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AMAZING COASTLINE AND
GOLDEN SANDY BEACHES
STUNNING
RIVERSIDE CAMPUS
DYNAMIC
NIGHTLIFE
GREAT SELECTION OF
MODERN SHOPS
Aberdeen Business School
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
The Sir Ian Wood Building and
Scott Sutherland School
of Architecture and Built Environment
Interior of The Sir Ian Wood Building
How to use this prospectus
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Course index 3
About RGU
4
Our people
6
Is RGU the one for you?
7
Top for graduate employability
8
Strong links to industry
9
Welcome to Garthdee
10
Aberdeen – the perfect location
12
What's on in Aberdeen
14
Doric dictionary
15
Supporting you
16
Placements18
Careers and Employability Centre
20
Study abroad
22
International students
24
Access RGU (widening participation)
26
Coming from college to university
27
RGU SPORT
28
Keep it green
30
Student Union
33
Aberdeen Business School
Faculty of Design and Technology
Faculty of Health and Social Care
3rd BIGGEST CITY
IN SCOTLAND
SURFING MECCA
ROCK AND
MOUNTAIN
CLIMBING
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FURTHER INFORMATION
Faculty of Health and Social Care
WWW.RGU.AC.UK
Accommodation176
Living in halls of residence and ResLife
178
Living expenses
179
Money – fees and finance
180
Scholarships185
Student support services
186
How to apply – Admissions information
190
When to apply – dates for your diary 192
How to find us – by car, train or plane 194
City centre and Garthdee campus map
196
Join us online – social media details
198
Visit us and Open Days
200
How to get ahead with RGU
202
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COURSES
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PAINTING
BA (HONS)
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Key facts
UCAS W120
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CaREER OPTiONs
This course offers a challenging opportunity to study
both the technical and contextual aspects of traditional
and contemporary painting. Through a mixed sequence
of objective and subjective projects, which explore the
grammar and forms of painting, the course develops an
informed context to extemporise and develop a
personal language, as well as a fuller understanding of
the subject. The course also delivers a taught drawing
programme, from years one through to three, which is
an integral component of the Painting course.
Upon graduation painting students will have acquired a wide
range of transferable skills that will equip them for
employment in a diverse range of careers within the creative
and cultural industries, as well as other fields of employment
where creative thinkers are highly valued. Many graduates
also sustain individual studio practices and are actively
exhibiting, curating and furthering their careers as
professional artists.
You will be learning in an environment that encourages
personal expression and interpretation as well as collaborative
activity. As a result, you will be able to study and develop your
full creative potential, both critically and practically, in the
context of the contemporary visual art world. Our Painting
graduates have been highly successful in achieving a diverse
range of national awards, from a BAFTA (for a music video) to
established Scholarships from the Royal Scottish Academy,
The Carnegie Trust and The Cross Trust. Many also go on to
study at prestigious postgraduate schools, including the Slade
and the Royal College of Art.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
FOR FULL COURSE DESCRIPTOR, VISIT
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/GRAYS-ug-courses
ENTRY REquiREmENTs
YEaR 1 ENTRY
sqa Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the
use of English).
iB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a subject
requiring the use of English).
aDVaNCED ENTRY
Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include
a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design,
Art, Design & Media).
All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications
or are due to sit appropriate qualifications will be invited to
attend an interview. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded
from the RGU website at www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
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BUSINESS
PARTNERSHIPS
The Painting course hosts a number of
competitions, commissions and live projects
throughout the academic year, which
provide invaluable professional practice for
the student body. These events are
generously supported by a group of
partners from within the wider business
community in Aberdeen and enable
students to engage with ‘real-world’
clients and contexts.
NON sTaNDaRD ENTRY
Those who may not hold the standard qualifications,
are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other
appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are
advised to contact the University during Open Days or the
Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of
work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.
sTuDY OPTiONs
Full-time: 4 years
PLaCEmENT
An optional work placement in year 3, semester 2.
Current business partners include:
Morrison Construction, SPD Ltd,
Aquaterra Group, Aberdeen Asset
Management and The John Laurie
Group (Aberdeen).
sTuDY aBROaD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/painting
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Nabila Attar
Photos by Fiona Stephen.
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Course title and award.
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Course description including information about
placements, scholarships, accreditation, study
abroad opportunities and career options.
Read what other people have to say about the
course – testimonials from current students,
graduates or an employer.
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ABERDEEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
46
Gray’s School of Art
Accounting and Finance
50
Painting Events Management 52
Fashion Management
54
Contemporary Art Practice
(Moving Image/Photography/Printmaking/Sculpture) 114
International Hospitality Management 56
Fashion and Textile Design 58
Communication Design
(Graphics/Illustration/Photography)118
International Tourism Management
GCE a Level
BC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Laura Porteous
COURSE INDEX
T
he 'Key Facts' section contains important
information about entry requirements, essential
subjects/grades, special requirements and
study options.
F urther information can be found online on the
individual course webpage.
Each full-time course has a unique code that
you will need when applying to UCAS.
For THE MOST UP-TO-DATE information visit
www.rgu.ac.uK
Journalism60
Law and Management
62
Law 64
The Management Programme
112
116
Three Dimensional Design
(Ceramics and Glass/Jewellery/Product Design)
120
Commercial Photography 122
International Business Management 68
Management
70
The Scott Sutherland School of
Architecture and Built Environment
Management with HRM
71
Architectural Technology
128
72
Architecture 130
Construction Management 132
Surveying 134
Management with Marketing
Media74
Public Relations
FACULTY OF DESIGN
AND TECHNOLOGY
76
78
FACULTY OF HEALTH
AND SOCIAL CARE
124
136
Applied Social Sciences
138
Computing80
Applied Sport and Exercise Science
140
Computer Science
84
Biomedical Science Programme
144
Digital Media
86
Applied Biomedical Science
145
Application Software Development
88
Biomedical Science
146
Computer Network Management & Design
90
Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
147
Diagnostic Radiography
148
Forensic and Analytical Science
150
Bachelor of Midwifery
152
Engineering96
Mechanical Engineering 100
Mechanical and Offshore Engineering 102
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering 104
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
106
Nursing154
Bachelor of Nursing – Adult
156
Bachelor of Nursing – Children and Young People's
158
Bachelor of Nursing – Mental Health
159
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Adult
160
Nutrition 162
Nutrition and Dietetics
164
Occupational Therapy
166
Pharmacy168
Physiotherapy170
Social Work
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ABOUT RGU
Student population
Our total student population is approximately 17,000
Watch the
history of RGU
www.rgu.ac.uk/about-rgu
36%
62%
2%
POSTgraduate
UNDERGRADUATE
PG RESEARCH
OUR 10 SUBJECT AREAS
Architecture, Construction & Surveying;
Art & Design; Business, Management & Accounting;
Computing; Engineering; Health Professions;
Information, Communication & Media;
Laboratory, Biomedical & Sports Sciences;
Law; Social Work & Social Sciences
Our
motto
RGU's motto is ‘Omni Nunc
Arte Magistra’ which can be
interpreted as ‘Make the best of all
your abilities’.
Undergraduates
on campus by
faculty 2014/2015
Health and
Social Care
37%
Design and
Technology
27%
STUDENT
DEMOGRAPHICS
IN 2014/2015
ON CAMPUS OFF CAMPUS
63%
37%
36%
Aberdeen Business School
Who is Robert
Gordon?
Our
tartan
Riverside
location
History going
back 250 years
our Coat
of Arms
Our founder, Robert
Gordon was born in
1668 in Aberdeen. He
was a merchant trader
and philanthropist who
amassed his fortune
trading from Danzig
(Gdansk) in the Baltic.
RGU has its own tartan
with colours of Royal
Blue, Red and Gold. The
tartan was designed by
Michael King in 1997, and
some students choose to
wear a tartan kilt on their
graduation day.
Our Garthdee campus
sits on the banks of the
River Dee in Aberdeen.
It is home to many trees,
including some rather
attractive Monkey Puzzles.
It takes several hours to cut
all the grass and around 15
mins to walk from one end
of the campus to the other.
We have a heritage
going back to 1729 when
Robert Gordon founded
a hospital in Aberdeen
for boys from poor
families. In 1881, the
hospital was transformed
into a school and
learning institution.
Three boars are from the arms of
the Gordon family, the castle is from
the arms of the City of Aberdeen.
A black wavy band symbolises the
rivers Dee and Don, as well as North
Sea oil, and the heraldic symbols in
the centre represent technology (a
cog), learning (a flaming torch) and
commerce (a gold coin).
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Shiver me timbers!
Of our many thousands of fans on Facebook, over 100
of them claim to speak Pirate. We also have an RGU
Pirate Society, led by their Captain, First Mate, Chest
Keeper and Scroll Keeper!
90,000 Alumni
We have an international community of approximately
90,000 alumni around the world.
www.rgu.ac.uk/alumni/groups
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OUR PEOPLE
is RGU THE ONE FOR YOU?
Our people are at the very heart of our student experience. We’re the only
university in Scotland to be nominated for an award for excellence in delivering
the student experience.
Picking a course to study or selecting a university is not an easy choice to make.
There’s so much to consider when weighing up your options. Here are some things
to think about, as well as some reasons to choose us.
In the interest of serious market research we carried out an
alternative RGU staff survey across select departments
around the University*. We can reveal our staff are:
WHAT SUBJECT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?
DOES LOCATION MATTER?
You’ll be studying for a number of years, so be true to
yourself and choose the course that fits with both your
personality and your passion. Our 50+ undergraduate
courses are organised into 10 subject areas, each offering a
route to diverse and stimulating careers. Find out more at
www.rgu.ac.uk/areas-of-study/subjects
If you want the best of both worlds, Aberdeen is the perfect
location. A vibrant yet compact city, we are within easy
reach of spectacular beaches, mountains and stunning
scenery. Aberdeen is the energy capital of Europe, so we’re
the best place to be if you want to get into the energy sector,
whatever your degree is. Our long-standing tradition in the
fields of health and social care, business and the creative
industries, means our graduates are highly sought after in
these sectors too.
DOGS-LOVERS
Most chose man’s best friend over
feline pals.
EARLY BIRDS
Majority were proverbial early birds
rather than night owls.
CHATTERBOXES
A much higher proportion
preferred talking on the phone
rather than texting.
MUNRO-BAGGERS Most preferred the mountains
rather than the ocean.
HIGH-FLYERS
Most selected the ability to fly over
an invisibility superpower.
PRINT FANS
pass go
Most prefer playing Monopoly
than Chess.
LUNCH BUNCH
More staff eat lunch at their desk
rather than go out.
ROCKERS
Mainly Rock fans over Classical.
Most preferred reading a printed
book to a Kindle.
get off
facebook
and study!!
SOME OF THEir
BEST MOTTOS
BEST THING ABOUT
working at RGU?
SOME ADVICE
FOR STUDENTS
‘Never take anything too seriously,
especially not yourself.’
Great colleagues, great students,
location, job-variety and autonomy.
‘It’s not all about the parties…
nor is it all about the studying!’
‘Do not underestimate the
dark side of the force.’
‘Impress me.’
‘Be the best that you can be.’
‘Find the library and use it.’
Top tip: Pay close attention to the ‘What you will study’
sections on our individual course pages. The modules will
give you insight into the differences between courses as well
as the type of coursework you’ll undertake. Our Applicants’
Days and Open Days allow you the opportunity to speak to
our course leaders and current students face-to-face, ask
them any questions you might have about the course and
grill them on their specialist subject!
WILL YOU GET A JOB AT THE END OF IT?
The Sunday Times said, ‘For many years now RGU has turned
out job-ready graduates who are snapped up by employers.’
So statistically, the likelihood of being gainfully employed after
you graduate from RGU is extremely high. Government figures
from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) published
in July 2015, show that 97.2% of students graduating from RGU
with their first degree in 2013/14 were in employment or
undertaking further study. Read all about our employment
success at www.rgu.ac.uk/employment-success
So why are RGU graduates so highly sought
after by employers?
We are the 'professional university’ and prepare our graduates
for the world of work. Our strong links with industry mean that
many of our courses are designed by those working in industry,
who actually inform course content by the skills they require
from our graduates. Find out who we collaborate with at
www.rgu.ac.uk/industry-links
Top tip: Our Careers & Employability Centre provides all the
necessary advice to help our graduates get their dream job.
90% of our courses offer a work placement, which is impressive
on your CV and is highly attractive to future employers.
Top tip: We consider our riverside campus, based on the
banks of the beautiful River Dee, to be one of the most
attractive campuses in the UK and one of Europe’s finest.
The river itself is home to otters, heron, salmon and other
wildlife. Our campus has beautiful woodland walkways
and parkland, connecting our modern, stylish buildings.
Experience it in person by registering for our Open Days or
our Visit Afternoons. Register at www.rgu.ac.uk/visit-us.
WHY ARE OUR FACILITIES SO IMPRESSIVE?
Although our roots go back to 1729, we are a forwardthinking and dynamic institution. Ever heard of Lord
Norman Foster? He’s a world-renowned architect who
designed Aberdeen Business School. Most of our
buildings follow this iconic style. Our latest buildings house
the most cutting-edge facilities and progressive learning
spaces yet. Take a virtual tour at
www.rgu.ac.uk/virtualtours
Top tip: Take a tour of our fantastic, modern facilities,
including our Moot Court, Clinical Skills Centre, DART
Simulator and Green Screen at
www.rgu.ac.uk/facilities
These are just some of the reasons we think RGU could be
the one for you.
Want to know more? Visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/why-choose-us
*This is not representative of all opinions of RGU members of staff, but a small percentage, who chose to participate on a Friday afternoon.
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TOP FOR GRADUATE
EMPLOYABILITY
strong links
to industry
We work closely with employers – to offer courses that make our graduates
particularly desirable to local, national and international companies and organisations.
Many of our courses are the result of close
collaboration with industry, focusing on both the
day-to-day and future professional needs of
businesses and other organisations.
£21k
Rewarding
Careers
The workplace experience you
accumulate will often then lead
directly to higher paid posts on
graduation. As a result our graduates achieve an average salary of
almost £21,000 six months after
completing their studies.
Engaging with
employers
We work closely with employers
at every stage to ensure our
courses prepare you for the
professional world; from course
development and accreditation
to providing scholarships
and placements.
TOP SCOTTISH UNI
FOR GRADUATE
PROSPECTS
AMAZING GRADUATE
EMPLOYABILITY
RECORD
We're the top university in
Scotland for graduate prospects.
Complete University Guide, 2016
RGU was the best university in
Scotland and 9th in the UK for
graduate employment.
The Times and Sunday Times
Good University Guide 2015
Practical
AND invaluable
experience
VOCATIONAL AND
PROFESSIONAL
90% of our courses offer a
placement, helping to prepare you
for the professional world, ready to
start your chosen career.
This means that our graduates learn the necessary
skills and are always strongly in demand. Here is a
selection of those companies and organisations we
collaborate with.
“The emphasis is firmly on
vocational and professional
courses and a wide range of
placement options on offer.
As a result, the University has one
of the best graduate recruitment
records in the UK.”
The Guardian University
Guide 2012.
WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT OUR SUCCESS
www.rgu.ac.uk/employment-SUCCESS
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WELCOME
TO GARTHDEE
THE SIR
IAN WOOD
BUILDING
THE SCOTT
SUTHERLAND SCHOOL
OF ARCHITECTURE
AND BUILT
ENVIRonMENT
INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE
DYNAMIC FACILITIES
PARKLAND AMBIENCE
Our future developments will continue to enable the
University to deliver the best riverside campus in
Europe for all students to enjoy. See more at
www.rgu.ac.uk/masterplan
We continually invest in new facilities to give you the
best learning experience possible. A purpose-built
Clinical Skills Centre, high-tech TV and radio studios,
Moot Court, Green Screen Suite and DART simulator
are just a few of the modern facilities found on campus.
www.rgu.ac.uk/facilities
www.rgu.ac.uk/facilities
The campus provides a recreational setting for staff,
students and the
locallocal
community.
community.
YouYou
can can
walkwalk
end-toendend through
to-end
through
woodland
woodland
walkways
walkways
in approximately
in approximately
15 minutes. It is home to many beautiful trees.
FACULTY
OF HEALTH
& SOCIAL
CARE
ICRGU
INTERNATIONAL
COLLEGE
LIBRARY
student
central
Green Screen Suite
DART Simulator
Clinical Skills Centre
3D Printing
Wave tank
Human Performance Lab
Modelling Workshop
ROV pit
X-ray Suite
Mac Suite
Simulation Centre
(mock pharmacy)
Catering facilities
Clean Room Suite
Mock crime scene area
Forensic Imaging Suite
Microscopy Suite
Food Handling and
Preparation Labs
Mac Suites
Catering facilities
Student Central
• Student Help Point
• Careers & Employability Centre
ABERDEEN
RGU: BUSINESS
UNION SCHOOL
The SCOTT
SUTHERLAND
SCHOOL OF
Aberdeen
ARCHITECTURE
Business
AND BUILT
School
ENVIRONMENT
GARTHDEE
HOUSE
RGU
SPORT
Gym
TV and Radio Suite
Climbing Wall
Fashion Place
Swimming Pool
Moot Court
Sports Hall
Georgina Scott
Catering
facilities
Sutherland
Group
Learning Centre
garthdee
house
GRAY'SGray's
SCHOOL OF
School
ART of art
TV and Radio Suite
Green Screen Suite
Fashion Place
3D Printing
Moot
CourtWorkshop
Modelling
Digital
Suite
Mac Suite
Georgina Scott
Sutherland Group
Learning Centre
Printmaking Suite
Printmaking Suite
Scultpture Studio
Sculpture Studio
Mac Suite
Mac Suite
Photography Studio
Photography Studio
Exhibition Spaces
Exhibition Spaces
Catering facilities
Catering facilities
• Study Support
• Wider Access and Outreach
• Counselling Support
and Wellbeing
TAKE
THE
CAMPUS
AT AT
TAKEAATOUR
TOUROFOF
THE
CAMPUS
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/VIRTUALTOURS
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/VIRTUALTOURS
• Disability and Dyslexia
Advice and Support
• International Student Advice,
Visa & Immigration Centre
• ResLife
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ABERDEEN
Watch a video about Aberdeen
www.rgu.ac.uk/perfect-location
THE PERFECT LOCATION
5th BEST CITY IN THE UK
TO LIVE AND WORK
Aberdeen has been ranked as
the 5th best city in the UK to
live and work.
(Report by PwC and
think-tank Demos, 2014)
HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE
the great outdoors
SUNNY SCOTLAND
Residents in Aberdeenshire enjoy a
high quality of life. Contributing factors
include high weekly average earnings,
good health, life expectancy, education,
employment and crime rates.
The Grampian Mountains and
Cairngorms National Park are right
on the doorstep. Mountain biking,
mountain climbing, snowboarding
and white water rafting are all
within easy reach.
Aberdeen is a coastal city, and is
far milder than one might expect
for its northern location. The East
coast is the sunniest in Scotland,
where sunshine hours average
around 1,500 per year.
(Bank of Scotland Quality of Life
League, 2015)
ABERDEEN:
THE SCOTTISH ONE
SUPER DOING
BUSINESS WITH YOU
There are over 30 places named
Aberdeen throughout the world.
Our famous folk include singer
Emeli Sandé, Ryder Cup star Paul
Lawrie, and of course our very
own founder Robert Gordon.
In 2012, HSBC named Aberdeen
as a leading business hub
and one of eight ‘super cities’
spearheading the UK’s economy,
marking it as the only city in
Scotland to receive this accolade.
CASTLE AND
WHISKY COUNTRY
There are more than 50 whisky
distilleries and over 350 castles in
Aberdeenshire and Moray.
black gold
Aberdeen is the Energy Capital
of Europe. Since 1975, 38 billion
barrels of oil equivalent have
been produced from the UK
Continental Shelf.
ANYONE FOR GOLF?
Love golf? Aberdeen City and
Shire is home to enough golf
courses for each week of the year.
IF YOU’RE FOND OF SAND
DUNES AND SALTY AIR…
Spectacular sandy beaches and
dramatic dunes can be found along
the Aberdeenshire coast, making it
a mecca for surfers, kayakers, kite
boarders and bird-watchers alike.
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BEST PLACE TO BE A STUDENT
THE GRANITE CITY
Aberdeen is one of the best places to be a
student according to top student website
www.accommodationforstudents.com
The terraces of the Houses of Parliament are built of
Aberdeen granite. There are fantastic architectural
gems in Aberdeen, which really do sparkle in the sun
due to the stone’s high mica content. The granite and
seaside combo means we’re also known as 'The Silver
City with the Golden Sands'.
With over 25,000 students, you’ll be part of a lively,
vibrant student-friendly city, with great shops, pubs,
nightlife, live music and gigs.
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WHAT'S ON IN ABERDEEN?
doric dictionary
There are lots of exciting events taking place throughout the year.
We've highlighted some of our favourites.
We do of course speak English, but just for fun, this Aberdonian
dictionary will give you a flavour of the local dialect, Doric.
Stonehaven Fireballs LOOK AGAIN FESTIVAL
An ancient custom held on
Hogmanay, where a procession of 45
participants swing blazing balls of fire
above their heads before throwing
them into the harbour.
Burns Supper
A celebratory meal for Scotland's
finest poet, Rabbie Burns. It includes
an address to a haggis, the ‘Immortal
Memory’ and a toast to the lassies,
usually with a wee dram.
SPECTRA FESTIVAL
OF LIGHT
The stunning festival features
installations and experimental works
from the creative community.
www.spectraaberdeen.com
Aberdeen
Jazz Festival
An exciting visual art and design
festival held in Aberdeen. Become a
tourist in your own city.
www.lookagainfestival.co.uk
WHISKY FESTIVAL
Speyside's distilleries, shops, pubs and
villages welcome visitors with whisky
tastings and tours, great food, ceilidhs
and a variety of other entertainment.
www.spiritofspeyside.com
See traditional games such as the
Caber Toss and Tug O' War. Held in
Strathdon on the last Sat in August.
Freshers' Week
This is your chance to celebrate the
start of the new academic year. It's a
great opportunity to meet new people
and make new friends through a
range of fun activities.
Scottish Traditional Dracula at Drum
Boat Festival
Arts, music and food as well as
traditional vessels congregating in
Portsoy, one of the oldest harbours in
Europe. www.stbfportsoy.com
International
Youth Festival
Previous highlights have included the Featuring diverse performances
fantastic Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – of music, theatre and dance from
fusing jazz, hip-hop and funk, known around the globe.
for their appearances on ‘Later’ with
Jools Holland and work with Gorillaz.
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Lonach Highland
Gathering & GAMES
Drum Castle's Tower is transformed
into a cinema screen. Viewers bring
their chairs (or coffins), warm capes,
chattering fangs and join in with the
spooky fun. Find more events at
www.nts.org.uk
Winter Festival
A fun-packed programme of
festive events that runs from early
November through to January.
www.winterfestivalaberdeen.com
HEAR DORIC SPOKEN AT:
www.rgu.ac.uk/doric-voices
small talk
the basics
Aye
Yes
Aye aye, fit like?
Hello, how are you?
I da ken
I don’t know
Nae bad, yersel?
Not bad, and yourself?
Nae bither
It’s no trouble
Chavin’ awa
I’m getting on okay
Fit’s a dee?
What’s wrong?
I’m scunnered
I am fed up
Are ye nae spikkin’?
Are you not speaking?
Dinna be feart
Don’t be scared
You’re affa peally-wally
You look a bit off colour
Stop blethering
Stop chatting
Gie’s a bosie!
Give me a hug!
Fit a bonny wee quine
What a pretty little girl
‘At loon’s a bit glaikit
That young boy is a
bit silly
socialising
Come awa’ ben the hoose
Welcome, come in
Ye wintin’ a fly an’ a piece? Would you like a cup
of tea and something
to eat?
Fit fine
That’s really tasty
Ye gaan oot/intae toon?
Are you heading out
this evening? Going
into the centre?
Far div ye bide?
Where do you stay?
Wi’ me ma ‘n’ da
With my parents
Fit ye deein’?
What are you doing?
I’m watchin’ the fit’ba
I’m watching a
football match
I’m awa’ te dee
my messages
I’m going
grocery shopping
Needin’ onything
fae the chipper?
Would you like anything
from the chip shop?
weather
It’s caul ‘iday
Hap up yer lugs
Fit a bonny gloamin'
Ca canny, or you’ll
go skitin’
Bit o’ a Haar comin’ in
A’m drookit
Affa fine day
It’s cold today
Keep your ears warm
What a beautiful sunset
Take care, it’s quite icy
There’s a sea fog
descending
I’m soaked through
It's sunny
Find other events at:
www.welcometoscotland.com
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SUPPORTING YOU
SUPPORTING YOU
SUPPORTING YOUR RELOCATION
We support your complete experience, from application,
throughout your studies and beyond.
If you are relocating to Aberdeen, we recognise the
practical issues you may face with moving to an unfamiliar
city or country. Be assured, there will always be someone
to help; from your first enquiry to providing a warm
welcome when you arrive, our support teams will be on
hand to offer advice and guidance.
SUPPORTING YOUR TALENT
RGU SPORT offers a number of Sports Scholarships to
promising sports men and women to support them in
developing their talents and succeeding in their chosen
sport whilst studying here.
SUPPORTING YOUR SUCCESS
We actively encourage our students to showcase their
talent and receive recognition for their work. BAFTAs;
APS Scottish Student Design Award; Marketing Society of
Scotland and London Fashion Week finalists – these are
just a few of the accolades our students have received.
SUPPORTING YOUR BANK BALANCE
Many of Aberdeen’s biggest and most successful
companies offer scholarships to our students, helping
towards the cost of their studies.
SUPPORTING YOUR EXPERIENCE
Our specialist support teams are here to ensure the time
you spend here is as positive as possible. Our Student
Help Point will be your first point of call, putting you in
touch with our experienced support teams, ranging from
careers advisors to counsellors.
SUPPORTING YOUR FUTURE
Our Alumni Association connects our worldwide
community of over 90,000 graduates, and provides a
range of exclusive benefits and services.
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WATCH a VIDEO ABOUT Suport at rgu
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/SUPPORTING-YOU
A HUB FOR CREATIVITY
The Gray's School of Art degree show is a highlight in the
University's events calendar. It showcases the creative talents of
4th year art and design students. www.rgu.ac.uk/degreeshow
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PLACEMENTS
and work-related experiences
TALENT EXcHANGE
Placements and work-related experiences play an important part in the
employability success of our graduates. Engaging with the world of work will be a
key part of your studies, giving you a distinct advantage when starting your career.
Work-related experiences vary in nature and size
depending on your course. You could find yourself
working for a large international company on the other
side of the world or a local business start-up. Your
experience may last six hours, six weeks, six months or
a year. We can help and support you in securing your
perfect placement opportunity.
Benefits to you:
• It allows you to put into practice the skills and
knowledge you have gained from your course.
• It prepares you for graduate employment.
• It offers the opportunity to learn new skills and gain
invaluable career experience.
• Enhances your employability; placements and
work-related experiences can give you that competitive
edge in interviews.
• Paid placements provide you with the chance to earn
whilst you study.
"Stewart Group has given me the best
opportunity I could have possibly asked for
from a placement. They opened many doors
of improvement and growth within my areas
of study as well as introducing me to other
fields within the organisation. I learned to be
more spontaneous when put on the spot and
to adapt and improvise when unexpected
situations unfolded. My time was well spent
and any opportunity that was thrown my way
I was encouraged to grab it with both hands,
and I did! I had an unforgettable experience,
one that I will take with me to future
employers. I would encourage future
students to take up work experience or
placements if they get the opportunity."
Elena Baxter, 4th year Management with
HR student, placed at Stewart Group
• Experience of transferring theoretical knowledge into a
real-life environment.
• Companies often use placements as a selection process
or induction for graduates, so you may be offered a
graduate job by your placement employer.
• You can develop your network of professional contacts
which will help you with your career in the future.
• You will become more independent, responsible,
proactive and mature as a result, which will put you
ahead in the race for graduate jobs.
• Placement supervisors can give references, which are
valuable in the job market.
90%
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of our courses
incorporate a
professional
work placement
"Placements allow you as a student to take
what you learn in the classroom and put it
into practice. It also allows you to get a feel
for what it will be like to work out in practice
when qualified. The variety of placements
that you get throughout the course allows
you to explore areas that you may never have
considered working in when you graduate
but would consider now."
Leanne Morrison
Occupational Therapy Graduate
Placement
helps secure
job at shell
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
graduate Judith Herbert is a Business Analyst for
Shell. Having graduated from Robert Gordon
University with a BSc (Hons) in Computer
Science, she has gone on to enjoy great success
working in the industry.
"Studying at Robert Gordon University was an
excellent journey. The placement year provided
relevant work experience and helped secure my
current role at Shell. The course provides a
good comprehensive knowledge of the subject
and opens doors to all areas of IT.
Working for Shell, I participate in executing IT
projects throughout Europe within the
Production department. Liaising with the
project's key stakeholders, which are usually at
managerial level, this ensures the project is
executed successfully. The majority of people I
communicate with are based overseas in
Holland which adds an additional challenge to
my role. I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of my
job and the flexible working hours available."
Judith Herbert, Business Analyst at Shell
RGU talent
exchange
Talent exchange connects local businesses and
organisations with RGU students and staff. These work
experience opportunities are tailored to the needs of
the business and include one-off challenges, shortterm projects and placements of varying lengths.
The initiative, which partners with SCDI, FSB Scotland
and the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of
Commerce, is aimed at organisations looking for help
with a specific business challenge such as website
development, events, design, photography, corporate
social responsibility policy, IT solutions, finance,
business development, research or marketing.
Following its launch in September 2014, Talent
Exchange has worked with a total of 237 businesses
from across 25 different sectors ranging from oil and
gas, property and recruitment to healthcare, tourism
and hospitality.
Read the case studies online at
www.rgu.ac.uk/talent-exchange/case-studies
Talk to a member of the project team about a work
experience opportunity.
T: 01224 262046
[email protected]
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CAREERS &
EMPLOYABILITY CENTRe
When it comes to your career you need to plan ahead. It’s never too soon to start
thinking about and planning for your future.
The MY CAREER TOOLKIT resource is an online
programme of career related learning topics, designed in
partnership with employers. It takes you from the very
first stages of thinking about your future and sourcing
opportunities to succeeding at interviews and assessment
centres.
The Careers & Employability Centre provides practical
career planning advice and job search support to all
students and recent graduates of the University. We can
assist with your transition from education into
employment, advanced level study and any other work
options or study you are considering.
We encourage you to make use of the wide range of
services we offer both online and in the Centre.
• We support prospective students with their preapplication queries. If you want to know which career
options will be open to you with a specific degree, our
Career Consultants can give you information and
guidance on potential routes and career opportunities.
• We can help to secure part-time work, summer work
experience and internships, volunteering
opportunities and graduate jobs.
•We provide an online service where you can access
listings of current job opportunities, as well as our
Employer Directory to enable you to connect with the
full range of employers who regularly recruit RGU
students. You can also book your career appointments
online, find out about the schedule of drop-in sessions
and book your place at one of our Employer ‘oncampus’ events.
• We organise a wide range of Employer 'on-campus'
visit events, Careers Fairs, specialist workshops and
master classes to allow you to meet directly with
employers who are keen to recruit RGU students.
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• We provide advice on developing your CV, writing
job applications and preparing for interviews and
company assessment centres. We routinely engage
with recruiters who regularly employ RGU students to
ensure we provide the most up-to-date advice and
support on what the market is really looking for in the
graduate selection process.
CAREERS & EMPLOYABILITY
CENTRE – KEY SERVICES
MY CAREER TOOLKIT
Your online gateway to all things careers related!
Our suite of online and interactive learning topics
taking you through a structured journey supporting
you to develop your employability and succeed in all
stages of the career planning, job search and applications
processes.
COURSE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Specific careers information around your study area – job/
career options, destination information, vacancy sources and
links to a range of quality assured sources of information.
CAREERS HANDBOOK
Packed with top tips, advice and links to all career and job
search related topics. Discover how to get the most from the
Careers & Employability Centre at RGU.
MY CAREER
Jobs, appointments & events - this tool allows you to search
vacancies, review the Employer Directory, book career
appointments and attend careers fairs and employer events.
What students and employers
say about us:
"The Careers Service is one of the best
services that RGU offers! Extremely
helpful, supportive, enthusiastic and
passionate, they are real experts
willing to help students and
graduates. Mock interview is an
absolute hit. Advice I am getting on
my current applications is very useful
and comprehensive. Thank you very
much for everything you do!"
MSc Information and Library Studies student
"RGU Careers Service was well
organised and screened potential
candidates for us to interview. I look
forward to working with them all
again as everyone I met was
professional and friendly."
Kathryn McGown, Graduate Campaign
Manager, Standard Life
"I found the ‘My Career Toolkit’ very
helpful prior to my careers
appointment. The guidance provided
will enable me to compose a wellstructured personal statement. This will
in turn improve my chances of getting
an interview for a potential job. "
Diagnostic Radiography graduate
"The Careers Centre enabled me to
prepare for my interview and to
know what the employers are really
looking for."
MSc Purchasing and
Supply Chain Management graduate
"The Careers Service at RGU has
always provided Technip with a
friendly, helpful and professional
service and have assisted me greatly in
my position in graduate recruitment."
Isabel Howden,
HR Co-ordinator, Technip
"Good advice on filling in the
application with regards to my
personal situation. Has given me
feedback to help me improve my
interview answers and boosted my
confidence for the interview. The
Careers Consultant has given lectures
to the class on pre-reg applications
which has been very useful indeed."
Master of Pharmacy student
CONTACT
E:[email protected]
T: 01224 262110
For more information visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/CAREERS
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STUDY ABROAD
Have a greater
appreciation
of different
cultures
Discover another country, make new friends, enhance your
career prospects and have an unforgettable experience.
Studying abroad as part of your degree can be a
rewarding and life-changing experience. It will
broaden your education as well as develop your
confidence and independence.
Expect to gain
greater selfconfidence
Our students have the opportunity to spend
either a study period or work placement abroad
for one semester or a whole year, depending on
their course of study. RGU participates in the
Erasmus+ Programme – the European
Commission’s initiative to encourage mobility.
Students may also be able to study outside
of Europe.
HAVE A GREAT
ADVENTURE
A small grant may be available for students who
go abroad under the Erasmus+ Programme, to
assist with the costs of living abroad. In 2015, the
University had links with over 112 universities in
24 different countries
European student mobility is co-funded
by the European Union through the
Erasmus+ Programme.
Our most popular placement
destination was
"Erasmus massively helped my
career! Going to Finland for four
months was the best decision I ever
made. Even today I still draw
inspiration from there. I also made
great friends who I return to see
regularly. In Finland, I discovered
the direction I wanted my work to
take and it has never changed."
Develop a
wider range
of skills for
your CV
Lee Borthwick, Design and Craft
For more information visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/study-abroad
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
We are proud of our tradition of attracting international students. Approximately 10%
of our student population are international students, coming from more than 132
countries worldwide. The result is a mix of cultures – local, national and international
– providing a rich experience for both staff and students. We are committed to
expanding and developing international partnerships in the years ahead.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Robert Gordon University’s International Office is the
first point of contact for overseas students prior to your
arrival. We are happy to answer any questions you may
have, whether it is about our application procedures or
the University in general.
We have dedicated web pages for overseas students to
provide you with useful information about the University
and life in Aberdeen and we also do a series of webchats
throughout the year for students interested in coming to
Robert Gordon University from around the world. These
chats offer the chance to speak to academic staff, current
students and each other to help get a real understanding
of why RGU is the right choice for you.
"I have been lucky to get to travel all over the
UK while completing my studies, however,
I am yet to find somewhere I like as much
as Aberdeen! The local people here are
so friendly!"
Intan Syafiqah Binto Mohd Zulkifli,
BSc Surveying
“Living in Aberdeen has been the best
experience of my life. I feel I have achieved
so much being here and had a great time in
the process. I have classmates from all over
the world, but what I have really enjoyed
most is getting to know the local people. The
Scottish friends I have met here are really
friendly, welcoming and open to people
from all over the world.”
Aberdeen is the safest city in
Scotland and one of the safest in
the UK to be a student according
to the Complete University Guide.
Delcio Henjengo from Angola
BEng Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Our international students are also welcome to apply
for many of our scholarships. More details of
scholarships can be found on page 185.
International Office staff visit many countries each year.
Our visits are an excellent opportunity for you to find
out more about our University and the courses we offer
which will help you to advance your career. To find out
which countries we are visiting and when, please visit
our website:
ICRGU
www.rgu.ac.uk/international
Email [email protected]
Telephone +44 (0)1224 262726
The International College at Robert Gordon University
(ICRGU) is based in the heart of the spectacular
Garthdee campus and offers entry to programmes that
lead to Robert Gordon University degree awards.
AFTER YOU ARRIVE
From the very start of your time at ICRGU, you are a
student at Robert Gordon University and will receive a
University student card. However, you will learn in
smaller and more personalised classes, study with
international students from all over the world and have
access to the dedicated academic and student support
services in the college. ICRGU students will also be able
to make full use of the University facilities, including
computer suites, the library and a fantastic sports centre.
Whether you are arriving during the summer months to
attend our Pre-sessional English Language Programme
(PSP), or in September to start your course, the
University organises different events and social
activities for international students.
We have a dedicated International Student Advice, Visa
and Immigration Centre, as part of our Student Services
Department, which offers international students a
comprehensive range of visa and immigration support.
Our Careers Centre will offer advice on increasing your
employability, both for part-time positions whilst
studying and also for graduate level jobs, both in the
UK and for returning to your home country.
THE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE AT
ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY
Alternative entry points are available into the University
with our International College.
ICRGU offers the flexibility of two undergraduate intakes
per year (February and October), in a range of courses
including Business, Management and Accounting,
Engineering, Life Sciences and Pharmacy. Pre-sessional
English is also available, with classes held within ICRGU.
For full information regarding the courses on offer as well
as academic and English entry requirements, please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/icrgu or email [email protected] for
a brochure.
an Affiliate College of
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ACCESS RGU
COMING FROM
Access RGU is Robert Gordon University’s widening participation initiative, enabling
talented individuals from under-represented groups, particularly those from deprived
areas and individuals with a background in care, to achieve their ambitions through
higher education, whatever their circumstances.
The University welcomes applications from students who have previously studied at
college. We work closely with our partner colleges to define routes which allow students
with relevant HN qualifications to progress on to related degree courses. Over 50 routes
exist, and these provide hundreds of college students with an opportunity to gain an
Honours degree with us every year.
Access RGU delivers a range of outreach activities within
wider access schools and communities, coordinates
on-campus learning opportunities for prospective students
and provides advice and guidance for applicants and
enrolling students from under-represented groups.
Pre-Application
Pupils in local partner schools have the opportunity to
participate in workshops, events and subject-focused
programmes.
Participants have the opportunity to learn about pathways
into higher education and receive help in applying to
university and furthering their interest in their chosen subject
area.
Visit our facebook page for events, updates and further
information at www.facebook.com/accessrgu
COLLEGE TO UNIVERSITY
Applicant Support
SUPPORT ARRANGEMENTS
Wider Access applicants benefit from a range of support
services including one-to-one advice and guidance from the
Wider Access and Outreach Team and the opportunity to
apply to the Access RGU Travel Support Fund to support
attendance at Applicant Days and Selection Visits. The
university also administers Access RGU scholarships in certain
subject areas; recipients are typically awarded in the region of
£1,500 to £2,000 per year of undergraduate study.
