best scottish university for graduate prospects

best scottish university for graduate prospects
Undergraduate Prospectus 2018
BEST SCOTTISH
UNIVERSITY
FOR GRADUATE
PROSPECTS
The Guardian University
Guide 2017
INTRODUCTION
The Principal's Welcome
Best Scottish University
About RGU
Is RGU the one for you?
Graduate employability
Strong links to industry
Welcome to Garthdee campus
Aberdeen – Your City
Explore the city
What's on in Aberdeen
Supporting you
Placements
Careers and Employability Centre
Study abroad
International students
RGU SPORT
Student Union
View Garthdee
from the air
www.rgu.ac.uk/
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COURSES
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WE'VE INVESTED OVER
£120 MILLION IN OUR
SPECTACULAR RIVERSIDE
CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT
AT GARTHDEE
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Course index
Aberdeen Business School
School of Creative and Cultural Business
The Law School
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
School of Engineering
Gray's School of Art The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture
and Built Environment
School of Applied Social Studies School of Health Sciences
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
School of Nursing and Midwifery
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FURTHER INFORMATION
Accommodation
Living in halls of residence
Living expenses
Money – fees and finance
Scholarships
Student Life
Access RGU (widening participation)
Coming from college to university
How to apply When to apply How to find us Visit us and Open Days
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THE PRINCIPAL'S
WELCOME
Studying at a university is an adventure – an adventure of
the mind and an adventure for life. It is where everyone can
discover their potential, make lifelong friends and open up
their minds to knowledge and ideas. All good universities,
including RGU, offer this.
But RGU also offers more. We understand that those who
come to study here want to pursue professional
opportunities and also want to be fully equipped to help
solve some of society’s most pressing problems. All over the
world, RGU’s graduates play leading roles in areas such as
healthcare, energy, architecture, management, law, social
care, art – there is hardly a field of human endeavour in
which they have not excelled.
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Our graduates also have particular advantages in the job
market. Again and again we have been the top UK
university for graduate employment.
Of course we must never rest on our laurels, and every year
this university works with students to ensure that we are
constantly renewing and improving further what we do.
I hope you will find this prospectus to be interesting and
helpful and I look forward to seeing you some time soon on
the RGU campus.
Ferdinand von Prondzynski
Principal and Vice Chancellor
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BEST
SCOTTISH
UNIVERSITY
FOR GRADUATE PROSPECTS
The Guardian University Guide 2017
In addition to being named the Best
Scottish University for Graduate
Prospects, RGU is consistently ranked
amongst the top in university league
tables for course satisfaction, graduate
employability and facilities to name
but a few. Here are some of the other
reasons why we think RGU is one of the
best universities.
RANKED 3 IN THE UK
FOR HIGH-QUALITY
FACILITIES
RD
Times Higher Education (THE)
Student Satisfaction Survey
2016
TOP UNIVERSITY IN
SCOTLAND FOR COURSE
SATISFACTION
The Guardian University
Guide 2017
TOP UNIVERSITY
IN SCOTLAND FOR
HEALTH PROFESSIONS,
JOURNALISM,
ARCHITECTURE AND
PHARMACY
The Guardian University
Guide 2017
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RECOGNISED FOR
PROVIDING ONE OF
THE BEST STUDENT
EXPERIENCES IN BOTH
SCOTLAND AND THE UK
The Times Higher Education
(THE) UK Student Experience
Survey 2016
RANKED 1ST IN
SCOTLAND FOR
GRADUATE PROSPECTS
IN 11 SUBJECT AREAS
The Complete University
Guide 2017
A TOP-RATED
UNIVERSITY FOR
UNDERGRADUATE
EMPLOYABILITY –
96.5%
EMPLOYMENT RATE
Higher Education Statistics
Agency 2016
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ABOUT RGU
Number 1 in Scotland for
course satisfaction
Guardian University Guide 2017
Student population
Who is Robert
Gordon?
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.
from over 132 countries
Riverside location
Located in the heart of the
Royal Deeside, our £120
million riverside Garthdee
campus is one of the most
beautiful in the UK and ranks
3rd in the country for its
high-quality facilities.
Times Higher Education
Survey 2016
History going back 250 years
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.
RGU's motto is
which can be interpreted as ‘Make the best of all your abilities’.
OUR 10 SUBJECT AREAS
our Coat of Arms
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).
MALE VS FEMALE
POPulation
STUDENT
DEMOGRAPHICS
Our tartan
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.
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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Watch the
history of RGU
www.rgu.ac.uk/about-rgu
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IS RGU THE
ONE FOR YOU?
Picking the right course and university is not always 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.
WILL YOU GET A JOB AT THE END OF IT?
DOES LOCATION MATTER?
The Sunday Times said, ‘For many years now RGU has turned
out job-ready graduates who are snapped up by employers.’
We're the top university in Scotland for graduate prospects
(Guardian University Guide 2017) and are consistently ranked as a
top-rated UK university for graduate employability; for five
consecutive years 96.5%, or more, of our students graduating
from RGU were in employment or undertaking further study
(Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016).So statistically, the
likelihood of being gainfully employed after you graduate
from RGU is extremely high. Read all about our employment
success at www.rgu.ac.uk/employment-success
Offering the best of both worlds, Aberdeen is the perfect
location if you want to experience the buzz of lively city life
with the luxury of being able to study in a tranquil, riverside
setting. A vibrant yet compact city, Aberdeen is home to
some 31,000 students and within easy reach of spectacular
beaches, mountains and stunning scenery, ensuring that
there's always something fun to do. Aberdeen is also 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.
SO WHY ARE RGU GRADUATES SO HIGHLY SOUGHT
AFTER BY EMPLOYERS?
WHAT SUBJECT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?
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
Top tip: Pay close attention to the ‘What you will study’
sections on our course pages. The modules will give you
insight into the differences between courses as well as the
type of coursework you’ll undertake. Our Open Days, Visit
Afternoons and Applicants’ 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! To visit
the University at one of these events register at
www.rgu.ac.uk/visit-us
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 help shape the course
content based on the skills they require from our graduates.
Find out who we collaborate with at
www.rgu.ac.uk/industry-links
Top tip: Our Careers and 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: Aberdeen is the ideal place to live if you're a
student; it's ranked as one of the safest cities in the UK and
one of only two Scottish cities to receive Purple Flag
accreditation for its high standard of nightlife safety.
WHY ARE OUR FACILITIES SO IMPRESSIVE?
Located in the heart of the historic Royal Deeside, the
University's £120 million riverside campus is one of the most
beautiful in Europe and ranks 3rd in the UK for its high-quality
facilities (The Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey
2016). Designed to enhance your learning experience, our
modern campus houses an extensive range of cutting-edge
facilities and equipment such as our Clinical Skills Centre, TV
and radio studio, Digital Moffat Space, DART simulator,
Moot Court, IT labs, landmark library tower and world-class
sporting facilties.To view our full list of facilities and find out
more, visit www.rgu.ac.uk/facilities
Top tip: We pride ourselves in accommodating as many
dietary requirements as possible, why don't you check out
some of our offerings which include Costa, Papa Johns,
Starbucks, Subway and the Vegan and Vegetarian bar, to
name a few. Can't make it in person? Take a virtual tour at
www.rgu.ac.uk/virtualtours
These are just some of the reasons why
we think RGU could be the one for you!
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
www.rgu.ac.uk/why-choose-us
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96.5%
GRADUATE
EMPLOYABILITY
STRONG LINKS
TO INDUSTRY
We work closely with employers – to design courses that make our
graduates particularly desirable to local, national and international
companies and organisations.
AMAZING GRADUATE
EMPLOYABILITY RECORD
TOP SCOTTISH UNI
FOR GRADUATE
PROSPECTS
Consistently a top-rated UK university for
graduate employability, with a 96.5% and
above graduate employment rate for five
consecutive years.
We're the top university to study in
Scotland for graduate prospects.
Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016
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.
This means that our graduates learn the necessary
skills and are always strongly in demand. Here is a
selection of some of the companies and organisations
we collaborate with.
Guardian University Guide 2017
REWARDING CAREERS
The workplace experience you accumulate will often
lead directly to a higher paid position on graduation. As a
result our graduates achieve an average salary of almost
£21,000 six months after completing their studies.
£21K
INTERNATIONAL
REPUTATION
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.
Watch a video
about our success
www.rgu.ac.uk/
employment-success
Sunday Times 2016
PRACTICAL
AND INVALUABLE
EXPERIENCE
90% of our courses offer a
placement, helping to prepare you
for the professional world, ready to
start your chosen career.
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90%
ENGAGING WITH
EMPLOYERS
Robert Gordon University is a dynamic,
modern and professional university with
an international reputation for providing
high quality education.
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WELCOME TO
GARTHDEE CAMPUS
THE SIR
IAN WOOD
BUILDING
HEALTH
& SOCIAL
CARE
Building
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THE SCOTT
SUTHERLAND SCHOOL
OF ARCHITECTURE
AND BUILT
ENVIRONMENT
PARKLAND AMBIENCE
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
Situated on the south side of the city, on the banks
of the River Dee, the campus provides a recreational
setting for staff, students and the local community.
You can walk end-to-end through tranquil woodland
walkways in approximately 15 minutes.
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LIBRARY
DYNAMIC FACILITIES
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UNION
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Gray's
School
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SPORT
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3D Printing
DART Simulator
Clinical Skills Centre
Gym
TV and Radio Suite
Printmaking Suite
Modelling Workshop
Wave Tank
Human Performance Lab
Climbing Wall
Fashion Place
Sculpture Studio
Mac Suite
ROV Pit
X-ray Suite
Swimming Pool
Moot Court
Mac Suite
Simulation Centre
(Mock Pharmacy)
Catering Facilities
Sports Hall
Digital Moffat Space
Photography Studio
Catering Facilities
Exhibition Spaces
STUDENT CENTRAL
Georgina Scott
Sutherland Group
Learning Centre
Forensic Imaging Suite
Student Help Point
Catering Facilities
Microscopy Suite
Careers and Employability Centre
Food Handling and
Preparation Labs
Study Support
Mac Suites
Counselling Support
and Wellbeing
Clean Room Suite
Mock Crime Scene Area
Catering Facilities
Catering Facilities
Wider Access and Outreach
Disability and Dyslexia
Advice and Support
THE SCOTT
SUTHERLAND
SCHOOL
of architecture and
built environment
THE SIR
IAN WOOD
BUILDING
International Student Advice, Visa
and Immigration Centre
ResLife
DARt
RGU
SPORT
RGU
UNION
ABS
oil & Gas
Institute
GARTHDEE
ANNEXE
TAKE A TOUR OF THE CAMPUS AT
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/VIRTUALTOURS
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WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT ABERDEEN
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/PERFECT-LOCATION
top earners in
the UK
Workers in Aberdeen are
amongst the highest paid in
the UK and enjoy one of the
lowest unemployment rates in
the country too.
(PwC-Demos Good Growth
for Cities Index 2016)
the Energy Capital
With over four decades of oil
and gas exploration, Aberdeen
is recognised as the energy
capital of Europe. Energy is a
key driver of the local economy
with up to 40,000 related
jobs and over 1500 energy
companies based in the city
and surrounding area.
the great outdoors
SUNNY SCOTLAND
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.
BEST PLACE TO BE A
STUDENT
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 birdwatchers alike.
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Fun all year round
Aberdeen is home to Scotland's
biggest all-year round amusement
park, Codonas, complete with
rollercoasters, a 3D cinema and
18-hole crazy golf course.
ANYONE FOR GOLF?
Love golf? Aberdeen City
and Shire is home to enough
golf courses for each week of
the year.
Aberdeen is one of the safest
cities in the UK and one of only
two Scottish cities to receive
Purple Flag accreditation for its
high standard of nightlife safety.
With some 31,000 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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CINEMAS
Belmont Filmhouse
Cineworld, Union Square
Cineworld, Queens Links
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Aberdeen Art Gallery
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
His Majesty’s Theatre
Marischal College
Music Hall
Newave Gallery
Exodus
Garage / Campus
Institute
Krakatoa
Nox
Slains Castle
Tunnels
Underdog
Lemon Tree
Breakneck Comedy at the Blue Lamp
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Goals Soccer Centre
Linx Ice Arena
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Breakout Games
Codonas Amusement Park
Footdee (Fittie)
Bon Accord Terrace Gardens
Cruickshank Botanic Gardens
Duthie Park & Winter Gardens
Westburn Park
Ardmuir Trinity Court
St. Peters Hall
Mealmarket Exchange
Spring Gardens
Woolmanhill Flats
Rosemount Hall
Crathie Student Village
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Union Square restaurants: Byron
Burgers, Giraffe, Las Iguanas, Thaikhun,
TGI Friday’s, Nando’s, Wagamama,
Yo! Sushi
Belmont St area: Triple Kirks, Nando’s,
Revolution, Books & Beans, Pizza
Express, Wild Boar, The Coffee House,
Mamma's Pizza
The Ashvale
Café 52
Café Andaluz
Dr Noodles
Five Guys
Food Story Cafe
Longdog Cafe
Maggie’s Grill
Musa
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WHAT'S ON IN ABERDEEN?
ABERDEEN
UNIVERSITIES'
BOAT RACE
In Scotland’s equivalent of the
Oxford-Cambridge boat race, RGU
go head-to-head with the University
of Aberdeen in the annual 3.5km
race along the river Dee.
GRANITE CITY
CHALLENGE
Friendly rivals RGU and the
University of Aberdeen will
compete in over 30 different events
throughout the city, in the UK's
largest university sporting challenge.
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.
GRANITE CITY
COMIC CON
For all comic enthusiasts, the
Granite City Comic Con is a
must-see event, featuring special
guests, cosplay, retailers and
independent publishers.
INTERNATIONAL
YOUTH FESTIVAL
SPEYFEST
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For more information visit:
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com
www.visitabdn.com
www.welcometoscotland.com
FRESHERS' WEEK
NORTH HOP
North Hop brings a host of unique
events and festivals across Scotland,
from craft beer festivals to pop-up
gin tea parties, showcasing the best
in Scottish drink, food and music.
LOOK AGAIN FESTIVAL
Showcasing the best in visual art
and design that the North East of
Scotland has to offer, Look Again
encourages you to become a tourist
in your own city and look at the
spaces and places you know well in a new and creative way.
STONEHAVEN
MIDSUMMER BEER
HAPPENING
The popular three-day celebration
of craft brewing, along with the best
in local food and music, is held in
the town's Baird Park and features
over 120 beers on draught.
ENJOY MUSIC
FESTIVAL
Aberdeen's up-and-coming music
festival, held at Hazlehead Park, has
enjoyed previous headliners such as
Example, Pendulum and Katy B.
Featuring diverse performances
of music, theatre and dance from
around the globe.
This lively festival sees Speyside
burst alive with three days of
‘Concerts, Ceilidhs and Stomps’.
There are lots of exciting events taking
place throughout the year. We've
highlighted some of our favourites.
HIGHLAND GAMES
Aberdeen and Shire host a number
of iconic Highland Games. The
fun-filled events feature games such
as the Caber Toss and Tug O' War.
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.
BRAEMAR GATHERING
The world-famous Braemar
Gathering is held on the first
Saturday in September and is
attended by members of the
Royal family.
WINTER FESTIVAL
A fun-packed programme of
festive events that run from early
November through to January.
Events include fireworks displays,
reindeer parade and Christmas
light switch on.
SOUND FESTIVAL
The Sound Festival features
concerts in multiple venues
across the North East of Scotland,
bringing together contemporary,
classical, electro-acoustic,
improvised, experimental and
jazz music.
DRACULA AT DRUM
The ancient Drum Castle Tower
is transformed into a giant cinema
screen, to showcase cult classics.
Viewers can bring their chairs (or
coffins), warm capes and chattering
fangs to join in with the spooky fun.
FUN FESTIVITIES
Throughout December, the city
is buzzing with seasonal activities
from pantomimes and carol
concerts to festive themed parties
at the top student hangouts.
STONEHAVEN
FIREBALLS
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
A signature winter event for
the region, the stunning festival
features light installations and
experimental works from the
creative community.
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SUPPORTING YOU
SUPPORTING YOUR
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
We support your
complete experience,
from application,
throughout your studies
and beyond.
SUPPORTING YOUR
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
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
Many of Aberdeen’s biggest and most
successful companies offer scholarships
to our students, helping towards the
cost of their studies.
SUPPORTING YOUR
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.
Watch a video
about support at RGU
www.rgu.ac.uk/
supporting-you
SUPPORTING YOUR
Our Alumni Association connects our worldwide
community of around 90,000 graduates and provides
a range of exclusive benefits and services.
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PLACEMENTS
AND WORK-RELATED EXPERIENCES
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.
Benefits to you:
• Allows you to put into practice the skills and knowledge
you have gained from your course.
• Prepares you for graduate employment.
• 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.
• 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
invaluable in the job market.
"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
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
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.
90%
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 to secure these
valuable experiences.
"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.
OF OUR COURSES
INCORPORATE A
"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
PROFESSIONAL
WORK PLACEMENT
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
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CAREERS AND
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.
TALK TO A CAREERS CONSULTANT
The Careers and Employability Centre offers daily 30
minute appointments and shorter 15 minute drop in
sessions, these can take place face-to-face in the centre;
over the telephone; via Skype or FaceTime. The team can
help answer questions about career options related to
the course you plan on studying. Once you have started
your course at the Robert Gordon University, our Careers
Consultants can provide CV guidance for part-time,
voluntary, placement and graduate positions. You can
also arrange appointments to discuss application forms,
interviews, assessment centres and career plans.
ENGAGE WITH EMPLOYERS
At the beginning of Semester 1 we hold our annual
Part Jobs Fair and in October we hold an annual Career
Opportunities Fair promoting work experience and
employment opportunities for students at all stages of their
degree. Throughout the academic year we also organise
a range of individual employer events which allows our
students to network with industry professionals and make
vital career connections.
FOR MORE INFO
Our Careers Office is always happy
to answer any queries you may have –
Call us on 01224 262110
email [email protected]
or visit www.rgu.ac.uk/careers
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MY CAREER TOOLKIT
‘My Career Toolkit’ is a series of online topics including
‘Making the Most of University’, ‘Writing Your CV’,
‘Preparing for Interview’ and many more. The topics have
been designed as a journey in order to guide you through
university and highlight the things you can do to enhance
your skills and experience from day one. Created in
partnership with employers you’ll get their perspective on
how to improve and maximise your potential.
