
National Diplomas
Higher National Certificates

or

  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science

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Level Two (Advanced Entry)

Type of Qualification

General Requirements

Subject Requirements

SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3AH at ABB
  • S at levels 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2 in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • 2AH at AB from two Science or Mathematics subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours)
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science
  • AB from two Science or Mathematics subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • A minimum of 34 points
  • SL or HL in English and Maths
  • 6 at HL in the subject(s) nominated for Honours
Higher National Diplomas
  • Articulation routes information
  • National 5 at grades A, B or C, OR S Grade at levels 1, 2 or 3, OR Int 2 in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics

or

  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science

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Minimum Entry Requirements - BSc Biomedical Sciences

Level One

Type of Qualification

General Requirements

Subject Requirements

SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • A minimum of 4H at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively) obtained at a single sitting or minimum of 5H at AAAAB obtained over two sittings
  • National 5 at A, B or C, or S at levels 1, 2 or 3, or Int 2 in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • AB from Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics Subject
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science
  • AB from Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics Subject
ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  • A minimum of 5H with 4 at H2 and 1 at H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics subject, or AAABB including AB from

    Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics subject. The grading within band B must be B2 or above

  • O in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • H2 from Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics Subject
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • A minimum of 34 points
  • SL or HL in English
  • 6 points at HL required from Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics Subject

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Level Two (Advanced Entry)

Type of Qualification

General Requirements

Subject Requirements

SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3AH at AAB
  • National 5 at A, B or C, or S at levels 1, 2 or 3, or Int 2 in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • 2AH at AB from Chemistry and Biology
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB. A Level subjects should include Chemistry, Biology and (normally) Physics
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science
  • AB from Chemistry and Biology
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • A minimum of 36 points
  • SL or HL in English
  • 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and Biology

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Minimum Entry Requirements - MChem, MGeol, MPhys, MSci Biomedical/Medical Sciences

Level One

Type of Qualification

General Requirements

Subject Requirements

SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • A minimum of 4H at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively)
  • National 5 at A, B or C, or S at levels 1, 2 or 3, or Int 2 in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • AB from Chemistry and another Science (MChem) or from Physics and Mathematics (MPhys) or from Chemistry and Biology (MSci)
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science
  • AB from Chemistry and another Science (MChem) or from Physics and Mathematics (MPhys) or from Chemistry and Biology (MSci)
ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  • A minimum of 5H with 4 at H2 and 1 at H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics subject, OR AAABB including AB from

    Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics subject. The grading within band B must be B2 or above

  • O in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • H2 from Chemistry and another Science (MChem) or from Physics and Mathematics (MPhys) or from Chemistry and Biology (MSci)
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • A minimum of 34 points
  • SL or HL in English
  • 6 points at HL required from Chemistry and another Science (MChem) or from Physics and Mathematics (MPhys) or from Chemistry and Biology (MSci)

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Sciences: Level Two (Advanced Entry)

Type of Qualification

General Requirements

Subject Requirements

SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3AH at AAB
  • National 5 at A, B or C, or S at levels 1, 2 or 3, or Int 2 in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics
  • 2AH at AB form Chemistry and another Science (MChem) or from Physics and Mathematics (MPhys) or from Chemistry and Biology (MSci)
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB. A Level subjects should include Chemistry, Biology and (normally) Physics
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science
  • AB from Chemistry and another Science (MChem) or from Physics and Mathematics (MPhys) or from Chemistry and Biology (MSci)
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • A minimum of 36 points
  • SL or HL in English
  • 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry another Science (MChem) or from Physics and Mathematics (MPhys) or from Chemistry and Biology (MSci)

Please note that all Entry Requirements stated are the minimum required and do not guarantee entry.
Computing, Geography, Geology, Information Systems, Psychology and Technology are acceptable as Science subjects for entry purposes.

Offers of Admission

Admission is competitive, and consequently precise entry requirements may vary from year to year. We have many more applicants than places, and most applicants meet our entrance requirements, so achieving the grades listed will not guarantee an offer of admission. An applicant’s academic profile will normally be the most significant factor in our decision making. Additionally, certain features of the personal statement and reference may help to strengthen an applicant’s case.

Typical entry requirements for all of our MA degrees are for grades of AABB at one sitting of Highers (where it is a school’s policy for an applicant to take one Higher in fourth year and three more in fifth year, we count all four as being achieved at one sitting).