If you are planning to progress from college you may be
eligible to apply for Associate Student status at the
University while studying your HN. Becoming an Associate
Student gives you access to a range of online materials that
will help prepare you for the transition to university.
You will also be able to access some of our excellent facilities,
including the Library and RGU SPORT.
The university also operates a contextualised admissions
scheme, whereby a broader set of criteria is considered when
making offers to prospective students from underrepresented groups. In practice, this means that the
circumstances in which an applicant’s attainment levels were
achieved will be considered and some applicants may receive
a lower offer rate as a result.
Enrolment Support
The Access RGU DegreePrep programme provides an
invaluable induction into university life and support services
and an opportunity to meet and connect with fellow students.
Delivered immediately prior to enrolment week, application is
by invitation.
Wider Access students also benefit from enrolment support
packs, that typically include financial support for materials,
text books and city travel. For more information on the
range of initiatives and activities available, please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/access-rgu
CONTACT US
T: +44 (0)1224 263048
E: [email protected]
FB: www.facebook.com/accessrgu
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Degree Link is a partnership between North East Scotland
College and Robert Gordon University.
The College and the University work closely to provide a
broad range of linked courses and flexible study options to
students in the North East of Scotland.
Degree Link is mainly offered on a 2+2 basis, where students
who have successfully completed a 2 year college HND
qualification can gain entry to the 3rd year of a relevant
four year Honours degree. In some cases 1+3 routes are
available where students can complete an HNC and enter
into 2nd year of the appropriate degree course. There is also
an option to undertake an HNC at one college location and
complete the HND at another, before moving to RGU to
complete the degree.
For more information on Degree Link,
please visit www.degree-link.org.uk
or contact [email protected]
Similar partnership agreements are in place with
Dundee and Angus College.
We welcome applications from students from
other Scottish colleges too, and these are
considered on an individual basis.
We regularly review the routes offered on this basis so please
check online for up-to-date details. It is important to
understand that, in some cases, you will need to meet
course-specific requirements, such as taking specified options
on your HN programme. Some courses will also require you
to present a portfolio or attend an interview with the relevant
degree course tutor.
For details of individual routes please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students or for further
information and advice contact our Admissions team on
+44 (0)1224 262728
Dependent on your chosen course, you may be invited to a
DegreePrep Programme. Normally held before the start of
the first semester, these programmes aim to prepare you for
study at university level and to allow you to hit the ground
running when you arrive. Past feedback has shown students
feel more confident about continuing their studies at RGU
and find the sessions both informative and fun.
Study support is provided on an on-going basis throughout
the academic year for individuals or small groups, both
face-to-face and online.
"I didn’t have the grades to go straight to
university after I left school so I studied an
HND in Sports Coaching and was offered a
place in third year at RGU. Being able to go
to university via Aberdeen College (now the
North East Scotland College) has been life
changing and without that opportunity I
would not be where I am today."
Scott Christie studied a HND at the North East
Scotland College, Aberdeen Campus,
followed by a BSc in Applied Sport and
Exercise Science at RGU.
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RGU SPORT
Many of our students consider health and fitness
an important part of their lifestyle. RGU SPORT is
an £11 million investment for all those passionate
about sport and physical activity. Alongside the
climbing wall and swimming pool, you’ll find a
sports hall for a large range of indoor sporting
activities and three state-of-the-art gyms.
RGU SPORT
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GE
Telephone: 01224 263666
Email: [email protected]
www.rgusport.co.uk
Find us on Twitter and Facebook
at /rgusport
Sports activities and classes run throughout the week
ranging from traditional team and individual sports,
such as badminton, basketball and five-a-side football
to a selection of group exercise classes including Les
Mills BTS classes, indoor cycling and pilates.
Our three first-class gyms boast top-of-the-range
cardiovascular and strength training equipment. We
provide excellent membership rates for students and
their family members wishing to take advantage of our
facilities and extensive group exercise class timetable.
RGU sports teams use the facilities for training and to
assess and monitor their performance, while competing
in the Scottish universities sports leagues. All abilities
are welcome to attend club training sessions for sports
such as netball, volleyball and trampolining.
For those wishing to gain experience working in the
sport and leisure industry, we offer students the
chance to get involved with projects such as Volunteer
for Sport and Strength and Conditioning internships,
which allow individuals to gain invaluable experience
and work towards industry recognised qualifications.
For more details email [email protected]
for more information visit
wwW.RGUSPORT.CO.UK
the heaviest weight
lifted in the rgu gym
was over 250kgs by a
samoan rugby player
An Average RGU SPORT
MEMBER CAN BURN
500 Calories during
a body attack class
You can bounce up to
20FT in the air on
our trampolines
IN 2013 RGU SPORT had
20 sport scholarships
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The RGU SPORT scholarship scheme enables talented
athletes to continue their academic education while
further developing their skills and potential to become
elite athletes within their sport. Past sport scholarship
athletes who have graced the world stage include
Olympians Hannah Miley and PJ Barron. Current
scholars include future rowing stars Lewis McCue and
Iona Riley. For further information email
[email protected]
We finD 10 items of lost
property a day from Sports
kits to mobile phones
olympic swimmer,
hannah miley clocked
up 840 lengths per
week in the RGU pool.
Thats 7km per session!
WE HAVE AROUND
4000 MEMBERS WHO
SWEAT AROUND
420 BUCKET LOADS
There are 30 sport clubs
to join and 24 over types
of classes to take
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KEEP IT GREEN
We are committed to sustainable
practices to minimise the impact of
our activities on the environment and
to reduce costs. This covers all areas
of sustainability, from waste
generated and energy used, to green
travel.
for more information visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/sustainability
SHARE THE JOURNEY
PEDAL POWER
PLUG AND GO
Our car sharing scheme doubled
in size in 2014, from 175 members
to around 350 members.
6% of our staff cycle to work
and 5% of our students cycle
to their classes.
We have added 2 electric vehicles to
our fleet and have 4 electric charging
points on campus.
FOOT PATROL
REDUCING CO2
REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE
PAPER TRAIL
ON THE BUSES
26% of students walk to
University as opposed
to 9% two years ago.
In 2011, we reduced
our carbon emissions
by 512 tonnes of CO2
or 3 million Kwh.
The University recycles over 51%
of its total waste.
We are trialling the use of recycled
paper, whereby 27,600 kg of CO2
could potentially be reduced annually.
15% more students
take the bus than
did two years ago.
ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS
This prospectus is printed on a recycled grade paper containing 100% post-consumer waste and
manufactured at a mill accredited with ISO14001 environmental management standard. The
pulp used in this product is bleached using a Process Chlorine Free process (PCF) and is an FSC
recycled product, supporting responsible use of forest resources. We have reduced the number
of printed copies we post out, and when we do send them by post, we use an oxo-degradable
envelope which degrades in landfill.
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WE've invested over £120 Million
in our amazing riverside campus
development at garthdee
view garthdee from the air
www.rgu.ac.uk/aerial-view
Going to university
isn’t just about
getting a degree.
There is an entire lifestyle that comes
with being a student. Although studying
is a big part of it, it is also about the
overall experience; trying new things,
being adventurous and making the most
of the opportunities available to you.
The Students’ Union is all about making
your experience the best it can be.
Our purpose is to support students
by providing a number of different
services and opportunities for you to
get involved in. Being a student gives
you the opportunity to try any number
of exciting new things, such as being
part of a sports team or society, taking
part in student activities or trips,
volunteering, raising money for charity,
or simply meeting new people! The list
is endless, but the bottom line is that
we are here to help students, and that
is our number one priority.
So how do we do all
of this?
Well, it’s simple: the Union is run by
students, for students. Elections are
held each year to vote in a team of
student leaders. It’s their duty to make
sure that you get the most out of your
experience here. All of this is largely
funded by the University, but we also
raise profits through our student shop
and events, which then gets fed right
back into helping you!
However, we don’t just concentrate
solely on providing extracurricular
activities, we also focus on being the
student voice and representing your
wants and needs, not only to the
University but on a national basis too.
So, with our full support, we guarantee
you a fantastic student experience!
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Representation
Representation; It’s how we support our
students, turning a good time into a great time!
Unfortunately the definition is lost on most
people. Representation is standing in for a person
or group of people, acting on their behalf. And
that’s exactly what we do at the Union. We tackle
the tough problems so you don’t have to! We also
make sure you get every opportunity to enjoy
yourself whether it’s within the University, locally,
nationally and sometimes even internationally! But
why is this so important? Well, for many of you, it
might be your first time away from home and there
is certainly a lot to learn – we want to make this
move for you the best it can be. Don’t stress by
getting hung up on problems – we’re here to help!
But we’re not just here to help students who have
moved away from home for the first time. Issues
we tackle could relate to any number of things
such as funding for your education, cost of living,
the quality of your course or even the quality of
your social life!…the list goes on. It can often be
difficult for students to sort these problems on
their own and that is why the Union is here - check
out some of the following examples to give you an
even better idea.
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Student
Presidents &
Vice Presidents
Our team of Presidents and Vice Presidents
are all students who have been elected to
deal with many issues that affect students, such
as Welfare, Sports, Societies, International and
Equality & Diversity to name but a few. It is the
duty of these Presidents and VPs, with the support
of the Union, to represent the student body in the
hope of making things better. Currently there are
three sabbatical Presidents. These positions are
available for students who wish to take a year out
of their studies to work full time supporting their
fellow students. We also have a number of parttime Vice Presidents, who volunteer their time
alongside their studies. Check out our website at
www.rguunion.co.uk to find out more about what
their roles involve.
What do you care most about? Campaigns can
take shape in a number of different ways. One
of the most common forms is the awareness
campaign. When a campaign is done well it can
attract attention from all over the UK, allowing
students to get their voice heard loud and
clear. It’s all about taking your ideas forward,
and making a difference.
Our students have led campaigns to raise
awareness surrounding working conditions
in sweatshops; and have shown support for
liberation campaigns such as LGBT+, women,
international students and many others.
Students at RGU have also taken part in
campaigns based around mental health issues,
cultural awareness, environmental initiatives
and many more.
As well as helping to increase public awareness
of these issues, pressure from RGU campaigners
has directly resulted in better value tickets
for students on public transport services and
has seen RGU officers lobby MPs and MSPs
on a range of issues that effect students.
Campaigners have also set up a range of
initiatives which has led to the Union being
recognised by winning a green impact Gold
Award and an Equality and Diversity award at a
national level.
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Our societies range from course-related ones such
as Midwifery, Forensics and Academic Supply Chain
to social societies full of people from across the
university who have a common interest, such as
gaming, film, music or photography. We also have
political societies and several faith-based groups
too – there’s definitely something for everyone!
With around 40 societies, our groups total around
1,600 students and we’re keen to launch new
societies and get even more people involved.
Starting a new society is surprisingly easy, so if
there is a group you’d like to see, come and chat
to our Student Development and Volunteering
Coordinator and our Societies VP, who will take
you through it step-by-step.
It’s also great for your development and for your
CV (plus you can have a lot of fun too!) while the
Union team are here to help you with everything
from financing to organising social events!
To find out more information, email
[email protected]
57’10’
Academic Supply Chain
African and Caribbean
Applied Health
Applied Social Science
Arab
Bulgarian
Business
Christian Union
Computing
Creative Nation
Creative Writing and Poetry
Deeper Life Campus
Drama
Diagnostic Radiography
Dumbledore’s Army
ESN RGU
Fashion
Feminism and Gender
Equality
Film
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Forensic
Gaming
IHI Patient Safety Chapter
Interprofessional Education
Jewish Society J-Soc
Language
Law
League of Anime
Mental Wellbeing
Midwifery
Music Society
Nigerian Association
Photography
Physiotherapy
Islamic
RGU LGBT
RGU Motorsport
RGU Nutrition Society
RGU SNA
Research Students
Young Women in Business
Sport is a key part of the student experience
and enjoyment at University. You have the
chance to get involved in any number of
activities and sports, or even develop your own
club!
RGU: SPORT has on-site indoor facilities to
support a range of sports from badminton,
water polo and basketball to indoor hockey
and rock climbing to name but a few. We use
top facilities to ensure that you have the best
experience possible, and cater for a large range
of outdoor activities, from football and rugby
to rifle and snow sports – everyone is invited to
have a go!
With over 30 different sports clubs it’s hard
not to find something that suits you. If nothing
takes your fancy, why not set one up and let us
support you in creating it. We now have strong
men and women’s Gaelic Football sides thanks
to the enthusiasm of our students. In recent
years we have seen the creation of cricket
and cycling clubs, as well as our very own
cheerleading squad.
Get in touch with our President (Sport &
Physical Activity) for more details on our clubs.
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Cheerleading & Dance
Clay Pigeon
Cricket
Curling
Football
Gaelic Football
Golf
Handball
Hockey
Horse Riding
Karate
Kickboxing
Lacrosse
Mountain Biking
Netball
Rifle
Rowing
Rugby
Shelterstone
Shinty, Hurling
& Camogie
Snowsports
Squash
Swimming
& Waterpolo
Table Tennis
Tennis
Trampolining
Volleyball
Weightlifting
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If you’re looking for a fun way to boost your CV and
gain invaluable experience, why not try volunteering!
From skydiving and sports coaching to youth work and
fundraising, we can help find the right opportunity for
you. There are lots of different ways to get involved,
so, get something more out of your time at university!
Volunteer with the Union
We have lots of opportunities to get involved in
volunteering through RGU:Union – you could be a
Student Rep, a Cultural Ambassador, RAG Fundraiser,
Elected Officer, Bookshop Volunteer, a Society
Committee Member or you could get involved in our
exciting student media projects RGU:Radio, RGU:TV
and Radar Magazine.
Volunteer in the community
Alternatively you can volunteer with any of our
registered organisations and charities. We have a
variety of registered charities offering activity-based
placements for students including conservation work,
befriending and office support, as well as marketing
and media opportunities and a whole lot besides.
One-off volunteering projects
If you would rather not commit reguarly, but would like
to try volunteering out, why not get involved in one of
the many one off projects we run throughout the year?
These range from fun runs to high profile events such
as the annual Torcher Parade, Europe’s largest torch-lit
procession.
RGU:RAG is the fundraising arm of RGU:Union. They
organise a number of charitable events throughout the
year, with all the proceeds going to local, national and
international charities. RAG is an entirely student-led
group, supported by an elected RAG Chair and in-house
elected committee.
RAG was first established at RGU in 2003. Originally
starting life as a society, the group has continued to
develop over time, and in 2012/13 became a fully
fledged arm of the Students’ Union. This allows for a
greater awareness amongst students at RGU, and also
increased involvement in activities and volunteering
opportunities.
RAG has raised over £100,000 for more than 30
different charities over the last few years through
various different methods including bake sales, nippy
dips, street collections, fashion shows, challenge
events and more. Last year they sent teams of
students to climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, teach First
Aid in Africa & run the in the Prague Marathon! This
year is no different and the team are always looking
for more members to get involved with events, or to
think of new events to host. If you’ve got a interesting
volunteering opportunity or a fun way to fundraising
they would love to hear from you.
For the low down on this years events, check out their
RAG MAG, which will be available during Freshers
Week, or drop by their stall at the Freshers Fayre.
You can also connect with them on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/rgurag
There are also regular one off events for students
who would like to take time out, possibly only once
a month, to help others with activities such as bag
packing, street collecting or beach cleaning. There is a
volunteering opportunity to suit everyone, and we can
work around your schedule to find an opportunity that
incorporates your hobbies or your course.
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To find out more about volunteering during your
studies, email [email protected]
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Got some textbooks you don’t need
anymore? Why not make some cash out
of them, or grab yourself a bargain!
Edgeworn Books is RGU:Union’s secondhand bookshop, giving students the
opportunity to recycle and sell on
any old Uni textbooks that are just
sitting gathering dust. Take a look at
the Edgeworn section in the Deeview
Student Store and see if you can save
yourself some cash!
Student-led media plays a key part in student life at
Robert Gordon University. Each of our different media
outlets are run exclusively by RGU students for RGU
students
We have split our media outlets into three parts;
Radar Magazine, RGU:Radio and RGU:TV.
Radar
Radar is the Union’s student magazine and online
news hub. New print editions are released roughly
every two months, with topics including student
activities, sport, societies, fashion, arts, music, food,
and all areas of student life.
If you’re passionate about writing and would like
to see your work in print, plus the opportunity to
interview top 40 music stars, local Aberdeen talent,
sports stars, former students and others, get in
touch! The team are always looking for new members
and are keen to get as many students involved as
possible.
RGU:Radio
RGU:Radio is the official student-run radio station
at the university. The station works as an arm of
the Students’ Union and aims to be the voice of the
students for information, news and entertainment.
The station re-launched in 2013 and since then, has
grown and expanded rapidly, gaining a wide variety of
new student volunteers, listeners and supporters.
RGU:Radio aims to be a fresh, modern station for the
students at RGU, playing songs and shows that reflect
the interests of our students.
RGU:TV
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RGU:TV is our online TV station, which showcases
what student life at RGU is all about. There are
a range of on demane videos uploaded regularly,
including sports club updates, event highlights,
society profiles, student election coverage and more!
The TV team also run live broadcasts of different
student events, which means that even if you can’t
be there in person, RGU:TV connects the world to
RGU.
Stop off at our student shop and take a look at the
fantastic stock of RGU branded items on offer.
Our shelves are stacked with various clothing
options, including a wide range of hoodies,
tees and joggers, as well as pens, folders and
other essential course stationery. You’ll also find
a section for our own Edgeworn second-hand
bookshop, plus artwork and designs from students
at Gray’s School of Art. Don’t forget to ask our
friendly shop staff about our customised coursebased hoody service.
Most of our items can also be purchased online
through our website at www.rguunion.co.uk and
shipped worldwide.
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During your time at Robert Gordon University,
sometimes things may go wrong or you may
need a little extra support – and that’s perfectly
okay. This section will hopefully point you in
the right direction. At the Student Union, we
want to provide you with the aid to fully enjoy
your time at RGU. We will listen, at a time and
place that is convenient for you, and promise
not to judge you but to offer help and support.
You can be assured we will treat your concerns
confidentially. The best way to deal with
problems and worries is to face them straight
on, as soon as they occur, with the confidence of
knowing that support is there should you need it.
Equality Support
The Students’ Union is here to represent
you, and we ensure that we have a group of
elected Presidents, Vice Presidents and Equality
Champions who can help you to sort any issues
with diversity that you may face, and ensure
that every student is treated fair and equally.
We try and ensure there is additional support for
all under-represented areas of the student body.
This includes distance learning students, LGBT+
students, mature students and students with
disabilities. We are also committed to gender
equality, and fighting racism and discrimination.
Faith & Belief Support
Scotland is a multi-cultural country and we
recognise that our students are of many belief
systems, faiths, or none. If you require a quiet
area for praying, meditation, or a space for
personal reflection, there are a number of multifaith rooms available to use on campus.
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RGU:Nightline is a Student-Led peer to
peer helpline that offers a non-judgmental,
confidential and anonymous listening and
support service to students at Robert Gordon
University outside of University academic
hours (operating 8pm-8am).
Health & Wellbeing
Support
If you have a short-term or long-term medical
concern or illness that is affecting you, the
Student Union can provide you with support and
advice to minimize the impact of this on your
time at RGU.
Your mental wellbeing is also incredibly
important. If you feel in need of emotional
or pastoral support, whether this is a new or
ongoing issue, there are a number of support
services throughout the University, and we can
help you get in touch with these. We want you to
be safe whatever you do, and won’t ask invasive
questions, nor judge in any way.
We also have information available on the
structure of the Scottish health system, and
who best to turn to for medical advice and
treatment.
Our specially trained student volunteers
recognise that university can be a time
of many changes and challenges, and can
empathise with callers. They don’t judge;
they don’t give advice; and they certainly
don’t tell callers what to do – they just
listen. Best of all, Nightline is confidential
and anonymous, meaning students accessing
the service don’t even have to give their
name.
It is said that 1 in 4 people suffer from
mental health illnesses, and for students
this may be for a variety of issues: from
academic stress, bullying or debt to
loneliness, depression or bereavement; from
arguments with flatmates or worries about
a friend, to addictions, eating disorders
or self-harm; from relationship or family
problems to sexuality, sexual abuse or
abortion. As well as our phone lines, we also
offer support via email, instant messaging,
and can provide information and sexual
health supplies.
Find out more on the Union website at
www.rguunion.co.uk/nightline
Academic Support
If something has happened that significantly
affects your academic performance, we can help
you to complete an extenuating circumstances
form, in order to ensure your personal situation
is taken fairly into account for assessments. We
can also support you with any other issues that
you may be having with your studies.
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RGU:Union is committed to lowering Scotland’s
carbon footprint. Go Green is the Union carbon
footprint initiative, which provides students
with the opportunity to significantly reduce
the environmental impact of the University
whilst also gaining valuable experience and
qualifications.
We have a variety of exciting initiatives for you to
get involved with!
Zero Waste Volunteer
Programme
We offer professional training and opportunities
for volunteers all about reducing waste,
recycling and addressing sustainable water
usage.
Energy Ambassadors
You will receive free training on energy surveys
that identify how buildings can be made more
energy efficient. In teams, you will then apply
your skills by carrying out surveys on campus
and in the local community. As a reward, you
will receive free student membership with
IEMA. No previous knowledge required!
Halls Energy & Waste
Challenge
Students at Woolmanhill and Crathie Halls have
the opportunity to take part in this challenge
by saving energy in your flat and through
showing your commitment to reducing waste
and recycling. You can win great prizes!
Grow Your Own
The RGU Community Garden Project gives you
the opportunity to take part in growing your
own fruits and veggies.
Bike Hire
In collaboration with the RGU Cycling Club,
the RGU Bike Hire Scheme provides you with
an easy and affordable way to opt for healthy,
quick and sustainable travel to campus.
Veg Bag
Bags of organic fruit and veg are delivered to
the university once a fortnight. You order your
bag in advance and take home fresh, healthy
produce.
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Aberdeen
Business School
Founded in 1965 and now
situated on the banks of
the River Dee, Aberdeen
Business School cannot fail
to impress. The environment
has been specifically
designed with you in mind –
inspiring you to achieve
and realise your future
ambitions.
Aberdeen Business School is one of
the leading providers of management
and professional business education
in Scotland, offering practical and
innovative courses developed in
close collaboration with industry and
the professions.
A FORMIDABLE REPUTATION
OUR COURSES
Accounting and Finance
50
Events Management
52
Fashion Management
54
International Hospitality Management
56
International Tourism Management
58
Journalism60
Law and Management
62
Law64
STIMULATING
Our students, staff and visitors
drink on average 1,500 small
Costa Coffees per week.
That’s quite a lot
of caffeine!
The Management Programme
66
International Business Management
68
Management
70
Management with HRM
71
Management with Marketing
72
We have earned our formidable regional and international
reputation through investing in the very latest teaching
and research facilities and employing academics who
combine first-class qualifications with time spent in
industry or business. Through their experience and
connections with the business community, they will
provide you with the knowledge and skills that are vital in
today’s highly competitive workplace.
The achievements and continuing success of our graduates
in their careers is a true mark of the high quality and
recognition given to the undergraduate and postgraduate
courses delivered at the School.
find us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/aberdeenbschool
Media74
Public Relations
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Golden
Anniversary
2015 marked Aberdeen
Business School's 50th year
of providing first-class
education
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INVALUABLE PLACEMENT EXPERIENCE
We are the top university for graduate jobs in the UK (July
2015). Government figures from the Higher Education
Statistics Agency show that 97.2% of students graduating
from RGU with their first degree in 2013/14 were in
employment or undertaking further study.
One of the many reasons for this is the professional and
marketable experience our students gain during the placement
element of their degree.
During your placement, you get to see the workplace from an
informed perspective, putting into practice the theories,
strategies and skills you’ve studied. Many of our placement
students have had the opportunity to go on business trips, work
with senior managers and directors, and take responsibility for
their own projects. Many are also offered a job at the companies
where they went on placement once they have graduated.
Edward Pollock, events management
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Events Management?
I’d been organising various
events while I was in
high school from charity
carnivals to conferences
and more, and it was
something I enjoyed and
was heavily involved in.
When it came to university,
I thought it would be
something I would enjoy,
and would be a useful
degree to have.
Your advice: What
advice would
you offer to an
applicant of RGU?
I’d just say best of luck
with your application
and if you’re accepted
then just try and be as
open and friendly as
possible and you’ll be
sure to have plenty of
great experiences
at RGU!
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
There are many scholarship opportunities available to Aberdeen
Business School students from some of Aberdeen’s most
successful companies, worth up to £4,000 per year.
A scholarship can put you on the fast track to success, and help
you to launch a successful career. Winning one of our highly
prestigious scholarships is a serious endorsement of your
academic abilities and professional potential.
BROADEN YOUR WORLD
We offer study abroad opportunities on most of our courses,
where our links with partner institutions all over the world give
you the chance to study in a foreign university for up to a year as
part of your course. This experience can be extremely rewarding
and you will develop your knowledge and skills by learning in a
different social and cultural context.
Our students have spent time in Finland, Denmark, Italy, France,
Germany, as well as North America (Canada and USA), Singapore
and Malaysia as part of this experience. Choosing to study abroad
shows that you’re motivated and willing to try new things; very
appealing qualities to potential employers. You’ll be setting
yourself apart from other students in today’s graduate market.
OUR FIRST-CLASS FACILITIES
Our modern and purpose-built facilities will provide you with an
inspirational learning environment – one of the best in the UK.
We understand how important it is to our students to experience
a modern teaching environment with the latest technology. With
£120 million invested into our Garthdee campus, we are
committed to developing our facilities and enhancing the
learning experience for our students. Our impressive facilities
include 21st-century lecture theatres, IT labs, a mock courtroom,
a dedicated fashion management workroom, TV and radio
studios and the addition of the Moffat Digital Suite in 2016.
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What is the best
event you’ve
ever been to?
Your future: What
do you hope to do
after you graduate?
I’m not totally sure yet.
I hope to get some
experience at an Events
Management Company
in Scotland and develop
my knowledge, however,
I would also like to try and
get a job in Dubai for the
2020 World Expo, one
of the world’s biggest
events. I also run my own
charity called The Aqua
Initiative, so I’d like to
continue my work with
that and make as big
a difference as
possible.
That’s a hard one. I’d
probably say Kevin
Bridges' live show
that I saw in 2012!
That was hilarious!
I’d probably say the style
of learning and the handson approach we receive.
Lots of universities are very
book-focused, but Events
Management at RGU works
to try and give you as much
experience as possible. The
coursework and modules are
shaped around getting real
practice that puts academic
content into action.
Your campus:
Where are your
favourite places to
study and socialise
on the campus?
I spend most of my
time in Aberdeen
Business School, so
probably the old library
is my favourite place to
study and the canteen
is my favourite place
to socialise.
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ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
BA (HONS)
Employers find that our Accounting and Finance
graduates add significant and immediate value to their
organisations because of the dynamic combination of
accounting, finance and management subjects which
are taught on the degree. That’s why our accountancy
course has a 95% overall satisfaction rate from the
National Students Survey (2012).
This is the only Accounting and Finance degree in Scotland
which has a year-long salaried work placement. Many of our
students do so well in their placements that they are offered a
job by their placement employer to return to the organisation
after graduation.
The degree has been developed in such a way as to ensure
that, when you graduate, you are a well rounded and
effective accountant with strong interpersonal skills. The
results have been striking, with our graduates securing
employment with many leading financial organisations.
We have established close links with professional accounting
bodies and employers, which ensures our course is relevant
for today’s accounting profession. You will benefit from the
knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff on accounting
modules who are all Chartered Accountants, many of whom
qualified with a Big Four firm: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG
and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
TRAIN FOR
THE REAL
WORLD
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Key facts
UCAS N420
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Unique amongst Accounting and Finance degrees in
Scotland, this course has a one-year (minimum 48 weeks)
paid work placement in year 3. Placements are in an
accounting or finance position within, for example, a
professional accounting firm or the accounting department in
a wide range of companies including those in the financial
services sector. On placement, there is further development
of academic knowledge by studying two modules in auditing
by distance learning.
Year 1
Financial Accounting • Management Accounting •
Personal and Business Finance • Management Concepts •
Introductory Economics • People Management •
Business Law • Business Ethics
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The Honours degree is fully accredited by the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Scotland and receives excellent
exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified
Accountants, the Association of International Accountants,
the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Students who enter the degree in years 2 or 3 are considered
on an individual basis by the professional bodies.
CAREER OPTIONS
Graduates from this degree are in great demand by
employers, including the Big Four accountancy firms,
multinational companies in a wide range of industries,
investment fund managers and banks. Possible careers are in
areas such as financial and management accountancy,
auditing, taxation and corporate finance.
“We are delighted with the calibre of
students that we are able to attract for our
placement scheme. This course prepares
students for the world of work and our
objective is for RGU students to come back
to us to study for professional exams.”
Iain Abernethy, Learning and Development
Director with Johnston Carmichael
Year 2
External Reporting • Financial Decision-Making •
Management and Cost Accounting • Finance for Business
Decisions • Quantitative Business Techniques • Business
Creation and Growth • Business Information Systems •
Advanced Business Law
Year 3
Placement – plus two modules: The Theory of Auditing,
The Practice of Auditing
Non-placement route – continuing students:
Literature Project • The Theory of Auditing • The Practice of
Auditing • International Business • Corporate Governance •
Money and Financial Markets • New Business Project
Non-placement route – advanced entry students:
External Reporting • Financial Decision-Making •
Management and Cost Accounting • Finance for Business
Decisions • Literature Project • The Theory of Auditing •
The Practice of Auditing • Money and Financial Markets
Year 4
Management Accounting Decision-Making and Control •
Personal and Business Taxation • Financial Reporting Issues
and Applications • Financial Accounting for Groups and
Companies • Business Strategy • Corporate and Capital
Taxes • Corporate Financial Management • Corporate Ethics
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB
GCE A Level
BBC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
AB2B2B2
IB Diploma
29
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Students entering via this route will follow the class based
taught route as an alternative to a placement in Year 3.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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EVENTS MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS)
The organisation of events has experienced rapid
growth in recent decades, resulting in an industry
emerging in its own right. This industry is creating new
business opportunities, careers and a need for quality
and professionalism. Countries all over the world are
also recognising the importance of events, resulting in
international opportunities for graduates in this field.
Consider the importance of the following events in
terms of economic value and job creation – the
Commonwealth Games, T in the Park, London 2012
Olympics, Offshore Europe, the Ryder Cup and the
London Marathon.
Many learning opportunities will be made available to you
throughout your degree, including the opportunity to attend
guest lectures and events, organise live events, participate in
course related study trips and compete for industrysponsored prizes, which are awarded annually to the top
student of each stage. Where equivalent courses are
available, you will also have the exciting opportunity to study
abroad for one semester with one of our partner European or
international institutions.
The perfect blend of core management and specialist event
management modules, and the use of diverse assessment
methods, will allow you to develop the skills required and
valued by employers in this sector. Your skills set will be
further enhanced by the opportunity to gain real world
experience throughout the degree.
Key facts
UCAS N820
INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Your exposure to the events industry and the opportunity to
gain real world experience during the degree is a priority for
the course management team. From year 1 onwards, you will
build an Industry Experience Portfolio (IEP), where you will
complete 300 hours (four-year programme) or 100 hours
(advanced entry students) of work experience. This approach
will allow you to build a portfolio of experience, apply your
learning continuously to the practical environment and build
your professional network. The aim is for you to gain
experience across the diverse sectors of the events industry.
STUDY ABROAD
In years 2 and 3, there may be opportunities to study with
partner institutions in Europe as part of the Erasmus
Programme, and indeed internationally. This is dependent on
similar Event Management programmes being offered by
partner institutions. For more details please see page 22.
CAREER OPTIONS
Graduate employment prospects are wide-ranging and
diverse. Graduates can specialise by event sector, for
example, business events (conference/meetings, exhibitions,
incentive travel, corporate hospitality); music festivals and
cultural events; concerts, theatres and performing arts;
sporting and spectator events; charity and fundraising events;
party and wedding planning; and community events.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
The Events Industry • Marketing • Managing in the Creative
Industries • Professional Communication Skills • Industry
Experience Portfolio 1 (workplace experience) • Event
Operations • Introduction to Management Accounting •
Digital Media Platforms and Practices
Year 2
Brand Management • Organisational Behaviour • Corporate
Events Management • Advertising Communication •
Industry Experience Portfolio 2 (workplace experience) •
Managing Risk and Security in the Events Industry •
Consumer Behaviour • Public Relations
Year 3
Event Sponsorship & Fundraising • PR Strategies and
Specialisms • New Business Ideas and Opportunities • Ethics
and the Consumer • Event Legacy & Impact • Live Festival
Management • Industry Experience Portfolio 3 (workplace
experience)
Year 4
Lifestyle Consumption and Experience Economies •
Research Methods • Research Project
Plus two option modules from:
Applied Consumer Psychology • Corporate Ethics •
Heritage Management • Entrepreneurial Studies •
Leadership • Human Resource Management • E-business •
Business Creativity • Management of Innovation
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB to include English (or a subject requiring the use
of English) at Grade B.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2 to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) at Grade B2.
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring
the use of English) at Grade 5.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/eventsmanagement
twitter feed @RGUEvents
A SECTOR
THAT’S GOING
PLACES
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“I have really enjoyed my time on the Events
Management course, learning the skills
and knowledge needed to work in such a
dynamic industry, as well as getting the
opportunity to gain experience from
working at a range of exciting events.”
Clare Jamieson
The 2014 Ryder Cup was
broadcast to over 180
countries, reaching more
than half a billion homes.
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FASHION MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS)
The Fashion Management degree is designed to fully
integrate the management theories associated with the
global fashion industry alongside the business contexts
of fashion design, production, marketing and
merchandising. Fashion Management students
collaborate with fashion design and photography
students, as well as local retail businesses on some
modules, and have the opportunity to attend relevant
lectures by guest speakers. If you have a passion
for fashion and a brain for business, this is the course
for you.
You will actively participate in fashion industry activities,
such as organising, marketing and managing an exhibition or
fashion show. You will be offered the opportunity to attend
events such as The Clothes Show Live or London Fashion
Weekend, providing you with a real insight into the
increasingly important events side of the fashion industry.
In year 2 you will be involved in creating a BA Fashion
Management magazine, including writing articles and
managing, styling and co-ordinating fashion photography
spreads. In year 3 our students lead the production of the
annual charity fashion show, which is a fantastic chance to
increase your practical awareness of fashion catwalk events.
We strongly believe that such practical experience and
engagement with industry professionals will enhance your
employability, by incorporating and combining
both management and creative skills.
Key facts
UCAS WN22
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
The industrial placement in year 3 gives you the opportunity
to gain practical experience in a relevant area within the
fashion industry. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain
further knowledge and establish links with potential
employers. The course team has strong links with fashion
buyers, merchandisers and managers within the industry,
and has identified a range of employers willing to take
students on placement.
Year 1
The Fashion Business • Fashion Retail • Fashion Design
Concepts and Communication (30 credit module using Lectra
Kaledo and Photoshop Software)• Fashion Construction and
Technology • Managing in the Creative Industries •
Marketing • Store Design and Visual Merchandising
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Year 2
Advertising Communication • Fashion Communication (a 30
credit module which involves generating content for a fashion
magazine) • Fashion Logistics • Public Relations • Design
for Client (30 credit module) • Consumer Behaviour
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2
Year 3
Fashion Branding • Ethics and the Consumer • Events
Management • Financial Merchandising for Fashion
Professional Route 1: 12 week placement OR
Professional Route 2: 6 week placement and Fashion Show
Project OR Academic Route: Creative Industries Theory
and Practice and Fashion Show Project OR Entrepreneurial
Route: Business Start Up in the Creative Industries and
Fashion Show Project
Note: students can also complete a year-long placement
instead of attending stage 3 modules.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
STUDY ABROAD
In years 2 and 3, there may be opportunities to study with
partner institutions in Europe or worldwide as part of the
Erasmus Programme. For more details please see page 22.
CAREER OPTIONS
Potential careers include fashion marketing, merchandising,
fashion buying, retail management, product sourcing, fashion
journalism, brand management, product development,
product planning, events management and public relations.
You will also be equipped to set up your own fashion
business based on the skills you acquire from the programme.
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Pinterest/fashplace
Year 4
Research Methods • Fashion Project • Fashion Buying and
Forecasting • One option from: Business Creativity OR Applied
Consumer Psychology OR Postmodern Culture OR Women
and the Media • Research Project (30 credits) • Global
Fashion Strategy • One option from Celebrity Culture OR
Digital Marketing (e-business) OR International Marketing
SQA Higher
BBBB
GCE A Level
BCC
IB Diploma
28
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/fashionmanagement
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CREATE A WINNING
COMBINATION
“I love the variety in the course – it has a
great balance of both business and fashion,
which keeps it engaging and exciting. I feel
the course will provide me with enough
experience and knowledge to succeed in
any area of the fashion industry. It is so easy
to come to University every day when you
know you are doing something you love!”
It takes 30 minutes to
produce 100 classic t-shirts in
American Apparel’s LA factory.
Hannah Fuller
'Entrenched' a Burberry Trench Coat styling project by 4th year students
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INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS)
The hospitality and leisure industries generate billions
of pounds worldwide each year. Hospitality management
is therefore a thriving, innovative industry which plays
a crucial role in the global economy and in providing
employment and exciting career opportunities. This
course combines both the academic and specialist
aspects of hospitality management, allowing you to
study and experience its many sub-sectors.
We believe it is important to recognise and reward our
students’ achievements; as a result, industry-sponsored prizes
are awarded each year to the top student of each stage.
A key feature of this course is the opportunity to meet and
listen to professionals in the hospitality industry. We will
deliver this through study visits and guest lectures at the
University. You will also be eligible for student membership
of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), providing another perfect
opportunity for networking.
Key facts
UCAS N221
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
In year 3, there are placement opportunities available locally,
nationally and internationally, for example at the Aberdeen
Exhibition and Conference Centre, Malmaison Hotels,
Gleneagles Hotel, Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle,
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (Canada), Waccabuc Golf
and Country Club (USA) and The Broadmoor Resort,
Colorado Springs (USA).
Year 1
Food and Beverage Operations • Marketing •
Professional Communication Skills • Service Sector
Management • Tourism Hospitality Environments •
Working in Hospitality Environments
STUDY ABROAD
In years 2 and 3, there are opportunities to study with partner
institutions in Europe as part of the Erasmus Programme. For
more details please see page 22.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Accredited by the
Institute of Hospitality (IoH).
CAREER OPTIONS
Our graduates are in great demand and there are fantastic
opportunities for varied and challenging careers in this sector.
Positions held by graduates include international leisure
centre manager, hotel manager, guest services manager,
facilities manager, business centre manager, head of sales
and marketing, quality advisor and sales manager – all within
hospitality environments.
Year 2
Organisational Behaviour • Globalisation • Live Hospitality
Project• Brand Management • Consumer Behaviour •
Accommodation Management • Food and Beverage
Management • Technology in the Service Sector •
Hotel Operations
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one
semester during year 2.