MY CAREER
Once you’re a student login to ‘My Career’ to access a range
of job opportunities including part-time work, summer
internships, volunteering roles and graduate level positions.
Through ‘My Career’ you are also able to book an
appointment with a Careers Consultant and register to
attend employer events on campus.
CAREERS INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOU
For each of our subject areas we have dedicated pages
containing specific careers information. If you’re heading to
Gray's learn how to apply for residencies and develop your
professional portfolio, if you’re about to study Pharmacy get
advice about how to apply for a pre-registration placement.
Look on these pages to find out where people studying your
course have gone on to work and read some quotes from
RGU graduates.
INTERNATIONAL CAREERS INFORMATION
If you’re thinking about working abroad once you graduate,
use this page to link to key international job search resources
such as Going Global. If you’re an international student,
you’ll be able to find information about working in the UK as
well as links to international job directories.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US
"I highly recommend the RGU Careers
Centre. Having secured interviews
with the Big Four accountancy firms, I
can confidently say all the help I
received from them made a big
difference. I was lucky enough to
receive a job offer after my interviews
and could not be happier!"
4th year Accounting and Finance student
"Thank you to the RGU Careers
Centre for their assistance. I
sought their help after a year of
job hunting with no success. Since
then I secured three interviews
and started a new job at Vallourec
and Mannesmann Oil and Gas."
"I was given very useful advice on
how to make my CV, cover letter,
and personal statement better. It's
had a huge impact as it will help
me in any future job application,
plus I know that I can always go
back for further advice if need be."
2nd year Management student
"Using the Careers Centre was
a very positive experience and
has made me feel a lot more
confident about my skills and
job prospects."
4th year BA Painting student
Fashion Management graduate
"Great service, very friendly and
approachable. I always feel
happy to contact the Careers
Centre and ask questions.
Thanks to the Careers Consultant
I've picked up helpful tips and
now feel confident about using
my CV and cover letter."
5th year Mechanical and
Offshore Engineering student
"The online, course-specific
information was amazing,
up-to-date and honest about the
various career options that are
available. Overall excellent
service, excellent staff and I
hope they continue to provide
students with such high calibre
advice and aid."
3rd year Pharmacy student
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STUDY
ABROAD
For more information visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/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
Depending on their course of study, our students
have the opportunity to spend either a study
period or work placement abroad for one
semester or a whole year, in Europe, or further
afield (USA, Canada, Australia, South Korea).
RGU participates in the Erasmus+ Programme
– the European Commission’s initiative to
encourage mobility within 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 2016,
the University had links with over 113 partners in
26 different countries.
European student mobility is co-funded
by the European Union through the
Erasmus+ Programme.
Our most popular placemen
t
destination was the
*subject to the UK
being eligible to
participate in EU
funded programmes
"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."
Lee Borthwick, Design and Craft
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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 Student Recruitment and
Admissions Service 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. We also have a number of ways you can get
in touch with us, including our Facebook page for international
students at facebook.com/RGUInternational, through
Twitter at twitter.com/robertgordonuni, or join our regular
WhatsApp or online chats we run throughout the year.
AFTER YOU ARRIVE
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 and Employability 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.
Our international students are also welcome to apply for many
of our scholarships. More details of scholarships can be found
on page 198 or at www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships
On the social side of things, the Students’ Union,
RGU:UNION, is run by students, for students and is all about
making your experience the best it can be.
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:
Being a student gives you the opportunity to try a 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. With
some 75 clubs and societies there's definitely something for
everyone!
www.rgu.ac.uk/international
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262726
"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
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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.
More information about RGU:UNION can be found on page
33 and at www.rgu.ac.uk/student-union
ICRGU
THE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE AT
ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY
Additional entry points are available into the University with
our International College.
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.
ICRGU students receive a University student card and
have access to full use of the University facilities. With
dedicated academic and student support services in the
college, and smaller and more personalised classes,
ICRGU offers multiple intakes leading to both
postgraduate and undergraduate degree programmes
from the following schools:
• Aberdeen Business School
• School of Computing Science and Digital Media
• School of Creative and Cultural Business
• School of Engineering
• Gray’s School of Art
• The Law School
“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.”
Delcio Henjengo from Angola,
• School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
• The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and
Built Environment
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 language entry
requirements, please visit www.rgu.ac.uk/icrgu
or email [email protected] for a brochure.
an Affiliate College of
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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.
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.
THE HEAVIEST
WEIGHT LIFTED IN
THE RGU GYM WAS
OVER 250KGS BY
A SAMOAN RUGBY
PLAYER
IN 2015/16
RGU SPORT
SUPPORTED
20 SPORT
SCHOLARSHIPS
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OLYMPIC SWIMMER,
HANNAH MILEY
CLOCKED UP 840
LENGTHS PER WEEK IN
THE RGU POOL. THAT'S
7KM PER SESSION!
YOU CAN
BOUNCE UP
TO 20FT IN THE
AIR ON OUR
TRAMPOLINES
THERE ARE 34
SPORT CLUBS TO
JOIN AND OVER
25 TYPES OF
CLASSES TO TAKE
RGU SPORT is the home of 34
sports clubs. These clubs use the
facilities for training and to assess
and monitor their performance,
while competing in the BUCS and
Scottish Student Sport leagues. All
abilities are welcome to attend club
training sessions for sports such as
netball, volleyball and trampolining.
AN AVERAGE
RGU SPORT
MEMBER CAN
BURN 500
CALORIES
DURING A BODY
ATTACK CLASS
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 swimming
stars Kirsty Simpson and Rachel
Mason and GB Snowboard Cross
athlete Douglas Green. For further
information email
[email protected]
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]
Robert Gordon University,
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GE
T: 01224 263666
E: [email protected]
www.rgusport.co.uk
/rgusport
@rgusport
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Going to university isn’t just so, how do we do all of this?
about getting a degree.
Well, it’s simple: the Union is run by
There is an entire lifestyle that comes
with being a student. Studying is a big
part of it, however 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 here to make your
time at RGU the best that it possibly 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.
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students at RGU, for students at RGU.
Elections are held each year to vote in
a team of student leaders, and 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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That’s you! The Union exists to help students at RGU,
and students are at the heart of everything that we do.
The Union is here to try and turn
a good time at university into
an amazing time! We work hard
to make sure that you get every
opportunity to enjoy yourself,
whether it’s within the University,
locally, nationally and sometimes
even internationally!
This board is made up of RGU students, management
and local stakeholders, and makes the big decisions
which involve the Union’s direction.
The Sabbatical Executive contains our three Student
Presidents and Union Management.
The Exec Board looks after the decisions which shape
the day-to-day running of the Union.
For many of you, it might be your
first time away from home and there
is certainly a lot to learn – but we
want to make this move for you the
best it can be.
These different forums meet a number of times during
the semester, and give students an opportunity to
raise and discuss key issues, find out what our team of
Presidents and VPs are working on, and to have their say
on the work that the Union does.
Don’t stress by getting hung up on
any problems that may crop up –
we’re here to help! In order to make
your student experience the best
that it can be, we work in close
partnership with the University to
involve students in decision making
and to engage them in making
enhancements to student life.
Our School Officers, Class Reps and Equality Champions
play an important role in ensuring that your issues are
addressed at these forums.
3 full time
student
presidents
But we’re not just here to help
students who have moved away
from home for the first time. Issues
that 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!
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9 part time
volunteer
student vice
presidents
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werunelectionseveryyeartoappointour
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and become part of our team!
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class representatives
rgu:radio
These reps are elected from each
course, and act as the voice for
their class. Class Representatives
attend a number of meetings with
the University and Union, to raise
their concerns or issues and find out
about developments and updates. We
encourage as many people to run to be
a Class Representative, as their voice is
invaluable in the process of achieving
change at RGU. Class reps have helped
us win better transport services,
microwaves on campus, extended library
hours in exams and much more!
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 aims to be a fresh, modern station
for the students at RGU, with the aim of playing
the songs and shows that reflect the interests of
the students.
rgu:tv
RGU:TV is the Union’s very own student-led TV
channel. Although still in the early stages of
development, RGU:TV currently produces ondemand video content to help promote events on
campus and raise awareness of societies, sports
clubs and more.
school officers
Similar to Class Representatives, School
Officers represent an entire School.
They bring higher lever issues to senior
management and look after the quality
of teaching at the School.
radar magazine
internationalrepresentatives
Radar is the Union’s student magazine, which was
re-born by a new editorial team formed in 2013.
International Representatives are a
group of students whose focus is to
represent international students on
various committees.
New editions are released roughly every two
months, with topics including student activities,
sport, societies, fashion, arts, music, food, and all
areas of student life.
Nominations for these roles will launch
in the first semester and students
can contact [email protected] for
more information.
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!
equality champions
Equality Champions are reps for
particular student groups, such as
LGBT+, Women, Faith, Disability
and more. They assist the University's
Equality and Diversity Advisory Group
and run events and projects to enhance
diversity at RGU.
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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 more than 40 societies, our groups
total over 1500 students, and in 2016/17
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!).
The Union team are here to help you with
everything from financing to organising
social events!
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57’ 10’ (Architecture)
aberdeen interprofessional education
aberdeen sport & exercise medicine
Academic Supply Chain Society
African-Caribbean Society
applied health professionals society
Applied Social Sciences
arab society
bulgarian society
Business Society
Christian Union
computing society
crafts society
creative nation society
creative writing & poetry society
deeper life campus fellowship
Diagnostic Radiography
drama society
Dumbledore’s Army (harry potter)
ESN (Erasmus Student Network)
Fashion Society
feminism & gender equality
film society
Forensic Society
Gaming
IHI Patient Safety Chapter
Islamic Society
jewish society
Language Society
law society
League of Anime
LGBT+
marketing society
Mental Wellbeing
Midwifery Society
motorsport society
Nigerian Student Association
nursing society
Nutrition society
Photography Society
physiotherapy society
RSA (research student association)
Timothy Generation
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Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Cheerleading & Dance
Clay Pigeon
Cricket
Curling
Football
Gaelic Football
Golf
gymnastics
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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SPORTS
CLUBS
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. In
recent years we have seen the creation of
weightlifting and mountain biking clubs, as
well as our very own cheerleading squad.
Get in touch with our President (Sport &
Physical Activity) for more details on our
clubs.
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If you’re looking for a fun way to boost
your CV and gain invaluable experience,
why not try volunteering!
one-off volunteering
projects
recognising the efforts of
our volunteers
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!
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.
If you register as a volunteer with us
you also have the opportunity to take
advantage of the Saltire Awards. This
scheme encourages young people to
volunteer, and lets you log hours and
work towards gaining certificates and
recognition for the good work you do.
Consider the benefits of volunteering;
not only do you receive training and
practical experiences in challenging and
rewarding situations but we can help you
gain recognition for this good work – the
certificates that you receive will look
fantastic to prospective employers.
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.
There are also plenty of 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.
Alternatively you can volunteer with
any of our registered organisations
and charities. We have a variety of
registered charities offering activitybased placements for students including
conservation work, befriending and office
support, as well as marketing and media
opportunities and a whole lot besides.
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Pop in to the Union office on Union Way to
find out more about our range of support
for both new and existing volunteers.
we partner with many local and national
organisations to provide volunteering
opportunities for rgu students, Including:
volunteer in the community
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RGU:RAG is the fundraising arm of
the 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. These
core committee members assist in the
organising of the overall running and
support for the fundraising efforts
of students and staff throughout the
academic year.
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RAG has raised well over £100,000 for
countless different charities in the last
few years, through various different
methods including bake sales, nippy
dips, street collections, fashion shows,
challenge events and more. 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 an
interesting volunteering opportunity or a
fun idea for fundraising they would love
to hear from you.
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We’re always happy for you to visit us and discuss
any issues you are facing, and we’d love to hear
your suggestions to support our campaign of
encouraging diversity across the campus.
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, a number of multi-faith rooms
are available to use across the campus.
There are also a number of student-led societies
for some faiths, where you can get in touch with
other students with similar beliefs, and we can
help you set one up, if necessary. There is also
a University chaplain, who will meet with you
whatever your faith and beliefs.
During your time at Robert Gordon University,
sometimes you may need a little extra support
– and that’s perfectly okay. 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. At the Students’ Union, we
will listen, at a time and place that is convenient
for you, and will offer help and support. You can
be assured we treat all concerns confidentially.
health & wellbeing support
If you have a short-term or long-term medical
concern or illness that is affecting you, the
Students’ Union can provide you with support and
advice to minimize the impact of this during your
time at RGU.
social support
University can be a daunting place – new faces,
new lifestyle, possibly a new location – and you
may be concerned that you don’t know anyone, or
you may worry that you won’t settle in as easily
as you would like.
Your mental wellbeing is also incredibly
important. If you feel in need of emotional or
pastoral support, there are a number of services
throughout the University, and we can help you
get in touch with these. The Union also provides
a discreet contraception delivery service for all
genders.
There are a large number of competitive
and casual sports clubs you can join, as well
as many societies based around academic
courses or shared hobbies. There are also lots
of social societies that meet up simply for fun
and conversation. Joining a group can build
confidence and social skills. You have the choice
to participate in these groups and projects as
much or as little as you want – whatever suits you
personally.
We want you to be safe whatever you do, and
won’t ask invasive questions or judge in any way.
academic support
If something has happened that significantly
affects your academic performance – such as a
medical concern, bereavement or an unexpected
change in circumstances – we can help you to
complete an extenuating circumstances form, in
order to ensure your personal situation is taken
fairly into account for assessments.
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 fairly 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.
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RGU: Nightline is a student-led peer-topeer 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).
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.
We can also support you if you feel you have been
treated unfairly during your course, and with
issues you may be having with your modules.
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Sustainability is a key priority for our
students, staff and Union. Here at Go
Green, our aim is simple: spread the word
about environmental topics and provide
the tools, opportunities, training and
volunteering opportunities to empower you
to look after our shared planet.
Whether it’s locally sourcing and
distributing organic fruit and veg, a bike
hire scheme, cooking together in our
community café or learning to reduce
waste, the Go Green office is always
buzzing with new and bright ideas in the
pipeline!
food waste
This year, we’ve opened our newest and
most ambitious project yet, a community
café where you can indulge in great food
and learn to cook delicious meals with a
zero waste twist. It’s also a great chance
to mingle with the rest of the local
residents and relax with open mic nights,
international food fests and even language
cafés to learn the basics!
veg bag
We work with local producers and suppliers
to bring you fresh organic fruit and veg
every other week. The bags are only £6 and
a bargain compared to supermarkets prices!
allotment
If you prefer to grow your own, come along
to our Garthdee Field allotment where you
can gain hands-on experience in gardening
and, at the end of the day, take your
produce home for a free nutritious and low
carbon meal.
rent a bike
Our cheap and easy cycle link will get you
on campus in time for that early morning
lecture without the hassle of overcrowded
buses or overpriced tickets! For a very small
fee, you can rent our Go Green bikes stressfree and give cycling in the Granite City
a shot.
fuel efficient driving
Can’t give up the car? Fuel efficient training
sessions will help you cut costs and even
better we can offer these fun and practical
1-to-1 workshops completely free of charge.
ENERGY SAVING SCHEMES
Putting money back in your pocket: our
community energy audit scheme will
include accredited training and practical
skills to help you reduce the bills and
carbon footprint of your home.
ENERGY AMBASSADORS
As one of our energy ambassadors, you’ll be
able to make a real difference to residents’
lives as well by making homes warmer, bills
lower and winter less of a worry!
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ABERDEEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Accounting and Finance
The Management Programme
International Business Management Management
Management with HRM
Management with Marketing
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54
56
57
58
59
SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND CULTURAL BUSINESS
Events Management Fashion Management
International Hospitality Management International Tourism Management
Journalism
Media
Public Relations
60
64
66
68
70
72
74
76
THE LAW SCHOOL
Law LLB
Law and Management
SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE
AND DIGITAL MEDIA
Computer Science
Cyber Security
Digital Media
Computing (Application Software Development)
Computer Network Management and Design
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90
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94
96
98
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical and Offshore Engineering Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering
102
106
108
110
112
GRAY'S SCHOOL OF ART
Painting Contemporary Art Practice
(Moving Image/Photography/Printmaking/Sculpture) Fashion and Textile Design Communication Design
(Graphics/Illustration/Photography)
Three Dimensional Design
(Ceramics and Glass/Jewellery/Product Design)
Commercial Photography 114
118
THE SCOTT SUTHERLAND SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Architectural Technology
Architecture Construction Management Surveying 130
SCHOOL OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES
Applied Social Sciences
Social Work
142
146
148
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Applied Sport and Exercise Science
Diagnostic Radiography
Occupational Therapy
Physiotherapy
150
154
156
158
160
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY AND LIFE SCIENCES
Biomedical Science Programme
Applied Biomedical Science
Biomedical Science
Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
Forensic and Analytical Science
Nutrition Nutrition and Dietetics
Pharmacy
162
166
167
168
169
170
172
174
176
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
Bachelor of Midwifery
Nursing
Bachelor of Nursing – Adult
Bachelor of Nursing – Children and Young People
Bachelor of Nursing – Mental Health
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184
186
187
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Adult
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188
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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.
/aberdeenbschool
@aberdeenbschool
aberdeenbschool
Aberdeen Business School
is one of the leading
providers of management
and professional business
education in the UK,
offering practical and
innovative courses
developed in close
collaboration with industry
and the professions.
A FORMIDABLE REPUTATION
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 extensive
experience 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
courses delivered at the School.
ENHANCING YOUR
EMPLOYABILITY AND CAREER
We are consistently ranked as one of
the top universities for graduate
employability. We achieve this by:
•Bridging academic theory with
meaningful exposure to real-world
business practice through our
unique 48-week placement
opportunities and Connect to
Business scheme.
•Providing the opportunity for you to
broaden your horizons by studying
abroad for up to a year as part of
your course.
•Equipping you with an
entrepreneurial mind-set that will
allow you to recognise, capture and
create opportunities in any business
environment through engagement
with business creation.
Here at Aberdeen Business School we
will nurture your potential, expand
your talent and ensure the promise of
opportunity in modern society.
OUR COURSES
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Accounting and Finance
52
The Management Programme 54
International Business Management
56
Management
57
Management with HRM
58
Management with Marketing
59
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INVALUABLE PLACEMENT EXPERIENCE
We're the top university in Scotland for graduate prospects
(Guardian University Guide 2017) and are consistently ranked as a
top-rated UK university for graduate employability; for five
consecutive years over 96.5% of students graduating from
RGU, with their first degree, were in employment or
undertaking further study (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016).
