Scholarships at University of Aberdeen


The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495, making it the third oldest university in Scotland and fifth oldest in the UK. Five Nobel Prize winners are associated with the University and students electing to study at Aberdeen would be joining a varied and thriving community of around 12,000 students from around the world.

The University of Aberdeen offers first class learning resources situated in a beautiful campus. At the main campus you will find ancient buildings side by side with modern, newly refurbished laboratories, excellent computing facilities and the latest library technology. Social and sporting facilities are of a high standard with over 150 sports clubs and societies available for students to join.

Roughly half of University of Aberdeen students study medicine, science or engineering, with arts and social sciences also popular. A cosmopolitan atmosphere of Scottish and English students alongside 120 different nationalities ensures an exciting multi-cultural atmosphere, with Aberdeen’s remote location attractive to students from all over the world. University of Aberdeen graduates also enjoy some of the highest starting salaries in Scotland and was named as Scotland’s safest university city by the Complete University Guide.

Services for International Students

The University of Aberdeen has a 14,500 student population made up over 120 countries. The Student Support Service will ensure that any international student wanting to study in Aberdeen is made to feel right at home from the moment they arrive, and advice is available on a number of issues including academic, personal, medical and financial.


  • 27th in the Times University Guide 2021
  • 20th in the Guardian University Guide 2021
  • 207th in the QS World University Rankings 2021

The University of Aberdeen is consistently ranked in the top 200 universities in the world, and has Scotland’s top rated medical school, ranked 5th overall in the UK. Aberdeen is among the UK’s top research universities, with 76% of research assessed through the UK’s Research Excellence Framework classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Aberdeen is rated top in the UK for environmental and soil science research.


The University of Aberdeen guarantees accommodation for all first-year undergraduate students. The university has recently invested £20m in new accommodation, and wireless internet is accessible and free of charge in all halls of residence.

Catered and self catered accommodation is available depending on your budget and preference, while the Student Accommodation Office can assist when looking for private housing in the city with its new student friendly online database.


The University of Aberdeen is located in Aberdeen, a city boasting a rich cultural heritage. Aberdeen is an attractive and welcoming city with a population of approximately 220,000. Aberdeen is both big enough to offer a ‘big city’ experience, but also compact enough to navigate easily.

Aberdeen caters for all tastes in arts, culture, leisure and entertainment, with a wide variety of museums, galleries and leisure and sport facilities all in close range of student accommodation. The city also offers a fantastic nightlife, particularly for students.

Aberdeen airport connects the city to the rest of the UK and Europe, while the train station runs direct services to both Edinburgh and London.


Many famous faces have studied at the University of Aberdeen, including a leading number of UK government officials including Alistair Darling and Tessa Jowell. Radio and television personalities Nicky Campbell, James Naughtie, Sandy Gall, Glen Oglaza and Derek Rae were also students at the University of Aberdeen.

Scholarships at University of Aberdeen

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship
Scholarship Name China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship
Academic Year 2020
Nationality Any

The CSC Scholarship is a scholarship programme for Chinese PhD students, who will enrol in a full PhD at the University of Aberdeen.


The CSC Scholarship is open to Chinese nationals wishing to study for a full-time PhD in any discipline at the University of Aberdeen. Applicants apply to the CSC for a monthly stipend as well as international airfares. The University may provide successful applicants with a tuition waiver scholarship.


  • Applicants must be citizens of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application
  • Applicants for a full PhD programme must have a Master’s degree and must be under the age of 35
  • The relevant academic entry requirements must be fulfilled, including a high level of English language proficiency and a Master’s degree
  • Applicants must hold an offer of acceptance from the University of Aberdeen
  • Applicants should satisfy the CSC selection criteria by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form
  • CSC scholars must return to China upon completion of their research

Application Procedure

People wishing to benefit from this scholarship should first take a look at the University’s research and identify a potential supervisor in their field. More information on research can be found here. Details of how to apply for a PhD can be found here. Applications for the CSC Scholarship should be submitted online at the CSC website. Please consult the CSC website for the deadline.


No deadline specified

Further Info

Find out more about the China Scholarships Council Scholarships

If you have any further questions, please email

China (People’s Republic of)

Aberdeen Alumni Discount
Scholarship Name Aberdeen Alumni Discount
Academic Year 2020
Scholarship amount 20% discount
Nationality Any

20% discount is available for University of Aberdeen graduates on the full cost of a taught postgraduate programme and one year of a full time research programme (two years for part time). Applies to a number of taught postgraduate programmes or first year of a full time research programme.