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement (1 year)
Taught/Placement Route: Events Management • Ethics
and the Consumer • Business Marketing • Workplace
Experience (6 months) • Management in Practice OR study
abroad at an overseas university • Management of Change •
Management of Innovation
Year 4
Research Methods • Research Project • Hospitality Contract
Management • International Marketing OR Cultural Aspects
of International Management • Managing Strategy for
Hospitality • Business Creativity
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC
GCE A Level
CCC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1C1
IB Diploma
26
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/internationalhospitality
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Lara Senhen
THE BEST
OF BOTH
WORLDS
"My 6 month placement at Lufthansa
Training and Conference Centre gave me
great insights to the hospitality sector. I
had responsibility for organising
conferences for large groups, which gave
me valuable experience of working in a
fast-paced environment where high
standards were expected by a range of
international clients."
Lara Senhen,
The hospitality industry is
one of the fastest growing
sectors in Europe in terms
of employment.
BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management
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INTERNATIONAL TOURISM MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS)
Tourism is a truly international industry and plays a
key economic role in practically every country around
the world. It is dynamic, customer-focused and
provides graduates with exciting worldwide
opportunities.
This specialist course allows you to combine the best
of both worlds – studying the academic aspects of
tourism management and gaining first-hand industry
experience. All the various aspects of tourism will
be covered during your four years, including visitor
attractions, hotels, theatres, events and business
tourism, music venues and travel.
Opportunities during your degree include: being business
mentors to school pupils, being a ‘mystery shopper’ for an
Airport Tourism project, taking part in course-related study
trips, attending industry conferences and being eligible to
become a member of The Tourism Society and Institute of
Hospitality. We believe it is important to recognise and
reward our students’ achievements; as a result, industrysponsored prizes are awarded each year to the top student of
each stage.
PLACEMENT
There are placement opportunities available locally, nationally
and internationally: for example at Thomson Holidays,
Eastern Airways, PGL UK and European Summer Holiday
Camps, Canvas Holidays, Waccabuc Golf and Country Club
(USA), Disney Worldwide Services Inc (USA) and The
Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs (USA).
BENEFIT
FROM REAL
EXPERIENCE
STUDY ABROAD
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
In years 2 and 3, there are opportunities to study with partner
institutions in Europe as part of the Erasmus Programme.
International study abroad opportunities also exist. For more
details please see page 22.
Year 1
Marketing • Tourism Hospitality Environment •
Professional Communication Skills • Service Sector
Management • People Management • Introduction to
Management Accounting • Adventure and Activity Tourism
International Management
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Year 2
Organisational Behaviour • Globalisation • Tourism
Destination Development • Brand Management • Consumer
Behaviour • Accommodation Management • Sustainable
Tourism Management • Sport Tourism
You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for one
semester.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1C1
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH).
This programme is recognised and approved by the Tourism
Management Institute.
CAREER OPTIONS
Graduates can work directly in the tourism, travel or leisure
sectors or within the hospitality industry. Several graduates
have also gone on to launch their own successful business.
Positions held by tourism graduates include: conference and
banqueting manager, senior events manager, corporate
hospitality manager, visitor attraction manager, ambassador
programme and research executive (business tourism), visitor
services manager, marketing manager (with a travel
company) and business development manager.
“I spent my year’s work placement at Green
Tourism Business Scheme, the world’s
leading sustainability accreditation
programme working to improve and
encourage sustainability throughout the
Tourism and Hospitality sectors. My role
included Trip Planning, inputting Carbon
Calculator data, website and social media
updates, dealing with members and
enquiries and assisting with events.”
Natalie Parsons, BA (Hons) International
Tourism Managment
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Key facts
UCAS N840
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement (1 year)
Taught/Placement Route: Events Management • Ethics
and the Consumer • Business Marketing • Workplace
Experience (6 months) • Management in Practice OR study
abroad at an overseas university • Event Tourism •
Contemporary HRM
Year 4
Research Methods • Research Project • Heritage
Management • Cultural Aspects of International
Management • Marine and Wildlife Tourism • International
Marketing • Future Tourism • Business Creativity •
International Organisations
SQA Higher
BBCC
GCE A Level
CCC
IB Diploma
26
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/internationaltourism
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Natalie Parsons
Did you know that
Europe is the biggest
tourist market in the world?
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JOURNALISM
BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS P500
Journalism is a powerful industry and rewarding career
choice. From current affairs to feature writing, climate
change to celebrity and sport, people are increasingly
seeking information from the media. This creates a
demand for multimedia journalists who have the critical
knowledge and specialist theoretical, analytical and
production skills.
Journalism at Aberdeen Business School provides the
foundation for a wide range of career opportunities. The skills
you acquire will open up opportunities in a wide variety of
careers beyond the journalistic profession. The media
industry encompasses a wide range of different careers, and
is expanding exponentially.
This is an intensive course that will prepare you for a
demanding career in journalism. You’ll study the ways that
news is sourced, regulated, produced and consumed, and
examine the effects of this output on audiences.
Your learning will be enhanced by our purpose-built teaching
facilities which include a news room, TV and radio studio.
To view these excellent facilities visit us at:
www.rgu.ac.uk/openday
You’ll also gain considerable practical experience in reporting
and production across print, broadcast and electronic
platforms. Additionally, you will take part in newsdays in
years 2 and 3.
This will enable you to experience a day as a journalist:
sourcing stories, interviewing, filming and editing your report.
You will be offered the chance to complete external
examinations in shorthand, news writing, law and
public affairs.
You will learn first-hand from experienced journalists, by
participating in ‘live’ projects, visiting local broadcasting
organisations and listening to guest speakers. The media
industries are rapidly expanding. They provide a wide range
of opportunities for graduates properly equipped with a
critical knowledge base and production skills appropriate to
those industries, as well as a broad range of managerial,
professional and technical knowledge and skills.
FEATURE
HERE
OUR FACILITIES
PLACEMENT
The six-week placement in year 3 provides you with an
invaluable opportunity to put your skills and knowledge to
the test in an appropriate journalism and media-based
environment, as well as form excellent links with potential
future employers.
CAREER OPTIONS
The department has extensive links with the media industries,
and graduates have secured careers in print, publishing,
broadcast and online journalism. Opportunities for
employment also exist in fields such as public relations and
media management.
Year 1
News Writing • Introduction to Media Law • Broadcast
Journalism and Production • Print Journalism • Governing the
UK • Media Business • Business Ethics OR Visual Culture
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Year 2
Features Writing • Photojournalism • Audio Production •
Digital Publishing • Principles and Practice of Reporting •
Advanced Law for Journalists • Web Design • Media
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English).
Production Project
Year 3
Applied News Production • Media History • Political
Participation and Pressure Groups • Magazine Journalism
Placement OR Creative Industries Theory and Practice
Year 4
Semester 1
Research Methods
One elective module from: Media Strategy; Women and
The Media
Semester 2
Research Project
Two elective modules from: Political Communication;
Celebrity Culture; Cinema and Society, Leadership and
Contemporary Journalism
SQA Higher
BBBB to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) at Grade B.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2 to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) at Grade B2.
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring
the use of English) at Grade 5.
Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/ugjournalism
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“For a course like journalism, Robert
Gordon University really must receive top
marks. The course covers every aspect of
journalism, from TV and radio, to internet
and magazines. The facilities for this
course are amazing, with a radio studio and
a brand new TV studio both being housed
in the Business School. I can only give the
highest recommendations to anyone
thinking about studying here.”
Nichola MacBeath
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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
2.8 million jobs
in the UK focus on the
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LAW AND MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS)
This course will equip you with a sound grounding in
law as well as key business skills and knowledge.
The high level of flexibility within the course allows you,
in particular at Honours level, to shape your degree to
specialise in the areas you develop an interest in.
You will also develop the key skills which are highly
valued in the workplace. Practical experience is
developed through oral presentations, legal debates,
group work and research and writing exercises.
In year 3 you can apply to undertake a work placement,
giving you the opportunity to establish links with potential
employers and equipping you for the working world.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in internal,
national and international mooting competitions (legal
debating), giving you additional practical experience.
The strong research culture and professional experience among
departmental staff feeds into their teaching expertise. This means
you will benefit from subjects taught with a highly practical
edge.
PLACEMENT
A key strength of the course is the possibility of a paid
placement during the summer, between the conclusion of
semester 2 of year 3 and the start of the Honours year. This
provides an opportunity to practise in a professional capacity,
in either the area of law or management. The rewards from this
are enormous, both in terms of initial professional development
and in applying theoretical principles to real-life situations.
“This course really allowed me to
concentrate on the legal areas that I
was interested in. It also proved to be
the ideal stepping stone in allowing me
to obtain entry into the LLB and the
Diploma in Legal Practice programmes,
as the course covers a lot of the Law
Society recommended subjects.
The lecturers are approachable,
innovative and pragmatic and are
always ready to share their profound
wealth of knowledge with you.”
Graduate Alaina Morrison,
Solicitor with John Wood Group PLC
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Key facts
UCAS M990
CAREER OPTIONS
The course opens a range of opportunities. For example, it
can be a pathway to becoming a qualified conveyancer or
executry practitioner (you can gain Diplomas in
Conveyancing and Executry Services, or Executry Services,
as additional qualifications in year 4). Other options include:
working within oil companies (locally and overseas), banks
and businesses, the civil service, corporate consultancy firms
and the police.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Legal Systems • Legal Methods • Business Ethics •
Management Concepts • Property Law • Constitutional Law •
Introductory Economics • People Management
Year 2
Law of Contract • Criminal Law • Globalisation • One option
from European Union, The Financial Environment OR
Organisational Behaviour • Commercial Law • Human Rights •
Company Law • One option from Business Economics,
Governing the UK OR Marketing
Year 3
Delict • Fundamentals of Employment Law • Two options
from Ethics and the Consumer, Family Law • Management
Studies for Law • Entrepreneurship for the Legal Sector OR
Placement • Property Rights in Land • One option from
Legal Theory OR Practical Legal Skills
Year 4
Research Project, plus
Semester 1
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
Roman Law • Employment Law • Criminal Justice •
European Union Law • Legal Issues in Construction •
Sports Law • Criminal Responsibility • Child Care Law •
Environmental Law • Regional Human Rights Systems •
Judicial Review and Public Administration • Property Law
(Honours) • Media Law • Public International Law •
International Trade Law • Comparative Company Law •
Tax Law • International Organisations • International Human
Resource Management • Business Economics • International
and Comparative Tax Law
Semester 2
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
International and Comparative Family Law • UK Oil and Gas
Law • International Private Law • Equality Law • Criminal
Law: Specific Crimes • Medical Law • Consumer Law and
Policy • Intellectual Property Law • Comparative Law •
Criminology • Medical Ethics • Information Technology Law •
Dispute Resolution • Corporate Ethics • Strategic Marketing
Management • Entrepreneurial Studies • Employee Relations
and Reward • Labour Markets Economics
“I have been able to choose subjects
and tailor my degree according to my
own interests and career plans. It is
undoubtedly challenging, but the
quality of teaching and availability of
student support make it a rewarding
and enjoyable journey. I came into
third year Law and Management after
completing an HND in Legal Services
and have loved being at RGU so much
that I’m staying on to do a postgraduate
degree.”
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB
GCE A Level
BCC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2
IB Diploma
28
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/law-and-management
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Emily Clark,
Law and Management Graduate
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LAW
LLB (HONS)
This course aims to provide you with an academically
rigorous, practical and diverse education in the
discipline of Scots Law. The combination of private
and public law subjects taught on this course will
equip you with the knowledge to meet the challenges
and demands of a wide range of jobs across a
spectrum of employment sectors, whether in the legal
profession or elsewhere.
You will also develop the key intellectual, professional
and personal skills which are highly valued in the
workplace. Practical experience is developed through
oral presentations, group work, research and writing
exercises and legal debating also known as mooting.
We also have a dedicated moot court room where you
will find out how to present cases in a courtroom
environment. Our students also have the opportunity
to take part in internal, national and international
mooting competitions.
We ensure our graduates are ready for today’s professional
world. We value the advice and input of our close contacts in
the legal profession, who constantly keep us informed of the
latest professional trends.
We also offer the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
(DPLP). This is a one-year postgraduate qualification and is
mandatory in order to practise as a solicitor in Scotland. Many
of our graduates who have taken this route have an excellent
record for securing quality employment in the legal profession.
rEWARDING EXPERIENCES
“I think studying abroad will give students
that extra boost when it comes to looking for
employment. I spent a semester studying
abroad at University of Tulsa in Oklahoma,
USA. I was able to experience different
cultures, meet new people and study in a
new learning environment. It was one of the
best experiences I have had so far.”
Key facts
UCAS M114
STUDY ABROAD
In year 3 of the course you will have the opportunity to spend
a 12-week semester abroad at one of our partner universities
in Europe or at our partner university in the US. For more
details please see page 22.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
LLB (Hons), and DPLP are accredited by the
Law Society of Scotland, a key factor for those seeking to
enter the legal profession in Scotland. Recognition of LLB
(Hons) by the Faculty of Advocates
has also been obtained.
CAREER OPTIONS
Our Law degree opens the door to the legal profession –
plus opportunities within the financial sector, the oil and
gas industry, civil service, banking, corporate consultancy,
global business management, local government,
charitable organisations and trade unions.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Legal Systems • Legal Methods • Criminal Law • Law of
Contract • Constitutional Law • Human Rights • Property
Law • Commercial Law
Year 2
Family Law • Delict • Law of Evidence • Law of Succession •
European Union Law • Legal Theory • Company Law •
Property Rights in Land
Direct Entry students from Stage 3 BA (Hons) Law and
Management who entered that course in Stage 3 from
FE college:
Year 2: Criminal Law and Law of Contract, Constitutional
Law, Human Rights, Commercial Law and Property Law in
place of Delict, Family Law, European Union Law, Legal
Theory, Property Rights in Land and Company Law.
Year 3: Students catch up on remaining Law Society
qualifying modules: European Union Law and Property Rights
in Land
Year 3
Semester 1
One elective module from Forensic Practice OR Managing
Projects • Three modules from the list in Year 4 below
Semester 2
Practical Legal Skills • Taxation Law • One elective from
Forensic Psychology, Entrepreneurship for the Legal Sector •
One elective module from the list in Year 4 below
Year 4
Research Project, plus Semester 1
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
Roman Law • Employment Law • Criminal Justice •
European Union Law • Legal Issues in Construction •
Sports Law • Criminal Responsibility • Child Care Law •
Environmental Law • Regional Human Rights Systems •
Judicial Review and Public Administration • Property Law
(Honours) • Media Law • Public International Law •
International Trade Law • Evidence: Law Theory and Practice •
Comparative Company Law • Tax Law • International and
Comparative Tax Law
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB including English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) at Grade B.
GCE A Level
BBC including English (or a subject requiring the use of
English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
AB2B2B2 including English (or a subject requiring the use
of English) at Grade B2.
IB Diploma
29 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring
the use of English) at Grade 5.
Advanced Entry
Students with a BA Law and Management degree from
Robert Gordon University may enter the Law LLB (Hons)
course at year 2 or 3, depending on the stage at which
you joined the Law and Management course, allowing two
degrees, one of them with Honours, to be obtained within
a total of 5 or 6 years study.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
Law LLB (online)
We also offer an online version of the LLB but only for
holders of a Bachelors degree or equivalent. This online
version can be studied over 2, 3 or 4 years.
www.rgu.ac.uk/law-llb
Semester 2
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
International and Comparative Family Law • UK Oil and Gas
Law • International Private Law • Equality Law • Legal History •
Criminal Law: Specific Crimes • Medical Law • Consumer Law
and Policy • Intellectual Property Law • Comparative Law •
Criminology • Medical Ethics • Information Technology Law •
Dispute Resolution • Evidence: Law and Psychology
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THE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
The Management Programme comprises four courses:
Management; Management with Human Resource
Management; Management with Marketing; and
International Business Management. Whilst each of
these courses is unique, some common modules and
characteristics are shared by all courses. Each course
within the Management Programme has been designed
to equip you with a thorough knowledge and
understanding of the nature and context of business,
the principal management functions and the skills
required for effective management in organisations.
STUDENT COMPETITIONS
FLEXIBLE OPTIONS
LINKS WITH INDUSTRY
Every student on the Management Programme studies the
same modules in year 1. This ensures you have the necessary
foundation in the core areas of business and management
before progressing on to more advanced study. It also gives
you the opportunity to move courses within the Management
Programme at the end of year 1, as sometimes students
discover a new passion in an area of business and
management which they hadn’t previously considered.
Our industry relationships allow us to offer many scholarships
and prizes, and enable us to invite students to join
masterclasses delivered by industry practitioners who are
leaders in their field. It also means that our courses are
constantly developing in line with industry demands.
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE
Each of the courses within the Management Programme offers
the opportunity to undertake a one-year salaried placement.
Through our placement scheme, you can work with small,
medium or large companies based locally, nationally or
internationally and undertake real jobs, with real salaries and real
responsibilities. Many of our placement students have had the
opportunity to go on business trips, work with senior managers
and directors, and take responsibility for their own projects.
We have also had a small number of students run their own
company instead of participating in a traditional placement.
They are given business advice by academic staff from our
Centre for Entrepreneurship and assigned to an industry mentor.
Annually, each of our Management Programme students has
the opportunity to be considered for participation in the IBM
Business Challenge, the UK’s most prestigious business
competition. Since we began competing five years ago, at
least one RGU team has progressed to the semi-final stage
each year. Second year students on the Management
Programme will also compete in the Beta Project which
culminates in a Trade Fair to showcase their business ideas
and which is attended by visiting academics and industry
representatives.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
Working for a number of
years after school before
coming to university made
me realise that management
is something I’m good
at and I was especially
interested in the Human
Resources aspect of the
Management programme.
The way you are taught at
RGU is unique. Although
we learn a lot about various
theories and techniques I
do feel that I know how to
use that information; to put
into practice when I’m a
working professional.
EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
There are lots of extracurricular opportunities to participate in.
You can join the Business Society, attend guest lectures and
masterclasses, attend events organised by the Scottish Institute
for Enterprise, complete the Walt Disney World summer work
programme (six weeks working for Walt Disney World in
Orlando), undertake a week-long Intercultural Training course
in Germany, or volunteer to become a student ambassador.
Furthermore, the recent introduction of the Extra Curricular
Award offers students the opportunity to achieve academic
credit for their extra curricular activities.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
Your future: What do
you hope to do after
you graduate?
I would ideally like to
specialise into recruitment.
It’s an area that I have grown
more interested in since
coming to university and can
see myself enjoying pursuing
it as a career.
STUDY ABROAD
Our study abroad destinations include Europe, Asia, the USA
and Canada. All students on the Management Programme
have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester of
year 2 or both semesters of year 3. If you have a real taste for
travel, you can study abroad in year 2, undertake a placement
abroad in year 3, and undertake a foreign study project as
part of the Business Creativity module in year 4. Study abroad
is a compulsory element of the BA (Hons) International
Business Management course. For more details please see
page 22.
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Management?
OUR COURSES
International Business Management
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Management70
Management with HRM
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Management with Marketing
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Heather Malcolm,
Base your final decision on
the course itself. The city,
surroundings, student life
are all important but you will
be studying the course for
up to 4 years and to truly get
everything out of it you need
to be sure that it is what you
want to study and make a
career in.
Your Campus:
Where are your
favourite places to
study and socialise on
the campus?
Although the new library is
amazing I still prefer sitting
in the old library in the
business school. It is more
relaxing, so perfect when
I want to study but it is
also a comfortable place to
socialise with classmates in
between classes.
management with hrm
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS)
This course can put you at the forefront of the
international business world. It contains a unique
blend of modules, all of which will contribute to your
understanding of the global business environment and
equip you with the skills required to succeed within it.
Year 2
Work and Organisational Behaviour • Personal and Business
Finance • International Business • Business Ideas and
Opportunities OR study abroad at an overseas university for
semester 1 of year 2
You will gain an appreciation of the various social, cultural,
economic and legal complexities which face managers
working within the highly competitive international
environment, and develop an understanding of the strategies
of multi-national corporations. On this course, you must study
abroad for either semester 1 or 2 of year 2, or semesters 1
and 2 of year 3. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience
another country, earn credits towards your studies and meet
new people from all over the world.
Business Economics • Consumer Behaviour • Business Law
and Business Creation and Growth OR study abroad at an
overseas university for semester 2 of year 2
CAREER OPTIONS
This course will prepare you for a managerial career with
either a national or international company. Specialist careers
include international business consultant, business analyst,
strategy analyst, cultural advisor, territory manager and
international broker.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Business Ethics • Marketing • Management Concepts •
The Financial Environment • International Management •
Introductory Economics • People Management •
Introduction to Management Accounting
WIDEN YOUR
HORIZONS
“I was impressed with the quality and
wide array of services available. RGU
rocks! I would highly recommend every
international student contemplating to
study abroad to consider this university.“
Jeffrey Ankoma Appiah
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Year 3
Placement Route: Placement • Evidencing Employability •
Research Methods
Non-placement Route: Research Methods • Corporate
Governance • IT for Managers • International Trading •
Business Creativity • Management of Change •
Managing Projects • Management of Innovation
Study Abroad Route: Study in Europe, Asia, USA or Canada.
Connect to Business Route: Undertake short term
work-based projects for a range of organisations.
Year 4
Thesis • International Organisations • International HRM •
International Marketing OR Leadership • International Trade
Law OR The Economics of International Business
Key facts
UCAS N120
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB
GCE A Level
BBC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
AB2B2B2
IB Diploma
29
Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK
Globally, over 3 million
students have studied
abroad with support from
the Erasmus programme.
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MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS) UCAS N201
Management is the art of planning, co-ordinating,
directing and controlling business activities efficiently
and effectively. This course has been designed to
enable you to operate successfully in the increasingly
complex and demanding business environment. It will
equip you with a thorough knowledge and
understanding of the nature and context of business,
the principal management functions and the skills
required for effective management in different
organisations.
The wide range of options available in year 4 will enable
you to tailor your studies to the interests you have developed
throughout your degree. You will also explore areas such as
supply chain management, project management, leadership
and knowledge management.
CAREER OPTIONS
This broad-based course will prepare you for a managerial
career in industry or the public sector. The subjects chosen
as option modules can widen opportunities for more
specialist managerial positions. Positions held by our
graduates include trainee manager, area manager, logistics
manager and business analyst.
MANAGEMENT WITH HUMAN RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT, BA (HONS) UCAS N2N6
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Business Ethics • Marketing • Management Concepts •
The Financial Environment • Introduction to Management
Accounting • Introductory Economics • People Management •
International Management
Year 2
Personal and Business Finance • Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Work and Organisational Behaviour •
Operations Management • Business Law • Consumer
Behaviour • Business Economics • Business Creation
and Growth
You may also choose to study abroad with a partner foreign
university, in Europe, Asia, the USA, or Canada during
semesters 1 or 2.
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement • Evidencing Employability •
Research Methods
Non-placement Route: Corporate Governance • Health and
Safety • International Business • Management of Change •
New Business Project • Research Methods • Managing
Projects
Study Abroad Route: Study in Europe, Asia, the USA
or Canada
Want to know more?
Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK
www.rgu.ac.uk/management
Connect to Business Route: Undertake short term,
work-based projects for a range of organisations.
Year 4
Thesis • Business Strategy • The Economics of Business •
Corporate Ethics • Three module options
Human Resource Management is broadly defined as all
those activities associated with the management of
employment relationships. It is concerned with
developing structures and systems which promote the
effective management of people, working closely with
senior managers, line managers and the various
departments of organisations to build, maintain and
develop an effective workforce.
The course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of
Human Resource Management, with an emphasis on the vital
contribution to business success made by the people of an
organisation.
CAREER OPTIONS
This course will prepare you for a human resource
management or managerial career in industry or the public
sector. Specialised careers include recruitment consultant,
employee relations officer, training and development officer,
HR officer, and talent and learning specialist.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Business Ethics • Marketing • Management Concepts •
The Financial Environment • Introduction to Management
Accounting • Introductory Economics • People Management •
International Management
GIVE
YOURSELF
A REAL
HEAD START
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You may also choose to study abroad with a partner foreign
university, in Europe, Asia, the USA, or Canada during
semesters 1 or 2.
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement • Evidencing Employability •
Research Methods
Non-placement Route: Corporate Governance • Health
and Safety • Fundamentals of Employment Law • PR Strategy
and Specialisms • New Business Project • Managing Projects •
Research Methods
Advanced Entry Route: Corporate Governance •
Fundamentals of Employment Law • Health and Safety •
PR Strategy and Specialisms • Contemporary Human Resource
Management • Management of Change • Managing Projects •
Research Methods
Study Abroad Route: Study in Europe, Asia, the USA,
or Canada
Connect to Business Route: Undertake short term,
work-based projects for a range of organisations.
Year 4
Thesis • International HRM • Employment Law for Managers •
Collective Employment Law • Leadership • Business Strategy
OR Corporate Ethics and HRM: Theory into Practice
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For entry requirements please refer to page 73.
“During my first two years, I started my own
marketing company: the modules gave me
the knowledge and inspiration, and staff
helped turn it into a profitable business.
I don’t think I could have achieved the same
elsewhere. I thoroughly recommend RGU.”
Year 2
Personal and Business Finance • Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Work and Organisational Behaviour •
Operations Management • Business Law • Contemporary
Human Resource Management • Management of Change •
Business Creation and Growth
REAL
OPPORTUNITIES
For entry requirements please refer to page 73.
“My placement was extremely beneficial
as I had no previous experience in an
office/sales situation. I was able to work
in a small business environment and learn
how they operate on a daily basis. I now
work full-time for my placement company
as their HR Manager.”
Marc McRae, HR Manager,
Thomas Gunn Navigation Services Ltd
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MANAGEMENT WITH MARKETING
BA (HONS) UCAS N2N5
Key facts
UCAS CODES
Marketing is a vital and dynamic aspect of business that is
used to create, retain and satisfy the customer. This
stimulating course explores both the theoretical and practical
aspects of marketing products and services. Throughout, we
focus firmly on the ultimate consumer – and in doing so,
reflect the way marketing operates in real life. This course is
industry-focused and our experienced lecturers bring a
wealth of practical insight into the modules.
Year 2
Personal and Business Finance • Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Work and Organisational Behaviour •
Advertising Communication • Business Law • Consumer
Behaviour • Business Creation and Growth • Public Relations
MANAGEMENT N201
MANAGEMENT WITH HRM N2N6
MANAGEMENT WITH MARKETING N2N5
You may also choose to study abroad with a partner foreign
university, in Europe, Asia, the USA, or Canada during
semesters 1 or 2.
SQA Higher
BBBB
CAREER OPTIONS
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement • Evidencing Employability •
Research Methods
This course will prepare you for a marketing or managerial
career in industry or the public sector. You will develop the
skills to pursue a career in all aspects of marketing including
branding, customer relationship management, marketing,
international marketing, advertising, promotion, market
research, public relations, events management and other
related industries.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Business Ethics • Marketing • Management Concepts • The
Financial Environment • Introduction to Management
Accounting • Introductory Economics • People Management •
International Management
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Non-placement Route: Business Marketing • Events
Management • Managing Projects • Health and Safety •
New Business Project • Management of Innovation •
Research Methods
Advanced Entry Route: Events Management • Business
Marketing • Fundamentals of Health and Safety • New
Business Project • Consumer Behaviour • Research Methods
Study Abroad Route: Study in Europe, Asia, the USA,
or Canada
Connect to Business Route: Undertake short term,
work-based projects for a range of organisations.
Year 4
Thesis • E-business • Appraisal of Current Market Research •
Business Strategy OR Business Creativity • Applied Consumer
Psychology • International Marketing • Strategic Marketing
Management
For entry requirements please refer to page 73.
www.rgu.ac.uk/management-with-marketing
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
GCE A Level
BCC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2
IB Diploma
28
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 27 for more details on the routes available.
Students entering Year 3 of the course will follow the class
based taught route as an alternative to a placement.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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www.rgu.ac.uk/management-with-marketing
INSPIRED
TO ACHIEVE
“The best thing about studying at RGU was
definitely the support from staff members;
they are always there to help you. I also found
the careers service to be very helpful. I used
them a lot during my final year. After I
graduated I did a three-month placement in
marketing at The Economist Group. I am now
currently working as a customer service
executive in the Digital Editions Department.”
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Nene Udofot, Customer Service Executive,
The Economist Group
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MEDIA
BA (HONS)
The media industries are rapidly expanding,
particularly with the recent growth of digital media.
This course will prepare you for a diverse range of
careers in the media, enabling you to build an
impressive portfolio of skills in media production such
as documentary making and content development for
different platforms as well as key transferable
communication skills.
Both theoretical and practical aspects of the media industries
are incorporated to equip you with skills in and knowledge of
documentary filming and editing, interactive media, web
design, digital media, advertising and law. There is a great
deal of practitioner input to the course, incorporating a range
of guest speakers and live client projects. There are lots of
opportunities to enhance your CV e.g. getting involved with
the Media Society and working in the student radio station to
develop specialist skills
Key facts
UCAS P300
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
The six-week fieldwork placement in year 3 provides you
with the opportunity to gain practical experience in an area of
your choice within the media industries. This is an invaluable
opportunity to gain practical experience and establish links
with potential employers. Links exist with a range of media
organisations and include television and radio broadcasting
companies, as well as magazine and newspaper publishers.
You may also be placed in promotional and marketing roles,
or within web design companies.
Year 1
Professional Communication • The Media Business • Visual
Culture and Design • Marketing • Communication Principles
and Theory • Digital Media Platforms and Practices •
Creative Short Film Making
STUDY ABROAD
Year 3
Media History • Interactive Media Project • Communication
Project Management • Communication Project Practice •
Placement OR Creative Industries Theory and Practice OR
Business Start-up In the Creative Industries
The course also offers the opportunity to undertake an
international study exchange or work placement during
year 3 through the Erasmus scheme. For more details please
see page 22.
OUR FACILITIES
CAREER OPTIONS
With our purpose-built facilities, including state-of-the-art
lecture theatres, teaching labs, IT facilities and TV and radio
studios, you will be taught in a true-to-life environment that
will develop both your professional and creative skills.
The media industries encompass a wide range of careers and
this is expanding further with the growth of digital media.
Possible careers are in areas such as video production,
interactive media, web design and digital media. Job titles
include that of television and radio researcher, web designer,
advertising executive, social media manager.
Year 2
Documentary Discourse and Practice • Introduction to Media
Law • Advertising Communication • Media Production Project •
Media Semiotics and Discourse • Web Design
Year 4
Research Methods and Research Project..
Three elective modules from: Intercultural Communication •
Corporate Ethics • Postmodern Culture • Business Creativity •
Media Strategy • Women and the Media
Two elective modules from:Political Communication •
Cinema and Society • Celebrity Culture • Contemporary
Journalism • Leadership
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC including English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) at Grade B.
GCE A Level
BCC including English (or a subject requiring the use of
English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 including English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) at Grade B2.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring
the use of English) at Grade 5.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 27 for more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/media
PREPARE
TO SUCCEED
“Through combining the practical modules
of the course with an excellent work
placement, I was greatly assisted in
developing my knowledge of the use of
social media for professional organisations.
After graduating, I took these invaluable
skills and spent the summer working with
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
before joining the Aberdeen Performing
Arts as a New Media Marketing Assistant.”
Andrew Raffan, Graduate
New Media Marketing Assistant,
Aberdeen Performing Arts
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More than 350 million
internet users suffer from
Facebook Addiction Syndrome!
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PUBLIC RELATIONS
BA (HONS)
Public Relations is a highly creative and
interdisciplinary subject concerned with the
management functions related to an organisation’s
internal and external communications.
To be successful in the current competitive market, it’s
essential that organisations understand and adopt
good practices in press and public relations. An
organisation’s products and services need to be
marketed and advertised effectively to their
consumers. That’s where you come in.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public
Relations (CIPR), the professional body for the UK public
relations industry, which is a mark of the high professional
standard and credibility of the course. Industry practitioners
are also involved in course development to ensure that
teaching reflects leading practices in business.
You will take part in challenging, real-world projects from
design to delivery and evaluation, and analyse communication
issues from a range of academic and practical perspectives.
Key facts
UCAS P210
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
During the six-week fieldwork placement in year 3 you will
gain practical experience in an area of individual choice within
the communication and public relations industries. This is
an invaluable opportunity to gain practical experience and
establish relationships with potential employers. Strong links
exist with public, private and charitable organisations within
the public relations, marketing, advertising and media fields.
Year 1
Professional Communication • The Media Business • Visual
Culture and Design • Marketing • Communication Principles
and Theory • Managing in the Creative Industries • Digital
Media Platforms and Practices
STUDY ABROAD
The course offers the opportunity to undertake an international
study exchange or work placement during year 3. This is
undertaken through Erasmus (European Community Action
Scheme for the Mobility of University Students). For more
details please see page 22.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The course is accredited by the CIPR,
which is the professional body for the
UK public relations industry.
CAREER OPTIONS
Graduates from this course will be accomplished
communicators and will be able to use a range of media
effectively. These skills can be used across a range of careers
in the communications industries in areas such as public
relations, advertising, marketing, media, information services,
public affairs, and event management, as well as managerial
careers in commerce, industry or the public sector.
VALUABLE
OPPORTUNITIES
“The most enjoyable part of the course is the
opportunity for practical learning. Having
spoken to friends at other universities, the
RGU approach seems to be the most
hands-on, with smaller tutorial classes,
teamwork and modules which offer the
opportunity to learn through creative
challenges. One module involved creating
our own magazine, and such projects help to
create an eclectic learning experience.”
Year 2
Work and Organisational Behaviour • Advertising
Communication • Documentary Discourse and Practice •
Media Production Project • Public Relations • Web Design
Year 3
Public Relations Strategy and Specialisms • Events
Management • Communication Project Management •
Communication Project Practice • Placement OR Creative
Industries Theory and Practice OR Business Start-up In the
Creative Industries
Year 4
Research Methods and Research Project.
Three elective modules from: Intercultural Communication •
Postmodern Culture • Business Creativity • Corporate Ethics •
Media Strategy • Women and the Media
Two elective modules from: Political Communication •
Cinema and Society • Celebrity Culture • Contemporary
Journalism • Leadership
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC including English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) at Grade B.
GCE A Level
BCC including English (or a subject requiring the use of
English)
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 including English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) at Grade B2.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring
the use of English) at Grade 5.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 27 for more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/public-relations
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Elizabeth Stevenson,
BA (Hons) Communication with PR
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FACULTY OF DESIGN
and TECHNOLOGY
Innovation, design, creativity
and sUStainability are core
elements of the Faculty of
Design and Technology. Our
industry-informed courses
equip our students with the
practical skills and
knowledge to gain
employment and succeed in
their professions.
OUR SCHOOLS
TIME IS MONEY
The UK’s creative industries
generate a staggering
£8million per hour for the
UK economy.
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School of Engineering
96
Gray’s School of Art
108
The Scott Sutherland School of
Architecture and Built Environment
124
HAPPINESS IS...
STAR GAZING
Aberdeen has been voted
in several polls as the
happiest place to live
in Britain.
Showcasing innovation and talent
We recognise how important it is that you are
given every opportunity to reach your full potential
whilst studying with us. Our students are therefore
encouraged and supported to enter competitions and
participate in shows, enabling them to showcase their
talents and receive recognition for their work from
their professionals and peers; something that is vitally
important within all of the creative industries.
The School of Computing Science and Digital
Media’s annual prize-giving ceremony has grown
from strength to strength. Over 40 sponsored prizes
are now awarded, including the prestigious TOTAL
scholarship, with awards from Conoco Phillips,
TOTAL, Codify, Nexen Petroleum, Cisco, Divex,
Lockheed Martin, Servelec Controls Ltd, Aventa
Systems Ltd, Fugro Academy, Dynamic
Edge Solutions, Atlas, The Marcliffe and the
British Computer Society.
Our School of Engineering students are given the
opportunity to benefit from generous scholarships
awarded by some of Aberdeen’s biggest and most
successful companies, including Talisman Sinopec
Energy UK, Petrofac and BP. An engineering
scholarship can put you on the fast track to success,
and help you to launch a successful career. Winning
one of our highly prestigious scholarships is a
serious endorsement of your academic abilities and
professional potential.
For its many thousands of visitors, Gray’s School
of Art’s annual Degree Show, sponsored by BP, is
the ideal opportunity to see the School's emerging
talent launch their professional careers and engage in
discussion about the ideas behind the work. It gives
the public the opportunity to see a range of final year
undergraduate projects, spanning fashion and textiles,
3D and product design, graphics, digital media, visual
communication, painting, printmaking, sculpture,
photography and electronic media.
In 1882, Aberdonian
Astronomer Sir David Gill
took the first successful
photograph of a comet.
RGU rated highly for
creative scene.
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We are committed to providing
educational excellence, engaging in
pioneering research and forging strong
industry links. We actively encourage
input from industry on new course
developments, School prizes, project
competitions and placements.
The Scott Sutherland School End of Year Show
highlights the best work from all of its students within
that academic year. The excellent standard of our
student work maintains the international reputation
that the Faculty has for producing leading professionals
in the world of architecture, construction, property
and surveying.
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SCHOOL OF
COMPUTING
SCIENCE AND
DIGITAL MEDIA
OUR COURSES
Computer Science
84
Digital Media
86
Application Software Development
88
Computer Network Management and Design
90
We are currently
developing some new and
exciting courses for students
starting in 2017/18, including
'Computer Security and Ethical
Hacking'. For the most up-todate information visit:
With the emergence of mobile and information
rich systems, we have brought together skills in
digital media, intelligent information processing
and technical architecture. This multi-skilled
environment enables you to be at the forefront
of the digital and creative economies.
Situated in The Sir Ian Wood Building at Garthdee,
The School of Computing Science and Digital Media
provides a state-of-the-art, purpose-built environment.
This is the perfect place to study current professional
practice in interactive design, systems development
and the application and management of information
technologies. You will learn practical and creative
problem-solving skills using emerging technologies
and apply these to the challenges faced by industry.
From the emphasis on software design and
development in Computer Science through the
technical focus of Computer Network Management
and Design to the creative opportunities of Digital
Media, our computing courses equip you with
valuable personal and professional skills, and a
career-enhancing qualification.
We encourage students to form their own ventures,
run their own societies and develop their innovative
skills to expand their horizons beyond the taught
curriculum. Recent students have launched their
own businesses, undertaken commercial projects in
parallel with their studies, published research papers
at international conferences and performed extremely
well in national competitions. There are currently
two Computing student-led societies to expand the
opportunities available.
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newcompcourses
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shaping the future
FIRST YEAR
Our courses begin with a programme of studies which
provides the foundation of knowledge, understanding and
practical skills that is needed for later specialist study. The
first year also helps you develop the wide range of
interpersonal skills you will need in your professional life.
Following the first year, our courses start to diversify and
focus on their specialised themes. The flexibility of the first
year, however, affords you an opportunity to transfer from
your initial choice of course to other courses within the
School of Computing Science and Digital Media.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING
In our first year a combination of interactive lectures and
practical exercises in our state-of-the-art labs will quickly
build your confidence and proficiency, providing you with
rapid feedback to assess your understanding of the subject.
Group project work will develop the personal and
communication skills that employers demand. In later years,
our courses offer a range of specialist modules which are
tailored to the interests and career aspirations of our
students. The School takes a lead in technology-enhanced
learning. Students frequently comment on the quality of
support and teaching they receive, with several staff winning
student nominated prizes for teaching.