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. Placement students have had the
opportunity to go on business trips, work with senior managers
and directors, and take on their own projects. On graduation,
many of our students are offered permanent positions within their
placement company.
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.
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, dedicated group learning
facilities and Digital Moffat Space.
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Lauren Reid,
International Business Management
Your future: What do
you hope to do after
you graduate?
Ideally I'd like to secure
a graduate job with the
opportunity to travel and
utilise my strengths from both
university and placement. I
would love to work within
marketing and branding
but I'm fairly open to what
happens next!
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
International Business
Management?
I chose International
Business Management as
business studies was my
favourite subject at school,
I also loved travelling
and meeting others from
different places. This course
allowed me to combine
the two.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
RGU allows you to mix up
university life whilst also
gaining real life experience
and travel opportunities.
Although RGU has an
academic environment it is
a fairly relaxed and open
place to study.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
Choose a course that excites
you and one you see as the
natural next step for you.
Chat to people who have
done similar to what you
want to do and ask their
perspective - there's no such
thing as a stupid question!
Also if you get the chance to
study abroad to always do it!
Your travels: Where
did you study abroad
and how has this
enhanced your student
experience?
I studied abroad at Boston
University, USA. Study
abroad allows you to
become a local in a city you
might have never visited
before! The opportunity to
do things which may be out
of your comfort zone and
see some totally new things.
Study abroad has provided
me with amazing stories and
memories, as well as friends
all around the world.
Your placement: Where
was your placement
and how has this
helped your studies?
I was a placement student
at Shell UK. My role was
based within the External
Relations function and
allowed me to gain real life
industry experience and
whilst utilising the theories
gained from university.
Placement has brought a
new perspective for me in
terms of what I want to do,
what excites me and the
type of people I want to
work with in future.
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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
Plan Development • 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
H2H2H2H3
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 203 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
www.rgu.ac.uk/accountingandfinance
Hear what our students think about the course
www.rgu.ac.uk/accounting-graduation
Only Accounting
and Finance
degree in Scotland
offering a full year
paid placement!
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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.
Key facts
UCAS codes
STUDENT COMPETITIONS
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.
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.
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, who
are given business advice by academic staff from our Centre for
Entrepreneurship and assigned to an industry mentor.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
(common to all Management Programme courses)
SQA Higher
ABBB
LINKS WITH INDUSTRY
FLEXIBLE OPTIONS
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT N120
MANAGEMENT N201
MANAGEMENT WITH HRM N2N6
MANAGEMENT WITH MARKETING N2N5
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.
GCE A Level
BBC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3
IB Diploma
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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.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner college
will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Please see
page 203 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
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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.
Study abroad is a compulsory element of the BA (Hons)
International Business Management course. For more details
please see page 26.
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OUR COURSES
International Business Management
56
Management
57
Management with HRM
58
Management with Marketing
59
Globally, over 3
million students have
studied abroad with
support from the
Erasmus programme.
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS) UCAS N120
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 Plan Development 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
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement • Evidencing Employability •
Research Methods
Non-placement Route: Research Methods • Corporate
Governance • IT for Managers • International Trading •
Business Creativity • Managing in Changing Organisations •
Managing Projects • Business Marketing and 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 •
Business Strategy OR Corporate Ethics
Three options from: International Marketing • Leadership •
Supply Chain Management •International Trade Law • The
Economics of International Business • E-Business • Labour
Market Economics
For entry requirements please refer to page 55.
www.rgu.ac.uk/international-business-management
WIDEN YOUR
HORIZONS
"I have really enjoyed my course and time at
RGU. The Placement year was a great
opportunity to implement the theory and
skills I had learnt in my first two years and I
made a lot of great friends along the way!"
Anastasia Ovchinnikova,
International Business Management student
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MANAGEMENT
BA (HONS) UCAS N201
Management is the art of planning, coordinating,
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
Year 2
Personal and Business Finance • Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Work and Organisational Behaviour •
Operations Management • Business Law • Consumer
Behaviour • Business Economics • Business Plan Development
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 • Managing in Changing
Organisations • New Business Project • Research Methods •
Managing Projects
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.
Study Abroad Route: Study in Europe, Asia, the USA
or Canada
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Three options from: International Marketing • Leadership •
Supply Chain Management •International Trade Law • The
Economics of International Business • E-Business • Labour
Market Economics
Year 1
Business Ethics • Marketing • Management Concepts •
The Financial Environment • Introduction to Management
Accounting • Introductory Economics • People Management
• International 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 •
For entry requirements please refer to page 55.
www.rgu.ac.uk/management
GIVE
YOURSELF
A REAL
HEAD START
“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.”
Glenn Buchan,
Business Developement Manager
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MANAGEMENT WITH HUMAN RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT, BA (HONS) UCAS N2N6
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
Year 2
Personal and Business Finance • Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Work and Organisational Behaviour •
Operations Management • Business Law • People, Policy
and Practice• Management of Change • Business
Plan Development
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 • Managing
in Changing Organisations • New Business Project • Managing
Projects • Research Methods
Advanced Entry Route: Corporate Governance •
Fundamentals of Employment Law • Health and Safety •
PR Strategy and Specialisms • People, Policy and Practice •
Managing in Changing Organisations • Managing Projects •
Research Methods
Study Abroad Route: Study in Europe, Asia, the USA,
or Canada
MANAGEMENT WITH MARKETING
BA (HONS) UCAS N2N5
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 Plan Development • Digital Media
Platforms and Practices
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
Connect to Business Route: Undertake short term,
work-based projects for a range of organisations.
Non-placement Route: Business Marketing and Innovation
• Events Management • Managing Projects • Health and
Safety • New Business Project • PR Strategy and Specialisms
• 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 • Applied Consumer Psychology •
International Marketing • Business Creativity
Year 4
Thesis • International HRM • Employment Law for Managers •
Collective Employment Law • Leadership • Corporate Ethics
and HRM: Theory into Practice
www.rgu.ac.uk/management-with-hrm
You may also choose to study abroad with a partner foreign
university, in Europe, Asia, the USA, or Canada during
semesters 1 or 2.
For entry requirements please refer to page 55.
For entry requirements please refer to page 55.
www.rgu.ac.uk/management-with-marketing
REAL
OPPORTUNITIES
“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
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.”
Nene Udofot, Customer Service Executive
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The School of Creative and Cultural Business
recognises the ever-changing nature and fast pace
of business today.
The diverse course
portfolio embraces
collaborative and multidisciplinary projects,
giving students the
opportunity to acquire
valuable transferable
business, marketing and
management skills along
with their chosen
course specialism.
embrace change and contribute in a
wide variety of competitive business
specialisms, whether that is as part of
a Scottish SME or a global brand giant.
Much of the teaching and assessment
is practice-based, with an emphasis on
industry liaison and the increasing
influence of digital technologies,
strategies and practices.
FACILITIES
INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
We are located in Aberdeen but our
outlook is truly international, and
many of our students have the
opportunity to study or work abroad
as part of their course. Our staff
combines extensive academic
expertise with relevant industry
experience and our aim is to produce
confident graduates who are ready to
CREATIVE THINKING
Much emphasis is now placed on
creativity as an essential skill at all
levels of management and in all types
of business. In the School of Creative
and Cultural Business, we nurture
creative thinking, cultivate teamwork
and encourage entrepreneurialism so
that our graduates are ready to create,
innovate and lead the creative
economy in the 21st Century.
With the recognition that creativity is a
key skill for business and management
in the 21st Century, the School of
Creative and Cultural Business is
located within the contemporary RGU
riverside campus, providing a modern
location with dedicated creative
industry facilities, including MAC
suites, a newsroom, tv and radio
studios and equipment, Digital Moffat
Space and the Fashion Place.
WE BELIEVE THE FUTURE OF
BUSINESS IS CREATIVE AND
DIGITAL!
OUR COURSES
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Events Management
64
Fashion Management
66
International Hospitality Management
68
International Tourism Management
70
Journalism
72
Media
74
Public Relations
76
YOUR RGU | 63
Kirstin Bell,
Events Management
Your future: What do
you hope to do after
you graduate?
My end goal is to be a
Sports Event Manager, so
I’ll be working towards
that in any way possible.
I’d absolutely love to travel
so hopefully I’ll be able to
find the chance to do that.
I suppose I’ll l just have to
wait and see what happens!
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Events Management?
I’m passionate about events
and knew it was something
I wanted to pursue as I’ve
always loved planning
events, from helping to
organise the senior year
ball at school to working
as an events volunteer at a
multi-arts venue during my
gap year.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
I love the atmosphere
and environment at RGU,
especially within the Events
Management course.
Everyone is close with each
other and with our lecturers
too. It’s a great learning
environment to be in that
lets everyone thrive.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
Just be yourself and let
that come through in
your application. If you’re
accepted to the course, throw
yourself in to all opportunities
that arise as you never know
where it may lead you and
who you will meet.
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Your travels: RGU
GO: India, tell us how
your involvement
in this project has
enhanced your student
experience...
RGU Go: India was probably
the best experience of my
life! Having the opportunity
to immerse myself in a
culture so diverse was
invaluable. The best part
was working across multidisciplinary courses as I’ve
gained skills not only in
Events but also in five other
courses including Nutrition,
Communication Design and
Sports and Exercise Science.
Your placement: Where
have you carried out
your '100 hours' and
how has this helped
your studies?
I’ve helped at corporate
events, highland games,
wedding exhibitions and
the Ryder Cup to name a
few. I undertook a large
number of my hours with
Streetsport, an initiative
led by RGU SPORT, which
I couldn’t recommend
enough if you’re looking
for a career in sport or with
young people.
The 100 hours really
benefitted me because
it allowed me to help at
a large variety of events,
meet new people and gain
many contacts but it also
helped to shape the career
path I wish to follow in the
future. It’s opened many
doors for me, something
that wouldn’t have been
available without the
industry experience.
YOUR RGU | 65
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, Glastonbury, 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 26.
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 • Industry Experience Portfolio 1
(workplace experience) • Service Sector Management •
Introduction to Management Accounting • Digital Media
Platforms and Practices
Year 2
Brand Management • Work and 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 • Public Relations
Strategies and Specialisms • Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Ethics and the Consumer • Event Legacy
and Impact • Live Festival Management • Industry
Experience Portfolio 3 (workplace experience)
Year 4
Lifestyle Consumption and Experience Economies • The
Main Event • Research Methods • Research Project •
Business Creativity
Plus one option from:
Consumer Psychology • Corporate Ethics
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English).
GCE A Level
BBC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English) at H2.
IB Diploma
29 to include Higher Level English (or a written 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 203 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
@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,
Events Management graduate
Students will develop
an industry experience
portfolio comprising at
least 300 hours of
events experience.
YOUR RGU | 67
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 buying, 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 London Fashion Weekend Festival,
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
digital fashion show, which is a fantastic chance to increase
your practical awareness of fashion catwalk events and the
increasingly important genre of fashion film.
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.
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!”
Key facts
UCAS WN22
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
The period of professional practice 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 • Marketing • Fashion Design
Concepts and Communication (30 credit module using Lectra
Kaledo and Adobe Photoshop software)• Fashion
Construction and Technology • Managing in the Creative
Industries • Fashion Retail and Store Design (30 credit
module exploring the competitive fashion retail environment)
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 26.
CAREER OPTIONS
Potential careers include roles in fashion buying and product
sourcing; financial merchandising and allocating; fashion
marketing and brand management; public relations and event
management; retail management and visual merchandising;
product planning and development; online content
management and digital fashion strategy. You will also be
equipped to set up your own fashion business based on the
skills you acquire from the programme and the entrepreneurial
business start-up support on offer.
The Fashion Place blog: thefashionplaceblog.com
Facebook: /RGU Fashion Management
Instagram: /fashionplace_rgu
Pinterest: /fashplace
Year 2
Omni-channel Fashion • Advertising Communication •
Fashion Communication (30 credit module which involves
generating content for a fashion magazine) • Public Relations
• Design for Client (30 credit module introducing students to
the head office buyer role) • Consumer Behaviour
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.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB
GCE A Level
BBC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3
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 203 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/fashionmanagement
Year 4
Research Methods • Global Fashion Strategy • Fashion Project
Plus one option from: Women and the Media, Consumer
Psychology or Postmodern Culture • Research Project (30
credit dissertation OR practical project on a research topic of
your choice) • Fashion Buying and Forecasting
Plus one option from: Celebrity Culture, International
Marketing, Digital Marketing (e-business) OR
Business Creativity
The fashion industry is
one of the UK’s primary
creative industries and
its total contribution to
the UK economy is
estimated to stand at
over £50 billion.
Hannah Fuller, Fashion Management graduate
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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 • Service
Sector Management • Tourism Hospitality Environment
and Industry• 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 26.
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
Globalisation • Live Hospitality Project• Brand Management •
Consumer Behaviour • Food and Beverage Management •
Digital Media Platforms and Practices • Hotel Operation
Management
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one
semester during year 2.
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement (1 year)
Taught/Placement Route: Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Events Management • Ethics and the
Consumer • International Business • Workplace Experience
(6 months) OR Study Abroad
Taught Route: Business Ideas and Opportunities • Events
Management • Ethics and the Consumer • International
Business • Business Marketing and Innovation • People,
Policies and Practice • Management Practice and Reflective
Learning • Event Impact and Legacy
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC
GCE A Level
CCC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3H3
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 203 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
Year 4
Research Methods • Research Project • Hospitality Contract
Management • Lifestyle Consumption and Experience
Economies • Managing Strategy for Hospitality •
Business Creativity
Lara Senhen
THE BEST
OF BOTH
WORLDS
"My six-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,
Globally the
hospitality sector is
generating a revenue
worth approximately
£680 billion.
International Hospitality Management graduate
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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
Key facts
UCAS N840
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 26.
Year 1
Marketing • Tourism Hospitality Environment and Industry •
Digital Media Platforms and Practices • Service Sector
Management • People Management • Adventure and
Activity Tourism • International Management
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.
Year 2
Work and Organisational Behaviour • Globalisation • Tourism
Destination Development • Brand Management • Consumer
Behaviour • Sustainable Tourism Management • Hotel Operation
Management
You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for
one semester.
Year 3
Placement Route: Placement (1 year)
Taught/Placement Route: Business Ideas and
Opportunities • Events Management • Ethics and the
Consumer • International Business • Workplace Experience
(6 months) OR Study Abroad
Taught Route: Business Ideas and Opportunities • Events
Management • Ethics and the Consumer • International
Business • Business Marketing and Innovation • People,
Policies and Practice • Management Practice and Reflective
Learning • Event Impact and Legacy
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC
GCE A Level
CCC
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3H3
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 203 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
Year 4
Research Methods • Research Project • Lifestyle
Consumption and Experience Economies • Corporate Ethics
OR Consumer Psychology • Marine and Wildlife Tourism •
Future Tourism • Business Creativity
“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
The international
tourism industry
supports 284 million
people in employment
– that's 1 in 11 people
on the planet!
Natalie Parsons,
International Tourism Management graduate
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JOURNALISM
BA (HONS)
Journalism is a powerful industry and rewarding career
choice. From current affairs to feature writing, climate
change to celebrity and sport, people are seeking
information and inspiration from the media. This creates
a demand for multimedia journalists who have the
critical knowledge and specialist theoretical and
production skills.
This course 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.
You’ll also gain considerable practical experience in reporting
and production across print, broadcast and digital platforms.
Additionally, you will take part in newsdays in years 2 and 3 and
have the opportunity to produce practical projects in year 4.
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, through partnership with NESCOL.
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
Key facts
UCAS P500
Journalism provides the foundation for a wide range of career
opportunities. The skills you acquire will open up
opportunities in a wide variety of careers in the communication
and media industries beyond the journalistic profession.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
OUR FACILITIES
Year 2
Features Writing • Principles and Practice of Reporting •
Web Design • Media Production Project •Public Relations •
Your learning will be enhanced by our purpose-built teaching
facilities which include a news room, TV and radio studio.
Students will have the opportunity to produce broadcast
materials in partnership with STV's news channel STV2.
Students are supported by our dedicated ABS media
technical support team. To view these excellent facilities visit
us at: rgu.ac.uk/openday
PLACEMENT
The six-week or twelve-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. Previous placements have
included BBC Sport, STV, Northsound, The Herald, and
The Scotsman.
Year 1
News Writing • Introduction to Media Law • Broadcast
Journalism and Production • Governing the UK • Media
Business • Visual Culture and Design
Media Semiotics & Discourse
Year 3
Applied News Production • Media History •Advanced Law
for Journalists• Magazine Journalism, Placement OR Creative
Industries Theory and Practice
Year 4
Semester 1
Research Methods • Investigative Journalism
Two elective modules from: Media Strategy, Women and
The Media OR Postmodern Culture
Semester 2
Research Project • Investigative Journalism
One elective module from: Political Communication &
Public Affairs OR Celebrity Culture
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include English.
GCE A Level
BBC to include English.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include English at H2.
IB Diploma
29 to include Higher Level 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
Watch our students at a press conference
www.rgu.ac.uk/press-conference-video
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.
“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.”
Ranked 2nd in the UK
for Journalism.
(Guardian University League Tables 2017)
Nichola MacBeath, Journalism graduate
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MEDIA
BA (HONS)
The media industries are rapidly expanding,
particularly with the 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, RGU TV and working in the student radio
station to develop specialist skills
Key facts
UCAS P300
PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
The six-week Professional Practice module 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
The Media Business • Visual Culture and Design • Marketing
• Communication Principles and Practice • Digital Media
Platforms and Practices • Creative Short Film Making
STUDY ABROAD
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 26.
Year 2
Documentary Discourse and Practice • Introduction to Media
Law • Advertising Communication • Media Production Project •
Media Semiotics and Discourse • Web Design
Year 3
Media History • Interactive Media Project • Communication
Project Management • Communication Project Practice •
Professional Practice OR Creative Industries Theory and
Practice OR Business Start-up In the Creative Industries
Year 4
Research Methods and Research Project
OUR FACILITIES
CAREER OPTIONS
Postmodern Culture • Media Strategy • Women and the Media
With our purpose-built facilities, including state-of-the-art
lecture theatres, teaching labs, Digital Moffat Space, 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.
Two elective modules from: Cinema and Society •
Celebrity Culture • Business Creativity
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English).
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H3H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English) at H2.
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level English (or a written 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 203 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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Students will gain
industry training
from STV2.