A special ‘loyalty discount’ of 20% off the cost of any element of self funded postgraduate study is available to University of Aberdeen graduates who wish to undertake further study at the University of Aberdeen. The discount applies to a range of taught postgraduate programmes (Masters, Diploma, Certificate and Short Course), and the year one of a full time research programme (years one and two for part time research students). It is available to both UK/EU and International students.


Applicants must have completed a full degree programme (those who have studied a certificate or Diploma are not eligible) or studied for a period as an International Exchange, Study Abroad or Erasmus student at the University of Aberdeen and be applying for postgraduate study. The discount applies only to any aspect of fees that may need to be self funded and not covered by additional funding.

Please note that it is not possible to hold the Alumni Discount alongside another tuition fee discount or award provided by the University of Aberdeen. In the situation that you are eligible for an Alumni Discount and have also been awarded another tuition fee discount or award from the University, you will receive whichever award is of greater value.

Which programmes are eligible?

The following programmes are NOT eligible for the Alumni Discount Scheme:

  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation
  • Registered Postgraduate Study
  • MBChB Intercalated Masters programmes
  • LLB (accelerated)

All other taught postgraduate programmes, including Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma and Short Courses, are eligible.

Application Procedure

Apply online by clicking the link below in the application documents. For further information on the application procedure please visit the website link below.


No deadline specified

Application Docs

Please see our full guidance notes: alumni_discount_scheme_2018_19.pdf

Online application at –

Aberdeen Global Scholarship
Scholarship Name Aberdeen Global Scholarship
Academic Year 2020
Scholarship amount £2,000
Nationality Any

The University of Aberdeen is delighted to offer the Aberdeen Global Scholarship to eligible self-funded international Masters students from all around the world.

The £2,000 scholarship is open to international fees students registering in September 2020 and January 2021, for on campus programmes, who don’t receive a scholarship from elsewhere.

The University also offers a number of other funding opportunities and these can be viewed on our funding database.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aberdeen.

Application Procedure

You will be awarded your scholarships as tuition fee discount and the value of the scholarship will be included in your CAS letter.

Please check that you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer and that you have sent us confirmation of funding.


No deadline specified

Rest of UK (RUK) Undergraduate Scholarships
Scholarship Name Rest of UK (RUK) Undergraduate Scholarships
Academic Year 2020
Nationality Any

The University of Aberdeen is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances, which is why we offer a large number of scholarships to undergraduate students. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at university, and also aim to reward academic excellence.


Our undergraduate Scholarships, for those classified as Rest of UK (RUK) Fees, are available based on two criteria: “Access” and “Merit”. Scholarships based on “Access” exist to support those who may otherwise struggle to meet the cost of studies while “Merit” scholarships are designed for those who have shown considerable academic potential in their A Level results. Students meeting the criteria of both scholarships are entitled to receive both payments, potentially £4,000 per annum. The scholarships are not available to graduate students undertaking further study.

These scholarships are available in addition to applicable Government loans and grants – see below. The University will use the residual household income figure calculated by the Student Loans Company (SLC) when assessing your bursary entitlement.

PLEASE NOTE: that all stated Access and Merit scholarship amounts are only applicable to undergraduate students commencing study at Aberdeen in 2020, paying the rest of UK fee rate of £9,250 per year. The Access scholarship is only paid if the fees due in the academic year are £9,250.


Access Scholarship

Residual Household Income for Access Scholarship Residual Household Income Scholarship amount (for 2020 entry only), offered for a maximum of three years:

  • Less than £20,360 £3,000* a year for three years
  • £20,360 – £25,000 £2,000* a year for three years
  • £25,001 – £30,000 £1,000* a year for three years
  • £30,001 – £42,620 £1,000* a year for three years
  • Over £42,620 0

Merit Scholarship

Merit scholarships of £1k* for 4 years would be awarded to undergraduate Rest of UK (RUK) entrants with AAB at A level or equivalent (with the exception of Medicine).

Application Procedure

There is no application form. Eligible students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet the above criteria, and are paying the tuition fee rate of £9250, are automatically nominated for the above awards with no need to apply.

To be considered for an Access scholarship, you must, however, ensure that you submit an application for funding to the Student Loans Company as it will be the information declared to the SLC that will determine whether or not you meet the Access criteria.

Payments are made each year to all eligible students in early April.


No deadline specified

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