PLACEMENTS
All our courses offer 8 -16 week Summer placements and
year long industrial placement opportunities. Optional
placements with high profile companies provide further
experience and the opportunity to apply your skills and
knowledge in a business context. They will strengthen and
broaden your understanding of real-world applications,
business needs and current technology trends. The industrial
placement experience builds confidence and broadens
employment opportunities. Placements have been carried
out at companies such as Total, BT and Hewlett Packard, as
well as with smaller local software houses and IT service
providers. We have also had successful overseas placements
with companies in France, Italy and Hungary, as well as
further afield in Brazil and the Middle East.
FACILITIES
We have laboratories housing over 250 high specification
PCs, running the latest industry-standard software. The
School has specialised facilities for supporting graphics and
interactive digital media development, including a large scale
render farm, a Mac Suite and Green Screen Suite.
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INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS
The School of Computing Science and Digital Media has a
close working relationship with the global IT and energy
industries. We have strong links with local and national digital
media organisations. Our courses are developed in collaboration
with business and industry, and take into account the practical
needs of potential employers. Work experience is an integral
part of your studies, with the opportunity to take up a paid
industrial placement (see www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships for
details). Guest speakers from companies such as Microsoft,
Logica, Total and Apple bring a rich understanding of current
technology and professional software practice. We partner
national organisations to host professional-level events open
to our students.
Your Future:
What career do
you hope to get
into once you
graduate?
After being on two
placements I really
wanted to work in the
Oil & Gas Industry due
to the sheer diversity
of the industry and the
varied challenges that
present themselves.
Your Course: Why did
you choose to study
computer science?
I decided to study Computer
Science because of the
variety of subjects and
challenges that the course
offers. But also because of
the variety of jobs on offer.
Tell us about your
scholarship: eg what
are the benefits of
having a scholarship.
EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
Our staff engage in leading-edge research and commercial
technology projects often in collaboration with highly
respected global partners. Recent successes in winning
research and commercial grants include work in areas of
cloud computing, computational intelligence and image
analysis. Our close relationships with small, medium and
large-scale businesses means that our portfolio of courses
and subject content is up to date and based on contemporary
theory and practice. Collaborative projects with industrial
partners provide relevant case studies to illustrate industrial
practice and the practical application of our teaching.
Students undertake projects linked to our external activities.
This combination of leading-edge research and contemporary
professional practice underpins our outstanding record of
graduate employment.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society
for CITP or CEng, so that successful completion of the degree
enables graduates to apply for membership and become
Chartered in due course, providing valuable additional
professional recognition. The School is an accredited Cisco
Academy and we deliver a number of industry-acknowledged
qualifications which allow students to add extra value to their
degrees by demonstrating additional skills and experience.
By having a scholarship with
Total E&P UK I was able
to get work experience for
a year with the company;
which gave me a wider
knowledge of computing
as well as learning about
the company through the
various projects I worked on.
The bursary money of the
scholarship was also very
helpful for my final two years
of study.
Your experience: Why
did you choose to
study at RGU?
I really wanted to gain
experience in my University
career and the placement
year that RGU offers in
between the second and
third year made it possible
for me.
Your Campus: Where
are your favourite
places to study and
socialise on the
campus?
Your Advice: What
piece of advice would
you offer to other
students?
For socialising I specifically
like the breakout areas or
the refectory. There is so
much space to socialise with
friends in between classes
and the possibility of some
light studying. The ninth floor
of the library is very bright
and quiet if I need to get a lot
done for classes so I like this
area to study.
I highly recommend students
to take any work placement
opportunity they can, as it
opens so many doors and
you get to meet so many
different people. I have
gained a lot of confidence
and new skills which I would
not have gained had I not
been on placement.
lindsey Thompson, computer science
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COMPUTER SCIENCE
BSC (HONS)
Our Computer Science degree provides you with the
balance of knowledge and skills to design and
implement software systems to the high professional
standards demanded by industry. You will study
object-oriented software design, learn systems
development skills and how to apply them in practice.
This will form the basis for a career as a professional
software developer who can work effectively across a
wide range of computing platforms.
The programme aims to provide you with a balance of
knowledge and skills to design and implement software, as well
as hardware systems to a professional standard. It is designed
to equip you for a career at the cutting-edge of developments
in software and information technologies.
SCHOLARSHIPS
TOTAL
The opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading oil
and gas groups reflects the strong industrial ties of this
course. To find out more please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships
CAREER OPTIONS
This course provides you with a range of technical and
interpersonal skills that will prepare you for a variety of
careers at the leading edge of computing. Our collaboration
with industry and the industrial placement scheme will
provide you with the opportunity to be involved in new
developments in the very dynamic and fast-moving IT
industry. Graduates from this course are highly sought after
by a range of employers, including software houses,
computer and electronic equipment suppliers and
manufacturers and IT service providers for business and
REWARDING
PLACEMENTS
Key facts
UCAS G400
industry. As a graduate of the course you could find
employment developing software applications for industry,
providing, managing and supporting the range of IT services
required by industry.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Applicants with a broad range of subjects are encouraged to
apply for Computer Science. The School will give special
consideration to applicants with Higher/Advanced Higher in
Computing, Information Systems or equivalent qualification.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Your first year will introduce you to the creative, practical and
intellectual skills you will need as a computing professional.
You will learn skills in problem solving and modelling in a
computing environment, skills in collaborating with others as
part of a team, skills in software design and development and
an understanding of how information technology is used in
industry and commerce.
Year 2
Modern Computing entails development on a wide range of
processing platforms. This year you will study modules that
reflect this variety of target devices, including advanced
software development techniques, dynamic web
development, database systems and computer networks. At
this stage you will learn how to address the professional,
legal, social and ethical aspects of Computer Science. You
will also take part in our real world project module where you
will design, implement and test a solution to a real problem
provided by research or industry.
“Studying Computer Science at RGU has
definitely prepared me for all aspects of
the working world, opening the doors
to further my career. I am now enjoying
working with Hewlett Packard developing
web based systems, performing
database management and supporting
our customers infrastructure.”
Andrew Allan,
Computer Science graduate
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Year 3 (industrial placement)
A key feature of this course is its year-long, paid industrial
placement option.
Year 4
This year introduces more advanced programming concepts
including modern programming paradigms and software
engineering, whilst allowing you to develop new skills in
areas such as information security, operating systems and
mobile application development. This year allows you to
choose between our Computer Science and Computer
Graphics streams. This enables you to decide whether to
develop as a core programmer in areas such as big data
analytics or specialise in graphics development.
Year 5
The Honours year provides you with the opportunity to
develop advanced skills in Parallel Computing and Intelligent
Systems while also covering current real-world topics such as
the Internet of Things. For core programmers Network
Security, covering aspects of ethical hacking, and Cloud
Computing will give you an understanding of developing and
securing modern software systems. Graphics students will
study topics such as 3D Animation and Audio programming.
The Honours Individual Project is a major feature of this year,
and it gives you an opportunity to integrate and apply the
knowledge and skills you have learnt in the course to a large,
self-directed project.
The University regularly reviews its courses and content and
structure may change over time. For more info, visit:
www.rgu.ac.uk/course-disclaimer
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC and two further passes to include English and
Maths at National 5 level Grade C or above.
Applicants who have successfully completed two
Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing
and another numerate subject, may be eligible for entry
into Year 2 of our courses.
GCE A Level
BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths
at GCSE Grade C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 and two further passes to include English and
Maths at Ordinary Level Grade C1 or above.
IB Diploma
27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths
Grade 4 or above.
Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4/5 years (depending on placement)
www.rgu.ac.uk/computer-science
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second, and more than 1.3
trillion searches a year!
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DIGITAL MEDIA (DESIGN, PRODUCTION
AND DEVELOPMENT), BSC (HONS)
Bringing design, production and development together
in the world of Digital Media provides an exciting
future for graduates from this degree. Combining
creative design skills with a high level of technical
ability ensures that employers are gaining the
graduates they require to take their companies to the
next level. The course will provide you with the
knowledge and practical skills to start with a client
brief and take your design concepts through to
practical implementation.
The four main themes of design, human computer
interaction, web and multimedia running throughout this
degree are underpinned by technical and professional skills.
Key facts
UCAS PI31
CAREER OPTIONS
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Opportunities exist in designing and developing software
and producing multimedia for a wide range of digital
media industry sectors. The skills you will gain in this course
will equip you for employment in many different areas,
including games and film industries, training and education,
data visualisation, advertising agencies, and social media,
mobile application and website development. Locally there
is a large range of opportunities in the oil and gas industry
in these areas, for example in simulating potential rig or
subsea activities.
Year 1
You will participate with other computing students in an
interdisciplinary first year, where you will start to develop
your creative, practical and professional skills in digital
graphics techniques and software development for digital
media, supplemented by collaborative and professional skills,
problem solving and modelling, and web development topics.
Ben Richmond
The themes provide you with the ability to work in 2D and 3D
environments, program for interaction with traditional
computer interfaces or via gestural and whole body
interaction and work with the latest mobile technologies.
There is a strong emphasis on providing real life experience by
introducing client based projects from the second year onwards
as part of the course. Students are encouraged to critically
evaluate their work and collate all their creative artefacts; these
form a demonstrable portfolio of work which is an integral part
of the course. The portfolio becomes a tangible on-going record
of the student’s achievements and improves employability.
Year 2
In the second year, you will further your design skills by
studying design principles from initial concepts through to
development and delivery. These skills will enable the
creation of highly interactive applications in a range of
contexts incorporating 2D graphics and animation.
Year 3
In this year, you will expand your design and development
skills into 3D graphics modelling to deliver expressive and
engaging digital media solutions across a wide range of
browsers, operating systems, and devices.
Name
Katherine Woolet
The final year will give you the opportunity to specialise with
a major piece of self-directed individual project work, as well
as develop strong skills in advanced aspects of digital media
design, production and development.
You will experience larger scale group projects that will
provide key skills in project management applied to problems
in an industrial context.
Year 4
Your final year concentrates on a self-directed individual
project in your chosen specialist area as well as introducing
modules in 3D animation and interaction. The skills gained
will enable you to create high-quality audio and video
production and effects, and design mobile application for an
immersive, interactive media-rich user experience.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC and two further passes to include English and
Maths at National 5 level Grade C or above.
Applicants who have successfully completed two
Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing
and another numerate subject, may be eligible for entry
into Year 2 of our courses.
GCE A Level
BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths
at GCSE Grade C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 and two further passes to include English and
Maths at Ordinary Level Grade C1 or above.
IB Diploma
27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths
Grade 4 or above.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/digital-media
Name
creative
design with
technical
ability
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“Fugro have employed a number of
students that have contributed positively to
our Academy across our e-learning and
multimedia development team. This has
kept our training ahead of the game. We
particularly like the skills taught by the
School of Computing Science and Digital
Media – the students are able to hit the
ground running.”
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Alan Payne, Fugro Academy
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COMPUTING (APPLICATION SOFTWARE
DEVELOPMENT), BSC (HONS)
This course has been designed to meet the
requirements of applicants who have completed a
relevant HND in Computing by providing a two-year
top-up programme leading to an Honours degree.
The course will extend your existing skills in software
and systems development and equip you with
advanced skills in web and mobile developments,
enabling you to develop sophisticated applications
which take into account the requirements of an
organisation and the end user.
Software development topics are complemented by
coverage of mobile development, web-based
development and systems development to ensure that
you have the knowledge and proficiency in the tools
and technologies needed to develop accessible,
interactive solutions that achieve a high level of end
user and client satisfaction.
CAREER OPTIONS
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
There is a constant industry demand for graduates who have the
ability to build robust usable software applications in the global
digital market. As a graduate of the course you could find
employment in a variety of areas that take advantage of recent
advances in communication and information technologies.
These include building and servicing information-rich
applications using interactive media for mobile devices,
developing internet and intranet technologies to provide
enterprise-wide services, and developing smart database and
e-commerce systems.
Year 3
This year focuses on developing your technical analysis and
design skills applied to information systems and software
applications. You will develop applications for a range of
browsers, operating systems, and devices.
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One of the major challenges facing industry and commerce
today is maintaining and enhancing a competitive advantage.
The convergence of communication and information
technologies is creating new opportunities for the
development of application software that integrates mobile,
tablet, PC, networking and an array of computing services
into highly accessible enterprise scale systems. The course
content covers the full range of software technologies that
underpin these opportunities.
WIDEN
YOUR
CAPABILITIES
“I have learned how to work as part
of a team, how to manage my time and
resources, and acquired a great balance
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Key facts
UCAS I310
You will learn skills in internet programming, developing
secure efficient databases and software for mobile devices.
Many of the activities are done in the context of projects,
which develop important skills in project management and
team working as well as extending your programming and
problem solving skills. These skills will help ensure that your
software applications meet the real needs of users and
business organisations.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 2 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/application-software-development
Year 4
The Honours year provides you with the knowledge and skills to
develop software applications that take into account both the
needs of the end users and the requirements of business
enterprise. You will also further develop your skills in mobile
applications and web development.
You will learn to develop solutions that use technology creatively
to achieve business goals. The range of electives provides you
with the opportunity to specialise and focus on areas of particular
interest within the broad discipline of computing. The Honours
individual project is a major feature of this year, and it gives you
an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills
you have learnt in the course to a large, self-directed project in an
area of special interest to you.
of technical and semi-technical skills.
Encouraging computing students to take
non-related electives and semi-technical
projects is what I feel sets Robert Gordon
University apart from traditional universities.
I believe that in today’s world, any IT
graduate needs strong interpersonal skills
and business acumen in order to succeed
in the competitive environment.”
Graduate Rajeev Hasija,
Team Lead at Logica (part of CGI)
400 billion Angry Birds
have been unleashed by
players compared to
100 billion real birds on Earth.
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COMPUTER NETWORK MANAGEMENT
AND DESIGN, BSC (HONS)
The course aims to equip students to work as
professional engineers and consultants in the design,
configuration and management of computer networks.
The main focus is on the underlying principles and
practice of computer and data networks. The course
format has been designed to meet the requirements of
applicants who already possess an appropriate HND,
by providing a two-year top-up programme leading to
an Honours degree. The course includes a mix of
network technology, project management and security
modules, as well as opportunities for gaining practical
skills. The main emphasis is on the installation,
operation, security and maintenance of computer
networks used in business and industry.
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement
in industry as part of the course. The confidence and
experience you will acquire during a placement will make you
more employable and put you one step ahead of the
competition when you graduate.
The course will equip you with the essential skills not only to
be able to design and implement networks, but also manage
them effectively and ensure that the people using them
benefit from their full potential. You will learn how to
manage, design, implement, configure, and operate secure
networks to the professional level demanded by business
and industry.
CAREER OPTIONS
There are challenging career opportunities in the
development and management of computer networks for
large and small organisations. Some of our graduates have
gone on to become: network managers, analysts or
engineers, technical consultants, computer security
specialists, system administrators, and general IT consultants.
The vast majority of companies, whether large or small, now
have their own computer network systems which are vital to
their operation. This applies across a wide range of
companies, including the energy industry, the health sector,
banking and finance. These companies require
specialist staff who can manage and develop these networks.
This course will provide you with the specialist knowledge
and skills needed to confidently undertake these roles.
The course components are designed to develop different
aspects of your ability to work in this area. In addition,
training for the Cisco Certified Network Associate
certification is an integral part of the course. Completing this
training prepares you for Cisco Network Associate
certification – a qualification that is recognised worldwide.
TRAIN
FOR THE
REAL WORLD
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Key facts
UCAS H620
Year 3
The core of this year focuses on undertaking the Cisco CCNA
Routing & Switching programme, studying network design
and management, as well as network protocols. Many of the
activities are done in the context of projects, which develop
your skills in project management and team working, as well
as critical problem solving skills in network systems analysis
and design.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
HND Computing: Networking along with CISCO CCNA
Exploration Network Fundamentals plus Routing Protocols
and Concepts training from partner FE Colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 2 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/cnmd
Year 4
The Honours year provides you with the opportunity to
complete the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching programme
and to focus on areas of special interest, including the
development of secure internet-based applications, the
support of virtual systems and utilisation of modern data
communication technologies for building networks that are
scalable, efficient and secure. The Honours Individual Project
is a major feature of this year, and it gives you an opportunity
to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills you have
learnt in the course to a large, self-directed project.
“My degree definitely gave me the tools
needed to get the job I applied for,
which was only my second interview on
finishing University. Working on the Cisco
equipment was one of the most valuable
aspects of the course.”
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SUPPORTING YOU
PLACEMENTS
FIRST YEAR SUPPORT
FOSTERING TEAM SPIRIT
As a student in the School of Computing Science and
Digital Media, you will be well looked after. We offer
multiple avenues of support, including a team of dedicated
First Year Coordinators who organise social events
throughout the year, and are also available for weekly
pastoral drop-in sessions. First Year Coordinators form a
large part of your first year teaching team. Their aim is to
help you throughout your first year at university and to be
a friendly point of contact for any issues that you are
facing. They will help you adapt to university life and guide
you on your way to an exciting future.
The transition into university life can be a big one. In the
School of Computing Science and Digital Media, we work
as hard as we can to make that transition as smooth as it
can possibly be. A career within computer science or
digital media often involves work within multi-disciplinary
groups, consisting of designers, developers and business
partners. Adopting this ethos, first year students work in
groups and strive to accomplish problem-based goals.
PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING
First year groups face challenges within these teams that
are developed around problem-based learning. Within
problem-based learning, students learn about a subject
through the experience of solving an open-ended
problem. This allows our first years the chance to both
learn about the material and develop stronger team
dynamics and thinking strategies.
Scotland IS (the organisation representing the IT
sector in Scotland) estimates that the country
needs at least 11,000 extra Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) workers each
year for the next five years – whilst there are only
2,000 ICT graduates per year from Scottish
universities. It is an exciting time to be employed
in this sector, not only as a graduate, but also as a
placement student.
All degree paths at the School of Computing
Science and Digital Media include optional
placements, usually undertaken between the
second and third years of study. These
placements are typically eight weeks to twelve
months in length, and are often a paid
opportunity for students to get relevant industrystandard technical and professional skills. The
knowledge gained in this kind of commercial or
professional environment can be applied to the
modules in the remainder of the course.
RGU boasts an incredible employability rate.
Within the School of Computing Science and
Digital Media, we feel that our placements play a
large role in this! Several of our placement
students are able to carry on working with their
placement company part-time even after their
placement has officially ended. Several have been
able to gain offers of full-time employment with
the same companies, conditional to the
completion of their degrees.
COMPUTING ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTRE
Members of teaching staff are available throughout the
week within the Computing Academic Support Centre
(CASC). At CASC, students can request additional support
and clarification on taught material in the form of free
drop-in sessions.
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“My course allowed the opportunity to learn multiple languages such as Java, Visual Basic,
C++ and Objective-C. With a focus on graphical elements we were also able
to try our hand at 3D modelling, learning about the graphics and how to create
them ourselves.”
Adam Gall, Computing for Graphics and Animation graduate
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Teamwork is made up of many components
Lego Teamwork Competition (YEAR 1)
All first year students are required to work
together in interdisciplinary groups to design,
program and develop robots using 'LEGO
Mindstorms' of their own design, as well as brand
themselves through the use of digital artefacts.
Working with friends
Working with technology
T E AM WORK
Applying finishing touches
Whilst this project is used to teach soft skills such
as teamwork and time management, this project
encourages independent learning through the
first few weeks of the semester as a way for
students to acclimatise to university life.
“We have developed this competition as a way to
get our first year students speaking to each
other from day one, in a fun and interactive
environment. We have taken feedback from
over 300 students sitting for their Highers and
Advanced Highers in over 20 schools around
Scotland to ensure that this project ticked all
the boxes! Our goal here is that we help
students set their own expectations as they
move forward in their university life in a fun
and engaging manner."
Dr Angela Siegel, Dr Mark Zarb and
Ms Jay Lytwynenko, First Year Coordinators.
LEGO Mindstorms robot competition
Lego challenge images by Anastasia Ovchinnikova
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sCHOOL OF
engineering
SCHOOL OF
ENGINEERING
An Engineering degree is a well recognised springboard
to a range of high-profile careers in many aspects of
business and industry. The School of Engineering is
situated at our Garthdee campus, in the energy capital of
Europe. This is the perfect environment for your
engineering studies, with oil and gas, renewables,
manufacturing and other engineering-related industries
right on your doorstep.
Robert Gordon University graduates are in the
top five earners for mechanical engineering,
electrical and electronic engineering, as well as
engineering and technology.
The Sunday Times University Guide
MENG
SQA Higher
ABBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science,
Physics or Technological Studies, one of which must be at
Grade A. English at National 5 Level Grade C or above is
required if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BBC to include Maths and either Design and Technology,
Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at Grade C or above
is required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
AB2B2B2 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies, one of which must be at Grade A.
Ordinary Level English at Grade C1 or above is required if
not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
29 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of
which must be at Grade 6 and one at Grade 5. English is
required at a minimum of Standard Level Grade 4.
OUR COURSES
Mechanical Engineering
100
Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
102
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
104
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
106
FLEXIBLE AND INNOVATIVE
We appreciate that it may be difficult for you to pinpoint right
now the exact direction you wish to follow in your studies and
in your subsequent career. That’s why we have made our
undergraduate course programmes as flexible as possible, to
allow you to choose the right direction for you in engineering.
The courses are structured in such a way during semester 1
to enable you to easily transfer within the engineering
disciplines by semester 2 of year 1.
INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS
We have a proven track record of working in collaboration
with industry and have established strong relationships
with employers. As a result, many companies offer our
students placements and scholarships, which often lead to
employment upon graduation. Working with our partners
in industry, we have a dedicated Faculty Placement Office
which has many years’ experience of finding workplacements for our students. Details are listed under
each course.
EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
Our staff boast a wide range of qualifications, experience and
expertise and this is reflected in the portfolio of innovative
and flexible degree programmes on offer. They are also
successfully engaging in research, consultancy and the
provision of specialist courses for industry. This ensures that
the School maintains a current and relevant involvement in
all aspects of the engineering profession.
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FULL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
(common to all Engineering courses)
BENG (HONS)
SQA Higher
BBBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science,
Physics or Technological Studies. English at National 5
Level Grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include Maths and either Design and Technology,
Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at Grade C or above
is required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2 to include Maths and Physics or Technological
Studies plus Ordinary Level English at Grade C1 or above
if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics at Grade 5
plus English at a minimum of Standard Level Grade 4.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Adanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
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ENGINEERING GROUP PROJECTS
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
FURTHER STUDY
A strong indicator of the quality and relevance of our
courses is our excellent record of accreditation from
professional institutions.
We have a number of MSc courses on offer, allowing you to
develop your knowledge and expertise within a specific field.
For a full list of our postgraduate courses, please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/better.
Accreditation means that our courses have passed stringent
quality tests and ensures our graduates are eligible to gain
further professional qualifications such as Chartered Engineer
status. The concept of accreditation (approval by one of the
member institutions of the Engineering Council) is central to
the thinking of the School.
Engineering qualifications explained:
MEng
These programmes provide you with the full academic
requirements for Chartered Engineer status, which is the
highest professional qualification for an Engineer.
We offer an intensive fast-track four-year MEng course to
selected students, allowing completion in 48 months. This is
possible by using the summer months following the third and
fourth years of academic study for industrial placement and
learning. The standard five-year MEng is also available for the
three Mechanical Engineering courses.
BEng (Hons)
The BEng (Hons) is a four-year course which, together with
further study at Masters level, satisfies the academic
requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Students who
demonstrate an aptitude which is above average may transfer
onto an MEng course at the end of year 2, and then may
complete the MEng in a further three years, or less for the
fast-track course.
For students aiming for a PhD, we have an excellent
reputation in research activity with research studentships
available. Visit our website to find out more.
GROUP PROJECTS (Y3) MECHANICAL - LAND YACHTS
Another tool available if you enter further study is our
DART® facility. This fantastic DS-6000 drilling training
simulator provides a 3D visual world of a modern-day rig.
It enables training in pipe-handling, drilling or well
control operation within a simulated rig environment. It is
used to supplement our MSc courses and to provide
commercial training.
GROUP PROJECTS (Y3)
electrical - radio
controlled boats
PART-TIME STUDY OPTIONS
All of our Engineering courses are available on a part-time
basis. Please contact us for further information
[email protected]
ACTIVITY WEEK PROJECTS
BSc (Eng)
This qualification applies to the part-time evening class
courses in Mechanical Engineering and Electronic and
Electrical Engineering.
These courses draw on the specialist expertise of the staff in
the School of Engineering.
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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
MENG/BENG (HONS)
Mechanical Engineering encompasses the design,
construction and operation of machines, structures
and industrial plant used in a very wide range of
industries. Mechanical engineers are constantly
striving to produce safer, durable, cheaper, useful and
more efficient machines and mechanical systems to
benefit us all.
These can range from small components to extremely
large plant, machinery or vehicles. Mechanical
engineers must have the ability to work methodically
and logically to solve real-life problems in the face
of conflicting requirements.
The first two years are common to all three of our Mechanical
Engineering courses. At the end of year 2, you can make an
informed decision about which route you wish to follow.
SCHOLARSHIPS
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Locally-based companies recognise the value of an
engineering education at Robert Gordon University and they
have made available a range of scholarships to financially
support selected undergraduate students. Please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships for more information.
Year 1
Maths 1A • Statics and Dynamics • Introduction to Electrical
Engineering • Professional Skills • Maths 1B • Introduction
to Design, Materials and Manufacture • Thermofluids 1 •
Product Development
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The MEng and BEng courses are accredited by the Institution
of Mechanical Engineers. The MEng provides you with the
full academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
The BEng (Hons) course requires further study at Masters
level to satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered
Engineer status.
Year 2
Maths 2A • Mechanics of Solids • Thermofluids 2 • Mechanical
Engineering Design 1 • Dynamics • Mechanical Engineering
Design 2 • Introduction to Electronics • Electrical Power
Year 3
Maths 3A • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control •
Environmental Engineering • Project Management, Team
Working and Leadership • Engineering Analysis 1 • Industrial
Plant • Renewable Energy Systems • Group Project
UCAS H304 – MEng
UCAS H301 – BENG (Hons)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See page 97 for full details of entry requirements.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering-beng
Want to know more? Visit
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/ENGINEERING
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Pre-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
PLACEMENT
The ‘fast-track’ version of the MEng course involves summer
industrial placements following years 3 and 4, enabling
completion of an MEng in 48 months. Eligibility for the
fast-track MEng is dependent on suitable placements being
available and on minimum year 2 grade requirements.
Key facts
CAREER OPTIONS
Our graduates are highly sought after, and many gain
employment in the global oil and gas engineering sector.
However, opportunities also exist in many other areas of
mechanical engineering such as aerospace, transport,
marine technology, health and bioengineering. Our graduates
are employed in roles such as: senior technical engineer,
design engineer, commissioning engineer, project engineer,
contracts manager and principal mechanical engineer.
Year 4
Engineering Analysis 2 • Failure Analysis • Safety, Risk and
Reliability Management • Systems Engineering • Plant
Performance • Control and Instrumentation • BEng:
Honours Project • MEng: Individual Project
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Engineering Analysis 3 • Quality
Management for Engineers • Post-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
Year 5
5-Year MEng only – Principles of Asset Management • Socially
Responsible Management • Advanced Thermofluids •Quality
Management for Engineers • Engineering Analysis 3 • Materials
and Corrosion Science • MEng Group Project
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study.
However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection
may change over time.
CONNECT WITH
FUTURE
EMPLOYERS
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“By employing placement students, we can
hopefully encourage students into the oil
and gas industry and prevent the skills
shortages we have experienced in the past.”
Jim MacRae, Nexen
Did you know the snowboard
was invented by an engineer?
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MECHANICAL AND OFFSHORE ENGINEERING
MENG/BENG (HONS)
This course includes the core aspects of the
Mechanical Engineering course and combines it with a
specialism in Offshore Engineering.
Offshore Engineering involves the study of oil and gas
exploration and recovery, platform design, pipelines,
down-hole instrumentation and energy transformation.
Aberdeen is the Energy Capital of Europe, and the School of
Engineering is an international focus for the many
technologies associated with energy.
Mechanical and offshore engineers must have the ability to
work methodically and logically to solve real-life problems in
the face of conflicting requirements. This course will equip
you with the skills needed to face these challenges and
prepare you for your future career.
Key facts
SCHOLARSHIPS
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Locally-based companies recognise the value of an
engineering education at Robert Gordon University and they
have made available a range of scholarships to financially
support selected undergraduate students. Please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships for more information.
Year 1
Maths 1A • Statics and Dynamics • Introduction to Electrical
Engineering • Professional Skills • Maths 1B • Introduction to
Design, Materials and Manufacture • Thermofluids 1 •
Product Development
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The MEng and BEng courses are accredited by the Institution
of Mechanical Engineers. The MEng provides you with the
full academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
The BEng (Hons) course requires further study at Masters
level to satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered
Engineer status.
The first two years are common to all three of our Mechanical
Engineering courses. At the end of year 2, you can make an
informed decision about which route you wish to follow.
Year 2
Maths 2A • Mechanics of Solids • Thermofluids 2 • Mechanical
Engineering Design 1 • Dynamics • Mechanical Engineering
Design 2 • Introduction to Electronics • Electrical Power
Year 3
Maths 3A • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control •
Environmental Engineering • Project Management, Team
Working and Leadership • Engineering Analysis 1 • Industrial
Plant • Offshore Engineering • Group Project
UCAS H351 – MEng
UCAS H350 – BEng (HONS)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See page 97 for full details of entry requirements.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/mechanical-and-offshore-engineering
TALK TO OUR STUDENTS ON FACEBOOK
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ROBERTGORDONUNIVERSITY
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Pre-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
PLACEMENT
CAREER OPTIONS
The ‘fast-track’ version of the MEng course involves summer
industrial placements following years 3 and 4, enabling
completion of an MEng in 48 months. Eligibility for this route
will be confirmed at the end of year 2. Eligibility for the
fast-track MEng is dependent on suitable placements being
available and on minimum year 2 grade requirements.
Our graduates are highly sought after and many of them gain
employment in the global oil and gas engineering sector.
Our graduates are now employed in roles such as: marine
engineer, senior well engineer, drilling manager, specialist
drilling engineer, petroleum engineer, rig manager, subsea
engineer and business analyst.
Year 4
Engineering Analysis 2 • Oil and Gas Engineering A •
Safety, Risk and Reliability Management • Oil and Gas
Engineering B • Plant Performance • Control and
Instrumentation • BEng: Honours Project (double module) •
MEng: Individual Project (double module)
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Engineering Analysis 3 • Quality
Management for Engineers • Post-Project Industrial Placement
(double module)
Year 5
5-Year MEng only – Principles of Asset Management • Socially
Responsible Management • Advanced Thermofluids • Quality
Management for Engineers • Engineering Analysis 3 • Materials
and Corrosion Science • MEng Group Project (double module)
rewarding
SCHOLARSHIPS
“The experiences that RGU provide all
engineering students with are exemplary,
for example there are many scholarships to
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apply for, guest lectures from people
working in the Oil and Gas industry and also
engaging our year in many group projects
which builds on our teamwork skills. My
personal highlight would be being awarded
the Talisman Sinopec Energy UK
Engineering Scholarship last year.”
Victoria Allan
MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study.
However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection
may change over time.
Approximately 38 billion
barrels of oil equivalent (boe)
have been produced from UK offshore
areas in the last forty years.
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MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
MENG/BENG (HONS)
There is a great demand in industry for engineering
graduates that have a broad range of knowledge,
covering both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
disciplines. This course includes the core aspects of
the Mechanical Engineering course and combines
it with a specialism in Electrical Engineering.
Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design,
construction and operation of machines, structures and
industrial plant used in a very wide range of industries.
Electrical Engineering involves the technology of power
generation and transmission, electrical generators, motors,
the development and operation of renewable energy
schemes and environmentally-friendly engineering systems.
The first two years are common to all three of our Mechanical
Engineering courses. At the end of year 2, you can make an
informed decision about which route you wish to follow.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
UCAS HH36 – BENG (Hons)
Locally-based companies recognise the value of an
engineering education at Robert Gordon University and they
have made available a range of scholarships to financially
support selected undergraduate students. Please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships for more information.
Year 1
Maths 1A • Statics and Dynamics • Introduction to Electrical
Engineering • Professional Skills • Maths 1B • Introduction to
Design, Materials and Manufacture • Thermofluids 1 •
Product Development
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See page 97 for full details of entry requirements.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The MEng and BEng courses are accredited by the Institution
of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering
and Technology. The MEng provides you with the full
academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status. The
BEng course requires further study at Masters level to satisfy
the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
Year 2
Maths 2A • Mechanics of Solids • Thermofluids 2 • Mechanical
Engineering Design 1 • Dynamics • Mechanical Engineering
Design 2 • Introduction to Electronics • Electrical Power
Year 3
Maths 3A • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control •
Electrical Machines and Drives 1 • Project Management, Team
Working and Leadership • Engineering Analysis 1 • Industrial
Plant • Electrical Power and Energy Systems • Group Project
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/mechanical-and-electrical-engineering
Want to know more?
Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK/ENGINEERINGPLACEMENTS
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Pre-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
CAREER OPTIONS
Our graduates are highly sought after and many of them gain
employment in the global oil and gas engineering sector.
However, opportunities also exist in many other areas of
mechanical engineering such as aerospace, transport,
marine technology, health and bioengineering. Career
pathways for graduates include: mechanical engineer,
electrical engineer, design engineer, project engineer and
risk and safety engineer.
Focused
Degrees
doing. It was important for me to be focused
and do a degree that would elevate my
career to a different level and RGU
engineering degrees are designed to be
really good in that way.”
“Applying as a mature student, RGU was
helpful in terms of mapping what I had
already gained in my previous career into
the Engineering course I was interested in
Matthew Head
MEng Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
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UCAS H300 – MENG
SCHOLARSHIPS
PLACEMENT
The ‘fast-track’ version of the MEng course involves summer
industrial placements following years 3 and 4, enabling
completion of an MEng in 48 months. Eligibility for this route
will be confirmed at the end of year 2. Eligibility for the
fast-track MEng is dependent on suitable placements being
available and on minimum year 2 grade requirements.
Key facts
Year 4
Engineering Analysis 2 • Electrical Machines and Drives 2 •
Safety, Risk and Reliability Management • Power Systems
Analysis and Protection • Plant Performance • Control and
Instrumentation • BEng: Honours Project (double module) OR
MEng: Individual Project (double module)
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Engineering Analysis 3 • Quality
Management for Engineers • Post-Project Industrial Placement
(double module)
Year 5
5-Year MEng only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Advanced Thermofluids •
Quality Management for Engineers • Engineering Analysis 3 •
Materials and Corrosion Science • MEng Group Project
(double module)
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study.
However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection
may change over time.
The first electric vehicle was
built in Aberdeen by inventor
Robert Davidson in 1837.
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ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
MENG/BENG (HONS)
Electronic and Electrical Engineering encompasses the
design and utilisation of a broad range of vital circuits and
systems that fulfill society’s needs in electrical and
electronic technologies.
Electronic Engineering covers analogue and digital design with
integrated circuits applied to robotics, instrumentation, computer
and communication systems. Electrical Engineering involves
power generation and transmission, electrical motors and
renewable energy.
In years 1 and 2 you will study a variety of topics in electronic and
electrical engineering, with introductions to communications and
computer engineering.
To put into practical application what you have learned in lectures,
you will be involved in challenging team projects, such as building
underwater robots and armoured sumo wrestling robots in year 2.
In the later stages of the course, you will have the opportunity to
specialise in two areas from the following: Electronic Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering and
Computer Engineering. This allowance for specialisation has been
designed to further enhance your employability.
PLACEMENT
The ‘fast-track’ version of the MEng course involves summer
industrial placements following years 3 and 4, enabling
completion of an MEng in 48 months. Eligibility for this route
will be confirmed at the end of year 2.
SCHOLARSHIPS
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Locally-based companies recognise the value of an
engineering education at Robert Gordon University and they
have made available a range of scholarships to financially
support selected undergraduate students. Please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships for more information.
Year 1
Introduction to Electrical Engineering • Maths 1A • Statics and
Dynamics • Professional Skills • Introduction to Electronics • Maths
1B • Introduction to Computer Engineering • Product Development
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The MEng and BEng courses have an unbroken record of
accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
(IET). The MEng provides you with the full academic
requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Graduates of
accredited BEng courses require further study at Masters level to
satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
CAREER OPTIONS
Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates have pursued
careers in the design, development and operation of electronic
and electrical systems in robotics, automotive systems, oil and
gas engineering, power generation and utilisation, renewable
energy, marine technology, consumer equipment and complex
control systems for industry, as well as a range of opportunities
in the telecommunications industries.
PLACEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
give a better quality of data to clients. The
placement gave a great opportunity to put
theoretical and practical university skills
into practice in a real engineering team as
well as a soft-start transition between
education and work."
"Placed at Sand Monitoring Services, my job
was to work in the Tech Group Engineering
team to manage existing technology used
by the company in the field and to develop
new techniques and new technologies to
Greg Hanson
MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering
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Key facts
Year 2
Electronics 2 • Electrical Systems • Microprocessors and
Microcontrollers • Maths 2 • Electrical Power • Introduction
to Telecommunications • Applied Management • Design
Exercise
Year 3
Electronics 3 • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control •
Electrical Machines and Drives 1 • Computer Architecture •
Project Management, Teamworking and Leadership •
Elective (Data Networks or Offshore Engineering) • Elective
(Electrical Power and Energy Systems or Object Oriented
Software Development) • Group Project
UCAS H600 – MENG
UCAS H606 – BENG (HONS)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See page 97 for full details of entry requirements.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/electronic-and-electrical
Want to know more?
Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK/ENGINEERINGCAREERS
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Pre-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
Year 4
Advanced Electronics • Control and Signal Processing •
Advanced Computer Architecture • Safety, Risk and
Reliability Management (BEng only) • Quality Management
for Engineers (5 year MEng only) • Elective (Advanced Data
Networks or Power Systems Analysis and Protection or
Renewable Energy Systems) • Elective (Optical and Radio
Communications or Electrical Machines and Drives) • BEng
Honours Project (double module) or MEng Individual Project
(double module)
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Advanced Signal Processing and
Systems Analysis • Reliability and Risk Management •
Quality Management for Engineers • Post-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
Year 5
5-Year MEng only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Real-Time Embedded
Systems • MEng Group Project (double module) • Safety,
Risk and Reliability Management • Internet Security •
Advanced Signal Processing & Systems Analysis
Please Note: Fast-Track may be the only route on offer.
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study.
However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection
may change over time.
Electronic
communications
started with the
telegraph and
Morse Code in 1836!
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GRAY’S SCHOOL
OF ART
GRAY’S
SCHOOL
OF ART
In 2015 Gray’s School of Art celebrated its 130th year
as a centre for art, design and creative education.
Gray’s is a centre for culture, working with local,
national and international partners. Our staff and
graduates are professionally engaged, ambitious,
connected and influential.