YOUR RGU | 77
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 media 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 Professional Practice module 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
The Media Business • Visual Culture and Design • Marketing
• Communication Principles and Practice • Managing in the
Creative Industries • Digital Media Platforms and Practices
STUDY ABROAD
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Year 3
Public Relations Strategy and Specialisms • Events
Management • Communication Project Management •
Communication Project Practice • Professional Practice (six
week placement) OR Creative Industries Theory and Practice
OR Business Start-up In the Creative Industries
The course is accredited by the CIPR,
which is the professional body for the
UK public relations industry.
Year 4
Research Methods • Research Project • Appraisal of Current
Market Research
CAREER OPTIONS
Two elective modules from: Postmodern Culture • Media
Strategy • Women and the Media
The course offers the opportunity to undertake an international
study exchange or work placement during year 3. This is
undertaken through the Erasmus scheme. For more details
please see page 26.
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.”
Elizabeth Stevenson,
Communication with PR graduate
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Year 2
Corporate Events Management • Advertising Communication
• Documentary Discourse and Practice • Media Production
Project • Public Relations • Web Design
Two elective modules from: Political Communication •
Celebrity Culture • Business Creativity • International Marketing
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC including English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English) at grade B.
GCE A Level
BCC including English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English) at H2.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level English (or a written 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 203 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
Ranked 2nd in UK for
Public Relations.
(Guardian University League Tables 2017)
YOUR RGU | 79
Students of The Law School have ranked us
highly with a 95% student satisfaction rate.
National Student Survey 2016
The Law School is
driven by a dynamic
and international team,
bringing together a
blend of practical and
academic experience.
On graduation, you can
be confident that you
will hold an award that is
recognised nationally.
problem, which consists of a mock
factual situation raising challenging
and complicated points of law.
MOOTING AT THE LAW SCHOOL
THE LAW CLINIC
Robert Gordon University's Law
School benefits from an on-site court
room which will allow you to
demonstrate both your legal
knowledge and skills whilst adhering
to the protocols of a real court.
The Law Clinic was launched in
November 2013 and is made up of a
group of students, academic staff and
qualified solicitors. The Clinic aims to
provide free, confidential and
independent legal advice to citizens
of Aberdeen who would otherwise be
unable to afford a solicitor.
What is a moot?
A moot is a legal debate taking place
in a mock court or arbitration room
setting, where law students as
counsel present an argument before a
judge or an arbitral tribunal on behalf
of their clients. The debate between
the parties is based upon a moot
Recently RGU's Mooting Society won
the Granite City Challenge, which
saw RGU and the University of
Aberdeen go head-to-head as part of
an annual competition. The problem
set to the students involved a criminal
appeal in an embezzlement case and
concerned the sufficiency of evidence
to convict and whether certain
evidence was admissible.
The key aims of this initiative are both
to provide you with the opportunity
to gain practical experience, and to
benefit the local community by
providing access to justice to those
who may need legal advice but who
cannot access it elsewhere.
OUR COURSES
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Law LLB
82
Law and Management 84
YOUR RGU | 81
Georgia Carey,
Law LLB
Your course:
Why did you choose to
study Law?
Your future: What do
you hope to do after
you graduate?
I have wanted to study
law for as long as I can
remember. The ever
growing and evolving legal
system has always sparked
my interest and there is
such a great variation of
things to learn.
I look forward to studying
the Diploma in Legal Practice
at RGU after I graduate and
can't wait to get to do more
practical things with my
degree. On completion of this
I hope to have a traineeship,
currently I am most interested
in Family Law which I am
writing my dissertation on.
Your experience:
What is the best thing
about studying at RGU?
The thing I love about RGU
is that my year group for my
course is so much smaller
than at other universities.
This really gave me the
chance to get to know my
peers and lecturers more
closely and feel more
comfortable in the learning
environment in general.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
Make sure that the course
you want to do is really what
you are interested in. It can
understandably be difficult
to try and decide what you
want to study, however, I
knew a number of people
who said they weren't even
interested in a certain subject
(on different courses)
and ultimately ended up
changing or even dropping
out and regretted wasting
their time on something they
knew they weren't keen on
in the first place.
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Your activities: You
recently won the
Granite City Moot,tell
me a bit about this
experience and how
it has enhanced
your studies...
Mooting is an extra curricular
activity available to those
in the Law School. I have
participated in a number of
competitions one being the
Granite City Moot, against
Aberdeen University, which
my teammate and I won. It
was an amazing feeling of
team spirit and an allround
great experience.
Mooting has been extremely
useful in bettering my
advocacy skills and increasing
my confidence; I highly
recommend it! It is helpful for
anyone wanting to pursue a
career in law and is a great
way to meet people and get
involved in things other than
core university work.
YOUR RGU | 83
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 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
Advanced entry students entering the course at stage 2:
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 26.
Year 2: Criminal Law and Law of Contract •
Constitutional Law • Human Rights • Commercial Law •
Law of Evidence • Succession
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
Year 3: Students catch up on remaining Law Society
qualifying modules: European Union Law and Property Rights
in Land and Practical Legal Skills
Year 3
Semester 1
One elective module from Forensic Practice OR Managing
Projects • Three modules from the list in Year 4 below OR
Study Abroad
Semester 2
Practical Legal Skills • Taxation Law • One elective from
Forensic Psychology, Entrepreneurship for the Legal Sector and
Management Studies for Law • One elective module from the
list in Year 4 below
Year 4
Dissertation, plus
Semester 1
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
Roman Law • Criminal Responsibility • Criminal Justice •
European Union Law (Hons) • Legal Issues in Construction Law
• Public International Law • Environmental Law • Judicial
Review and Public Administration • Comparative Company Law
• Intellectual Property • Fundamentals of Employment Law •
Law of Evidence • Succession • Family Law • UK Oil and Gas
Law • Property Law (Hons) • Dispute Resolution• Legal Ethics
and Professional Responsibility
Semester 2
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
Media Law • Collective Employment Law • Criminology •
International Trade Law • Medical Ethics • Immigration Law •
Consumer Law and Policy • International Human Rights Law •
EU Law • Property Rights in Land • Taxation Law • Child Care
Law • Criminal Law: Specific Crimes • Evidence: Law and
Psychology • Comparative and International Tax Law • Private
International Law
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English).
GCE A Level
BBC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English) at H2.
IB Diploma
29 to include Higher Level English (or a written 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
The Law Clinic
provides students
the opportunity to
work with real clients
and gain industry
insight from
practicing solicitors.
Vanessa Fong, Operations Manager
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YOUR RGU | 85
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.”
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.
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 26.
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 OR Marketing• Commercial Law •
Human Rights • Company Law • One option from Business
Economics, Governing the UK
Year 3
Delict • Fundamentals of Employment Law • Ethics and the
Consumer (Family Law for LLB transfer) • Management
Studies for Law • Entrepreneurship in the Legal Sector,
Management Studies for Law OR Placement • Property
Rights in Land • Practical Legal Skills (Legal Theory for LLB
transfers) OR Study Abroad in semester 1 or 2
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB
GCE A Level
BCC
Year 4
Research Project, plus
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H3H3
Semester 1
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
Roman Law • Criminal Responsibility • Criminal Justice •
Legal Issues in Construction Law • Public International Law •
Environmental Law • Judicial Review and Public Administration
• Comparative Company Law • Intellectual Property •
Fundamentals of Employment Law • Succession • Family Law
• UK Oil and Gas Law • Property Law (Honours) • Dispute
Resolution • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility •
Health and Safety Management Fundamentals • Managing
Projects • Economics of Business • Corporate Ethics
IB Diploma
28
Semester 2
Three modules from a list that currently includes:
Media Law • Collective Employment Law • Criminology •
International Trade Law • Medical Ethics • Immigration Law
• Consumer Law and Policy • International Human Rights
Law • EU Law • Property Rights in Land • Taxation Law •
Child Care Law • Criminal Law: Specific Crimes • Evidence:
Law and Psychology • Comparative and International Tax Law
• Criminal Law: Specific Crimes • Private International Law •
Labour Market Economics • Strategic Marketing •
Management • Entrepreneurial Studies • Logistics
Management • Leadership • E-Business
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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
Part-time: 8 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/law-and-management
Hear about Marta's RGU experience at
www.rgu.ac.uk/law-and-management-video
Graduate Alaina Morrison,
Solicitor with Wood Group PLC
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YOUR RGU | 87
SCHOOL OF COMPUTING
SCIENCE AND DIGITAL MEDIA
Shaping the future with the emergence of mobile
and information-rich systems, industry-sought
skills in digital media, computer networks, cyber
security, intelligent information systems and
technical architecture.
Situated in The Sir Ian Wood
Building, The School of
Computing Science and
Digital Media provides a
state-of-the-art, purpose-built
environment in which to learn
the skills required to be at the
forefront of the digital and
creative economies. It is the
perfect place to study current
professional practice in the
subjects of computing science
and digital media. Students
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, and the security
and protection of critical information
systems of Cyber Security, through
the technical focus of Computer
Network Management and Design
to the creative opportunities of
Digital Media, our computing
courses equip students with
valuable technical, personal and
professional skills, and a careerenhancing qualification.
The School supports students
to form their own ventures, run
societies and develop 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 won national competitions.
There are currently two Computing
student-led societies to expand the
opportunities available.
FIRST YEAR
All first year students are allocated
a personal tutor to guide them
through the year and, most notably,
will have the opportunity to transfer
from their initial course of choice to
other courses within the School.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING
The School takes a lead in
technology-enhanced learning
through a combination of interactive
lectures, group project work and
practical exercises in state-of-theart computing labs. In later years,
students take a range of specialist
modules which are tailored to their
interests and career aspirations.
Students frequently comment on
the quality of support and teaching
they receive, with several staff
winning student nominated prizes.
OUR Courses
Computer Science
90
Cyber Security
92
Digital Media (Design, Production and Development) 94
88 |
Computing (Application Software Development)
96
Computer Network Management and Design
98
YOUR RGU | 89
FACILITIES
Amongst the School's state-of-the-art facilities are 335
high specification PCs, running the latest industrystandard software over nine IT laboratories. There are
specialised facilities for supporting graphics and
interactive digital media development, including a
large scale render farm, a Mac Suite and a Chroma Key
and Motion Capture suite as well as a CISCO
networking lab. In the Cybersecurity lab, each student
has access to a CCNA/P equivalent of equipment
(switches and routers) pod, which offers a mix of
Ethernet connectivity and console connectors.
CONNECTIONS
The School has a close working relationship with the
global IT and energy industries, as well as local and
national digital media organisations. Its courses are
developed in collaboration with business and industry,
and take into account the practical needs of potential
employers. Guest speakers from companies such as
Microsoft, Logica, Total and Apple bring a rich
understanding of current technology and professional
software practice.
EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
Staff engage in leading-edge research and commercial
technology projects, often in collaboration with highly
respected global partners. Recent successes include
research and commercial work in areas of cloud
computing, computational intelligence, data science
and image analysis. The School’s close relationships
with a wide range of businesses ensure that course
offerings are industry-informed, based on
contemporary theory and practice.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Our courses are accredited by the British Computer
Society for CITP or CEng. Therefore, on successful
completion of an Honours degree, graduates can gain
additional professional recognition by applying for
membership and become Chartered in due course. The
School is an accredited Cisco Academy, delivering the
theoretical and practical content of a number of
industry-acknowledged qualifications.
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Stuart Whitehead
Computer Science
What career have
you got into after
graduation?
I’ve always had an interest
in the design industry — the
thought of helping people,
businesses or the wider
society achieve a goal is very
appealing. I’ve also found
that software engineers are
invaluable in achieving a
design vision.
I’ve been very fortunate to
be working for a designled digital company called
Springload in Wellington,
New Zealand. My role as a
developer sees me building
complex user interfaces,
back-end server applications
and supporting server
management and operations.
Why did you choose to
study your course?
This was a straight-forward
decision for me — computing
has been my passion for as
long as I can remember. The
computing industry is also
very vibrant. It’s developing
at an incredible pace meaning
that there is a continuing
demand for qualified,
knowledgeable workers.
Why did you choose to
study at RGU?
I knew that I wanted to
study in Scotland, and so I
compared the offerings of
many Scottish universities.
I chose to study at RGU for
two main reasons. Computer
Science is a modern topic and
RGU is a modern university
— I liked the practical
approach to learning which
the RGU course took. I also
appreciated the benefit
of an industry placement,
which RGU supports as a
component of the course.
I undertook a year-long
placement at what is now
brand and design agency
FortyTwo Studio. I learnt a
lot during my time with the
team and it helped to forge
my career.
What piece of advice
would you offer to
other students
Follow your passion. If you
follow your passion and
are motivated to study a
subject, everything else will
fall into place.
Tell us about your
project and your prizes
After completing my degree
in Computer Science, I
decided to continue onto
the honours year. A main
component of this year is a
major software development
project on a topic of your
choice. My project was
focussed in the Internet of
Things, a new computing
paradigm where everyday
physical objects are gateways
to digital services.
My project won the Servelec
Controls Award for Best
Honours Project in Software
Engineering at RGU. I was
subsequently nominated for
entry to the ScotlandIS Young
Software Engineer of the Year
award, and to my delight, was
named overall winner. I think
this was validation of the
research topic and the effort
which I put into it. It’s also
made me confident to dive
headfirst into my career.
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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
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
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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.”
Year 3 (industrial placement)
Typically a key feature of this course is its year-long, paid
industrial placement option. Please note, placements are
not guaranteed.
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:
rgu.ac.uk/course-disclaimer
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC and two further passes to include English and
Maths at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
Applicants who have successfully completed two
Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing
and another numerate subject, may be eligible for entry
into Year 2.
GCE A Level
BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths
at GCSE grade 5 if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 and two further passes to include English and
Maths at O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths
at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.
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
Google deals with
around 63,000 search
queries per second, and
more than 2 trillion
searches a year!
Andrew Allan,
Computer Science graduate
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Cyber Security
BSC (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS I100
Our Cyber Security degree provides you with the
knowledge and skills to secure and protect critical
information systems to the high professional standards
demanded by industry.
CAREER OPTIONS
You will study the different ways that computer software and
hardware systems can be vulnerable to attack and gain
practical skills in how to defeat malicious threats. This will
form the basis for a career as a professional cyber security
specialist who can work effectively to protect critical systems
from being compromised by internal and external threats.
The course aims to provide you with a balance of theoretical
knowledge and practical skills with which to understand the
threats to software and hardware systems. You will learn how
to secure those systems to a professional standard and to
recover from cyber attacks. Topics that you will study within
the course include web and database security, penetration
testing, ethical hacking, and digital forensics. You will also
have the opportunity to gain industry-approved professional
certification in networking and security to augment your
honours degree.
This year focuses on security in a range of different digital
environments from protecting information in databases to
wireless network and the Web. You will learn about security
models in operating systems as well as practical elements of
cryptography and data security. You will also study computer
law and ethics, as well as extending your knowledge
of networking.
Your first year will introduce you to the creative, practical and
intellectual skills you will need as a computing professional.
You will start to learn skills in problem solving and modelling,
software design, and web development. You will also start to
gain an understanding of computer networks and the security
problems that affect hardware systems.
PLACEMENT
You may 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. Please note, placements are
not guaranteed.
Year 2
Cyber Security requires a deep knowledge of many aspects
of computer science ranging from software development to
network management and design. This year you will study
modules that build up your expertise in these areas, as well as
give you the opportunity to practice your skills in the context
of real-world problems. You will learn about more
sophisticated topics in object oriented software development,
advanced web programming, and database systems. You will
also continue to acquire expertise in computer networks as
well as developing your professional skills through problembased learning.
ACCREDITATIONS
Accreditation is being sought from the British Computer
Society. Successful graduates can apply for membership of
the Society, providing valuable additional professional
recognition. In addition, students will have the opportunity to
gain CCNA and CCNA Security qualifications recognised
by industry.
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Year 3
Year 1
The course, with its strong emphasis on practical security
applications, is designed to equip you for a career at the
forefront of developments in cyber security.
challenging
projects
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Many of the activities at this stage are undertaken in the
context of real-world projects, which develop your skills in
project management and team working, as well as critical
problem solving skills in IT systems analysis and design.
Year 4
The Honours year provides you with the opportunity to gain
expertise in advanced security topics such as ethical hacking,
digital forensics and penetration testing. You will also develop
advanced skills in the management and security of networks
and study the threats posed by malicious software. The
Individual Honours 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. Course content
and structure may change over time. See our Course
Disclaimer for more information.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC and two further passes to include English and
Maths at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
Applicants who have successfully completed two
Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing
and another numerate subject, may be eligible for entry
into Year 2.
GCE A Level
BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths
at GCSE grade 5 if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 and two further passes to include English and
Maths at O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths
at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.
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/CYBER-SECURITY
Students undertake individual projects
which demonstrate the practical use of the
Cyber Security Skills learnt during the
course. Projects have a wide range of
applications to commerce and industry for
example: Android Malware Development;
Security of Software Defined Networks;
The Threat of the Internet of Things.
The UK Government
spends around £380
million per year on
Cyber Security that’s £1.9 billion
over five years!
YOUR RGU | 95
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 ongoing 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
Leah McEwan
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 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
Applicants who have successfully completed two
Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing
and another numerate subject, may be eligible for entry
into Year 2.
GCE A Level
BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths
at GCSE grade 5 if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 and two further passes to include English and
Maths at O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths
at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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
creative
design with
technical
ability
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Name
“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.”
Alan Payne, Fugro Academy
YOUR RGU | 97
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.
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 203 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.
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.
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Key facts
UCAS I310
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.
WIDEN
YOUR
CAPABILITIES
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.”
“I have learned how to work as part
of a team, how to manage my time and
resources, and acquired a great balance
of technical and semi-technical skills.
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.
YOUR RGU | 99
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.
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
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PLACEMENT
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
You may 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. Please note, placements are
not guaranteed.
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.
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.”
£25,000 – average
salary 6 months
after completing
this course.
(Unistats 2016)
Franco Sorrentino, graduate
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SUPPORTING YOU
PLACEMENTS AND STUDY ABROAD
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
Foundation Year Coordinators who organise social events
throughout the year and are also available for weekly
pastoral drop-in sessions. Foundation 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, cyber
security, network management 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
All first-year students are placed in multidisciplinary
teams, facing challenges that are developed around
problem-based learning, i.e. 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 to twelve months
in length, and are often a paid opportunity for
students to get relevant industry-standard
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.
Students also have the opportunity to spend up
to a year studying at a partner institution,
allowing them to diversify their curriculum and to
widen their horizons. Current partners include
France, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands.