Our minimum requirements are for grades of BBBB at Higher.

Where applicants are taking two sittings to accumulate their qualifications, we normally look for a  better performance than the above. We do not double-count a Higher and an Advanced Higher in the same subject, but we do consider that a B-grade in Advanced Higher can represent an improvement on a B-grade at Higher, so an Advanced Higher may be used to upgrade a Higher.

Applicants choosing to resit a Higher in which they achieved a grade C or below in their first sitting will normally be required to achieve an A-grade in their second attempt. If the Higher at C was achieved in S4, this policy does not apply, even if the resit is not until S6.

We are keen to encourage people from the widest possible range of backgrounds to participate in university studies, and we appreciate that not all applicants have the same opportunity to meet our typical entry requirements. For this reason we take certain “contextual information” into account when deciding on the exact grades we might require in any given case. This might include information about whether an applicant has had health problems or a disability, has been homeless, is a care leaver/estranged or a care giver, attends a school where a low proportion of pupils normally go on to higher education, lives in a relatively deprived area as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, has attended or is eligible to attend widening-access programmes such as Aspire North, LEAPS, SWAP etc. Where information of this kind appears on the UCAS application, it may allow to make an offer at our minimum level.

Advanced Entry

The four year length of the degree programme provides the opportunity for the breadth and flexibility that is such a significant feature of the Aberdeen Honours degree. However, for those who are well-qualified, and who are clear about their degree intention, it is possible to complete an Honours degree in three years rather than four. Such students effectively join the second year of the degree programme, and during this year they study the required second year modules for their nominated degree subject, alongside a selection of other first and second year modules.

Good entry qualifications are needed, at least up to the level of GCE A Level, or SQA Advanced Higher, particularly in subjects that are essential for the intended degree and that would otherwise have been studied in first year. Opportunities for third year entry also exist for those with qualifications up to the level of a good HND, provided the core content of the first two years of the degree curriculum has been covered adequately.

Scottish Baccalaureate

The Scottish Baccalaureate qualification is a good preparation for entry to university. The qualification will be considered alongside Advanced Highers, for direct entry into year two across a range of degree programmes.

Enhanced Study

You may have the opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and participate in co-curricular activities. Visit https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/enhanced-study-options-1518.php for further information.

Foundation Apprenticeships

The University recognises that Skills Development Scotland, alongside other partners, is working with industry to increase the range of work-based learning opportunities for pupils in the senior phase of secondary schools. The development of Foundation Apprenticeships is one such initiative and this qualification will be considered alongside Highers across a range of degree programmes.

Employment Prospects

Most science graduates, regardless of their university, are able to find some kind of employment. The important question is not “Will I get a job after graduating?” but “What kind of job can I get?” As a science graduate from Aberdeen you will be well prepared for a wide range of high-quality employment opportunities. With a good Honours classification you will also be qualified for study towards a higher degree or PhD study.

Good Aberdeen graduates are highly regarded, and consequently many major employers in industry and commerce target the University in their annual recruiting exercises. An extremely high percentage of science graduates secure good jobs or further study/training opportunities within six months of graduation.

Engineering

Our philosophy is one of world-class teaching in an atmosphere of research. Staff in the School have won major national awards, and strong links with industry ensure that teaching is in line with the requirements of today's companies.

Honours Degrees of MEng and BEng

The MEng is a five-year Honours programme and the BEng is a four-year Honours programme, both of which are fully accredited by the Engineering Institutions. The first two years of our programmes cover general engineering, with elements of chemical, mechanical, petroleum and electrical/electronics, as well as civil. This approach gives Aberdeen graduates a broad understanding of engineering principles, which we know is invaluable to their future careers. Similarly highly regarded is the particular emphasis on management and project management. Again, we know from working with industry that this knowledge is vital for new graduates working in an engineering capacity. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth including design applications.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Type of Qualification

MEng - First Year Entry

BEng - First Year Entry

SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • 4H at AABB
  • AB in Mathematics and Physics/Engineering Science. If applicant presents with H in Technological Studies instead of Physics, Mathematics must be A grade.
  • S at grades 1, 2, or 3, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