We maintain and promote our:
• Small class sizes and good contact hours
• Dedicated studio spaces
• Specialist facilities with highly trained technical support
• International guest visitor programme
• European study opportunities
OUR COURSES
• Professional study internships
Painting112
Contemporary Art Practice
Moving Image/Photography/Printmaking/Sculpture114
Fashion and Textile Design116
Communication Design
Graphics/Illustration/Photography118
Three Dimensional Design
Ceramics and Glass/Jewellery/Product Design120
Commercial Photography
122
• Strong links with industry
• High employability for our graduates
And in one of the friendliest, warmest and most supportive
educational environments in the United Kingdom.
Subjects you can study include:
Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Moving Image, Fine Art
Photography, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery,
Ceramics and Glass, Product Design, Graphics, Illustration
and Photography.
There are 6 application routes into study at Gray’s, which are
listed on pages 112-123.
Key facts
ENTRY requirements
Year 1 Entry
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the
use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a subject
requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Applicants from partner colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3, subject to meeting conditions
criteria and successfully passing the selection process.
Advanced Entry
Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include
a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design,
Art, Design & Media).
All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications
or are due to sit appropriate qualifications will be invited to
attend an interview. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded from
the RGU website at www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Non standard Entry
Those who may not hold the standard qualifications,
are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other
appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are
advised to contact the University during Open Days or the
Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of
work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.
ART ATTACK
Gray’s art materials shop sold 49 gallons of
paint and 12 miles of cartridge paper in 1 year.
find out more on our blog at
www.graysartschoolaberdeen.com
Professor Chris O’Neil,
Head of Gray’s School of Art
[email protected]
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Calligraphy/ typography class
Painting student at work
Printmaking workshop
SPACE TO THINK AND CREATE
Communication Design Studio
Wood and Metal workshop
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Fashion Show
Photography darkroom
Drawing class
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PAINTING
BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS W120
CAREER OPTIONS
This course offers a challenging opportunity to study
both the technical and contextual aspects of traditional
and contemporary painting.
Upon graduation painting students will have acquired a wide
range of transferable skills that will equip them for
employment in a diverse range of careers within the creative
and cultural industries, as well as other fields of employment
where creative thinkers are highly valued. Many graduates
also sustain individual studio practices and are actively
exhibiting, curating and furthering their careers as
professional artists.
Through a mixed sequence of objective and subjective
projects, which explore the grammar and forms of
painting, the course develops an informed context to
extemporise and develop a personal language, as well as
a fuller understanding of the subject. The course also
delivers a taught drawing programme, from years one
through to three, which is an integral component of the
Painting course.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
FOR FULL COURSE DESCRIPTOR, VISIT
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/GRAYS-ug-courses
You will be learning in an environment that encourages
personal expression and interpretation as well as collaborative
activity. As a result, you will be able to study and develop your
full creative potential, both critically and practically, in the
context of the contemporary visual art world.
ENTRY requirements
Year 1 Entry
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the
use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a subject
requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Our Painting graduates have been highly successful in
achieving a diverse range of national awards, from a BAFTA
(for a music video) to established Scholarships from the Royal
Scottish Academy, The Carnegie Trust and The Cross Trust.
Many also go on to study at prestigious postgraduate schools,
including the Slade and the Royal College of Art.
Advanced Entry
Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include
a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design,
Art, Design & Media).
All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications
or are due to sit appropriate qualifications will be invited to
attend an interview. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded from
the RGU website at www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Laura Porteous
BUSINESS
PARTNERSHIPS
The Painting course hosts a number of
competitions, commissions and live projects
throughout the academic year, which
provide invaluable professional practice for
the student body. These events are
generously supported by a group of
partners from within the wider business
community in Aberdeen and enable
students to engage with ‘real-world’
clients and contexts.
Non Standard Entry
Those who may not hold the standard qualifications,
are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other
appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are
advised to contact the University during Open Days or the
Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of
work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
PLACEMENT
An optional work placement in year 3, semester 2.
Current business partners include:
Morrison Construction, SPD Ltd,
Aquaterra Group, Aberdeen Asset
Management and The John Laurie
Group (Aberdeen).
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/painting
Nabila Attar
Photos by Fiona Stephen
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CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE, BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS WW61
MOVING IMAGE/PHOTOGRAPHY/PRINTMAKING/SCULPTURE
At the start of year 4 you will make an informed decision as to
the nature of your Honours project which will be reflected in
your final award title allowing you to graduate with a:
This course offers a breadth of experience working with
a variety of media that enables you to develop a visual
art practice, relevant and meaningful to your personal
ideas and aspirations. Central to the course philosophy
is the belief that interaction, dialogue and critical
reflection are key to developing engagement with,
and understanding of, the cultural, social, political and
philosophical contexts for the production and
consumption of contemporary art.
BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, Moving Image or
BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, Photography or
BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, Printmaking or
BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, Sculpture
The curriculum is designed around the acquisition of five
key areas of development: personal, technical, critical,
contextual and professional. These skill sets inform the
evolution of your practice, determining preferred working
methods and engagement with theory, honing skills both
practical and conceptual.
Kerr Rodgie
Those working across media may graduate with the final
award title of BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice.
CAREER OPTIONS
The course aims to equip you with core skills and aptitude for
employment in a wide variety of careers. You may develop your
individual creative practice through exhibitions, residencies,
public art projects and many other forms of arts-related activity.
Options include independent production, publishing,
advertising, curatorial and archive work, picture research,
video and TV, arts administration, teaching and community arts.
Year 1 introduces a variety of approaches to thinking and
making across a range of media relative to drawing and
visualisation, photography, printmaking, sculpture and
video. As you progress through years 2, 3 and 4 Critical and
Contextual Studies contributes significantly to your emerging
practice with course studios characterized by personal artistic
inquiry reflecting a diversity of methods, approaches and
subject matter.
In March 2014 Stage 3 student Dominika
Hadelova undertook a one month
placement at Singapore Tyler Print
Institute, one of the world’s leading fine art
printmaking workshops. “I had the
opportunity to learn new processes in
printmaking and papermaking and to work
alongside professional, inspiring and
international printmakers.
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Year 1 Entry
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the
use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a subject
requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Advanced Entry
Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include
a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design,
Art, Design & Media).
All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications
or are due to sit appropriate qualifications will be invited to
attend an interview. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded from
the RGU website at www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Caitlin Hynes
REWARDING
placements
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
I got to work on large-scale projects of
previous artists-in-residence and on a
new project of Korean artist Do Ho Suh
who was at STPI at the time. In retrospect,
it was an amazing experience and the time
spent both at STPI and exploring
Singapore proved to be extremely valuable
and beneficial for my future art practice.”
Non Standard Entry
Those who may not hold the standard qualifications,
are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other
appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are
advised to contact the University during Open Days or the
Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of
work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.
Kirsten Clark
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
PLACEMENT
An optional work placement in year 3, semester 2.
Other students have benefited from
placement experience at a range of arts
organizations including Aberdeen Art
Gallery, Peacock Visual Arts, Deveron Arts,
SSW, Smart Gallery, Edinburgh
Printmakers Workshop and Grampian
Hospitals Arts Trust.
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/contemporary-art-practice
Ann Marie Coll
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FASHION and TEXTILE DESIGN
BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS W291
This course encourages an extensive understanding of
the creative, critical and technical skills related to your
chosen specialism within Fashion and Textile Design.
Students are supported to develop their own pathway
within the specialism and to develop the skills
necessary to pursue a career within today’s dynamic
fashion and textile professions, across a wide range of
industry sectors. Design creativity, business and
market awareness will be at the core of your projects.
Your chosen specialisation will be reflected in your final
award title allowing you to graduate with a:
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design or
Year 1 Entry
BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design (Fashion) or
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
A particular strength of the course is the overlapping of
fashion and textile areas, creating design solutions that are
reflective of the career opportunities for fashion and textiles
graduates. You are encouraged to express a personal design
signature whilst responding to a range of studio and
workshop-based projects. Many of your projects will be in
partnership with industry or you will be designing for
particular niche markets, providing a very ‘real’ experience of
how the role of the designer impacts on and responds to the
consumer. Study is focused on research methods,
visualisation, including CAD, design process, critical and
contextual studies, marketing and professional studies.
Our graduates are creative and passionate about fashion and
textiles. Career opportunities include fashion and textiles
design within industry, self-employed designer-maker and
related fashion and textiles opportunities in marketing,
buying and promotion. Recent graduate employment
destinations include: freelance designer, designer-maker,
studio textile designer, CAD designer, knitwear designer,
accessories designer, buyer, colour forecasting/predictions.
BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design (Textiles)
CAREER OPTIONS
Letty Bishop
Colin Bell
"I enjoy the freedom given to us within Gray's.
The welcoming facilities and staff, which
encourages students to collaborate across a
range of departments and workshops"
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IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a subject
requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications
or are due to sit appropriate qualifications will be invited to
attend an interview. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded from
the RGU website at www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Rachel Mack
GRADUATE
PROFILE
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the
use of English).
Advanced Entry
Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include
a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design,
Art, Design & Media).
The course has well established links with industry enabling
the students to gain valuable experience of professional
practice. Live projects, international study visits, industrial
placements and design competitions provide an awareness of
context and develop professional skills.
In your third year you will make an informed decision as to
which area you wish to specialise in, whether Fashion or
Textiles, in preparation for your Honours project and the
Degree Show.
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
Colin Bell, Graduate in Fashion Design 2015 and
Graduate in Residence 15/16
Colin Bell came to Gray’s at the beginning of 3rd
year having previously completed an HND
Fashion & Manufacture at Fife College. Entitled
'Decay of the Living & the Creation of Life’, Colin
created a menswear collection for his final year
project. The collection was inspired by body
decay and the breakdown of vital organs.
Non Standard Entry
Those who may not hold the standard qualifications,
are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other
appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are
advised to contact the University during Open Days or the
Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of
work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
PLACEMENT
An optional work placement in year 3, semester 1.
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/fashion-and-textile-design
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COMMUNICATION DESIGN, BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS WW26
GRAPHICS/ILLUSTRATION/PHOTOGRAPHY
This course encourages an extensive understanding of
Communication Design leading towards a focused study
in your chosen specialism. Students are supported to
develop the creative, critical and technical skills
necessary to pursue a career within today’s everevolving communication design professions, across a
wide range of industry sectors. The curriculum is
focused on developing ideas and problem-solving skills
via a process of self-directed study, research,
experimentation, creativity, innovation and enterprise.
Subjects include: design principles, processes and methods;
graphics, illustration and photography; typography, print,
editorial, book and advertising design; branding, packaging,
3D visualisation, information and motion graphics; video,
moving image and web design.
Through the investigation of traditional techniques and the
latest digital technologies, the syllabus explores the
application of graphics, illustration and photography by way
of studio based multi-disciplinary practice, whilst competition
briefs and industry-led projects place an emphasis on the
professional and commercial setting. Open plan studios
enable students across specialisms to work alongside each
other creating a vibrant learning environment through shared
learning experiences. Studio activities are supported and
enriched by a programme of critical theory-based study
exploring design culture and context through a series of
lectures and seminars with further opportunities to participate
in international study trips and industry-based placements
with leading companies and designers.
BA (Hons) Communication Design or
Creative
Industries
Starting out
We regularly collaborate with external partners
and organisations and offer a variety of
work placement and international exchange
opportunities. The course has excellent links
with industry; ensuring students gain relevant
experience and develop the necessary skills
required of today’s communication designers.
In third year, you can make an informed decision as to
which area you wish to specialise in, in preparation for your
fourth-year Honours project and the Degree Show. Your
chosen specialisation will be reflected in your final award title,
allowing you to graduate with a:
CAREER OPTIONS
Recent graduates are currently employed in a variety of roles
by leading companies across a wide range of commercial
sectors including publishing, graphic and web design,
broadcasting and advertising. Several have established their
own design consultancies while others are working as
freelance designers, illustrators and photographers for major
design consultancies and media organisations. A number have
extended their academic understanding through further study
at the Royal College of Art and other postgraduate institutions.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
YEAR 1 ENTRY
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the
use of English).
BA (Hons) Communication Design, Graphics or
BA (Hons) Communication Design, Illustration or
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a subject
requiring the use of English).
BA (Hons) Communication Design, Photography
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
FOR FULL COURSE DESCRIPTOR, Visit
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/GRAYS-ug-courses
Lewis Copeland
All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications
or are due to sit appropriate qualifications will be invited to
attend an interview. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded from
the RGU website at www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Enterprise and innovation
Our Enterprise Partners Network
includes Offset 57, the Scottish Institute
for Enterprise, Elevator and NESTA who
all offer additional support and guidance
to our enterprising students by
encouraging graduates to start up
new businesses within the local
creative economy.
Advanced Entry
Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include
a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design,
Art, Design & Media).
Louise Sugden
Non Standard Entry
Those who may not hold the standard qualifications,
are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other
appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are
advised to contact the University during Open Days or the
Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of
work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
PLACEMENT
An optional work placement in year 3, semester 2.
Award-winning students
Lewis Copland’s book cover design
was selected as the winning entry of
the Kelpies Design and Illustration
Prize 2015. The Hill of the Red Fox by
award-winning Scottish children's
author Allan Campbell McLean is now
available in all good book stores.
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/communication-design
Scott Low
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THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN, BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS W290
CERAMICS and glass/JEWELLERY/product DESIGN
CAREER OPTIONS
The Three Dimensional Design gives you the
opportunity to explore the disciplines of Ceramics and
Glass, Jewellery and Product Design. The course allows
you to develop a wide range of Three Dimensional
Design skills, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of
professional design practice.
Many of our graduates are now working as designers within
a wide range of companies and as self-employed jewellers,
product designers, ceramicists and interior design
consultants. This course is equipped to provide you with
the transferable design and business skills necessary to
operate confidently in an ever-changing design, creative
industries or design management related career. A number
of graduates have extended their academic experience
through further study at the Royal College of Art and other
postgraduate institutions.
The course is uniquely equipped to develop highly employable
graduates with the skills necessary to operate in this changing
and increasingly demanding working environment, from the
individual designer-maker, freelance product designer or team
member in multidisciplinary consultancies. Study is
underpinned by research, design and visualisation methods
including CAD. Design culture and context are examined
through lectures and seminars, with study trips to, and visits
from, leading designers and companies.
Natalie J Wood
Louise Robinson
YEAR 1 ENTRY
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the
use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a subject
requiring the use of English).
Live projects, international study visits, industrial placements
and design competitions provide an awareness of context
and develop professional skills. In your third year you will
make an informed decision as to which area you wish to
specialise in, in preparation for your fourth-year Honours
project and the Degree Show. Your chosen specialisation will
be reflected in your final award title allowing you to graduate
with a:
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Advanced Entry
Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include
a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design,
Art, Design & Media).
All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications
or are due to sit appropriate qualifications will be invited to
attend an interview. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded from
the RGU website at www.rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design or
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design,
Ceramics and Glass or
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Jewellery or
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Product Design
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Non Standard Entry
Those who may not hold the standard qualifications,
are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other
appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are
advised to contact the University during Open Days or the
Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of
work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.
Cara Walker
the learning experience
“The whole design process is a learning experience. The tutors are excellent and really got
me out of my comfort zone. They encouraged me to explore routes I didn’t know existed.”
Fraser Stubbs, Product Designer
“My dissertation is based on memories and how an object can hold a memory for an
individual, which has really helped with my final year practical glass work. I’m quite
surprised and proud of how much I’ve learned at Gray’s. I’ve learned a lot and just want
to keep learning.”
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
Andrew Davidson
PLACEMENT
An optional work placement in year 3, semester 2.
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/three-dimensional-design
Helane Davidson, Glass Designer
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COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
BA
This one-year course is designed to improve your
photographic skills in a professional and studentdriven environment. You will have the opportunity to
test your skills within a choice of supported topic
themes which are linked to live projects and industry
liaison. The final major project allows for
concentration on a specific theme, enabling you to
develop a professional portfolio ready for promotion
and exhibition.
Gordon Mackenzie
Key facts
UCAS W641
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Commercial Studio Projects will allow you to expand upon
practical and technical abilities in studio- and location-based
projects linked to live clients, industry and commerce.
Through self-directed work you will concentrate on your core
strengths to build a professional portfolio of work.
Critical and Contextual Studies in Photography will support
your understanding of photography through historical,
cultural and economic dimensions, exploring the work of
key practitioners.
The practical studio curriculum is supported by theoretical
work to underpin your understanding of the context of
photography in today’s culture and creative economy. Business
studies activities will support your practical understanding of
the industry and enable you to develop the business acumen
needed to start your own creative business.
Business Start-up in the Creative Industries and Management
Studies will allow you to develop sound business awareness
to support your business development.
CAREER OPTIONS
You will gain the skills and confidence that are needed to
become a successful self-employed freelance photographer.
The fields that are covered will allow you to explore the
following: advertising, corporate, food, fashion and sport
(studio-based and location-based).
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
INTERVIEW/PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Suitable applicants will be invited in with their portfolio
for an informal review/discussion with academic staff.
This allows students to meet staff, see the teaching
environment and allows the School to explore your
ambitions through informal discussion. You may also
be invited to attend an interview.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 1 year
www.rgu.ac.uk/commercial-photography
Rowena Winram
DEVELOP
YOUR PASSION
“My learning processes have improved as
much as my photography. The single
biggest benefit that I take away is that I
now have the confidence to tackle any
learning project within my own intellectual
capacity. I now know how to learn. There
is a term for this process: Education.”
Mike Dunbar
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Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK
Sonia Packer
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THE SCOTT
SUTHERLAND
SCHOOL
VIEW LAST YEAR’S END OF YEAR SHOW
at WWW.RGU.AC.UK/ENDOFYEARSHOW
The Scott Sutherland School of
Architecture and Built Environment
We combine innovative thinking with new
technologies and contemporary practice across all
aspects of the design and construction of buildings,
public space, and cities.
We’re passionate about producing graduates who have
not only expert knowledge, but also the skills to apply it
appropriately and creatively.
You’ll find our graduates establishing their own practices or
working on projects around the world, including landmark
projects from Shanghai to Oslo, and from London to Las Vegas.
Architectural Technology
WATCH a VIDEO about the school
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Industry Links
The professional world relating to the built environment is
rapidly changing, demanding graduates who are equipped
with sound knowledge and advanced professional skills in
order to succeed. As such, our close links with industry are
vital. These links include: assistance in the development of
courses and course content; contribution to courses through
lectures, student reviews and case study material; student
sponsorship and prizes and employment of students on
industrial placements.
The processes involved in the creation of our built environment
are diverse and complex, demanding the skills of a range of
professionals with expertise in specific areas. You will
undertake elements of collaborative work during your studies,
serving to broaden your understanding of the roles,
responsibilities and skills of other key professionals.
We believe that quality results from strong teamwork,
with each contributor sharing the vision for the completed
project and respecting the roles and expertise of others.
All of our undergraduate courses carry professional
accreditation. These come from a range of bodies including:
Royal Institute of British Architects; Architects Registration
Board; Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists;
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and the Chartered
Institute of Building.
Our End of Year Show takes place every summer and
showcases the best work from students across all of our
undergraduate courses. The exhibition is open to the public
and features work from students in each year of study.
Facilities
CARDBOARD CITY
Thousands of architectural models are made by
our students each year, each taking anywhere
between 30 mins and 6 weeks to complete.
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Supportive Environment
The intimate scale of our School is important, as it creates a
close relationship between staff and students – our students
are not anonymous faces, but are individuals who we get to
know quickly. Our staff are approachable, creating a
supportive learning environment that allows you to realise
your full potential.
To view profiles of some of our successful graduates, visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/100yrs
OUR COURSES
The School is housed within the same complex as the
University library, offering easy access to current and
comprehensive collections of journals, books and reports,
as well as all the electronic resources you’ll need to learn,
experiment, and share ideas. It also sits adjacent to a range of
social facilities and public spaces, which directly support the
life of the School beyond the taught curriculum.
The School moved to a new, purpose-built home in the
summer of 2015, and our students now enjoy a state-of-theart facility. The relationship between our subjects and the
space we work within is fundamental, and something that our
students and staff recognise as being central to their
everyday learning and social experience. Alongside new
digital support facilities (e.g. professional standard
workshops and print suite), the School maintains the ethos of
providing every student with a dedicated work space. This
level of support is increasingly uncommon in competitor
schools, and an illustration of the value that the School and
University places in the ethos of cultivating a highly
supported and vibrant student community.
Our award-winning student society, 57o10, organises events
including a weekly lecture series featuring talks by highprofile and inspiring designers, offering additional insight into
the link between education and practice.
Research
We’re dedicated to the design and construction of high
quality buildings and environments that both speak of our
time and are relevant for the future. Major research activities
carried out by our staff include the design and construction
of low energy, affordable, and environmentally friendly
housing, exploration of visualisation and modelling
techniques, design theory, the study of value throughout the
life cycle of buildings, and innovative processes relating to
the management of design and construction processes.
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AWARD-WINNING WORK
ABERDEEN SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS WINNERS
James Nicol
Jill Marks
The winning entries for the Aberdeen Architects Society
competition designed by James Nicol and Jill Marks.
LOOK AGAIN ARTS FESTIVAL HUB WINNER
Image © BDP
‘Mirror Pavilion’
by Lucy Fisher
THE BRAND NEW SCOTT SUTHERLAND SCHOOL
BUILDING HAS FANTASTIC STATE-OF-THE-ART
TEACHING SPACES.
Visitors to the 2015 Look Again Arts Festival selected a
winning design for next year’s event hub. Lucy Fisher won
the public vote to design a new temporary structure for the
festival hub and information point at the Castlegate in 2016.
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ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
BSC (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS k236
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Architectural Technology is a relatively new profession
in the construction industry combining a passion for
the built environment with a particular interest in
technical design.
The profession brings together a number of key skills
and subjects such as sustainability, visualisation,
materials and building technology. In today’s
environment, the use of information technology tools
to develop technical solutions is a key component of
the architectural technologist’s portfolio.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
In preparation for a career in practice, you will become
proficient in a range of design, technical and management
skills. The course provides an array of key transferable skills,
allowing the opportunity for a student to apply for a career in
a wide range of industries and/or continue their studies in a
variety of fields. You will also have the fantastic opportunity
to travel, whether on study trips to look at the
very best of international design or on student exchanges.
Our graduates have secured employment in a broad range
of environments, both nationally and internationally,
including architectural practice, built environment
consultancies, contracting organisations and the
manufacturing industry. Early career development will
invariably focus on achieving full membership of the
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of
Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Chartered
Association of Building Engineers.
CAREER OPTIONS
PLACEMENT
In the spring of year 3 you will undertake a work placement
providing you with the opportunity to gain valuable
professional experience.
There is an international exchange opportunity in year 3 to
study abroad at one of our partner institutions, including
those in Denmark, The Netherlands or Spain.
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Year 3
Management for the Built Environment 2 • Design
Technology 2 • Professional Practice • Research Methods •
One option from:
Industrial Placement
Exchange Programme
Simulated Professional Practice
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC to include English (or subject requiring the use of
English). Maths or a science subject is required at
National 5 level Grade C or above.
GCE A Level
CCC to include English (or subject requiring the use of
English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE
Grade C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1C1 to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
Ordinary Level Grade C1 or above.
IB Diploma
26 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring
the use of English). Maths is required at Standard Level
Grade 4 or above.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for
more details on the routes available.
Please note that a satisfactory portfolio and attendance at
an interview is also required.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
David Weir McCall
“I worked in the oil and gas sector within a
drawing office department. My placement
included producing technical
Year 2
Management for the Built Environment 1 • Building Structure
and Technology • Design Technology 1 • Building
Technology 3 • Environment and Services • Integrative
Studies 2 – Architectural Technology
Year 4
Dissertation • Design Technology 3 • Integrative Studies 3 –
Architectural Technology • Built Heritage Conservation •
Plus one option from: Architectural History • Construction •
Environmental Design • Product Design • Performance
Evaluation or Ecological Architecture
STUDY ABROAD
REWARDING
EXPERIENCES
Year 1
Introduction to Building Technology • Introduction to
Building Design • Built Environment Communication and
Scholarship Skills • Surveying Methods • Building
Technology 2 • Economics for the Built Environment •
Integrative Studies 1 – Architectural Technology
manufacturing drawings, carrying out
component surveys for damage and
carrying out calculations related to the
function of each component. I feel that
through my placement I have gained
valuable experience which will stand me
in very good stead for employment
opportunities after graduating.”
Callum Wallace
BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
There are options for part-time study in years 3 and 4.
www.rgu.ac.uk/architectural-technology
To convey complex ideas, our students
use a range of tools including
visualisation, isometrics
and digital fabrication
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ARCHITECTURE
BSc / MARCH
The study of architecture requires an enquiring and
imaginative mind, to analyse and consider new
possibilities for buildings that will improve people’s
quality of life. It embodies many issues and challenges:
the creation of better places to live, work, and relax;
designing buildings and cities that recognise the
cultural diversity of the population; proposing ideas
that contribute socially and economically to the
community; and using imagination and innovation to
do all this more responsibly and efficiently for a world
with finite resources.
Our Master of Architecture (MArch) course, which is
accredited by the RIBA and ARB, will provide you with the
professional and creative skills required for a successful
career in architecture and allied professions. The taught
course is complemented by a year’s practical experience,
allowing you to gain valuable experience of architectural
practice. You will also have the fantastic opportunity to travel,
whether on study trips to look at the very best of international
design or on student exchanges.
Key facts
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PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
CAREER OPTIONS
This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British
Architects. Our RIBA accreditation is renewed on a five-year
cycle and this was unconditionally renewed in 2013. In the
UK, the professional accreditation of Architecture courses is
divided into three parts:
This course enables you to progress to the final professional
examination (RIBA Part 3) following a period in practical
training. Successful completion of this allows you to become
a Registered Architect. Exciting career opportunities exist
in architectural practices across the world, in both the
private and public sectors. Previous graduates have
established their own architectural practices, while others
hold senior positions in distinguished design firms and
multidisciplinary organisations.
– Part 1 awarded after year 3
– Part 2 awarded after year 6
(inclusive of 1 year of professional experience)
– Part 3 professional examination is taken post-graduation,
following a period in practical training within an
architectural practice
This course is also accredited by the Architects
Registration Board.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Building Technology • History and Cultural Context •
Design Studio 1 • Design Studio 2
Year 2
Building Technology • History and Cultural Context •
Design Studio 3 • Design Studio 4
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE YEAR
Year 3
Building Technology • History and Cultural Context •
Design Studio 5 • Professional Practice • Design Studio 6
One year in salaried employment in year 4, which will ensure
you have direct experience within a professional practice.
Year 4
Professional Experience Year (salaried employment)
STUDY ABROAD
Year 5
Master Studio 1 • History and Cultural Context • Research
Methods • Master Studio 2 • Dissertation
You will have the opportunity to follow an exchange
programme of study with a partner institution (normally for
up to one academic year).
Year 6
Master Studio 3 • Advanced Building Technology •
Professional Practice and Management • Master Studio 4 •
Electives
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.
GCE A Level
BBC to include Maths or a science and preferably Art.
English (or a subject requiring the use of English) at GCSE
Grade B, if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
AB2B2B2 to include English (or a subject requiring the use
of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.
IB Diploma
29 to include Higher Level English, Maths or a science and
Visual Arts all at Grade 5.
Portfolio of Artwork
Applicants not possessing a Higher or equivalent qualification
in Art (Art & Design and Product Design in Scotland or Art &
Design and Design & Technology in England) will be
expected to demonstrate evidence of artistic ability and
appreciation through a portfolio of artwork.
Candidates who demonstrate enthusiasm and
commitment to the subject through their personal
statement but don’t have the potential to achieve the
published academic entry requirements, may be invited to
interview as part of the selection process.
Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis.
Study options
Full-time: 6 years
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invaluable
placements
“Through the School’s partnership with the
ETSAC School of Architecture at Universidad de
La Coruña, I was afforded the opportunity to
take my placement in Spain under the
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mentorship of Dr’s Patricia Sabin and Enrique
Blanco. I worked on a rich variety of project
types across Spain, from the restoration of a 12th
century monastery to the design of
contemporary cultural buildings. Without the
use of one of Scott Sutherland School’s
international partnerships, I would not have had
such an enriching experience in Spain.”
Scott Doig,
MArch
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Stage 6 Architecture
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CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
BSC (HONS)
This course has been designed in conjunction with
industry and the professions to equip you with the
knowledge and skills required by industry to meet
the challenges facing the 21st Century Construction
Manager.
Managers are required at all stages of the construction
process from inception through construction to maintaining
our built environment. Today they are an integral part of
managing a sustainable construction industry.
Providing a broad educational base in design, construction
and commercial management, this course prepares you for a
rewarding career as a construction professional. Throughout
the course there is a focus on operational and production
issues associated with the construction of buildings and
infrastructure projects. This focus is in the context of the
need for effective commercial management.
The modules provide you with the skills and knowledge base
that are needed by the professional builder/building engineer
seeking to develop a career as a Construction Manager in a
modern and rapidly changing world. These skills are readily
transferable, particularly to the Energy Sector.
Our teaching is directly informed and guided by new
industrial developments emerging in the areas of technology
and management, as well as by research carried out by
experts within the School. You will benefit directly from the
guidance and experience of our staff, many of whom are
Chartered Construction Managers and Builders with many
years of professional experience at a senior level. In addition
you will benefit from lectures and presentations from visiting
practitioners and visits to construction sites.
STEP INTO
A GREAT
CAREER
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PLACEMENT
HOW YOU WILL LEARN
There is the option in year 3 for you to undertake a valuable
eight month period of paid work-based learning (industrial
placement) as part of your course. This enables you to gain
real work experience and to sample a particular aspect of the
construction or energy industry.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures,
tutorials and practical hands-on activities. Activities include
group projects which replicate the team-working skills
required in industry.
STUDY ABROAD
Year 1
Introduction to Building Technology • Introduction to
Building Design • Built Environment Communication and
Scholarship Skills • Surveying Methods • Building
Technology 2 • Economics for the Built Environment •
Integrated Studies 1 • Detailing and Specification
In year 3 you can undertake a period of study in Europe with
one of our European partner institutions, or undertake a
further semester of academic study that includes a module
designed to simulate industrial experience.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The course is accredited by the Chartered Association of
Building Engineers and The Chartered Institute of Building.
CAREER OPTIONS
The course prepares you for a career as a Construction
Manager in many of the areas collectively known as the Built
Environment, seeing projects throughout their total life cycle.
You may be employed by commercial, retail and leisure
organisations, consultants, contractors, local and central
government, housing associations or private practice. In
addition the skills gained are also much sought after by the
energy sector.
“This course is a great opportunity to
get a good base knowledge in multiple
disciplines that give you plenty of
options in the workplace after graduation.
As such you are not limited to only the
construction industry.”
Gary Kemp, Graduate Project Engineer,
Optimus Projects Ltd
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 2
Management for the Built Environment 1 • Environment and
Services • Value and Cost Studies 1 (Cost Planning) •
Introduction to Project Management 1 • Building Structure
and Technology • Integrative Studies 2 - Construction
Management • Law and Procurement
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC to include English (or subject requiring the use of
English). Maths or a science subject is required at National
5 level Grade C or above.
GCE A Level
CCC to include English (or subject requiring the use of
English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE
Grade C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1C1 to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
Ordinary Level Grade C1 or above.
IB Diploma
26 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring
the use of English). Maths is required at Standard Level
Grade 4 or above.
Year 3
Research Methods • Management for the Built Environment
2 • Value and Cost Studies 2 (Contractors' Estimating) •
Dimensional Control • Commercial and Contract
Administration • Plus one option from: Industrial Placement
OR Exchange Programme OR Professional Practice
Simulation
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 27 for more details on the routes available.
Year 4
Dissertation • Value and Cost Studies 3 • Construction
Management • Integrative Studies 3 - Construction
Management • Management of Design and Construction •
Plus choose one from: Advanced Construction Technology
OR Introduction To Energy Industry
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
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SURVEYING
BSc (Hons)
Surveying is a diverse, rewarding and well-paid career choice
that enables you to shape the world that we live in.
Building surveying is concerned with the maintenance,
adaptation and repair of buildings. Building surveying also
involves providing clients with strategic property advice in
order to ensure that built assets contribute appropriately to
business success. By selecting this route, you will gain an
in-depth understanding of how buildings function by working
at the point of interaction between materials, the environment
and people over time in an ever-changing world. You will also
develop the skills required to prepare scheme designs,
programmes for completion and specification of works.
Quantity surveyors manage the economics of built
environment projects throughout the entire building lifecycle.
Quantity Surveyors work collaboratively with other built
environment professionals to ensure clients obtain value
for money. The skills/techniques used to achieve this
including cost planning and control, building economics,
measurement and contract administration all of which
form the basis of the course. Quantity Surveyors can be
found within the private and public sector working for
consultants as well as contractors and can be based in the
office or onsite. They work on building, civil engineering,
heavy and offshore engineering, and energy and oil and gas
and petrochemical sectors.
A distinctive feature of this course is our common first year,
which allows you the flexibility to experience both building
and quantity surveying-based modules. You will then decide
which of these two disciplines you wish to pursue throughout
the remainder of your studies.
The course is accredited by the RICS (Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors), thereby allowing you to follow a future
career path as a professional Chartered Surveyor in either
building or quantity surveying.
Many of our staff members are Chartered Surveyors with
many years of senior professional experience, allowing you to
benefit directly from their guidance and experience. In
addition you will benefit from lectures and presentations from
visiting practitioners as well as site visits and field studies.
“My placement helped to secure a place
on the Petrofac graduate scheme.”
Laura Stanger
BSc (Hons) Surveying
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PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
There is the option in year 3 for you to undertake an eightmonth paid industrial placement as part of your course. This is
a period of structured learning in the workplace and can, in
some instances, also count towards the RICS/APC professional
training requirements, shortening the postgraduate period
required to achieve full professional status.
Year 1
Introduction to Building Technology • Introduction to
Building Design • Built Environment Communication and
Scholarship Skills • Surveying Methods • Building
Technology 2 • Economics for the Built Environment •
Integrative Studies 1 • Detailing and specification
STUDY ABROAD
Year 2
Management for the Built Environment 1 (QS route) •
Environment and Services • Measurement 1 (Building
Works) (QS route) • Value and Cost Studies 1 (Cost
Planning) • Building Control & Administration (BS route) •
Building Pathology 1 (BS route) • Building Structure and
Technology • Integrative Studies 2 - Surveying •
Law and Procurement
In year 3 you can undertake a period of study in Europe with
one of our European partner institutions or undertake a
further semester of academic study which includes a module
that simulates industrial experience.
SCHOLARSHIPS
The Technip Surveying Scholarship is available to secondyear students. For further information about scholarships
please visit www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The course is accredited by RICS.
Graduates can join RICS as graduate
members and follow the Assessment
of Professional Competence route to
full chartered membership, which
typically takes two years. The course is
also accredited by the Chartered
Association of Building Engnieers (CABE).
CAREER OPTIONS
Both building and quantity surveying graduates are sought
by a wide variety of employers for their transferable skills,
commercial, financial and business acumen, and their
technical abilities. Many of our surveying graduates
currently hold senior positions in a variety of companies
and organisations.
A degree in building surveying affords access to a wide field
of work, including property development, adaptation, repair,
conservation, maintenance, design, refurbishment,
dilapidation and valuation. Building surveyors can work for
any employer who uses, adapts, maintains or services
property as well as in surveying practice or local and
national government.
A degree in quantity surveying affords access to work in
construction procurement, cost analysis, cost control,
commercial risk assessment, valuation of construction works,
supply chain management in the oil and gas industry and,
control of commercial contracts. On graduation opportunities
exist for Quantity Surveyors in the fields of surveying practice,
construction, heavy and civil engineering, supply chain
management for the energy and petro-chemical industries
and local and national government.
Year 3
Research Methods • Management for the Built
Environment 2 • Value and Cost Studies 2 (Contractors'
Estimating) (QS route) • Measurement 2 (QS route) •
Commercial and Contract Administration (QS route) •
Contract Administration (BS route) • Environment and
Services 2 (BS route) • Building Pathology 2 (BS route) •
Plus one option from: Industrial Placement OR Exchange
Programme OR Professional Practice Simulation
Year 4
Dissertation • Value and Cost Studies 3 (Valuation and Whole
Life Costing) (QS route) • Construction Management (QS
route) • Integrative Studies 3 - Surveying • Measurement 3
(QS route) • Building Pathology 3 (BS route) • Internal
Materials and Finishes (BS route) • Integrative Studies 3 Surveying • Property Management (BS route) • Built Heritage
Conservation (BS route) • Plus one option from:Advanced
Construction Technology (QS route) OR Introduction To
Energy Industry (QS route)
Key facts
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC to include English (or subject requiring the use of
English). Maths or a science subject is required at
National 5 level Grade C or above.
GCE A Level
CCC to include English (or subject requiring the use of
English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE
Grade C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1C1 to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
Ordinary Level Grade C1 or above.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 27 for more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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It took
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faculty of health
and social care
The Faculty of Health and
Social Care has an
outstanding reputation
for producing confident
and highly employable
graduates who have the
skills and professionalism
needed to succeed.
Our Courses
GERM KILLERS
Nursing students will wash their
hands on average 5,100 times
during their 17 weeks of
clinical practice in
their first year.
Applied Social Sciences
138
Applied Sport and Exercise Science
140
Biomedical Science Programme
144
Applied Biomedical Science
145
Biomedical Science
146
Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
147
Diagnostic Radiography
148
Forensic and Analytical Science
150
Bachelor of Midwifery
152
Nursing154
Bachelor of Nursing – Adult
156
Bachelor of Nursing – Children & Young People’s 158
CARE FOR METIMAN
In the last ten years, our clinical
test dummy,‘Metiman’ has
been attended to by over
9,000 of our students.
Bachelor of Nursing – Mental Health
159
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Adult
160
Nutrition162
Nutrition and Dietetics
164
Occupational Therapy
166
The wide range of subjects we offer
across the health and social care
professions and the applied sciences are
all delivered within highly supportive
and innovative learning environments.
Real-World Experience
Work placements will play an integral part of your learning
experience. You will discover much more about yourself
and the career path you have chosen to follow whilst
gaining valuable practical experience. Your interpersonal
skills will also strengthen, as will the confidence you have
in your own abilities.
Another key strength is our Faculty’s commitment to
interprofessional learning. You will be given the
opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams with
students from across the breadth of health and social care
disciplines we encompass.
The Clinical Skills and the Simulation Centre also play a
key role in preparing our students for future practice and
their use of the Volunteer Patient Programme makes this
learning experience very true to life. Ultimately, you will
graduate with an in-depth understanding of the subject
you have chosen to study and the aptitude, knowledge
and professional skills needed to work confidently within a
wide range of environments and alongside professionals
from other related disciplines.
Pharmacy168
Widening Participation
Physiotherapy170
Our Faculty is also committed to promoting and providing
equality of opportunity. We have students on many of our
courses who are career changers or returning to learning
after many years out of the education system.
Social Work
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A Dynamic Community
HEALTHY UNIVERSITY
Our 'fit for the future' initiative
encourages staff and students to
adopt a healthy lifestyle.
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We set very high standards to ensure that you receive the
skills and knowledge needed to be a confident, competent
and client-focused practitioner in your chosen field.
Our experienced lecturing teams, modern, purpose-built
facilities and vibrant research environment will inspire you
to reach your full potential during your time with us.
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APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES
BA (HONS)
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Applied Social Sciences involves the study of the
society we live in and the relationships people have
within that society.