*Please note placements are not guaranteed.
COMPUTING ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTRE
Members of teaching staff are available throughout the
week within the Computing Academic Support Centre
(CASC). In CASC, students can request clarification on
taught material, and additional support from staff.
“Studying Computer Science at RGU has included a broad range of topics; I've worked on
web development projects, artificial intelligence projects, mobile application development
and database systems. Doing these projects has provided me with a range of technical and
soft skills in a variety of disciplines. With the skills I acquired I took the opportunity of the year
long placement that the course allows for, which gave me excellent hands on experience in a
professional setting.”
Matthew Moran, Computer Science student (final year)
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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.
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
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 which is reflected in the
portfolio of innovative and flexible
degree programmes on offer. They
also engage 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.
OUR COURSES
104 |
Mechanical Engineering
106
Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
108
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
110
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
112
YOUR RGU | 105
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
A strong indicator of the quality and relevance of our
courses is our excellent record of accreditation from
professional institutions.
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.
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.
PART-TIME STUDY OPTIONS
All of our Engineering courses are available on a part-time
basis. Please contact us for further information
[email protected]
MANTAS DARAMEICIKAS,
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Your course: Why
did you choose to
study Electronic and
Electrical Engineering?
My uncle is a maintenance
electrician, and my mother
was a qualified technician. It
was a natural feeling for me to
follow an engineering path.
Your university: Why
did you choose to
study at RGU?
I heard positive feedback
from friends and also had a
chance to visit the University
to talk with some of the
staff members, while I was
still in college. It left a good
impression and ultimately
influenced my decision.
Your career: What
career do you hope
to get into once you
graduate?
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
My advice to an applicant of
RGU would be to come and
see the place for yourself and
have a chat with some of the
members of staff.
I would also advise to enjoy
this process, university has
all the resources needed to
change your life for the better!
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
I like the fact that the main
study facilities are open all
day. Another positive factor
about studying at RGU is
that help on academic and
non-academic questions is
always available.
Once I have graduated my
goal is to pursue a career
as an Electrical or Power
Electronics Engineer.
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.
Want to know more? Visit
www.RGU.AC.UK/ENGINEERING
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YOUR RGU | 107
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.
UCAS H304 – MENG
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
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
Mechanics of Solids • Thermofluids 2 • Mechanical
Engineering Design 1 • Introduction to Industrial Electronics
• Maths 2 • Dynamics • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
• Electrical Power
Year 3
Maths 3 • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control •
Environmental Engineering • Project Management, Team
Working and Leadership • Engineering Analysis 1 • Industrial
Plant • Renewable Energy Systems • Group Project
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.
www.rgu.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering-beng
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
“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
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
AABB to include Maths and either Engineering Science,
Physics or Technological Studies, one of which must be at
grade A. English at National 5 grade C or above is required if
not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BBB to include Maths and either Design and Technology,
Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at grade 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H2 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is
required if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
30 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.
UCAS H301 – BENG (Hons)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics
or Technological Studies. English at National 5 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 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 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.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 years
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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.
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
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.
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.
www.rgu.ac.uk/mechanical-and-offshore-engineering
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Year 2
Mechanics of Solids • Thermofluids 2 • Mechanical Engineering
Design 1 • Introduction to Industrial Electronics • Maths 2 •
Dynamics• Mechanical Engineering Design 2 • Electrical Power
Year 3
Maths 3 • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control •
Environmental Engineering • Project Management, Team
Working and Leadership • Engineering Analysis 1 • Industrial
Plant • Offshore Engineering • Group Project
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Pre-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
PLACEMENT
“The experiences that RGU provide all
engineering students with are exemplary,
for example there are many scholarships to
UCAS H351 – MENG
SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
rewarding
SCHOLARSHIPS
Key facts
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
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)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
AABB to include Maths and either Engineering Science,
Physics or Technological Studies, one of which must be at
grade A. English at National 5 grade C or above is required if
not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BBB to include Maths and either Design and Technology,
Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at grade 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H2 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is
required if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
30 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.
UCAS H350 – BENG (Hons)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics
or Technological Studies. English at National 5 grade C or above
is required if not held at Higher.
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Engineering Analysis 3 • Quality
Management for Engineers • Post-Project Industrial Placement
(double module)
GCE A Level
BBC to include Maths and either Design and Technology,
Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at grade 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
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)
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is
required if not held at Higher.
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.
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.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 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
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
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 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.
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.
rgu.ac.uk/mechanical-and-electrical-engineering
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 2
Mechanics of Solids • Thermofluids 2 • Mechanical Engineering
Design 1 • Introduction to Industrial Electronics • Maths 2 •
Dynamics • Mechanical Engineering Design 2 • Introduction
to Electronics • Electrical Power
Year 3
Maths 3 • 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
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Pre-Project Industrial
Placement (double module)
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.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
AABB to include Maths and either Engineering Science,
Physics or Technological Studies, one of which must be at
grade A. English at National 5 grade C or above is required if
not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BBB to include Maths and either Design and Technology,
Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at grade 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H2 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is
required if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
30 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.
UCAS HH36 – BENG (Hons)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics
or Technological Studies. English at National 5 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 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 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.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 years
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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.Eligibility for the
fast-track MEng is dependent on suitable placements being
available and on minimum year 2 grade requirements.
Key facts
UCAS H600 – MENG
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
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.
rgu.ac.uk/electronic-and-electrical
Year 2
Electronics 2 • Electrical Systems • Microprocessors and
Microcontrollers • Introduction to Telecommunications •
Electrical Power • Maths 2 • 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
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 • Advanced Data Networks or
Electrical Machines and Drives 2 • Optical and Radio
Communications or Power Systems Analysis and Protection or
Renewable Energy Systems • BEng Honours Project (double
module) or MEng Individual Project (double module)
MEng ‘Fast-Track’ only – Advanced Signal Processing and
Systems Analysis • Quality Management for Engineers • PostProject Industrial Placement (double module)
PLACEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
"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
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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."
Greg Hanson,
MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Year 5
5-Year MEng only – Principles of Asset Management •
Socially Responsible Management • Real-Time Embedded
Systems • MEng Group Project (double module) • Internet
Security • Advanced Signal Processing & Systems Analysis
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics
or Technological Studies. English at National 5 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 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 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.
UCAS H606 – BENG (Hons)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or
Technological Studies. English at National 5 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 5 or above is
required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H3H3 to include Maths and either Physics or
Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is
required if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics at grade 5. English
is required 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 203 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.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years/5 years
*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.
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Established in 1885, Gray’s School of Art is one of the
UK’s leading Art Schools. The School is a vibrant
creative environment with over one thousand students
attending both full-time and part-time Art and Design
courses including undergraduate, postgraduate,
doctoral and evening classes.
www.graysartschoolaberdeen.com
/graysschool
@GraysArtSchool
Our School is a cohesive
community that nurtures
excellence through
supportive teaching,
partnership, and mutual
respect. Each of our students
is allocated a dedicated
studio space. We believe the
studio is a vital place for
artists and designers to learn,
share and create.
Our curriculum is informed by
our challenges within society.
Staff research, core lecture
programmes, and course projects
bring issues such as climate change,
sustainability, community, health
and well-being, and the circular
economy alive. We professionalise
our students learning as they
respond to their studies in processes
as diverse as oil painting to digital
laser sintering.
Come to Gray’s and we will provide
you with the most up-to-date
technologies and the best of all
learning experiences to equip
you with the skills for future
working environments and creative
challenges. Our friendly and
knowledgeable staff have always
worked closely and in partnership
with our students, museums,
galleries and industry; which is why
graduate employability levels are
so high.
We are a locally, nationally and
internationally connected School.
Our intern, residency and work
placements provide international
exchanges with 13 partner
universities across Europe, Canada
and the United States of America
as well as opportunities across the
Scottish Highlands and the UK’s
major cities.
Our commitment is to excellence
and in being the most supportive
and nurturing, multi-disciplinary art
school we can be.
OUR COURSES
Painting
Contemporary Art Practice
Moving Image/Photography/Printmaking/Sculpture
120
Fashion and Textile Design
122
Communication Design
Graphics/Illustration/Photography
Three Dimensional Design
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118
124
Ceramics and Glass/Jewellery/Product Design
126
Commercial Photography
128
YOUR RGU | 117
TEACHING @ GRAY’S
Our ‘learning by doing’ philosophy is fulfilled by our
commitment to dedicated studio spaces and access
to the full range of workshops for all students. You
will be equipped to work with traditional technologies
of making and production, and will have access to
the latest digital technologies through our FabLab
environments within the School and in the city centre.
We have long established relationships with industrial
partners, creative agencies, and public bodies investing
their time and support in the delivery of live project
work, funded awards, and sponsorships.
PLACEMENT AND STUDY ABROAD
We offer the opportunity to travel to European and
international cities as part of our field study trip
programme. Previously these have gone to New
York, Paris, London, and Barcelona. Recently Fine Art
students travelled to Skopje, capital of Macedonia, to
create and curate work for an international exhibition.
Students in Stage 3 of the Design courses have
the opportunity to study through work placement.
These can take place within Aberdeen, but we also
have students on placement in Edinburgh, Glasgow,
London, and further afield in places such as Italy, New
York and India.
Our ERASMUS programme is very active with students
able to study in Italy, Finland, Germany, France,
Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. We
also have international partners in Canada and USA.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
MAKE Aberdeen is the foremost open access digital
fabrication workshop (FABLAB) in the North East
and is operated by the School in conjunction with the
City Council. It provides training and access to new
digital manufacturing tools such as laser sintering,
3D scanners and printers and laser cutters. Our latest
investment of a direct to media printer, allows you to
print on wood, glass, perspex, metal, and many more
surfaces, presenting significant creative opportunities
for your work.
GUESTS @ GRAY’S
Guests @ Gray’s involves a series of lectures and
seminars delivered by national and international artists
and designers, writers and curators. Our most recent
guest was Martin Creed, a Turner prize winning artist.
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Natasha Duda,
Three Dimensional Design
Your future: What
career do you hope
to get into after you
graduate?
My end goal is to run my own
business, producing work
which I have designed and
made myself. My passion lies
in furniture design, so it is a
dream of mine to be able to
produce pieces for a variety
of different consumers both
locally and worldwide.
Your university: Why
did you choose to
study at RGU?
The Three Dimensional
Design course at RGU
captured my interest as the
facilities on offer allow you to
be able to learn a wide range
of design methods, which I
thought seemed particularly
beneficial to me.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to new students?
Take full advantage of all
the wonderful facilities on
offer. The more time you
spend within the workshops,
the more skills you learn.
You have the capability to
gain experience in so many
different areas of design
whilst being at Gray’s School
of Art.
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Three Dimensional
Design?
I have always enjoyed being
creative, particularly in a
more 3D sense. So, I thought
that the Three Dimensional
Design course at Robert
Gordon University would
allow me to explore and
experience the various and
unique areas of design they
have on offer, from product
design to ceramics.
Your placement: Where
was your placement
and how has this
helped your studies?
Whilst on placement I worked
alongside industrial designer
Asher Abergel from Dezion
Studio who specialises in
unique lighting and furniture
pieces, as well as ceramist
Hayden Youlley who is a
maker of porcelain tableware.
I have gained a tremendous
amount of knowledge and
feel extremely fortunate to
have been taught so many
new, interesting and helpful
skills, tips and techniques
by such hands-on and gifted
designer makers.
Your travels: Where
did you study abroad
and how has this
enhanced your student
experience?
I spent four months in Sydney,
Australia whilst on placement.
It gave me the opportunity to
meet so many new people and
explore a variety of exciting
locations. I would highly
recommend undergoing
an internship or placement
position and if so, one which
is overseas. I thoroughly
believe that this allows you
to encounter so many special
and exciting experiences,
which are both enjoyable and
hugely beneficial.
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PAINTING
BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS W120
CAREER OPTIONS
This course offers a challenging opportunity to study all
aspects of 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.
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.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
FOR FULL COURSE DESCRIPTOR, VISIT
www.RGU.AC.UK/GRAYS-ug-courses
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.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
YEAR 1 ENTRY
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written
subject requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
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 rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Katie Watson
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, Aquaterra Group,
Aberdeen Asset Management and ENGIE
E&P UK Limited.
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/painting
Simona Stojanovska
Images courtesy of Fiona Stephen
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CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE, BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS WW61
MOVING IMAGE/PHOTOGRAPHY/PRINTMAKING/SCULPTURE
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.
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.
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:
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
Harmony Bury
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.
REWARDING
placements
In August 2016 Alice Martin undertook a
four-week placement at the Stirling Smith
Art Gallery & Museum, owner of the worlds
oldest football. “I had the opportunity to
learn about the day-to-day running of the
museum by working alongside the
Collections Manager and the friendly staff of
the Smith. I was lucky enough to be involved
in some really exciting projects such as
assisting with ‘The Lost Tomb of Robert The
Other students’ benefit from placement
experience at a range of national arts
organisations including Aberdeen Art
Gallery, Peacock Visual Arts, Scottish
Sculpture Workshop, Smart Consultants &
Grampian Hospital Arts Trust. International
placements have previously included PACE
PRINTS in New York, Singapore Tyler Print
Institute and METRO IMAGING in London.
YEAR 1 ENTRY
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written
subject requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
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 rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Dominika Hadelova
Bruce’ exhibition and digitally cataloguing
items from the ‘British Pewter’ collection.
Towards the end of the placement I was also
given the responsibility of curating my first
professional exhibition outwith art school.
Overall the experience has been beneficial in
preparing me for final year study and guiding
my future career aspirations.”
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Maja Zeco & Jamie Lawson,
Sound Art Workshop
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.
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/contemporary-art-practice
Will Vernon
Images courtesy of Fiona Stephen and Abby Quick
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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 written 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
Lisa Campbell
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 written
subject requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
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 rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
Rachel Mack
GRADUATE
PROFILE
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written 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 written 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.
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.
Creative
Industries
External Collaboration
The course has extensive links with industry;
ensuring students gain relevant experience
and develop the necessary skills required
of today’s communication designers. We
regularly collaborate with established external
partners and organisations and offer a variety
of work placement and international exchange
opportunities. The wide range of learning
experiences raise awareness of the fast paced
and changing context of communication design.
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;
Videography, Moving Image, Interactive and Web Design.
In third year, you can make an informed decision as to which
subjects you wish to focus on, in preparation for your
fourth-year Honours project and the Degree Show. You can
opt to specialise which can also be reflected in your final
award title, allowing you to graduate with:
BA (Hons) Communication Design or
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
designers, illustrators and photographers for major design
agencies and media organisations. A number have extended
their academic knowledge and understanding through
further study at the Royal College of Art and other
postgraduate institutions.
BA (Hons) Communication Design, Graphics or
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
YEAR 1 ENTRY
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written
subject requiring the use of English).
BA (Hons) Communication Design, Illustration or
BA (Hons) Communication Design, Photography
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
FOR FULL COURSE DESCRIPTOR, Visit
RGU.AC.UK/GRAYS-ug-courses
Enterprise and innovation
Our Enterprise Partners Network includes
Hatch, MAKE Fab Lab, 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.
Kasia Serafin
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 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.
Joe Hart
Award-winning students
Kasia Serafin won a D&AD award for her
illustration work with John Lewis which
was used in their flagship Oxford Street
store in London. She was also shortlisted
for a Penguin Books Random House
Design Award.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
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/communication-design
Lewis Copeland
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THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN, BA (HONS)
Key facts
UCAS W290
product DESIGN / CERAMICS and glass / JEWELLERY Design
CAREER OPTIONS
The Three Dimensional Design Course gives you the
opportunity to explore the disciplines of Product
Design, Ceramics and Glass and Jewellery Design in a
rich and immersive manner. You can take full control
of your creative direction in a diverse and modern 3D
design department where you can explore methods of
design thinking and making skills with cutting edge
academic and technical resources available to you.
Many of our graduates are now working as designers within a
wide range of companies, and as self-employed product
designers, designer-makers, ceramicists and jewellery
designers. This course is built to provide you with
transferable design and business skills to operate confidently
in a wide range of design careers within the creative sector.
Many of our graduates also go on to extend their academic
experience through further study at the Royal College of Art
and at other postgraduate institutions.
You will learn to understand the qualities of traditional
designing and making techniques whilst broadening your
knowledge of digital design and fabrication methods. The
course is uniquely equipped in this way to develop highly
employable graduates with the skills necessary to operate in a
diverse range of creative industries.
SQA Higher
BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
GCE A Level
BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
IB Diploma
24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written
subject requiring the use of English).
All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed. Portfolio
guidance can be downloaded from the RGU website at
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).
Rebecca Chan
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 rgu.ac.uk/portfolio
In the final year, our students graduate in a chosen discipline
and exhibit at local and national levels during the Gray’s
Degree Show in Aberdeen and at New Designers in London.
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.
Gosia Dziuba
the learning experience
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
“I owe the entirety of my career to Grays’ School of Art. Here is where I was nurtured
and discovered my design identity that is the foundation and character of ONG
CENKUANG products"
Budiman Ong, 3D Design graduate
“My time at Gray’s helped me grow tremendously as a designer maker. With help from
dedicated tutors and technicians I learned the skills it takes to establish my own practice,
from deadlines to quality control and the importance of material knowledge.”
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YEAR 1 ENTRY
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English).
Amy Benzie
Experience a rich choice of multi-disciplinary ‘designing’ and
‘making’ skills in Stage 1 and 2, designed to help you fully
explore and understand your creative potential. Then move on
to refine your design aspirations in Stage 3 based on real
experience of Product & Craft Design, Ceramics and Glass and
in Jewellery Design. You can also take part in live projects with
real clients, international study visits and industrial placements
related to your areas of interest to develop your professional
design skills and get you ready for the world of work.
Natalie J Wood, 3D Design Graduate
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
PLACEMENT
An optional work placement in year 3, semester 2.
Hazel Maclennan
DURING AN AVERAGE DEGREE
SHOW AROUND 500 PIECES OF
ARTWORK ARE EXHIBITED.
STUDY ABROAD
There are international exchange opportunities in year 3,
semester 2.
www.rgu.ac.uk/three-dimensional-design
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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 locationbased 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.
Professional Design Studies and Business Practice in the
Creative Industries will allow you to develop sound
business awareness to support your business and
professional 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).
DEVELOP
YOUR PASSION
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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
“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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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Andrew Wilson
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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.
At The Scott Sutherland
School of Architecture and
Built Environment 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.
To view profiles of some of our
successful graduates, visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/100yrs
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.