  • 4H at ABBB
  • AB required in Mathematics and Physics/Engineering Science. If applicant presents with H in Technological Studies instead of Physics, Mathematics must be A grade.
  • S at grades 1, 2, or 3, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • 3 A Levels at ABB. AB required in Mathematics and Physics or a B in Design and Technology or a B in Engineering. If applicant presents with B in Physics, Design and Technology or Engineering, Mathematics must be A grade. GCSE English at C.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

  • 3 A Levels at BBB, B in Mathematics and B in Physics or a B in Design and Technology or a B in Engineering. GCSE English at C.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  • A minimum of 5H with 4 at H2 and 1 at H3 including H2 and H3 in Mathematics and Physics OR AAAAB including AB in Mathematics and Physics. Mathematics at a H2 or an A. Grade B's must be at B2 or above.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

  • A minimum of 5H with 3 at H2 and 2 at H3 (including H2 and H3 in Mathematics and Physics) OR AAABB including Mathematics and Physics at AB. B grade must be at B2 or above. English at Standard Level also required.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

IB - International Baccalaureate
  • 34 points including Mathematics and Physics at HL (6 or above) and English at Standard Level.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

  • 32 points including Mathematics and Physics at HL (5 or above) and English at Standard Level.

Note: For entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements noted above.

Engineering Diploma –

General Certificate of

Education

  • The Engineering Diploma, with some additional qualifications, will provide appropriate preparation for our MEng degrees. Please visit ucas.com for more information
  • The Engineering Diploma, with some additional qualifications, will provide appropriate preparation for our BEng degrees. Please visit ucas.com for more information

BTEC Level 3 Extended

Diploma

  • DDD. Maths and Physics required (Petroleum and Chemical Engineering degrees also require Chemistry).
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.

Note: BTEC in Applied Sciences is not normally sufficient on its own for entry into any of our Engineering programmes

  • DDM. Maths and Physics required (Petroleum and Chemical Engineering degrees also require Chemistry).
  • GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.

Note: BTEC in Applied Sciences is not normally sufficient on its own for entry into any of our Engineering programmes

Offers of Admission

Applicants should note that achieving the minimum entrance requirement from a single sitting of exams will not guarantee an offer of admission. We have many more applicants than places, and most of them meet our minimum entrance requirements. Consequently, we may need to ask for more than the minimum. An applicant’s academic profile will normally be the most significant factor in our decision making. Additionally, certain features of the personal statement may help to strengthen an applicant’s case.

Law

Law has been taught at the University of Aberdeen since its foundation in 1495; today the Law School continues to build on this strong traditional foundation to offer a modern, flexible degree, which provides an excellent academic training.

Minimum Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Type of Qualification General Requirements
SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • 4 Highers at AAAB obtained at a single sitting of Highers

or

  • 5 Highers at AABBB obtained at a single sitting of Highers

or

  • 3 Advanced Highers at ABB.

Typical unconditional offer: AAAB or AABBB. Typical conditional offer: BBBB at the first sitting and either (i) AAABB or AABBBB over two sittings or (ii) ABB at Advanced Higher. Minimum of BBBC at Higher required in the first sitting. Higher English is desirable. National 5 level English required. Applicants should mention in their personal statement any circumstances which they would like considered for a departure from the typical requirements (e.g. unforeseen circumstances affecting exam performance, attendance at a low progression school).

Higher English is highly desirable. Higher ESOL is also recognised in lieu of Higher English where the mother tongue is not English. Where a combination of H and AH is offered, individual subjects are counted at one level only.

GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • A Levels: ABB obtained at a single sitting; English is highly desirable. More will be required of those qualifying over two sittings. GCSE in English or English Language required.
ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  • 5H at H2 OR AAABB obtained at a single sitting. More will be required of those qualifying over two sittings. O in English required.
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • 34 points including an average of 5 at HL; English is highly desirable

Offers of Admission

Applicants should note that achieving the minimum entrance requirement from a single sitting of exams will not guarantee an offer of admission. We have many more applicants than places, and most of them meet our minimum entrance requirements. Consequently, we may need to ask for more than the minimum. An applicant’s academic profile will normally be the most significant factor in our decision making. Additionally, certain features of the personal statement may help to strengthen an applicant’s case.

Education

The School of Education has a long and distinguished record in the training of teachers. Staff are recognised nationally and internationally for their development work in particular fields.