This course is built around the core disciplines of psychology
and sociology, providing the best possible launching pad for
a career in these fascinating areas. Innovative elective
modules in the final years allow you to tailor your degree
around your own areas of interest. All teaching is
underpinned by research and real-world experience,
ensuring you are prepared for a career in your chosen field.
Approachable, friendly staff and relatively small group sizes
create an informal learning environment, which is valued
highly by our students.
You will have the fantastic opportunity in years 2 and 3 to
undertake an exchange with one of our partner institutions in
Europe through the Erasmus programme. This allows you to
enhance your personal development and confidence and
benefit from studying your subject in a different culture.
CAREER OPTIONS
WIDEN
YOUR
HORIZONS
Year 1
Introductory Psychology: Social Sciences • Social Sciences
and Society • Gender Culture and Society • Research
Methods and Study Skills • Cognitive and Social Psychology •
Sociology of Identity, Difference and Deviance • Governing
the UK • Understanding Social Change
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Year 2
Children, Youth and Society • Research: Statistics and Data
Analysis • European Union • The Sociological Problem of
Crime • Psychology: Personality and Individual Differences •
Discovering Psychology: History, Concepts and Debates •
Theorising Social Life • Exploring Research
Advanced entry may be considered for applicants with
appropriate A Level subjects and grades.
Year 3
Qualitative Research Methods (Core), elective subjects
include: Health Psychology • Health, Self and Society •
Organisational and Management Psychology • Sports
Psychology • Sociology of Consumer Culture • Political
Participation and Pressure Groups in an Age of Global Politics •
Developmental Psychology • Cognitive Psychology •
Counselling • Environment and Society • Violence Crime
and Conflict • Contemporary Issues in Politics
STUDY ABROAD
Undertaking a course in the social sciences keeps your
career options open and offers a wide variety of routes into
employment including health and social care management,
human resources, the police, education, marketing and
PR. Many of our graduates also undertake postgraduate
study, enabling them to specialise in a variety of areas
including social work, teaching, management and
postgraduate research.
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Year 4
Dissertation (Core), elective subjects include: Social
Psychology • Biological Foundations of Behaviour •
Developments in Counselling • Media, Culture and Society •
Terrorism, People and Places • The Body in Contemporary
Life • Clinical Psychology and Mental Health • Forensic
Psychology • Crime, Criminology and the Justice System •
Risk, Fear and Social Life • Effective and Ethical Leadership
SQA Higher
BBBC to include a subject requiring the use of English.
GCE A Level
BCC to include a subject requiring the use of English.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 to include a subject requiring the use of
English.
IB Diploma
27 to include a Higher Level subject requiring the use
of English.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 27 for more details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
Interview
You may be required to attend an interview.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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“I really enjoyed the BA (Hons) Applied
Social Sciences course. You are able to
tailor the course to your interests which
is beneficial when deciding what you
would like to do after university. From the
skills and knowledge I have gained
throughout the course, I have managed to
secure a job in Human Resources within
the oil industry.”
Kathryn Hay
Applied Social Sciences 2014
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APPLIED SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
BSC (HONS)
This course is based on the sciences that underpin
human performance in a variety of areas from
competitive sport to general health. The course
is taught by staff with a wide range of teaching,
professional and research experience.
The course is currently mapped to National
Occupational Standards for Exercise and Fitness
which assures employers that graduates have the
skills that are essential for effective engagement with
the exercise industry. Individual modules have been
developed which professionally prepare students in
line with the vocational qualifications endorsed by the
Register of Exercise Professionals.
Basic disciplines studied include anatomy and
physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology.
More advanced modules which draw on the interaction
of the basic disciplines feature later in the curriculum.
You will have the opportunity to undertake two work
placements, allowing you to put into practice what you have
learned at University. You will also be supported to prepare
for accreditation by leading sports governing bodies in a
range of disciplines. If you are a talented athlete, there is also
the opportunity to apply for the sports scholarship scheme,
which will support you in succeeding in your chosen sport.
FACILITIES
Our exceptional teaching facilities include a human
performance laboratory that houses a sophisticated three
dimensional motion analysis system and other state-of-theart exercise testing equipment. The Garthdee campus is
also the location for the £11 million RGU SPORT,
where modules in exercise, conditioning and sports centre
operations are delivered.
REWARDING
EXPERIENCE
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
A unique part of the course is the work placement undertaken
in years 2 and 3. During your placement you can acquire a
portfolio of learning experiences from a variety of areas, for
example elite sport, exercise referral for specific populations,
sports development, health improvement, education, event
management, sports technology services, sports facility
operations. Please be aware that you will be expected to
obtain a satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced
disclosure) prior to enrolment on placement-based modules.
For more details about the PVG scheme please visit:
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
Year 1
In year one you will study the foundations of sport and
exercise science including anatomy, physiology, psychology
and biomechanics.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
It is the aim of the course team to prepare you for
accreditation in your chosen field of specialism (where this
exists). The course content is aligned to the requirements of
a range of vocational qualifications allowing students to gain
these alongside the degree at a nominal administration
change. Examples of which are: NPLQ, first aid, ISAK level 1
and coaching awards. Level 2 Gym instructor and Level 3
Exercise Referral are endorsed by SkillsActive and gives
students entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals.
CAREER OPTIONS
Career options include working in sports development,
exercise referral, health improvement and promotion, events
management, and research in physical activity or sport. In the
future you could be working with elite athletes (strength and
conditioning specialists must now have a degree as a standard
entry qualification to the industry), managing a sports facility or
delivering a work-based lifestyle improvement programme.
“I found all the staff here to be great and
supportive. I really like my class: it’s great
to be with people who have chosen the
same pathway as me. We have a lot in
common and I have made contacts for
my future career in them all.”
Sheli McCoy, student
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Key facts
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Year 2
Building on the year one foundation you will apply these
foundations in a variety of different areas such as exercise
prescription, nutrition and health improvement. During year
two you will experience your first work placement, allowing
you to put into practice in the real world what you have
been learning.
Year 3
During year three you will look at some of the wider
applications of sports science, in terms of its use in a variety
of different populations and how you can assess and improve
performance. You will also engage with the research process
allowing you to become a more critical scientist and
practitioner. The second work placement module occurs in
year three allowing you to gain valuable experience in an area
of sport and exercise science of your choosing.
Year 4
A large part of year four is dedicated to the implementation of
your research project allowing you to develop further your
knowledge and skills in your chosen area. During year four
you will engage in debates on topical issues in sports and
exercise science as well as taking a more critical look at a
variety of different topics.
In the 2015 Complete
University Guide,
our course was
ranked 7th in the UK
and 2nd in Scotland.
Special Requirements
Evidence of satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an
enhanced disclosure) is a requirement for all successful
applicants to the course. For more details about the PVG
scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland at
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English and
Maths required at National 5 level Grade B or above.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English and
Maths required at GCSE Grade B or above.
Advanced Entry to Stage 2 may be considered for applicants
with GCE A Level Grades BBB to include Human Biology,
Physics and Physical Education. English and Maths required
at GCSE Grade B or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2 to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) and two sciences (Maths counted).
English and Maths are required at Ordinary Level Grade B.
IB Diploma
28 points to include Higher Level English (or a subject
requiring the use of English) and two science subjects
(Maths counted) all at HL Grade 5. Standard Level English
and Maths required at Grade 4 or above.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 27 for more
details on the routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
English Language Qualifications
All applicants whose first language is not English are required
to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing
System) score of 6.5 or an appropriate equivalent.
Selection Visit
All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a selection
visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being made.
The selection process includes evaluation of your
professional suitability and communication skills.
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kelly Graham, applied sport & exercise science
Your future: What
career or job do you
hope to get into after
you graduate?
I would ideally like to
work within the field of
health promotion, in a job
concentrated on public
education regarding health,
fitness and nutrition.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
The sports clubs are a
fantastic way of meeting new
people, making friends and
a fun way of getting to know
the city of Aberdeen! I’ve
done everything from horse
riding to cheerleading and
weightlifting and they’ve all
been absolutely fantastic!
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Applied Sport and
Exercise Science?
Your advice: What advice
would you offer to an
applicant of RGU?
There are a million and one
things available to you to give
you experience and help improve
your CV, no matter what your
interests are. You won’t be able
to fit them all in but it’s definitely
worth giving it a try.
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I’ve always been interested
in sport and exercise and my
background in dance teaching
made me select the course
as a stepping stone into P.E.
teaching. I think this course is
beneficial to anyone with an
interest in sport or exercise
and it’s been great how much
I’ve had my eyes opened to
the variety of jobs available
within this field.
Your campus: Where
are your favourite
places to study and
socialise on the
campus?
A lot of the time my friends
and I can be found in
RGU SPORT, either catching
up, doing group work or just
having lunch. We spend
a lot of time there both as
part of the course and in our
personal time and you get to
know people really quickly so
it’s a place where we see a lot
of friendly faces.
RGU: The Healthy
University: Tell us a
little bit about this
initiative…
The Health Sciences are
a big part of RGU and it’s
definitely a very health
orientated university (apart
from the occasional delicious
fundraising bake sale of
course!) There are lots of
opportunities for both staff
and students to get involved
in to improve their health
and fitness.
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Key facts
UCAS B902
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
Please use this code for Year 1 entry to
the Biomedical Science Programme
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB including Biology/Human Biology plus one other
science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at
National 5 level Grade B or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include Biology plus one other science.
Chemistry, English and Maths is required at GCSE
Grade B or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2B2 to include Biology plus one other science.
Chemistry, English and Maths are required at Ordinary
Level Grade B or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level Biology at Grade 5 and
one further science. Standard Level English and
Maths is required at Grade 4 if not held at Higher Level
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner
colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3.
Please see page 27 for routes available.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
UCAS C9B9
Advanced Entry for Bioscience
with Biomedical Sciences Bsc(Hons)
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner
colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3.
Please see page 27 for routes available.
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying
for advanced entry will be considered on an
individual basis.
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
PROGRAMME
APPLIED BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
BSC (HONS)
The Biomedical Science Programme comprises three
routes: Applied Biomedical Science, Biomedical
Science and Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences.
Each course has been developed to provide you with
the knowledge and skills to become a confident and
proficient bioscientist.
Biomedical scientists work in partnership with doctors,
nurses and other healthcare professionals, performing
many different roles in the diagnosis of disease, the
evaluation of treatment methods and research. These
could include the screening of cells and tissues for
cancer, diagnosing diabetes, the testing of blood to
ensure that it is suitable for transfusion and identifying
the bacterial and viral organisms responsible for food
poisoning and many other infectious diseases.
The year 1 foundation year is designed to allow you to
establish a framework of basic knowledge and technical skills
in biomedical and bioscience. You will develop an
understanding of the role of the biomedical and bioscientist
in the healthcare and bioscience sectors and of the
requirements for professional practice in these areas. From
your experiences in this year you will be invited to undergo
selection for entry to one of three named BSc (Hons) courses
that sit within the programme and which commence at the
beginning of year 2: Applied Biomedical Science, Biomedical
Science or Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences.
Should you wish to follow a career path in the NHS you
should choose one of the two Institute of Biomedical Science
(IBMS) accredited routes, namely Applied Biomedical
Science (this course is also approved by the Health and Care
Professions Council) or Biomedical Science. If you wish to
study a wider range of Life Science subjects you should opt
for the BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences.
This course has been designed in partnership with biomedical
scientists within NHS Grampian, NHS Highland and the
Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Blood Transfusion
Service. The laboratory training programme enables you to
gain hands-on experience of all the major hospital laboratory
disciplines. You will be well prepared for a future career as a
registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions
Council (you will be eligible to apply for registration upon
graduation) and an accredited biomedical scientist with the
professional body, the Institute of Biomedical Science
(IBMS).
The number of places available for this course will be
determined by the number of NHS laboratory placements
that are available on an annual basis. Therefore there will be a
selection process at the end of year 1 for students wishing to
enter year 2 of this course.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Biology for Life Sciences • Applied Microbiology •
Chemistry for Life Sciences • Cell Culture • Analytical
Techniques for Life Sciences • Biomolecular Science •
Practical Skills for Life Sciences • Personal and Professional
Skills Development
See page 145 for Applied Biomedical Science years 2, 3 and
4 modules.
See page 146 for Biomedical Science years 2, 3 and 4
modules.
See page 147 for Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences years
2, 3 and 4 modules.
PLACEMENT
This programme will enable you to gain hands-on experience
of all the major hospital laboratory disciplines, including
clinical biochemistry, haematology, histopathology,
cytopathology, medical microbiology and blood transfusion.
A substantial proportion of the final year will be spent utilising
these skills during the Honours Research Project.
BENEFIT
FROM REAL
EXPERIENCE
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions
Council and is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
CAREER OPTIONS
The majority of our graduates secure employment within the
NHS Laboratory Service. The course will also equip you with
the relevant skills needed to work within the pharmaceutical
and healthcare industries including technical and marketing
departments, forensic science laboratories, teaching and
clinical research.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
See page 144
Year 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology • Biomedical Genetics •
Biomedical Science: Professional Practice 2 • Human
Biochemistry • Human Cytology and Histology •
Molecular Biology and Human Genetics
Year 3
Clinical Biochemistry • Clinical Immunology • Medical
Microbiology • Practical Research Methods • Biomedical
Science: Professional Practice 3
Year 4
Haematology and Transfusion Science • Cellular Pathology •
Current Trends in Biomedical Science • Biology of Disease •
Honours Research Project
www.rgu.ac.uk/applied-biomedical-science
“RGU is one of the only universities that
offers a truly integrated degree, enabling
you to gain insight into what your future
career will entail. I spent my placement
working in the Pathology and Haematology
labs at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. I am a
great believer in putting into action what
you have learned as I find this the easiest
way to understand and remember things.”
Claire Birnie
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BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
BSC (HONS)
This course has been designed for students who wish
to gain a qualification with a broader range of subjects,
to allow them to find employment in the medical/
pharmaceutical sector. As the degree has accreditation
from the Institute of Biomedical Science, graduates will
also be able to gain employment as a biomedical
scientist. However, you will have to undertake
additional hospital laboratory training before you will
be eligible to register with the Health and Care
Professions Council.
BIOSCIENCE WITH BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
BSC (HONS)
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
CAREER OPTIONS
The course will equip you with the relevant skills needed to
work within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries
including technical and marketing departments, forensic
science laboratories, teaching and clinical research.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
See page 144
Year 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology • Biomedical Genetics •
Human Biochemistry • Experimental Molecular Biology •
Molecular Biology and Human Genetics • Forensic Biology •
Behavioural Studies
Year 3
Clinical Biochemistry • Clinical Immunology • Medical
Microbiology • Practical Research Methods • Toxicology
and Environmental Analysis • Pharmacology • Human
Cytology and Histology • Public Health
Year 4
Haematology and Transfusion Science • Cellular Pathology •
Current Trends in Biomedical Science • Biology of Disease •
Honours Research Project
Entry to year 1 of this course is through the Biomedical
Science Programme, using code B902. Advanced Entry
to years 2, 3 and 4 is available by applying to UCAS
using code C9B9. For Entry Requirements see page
144.
This course will provide you with the knowledge and
laboratory-based skills that are essential in both the field of
Bioscience and Biomedical Science. The key benefit of
studying this combination of subjects is that you will be
suitably qualified to enter a range of professions.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences course is being
submitted for recognition by the Society of Biology.
CAREER OPTIONS
On completion of the course you will have a wide range of
career options in the fields of both Bioscience and Biomedical
Science. Many of our graduates find employment within
private or public sector research. This could be within
university, government, NHS, commercial or charity-funded
laboratories. Other opportunities for graduates are varied and
include scientific publishing, secondary school teaching,
forensic analysis and environmental consultancy. You may also
decide to continue your studies and specialise with a Masters
degree or develop your research skills with a PhD.
STUDY ABROAD
You will be given the exciting opportunity to take advantage
of the Erasmus Student Mobility Scheme and carry out your
project work in a research laboratory within another
European University.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
See page 144
Year 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology • Biomedical Genetics •
Human Biochemistry • Experimental Molecular Biology •
Molecular Biology and Human Genetics • Forensic Biology •
Behavioural Studies
Year 3
Clinical Biochemistry • Clinical Immunology • Medical
Microbiology • Practical Research Methods • Toxicology
and Environmental Analysis • Pharmacology • Human
Cytology and Histology • Public Health
Year 4
Advanced Microbiology • Genomics and Proteomics • DNA
Technologies • Current Trends in Bioscience • Honours
Research Project
www.rgu.ac.uk/bioscience-with-biomedical-sciences
www.rgu.ac.uk/biomedical-science
“I am now working in the veterinary
area of biomedical science as a
multidisciplinary biomedical scientist
in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
This is the job that I wanted since
starting University and I have been
very lucky to achieve this goal.”
Vickie Downie
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SKILLS FOR
YOUR FUTURE
CAREER
“My degree at RGU provided me with
the vocational skills and the confidence
I needed to pursue my PhD in Biochemistry
at St Andrew’s University. I am now
working part-time at the University as a lead
demonstrator in undergraduate practical
sessions. I’m also project co-ordinator for a
science outreach programme that will help
promote science to young people.”
Dr Vicki Symington
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DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHY
BSC (HONS)
The diagnostic radiographer uses sophisticated X-ray
technology and a range of specialist imaging modalities
to help in the detection, monitoring and treatment of a
patient’s illness. Increasingly, their role is extending to
include prescribing medications, image interpretation
and patient treatment. Radiographers work with
patients from all across the health service – from
paediatrics to the elderly, and A&E to surgery.
This course will not only enable you to develop an in-depth
knowledge of human anatomy, imaging technologies and
radiological examinations, you will also develop vital applied
clinical skills and ‘real-world’ experiences through participating
practice placements.
You will benefit from the experience of our staff and their
strong links with practitioners and managers in clinical settings.
FACILITIES
Key resources for our students include the digital imaging X-ray
suite and a digital image library – both providing excellent
scope for independent learning.
PLACEMENT
One of the most beneficial aspects of this course is the clinical
education programme; made up of six placements which are
integrated throughout your four years of study. These
placement opportunities will enable you to apply the skills and
knowledge you have developed in both general radiography
and specialist imaging modalities within a ‘real-life’ hospital
environment. You will experience a range of placements, which
will include major regional centres, district general hospitals,
community hospitals and remote hospitals, giving you
experience of the spectrum of radiography roles.
You also have an exciting opportunity to organise an elective
placement which offers a global element to your training.
PRACTICAL
TEACHING
In addition to hospital based practice education, you will
undertake unique specialist contemporary practice placements
designed to underpin your caring skills and patient focus,
including a care home and ‘day in the life of’ service users
experience. A ‘day in the life of’ gives you the opportunity to
spend time with an individual who has highly specialised care
needs or a highly debilitating condition, in order to learn from the
patient’s perspective, what their care requirements are and how
these may translate into an imaging environment. Placement sites
extend across Grampian, Highland, Tayside, Perthshire, Fife,
Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and other locations.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions
Council and the College of Radiographers.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
As entry to this course is increasingly competitive, you
should demonstrate a commitment to radiography as a career.
As part of the application process, all applicants are required to
demonstrate that they have visited a radiology department.
Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and satisfactory
PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) are a
requirement for all successful applicants prior to
commencement on the course.
CAREER OPTIONS
Career opportunities are numerous and range from trauma work
to specialist imaging. There are huge opportunities for
radiographers to work at advanced levels, progressing as far as
consultant. Demand for radiographers’ skills remains buoyant as
shown by our excellent graduate employment rates.
Radiographers have the opportunity to specialise in a range of
areas within the health service such as CT, ultrasound, MRI,
mammography or nuclear medicine. In addition there are career
opportunities in research, teaching and software development.
"Fantastic uni and course - lives up to its
reputation. Have had such a great time here,
all the staff are approachable and friendly
which makes such a big difference! I feel
prepared and confident for clinical
placements and also the future when
qualified and working because of all this!"
Kat Duff, Diagnostic Radiography student
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Key facts
UCAS B821
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
The first year is designed to build your knowledge and skills in
the following areas; human anatomy and physiology and
radiographic anatomy and pathology. We will introduce you to
the physical principles of radiography, radiology equipment,
and how to practice safely when using radiation.
Year 2
Stage two aims to further develop your knowledge of imaging
technologies and apply these to an increased range of clinical
applications. Your knowledge of radiographic practice will be
extended to include screening services and a diverse range of
patient and user groups. Preparing you for the ‘real world’ we
focus on developing your confidence, care and empathy.
Year 3
Academically we focus on the patient pathway enabling you to
gain a greater understanding of your patient’s journey,
conditions, treatment and the future roles of imaging. We also
consider the ways in which radiographic practice is developed,
the standards that exist and the research that supports it.
Year 4
The research activity aims to support you to develop a critical
approach to practice. Radiographic Reporting introduces the
highly specialist roles in radiography and the professional,
medico-legal and ethical implications of such developments.
Advancing Professional Practice in Radiography extends
awareness of the work setting, the wider healthcare community
and underpins the promotion of lifelong learning and
professional development.
In 2015, The Complete University Guide ranked
the Diagnostic Radiography course at RGU
number 1 in Scotland and number 2 in the UK.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) and two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry,
Maths or Physics.
GCE A Level
BCC to include two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry,
Maths or Physics. English at AS Level Grade B or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) at Grade 5 and two from Biology, Chemistry,
Maths or Physics at Higher Level.
English Language Qualifications
All applicants whose first language is not English are required
to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing
System) minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.
Practice Visit
As part of the application process, all applicants are required
to demonstrate an informed perspective of diagnostic
radiography and this will normally be achieved through
visiting a radiology department prior to interview.
Selection Visit
All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day
selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being
made. The selection process includes evaluation of your
professional suitability, communication and team working skills.
Special Requirements
Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and satisfactory
PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) are a
requirement for all successful applicants prior to
commencement on the course. Details of immunisation
requirements can be found on our course webpage at
www.rgu.ac.uk. For more details about the PVG scheme
please visit Disclosure Scotland at
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/diagnostic-radiography
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FORENSIC AND ANALYTICAL SCIENCE
BSC (HONS)
The role of analytical science in Forensic Investigations
is becoming increasingly important due to the major
developments in analytical chemistry and advances in
molecular biology. Forensic Science involves the
analysis of biological chemical or physical samples
collected as evidence during a criminal investigation.
The skills of the Forensic Scientist provide crucial
scientific evidence which may link a suspect with the
scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon. In
addition, the key problem solving and analytical skills
developed in forensic and analytical science are widely
sought after in many other industrial sectors including
the oil, gas, pharmaceutical and food industries.
Our course was the first in Scotland to be accredited by the
Forensic Science Society. It is accredited in three of the
Society’s Component Standards – Laboratory Analysis,
Crime Scene Investigation, and Interpretation, Evaluation and
Presentation of Evidence.
It is delivered by highly experienced forensic practitioners
and analytical scientists who are focused on providing you
with the scientific and investigative skills you will need to
succeed in this highly competitive profession, or in industrial
analytical laboratories.
PLACEMENT
You may undertake an optional paid 12-month placement in a
scientific laboratory after year 3.
Key facts
UCAS F410
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
This course is accredited by the Chartered Society for
Forensic Sciences. Additionally, you will also satisfy the
criteria for Associate Membership of the Royal Society
of Chemistry.
Year 1
Chemistry for Life Sciences • Biology for Life Sciences •
Introduction to Crime Scene and Forensic Techniques •
Applied Microbiology • Analytical Techniques for Life
Sciences • Biomolecular Science • Practical Skills for Life
Sciences
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Year 2
Analytical Science 1 • Forensic Biology • Forensic
Examination and Analysis • Legal Framework • Analytical
Science 2 • Anthropology • Fundamentals of Organic
Chemistry
GCE A Level
BCC to include Chemistry and one further science from
Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics. Biology,
English and Maths are required at GCSE Grade B or above
if not held at A Level.
Year 3
Analytical Chemistry • Forensic Genetics • Trace Evidence
Analysis • Fire, Explosions and Firearms • Forensic
Toxicology and Substances of Abuse • Spectral Analysis
and Interpretation
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 to include Chemistry and one further science
from Biology, Maths or Physics. Biology, English and
Maths are required at Ordinary Level Grade B or above if
not held at Higher.
Year 4
Advanced Analytical Techniques • Project • DNA
Technologies • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation
of Evidence • Oilfield Chemicals or Law Option
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level Chemistry at Grade 5 plus one
further science from Biology, Maths or Physics at Higher
Level. Biology, English and Maths are required at a minimum
of Standard Level Grade 4 if not held at Higher Level.
CAREER OPTIONS
A diverse range of opportunities within the Scottish Police
Authority and Forensic Science Laboratories are available,
including scene examination, fire investigation,
laboratory analysis and health and safety. Alternatively, a
number of students opt for careers in industry (including
pharmaceutical, oil and biotechnology), for which
employment prospects are particularly good, and police
graduate entry.
Postgraduate study in specialist forensic disciplines, analytical
chemistry and teaching are other routes many of our
graduates choose to take. There are also opportunities for
students to pursue forensic and analytical research at the
University, for example in advances in DNA technologies and
drugs and toxicology.
SQA Higher
BBBC to include Chemistry and one further science from
Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics. Biology,
English and Maths are required at National 5 level Grade B
or above if not held at Higher.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 27 for more details on the routes available.
Want to know more? Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK
Advanced Entry
All other applicants who are interested in applying for
advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
FIRST-CLASS
FACILITIES
“We would like to commend the significant
enhancement of the student experience
that has resulted from the new crime scene
facility and the extensive increase in the
provision of specialist equipment.”
www.rgu.ac.uk/forensic-science
“The appointment of additional specialist
lecturers has resulted in a technical team
that is second to none.”
Comments from The Forensic Science Society
following their review visit to the department.
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BACHELOR OF MIDWIFERY
The midwife’s role goes much further than supporting
women during the birth of their baby. The midwife is
involved in antenatal and postnatal care, in counselling,
in offering support and education and in helping
mothers and their partners prepare for parenthood.
After the birth, the midwife supports the mother in a wide
variety of ways, promoting breastfeeding, establishing
feeding routines, bonding with their babies, checking the
woman’s body is returning to its pre-pregnancy state and
discussing contraceptive choices.
To be an effective midwife you will need excellent
interpersonal skills as you will be supporting a diverse range
of people, some from vulnerable families, during some
emotionally intense situations. You will be the most frequent
point of contact for parents-to-be and will be expected to
share advice, answer their questions and give confident
reassurance. You will need to be capable of working on your
own as well as part of a team, liaising with GPs, health visitors
and social workers and, importantly, have a genuine passion
for the job.
This very popular three year course aims to equip you to
become a motivated, professional practitioner and leads to a
dual award. Completion of the course enables you to be
registered as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery
Council and you are awarded a Bachelor of Midwifery degree.
FACILITIES
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
You will benefit greatly from our purpose-built Clinical Skills
Centre, where you will develop your skills and grow in
confidence before going out on placement and putting these
skills into practice. The Clinical Skills Centre has two ward
areas, a High Dependency Unit, and a Children’s Room and a
Home Setting. We also have various child and baby
mannequins which we use to simulate real-life clinical practice.
Year 1
You will be introduced to three dynamic academic themes:
effective midwifery care, midwifery for health and the
midwife within society. You will also learn introductory
clinical midwifery skills in a simulated environment prior to
experience in a range of practice placements.
PLACEMENT
During the course you will have the opportunity to gain
experience in a full range of Maternity Care Settings,
including those in urban and rural areas both in hospital and
the community across the North of Scotland, Grampian,
Highland, Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and Tayside.
As part of the placement experience, you will need to fit in
with the 24/7 nature of care which will include weekend and
night duties.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Successful completion of the course enables graduates to register
on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register.
FUNDING
Nursing and Midwifery students are entitled to a non incomeassessed bursary which is administered through the Student
Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS). www.saas.gov.uk
CAREER OPTIONS
WATCH A MIDWIFERY STUDENT ON PLACEMENT
AT WWW.RGU.AC.UK/DOMINIQUEWALDAU
GAIN
REAL
EXPERIENCE
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Key facts
UCAS B720
An increasing number of midwives now work in the
community, providing services in the home, local clinics and
GP surgeries. There is, of course, the option to be hospitalbased and work on antenatal, labour and postnatal wards.
Some midwives also choose to work as independent
practitioners outside the NHS. There are many future career
opportunities open to you such as ward manager, lactation
consultant, consultant midwife, researcher or lecturer.
"I have felt so supported by the mentors in my
clinical placements which has been great. The
mentors I have worked with are keen to teach
and are supportive as you learn new skills.
The course is very challenging but I wouldn’t
change my experience for anything."
Year 2
You will build upon your professional knowledge and experience
from year 1 to develop your skills and confidence. The three
academic themes of effective midwifery care, midwifery for
health and the midwife within society will be explored in
greater breadth and depth. This knowledge will be enhanced
through your learning in clinical practice. You will grow in
independence as an effective professional learner. You will
gain further insight into the role of the midwife by working in
partnership with women and families from our diverse
society. This will be strengthened by your understanding of
the importance of effective midwifery practice within
maternity care teams.
Year 3
In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge, skills
and attitudes to engage in midwifery care with confidence.
You will be proficient in midwifery skills for low risk pregnant
women and their families, and you will be an effective
member of maternity care teams. You will meet the
professional outcomes set by the Nursing and Midwifery
Council and the academic outcomes established for the
Bachelor of Midwifery course. This will enable you to embark
on a career as a midwife.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC to include English and a science subject. Higher
Biology or Human Biology is recommended. Maths at
National 5 level Grade C or above is essential.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English and a science subject. A Level
Biology or Human Biology is recommended. Maths at
GCSE Grade C or above is essential.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 to include English and a science subject.
Higher Biology or Human Biology is recommended. Maths
at Ordinary Level Grade C1 or above is essential.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) score of 7.0 in all elements or an
appropriate equivalent.
Selection Visit
Applicants will be invited to attend a selection event. This
will take the form of a tour of the facilities, an opportunity
to meet academics and practitioners and an interview.
Special Requirements
Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject
to a health and immunisation screening and satisfactory
PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure).
For more details about the PVG scheme please visit
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 3 years
Provision is available for students with dependants to
undertake the course over a period of three years and 15
weeks. Such students take five additional weeks of annual
leave per year from clinical practice time to allow caring
for dependants.
www.rgu.ac.uk/bachelor-of-midwifery
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BACHELOR OF NURSING
Key facts
UCAS CODES
Specialising in Adult Nursing, Children and Young People’s Nursing or Mental Health
The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) is underpinned by the
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for
pre-registration nursing education. Students spend
50% of the BN in university studying a range of
subjects and 50% of their learning in practice
placements in all stages in a breadth of healthcare
settings across a range of geographical locations.
Successful completion of the BN enables you to apply
for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery
Council.
As a registered nurse on completing the BN you will be able to:
• Respond to the predicted and known changes in health and healthcare
• Improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations
• Drive up the standard and quality of nursing and healthcare
• Work in a range of roles to deliver essential care for all,
as well as provide complex care in your chosen field of practice
As required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the
Bachelor of Nursing has significant generic, shared learning at
every stage and all students will be expected to meet generic
competencies as well as field specific competencies.
FACILITIES
Equipment and techniques in clinical practice are constantly
evolving and we are committed to keeping our facilities at the
forefront of clinical skills training. Our Clinical Skills Centre
has two ward areas with six beds in each, a high dependency
unit, a children’s room and a home setting. This is a very
realistic clinical environment and it has all the equipment you
would expect to find in a ward or a community setting.
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REWARDING
CAREER
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PLACEMENT
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Placement opportunities are diverse and allow you to
experience a wide variety of care settings, including urban,
rural and remote, hospital and community based, NHS and
private sector across the north east of Scotland and the
Orkney and Shetland islands. As part of the placement
experience you are required to undertake shifts that reflect
the 24 hour, 7 days per week nature of nursing. Therefore
you will be attending placements at weekends and
undertaking night shifts. Students for all fields of practice will
undertake the following placements:
Graduates are eligible to register as a Registered Nurse with a
mark denoting their field of practice.
Year 1 students undertake: 2 x 9 week placements at 37.5
hours per week.
Year 2 students undertake: 3 placements 1 x 11 week, 1 x 9
week and 1 x 5 week (two placements at 37.5 hours per
week and 1 at 30 hours per week).
Year 3 students undertake: 2 placements 1 x 13 week and 1
x 12 week (both 37.5 hours per week). Students are assessed
in all practice learning experiences.
STUDY ABROAD
Third year student nurses have an opportunity to apply for a
three-month European Exchange with one of the School’s
European Partners in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Italy or
Spain. We also run a Grampian-Houston Student Nurse
Exchange Programme which involves a reciprocal two-week
exchange between RGU and the Houston Baptist University
(HBU), Texas and in Knoxville, Tennessee. During the visits,
students experience a variety of different clinical placements,
as well as spending time in the host university attending
classes and getting to know the local students. Further
opportunities for exchange may be available as we develop
our links and partnerships.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject to
a health screening and satisfactory PVG clearance (previously
enhanced disclosure). For more details about the PVG
scheme please visit www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
FUNDING
Nursing and Midwifery students are entitled to a non
income-assessed bursary which is administered through the
Student Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
www.saas.gov.uk
PRIOR LEARNING AND
PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
For individuals with relevant first degrees and/or relevant
experience within the last five years, it may be possible to
gain advanced entry or to have prior learning and/or
experience accredited. The School of Nursing and Midwifery
welcome enquiries about accreditation of prior learning. For
further information please contact [email protected]
NURSING
Nursing is changing, and as such there is an expectation that
all nurses should be able to respond to the changing needs,
developments, priorities and expectations in health and
health care across the lifespan, to all individuals who require
nursing input, regardless of age or healthcare need. The
programme has significant generic learning at every stage
and all students will be expected to meet both generic
competencies as well as field specific competencies. The
Bachelor of Nursing (BN) curriculum is organised into five
key subject strands that are revisited at each stage in the
programme:
• Health, Sciences
• Person and Family Centred Care
• Skills for Safe Practice
• Practice Learning
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ADULT NURSING B741
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S NURSING B731
MENTAL HEALTH NURSING B760
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
CCC preferably to include English and a science subject. English,
Maths and a science subject required at National 5 level Grade C
or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
CC preferably to include English and a science subject.
English, Maths and a science subject required at GCSE Grade
C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
C1C1C1 preferably to include English and a science subject.
English, Maths and a science are required at Ordinary Level C1
or above if not held at Higher.
Alternative Qualifications for Bachelor of Nursing
An appropriate Access to Nursing course that is equivalent to
3 SQA Highers at Grade C or above.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
For Mental Health and Adult Nursing entry to year 2 may be
possible following completion of HNC Care and Administrative
Practice from one of our partner FE colleges.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) score of 7.0 in all elements or an
appropriate equivalent.
Selection Visit
Applicants will be invited to attend a selection event. This will
take the form of a tour of the facilities, an opportunity to meet
academics and practitioners, and an interview.
Special Requirements
Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject to
a health and immunisation screening and satisfactory PVG
clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure). For more
details about the PVG scheme please visit
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
Additional Information
Applicants who do not have the required level of Maths may
be eligible for the Applied Number Skills course subject
to availability.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 3 years
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ADULT NURSING
As an adult nurse you will work with people over 16
who experience acute or long term illnesses or injury,
as well as individuals, families, groups or communities
to improve their health and wellbeing. The population
is growing older so as an adult nurse you must expect
to work with older people, who may be vulnerable, on
a regular basis.
You will be at the centre of a multi-professional team that will
include specialist nurses, doctors, physiotherapists,
occupational therapists, pharmacists, radiographers and
social workers. As an adult nurse you will demonstrate
compassion, excellent interpersonal skills and be able to put
people at ease in difficult circumstances.
CAREER OPTIONS
As an adult nurse you can work in emergency and unplanned
care services, general or specialist services and outpatient,
community and occupational health settings. In addition, you
might work in peoples’ own homes, health centres, residential
care homes, workplaces or hospitals. For further nursing
careers, visit www.nhscareers.nhs.uk
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
You will undertake modules that reflect the five key subject
strands. You will study the key concepts relating to health
and wellbeing as experienced by a diverse range of
individuals, communities and cultures in society and their
relationship to nursing; life and psychosocial sciences that
underpin nursing, including genetics, anatomy and
physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, growth and
development; essential concepts in nursing relevant to your
chosen field of practice including, therapeutic practice,
contemporary policies, planning and delivering care;
values-based professional and compassionate person and
family-centred care and what that means for you as an
individual and essential nursing skills that are required to
deliver safe nursing care including risk assessment, infection
prevention and control, nutrition and fluid balance,
administration of medicines and drug calculations and
therapeutic communication. Emphasis is placed on you
understanding and meeting the Nursing and Midwifery
Council’s Good Health and Good Character standards which
will include you being responsible for managing your own
behaviour within and outwith your course.
Year 2
You will develop the ability to apply your on-going learning
related to theories, principles, research and other types of
evidence to practice. You will explore current public health
priorities while learning a range of models and approaches to
health and wellbeing improvement within nursing practice.
You will also consider the role of the nurse in addressing
health inequalities. You will continue to study life and
psychosocial sciences related to your chosen field of practice
while exploring common health problems and related
therapeutic nursing interventions using best evidence. You
will continue to learn a range of essential nursing skills related
to therapeutic communication, patient assessment and
observations, nutrition and fluid balance, administration of
medicines and drug calculations and learn a range of clinical
skills specific to your field of practice. Learning focuses upon
safe, effective person and family-centred approaches to care
and the impact upon healthcare experiences and outcomes.
As you progress, you will be expected to demonstrate you
are taking more responsibility for your own learning. Modules
will provide directed study and online learning activities.
There will also be periods within the year where you are
expected to reflect upon your practice learning experiences
and identify personal learning needs.
Year 3
Learning becomes more integrated and focused on developing
the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be accountable
for your own decisions and practice and achieve the Nursing and
Midwifery competencies in practice. You will learn about
multi-agency working, teaching and learning theories and risk
assessment in relation to health and primary care for individuals.
You will develop knowledge of sciences to advance nursing
while critically applying relevant theoretical concepts and
frameworks to meet essential and complex needs of individuals.
You will develop your knowledge and skills in order to work
more autonomously and to enhance a culture of excellence in
practice through person and family-centred approaches to care
utilising leadership and management skills.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake an international
exchange placement in this year as well as choosing one module
from a range of options.
For entry requirements please refer to page 155.
www.rgu.ac.uk/bachelor-of-nursing-adult
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Mental Health Nursing?
Aiden Doyle, Mental health Nursing
I have always had an interest
in the area and find that
nursing can have very
rewarding outcomes.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
Your future: What do
you hope to do after
you graduate?
When I qualify I hope to
work on either an adult acute
mental health ward or in the
forensic area.
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Why are there so few
men in the nursing
profession? Do you
have any comments
or advice to offer
about this…
I guess people have a certain
perception of nurses and the
role that they play. So people
may feel the work nurses do
might be suitable for females
but if they could see the
kind of work nurses do, their
opinion might change.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
I would encourage any new
applicant to keep an open
mind, have a good work
ethic and enjoy the new
experience of uni life.
Your experience: what
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
RGU has lots of facilities
such as its modern sports
centre with gym, swimming
pool, and indoor court and
climbing walls. It has a wide
range of clubs and societies.
It also has a great library and
areas to study.