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 COURSES
132 |
Architectural Technology
134
Architecture
136
Construction Management
138
Surveying
140
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FACILITIES
The School moved to a new, purpose-built home in 2015,
allowing students to enjoy a state-of-the-art 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, the
School provides 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.
The School is housed within the same complex as the
University library, offering easy access to the comprehensive
collections of 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 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.
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.
Our award-winning student society, 57o10, organises events
including a weekly lecture series featuring talks by high-profile
and inspiring designers, offering additional insight into the link
between education and practice.
RESEARCH
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.
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.
AWARD-WINNING WORK
aberdeen society of architects silver medal winner 2016
Ross Robinson,
Architecture
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Architecture?
I chose to study architecture
because I have always had
a keen interest in design
and the idea of creating
spaces and places that would
essentially influence the way
in which people live really
fascinated me.
Your university: Why
did you choose to
study at RGU?
I chose to study at RGU
because I had heard good
things about the architecture
course and I wanted to
experience moving away on
my own from Glasgow.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
The best thing about
studying at RGU is the fact
that you get your own
work space within the
studio and therefore don't
have to hot-desk like in
other universities.
LOOK AGAIN ARTS FESTIVAL HUB WINNER
‘Mirror Pavilion’
by Lucy Fisher
Your society: Tell us
a little bit about the
57o10 society…
A key factor of the
architecture course is the
57o10 Architecture Society
lectures that take place on a
Thursday evening, bringing
in the top architects from
across the world to talk to
our members. I would advise
going to those as it is a great
way of taking a break from
your university project and
get some good advice and
inspiration from the world's
leading architects.
Your campus: Where
are your favourite
places to study and
socialise on the
campus?
Your advice: What
advice would you offer As a result of studying
to an applicant of RGU? architecture, I'm always in
My advice would be to
choose a course you'll enjoy.
If you don’t enjoy what you
are doing, then you won’t get
the best out of it.
rias rowand anderson silver medal winner 2016
A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture
winner 2016
prospective students would
be to travel as much as you
can and try and absorb
everything that’s happening
around you, take in every
detail and question it because
at some point you might
end up using those past
experiences to influence your
ideas and future projects.
the studio working alongside
views of the River Dee. So
anytime I need to get out and
have a break it’s nice to walk
along the river bank and clear
my head.
Architecture is really
demanding, you never really
switch off from thinking
about it. So my advice to
Alexandra Dobes, Culture of Craft
Daniel Cardno, Marine Research Centre
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ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
BSC (HONS)
Key facts
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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
STUDY ABROAD
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 a written subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
GCSE grade 5 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is
required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard
Level grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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
In the spring of year 3 you may undertake a work placement
providing you with the opportunity to gain valuable
professional experience.
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.”
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
There are options for part-time study in years 3 and 4.
www.rgu.ac.uk/architectural-technology
Ranked 1st in Scotland
for Architecture.
(Guardian University Guide 2017)
Callum Wallace,
BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
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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.
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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
Up to 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
TO SEE MORE OF OUR STUDENT WORK, VISIT
RGU.AC.UK/ARCHITECTURESTUDENTWORK
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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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
ABBB to include English (or a written 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 written subject requiring the use of English) is
required at GCSE grade 6, if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring
the use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.
IB Diploma
29 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English), Maths or science and preferably
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.
English Language
All applicants whose first language is not English are required
to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) minimum score of 6.5. Appropriate
equivalents will be considered.
Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced
entry will be considered on an individual basis.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 6 years
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
www.rgu.ac.uk/architecture-march
Ranked 1st in Scotland
for Architecture.
(Guardian University Guide 2017)
Daniel Cardno,
Marine Research Centre
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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 may be the option in year 3 for you to undertake a
valuable four to nine 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 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.”
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
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
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
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
GCSE grade 5 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is
required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard
Level grade 4 or above 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 203 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/construction-management
Rated a UK Top 10
course for Building.
(The Complete University Guide 2017)
Gary Kemp, Graduate Project Engineer,
Optimus Projects Ltd
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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 include
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 sectors 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 may be the option in year 3 for you to undertake a
four to nine month 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
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 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 Engineers (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 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
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 a written subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at
GCSE grade 5 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is
required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard
Level grade 4 or above 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 203 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/surveying
Thermal image of Aberdeen city
Rated a UK Top 10
course for Building.
(The Complete University Guide 2017)
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SCHOOL OF APPLIED
SOCIAL STUDIES
The School of Applied Social Studies is the largest
provider of social work education in Scotland and
has an expanding social science teaching and
research portfolio.
All of our full-time and
part-time courses are
designed to ensure that
students have a stimulating
and enjoyable education
while gaining a range of
transferable skills that
employers require. To help
us to achieve this we consult
with a range of stakeholders.
These consultations enable
us to deliver courses that are
topical, relevant and
applicable to the needs of
the organisations who
employ our graduates and
the people who use their
services and products.
Our School has a long standing
commitment to student experiences
that is recognised in the excellent
feedback we receive from our students,
graduates and employers. The success
of our courses and the subsequent
careers of our graduates are built upon
the following examples:
PROFESSIONAL LINKS
Working partnerships on our Social
Work degree include social work
agencies, service users and carers
whom students meet throughout our
teaching and placement programmes.
Together they help our social work
graduates enter the workplace better
equipped to utilise the opportunities
they find there.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Applied Social Sciences degree
equips students for a wide range of
employment options in the private and
public sectors such as human resources,
public relations, police/criminal justice,
community development, health and
social care or into a higher degree,
research or a teaching qualification.
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT
We are extremely proud of our graduate
employment record and our working
partnerships with numerous agencies
and service users. These partnerships
ensure that our teaching is applicable to
employer requirements and mean that
our graduates possess skills and
knowledge relevant to the workplace.
Our Courses
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Social Work
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STAFF EXPERTISE
Our staff have strong practice and research based backgrounds
and have a passion for helping you achieve your best – whether
teaching you in class, supervising your dissertation or providing
pastoral support.
SMALL CLASS SIZES
Small class sizes mean we get to know you as an individual
throughout your course. This means you can have one-to-one
feedback on communication skills with lecturers who know how
to help you.
STUDY ABROAD
Why study abroad? A venture overseas is a great way to set off
on your future career path. For several years now employers
have emphasised the value they place on graduates who have
direct experience of living or working abroad. Both the BA
(Hons) Applied Social Sciences and BA (Hons) Social Work
courses offer a Study Abroad option as part of our ERASMUS
Exchange Programme.
PLACEMENTS
Robert Gordon University is proud of its outstanding record in
graduate employment. Placements play an important part in this
success, giving our graduates a valuable advantage when it is
time to start their careers. For Social Work students, your three
placement opportunities will give you the chance to put into
practice the skills and knowledge you gain on your course, as
well as gaining experience in the workplace.
FACILITIES
Both Social Work and Social Science students enjoy access to
state-of-the-art facilities at Garthdee, including extensive library
and IT resources. There’s a psychology laboratory and test library,
plus computer facilities and laboratory space for experiments and
studies. All courses use the best in contemporary IT developments
to maximise student learning opportunities.
Kieran Hall,
Social Work
Your course: Why did
you choose to study
Social Work?
Social Work has always been
of great interest to me and
I was drawn to the wide
range of topics which the
course covers. Having the
opportunity to work with
individuals from all manner of
backgrounds, in sometimes
difficult situations, also
provides both unique yet
rewarding challenges.
Your university: Why
did you choose to
study at RGU?
I chose to study at RGU due
to the quality of the course
being recommended by
social work professionals.
Furthermore, the modern look
and welcoming staff on the
selection day made it stand
out from other universities.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to someone considering
studying Social Work
at RGU?
Don’t worry if you find the
idea initially daunting or feel
that you have no experience
of social work. Having come
straight from High School
I had very little knowledge
and experience of what social
work was. The course does a
good job of covering the main
areas, and also has modules
that cover more specific
elements of social work.
course. For my first
placement I was based at
a residential children and
families assessment unit.
The staff did a great job of
teaching me about the role
and were able to link day-today tasks with theories I had
learnt in class. This setting
allowed me to develop
my own confidence and
improved how I interacted
with service users.
Your travels: Tell
us a little bit about
your study abroad
experience…
As part of the Erasmus
Programme I did a second
placement in Nuremberg,
Germany, working with
refugees. I got to practise a
different way of doing social
work and gained a wider
awareness about the refugee
situation in Europe.
By taking part in the Erasmus
Programme I was able to
experience things I otherwise
wouldn’t have done, be
it wearing lederhosen at
Oktoberfest or travelling with
friends through the Alps. I
made friends with students
from different countries, who
I still maintain contact with to
this day.
Your placement: Where
was your placement
and how has this
helped your studies?
My placement experience
has been overwhelmingly
positive and by far my
favourite aspect of the
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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.
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
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.
Year 2
Social Construction of Everyday Life • 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
STUDY ABROAD
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
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
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.
WIDEN
YOUR
HORIZONS
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
“Studying Social Sciences has opened my
eyes to the world and enabled me to gain
skills, which have allowed me to develop
and grow as a person. The freedom to
choose what modules you want to take in
3rd and 4th year is also extremely
beneficial as you can focus on your
main interests. ”
Hanna Summers,
Applied Social Sciences student
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Key facts
UCAS L310
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB to include a written subject requiring the use
of English.
GCE A Level
BCC to include a written subject requiring the use of
English. Advanced entry may be considered for
applicants with appropriate A Level subjects and grades.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H3H3 to include a written subject requiring the use
of English.
IB Diploma
28 to include a Higher Level written 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 203 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
www.rgu.ac.uk/applied-social-sciences
Students can tailor
their degree in 3rd
and 4th year by
choosing their own
elective modules.
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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.
CAREER OPTIONS
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
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).
Year 4
Social Work Practice 3 • Practice Learning – Risk Assessment/
Risk Management • Evidence Based Practice • Dissertation
Study • Integration and Interdisciplinary Practice • 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 grade C or above.
GCE A Level
CCC. Applicants will be expected to have Mathematics,
Numeracy or equivalent at GCSE level grade 5 or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3H3. Applicants will be expected to have
Mathematics, Numeracy or equivalent at grade O3 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."
A Top 10 Social Work
course in the UK
(The Complete University Guide 2017)
Barry Clubb,
Social Work Graduate 2014
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1st in Scotland for Student Experience
1st in Scotland for Teaching Quality
The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
95% or Higher Overall Student Satisfaction Rate
Unistats 2016
Our four undergraduate
programmes: Applied
Sport and Exercise Science,
Diagnostic Radiography,
Occupational Therapy and
Physiotherapy are practice
focussed from the early
stages of the courses.
Our aim? To ensure
graduates are 'skilled for
the present, prepared for
the future’. Uniquely the
principles of public health
and health promotion are
integrated across all stages
of all four courses
preparing our graduates to
face the health challenges
of the future.
Ranked first in Scotland for Health
Professions and third in Scotland for
Sports Science courses (Guardian
University Guide 2017), the School
has a proven track record of producing
work ready graduates as evidenced by
our excellent employment rates
(Unistats 2016).
FACILITIES
Based at the Garthdee campus on the
banks of the beautiful River Dee our
students have access to purpose-built
facilities. These include:
Human performance lab
Functional capacity lab
X-ray suite
Physiotherapy practical rooms
Ward setting
Intensive care room
Home setting
Gym
RGU SPORT
Volunteer patients
Students will also have access to a
range of equipment commonly
encountered in practice.
PLACEMENTS
Early placement experience enables
students to transfer their learning to
real-world situations. Through
placements our students are exposed
to a wide range of learning
opportunities in an extensive range of
settings. This prepares them well for
entering the workforce on graduation.
Our Courses
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Applied Sport and Exercise Science
154
Diagnostic Radiography
156
Occupational Therapy
158
Physiotherapy
160
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EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
Our teaching staff are all very experienced and many
continue to work in practice. They are also committed to
their professions as well as supporting students to achieve
their potential. We are proud of the employment record of
our graduates and feedback from employers indicates that
our graduates are work-ready and equipped for the ongoing
learning required to be successful in today’s workplace.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING
Early placements mean students need to be active partners
in the learning process and consequently our courses
follow a student-centred approach. Students learn
through keynote lectures followed up by interactive
workshops, tutorials and practical activities, including
simulated learning experiences, enabling them to develop
and apply their theoretical knowledge.
Problem-solving activities and experiential learning enable
the development of analytical skills ensuring students
become increasingly self-sufficient so that on graduation
they have the reflective and self-evaluative skills to progress
into the workplace equipped to meet new challenges.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Students have the chance to work with community groups,
such as Brain Injury Grampian, MS Society, Alzheimer’s
Scotland and schools across Aberdeen, providing fantastic
experiential learning opportunities. This is often working
with other professions enabling realistic interprofessional
learning opportunities where they can learn about the
roles of the other professions.
Úna McGrath,
Occupational Therapy
Your future: How will
this course help you in
your future career?
The broad range of topics
covered in the modules
have enabled me to
develop into a confident
professional learner, skilled in
independent learning. Much
of our teaching and learning
is carried out in small groups,
which has developed my
teamwork skills, imperative
as I move towards graduation
and future employment.
Your placement: Where
was your placement
and how has this
helped your studies?
I had the opportunity to
participate in a placement
split between Community
Adult Assessment and
Rehabilitation Service and
Scottish Fire and Rescue
Service. I also spent two
days a week working within
the Community Action
Team (CAT).
This placement developed
many of my core
occupational therapy skills
as well as my confidence in
my ability to work in a nontraditional setting. I feel I
have grown as a professional
and have developed a
different perspective of
occupational therapy and
where occupational therapy
can be a valuable addition to
services in a range of settings
and contexts.
Your life: What do
you like about being a
student in Aberdeen?
There are so many
opportunities in the city and
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a wealth of part-time jobs
for students wanting to earn
some extra money. In my
spare time I like to socialise
with friends as Aberdeen
has some of the loveliest
restaurants and cafés I have
ever been to.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
The lecturers and staff
at RGU are outstanding.
Not only are they top
professionals with years of
experience and knowledge,
but they are also some of
the most approachable and
supportive people I have
ever met.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
to an applicant of RGU?
My advice to potential
students is to come and have
a look at RGU and at the
course. It really speaks for
itself. Attend one of the open
days, speak to the lecturers
and current students, ask
questions and find out as
much as you can.
Your choice: Why did
you choose to study at
RGU?
I was impressed by the
facilities, the course
content and the variety of
placements offered when
I came to experience RGU
during my application.
Having spoken to past
alumni, they couldn’t
recommend RGU higher and
this made me feel confident
that RGU was the right
university for me.
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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
@RGUSportExSci
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:
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.
“The knowledge I gained from my experience of
placement and the applied nature of the course,
have enabled me to develop a skill-set that has
since allowed me to progress into a full-time role
working in sport. Without the invaluable
knowledge and experience I gained on the
course, I would not be in the position I am today.”
Kris Mavor,
Applied Sport and Exercise Science graduate
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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 2017 Sunday Times Good
University Guide, our course
was ranked 1st Scotland
for teaching quality and
student experience.
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
disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
Key facts
UCAS C600
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English
and Maths required at National 5 grade B or above if not held
at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use
of English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English and
Maths required at GCSE grade 6 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 are
required at GCSE grade 6 or above if not held at A level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring
the use of English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English
and Maths are required at grade O2 if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
28 points to include Higher Level English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English) and two sciences (Maths
counted) all at Higher Level grade 5. Standard Level English
and Maths required at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be
considered for entry into Year 3. Please see page 203 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 Academic IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) minimum score of 6.5. Appropriate
equivalents will be considered.
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.
www.rgu.ac.uk/applied-sport-and-exercise-science
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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.
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.
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.
In addition to hospital based practice education, you will undertake
PRACTICAL
TEACHING
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 graduate
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@DRadz_RGU
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.
1st in Scotland for graduate prospects
and 1st in the UK for student experience.
the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of
English) and two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths
and Physics.
GCE A Level
BCC to include two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry,
Maths and Physics. English is required at AS Level grade B or
above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring
the use of English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths
and Physics.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring
the use of English) at grade 5 and two from Biology, Chemistry,
Maths and Physics.
English Language Qualifications
All applicants whose first language is not English are required to
have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing
System) minimum score of 7.0 including 7.0 in all elements.
Appropriate equivalents will be considered.
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 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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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.
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@OT_RGU
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.
1st in Scotland for teaching quality
and graduate prospects.
The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
“Who knew when I started studying
occupational therapy that my biggest
learning experiences would take me
from the class room to inner city mental
health facilities, remote island hospitals
and across to America as part of an
exchange programme!I certainly didn't
and I just think it goes to show how
versatile our profession is!”
Helen Dalgarno,
Occupational Therapy graduate
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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.
Key facts
UCAS B920
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English). Maths plus one from Biology, Chemistry or
Physics is required at National 5 level grade B or above if not
held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use
of English). Maths plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics
is required at GCSE grade 6 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring
the use of English). Maths plus one from Biology, Chemistry or
Physics is required at O2 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
27 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English) at Higher Level grade 4. Maths
plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics is required at a
minimum of 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 Academic IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 including 7.0 in all
elements. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.
Practice Visit
Applications should demonstrate an understanding of the role
of the Occupational Therapist which may be evidenced by
including details of / visits contacts you have made to an
occupational therapy setting within your personal statement.
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
rgu.ac.uk/occupational-therapy. For more details about
the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland at
disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/occupational-therapy
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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.
/Physiotherapy at RGU
@Physio_RGU
PLACEMENTS
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.
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 plan and organise a physiotherapy placement
in a clinical area of your choice.
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.
FACILITIES
Your learning experience will be enhanced by state-of-theart teaching and clinical skills facilities such as the clinical
skills center. Within this 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 and further develop delivery
of treatment skills on real people prior to going out on
clinical placement. Simulated learning through the use of
METIman is used to practice treatment approaches for the
acutely ill patient in a safe environment. The therapy
practical rooms and human performance laboratory, which
have sophisticated three-dimensional motion analysis
systems, are key facilities you will utilise during your study
to analyse and manage human performance.
“RGU really focus on the practical element
throughout the course. We have the
Clinical Skills Area, METIman and volunteer
patients. I like that the Physiotherapy
course interacts with other health related
professions that I’ll come into contact with
such as Occupational Therapy and
Radiography so that we know our role in
the team and how we work together."
Rachael Gilmour,
Physiotherapy graduate
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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 neurological, musculoskeletal
and respiratory conditions. In addition, the impact of differing
healthcare settings and how this influences 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 this year to prepare
students for the diverse patient population encountered within
the two clinical placements in year 2.