Minimum Entry Requirements for the MA (Hons) in Primary Education

Type of Qualification General Requirements

SQA - Scottish Qualifications

  • 4 Highers at ABBB obtained at a single sitting of Highers

Those seeking to qualify over two sittings of Highers will be expected to exceed this minimum. Mathematics and English required as stated below.

GCE - General Certificate of Education

  • A Levels: BBB obtained at a single sitting. Mathematics and English required as stated below.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • 32 points including 5, 5, 5 at HL
Irish Leaving Certificate/ Ardteistimeireacht
  • A minimum of 4H, with one at H2 and three at H3 OR ABBB all obtained in a single sitting, including English and 2 at Ordinary Level, including Maths which must be at Grade B or above. The grading within Band B must be at B2 or above.

 

HNC and HND

Qualifications such as Early Education and Childcare will be accepted as one subject alongside 3 other subjects at Higher Level (or equivalent). The Higher Grades required are C or above. The required English and Maths grades must also be achieved as noted below.

English Minimum

  • SCE Higher grade award in English at Grade B or above; or
  • A Level English, Grade C or above; or
  • GCSE English Language AND English Literature, at Level 6 (previously Grade B) or above IN BOTH; or
  • O Level English Language AND English Literature, Grade B or above or pass IN BOTH; or
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English at Higher Grade 3 or above or Higher Grade B3 or above; or
  • National Course award (Higher Still) in English and Communication at Grade B or above; or
  • National Units – Communication (NC) at Higher level and Literature 1 at Higher level **; or
  • University of Aberdeen Online English (see below) or
  • English of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK.
*Higher ESOL acceptable for entry to PGDE Secondary only, NOT PGDE Primary or undergraduate  Primary.
 
** Previously known as National Certificate Modules Communication 4 & Literature 1

Mathematics Minimum

  • National 5 Mathematics at Grade C or above; or
  • National 5 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as Lifeskills Maths) at Grade C or above; or
  • Core Maths 4 Pass; or
  • GCSE Mathematics at Level 4, or Grade C or above or Pass; or
  • O Level Mathematics at Grade C or above or Pass; or
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Ordinary Grade 3 or above or Ordinary Grade B or above; or
  • National Course Award Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above; or
  • SCE Standard grade (credit level) award in Mathematics at Grade 2 or above; or
  • SCE Ordinary grade award in Mathematics at Grade C or above or Pass; or
  • Open University Course – MU123 Discovering Mathematics#, Pass; or
  • University of Aberdeen Online Maths (see below) or
  • Mathematics of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK
#Please note that with regard to OU MU123 – the course generally starts in January each year with exam results issued in the December of the same year.

 

The following are not accepted as a Mathematics qualification at the University of Aberdeen: Standard Grade 3 or below, GCSE Grade D or below, CSE Grade 1, O Level Grade 3.

 

The University will consult UK NARIC (The National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom), to determine whether or not qualifications achieved outside the UK meet the entry requirements detailed above.

 

University of Aberdeen Online English and Mathematics

 

The University of Aberdeen has launched two online access courses, one in English and one in Mathematics, both at SCQF Level 6. Both are accepted by the University of Aberdeen for entry to teacher training although it should be noted that the Online Mathematics course is at a higher level than required by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.  The University of Aberdeen expects to launch Online Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 at some point in 2018.

 

Full information on the Online provision, including costs, can be found at www.abdn.ac.uk/study/online/access-courses.php

 

Foundation Apprenticeships

The University recognises that Skills Development Scotland, alongside other partners, is working with industry to increase the range of work-based learning opportunities for pupils in the senior phase of secondary schools. The development of Foundation Apprenticeships is one such initiative and this qualification will be considered alongside Highers across a range of degree programmes.

Accreditation

The Master of Arts (MA) in Education (Hons) programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and allows graduates to apply for provisional registration as a primary teacher.

Divinity and Theology

Theological study and learning go back beyond the foundation of the University in 1495. The School is situated in the beautiful and historic buildings of King's College.

Degrees in Divinity and Theology

The School offers four degrees at the undergraduate level: Bachelor of Divinity (BD), Bachelor of Theology (BTh), Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies. Each may be taken as a non-Honours or as an Honours degree.