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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S NURSING
Children and young people’s nursing not only involves
the child or young person but includes the wider
family. Good verbal and non-verbal communication
skills, the ability to engage with them sensitively and
minimise distress for all concerned are vital. You will
deal with a diverse range of health and social problems
which may include long term conditions, complex
physical, congenital or genetic problems, as well as
public health issues such as immunisation, trauma, and
mental health problems.
CAREER OPTIONS
You will work in a variety of settings such as schools, day
centres, GP surgeries, their own homes, out-patient clinics and
hospitals. You will have a key role in co-ordinating care along
with other members of a team that may include teachers, play
therapists, psychologists, doctors, specialist nurses, social
workers and health visitors. Children and young people’s
nurses are in demand throughout the UK and abroad.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
In year 1 you will undertake modules that reflect the five key
subject strands. You will study/be assessed in the key
concepts relating to health and wellbeing as experienced by a
diverse range of individuals, communities and cultures in
society and their relationship to nursing; life and psychosocial
sciences that underpin nursing, including genetics, anatomy
and physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, growth and
development; essential concepts in nursing relevant to your
chosen field of practice including, therapeutic practice,
contemporary policies, planning and delivering care;
values-based professional and compassionate person and
family-centred care. Emphasis is placed on you
understanding and meeting the Nursing and Midwifery
Council’s Good Health and Good Character standards.
“The facilities are great, especially the
simulated nursing ward. The children’s course
is usually a small class and you really get to
know your classmates, which makes it easier
for group work and support when you’re on
a placement. All staff are lovely, considerate
and really understand the emotions you will
go through, throughout the course.”
Samantha McKendrick
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Year 2
You will continue to explore the five subject strands studied
in year 1. Within year 2 you will build upon the knowledge
acquired in year 1 and will develop the ability to apply your
on-going learning related to theories, principles, research and
other types of evidence to practice. In year 2 you will explore
current public health priorities while learning a range of
models and approaches to health and wellbeing improvement
within nursing practice. You will also consider the role of the
nurse in addressing health inequalities.
Year 3
In year 3 learning becomes more integrated and focused on
developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be
accountable for your own decisions and practice and achieve the
Nursing and Midwifery competencies in practice. You will learn
about multi-agency working, teaching and learning theories and
risk assessment in relation to health and primary care for
individuals, families, carers and communities as well as the use of
technology in healthcare. You will develop knowledge of
sciences to advance nursing while critically applying relevant
theoretical concepts and frameworks to meet essential and
complex physical and mental health needs of individuals. You
will develop your knowledge and skills in order to work more
autonomously and to enhance a culture of excellence in practice.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake an international
exchange placement in this year as well as choosing one module
from a range of options.
For entry requirements please refer to page 155.
www.rgu.ac.uk/bnursing-children-and-young
Mental Health NURSING
Mental Health nurses assess the impact of mental health
problems on a person’s thoughts, emotions, behaviour,
physical and social health, and deliver care that
promotes recovery and self-management. You may deal
with a complex mix of mental health and social problems
including clinical depression with substance misuse,
criminal activity and homelessness, dementia, anxietybased mental illnesses such as bipolar mood disorders,
schizophrenia, eating disorders, post traumatic stress
disorder and panic disorders.
This course will develop you into a skilled, confident mental
health nurse, equipped to deliver relationship and recoveryfocused nursing whilst taking into account the rights of the
patients and their carers.
CAREER OPTIONS
Mental Health nurses work with people of all ages and in a
variety of environments in the community, hospital and
custodial settings. There are a number of specialist areas
within this exciting field of nursing such as forensics,
problematic substance use, eating disorders, elderly and child
and adolescence mental health. Mental health nurses are part
of multidisciplinary teams working alongside social workers,
police, custodial officers, occupational therapists & midwives.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
You will commence your studies in nursing by undertaking
modules that reflect the five key subject strands. You will
study/ be assessed in the key concepts relating to health and
wellbeing as experienced by a diverse range of individuals,
communities and cultures in society and their relationship to
nursing; life and psychosocial sciences that underpin nursing,
including genetics, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology,
microbiology, growth and development; essential concepts in
nursing relevant to your chosen field of practice including,
therapeutic practice, contemporary policies, planning and
ACCESS GREAT
OPPORTUNITIES
“I have had three placements in Royal
Cornhill Hospital, where patients and
staff were so motivating and encouraging.
delivering care. Emphasis is placed on you understanding and
meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Good Health
and Good Character standards.
Year 2
You will develop the ability to apply your on-going learning
related to theories, principles, research and other types of
evidence to practice. You will explore current public health
priorities while learning a range of models and approaches to
health and wellbeing improvement within nursing practice.
You will also consider the role of the nurse in addressing
health inequalities. You will continue to study life and
psychosocial sciences related to your chosen field of practice
while exploring common health problems and related
therapeutic nursing interventions using best evidence.
Year 3
Learning becomes more integrated and focused on developing
the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be accountable
for your own decisions and practice and achieve the Nursing and
Midwifery competencies in practice. You will learn about
multi-agency working, teaching and learning theories and risk
assessment in relation to health and primary care for individuals.
You will develop knowledge of sciences to advance nursing
while critically applying relevant theoretical concepts and
frameworks to meet essential and complex physical and mental
health needs of individuals. You will develop knowledge and
skills in order to work more autonomously and enhance a culture
of excellence in practice through person and family-centred
approaches to care utilising effective leadership and
management skills.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake an international
exchange placement in this year as well as choosing one module
from a range of options.
For entry requirements please refer to page 155.
www.rgu.ac.uk/bachelor-of-nursing-mental-health
Everyone I have met has been very happy
to teach me and help me build on my skills.
There is a lot to learn and a lot of work
to do, but everything is so interesting
and challenging, it motivates me to work
a lot harder.”
Mental Health Nursing Student
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BACHELOR OF NURSING
(HONS) ADULT
This four-year full-time Honours degree will enable you
to develop the knowledge and skills needed to practise
confidently and effectively within the constantly
changing hospital and community-based environments,
potentially within a management or research-based role.
The BN (Hons) develops your research, critical writing and
critical thinking skills which provide an excellent platform on
which to base postgraduate studies. It will prepare you for
leadership, management, research and clinical research roles in
the future.
FACILITIES
Our Clinical Skills Centre has two ward areas with six beds in
each, a High Dependency Unit, a Children’s Room and a Home
Setting. This is a very realistic clinical environment and it has all
the equipment you would expect to find in a ward or a
community setting. The course utilises high fidelity simulation
technology to facilitate learning and to ensure that core nursing
skills are learned prior to clinical practice.
PLACEMENT
Our placement opportunities are diverse and allow you to
experience a wide variety of care settings, including urban
and rural, hospital and community based, NHS and private
sector across the north east of Scotland and the Orkney and
Shetland islands. As part of the placement experience you
will need to fit in with the 24/7 nature of care which will
include weekend and night duties.
Students will undertake the following placements in
each year:
Year 1 – Students undertake 2 placements
1 x 9 week and 1 x 6 week, both at 37.5 hours per week.
Year 2 – Students undertake 3 placements
1 x 11 week, 1 x 9 week and 1 x 5 week (two placements at
37.5 hours per week and 1 at 30 hours per week).
Year 3 – Students undertake 2 placements
1 x 13 week and 1 x 8 week.
Year 4 – Students undertake 1 placement
1 x 12 week at 37.5 hours per week.
Key facts
UCAS B740
STUDY ABROAD
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Our third year student nurses have an opportunity to apply
for a three-month European Exchange with one of the
School’s European Partners in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Italy
or Spain. We also run a Grampian-Houston Student Nurse
Exchange Programme which involves a reciprocal two-week
exchange between RGU and the Houston Baptist University
(HBU), Texas and in Knoxville, Tennessee. During the visits,
students experience a variety of different clinical placements,
as well as spending time in the host university attending
classes and getting to know the local students. Further
opportunities for exchange may be available as we develop
our links and partnerships.
Year 1
You will study key concepts relating to health and wellbeing,
communities and cultures in society, life and psychosocial
sciences (including genetics, anatomy and physiology,
pharmacology, microbiology, growth and development),
nursing in your chosen field of practice (including therapeutic
practice, contemporary policies, planning and delivering
care), values-based professional care, infection prevention
and control, nutrition and fluid balance, administration of
medicines and drug calculations and therapeutic
communication, maintaining confidentiality and
demonstrating a respectful, professional and ethical attitude
towards others.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Graduates are eligible to register on the Nursing and
Midwifery Council Professional Register.
FUNDING
Nursing and Midwifery students are entitled to a non incomeassessed bursary which is administered through the Student
Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS). www.saas.gov.uk
CAREER OPTIONS
Our nursing graduates have gone on to work in hospitals or
community settings, undertaking more specialist and
responsible roles as their careers have progressed. The course
prepares you to work effectively within the health care sector
and provides an excellent foundation for future academic study
and the development of more specialist nursing knowledge and
skills for clinical, managerial and/or research roles. For further
career options, please visit www.nhscareers.nhs.uk
Year 2
You will explore current public health priorities, health and
wellbeing improvement, health inequalities, life and
psychosocial sciences, common health problems and
interventions, therapeutic communication, patient
assessment and observations and clinical skills specific to
your field of practice. You will demonstrate more
responsibility for your own learning for self-development.
Year 3
Learning becomes more focused on developing the
knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be accountable
for your own decisions. You will learn about multi-agency
working, teaching and learning theories and risk assessment
in relation to health and primary care for individuals, families,
carers and communities as well as the use of technology in
healthcare. You will also have the opportunity to apply for an
exchange placement through a partner European institution
or a place on our Grampian Houston Exchange.
Year 4
You will undertake a dissertation with support from a named
supervisor. On successful completion of year 4, students will
be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and
Midwifery Council. You will also study acute and
unscheduled/community care, extended nursing skills and a
module shared with the School of Applied Social Studies
which focuses on the integration of Health, Social Care and
inter Agency Teamwork.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC including English. A science subject is also
recommended. Maths and a science subject are required
at National 5 level Grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC including English. A science subject is also
recommended. Maths and a science subject are required
at GCSE Grade C or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 including English. A science subject is also
recommended. Ordinary Level Maths and a science
subject required at Grade C1 or above if not held at
Higher Level.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) score of 7.0 in all elements or an
appropriate equivalent.
Additional Information
Applicants who do not have the required level of Maths
may be eligible for the Applied Number Skills course
subject to availability.
Selection Visit
Applicants will be invited to attend a selection event.
This will take the form of a tour of the facilities, an
opportunity to meet academics and practitioners and
an interview.
Special Requirements
Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject
to a health and immunisation screening and satisfactory
PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure).
For more details about the PVG scheme please visit
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/bachelor-hons-nursing-adult
Students are assessed in all practice learning experiences.
160 | GET AHEAD
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NUTRITION
BSC (HONS)
Nutrition is the scientific study of the nutrients in food,
how they are used in the body, and the relationship
between diet, health and disease.
Nutritionists apply their knowledge in a wide variety of fields
which include public health, the food industry,
product development, sports nutrition, animal nutrition and
nutrition science.
A nutritionist has the opportunity to diversify into many
different areas and can opt for a variety of career pathways.
You might be involved in: developing food and nutrition
policy; food product reformulation or development;
researching nutritional approaches to preventing, managing
or treating disease; or training community workers to support
individuals and groups to develop cooking skills.
Our course provides you with the opportunity to tailor your
degree to your own specific interests so you can specialise in
the area of nutrition that interests you most.
Staff have excellent links with the food industry, NHS,
research institutes, and national and international agencies.
These links are fully utilised to provide external speakers,
study visits, projects and placements which ensure that the
course has relevance to employment opportunities.
PLACEMENT
An important element of the course is a 12-week practical
work placement in year 4 that gives you an opportunity to try
out your skills and gain confidence in the workplace. You will
work alongside a nutritionist in research, the food industry,
public health or a government agency, and undertake a
work-based project.
Key facts
UCAS B400
Typical placement providers include British Nutrition
Foundation, FitNut Ltd, NHS Grampian, Scottish
Rugby, Association for Nutrition, Baxters Food Group,
Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd, and the Rowett Institute of
Nutrition and Health.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition,
which has also commended it for its quality. Graduates are
eligible to apply for entry to the UK Voluntary Register of
Nutritionists (UKVRN) as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr).
This course is also recognised by the Hong Kong Nutrition
Association and graduates are eligible to apply for Full
Membership (Nutritionist).
CAREER OPTIONS
There is a wide range of career opportunities available that
includes working within: the health industry (including the
pharmaceutical industry); sport and fitness; the food industry
from primary production through product development to
the retail chains; health education and improvement;
government and international agencies such as the Food
Standards Agency; the World Health Organization; the
Government Office for Science and Technology; and
research for industry, governments or universities.
This course also meets the General Teaching Council
requirements for a pre-requisite degree for Home
Economics teaching.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
Applied Microbiology • Biology for Life Sciences •
Chemistry for Life Sciences • Food Studies • Biomolecular
Science • Global and Social Nutrition • Macronutrients •
Practical Skills for Life Sciences
Year 2
Communication Studies • Metabolism • Micronutrients •
Nutritional Physiology • Life Cycle Nutrition • Nutritional
Research Methods • Sociology and Psychology
Year 3
Food Analysis • Food Product Development • Nutritional
Epidemiology • Nutritional Science for Sport • Experimental
Molecular Biology for Nutrition • Health Promotion •
Molecular Biology and Human Genetics • Nutritional Literature
Study
Year 4
Developing Professional Studies • Nutrition Placement •
Advanced Nutrition • Public Health Nutrition • Research
Project
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC to include Biology or Chemistry and one further
science (Maths and Home Economics: Health and Food
Technology counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and
Maths are required at National 5 level Grade B or above if
not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
CCC to include Biology or Chemistry and one further
science (Maths and Home Economics: Food and Nutrition
counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths are
required at GCSE Grade B or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1C1 to include Biology or Chemistry and one
further science (Maths and Home Economics Scientific &
Social counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths
are required at Ordinary Level Grade B or above if not
held at Higher.
IB Diploma
26 to include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level Grade
4 and one further science at Higher Level (Maths
counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths required
at Standard Level Grade 4 if not held at Higher.
Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/nutrition
GAIN
VALUABLE
EXPERIENCE
Elizabeth Deschamp
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“The fourth year placement was one of the
highlights of the course. It was a fantastic
and exciting experience working at the
MRC Collaborative Centre for Human
Nutrition Research in Cambridge.
It helped me extend and practise the skills
learned at University, and learn about the
responsibilities and the day-to-day
challenges faced by research nutritionists.”
Elizabeth Deschamp
Want to know more?
Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK
Mairead Rowan
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NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
BSC (HONS)
Dietitians are registered healthcare professionals whose
role is to help people to manage or alleviate their
medical condition by changes to their diet. They also
help people to cope with conditions that affect their
appetite or their ability to consume a normal varied diet,
and promote good dietary habits to help people reduce
their risk of developing chronic diseases in later life.
As a dietitian you will need good interpersonal skills,
strong communication skills and the ability to negotiate
and manage behaviour change.
Our course combines the study of nutrition and its application
in dietetics, helping to prepare you for a career as a registered
dietitian.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of a variety of aspects
of health, disease and diet, including the effects that
preparation methods have on the quality of food, the fate of
nutrients when they are absorbed from the gut, and the health
problems that might be expected from having too much or too
little of some dietary components. In particular, you will focus
on clinical nutrition management of many disease states and
will also develop your counselling skills to support behaviour
change with individuals.
Staff have honorary positions in the NHS and research
institutes that help to foster important links with employers and
to ensure that the course has relevance to employment
opportunities. Graduates compete well for dietetic positions in
the UK. However, we also have a number of graduates
working in other countries including USA, Canada, Australia,
Greece, Spain, France, Botswana, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Key facts
UCAS B401
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Vital elements of the course are the placement opportunities
that are integrated in years 2, 3 and 4, enabling you to work
alongside qualified dietitians in hospitals and community
settings. You will undertake 1,000 hours of practice,
typically spread over a four-week placement between years
2 and 3, a 12-week placement between years 3 and 4, and a
12-week placement in year 4. In this final placement, you will
have the confidence and skills to run your own wards and
clinics. The majority of placements are provided by the NHS.
Year 1
Applied Microbiology • Biology for Life Sciences •
Chemistry for Life Sciences • Food Studies • Biomolecular
Science • Global and Social Nutrition • Macronutrients •
Practical Skills for Life Sciences
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Year 3
Dietetics • Food Product Development • Nutritional
Epidemiology • Health Promotion • Practice Placement B
This course is accredited by the British Dietetic Association,
and it is approved by the Health and Care Professions
Council as suitable preparation for registration as a Dietitian.
This course is also recognised by the Hong Kong Nutrition
Association and graduates who register with the HCPC are
eligible to apply for Full Membership (Dietitian).
Year 2
Communication Studies • Metabolism • Micronutrients •
Nutritional Physiology • Life Cycle Nutrition • Nutritional
Research Methods • Sociology and Psychology
Year 4
Practice Placement C • Advanced Nutrition • Public Health
Nutrition • Research Project
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC to include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry and
English (or a subject requiring the use of English).
Maths must be at National 5 level Grade B or above if not
held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include Biology and Chemistry. English and Maths
are required at GCSE Grade B or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 to include Biology, Chemistry and English
(or a subject requiring the use of English). Maths must be
at Ordinary Level Grade B if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level Biology and Chemistry at
Grade 5. Maths and English required at Standard Level
Grade 4 or above.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) score of 7.0 with no element less than 6.5
or an appropriate equivalent.
Want to know more?
Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK
CAREER OPTIONS
Although the majority of our graduates begin their careers as
dietitians in the NHS, there are also many opportunities
within the private sector. Our graduates have gone on to
achieve great success in their careers including Associate
Director of AHPs at NHS Grampian, Lead AHP for Public
Health England, Performance Nutritionist with Irish Rugby
Football Union, Sports Dietitian with Sport Scotland,
Education Projects Manager with NHS Education for
Scotland, and Board Member of Food Standards Scotland.
Special Requirements
Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and
satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced
disclosure) are a requirement for all successful applicants
prior to commencement on the course.
For more details about the PVG scheme please visit
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
EU or overseas students will also need to obtain their
country's equivalent (such as police verification of good
conduct).
TRAIN
FOR THE
REAL WORLD
“RGU prepared me really well for
employment. When I was first thrown into
the deep end in community dietetics I
managed to swim rather than sink. As the
quality of the teaching was excellent, when
I later went on to pursue an MSc in sports
nutrition, I was really well-prepared by my
undergraduate degree.”
Nora Ni Fhlannagain
164 | GET AHEAD
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/nutrition-and-dietetics
Nora Ni Fhlannagain
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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
BSC (HONS)
Learning, playing, working, managing our homes, and
caring for ourselves and our families are daily
“occupations” of life which we can take for granted.
Physical, psychological or other challenges can prevent
people from participating fully in everyday life. Any
illness, injury or developmental disability can make it
difficult for someone to perform everyday tasks or be
as active and independent as they would like. As an
Occupational Therapist, you will be a vital part of the
Health and Social care team, enabling people to
recover from injury and illness and to regain
independence to enjoy life to the full.
This is a four year full time course which involves a mix of
academic, practice-based and community situated learning
experiences. You will attend lectures, tutorials and
workshops led by academic teaching staff (all of whom are
qualified allied health professionals) or external clinical
practitioners, and experts within their areas of practice.
Practical sessions are taught within the purpose built clinical
skills and home setting environments, engaging with
volunteer patients to simulate patient scenarios during
teaching and assessment sessions.
To facilitate your understanding of alternative healthcare
systems and cultures, supporting your employability in the
global workplace, an international learning exchange is offered
in Stage 3, with LaCrosse University in Wisconsin, USA.
Key facts
UCAS B920
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
During the course, students take part in five practice placements in a range of health, social care and voluntary sectors
across Scotland. The elective placement in Stage 4 provides an
opportunity to gain experience in specialist; developing ; or
international areas of practice including emerging areas of
practice, such as the fire service or prison helping to prepare
you for future employment.
Year 1
The aim of year 1 is to enable you to develop a basic
understanding of the relationship between the person,
occupation, health, wellbeing and the environment, as well as
acquiring professional knowledge and skills, self-awareness,
organisational skills and study skills. You will also develop a
basic understanding of the theoretical and practical
components of occupational therapy related to practice.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Year 2
Year 2 enables you to explore wider theoretical aspects of
occupational therapy, clinical sciences and social studies,
developing your understanding of the impact of ill health and
the value of occupation to the health and well -being of
individuals and populations throughout the lifespan. Interprofessional education opportunities are integrated to
facilitate students learning experiences with other allied
health professional students which are reflective of the
working environment.
This degree is a professional qualification accredited by the
College of Occupational Therapists and meets the standards
of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Successful completion of the course allows you to apply
for registration with the Health and Care Professions
Council and membership to the British Association of
Occupational Therapy.
CAREER OPTIONS
Graduate occupational therapists from Robert Gordon
University are recognised as being prepared for global
employment, with the skills and attributes to work across health
and social care and in emerging areas of practice such as the
voluntary sector.
100%
Student
satisfaction
rate
“The practical areas within RGU enabled
me to prepare and learn prior to going
out on placement. The smaller classes
promote interaction and discussion. The
practical placements enabled me to gain
experience in different settings whilst
learning at the same time. The skills and
knowledge I've gained are invaluable.”
Angela Gifford,
Occupational Therapy graduate
166 | GET AHEAD
Unistats 2015
Year 3
The aim of year 3 is to provide you with further opportunities
to develop your professional skills through integration of
academic theory, practical skills and greater independent
study both at University and during your practice placements.
You will be challenged to develop your critical thinking skills
by considering the wider political, professional, societal,
cultural and environmental influences on healthcare.
Year 4
Year 4 provides you with opportunities to evaluate occupational
therapy practice and the wider issues of professional practice
including interdisciplinary working and the environment. You
will engage in in-depth self-directed study, acquire an increased
breadth of understanding and develop a critical approach to
practice. Gaining the confidence to be flexible in your approach
to professional practice, self-evaluation and lifelong learning
within the workplace.
Throughout the course you will be required to reflect on
your academic and professional development and consider
your future learning needs. Other threads running through
the course include Health Improvement, User-Perspective,
Leadership, Public Health, Research, Culture and
Diversity, Partnership Working, Information Management
and Technology.
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) and one from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry or
Physics. Maths is required at National 5 level Grade B or
above if not at held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of
English) and one from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry or
Physics. Maths is required at GCSE B if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2B2C1 to include English (or a subject requiring the use
of English) and one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Maths is required at Ordinary Level B if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) and one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics
all at Higher Level Grade 4. Maths is required at Standard
Level Grade 4 if not held at Higher.
Advanced Entry
HNC in Occupational Therapy Support may allow advanced
entry to year 2.
English Language Qualifications
All applicants whose first language is not English are required
to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing
System) minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.
Practice Visit
As part of the application process, all applicants are required
to demonstrate an informed perspective of occupational
therapy and this will normally be achieved through visiting an
occupational therapy setting prior to interview.
Shortlist Selection Process
All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day selection
visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being made.
The selection process includes evaluation of your professional
suitability, communication and team working skills.
Special Requirements
Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and
satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced
disclosure) are a requirement for all successful applicants
prior to commencement on the course. Details of
immunisation requirements can be found on our course
webpage at www.rgu.ac.uk/occupational-therapy.
For more details about the PVG scheme please visit
Disclosure Scotland at www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/occupational-therapy
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PHARMACY
MPHarm
The role of the modern pharmacist has evolved in
recent years, making it a hugely varied and rewarding
profession. Pharmacists advise on and deliver the
latest in cutting-edge treatments and medicines to
millions of patients every day. Whether on the
frontline of the NHS as a community pharmacist,
working on a hospital ward, in a GP practice, in
research or within industry, pharmacists are an integral
part of the healthcare team. Pharmacy offers a
challenging and patient-focused career path.
Our course produces effective practitioners with the
knowledge and skills to deliver the very best
pharmaceutical care for patients underpinned by sound
scientific principles. This is achieved through a
student-centred approach, developing you as a
life-long learner and reflective practitioner. An
emphasis is placed on inter-professional learning
where you will learn with and from other professions
such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and allied
healthcare professions.
You will develop an understanding of how the body works;
the effects of disease; how drugs are made, delivered to
and affect the body; and importantly, how to achieve
shared decision making with patients that ensures the
maximum benefit from medicines with the minimum
incidence of side effects.
FACILITIES
You will benefit from studying in our new purpose-built
facilities, particularly our Pharmacy Simulation Centre.
The modern, state-of-the-art chemistry, formulation,
biomedical and microbiological laboratories will allow you to
develop the fundamental scientific skills which underpin
modern pharmacy practice.
“The outstanding reputation associated with
Pharmacy at Robert Gordon University
helped me decide to study here. I’d heard
about the high-quality teaching and modern
facilities, which over the past four years I
have been lucky enough to experience.”
Ronan Sheridan
(2012 Irish Young Pharmacist of the Year)
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Key facts
UCAS B230
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Professional experiences are a range of learning activities across
the course with patients, carers, pharmacists and other
healthcare professionals in order to allow you to develop as
professionals and put into practice the skills and knowledge
acquired in the course. These interactions include
Interprofessional Education, on and off campus placements
which take place in a variety of settings, interaction with patients
and external lecturers. You will reflect on your professional
development through these experiences using an e-portfolio.
Our course has three strands: The Pharmacist, The Patient,
The Medicine, which are introduced separately and then
become increasingly interlinked and developed over four
years. The emphasis is on preparing graduates for a dynamic
profession and to reflect the need for continuing professional
development and life-long learning.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
(GPhC). Therefore on graduation, provided you comply with
the GPhC’s Fitness to Practise requirements
(www.rgu.ac.uk/pharmacy/ftp) you will be eligible to
undertake a pre-registration year. At the end of this you will
have to demonstrate various competencies and pass a
registration assessment to be eligible to register as a pharmacist
with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
CAREER OPTIONS
Pharmacists have wide and varied career options. You may focus
on a clinical career and progress as a hospital clinical pharmacist
or work in a community pharmacy. You may train and register as
a non-medical prescriber, follow a management career route
either within the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry or a
community pharmacy company. Some of our graduates return
to academia to teach and carry out research. Or you could follow
a career in a more unusual area such as veterinary pharmacy,
regulation, the military or health journalism.
Additional postgraduate qualifications could allow you to
become an advanced practitioner in an area of specialist
practice. Whichever you choose the challenges are enjoyable
and the rewards are high.
Ronan (middle) receiving his award
Development of generic transferable skills, including
numeracy, communication, IT and presentation skills, are
embedded elements within all of the taught subjects and
reflective practice is undertaken through the use of a personal
development e-portfolio.
Year 1
The emphasis is on science relevant to pharmacy and the
skills required to both complete the course and for
professional practice. An insight into the profession of
pharmacy covering the drug journey from discovery to
pharmaceutical care and prescribing is introduced.
Year 2
The science becomes more applied with the study of
biochemistry, therapeutics, pharmaceutical microbiology
and the design and manufacture of medicines and their
supply within a professional and legal framework.
Year 3
The concepts developed in previous years are consolidated
with further integration of the strands; The Patient, The
Medicine and The Pharmacist. An approach to professional
practice is developed that promotes the improvement of
health outcomes alongside further development of
therapeutics, integrated with a strong science base
emphasising quality assurance. The skills necessary to
conduct a research project in year four are introduced.
Year 4
The skills, knowledge and attitude necessary for the demands
of a dynamic profession are strengthened using an integrated
approach to pharmaceutical care, public health, professional
service development and practice including prescribing,
and students undertake an individual research project.
www.rgu.ac.uk/pharmacy
99% WERE IN A PROFESSIONAL JOB 6 MONTHS
AFTER THE PHARMACY COURSE. (UNISTATS/KIS 2014)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
AABB to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from
Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics at Grade B or
above at first sitting. Higher English (or subject requiring
the use of English) should be achieved at a minimum of
Grade C.
GCE A Level
BBB to include Chemistry plus one further science from
Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics at Grade B or
above at first sitting. English must be achieved at GCSE
Grade B or above and Maths at GCSE Grade B or above if
not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
AAB1B1 to include Chemistry plus two further sciences
from Biology, Maths or Physics at Grade B1 or above at
first sitting. English must be achieved at a minimum of B3.
IB Diploma
32 to include Higher Level Chemistry at Grade 6, one
further science (or Maths) at Higher Level Grade 5 and a
written subject at Higher Level Grade 5. One further
science (or Maths) must also be achieved at Standard
Level Grade 5.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) score of 6.5 in all elements or an
appropriate equivalent.
Additional Information
Applicants should note that General Pharmaceutical
Council Fitness to Practise regulations
(www.pharmacyregulation.org) apply to pharmacy
students. Offers of a place on the MPharm course are
subject to compliance with these regulations and a
satisfactory Good Health and Good Character declaration.
Home UK students will be required to obtain Protecting
Vulnerable Groups clearance. EU or overseas students will
need to obtain their country’s equivalent (such as police
verification of good conduct) prior to commencing the
MPharm at Robert Gordon University. If you would like to
know more about this, then please refer to our website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/pharmacy/ftp
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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PHYSIOTHERAPY
BSC (HONS)
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that involves
working with people to promote their own health and
wellbeing in a wide variety of health settings, from
intensive care units to Premier League sports clubs, to
help restore movement and function to as near normal
as possible.
Our course is delivered by experienced healthcare
professionals who are committed to ensuring that you develop
the skills and competencies needed to become a confident
and independent physiotherapist. This course will enable you to
effectively assess and treat patients, continually analyse and
evaluate your practice, and meet the demands of the rapidly
changing health sector.
The vital clinical placement aspect of the course will provide
you with the practical and ‘real-world’ experiences which will
help to enhance your employability after graduation.
FACILITIES
Your learning experience will be enhanced by state-of-the-art
teaching and clinical skills facilities such as the clinical skills
center and human performance laboratory. The therapy
practical rooms and human performance laboratory, which
has a sophisticated three-dimensional motion analysis system,
are key facilities you will utilise during your study. In the
clinical skills area you will be introduced to the ward setting,
volunteer patients and the computerised METIman. The use
of the volunteers allows students to engage with real life
scenarios which allows students to practice treatment skills.
METIman is used to practice treatment approaches for the
acutely ill patient in a safe environment.
www.rgu.ac.uk/bscphysiotherapy
“The course provides a brilliant practical
learning element which RGU excels at due to
having the ability to offer technologies such
as the METIman, providing a simulated acute
patient to perform techniques on. As well as
this the involvement in face-to-face contact
with people outwith university such as
Volunteer patients has allowed us to build our
confidence and skills in communicating in a
supported environment."
Katie Rough, Physiotherapy graduate
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Key facts
UCAS B160
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Seven clinical placements, starting at the end of year 1, are
integrated throughout the course. This allows you to bring
your experiences back into the University and enhances your
learning. You will complete placements in a range of clinical
areas across Scotland, under the close supervision of
experienced physiotherapists. You will also have the support
of University tutors who will visit you at least once during
each of your placements.
Year 1
During this year, knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and
pathology and professional skills will be integrated with key
physiotherapy skills to allow you to undertake the first clinical
placement at the end of year 1.
STUDY ABROAD
The elective placement in year 3 of the course gives you the
opportunity to study physiotherapy provision in another
country if you wish.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for
registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and
membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
CAREER OPTIONS
Physiotherapists work in health promotion, preventative
healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation, with patients ranging
from children to older people and with a variety of conditions
from sports injuries to mental health issues. You will be
prepared to work within a wide range of NHS and private
sector environments. Further postgraduate study will enable
you to explore further career opportunities; for example
animal and equine physiotherapy.
Year 2
Physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills are developed
further considering those with neurology, musculoskeletal and
respiratory conditions. In addition, the impact of differing
healthcare settings and their impact on patient management is
also explored. You will explore the interrelationships between
physical, psychological, and social aspects of rehabilitation,
and how these can be managed to optimise recovery.
Communication skills, and collaborative working are key
themes integrated into these module to prepare students for
the diverse patient population.
Year 3
The management of acutely ill patients is developed further,
alongside the exploration of human performance and promotion
of physical fitness and activity is promoted further. You are then
challenged to apply this knowledge to more complex patient
presentations. The use of research to support and underpin
practice is developed further encouraging development of
clinical reasoning skills. A further two clinical placements are
undertaken one of which you will organise yourself.
Year 4
The emphasis in your final year relates to the evaluation and
research skills necessary for a qualified physiotherapist in
conjunction with understanding key issues relating to healthcare
policies and interdisciplinary team working. Advanced practice
is explored, aiming to further develop your physiotherapy skills
and underpin their use with scientific evidence. Two final
clinical placements allow development and refinement of the
required treatment and management skills needed prior to
qualification. Graduate skills such as leadership, and team
working are incorporated within teaching complimented by
personal development planning to ensure graduates are
practice ready for the ever changing healthcare environment.
Search 'Physiotherapy at RGU'
@Physio_RGU
In the 2016 Complete University Guide,
our course was ranked 4th in the UK
and top in Scotland.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB required from 5th year to be invited to interview.
Overall from 5th and 6th year a minimum of AABBB to include
English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and two from
Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
GCE A Level
BBB to include two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or
Physics. English (or a subject requiring the use of English) is
required at AS Level Grade B or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
AAB2B2B2 to include English (or a subject requiring the
use of English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths
or Physics.
IB Diploma
32 to include Higher Level Grade 5 in English (or a subject
requiring the use of English) and two from Biology,
Chemistry, Maths or Physics, plus one further subject at
Standard Level Grade 5 or above.
English Language Qualifications
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.
Practice Visit
As part of the application process, all applicants are required
to demonstrate an informed perspective of physiotherapy
and this will normally be achieved through visiting a
physiotherapy setting prior to interview.
Selection Visit
All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day
selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the course
being made. The selection process includes evaluation of
your professional suitability, communication and team
working skills.
Special Requirements
Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and
satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced
disclosure) are a requirement for all successful applicants
prior to commencement on the course. Details of
immunisation requirements can be found on our course
webpage at www.rgu.ac.uk. For more details about the
PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland at
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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SOCIAL WORK
BA (HONS) (SSSC APPROVED)
Key facts
UCAS L500
The role of the social worker is vital to the local
community and society in general. Working with
people of all ages who may be socially excluded,
vulnerable or undergoing some level of crisis, your role
will be to guide, support and enable the service user to
eventually support themselves as much as possible.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Successful completion of the degree confers eligibility to
practise as a social worker within the UK, and to register with
the SSSC and the other Social Care Councils in the UK.
This full-time degree will provide you with the underpinning
knowledge, values and skills required by the Scottish Social
Services Council (SSSC) to practise as a qualified social
worker. You will be prepared for practice in all areas of social
work, including child care, child protection, criminal justice
and community care, and in a range of settings, including
community, residential and group care.
Following successful completion of the course, students find
employment across the social work sector. In the past our
students have been in great demand throughout the UK. The
international focus of the course also provides employment
possibilities in a range of European countries, the USA and
Australia. Our graduates have also found employment in
criminal justice, child care/child protection as well as working
with people with mental health issues, substance misuse
problems, physical disabilities or old age.
Year 1
Study and Research Skills • Individual Psychology and the
Lifespan • Introductory Sociology • Social Work Values,
Roles and Tasks • Cognitive and Social Psychology •
Sociology of Identity, Difference and Deviance • An
Introduction to Law and Politics in Social Work • Social Work
in Society
This long-established course has an enviable reputation for
the high quality of its teaching and support, as well as the
high level of employment achieved by its graduates.
PLACEMENT
A major strength of the course is the practice placement
opportunities which are an integral part of study. You will
undertake three practice placements: one lasting two
months, one lasting three months and one lasting four
months. There is also the opportunity to undertake one
placement in a European country other than the UK. The
rewards from undertaking these placements are enormous,
both in terms of initial professional development and in
applying theoretical principles to real-life situations. Practice
is assessed according to the competence requirements of
Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
CAREER OPTIONS
In the 2013 National Student Survey,
Social Work at Robert Gordon University
was placed top in the UK
Year 2
Law and Social Work • Human Growth and Behaviour •
Social Policy and Social Work Practice • Social Work
Methods • Social Work Practice 1 • Disability and Mental
Health: A Life Course Approach • Social Work with Older
People • Social Work with People with Substance Problems •
Group Care/Support and Protection - Practice Issues and
Ethical Dilemmas
Year 3
Social Work Practice 2 • Practice Learning 2/Contexts •
Personal and Professional Development 1 • Social Work with
Children and Families • Social Work Practice and Research
Methods • Social Work in Criminal Justice • Counselling
within Social Work Practice
Year 4
Social Work Practice 3 • Practice Learning – Risk Assessment/
Risk Management • Evidence Based Practice • Dissertation
Study • Integrated Health and Social Care • Social Work in a
Global Context OR Management in Social Work Settings OR
Therapeutic Practice with Children
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics,
Numeracy or equivalent at National 5 level Grade C or above.
GCE A Level
CCC. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics,
Numeracy or equivalent at GCSE Grade C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
B2B2C1C1. Applicants will be expected to have
Mathematics, Numeracy or equivalent at Ordinary level
Grade C or above.
IB Diploma
26. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics,
Numeracy or equivalent at Standard Level Grade 4
or above.
Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis. If interested
in this possibility please contact the Admissions Tutor to
discuss further.
Interview
You will be required to attend an interview. Overseas
applicants will be interviewed by Skype. Applicants who do
not have an appropriate certificated level of Mathematics,
Numeracy or equivalent will be expected to demonstrate an
appropriate level of numeracy at interview.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/social-work
VALUABLE
PLACEMENTS
"The course itself is stimulating and
engaging, and thoroughly prepares you
with the theory behind social work
practice. The placements however are
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where you really learn how to conduct
yourself as a competent social worker,
and the placements that RGU secure are
second to none. Social workers from
RGU are always in high demand from
employers and I found getting a job very
easy. I secured a social work position
before I even graduated."
Barry Clubb
Social Work Graduate 2014
Want to know more?
Visit WWW.RGU.AC.UK
Social Work students will spend around
250
hours in discussion
groups in their first year
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FURTHER
INFORMATION
Applying to university can feel like an overwhelming experience, whether you’re
leaving school or college, or have decided to change jobs and retrain. It’s hard to know
where to start or what to expect – so in this section we’ve gathered together some
information that we think might help to guide you through the process.
CONTENTS
Accommodation176
Living in halls of residence / ResLife
178
Living expenses
179
Money, fees and finance
180
Scholarships185
Student support
186
How to apply
190
When to apply
192
How to find us
194
City centre map
196
World Surfing Championship
Our Riverside campus
197
Join us online
198
An RGU student represented Scotland at the World Surfing Championships
in South America.
Visit us
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How to get ahead
202
Phoebe Strachan
Phoebe Strachan an Applied Sport and Exercise Science student, was
selected to make her debut for Scotland’s surfing team at the event in Peru.
Phoebe joined five other surfers to represent the country at the International
Surfing Association (ISA) World Games, held at Punta Rocas.
Phoebe said: “I felt really proud to have been asked to represent Scotland at
the World Surfing Championships in Peru. I wanted to show that Scotland
can produce surfers who are just as good as the more established countries
in the sport like Australia and the US."