Year 3
This year focuses upon complex patient management and
challenges students to further develop their clinical reasoning
skills which is supported by the use of research to underpin
clinical decision making. Analysis of human performance from
the elite athlete through to those with multiple health conditions
are explored, to enable students to develop individualised
management programmes. A further two clinical placements are
undertaken one of which you will organise yourself.
Year 4
The emphasis within year 4 is to ensure graduates are practice
ready for the ever changing healthcare environment. This year
focuses upon 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.
ranked 1st in scotland
for physiotherapy.
Key facts
UCAS B160
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBB required from 5th year to be invited to a selection visit.
Overall from 5th and 6th year a minimum of grades AABBB
to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of
English) and two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry,
Maths and Physics.
GCE A Level
ABB to include two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths and
Physics. English (or a written subject requiring the use of
English) is required at AS Level grade B or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H2H2H2 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English) and two from Biology,
Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
IB Diploma
32 to include Higher Level grade 5 in English (or a written
subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology,
Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
English Language Qualifications
All applicants whose first language is not English are required
to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 including 7.0 in all
elements. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.
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 rgu.ac.uk. For more details about the PVG
scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland at
disclosurescotland.co.uk
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
sunday times good university guide 2017
www.rgu.ac.uk/bscphysiotherapy
YOUR RGU | 163
The School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences offers
an impressive multidisciplinary portfolio of
practical and professional courses in four main
subject areas of Biomedical Sciences, Forensic
and Analytical Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics
and Pharmacy.
Our courses are delivered
within an innovative
learning environment
providing students with
forward looking, relevant,
supportive, and
professionally recognised
education in the fields of
pharmacy, analytical and
life sciences.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
The School has an impressive track
record with seven courses accredited
and approved by professional bodies
including the General Pharmaceutical
Council, Institute of Biomedical Science,
the Chartered Society of Forensic
Sciences, the Association for Nutrition,
the British Dietetic Association and the
Health Care Professions Council – this is
one of the reasons why our Pharmacy
and Life Sciences Graduates are in such
high demand from employers.
FACILITIES
The School is located within the Sir Ian
Wood Building on the Garthdee campus
and boasts a range of chemistry,
formulation, molecular biology, cell
culture, microbiological, forensic
science, food handling and aseptic
laboratories. In addition, the School also
has a number of informal and formal
learning spaces including pharmacy and
clinical simulation centres, a crime scene
house and access to a moot court.
These facilities ensure that you will learn
in inspiring surroundings with access to
the very best in equipment and
cutting-edge technology.
Our Courses
164 |
Biomedical Science Programme
166
Applied Biomedical Science
167
Biomedical Science
168
Bioscience with Biomedical Science
169
Forensic and Analytical Science
170
Nutrition
172
Nutrition and Dietetics
174
Pharmacy
176
YOUR RGU | 165
FACILITIES CONTINUED
The School’s sustained investment in these facilities ensures
students develop high quality analytical, clinical and
professional skills which are greatly valued by future
employers; graduates of the School are well-placed for
entering the job market and results in our courses being
regularly placed amongst the top performers in league tables
for graduate employment.
INTERPROFESSIONAL LEARNING
The School is multidisciplinary, with its students benefitting
from shared learning experiences across a broad range of
subject areas – biomedical sciences, analytical and medicinal
chemistry, forensic science, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacy
practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. There is a joint
interprofessional learning programme between RGU and the
University of Aberdeen which engages 11 undergraduate
healthcare professions including: biomedical science,
diagnostic radiography, medicine, midwifery, nursing (adult,
child and mental health), nutrition and dietetics, occupational
therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy and social work. Through
this programme you will be given the opportunity to work in
interdisciplinary teams drawn from students across the
breadth of health and social care disciplines.
PLACEMENTS AND STUDY ABROAD
Work placements will play an integral part of your learning
experience where you will discover much about yourself
and your chosen career path whilst gaining valuable
practical experience.
The School has participated in student exchange schemes for
many years. ERASMUS students are welcomed into RGU from
France, Germany and Italy and participate in courses in
Forensic and Analytical Science, Biomedical Science and
Instrumental Analytical Science.
The School has established a number of successful student
exchange schemes in the area of Pharmacy with East
Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee,
Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and University of
Tasmania in Hobart. These exchanges are non-credit bearing,
but allow students from other countries to experience a
different model of healthcare provision.
166 |
Joanne Robertson,
Bioscience with Biomedical Science
Your choice: Why did
you choose to study at
RGU?
I chose to study at RGU
because of its employment
rate after graduation and the
opportunities the degree
would provide me with. I
was also attracted by the
campus, when I went on an
open day to the University
the staff were great and it
swayed my decision process.
Your future: What do
you hope to do after
you graduate?
I hope to go into drug
sales, teaching or working
creatively involving science
or specialise in a specific
area of biology such as
microbiology and I feel this
course has given me the
tools to do so.
Your advice: What
advice would you offer
someone considering to
study Bioscience with
Biomedical Science?
Try everything and
get involved in every
opportunity to help your
experience in the lab that
you can. Never be afraid to
ask your lecturers because
they are all great and never
be afraid to talk to people
on your course. Don't worry
about struggling in 1st and
2nd year as support is always
at hand with study skills.
Your experience: What
is the best thing about
studying at RGU?
I love the supportive staff and
resources. I suffered from
long-term health conditions
whilst studying at the
University and have
received nothing but support,
advice and kindness from
University staff.
Your Life: What do
you like about being a
student in Aberdeen?
I love the life Aberdeen can
offer with the balance of
country and city life; there
are lots of vibrant places
to visit, as well as castles,
quaint book-shops and
charity shops.
YOUR RGU | 167
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 to include Biology/Human Biology plus one from
Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Chemistry, English and
Maths are required at National 5 grade B or above if
not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include Biology plus one from Chemistry, Maths
or Physics. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at
GCSE grade 6 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H2H3H3 to include Biology plus one from Chemistry,
Maths or Physics. Chemistry, English and Maths are
required at O2 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma
28 to include Higher Level Biology plus one from
Chemistry, Maths or Physics at grade 5. Standard
Level English and Maths are 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 203 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 203 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
PLACEMENT
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
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.
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 166
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
See page 167 for Applied Biomedical Science years 2, 3 and
4 modules.
See page 168 for Biomedical Science years 2, 3 and 4 modules.
See page 169 for Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences years
2, 3 and 4 modules.
BENEFIT
FROM REAL
EXPERIENCE
“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
168 |
YOUR RGU | 169
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 166
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 166.
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 166
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
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
170 |
GAIN THE
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
YOUR RGU | 171
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
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.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
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 grade B or
above if not held at Higher.
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 6 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
H2H3H3H3 to include Chemistry and one further science
from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics.
Biology, English and Maths are required at O2 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, Maths are required at a minimum
of Standard Level 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 203 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
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.”
“The appointment of additional specialist
lecturers has resulted in a technical team
that is second to none.”
www.rgu.ac.uk/forensic-science
Ranked in UK’s
Top 10 Forensic
Science degrees.
(The Complete University Guide 2017)
Comments from The Forensic Science Society
following their review visit to the department.
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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.
GAIN
VALUABLE
EXPERIENCE
Elizabeth Deschamp
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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.
“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.”
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Year 1
During this year you will study the theoretical and practical
sciences underpinning nutrition such as microbiology. You
will also develop knowledge in areas related to food
commodities and nutritional science ensuring you have a
solid understanding for the scientific basis of nutrition from
which you will integrate and develop professional skills
essential for the rest of your course. During this year you will
also gain practical experience in the food handling laboratory
and conduct visits to local catering facilities.
Year 2
Building on year one you will begin to advance your
knowledge in nutrition exploring interrelationships between
the human body and diet throughout the life cycle from
pregnancy to old age. You will also begin learn about the
research process, allowing you to develop skills to become a
more critical scientist and nutritionist. Communication skills
and collaborative working are key themes and transferable
skills taught to prepare you for the workplace.
Year 3
During year 3 you will explore some of the wider applications
of nutrition, including a critical look at different nutritional
specialisms. You will be consolidating knowledge learnt in
previous years into more specific nutritional topics, such as
the role of diet in the development of chronic diseases like
heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis, while building on
critical research skills. You will also start to consider planning
for your nutrition placement in 4th stage.
Year 4
During year 4 you will undertake a Nutrition placement which
has been carefully chosen collaboratively between staff and
student so that is it tailored towards your interests. Here you
will apply knowledge and skills acquired during your studies
to professional practice and experience the demands and
changing nature of the working environment for a nutritionist.
On returning to university you will be taking a more critical
look at a variety of topical advanced nutritional issues.
Students also undertake an individual research topic, building
on knowledge and research skills learnt during the course,
culminating in eligibility to apply to the Association of
Nutrition to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist
(ANutr) on graduating.
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 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 6 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H3H3H3 to include Biology or Chemistry and one
further science (Maths and Home Economics: Scientific &
Social counted). Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths
are required at O2 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.
English Language Qualifications
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an Academic IELTS (International English
Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5 with no
individual element below 6.0. Appropriate equivalents will
be considered.
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/nutrition
A UK Top 10 Food
Science course.
(The Complete University Guide 2017)
Elizabeth Deschamp
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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.
train
for the
real world
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
During this year you will study the theoretical and practical
sciences relevant to nutrition dietetics, such as microbiology
and biochemistry which will provide you with a solid
underpinning for the rest of your degree. You will also study
food and nutrition, for example looking at the composition
of foods and exploring social and cultural nutrition, from
which you will integrate and develop professional skills
essential to the role of the dietitian in preparation for the
rest of your course.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
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).
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.
“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,
Nutrition and Dietetics graduate
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Key facts
UCAS B401
Year 2
Building on year one you will begin to advance your
knowledge exploring interrelationships between diet, disease
and the human body through the life cycle, while developing
critical thinking skills and an understanding of research
design. Communication skills and collaborative working are
key themes to prepare you for your first dietetic placement
which will occur at the end of year 2.
Year 3
In year 3 you will be challenged to apply your knowledge from
the previous years to the study of clinical dietetics and
pathophysiology. You will develop on your critical thinking skills
and become familiar with the importance of evidence based
practice, an essential skill in healthcare. You will begin to
develop and apply key dietetic skills and clinical reasoning skills
to prepare you for your practice placement B which will occur at
the end of this academic year.
Year 4
During year 4 you will complete your final dietetic placement
to allow you to develop and refine your skills needed prior to
qualification. On returning to university you will be taking a
more critical look at a variety of different advanced nutrition
and dietetic issues to develop an understanding of key topical
issues related to health, social care and nutrition. Students
will also undertake an individual research project, culminating
in full demonstration of the Dietetic Standards of Proficiency
required for eligibility to apply to the Health Care Professions
council (HCPC) for registration.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
BBBC to include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry and
English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).
Maths is required at National 5 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 6 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 to include Biology, Chemistry and English (or
a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is
required at O2 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 if not held at Higher.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an Academic IELTS (International English
Language Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 with no
individual element below 6.5. Appropriate equivalents will
be considered.
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
disclosurescotland.co.uk
EU or overseas students will also need to obtain their
country's equivalent (such as police verification of
good conduct).
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
www.rgu.ac.uk/nutrition-and-dietetics
One of the UK’s Top 10 Food
Science courses.
The Complete University Guide 2017
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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, Pharmacy graduate
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
(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
rated 1st in scotland and 3rd in uk by the
sunday times good university guide 2017.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
AAAB to include Chemistry plus two further sciences from
Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics at grade B at
first sitting. Higher English (or a written subject requiring
the use of English) should be achieved at a minimum of
grade C.
GCE A Level
ABB 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 6 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H1H2H2H2 to include Chemistry plus two further sciences
from Biology, Maths and Physics at H2 or above at first
sitting. English must be achieved at a minimum of H3.
IB Diploma
32 to include Higher Level Chemistry at grade 6, one
further science or Maths at Higher Level grade 5 and
English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)
at Higher Level grade 5.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an Academic IELTS (International
English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5
including 6.5 in all elements. Appropriate equivalents
will be considered.
Additional Information
Applicants should note that General Pharmaceutical
Council Fitness to Practise regulations
(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
rgu.ac.uk/pharmacy/ftp
STUDY OPTIONS
Full-time: 4 years
(2012 Irish Young Pharmacist of the Year)
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The School of Nursing and Midwifery have built an
outstanding reputation for producing patientfocused, capable and highly employable graduates
who have the skills and professionalism required
to succeed.
Our key strength lies in
providing high quality
teaching from a supportive
team of qualified
academics and
practitioners, thereby
enabling our students to
benefit from their research
and clinical knowledge in a
variety of settings.
PRACTICE LEARNING
Our practice learning experience
offers a variety of placements in
locations throughout the United
Kingdom. This is essential for
producing nursing and midwifery
graduates who are fit for purpose in
rapidly changing international health
care environments.
FACILITIES
The Clinical Skills Centre is a purpose
built, state-of-the-art teaching and
training facility. It provides health care
students and professionals with a
realistic and safe environment to
practise their clinical skills. The ward
area includes two six-bedded rooms, a
high dependency room with 'Sim man'
and a children's single room with
'Paediatric Hal' and also a nurses'
station. Students will practise a wide
range of skills according to their
profession including; communication,
vital sign measurement, mobility
assessment, moving and handling,
resuscitation and many more.
DISCOVER WHAT YOU DIDN’T
KNOW WAS POSSIBLE
We can help you discover what you
didn’t know was possible as one of our
Nursing and Midwifery students. We
know that we will offer you a learning
experience that will be unique,
dynamic and second to none. See
what our students didn’t know about
the opportunities RGU has given them
on page 185.
Our Courses
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Bachelor of Midwifery
180
Nursing
182
Bachelor of Nursing - Adult
184
Bachelor of Nursing - Children & Young People
186
Bachelor of Nursing - Mental Health
187
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Adult
188
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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). saas.gov.uk
CAREER OPTIONS
100% of graduates go on to
work or further study.
Unistats 2016
GAIN REAL
EXPERIENCE
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."
Laura Goss, graduate
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Key facts
UCAS B720
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. Biology,
Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is
required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English and a science subject. Biology,
Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is
required at GCSE grade 5 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 to include English and a science subject.
Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended.
Maths is required at O3 or above if not held at Higher.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an Academic IELTS (International
English Language Testing System) minimum score of 7.0
including 7.0 in all elements. Appropriate equivalents
will be considered.
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
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
WATCH A MIDWIFERY STUDENT ON PLACEMENT
AT www.RGU.AC.UK/DOMINIQUEWALDAU
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BACHELOR OF NURSING
Key facts
UCAS CODES
Specialising in Adult Nursing, Children and Young People 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:
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.
•Respond to the predicted and known changes in health
and healthcare
Year 1 students undertake: 2 x 9 week placements at 37.5
hours per week.
•Improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families,
communities and populations
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).
•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.
CHOOSE A
REWARDING
CAREER
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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 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).
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
WATCH OUR NURSING STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCES
HERE AT www.RGU.AC.UK/NURSINGVIDEOS
ADULT NURSING B741
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S NURSING B731
MENTAL HEALTH NURSING B760
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
SQA Higher
CCC. Higher English and a science subject are recommended.
English, Maths and a science subject are required at National 5
grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level
CC. A Level English and a science subject are recommended.
English, Maths and a science subject are required at GCSE
grade 5 or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H3H4H4. Higher English and a science subject are
recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are
required at O3 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 Academic IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 including 7.0 in all
elements. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.
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
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 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 183.
DISCOVER WHAT YOU
DIDN'T KNOW
We know that at the School of Nursing
and Midwifery we can help you discover
what you didn't know was possible as
one of our students. As an
undergraduate student of RGU, we can
offer you a learning experience that will
be unique, dynamic and second to none.
Go to www.rgu.ac.uk/discover
and find out what our students didn't
know was possible with RGU.
"When I came to Scotland I didn't know I would
be studying Mental Health Nursing at Robert
Gordon University. I didn't know I would be
able to work so many fields of practice."
Aleksandras Morozovas,
Mental Health Nursing Student
"I didn't know how empowered, strong and
amazing I would feel supporting a woman
through her pregnancy and labour."
Cornelia Afouda,
Midwifery Student
"I didn't realise that nursing would enable me
to have my own caseload when I get to 3rd
year and it's something I'm really looking
forward to in my community placement."
Kate Clarke,
Adult Nursing Student
www.rgu.ac.uk/bachelor-of-nursing-adult
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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE 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,
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 183.
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 183.
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 graduate
Children and Young People's Nursing graduate
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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 these
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). Visit 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 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 to include English (or a written subject requiring
the use of English). English, Maths and a science subject
are required at National 5 grade C or above if not held
at Higher.
GCE A Level
BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the
use of English). English, Maths and a science subject are
required at GCSE grade C or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher
H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject
requiring the use of English). English, Maths and a science
subject are required at O3 or above if not held at Higher.
English Language Qualification
All applicants whose first language is not English are
required to have an Academic IELTS (International
English Language Testing System) minimum score of 7.0
including 7.0 in all elements. Appropriate equivalents
will be considered.
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
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.
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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.
DISCOVER MORE
ABOUT LIFE AT RGU
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/WELCOME-VIDEO
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CONTENTS
Accommodation
192
Living in halls of residence / ResLife
194
Living expenses
195
Money, fees and finance
196
Scholarships
198
Student Life
200
Access RGU (widening participation)
202
Coming from college to university
203
How to apply
204
When to apply
206
How to find us
207
Visit us / Open Days
208
Connect with us
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ACCOMMODATION…
YOUR NEW HOME
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.
The first thing you’ll need is somewhere to stay, a place to call
home. Robert Gordon University has accommodation at ten
different purpose-built developments situated in the city and in
and around the Garthdee campus. All accommodation is
conveniently located with easy access to public transport
linking directly between the campus and the city centre. All
our accommodation is self-catered and the flats are well
equipped with your own single 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 apartments.
*Prices correct at time of going to press (Mar 2017).
ROSEMOUNT HALL
LOCATION: City Centre, 20 mins to Garthdee campus by bus 1 or 2.
ROOM TYPES: 48 standard rooms, 98 en-suite rooms.
MEALMARKET EXCHANGE
LOCATION: City Centre, 10 mins walk to Union Street and 35 mins by bus to
Garthdee campus.
ROOM TYPES: 245 rooms, all en-suite in flats for 5 persons.