Bachelor of Divinity (BD)

The BD is designed for students who wish specialised and comprehensive study of the Christian tradition. The study of the biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek) by candidates for this degree is encouraged, but not compulsory. The course leading to the non-honours degree of BD normally takes three years and the Honours degree four years.

Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

The BTh is designed to be more flexibly structured than the BD. It provides greater opportunities to take courses in Religious Studies and to combine the study of Theology and Religion with subjects outwith Divinity and Religious Studies (e.g. French, English, History, Sociology, Chemistry, Computing). It is particularly suited to the educational needs of those considering teaching Religious and Moral Education in secondary schools.

Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (MA)

The MA in Theology and Religious Studies includes both the study of Christian faith, life and doctrine in its historical, cross-cultural and contemporary contexts, and the comparative study of the major and local religious traditions of the world, which focuses on the origin, function, and meaning of religion.

Minimum Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Divinity (BD) and the Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

(For the MA in Theology and Religious Studies, see Arts and Social Sciences above.)

Type of Qualification General Requirements
SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • Minimum of 4H at AABB or 3AH at BBB.
  • National 5 at A, B C or S at levels 1, 2 or 3 in English

Advanced Entry - For those seeking entry into second year classes, with a view to taking an accelerated Honours degree, the normal requirement will be BC at H plus A at AH or 2AH at AB. This must include AH at A in Religious Studies. Where a combination of H and AH has been studied, individual subjects will be counted at one level only.

GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • Minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB
  • GCSE in English or English Language

Advanced Entry - For those seeking entry into second year classes, with a view to taking an accelerated Honours degree, the normal requirement must include A Level at A in Religious Studies.

ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  • O in English or in English Language
  • A minimum of 5H with 3 at H2 and 2 at H3, or AAABB obtained at a single sitting. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above..
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • Minimum of 32 points at least 5,5,5 at HL.
  • SL in English required.

Offers of Admission

Applicants should note that achieving the minimum entrance requirement from a single sitting of exams will not guarantee an offer of admission. We have many more applicants than places, and most of them meet our minimum entrance requirements. Consequently, we may need to ask for more than the minimum. An applicant’s academic profile will normally be the most significant factor in our decision making. Additionally, certain features of the personal statement may help to strengthen an applicant’s case.

Music

Our music staff possess a wide range of research expertise encompassing aspects of performance, composition and musicology. Facilities for music students are first-class, including electroacoustic music studios, a collection of historical instruments and a world music centre. Our full time degree programmes comprise the following:

  • BMus with Honours
  • BMus with Honours (Education)
  • BMus with Honours (Music and Communities)
  • MA Music Studies

Degree Options

Following core music studies, in which students are able to develop skills in performance, composition, musicianship and music history, one of three Honours programmes is chosen. BMus with Honours is a music degree; the BMus with Honours (Education) programme leads to a qualification to teach in secondary schools and the BMus with Honours (Music & Communities)applies musical skills while working in a range of communities.

Please note: for entry to the BMus (Education) with honours programme the following are requirements:

ENGLISH MINIMUM
Higher English at grade C or above, or GCSE English Language and English Literature at grade C or above or equivalent

MATHEMATICS MINIMUM
National 5 Maths at grade C or above, National 5 Lifeskills Maths at grade C or above, Standard Grade Mathematics at grade 1 or 2, or GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above, or equivalent.

Minimum Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Music (BMus)

(For the MA in Music Studies, see Arts and Social Science above.)

Type of Qualification General Requirements
SQA - Scottish Qualifications
  • Minimum 4 Highers at BBBB in four distinct disciplines (Music cannot be double counted). Music at Higher Grade A preferable
GCE - General Certificate of Education
  • Minimum of 2 A Levels at BC or 4 AS Levels at BBCC including Music - A Level minimum Grade B or AS Level minimum Grade A. Minimum of 3 additional GCSE passes.
ILC - Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht
  •  A minimum of 3H at H2 or BBB.
IB - International Baccalaureate
  • 30 points including at least a Grade 6 at Music at HL

Music Qualifications

Candidates should demonstrate musical attainment and potential. Candidates should have Grade VIII Associated Board (or equivalent) in their main instrument/voice or who show great potential and intend to take Grade VIII. Musical skills are assessed at interview, at which competence on piano will need to be demonstrated. Further information about the interview process is available on the Music Department website. Applicants outside the UK must also meet the above performance requirement.