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REASONS TO SMILE
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/SMILE
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ACCOMMODATION…
YOUR NEW HOME
ACCOMMODATION MAP
Leaving home for the first time can be one of the most exciting things about going
to university. It’s an opportunity to live independently, meet new people, make new
friends – and because Aberdeen really is a truly student-focused city, you’ll meet
people from all over the world. That’s one reason why studying at Robert Gordon
University is such a rewarding experience.
OUR ACCOMMODATION
Applications
The first thing you’ll need is somewhere to stay, a place to call
home. Robert Gordon University has various purpose-built
accommodation developments situated in the city and at the
Garthdee campus. The flats are well equipped and you’ll have
your own bedroom for some private space, while the kitchen
and living areas are shared – usually with between two and
seven other students. Some of the accommodation is en-suite,
whilst the remainder has shared bathroom facilities. The
cheapest accommodation for those on a tight budget is in
standard rooms whilst at the top end of the price range there
are self-contained one bedroom flats.
Accommodation applications can be made at
www.rgu.ac.uk/roomonline. To apply, you must have
accepted a Conditional or Unconditional offer, or have an
Insurance offer.
The rent you pay includes internet access and personal
contents insurance. The majority of properties also include
utilities and cleaning of communal areas. In 2015/16 rent rates
ranged from £100 to £200 per week.
Need more information?
You can have a look at the most up-to-date information and
view our flats on our website
www.rgu.ac.uk/living/accommodation
or you can call us on +44 (0)1224 262130
or email [email protected]
Private Sector Accommodation
Please see our website under Alternative Accommodation for
links to www.rgustudentpad.co.uk and other advertising
sites for private flats/rooms. Prices in the private sector start
at around £90 per week (excluding bills).
For the most up-to-date information about accommodation
at Robert Gordon University go to our website or contact us
direct. We would be delighted to help and look forward to
welcoming you to Aberdeen.
www.rgu.ac.uk/living/accommodation
*Prices correct at time of going to press (Mar 2016).
Information correct at time of going to press
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living in halls of residence
LIVING EXPENSES
COST OF LIVING
We’ve put together a rough guide to the cost of living in
Aberdeen. This is based on one academic year (40 weeks).*
The figures show the cost of RGU student residences in a
single standard room for 2015/16 (40 weeks). The cost is
inclusive of heating, lighting, water, internet and personal
contents insurance.
Costs are based on estimated average student spend and
correspond to the approximate cost of living in the Aberdeen
area in 2015. The amount that students spend on personal
expenses can vary considerably, depending on the individual
student and factors such as the type of accommodation you
choose; if you plan to take a part-time job or not; how much
socialising you want to do whilst studying.
For private accommodation, you’ll need to add
approximately £25 a week to the cost of the rent for heating,
lighting, water, and personal contents insurance.
SUPPORTING YOUR STAY with RESLIFE
The main areas of ResLife are:
We are committed to improving the student
experience through the provision of a comprehensive
social calendar as well as access to support services,
within and outwith the University itself.
- Student Support, Development and Wellbeing
While living with us at RGU, you will become part of a
University community that encourages and supports our
students in every aspect of their personal development.
This is done through peer signposting and support, as well
as access to a dedicated team of full-time student welfare and
advice professionals. We call it ResLife.
Find out more at
www.rgu.ac.uk/reslife
Flat share
in private
accommodation
Travel, social,
sporting activities,
clothes &
phone calls
£70–£115 a week or
£3,800–£5,600 a year
£30–£40 a week or
£1,200–£1,600 a year
FOOD &
TOILETRIES
£40 a week or
£1,600 a year
- Social Events and Integration Opportunities
- Student Engagement
Follow us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/reslife
Standard room in
Uni accommodation
£100-£123 per week
£4,000 - £4,920 per year
The ResLife team will also continue to support students living
experience in the Private Rented Sector after you have
moved out of RGU's accommodation and are on-hand to
provide guidance and support throughout any student’s
University career.
BOOKS &
STATIONERY
£300 a year
save for a
rainy day!
ResLife is here to ensure that all RGU students benefit from
the University experience and that we have available
resources on hand to help you succeed personally, socially
and academically.
*All information correct at time of going to press. Prices subject to review at any time.
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money
Money is one of the most important issues for any student and you need to plan your
own budget. Our Student Finance service will offer you all the help, advice and support
that you need. We’ve summarised some key points, but check out our website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/studentfinance for the most up-to-date information.
STUDENTS FROM SCOTLAND
Full details of support available to Scottish students from the
Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) are available at
www.saas.gov.uk or by telephoning 0300 555 0505.
Application for funding from SAAS can be made online at the
SAAS website with either a Conditional or Unconditional
offer from mid-April onwards. Do not wait for your exam
results – if your course or institution details change, you can
easily change or cancel your application by calling SAAS. To
ensure your funding is in place at the start of your course you
should apply by 30 June.
Tuition Fees
If you live in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to SAAS to
pay your tuition fees for study in Scotland. Full information on
eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.saas.gov.uk.
Student Loans
Most students apply for a student loan to help with their
living costs. Loans are income-assessed and in 2015/16
ranged from £4,750-£7,500, depending on household
circumstances. Up-to-date information can be found on the
SAAS website. Application for a student loan is made online
to SAAS.
Young Students’ Bursary
If you are under 25 and from a low income family, you may be
entitled to a Young Students’ Bursary. You can apply at the
same time when applying for payment of your tuition fees.
The maximum amount available in 2015/16 was £1,875.
Independent Students’ Bursary
If you are an ‘independent’ student, you may be eligible for
ISB. In general, if you are over 25, are married, in a civil
partnership or living with a partner, or your parents are no
longer alive, you would meet the criteria. The maximum
amount available in 2015/16 was £875. Further details are
available from the SAAS website.
Supplementary Grants
You may be entitled to a supplementary grant depending on
your circumstances. Further details about these grants can be
found at www.saas.gov.uk
STUDENTS FROM OTHER EU COUNTRIES
Tuition Fees
Students who are EU nationals are not liable to pay tuition
fees for study in Scotland but must apply online to the
Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have these
paid – www.saas.gov.uk. Students should confirm their
eligibility with SAAS.
OTHER FUNDING
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES
Discretionary Funds
This fund is to assist home UK students in financial difficulty.
Please note that students on Nursing and Midwifery courses
and EU students are not eligible.
The fee that you pay as an international student depends on a
variety of factors. First of all, you need to know if you will pay
fees at the ‘home’ rate or at the ‘overseas’ rate. ‘Home’ fees
are often lower, but you will only be able to pay ‘home’ fees if
you:
Childcare Fund
This fund is available to assist home UK students with the
cost of registered or formal childcare. Please note that EU
students and Nursing and Midwifery students are not eligible
for assistance from this fund.
COURSES IN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
The following courses fall into this category:
• Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) – Adult
• Bachelor of Nursing – Adult
• Bachelor of Nursing – Children and Young People’s
• Bachelor of Nursing – Mental Health
• Bachelor of Midwifery
Assistance for students studying Nursing and Midwifery
courses is in the form of a non income-assessed bursary.
In 2015/16, the rate was £6,578 per annum. For the most
up-to-date information for 2016/2017, please visit
www.saas.gov.uk
•have permanent residence in the UK and have been
resident in the UK for three years, or
•are a non-UK EU national (or a child of an EU national) who
has lived in the European Economic Area (EEA) for three
years, or
•are a non-UK EEA/Swiss migrant worker (or their family
member) in the UK and have lived in the EEA for three
years, or
•are a refugee (recognised by the UK government) or a
member of a refugee’s family, or
•are a person who has applied for asylum and has been
granted exceptional leave to enter/remain, or a member of
their family.
The exact rules governing fees are quite complex and the
above is only a summary. Fee rates can be found on the
course detail pages of our website. Courses that involve
laboratory-based work (for example engineering or science
courses) are usually more expensive than courses that are
largely classroom-based. You can find details of course fees
on the Student Finance pages of our website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/studentfinance
Non-payment of fees
The University’s current sanction for non-payment of tuition fees is
to withhold the conferment of awards to students who are in debt to
the University.
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MONEY continued
STUDENTS FROM THE REST OF THE UK
SUPPORT FOR RUK STUDENTS
Robert Gordon University has adopted a tiered approach
with three bands of undergraduate fees reflecting the fact
that some courses cost more to deliver than others, for
example those involving laboratory or studio work versus
classroom teaching.
Full details regarding the financial support available to
students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland are
available from the following student finance websites:
These fees are reviewed annually. For the most up-to-date
information we recommend you visit our website at
www.rgu.ac.uk/feesruk
You’ll find the figures for each band, as well as the total fee
for a four year course.
A number of students may be able to secure entry into the
second year of one of our four-year degree programmes. In
this case, the student would benefit from a reduction in the
total fee payable for the degree programme, equivalent to a
full year’s fee for the relevant fee band.
For the most up-to-date information please visit our website
at www.rgu.ac.uk/studentfinance
England – www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
FIND OUT MORE AT
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/UG-MONEY
Wales – www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
Northern Ireland – www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
Student Loans
Most students apply for a student loan for fees and/or living
costs. Loans are income-assessed and can be applied for
online at the appropriate student finance website.
Maintenance Grants
Full-time students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland
from lower income households may be eligible for a
maintenance grant. Details are available and application can be
made online at the appropriate student finance website.
Thinking of applying?
If you are from England, Wales, or Northern Ireland and
would like further information on Aberdeen and studying in
Scotland, please visit www.rgu.ac.uk/headnorth
Fees for RUK (Rest of UK) students in
2016/17 will be available on individual
course pages once agreed in 2016.
www.rgu.ac.uk/study-rgu
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Your future: What
career or job do you
hope to get into after
you graduate?
ROSS PIRIE, Architecture
Obviously I hope to pursue a
career in architecture –
where in the world that will
take me I don’t know. Having
worked in the China Masters
Unit I would relish the
opportunity to work there.
Winning a scholarship with a well-respected employer can put you on the fast track
to career success whilst enabling you to be financially independent during the course
of your studies. For the employer, the benefits of sponsoring are equally appealing,
helping them to attract the most ambitious and talented placement students who have
the potential, energy, determination and commitment to succeed – both academically
and professionally.
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Architecture?
From school I was interested
in Art as well as Graphic
Communication. So the
logical choice was to
combine the two.
57’10: Tell us a little
bit about the 5710
lectures…
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
I would say the facilities that
RGU offers are great – most
notably the sports building
and library. Also with the
campus being out of the city
centre it creates a separation
between studying and
socialising which is important.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
Make sure that you are
focused 100% on the subject
that you are studying and be
sure that it is something that
you will see yourself doing
for the foreseeable future.
Gaining work experience in
your chosen field of study
before applying – even a
couple of weeks – would be
a wise decision.
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SCHOLARSHIPS
Being 57’10 Co-President
this year has been a great
experience and the lecture
series throughout my time
at the school have been
insightful. The architects that
come and speak are so varied
in opinion, philosophy and
design that you never want to
miss one. We have recently
had the likes of Rogers Stirk
Harbour and SHL; you also
have the chance so speak
with them afterwards over
some ‘cheese and wine’.
Overall it is a great way to
widen your knowledge of
the profession and discover
projects and ideas that
aren’t covered in the normal
module lectures.
KUDOS
THE RGU SPORT SCHOLARSHIP
Kudos is harder to quantify, but just as important. Some of
the most successful companies in the UK are offering
scholarships through Robert Gordon University. Winning a
scholarship is therefore a serious endorsement of your
academic and professional potential.
RGU SPORT offer Sport Scholarships for promising sports
men and women to support developing their talents to succeed
in their chosen sporting field whilst undertaking academic
study. Scholarships include: free access to RGU SPORT,
academic flexibility support, Strength and Conditioning
programming and coaching, nutrition advice, and access to
other support services. Applicants must be at junior
international standard or better. For further information contact
[email protected] More information
about RGU SPORT is available at www.rgu.ac.uk/rgusport
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Your campus: Where are
your favourite places to
study and socialise on
the campus?
As I study architecture our
main study space is our studios
and they are great.
Essentially you end up living
here but you have your own
creative space that you share
with other students and that
atmosphere really influences
the design process.
The majority of scholarships offer work placement
opportunities, providing a professional platform for you to
launch your successful career. Many of our scholars have
impressed their sponsors so much whilst on placement that
they have been offered employment within the company
once they have successfully graduated.
MONEY
Money is important and debt is a worry, whatever your age or
circumstances. Winning a scholarship can make life easier
and enable you to be truly focused on your studies. Our
scholars can receive up to £4,000 of funding support each
year and many of our sponsors offer paid placement
opportunities too.
Companies who offer scholarships include:
(Correct at time of going to press)
BP
Sparrows Offshore
Bureau Veritas
Subsea UK
CNR Talisman
ACCESS RGU SCHOLARSHIP
ACCESS RGU scholarships are open to students who meet
the university’s wider access eligibility criteria. Supported by
donor companies, ACCESS RGU scholarship recipients
benefit from annual awards in the region of £1,500 to £2,000
per year and support from a dedicated study skills adviser.
Mentorship opportunities may also be available in
conjunction with the donor company.
Application is currently by invitation, determined by the
information supplied on UCAS application forms and the
specific degree course scholarships available.
More information can be found by visiting
www.rgu.ac.uk/access-rgu-scholarships
KongsbergTotal
Petrofac
To find out which courses are eligible for these scholarship
opportunities and how to apply, please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships
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STUDENT SUPPORT
We provide a comprehensive range of student support services. Our specialist advice
and support teams are here to advise and assist you during your time at University,
enabling you to realise your full potential.
DISABILITY AND DYSLEXIA CENTRE
Supporting Care Experienced Students
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre offers you confidential
advice and support. We can help you with:
RGU is committed to supporting prospective and existing
students with a background in care to apply to and succeed
at university. Individuals who have been looked after at any
point and for any length of time, whether by a Local
Authority or through kinship care, can receive support
from the University’s dedicated care leaver adviser,
alongside the range of support services the university
provides. For applicants applying via UCAS, please tick the
box on the UCAS application form to identify yourself as a
care leaver. This information will be treated in confidence and
will be used in a positive way to make you aware of additional
support provided by the University. If you are applying via
another route, we would encourage you to get in touch with
the University’s dedicated adviser direct.
• Adjustments to teaching and learning including exams
The range of services includes:
Careers Advice
• Support with applying for Disabled Students Allowance
•Student Help Point (Information and Advice Centre)
The Careers & Employability Centre encourages all
students to make full use of the services and resources the
Centre provides.
• Refer you for dyslexia evaluation if needed
•Careers & Employability Centre
•Chaplaincy
•Child Care (Treehouse Nursery)
•Counselling Support and Wellbeing
•Disability and Dyslexia Advice and Support
•International Student Advice, Visa and Immigration Centre
•Study Support
•Wider Access and Outreach
•Scholarships
• ResLife
STUDENT HELP POINT
The University’s Student Help Point is your first point of call
for all your queries and questions about student life.
You can pay…
Tuition fees, accommodation instalments, graduation fees.
You can request…
Student status letters, including letters for bank account
and council tax purposes.
You can browse info on…
Careers, student finance, prospectuses, health, local info,
what’s on.
Book appointments...
With Study Skills team and Wellbeing Advisor
You can speak with…
Accommodation Advisor
And lots more…
We issue replacement ID cards, top up print accounts and sell
Study Skills handbooks. Also check out our reference library
covering local info, maps, health and finance.
Students can access support to help them identify and assess
the career options that are right for them; securing part-time
work or summer jobs; work experience opportunities and
how to progress themselves to effectively source and apply
for their first graduate-level job.
Throughout their career journey at Robert Gordon University
students will become aware of their own employability and
how to become effective career planners throughout their
working lives.
That's why we have developed the highly innovative
MY CAREER TOOLKIT resource. Online topics are designed
in partnership with employers and will support you from the
very first stages of thinking about your future, right through
to making a positive impression in the graduate workplace.
You can access the Toolkit when you are an enrolled student.
We support students with physical and sensory impairments,
autism spectrum disorders, health conditions including
mental health issues, dyslexia and other specific learning
differences and those with short or long-term support needs.
For further information about the specific support we offer,
please contact the Disability & Dyslexia Centre on
+44 1224 262103 or email [email protected]
ADAPTED ACCOMMODATION
The University’s Student Accommodation Service has
a number of adapted flats. If you need adaptations or
equipment, you should contact the Student Accommodation
Service directly to discuss your requirements on
+ 44 (0)1224 262130
Visit www.rgu.ac.uk/care-leaver-support for more
information or contact the care leaver adviser on
01224 263048 or email [email protected]
For more information please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/studentservices
Find out more by visiting www.rgu.ac.uk/careers
CHAPLAINCY
Robert Gordon University’s Chaplaincy exists for the benefit
of the whole University community. For further information
please go to www.rgu.ac.uk/chaplaincy
CHILDCARE
The Treehouse Early Care and Education Centre at
Robert Gordon University (managed by Bright Horizons
Family Solutions) is situated on our Garthdee campus.
This outstanding purpose built facility provides the highest
quality care and education for babies and children of three
months to five years of age.
www.rgu.ac.uk/nurseryfacilities
+44 (0) 1224 861840
COUNSELLING AND WELLBEING SERVICE
www.pinterest.com/RGUHelpPoint
www.twitter.com/RGUHelpPoint
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Supports and advises you on a wide range of pastoral
and emotional issues to enable you to get the most out
of your studies. Further information can be found at
www.rgu.ac.uk/counselling
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STUDENT SUPPORT continued
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVICE,
VISA AND IMMIGRATION CENTRE
The International Student Advice, Visa and Immigration
Centre provides international students with a wide range of
support and advice which includes:
• Advice on extending/renewing your Tier 4 student visa
(in line with the recommendations of the Office of the
Immigration Services Commission)
STUDY support
The Study Support Team offers you confidential advice,
support and guidance on a range of academic study skills,
including:
•Academic Writing and Critical Thinking
•Exam Preparation and Revision
•Maths, Statistics and Numeracy Skills
• Workshops to advise you on how to complete your Tier 4
Student visa online application form
•English Language
(for International Students)
• Advice on visa responsibilities in order to remain
compliant with UK Visas and Immigration
•Study Skills
(time management, presentation skills etc)
• Advice on working during studies
•Basic IT Skills
• Orientation presentations in January and September for
new international/EU students and organising Health
Screening sessions on Campus
We tailor our service to suit you – you can arrange
appointments on an individual or small group basis, and
appointments can be face-to-face, via email or telephone.
Contact us at [email protected] or visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/studysupport for more information.
• A Meet and Greet service for new international/EU
students arriving at Aberdeen Airport
• General information and advice
USEFUL WEB LINKS
www.rgu.ac.uk/studentservices
www.rgu.ac.uk/careersadvice
www.rgu.ac.uk/chaplaincy
www.rgu.ac.uk/nurseryfacilities
www.rgu.ac.uk/counselling
www.rgu.ac.uk/disability
www.rgu.ac.uk/international
www.rgu.ac.uk/studysupport
www.rgu.ac.uk/reslife
STUDENT CENTRAL
Located in the Faculty of Health and Social Care building, you will find:
- Student Help Point
- Careers & Employability Centre
- International Student Advice,
Visa and Immigration Centre
- Accommodation Advice, Welfare
and ResLife
- Disability & Dyslexia advice
- Study Support
- Chaplaincy
- Counselling & Wellbeing
- Wider Access and Outreach
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HOW TO APPLY
So you’re ready to apply for a place at university and need to know what to do next.
For lots of useful information you can go to the How to Apply section of our website
– www.rgu.ac.uk – or visit the UCAS website at www.ucas.com. However,
here’s some basic information to get you started.
HOW TO APPLY
Entry Requirements
We are proud of our reputation as a friendly university and
welcome applications from students with a wide range of
qualifications and from a diverse range of backgrounds. Entry
requirements for each course can be found in the Key Facts
section on each course page.
In general, our requirements are expressed in terms of
qualification level, subject and grades. In Scotland these
include Scottish Highers, HNC and HND qualifications. We
also accept A Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma and
Irish Higher Leaving Certificates.
The entry requirements published in this prospectus tell you
the minimum entry requirements for each course. However,
for some courses we may ask for more than the minimum entry
requirement. This is dependent on the number of applications
received in relation to the number of places available.
Your application to UCAS can have up to five choices of
universities and courses in the UK. For 2016 entry, the
application fee was £12 for a single choice and £23 for two to
five choices Please check www.ucas.com for further details.
When applying to Robert Gordon University you will be asked
for the institution code name, RGU and our institution code,
R36. Applications can be submitted to UCAS from September
2016 until 15 January 2017. If we receive your application by
this date, we guarantee to consider it. Applications made to
UCAS after this date but before 30 June 2017 will still be
considered if there are places available. After 30 June 2017,
you can still apply through Clearing but please check with us
first that we have vacancies, as you will only be able to apply to
one course at a time.
What Happens Next?
•The first thing you will receive is an acknowledgment from
UCAS along with details of each of the universities and
courses that you have applied to.
Alternative Qualifications
We welcome applicants with equivalent qualifications to those
stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and some
overseas qualifications. Applications from students with
non-standard qualifications or work experience may be
considered for some courses.
•Robert Gordon University, as with most other universities,
will then acknowledge the receipt of your application
by email.
How to Apply
Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate degrees
should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges
Admissions System) www.ucas.com/apply. If you are
overseas, you can apply direct through one of our trusted
agents in your country. To find a list of countries we visit, go to
www.rgu.ac.uk/international. For part-time courses you
can apply directly to the University at
www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline
If you have applied to more than one course at any institution,
you will receive a separate decision for each course. Please note
that the application process can vary from course to course.
For example, you may be invited to attend a selection visit for
a health-related course such as Physiotherapy, or for an Art
and Design course, you may be asked to present your
portfolio of artwork, prior to a decision being made on your
application. Generally speaking there are three possible
decisions:
Once you register through UCAS and create your username
and password, you are guided through the process of
applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account
and you can see the progress of your application, view and
respond to your offers.
•An Unconditional offer – if you have already met the
selection criteria.
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•Each university will then make a decision on whether to
offer you a place and UCAS will send you an email alerting
you to look at UCAS Track.
•An unsuccessful application – unfortunately we have not
been able to offer you a place on your chosen course.
Once you have received all your offers from UCAS, you must
then decide which offers, if any, you wish to accept. You are
allowed to accept a maximum of two offers – one firm and
one insurance. However, if your firm choice is unconditional,
you cannot select an insurance choice. It is your responsibility
to let UCAS know your decision by the deadline date,
through your UCAS Track account.
•If your firm choice is Conditional and you meet the
conditions, your offer will be changed to Unconditional
and you will receive formal notification from UCAS.
•If you do not meet the conditions, you should contact
the institution directly to discuss what options are available
to you.
UCAS Extra
If you have been unsuccessful, or have declined all five
offers, you could be eligible to participate in UCAS Extra,
which allows you to add a further choice to your application
without having to wait until Clearing. Extra operates from the
end of February until early July 2017 and you should check
for course vacancies on the UCAS website.
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
International applicants who wish to be considered for
one of our undergraduate courses are required to have
qualifications which are comparable to the UK entry criteria
we ask for, plus an acceptable standard of English language
(see the English Language section). If you have already
studied at college or university in your own country, you may
be eligible for advanced entry.
In the first instance please contact [email protected]
who will be able to assist with your enquiries.
English Language Requirements
Undergraduate students must have passed one of the below
Secure English Language Tests (meeting the minimum grades
for each of the components):
•IELTS Academic Test – 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5
in each component).
•Pearson PTE Academic Test – 59 (with a minimum score
of 51 in each component).
• TOEFL iBT - 80 (with a minimum score of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing)
Some courses do require a higher level of English
language. If this is the case then the required level will be
highlighted on the Key Facts section on individual course
pages in the prospectus.
Pre-Sessional English Programme
If you have a lower level of English, you may want to join our
Pre-sessional English Programme (PSP). This course runs
during the summer and provides the practical basis in English
language that you will need to study at undergraduate level.
The course is open to international students with an IELTS
score of 5.5 or above with a minimum score of 5.5 in each
component. Please email [email protected] for more details of
this popular programme.
During Your Course
All full-time students at Robert Gordon University can receive
continuing English language support for the duration of their
course. This normally consists of free English language
classes organised on a course-by-course basis. You can also
benefit from short sessions of individual tuition covering areas
of particular interest or concern, such as making
presentations or writing dissertations. For more information
on language support, contact The study support team:
[email protected]
Contact Details
Our Admissions Office is always happy to answer any queries
you may have – call us on +44 (0)1224 262728 for friendly
advice or email [email protected]
•A Conditional offer – if you still have to meet some of the
selection criteria. For example, awaiting exam results,
submission of an art portfolio, piece of written work,
reference, etc.
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when to apply
Some dates to keep in mind if you want to start at RGU in September 2017.
Curriculum for Excellence
Key Information Sets (KIS) data
Robert Gordon University is committed to ensuring
that no pupil undertaking their chosen curriculum
for excellence pathway will be disadvantaged.
Our website has a small widget on individual course
pages which allow prospective students to compare
our undergraduate course information with other
universities. The KIS data compiled by HEFCE
and available via the Unistats website includes
information such as student satisfaction, graduate
outcomes, teaching activities, fees and finance,
accommodation and professional accreditation.
Further advice and guidance is available at
www.rgu.ac.uk/cfe and will be updated
regularly to ensure the information is current.
2016 OPEN DAYS
If you want to come to RGU in 2017, we
recommend attending one of our 2016
Open Days to see our stunning campus,
meet academic and support services staff,
tour our facilities and accommodation.
You can find the dates of the Open Days
on our website and register your place at:
www.rgu.ac.uk/openday
2016
PERSONAL STATEMENT
APPLICAnTs’ DAYS
A great opportunity for
those who have applied to
RGU to visit us.
A Self-guided Tour can be conducted at
your own pace, but does not include the
opportunity to meet with academic staff.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND
It’s decision time. Is RGU the one for you?
2017
2017
PORTFOLIO INTERVIEWS
If you can't make our Open Days, we also
have 'Visit Afternoons' and 'Self-guided
Tours' available.
If you register for a Visit Afternoon, you
will be part of a monthly event, which
includes a group tour of the campus and
gives you the opportunity to meet with
a member of academic staff from your
course of interest.
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Most teachers expect personal
statements to be completed by now.
Gray’s School of Art review art
and design portfolios.
15th JANUARY
UCAS DEADLINE
The UCAS application deadline for all
RGU courses is the 15th of January.
RGU's institution code is R36.
SELECTION VISITS
Interviews for health and social
care related subjects are held.
GOOD LUCK!
Exam results are
published. Wishing
you the best of luck!
Register online at:
www.rgu.ac.uk/visit-us
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HOW TO FIND US
Estimated flight times to Aberdeen from
Amsterdam 1 hour 45 minutes
Bergen
1 hour 15 minutes
Belfast 1 hour
Birmingham 1 hour 30 minutes
Bristol
1 hour 15 minutes
Cardiff
1 hour 40 minutes
Copenhagen
1 hour 40 minutes
Dublin 1 hour 45 minutes
Frankfurt
2 hours
Gdansk
2 hours 15 minutes
Kirkwall (Orkney)
55 minutes
London
1 hour 40 minutes
Manchester
1 hour 15 minutes
Newcastle 55 minutes
Newquay
2 hours
Oslo
1 hour 40 minutes
Paris 2 hours
Reykjavik 2 hours 45 minutes
Sumburgh (Shetland)
1 hour
Stavanger 1 hour 10 minutes
Warsaw
2 hours 30 minutes
Estimated car travel times to Aberdeen from
Dundee
1 hour 15 minutes
Edinburgh 2 hours 15 minutes
Glasgow 2 hours 45 minutes
Inverness
2 hours 30 minutes
Robert Gordon University is in
Aberdeen, one of Scotland’s
liveliest and most dynamic cities.
Aberdeen is easy to reach by road,
rail or air. Study takes place at the
Garthdee campus on the River Dee.
Garthdee is located at the southside
of the city, approximately three
miles from the centre of Aberdeen.
SHETLAND
SUMBURGH
orkney
kirkwall
WICK
lewis
INVERNESS
SKYE
Aberdeen
SCOTLAND
Dundee
MULL
THE SILVER CITY WITH
THE GOLDEN SANDS
Edinburgh
ISLAY
Glasgow
By Coach
There are regular coach services from most major towns
and cities to Aberdeen Bus Station.
www.megabus.com
www.citylink.co.uk
www.nationalexpress.co.uk
By Car
Road access to Aberdeen is good and parking is available
at several public car parks in the city. You can also use the
Park and Ride sites located in Kingswells and Bridge of
Don. Regular bus services operate to the Garthdee
campus from the city centre of Aberdeen.
www.rgu.ac.uk/transport
By Air
Aberdeen Airport is seven miles north of the city centre.
There is a regular bus service from the airport to the city
centre. Several airlines operate direct scheduled flights
to Aberdeen, from UK and European airports.
You can check flight timetables and live departures at:
www.aberdeenairport.com
NEWCASTLE
Belfast
Manchester
Dublin
LIMERICK
NORWICH
Birmingham
CORK
Cardiff
By Rail
There are regular rail services from Aberdeen to Glasgow,
Edinburgh, Inverness, Newcastle, York, London Kings
Cross and most mainline stations in the UK. There is also a
nightly Caledonian Sleeper train service from Aberdeen to
London Euston.
Tel: 08457 48 49 50
www.nationalrail.co.uk
www.sleeper.scot
London
Aer Lingus
www.aerlingus.com
FlyBe
www.flybe.com
Air France
www.airfrance.co.uk
KLM
www.klm.com
BMI
www.flybmi.com
Lufthansa
www.lufthansa.com
British Airways
www.ba.com
SAS
www.flysas.com
Eastern Airways
www.easternairways.com
Wideroe
www.wideroe.no
Easyjet
www.easyjet.com
Wizz Air
www.wizzair.com
NEWQUAY
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OUR CITY
OUR Riverside CAMPUS
ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE MAP
25
Garthdee campus map
THE SCOTT
SUTHERLAND
SCHOOL
of architecture and
built environment
THE SIR
IAN WOOD
BUILDING
DARt
RGU
SPORT
RGU
UNION
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ABS
oil & Gas
Institute
GARTHDEE
ANNEXE
The Garthdee campus is situated on the south side of the city,
on the banks of the River Dee.
Sat Nav Postcodes
Gray’s School of Art
AB10 7QD
Regular buses run to and from the Garthdee campus.
For more information, go to www.rgu.ac.uk/transport
Aberdeen Business School
AB10 7QE
Faculty of Health and Social Care
AB10 7QG
There are cycle parking and changing facilities across the
Garthdee campus.
The Sir Ian Wood Building
AB10 7GJ
The Scott Sutherland School
of Architecture and Built Environment
AB10 7GJ
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Join us online
From sporting events to ground-breaking research and guest lectures to art exhibitions,
there’s so much going on at RGU it’s important to keep up to date! By joining our social
media network and checking out our tweets and posts you can do just that.
Connect with your peers
Facebook
www.rgu.ac.uk/facebook
Enter competitions
Instagram
www.rgu.ac.uk/instagram
See photos
Pinterest
www.rgu.ac.uk/pinterest
Network and connect
LinkedIn
www.rgu.ac.uk/linkedin
Email us
[email protected]
Watch videos
Youtube
www.rgu.ac.uk/youtubevideos
Hear about events
Twitter
www.rgu.ac.uk/twitter
Read our student blog
WordPress
www.rgustudentblog.com
Get the latest news
RGU website
www.rgu.ac.uk/news
Phone us
01224 262728
Main switchboard number
01224 262000
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Visit us
The best way to get to know us and make
sure we are the one for you is to visit! We
want you to come and see for yourself our
superb campus and find out just how
friendly we really are.
open days
If you’re thinking of going to University in 2017, we
recommend you attend one of our Open Days in 2016. The
events give you the chance to visit the Garthdee campus and
meet with a lecturer from the course you are interested in.
You can take tours of our fantastic riverside campus, our
first-class facilities and student accommodation. Staff and
students will be on hand to help answer any questions you
may have about your application, finances, accommodation,
student support and what it's like to be a student at RGU.
Find out why
UCAS FAIRS
We will be attending a number of UCAS fairs across the UK in
2016 where we will be able to answer your questions about
our courses and the University. For a full list of dates and
locations please visit www.rgu.ac.uk/ucasfairs
TALK TO
we’re top
CURRENT STUDENTS
for graduate
employment
TOP FOR GRADUATE JOBS IN THE UK
PUBLISHED BY HESA JULY 2015
View of the campus towards Garthdee House
Tour our firstclass facilities
Meet our academic staff
RGU
Scholarship
and funding
You can find out about the dates of our Open Days in 2016
online at: www.rgu.ac.uk/visit-us
You can pre-register to attend one of our Open Days from
Spring 2016 onwards at www.rgu.ac.uk/openday
opportunities
Aberdeen Business School designed by Sir Norman Foster
visit afternoonS
We also offer Visit Afternoons, so if you are unable to make
an Open Day or Applicants’ Day, come along and we'll show
you around the facilities and arrange an opportunity to meet
with a lecturer from the course you are interested in.
You can also call us on +44 (0)1224 262044
or send an email to [email protected]
if you want to discuss your requirements.
Check the dates of our OPen days at
RGU Sport climbing wall
If you can't make any of our pre-set dates, you can sign-up for
a Self-guided Tour. These are available from Mon-Fri from
9am-5pm. With the aid of our Self-guided Tour information,
you will be able to wander around at your leisure to
experience our beautiful riverside campus and picture
yourself as a student at RGU. Please be aware that you will be
unable to access areas such as science labs and computer
suites and unfortunately we cannot arrange meetings with
academic staff as part of your visit.
You must register at www.rgu.ac.uk/visitafternoons
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riverside campus
OPEN DAYS 2016
For more information on Visit Afternoons and to register
online please go to www.rgu.ac.uk/visitafternoons
Self-guided tour
EXPERIENCE OUR STUNNING
www.rgu.ac.uk/openday
Whether you’re thinking of going to University in 2017 or sometime in the
future, our Open Days give you the chance to experience what it’s like to
be a student at RGU.
Pre-register online from Spring 2016 at www.rgu.ac.uk/openday
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GET AHEAD
WITH RGU
If you’re looking for a University which will get
you ahead in your career, here are some
reasons why Robert Gordon University should
be your number one choice!
LEARN
PRACTICAL
SKILLS to help
kick-start
your career
STRONG
LINKS TO
INDUSTRY and
employers
ABERDEEN IS
A SAFE AND
STUDENTFRIENDLY CITY
Find out more at
www.rgu.ac.uk/getahead
TOP UNI
IN THE UK FOR
GRADUATE
EMPLOYABILITY
OVER 90%
OF COURSES at
RGU INCLUDE A
PLACEMENT
RIVERS,
MOUNTAINS,
BEACHES.
ABERDEEN HAS
THE LOT!
BE SMART
AND GET THE
COMPETITIVE
EDGE
MODERN,
CUTTING-EDGE
FACILITIES AND
CAMPUS
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DISCLAIMER
index
Undergraduate courses
Photography (Commercial)
Accounting and Finance
50
Architectural Technology
128
122
Physiotherapy170
Public Relations (PR)
76
Architecture130
Radiography (Diagnostic)
148
Biomedical Science
146
Social Sciences (Applied)
138
Biomedical Science (Applied) 145
Social Work
172
Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
147
Sport and Exercise Science (Applied)
140
Communication Design (Graphics/Illustration/Photography)
118
Surveying134
Computer Network Management and Design
90
Computer Science
84
Computing (Application Software Development)
88
Construction Management
132
Contemporary Art Practice
(Moving Image/Photography/Printmaking/Sculpture)
114
Digital Media (Design, Production and Development)
86
Engineering (Electronic and Electrical)
106
Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical)
104
Engineering (Mechanical and Offshore)
102
Engineering (Mechanical)
Events Management
Fashion and Textile Design
Fashion Managment
Forensic and Analytical Science
100
52
116
54
150
International Business Management
68
International Hospitality Management
56
International Tourism Management
58
Journalism60
Law64
Law and Management
62
Management70
Management with HRM
71
Management with Marketing
72
Media74
Midwifery152
Nursing – Adult
156
Nursing – Children and Young People’s Nursing
158
Nursing – Mental Health
159
Nursing – Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Adult
160
Nutrition162
Nutrition and Dietetics
164
Occupational Therapy
166
Painting112
Pharmacy168
Three Dimensional Design
(Ceramics and Glass/Jewellery/Product Design)
TOP IN THE UK FOR
GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY
120
196
Aberdeen The Perfect Location
12
About Robert Gordon University
4
Accommodation176
Campus Map
197
Careers & Employability Centre
20
College to University Programmes
27
Green Credentials
30
Halls of Residence / ResLife
178
How to Apply
190
How to Find Us
194
International Students
To ensure the continued currency of its courses and, where
appropriate, address the requirements of external advisors and
associated professional, statutory or regulatory bodies, the
University regularly reviews its courses, and implements
changes to course content and/or structure.
The University makes reasonable endeavours to inform
applicants and students at the earliest opportunity of any
significant changes to, or suspension/cessation of, a course,
particularly when this occurs between the offer of admission
and enrolment.
About RGU and our support services
Aberdeen City Map
This publication is intended as a guide for applicants for
courses delivered by Robert Gordon University. In compiling it,
the University has taken every care to be as accurate as
possible, and the information in this brochure is correct at the
time of going to print.
Significant changes may include (but are not limited to):
HIGH QUALITY
OF LIFE
•An existing course title or named exit awards
•The course curriculum/modules (e.g. replacement of core
and/or optional modules)
•The course structure (e.g. addition of a placement year,
changes in clinical hours, changes related to professional,
statutory or regulatory body accreditation)
•Additions/changes to mode(s) of delivery
•Methods of assessment
24
Money180
•Suspension or cessation of a course
Placements18
Reasonable efforts will be made to assist applicants find an
alternative RGU course if the original is no longer suitable.
RGU Sport
28
Scholarships185
Social Media (Join us online)
198
Student Support Services
186
Student Union
Study Abroad
Visit Us
Widening Participation (Access RGU)
When to Apply
33
22
200
26
192
Courses by Faculty
Aberdeen Business School
CLOSE TO THE
CAIRNGORMS
NATIONAL PARK
46
Faculty of Design and Technology
78
Faculty of Health and Social Care
136
SNOW SPORTS
DATA PROTECTION ACT
The University will only make use of the information you provide
for the intended purposes as stated on the UCAS application
form guidelines. Any supplementary information will be used
strictly in terms of the University’s registration under the Data
Protection Act 1998, and other applicable legislation.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
The University seeks to ensure equality of opportunity for all
applicants. Student applications for places are assessed solely
on the basis of merit, ability and potential and no discrimination
is made on the grounds of age; disability; gender reassignment;
pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex or
sexual orientation.
CONTACT US
T: +44 (0)1224 262728
E: [email protected]
visit www.rgu.ac.uk
Follow us on Twitter
www.twitter.com/robertgordonuni
Watch us on YouTube
www.youtube.com/robertgordonuni
Like us on Facebook
www.facebook.com/robertgordonuniversity
Read our student blog
www.rgustudentblog.com
Top UNIVERSITY for
graduate employment
97.2% of students graduating
from RGU with their first
degree in 2013/2014 were in
employment or undertaking
further study within 6 months.
HESA (Higher Education
Statistics Agency), 2015
RGU rated highly for creative scene,
nightlife, political scene, sport and
student union activities.
www.which.co.uk/studentsurvey
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