OUR ACCOMMODATION
All-inclusive rents include utilities, internet access, personal
contents insurance and cleaning of communal areas except at
Craigievar Development, which excludes cleaning and utilities.
There is no deposit to pay and we do not ask for a guarantor. In
2016/17 rent rates ranged from £103 to £200 per week.
WOOLMANHILL FLATS
LOCATION: City Centre, 20 mins to Garthdee campus by bus 1 or 2.
ROOM TYPES: 600 standard rooms, 136 en-suite rooms.
SPRING GARDENS
LOCATION: 10 mins walk to Union Street and 35 mins by bus to Garthdee campus.
ROOM TYPES: 90 standard rooms, 6 en-suite rooms.
ST PETERS HALL
LOCATION: Off King Street, 15–20 mins walk from city centre.
ROOM TYPES: 78 standard rooms, 71 en-suite rooms.
ARDMUIR TRINITY COURT
LOCATION: Off King Street, 20 mins walk from city centre.
ROOM TYPES: 124 standard rooms.
APPLICATIONS
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. Applications usually open at the beginning of
May and there is no commitment until you have received and
accepted an offer of accommodation.
PRIVATE SECTOR ACCOMMODATION
Please see our website under Alternative Accommodation for
information about accommodation in the private rented sector
and private student accommodation providers.
CRATHIE STUDENT VILLAGE
LOCATION: Holburn Street, 15 mins walk from Garthdee Campus and
Union Street.
ROOM TYPES: 96 en-suite rooms.
CRAIGIEVAR DEVELOPMENT
LOCATION: Craigievar Crescent, Garthdee, 10 mins walk to Garthdee campus.
ROOM TYPES: 8 x 1 bedroom self-contained flats. Suitable for singles or couples.
Utilities are not included in the rent for this property.
RAMSAY DEVELOPMENT
LOCATION: Ramsay Gardens, 5 mins walk from Garthdee Campus.
ROOM TYPES: 28 en-suite rooms.
GARTHDEE TOWERS
LOCATION: Garthdee – in close proximity to our Garthdee campus.
ROOM TYPES: 49 rooms have en-suite shower and sink with shared toilet facilities.
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
For the most up-to-date information about accommodation at
Robert Gordon University, please go to our website
www.rgu.ac.uk/accommodation where you will be able to
find photo galleries, virtual tours and much more information
about our accommodation sites or contact us direct on
+44 (0)1224 262130 or email [email protected]
See page 16 for our current student accommodation locations on
the city map!
Please note: accommodation sites accurate at time of going to press (Mar 2017)
We would be delighted to help and look forward to
welcoming you to Aberdeen.
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LIVING IN HALLS
OF RESIDENCE
SUPPORTING YOUR STAY WITH RESLIFE
RGU ResLife understand that an integral part of your student
life is your living experience while at University. A work/life
balance is important for anyone, including students.
If you decide to live in student halls for your first year at
university, you will become part of the diverse RGU
ResLife community.
We provide on-site support in the form of our Resident and
Community Assistants who will be fellow RGU students. Our
Resident Assistants will be on call to help if you have any
welfare issues or emergency situations. You will be on first
name terms with them if you have a habit of forgetting your
keys. Our Community Assistants are there to encourage
engagement and integration throughout your stay. They will
be there to offer an array of social opportunities; from movie
nights in halls to bus trips to Edinburgh, there will always be
something you can add to your social calendar.
Not only do we support students in halls, we provide
guidance for those of you who decide to stay in the private
rented sector too. ResLife have a dedicated team of full-time
welfare and advice professionals working on campus, who
are there to provide support and guidance to all students,
wherever you decide to stay.
After your first year at university, you too could join the RGU
ResLife team by applying to become a Resident or
Community Assistant; further adding to your personal, social
and academic development at university.
STANDARD ROOM IN
UNI ACCOMMODATION
FLAT SHARE IN PRIVATE
ACCOMMODATION
£103-£200
£75-£135
a week or
a week or
£4,120-£5,080
£3,000-£5,400
a year (Bills included)
a year (bills not included)
LIVING EXPENSES
BOOKS &
STATIONERY
£300
a year
FOOD &
TOILETRIES
TRAVEL, SOCIAL,
SPORTING ACTIVITIES,
CLOTHES & PHONE CALLS
£40
£30-£40
a week or
£1,600
a year
a week or
£1,200-£1,600
a year
FIND OUT MORE
www.rgu.ac.uk/reslife
/reslife
RGU:
ResLife
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We’ve put together a rough guide to the cost of living
in Aberdeen. This is based on one academic year
(40 weeks).*
For private accommodation, you’ll need to add
approximately £25 a week to the rent for the
abovementioned bills.
The figures show the cost of RGU student residences
in a single standard room for 2016/17. The cost
includes 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 2016. The amount that students spend
on personal expenses can vary considerably, depending
on the individual and their circumstances.
*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.
Assistance for students studying Nursing and Midwifery
courses is in the form of a non income-assessed bursary.
In 2016/17 the rate was £6,578 per annum. For the most
up-to-date information for 2017/2018, please visit
www.saas.gov.uk
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES
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
have your tuition fees paid 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 2016/17
ranged from £4,750-£6,750, 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 2016/17 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
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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longer alive, you would meet the criteria. The maximum
amount available in 2016/17 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
Discretionary Fund
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.
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
• Bachelor of Nursing – Mental Health
• Bachelor of Midwifery
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:
•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
STUDENTS FROM THE REST OF THE UK
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.
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
SUPPORT FOR RUK STUDENTS
Full details regarding the financial support available to students
from England, Wales and Northern Ireland are available from
the following student finance websites:
England – www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
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 2017/18 WILL
BE AVAILABLE ONLINE ON
INDIVIDUAL COURSE PAGES
ONCE AGREED IN 2017.
www.rgu.ac.uk/study-rgu
FIND OUT MORE AT
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/UG-MONEY
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SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
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 the development of 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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The majority of scholarships offer work placement
opportunities, providing a professional platform for you to
launch a 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.
For further information contact
[email protected]
More information about RGU SPORT is available at
www.rgu.ac.uk/rgusport
ACCESS RGU SCHOLARSHIP
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 £2,500 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
OPITO
Bureau Veritas
Sparrows Offshore
CNR Subsea UK
Kongsberg
Total
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
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 LIFE
Student Life aims to enhance your experience as a
student at the University. We are a variety of teams
sharing a common goal to provide you with all the
necessary advice and support throughout the
duration of your study here at RGU.
RESLIFE
ResLife is a support network designed for all students in
accommodation, with a goal to enhance your living experience
whilst at university. The team regularly organise a variety of trips
and events so you can get to know what Aberdeen and the
surrounding area has to offer, whilst also enabling you to
socialise and integrate with others. ResLife offer 24 hour welfare
support to those living in student accommodation, but can also
advise and support those within the private-rented sector.
www.rgu.ac.uk/reslife
www.facebook.com/rgureslife
RGU SPORT
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY CENTRE
The Careers and Employability Centre offers advice on campus and
online for students at all stages of their degree. Prior to joining the
University they can advise you on the career options related to your
career. Once you are a full-time student you’re able to arrange
appointments, attend drop-in sessions on campus, or contact us on
the telephone, via Skype or FaceTime to discuss work experience,
employment opportunities, application forms, CVs, interviews,
assessment centres and career plans. Use ‘My Career Toolkit’ from
the start of your time at university to learn how you can enhance the
essential skills employers are looking for and gain the work
experience that will make you stand out.
www.rgu.ac.uk/careers
www.facebook.com/rgucareers
www.twitter.com/rgucareers
CHAPLAINCY
Robert Gordon University’s Chaplaincy exists for the benefit of the
whole University community to provide pastoral support and care, for
all faiths and none.
www.rgu.ac.uk/chaplaincy
COUNSELLING AND WELLBEING SERVICE
Student life at university can be exciting and rewarding, but we
recognise that it can also be stressful and overwhelming. Our wellbeing
advisors and counsellors operate a strictly confidential service and are
here to talk over any difficulties you experience whilst at university in
order to enable you to get the most out of your studies.
www.rgu.ac.uk/counselling
DISABILITY AND DYSLEXIA CENTRE
The Disability and Dyslexia team work to ensure that you can reach
your full potential by offering confidential advice and specialist
support to students with physical and sensory impairments, autism
spectrum disorders, health conditions, mental health conditions,
dyslexia and those with short or long-term support needs.
www.rgu.ac.uk/disability
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Keeping active has never been easier at RGU, as the University
has its very own sports facility on campus. RGU Sport boasts
three gyms containing state-of-the-art equipment, a 25 metre
swimming pool, a climbing wall and a variety of classes suited
for all abilities. We have a selection of competitively priced
memberships available to suit every student’s requirements.
www.rgu.ac.uk/campus-life/rgu-sport
SCHOLARSHIPS
The Robert Gordon University works with local organisations
to provide scholarship opportunities for students from a range
of different courses. These scholarships are an opportunity for
students to connect directly with local organisations whilst
gaining financial support.
For your convenience, you can also make payments at the
Help Point by cash, card or cheque. Additionally, we can
provide standard official letters to serve a variety of purposes,
such as registering with a GP, or opening a UK bank account.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVICE
The International Student Advice team provides immigration
and visa support to international students. At the beginning of
each new semester, in September and January, the team
provides a meet and greet service to new international and EU
students arriving at Aberdeen airport. When students arrive
on campus they are invited to attend an orientation
presentation which provides important information about life
in Aberdeen, such as opening a bank account. Throughout the
academic year the team provide guidance on extending and
renewing Tier 4 student visas, visa responsibilities and how to
work during the course of their studies.
www.rgu.ac.uk/international/visa-information
STUDY SKILLS
We understand that the transition from school to university
can be difficult, particularly in respect of your studies. The
Study Skills department is here to support you, and can
provide confidential, one-to-one advice and guidance on many
aspects of academic study, including:
•Reading and note-making tips
•Exam preparation and revision techniques
www.rgu.ac.uk/scholarships
•Study skills
(time management, presentation skills etc)
CHILDCARE
•English language sessions
(for International Students)
The Treehouse Early Care and Education Centre at the Robert
Gordon University (managed by Bright Horizons Family
Solutions) is situated on the Garthdee campus and provides
the highest quality care and education for babies and children
of three months to five years of age.
www.rgu.ac.uk/nurseryfacilities
THE STUDENT HELP POINT
The Student Help Point is the face of the University’s broad
spectrum of student support, and our main function is to
ensure you receive the correct advice and answers to enable
you to have the best student experience here at RGU. We
can assist with queries relating to many aspects of student
life, including local information, accommodation, healthcare
and finance.
At the Help Point, we can make appointment bookings to see a
Study Skills tutor, the Wellbeing advisor, or the
Accommodation Welfare Manager. New to the Help Point is
our ResLife Advisor, who can discuss all aspects of
accommodation life, whether it be help finding residence, or if
you’re having any issues in your accommodation.
•Maths, statistics and numeracy skills
•Basic IT Skills
www.rgu.ac.uk/studyskills
WIDER ACCESS
At RGU, we believe that all individuals with talent and ambition
should be encouraged to achieve and excel, regardless of
personal circumstance. The ACCESS RGU team is committed
to improving access to higher education learning for those
from under-represented groups within the University, and the
team operate a number of programmes designed to support
talented secondary education pupils who wish to study at
degree level.
www.rgu.ac.uk/access-rgu
FOR MORE INFORMATION
PLEASE VISIT
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/STUDENTSERVICES
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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 each year more than 400 students gain advanced entry
to their chosen degree.
Access RGU delivers a range of outreach activities within
wider access schools and communities, coordinates oncampus learning opportunities for prospective students and
provides advice and guidance for applicants and enrolling
students from under-represented groups.
SCHOOLS ENGAGEMENT
Pupils in local partner schools have the opportunity to
participate in workshops, events and subject-focused
programmes. Senior phase pupils can participate in an
‘Access To’ programme, giving them the chance to gain to
first-hand experience of student life and a taster of courses on
offer at RGU.
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
SUPPORTING STUDENTS
SUPPORT ARRANGEMENTS
To ensure Wider Access students benefit from a smooth
transition to university, the Access and Articulation Team
connects with students via RGU’s ‘Here For You’ service to
support induction into university life.
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.
Wider Access students also benefit from enrolment support
packs, that typically include financial support for materials, text
books and city travel.
The University is committed to supporting students with a
background in care. Our dedicated Care Leaver Adviser can
guide you through the wide range of student services
available, helping you make the most of life at university
and your successful future career. For more information on
the support available from Access RGU as well as the range of
initiatives and activities available, please visit
www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/access-rgu
The University also operates a contextualised admissions
scheme, whereby a broader set of criteria is considered when
making offers to prospective students from under-represented
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.
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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 two year college HND
qualification can gain entry to the third 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 second year of the appropriate degree course. There is
also an option to undertake a 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]
APPLICANT SUPPORT
Wider Access applicants benefit from a range of support
services including one-to-one advice and guidance from the
Access and Articulation 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.
Degree Link is a partnership between North East Scotland
College and Robert Gordon University.
Depending 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.
Similar partnership agreements are in place
with Dundee and Angus College.
CONTACT US
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263048
Email: [email protected]
/accessrgu
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
"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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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.
Up-to-date entry requirements are available at
www.rgu.ac.uk
Alternative Qualifications
We welcome applicants with equivalent qualifications to those
stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and
overseas qualifications. Applications from students with
non-standard qualifications or work experience will be
considered on an individual basis.
For courses that require English or a written subject requiring
the use of English at SQA Higher or equivalent, the University
will consider the following subjects as meeting the criteria:
Business Management, Geography, History, Modern Studies,
Philosophy and Psychology.
How to Apply
Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate degrees
should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges
Admissions Service) 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.
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For part-time courses you can apply directly to the University at
www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline
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.
Your application to UCAS can have up to five choices of
universities and courses in the UK. For 2017 entry, the
application fee was £13 for a single choice and £24 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
2017 until 15 January 2018. If we receive your application by
this date, we guarantee to consider it. Applications made to
UCAS after this date but before 30 June 2018 will still be
considered if there are places available. After 30 June 2018,
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.
•Robert Gordon University, as with most other universities,
will then acknowledge the receipt of your application
by email.
•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.
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:
•An Unconditional offer – if you have already met the
selection criteria.
•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.
•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 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). The courses run
during the summer and provide the practical basis in English
language that you will need to study at undergraduate level.
A variety of course durations are available to students with an
IELTS score from 4.5 and above with a minimum score of 4.5
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
or email [email protected]
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WHEN TO APPLY
Some dates to keep in mind if you want
to start at RGU in September 2018.
2017 OPEN DAYS
If you want to come to RGU in 2018,
we recommend attending one of
our 2017 Open Days to see our
stunning campus, meet academic
and support services staff and tour
our facilities and accommodation.
You can find the dates of the
Open Days on our website
and register to attend at:
www.rgu.ac.uk/openday
If you can't make our Open Days,
we also have 'Visit Afternoons' and
'self-guided tours' available.
Our Visit Afternoons include a
group tour of the campus and
the opportunity to meet with a
member of academic staff from
your course of interest.
A self-guided tour can be
conducted at your own pace, but
does not include the opportunity
to meet with academic staff.
Register online at:
www.rgu.ac.uk/visit-us
Visit Afternoon dates:
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Wednesday 29th November 2017
HOW TO FIND US
COMPARE COURSE INFORMATION
On our indivdual course pages online you’ll
notice a small widget which allows you to
compare our course information with other
universities. Available via the Unistats website,
the data includes statistics about student
satisfaction, graduate outcomes, teaching
activities, fees and finance, accommodation and
professional accreditation.
OPEN DAY
Saturday 2nd September 2017
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
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
OPEN DAY
It’s decision time.
Is RGU the one for you?
GOOD LUCK!
Exam results are published.
Wishing you the best of luck!
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SUMBURGH
Wednesday 11th October 2017
PERSONAL STATEMENT
Most teachers expect personal
statements to be completed by now.
UCAS DEADLINE
The UCAS application deadline for all
RGU courses is the 15th of January.
Institution name: RGU
Institution code: R36
PORTFOLIO INTERVIEWS
Gray’s School of Art review
art and design portfolios.
SELECTION VISITS
Interviews for health and social
care related subjects are held.
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
KIRKWALL
A great opportunity for those who
have applied to RGU to visit us.
Look out for your invitation to attend!
CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE
ABERDEEN
WICK
THE SILVER CITY WITH
THE GOLDEN SANDS
INVERNESS
SCOTLAND
DUNDEE
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.
GLASGOW
EDINBURGH
NEWCASTLE
BELFAST
You can check flight timetables and live
departures at:
www.aberdeenairport.com
MANCHESTER
DUBLIN
APPLICANTS’ DAYS
MAKE UP YOUR MIND
SHETLAND
LIMERICK
BIRMINGHAM
CORK
CARDIFF
NORWICH
LONDON
NEWQUAY
RGU is committed to ensuring that no pupil
undertaking their chosen curriculum for
excellence pathway will be disadvantaged.
For more info visit: www.rgu.ac.uk/cfe
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VISIT US
OPEN DAYS
If you’re thinking of going to University in 2018, we
recommend you attend one of our Open Days in 2017.
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.
SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017
WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2017
You can find out about the dates of our Open Days in
2017 online at: www.rgu.ac.uk/visit-us
You can pre-register to attend one of our Open Days from
Spring 2017 onwards at www.rgu.ac.uk/openday
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.
View of the campus towards Garthdee House
Interior of Sir Ian Wood Building
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.
For more information on Visit Afternoons and to register
online please go to www.rgu.ac.uk/visitafternoons
You can also call us on +44 (0)1224 262044
or send an email to [email protected]
if you want to discuss your requirements.
SELF-GUIDED TOUR
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
UCAS FAIRS
We will be attending a number of UCAS fairs across the
UK in 2017 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
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Pre-register online from Spring 2017 at
WWW.RGU.AC.UK/OPENDAY
Whether you’re thinking of going to University in
2018 or sometime in the future, our Open Days give
you the chance to experience what it’s like to be a
student at RGU.
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CONNECT
WITH US
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.
Read our student blog
WordPress
www.rgustudentblog.com
Join the conversation
Twitter
/robertgordonuni
See our beautiful campus
Instagram
www.rgu.ac.uk/instagram
Connect with your peers
Facebook
/robertgordonuniversity
Check out our pin boards
Pinterest
www.rgu.ac.uk/pinterest
Network and connect
LinkedIn
www.rgu.ac.uk/linkedin
Watch videos
Youtube
Youtube/robertgordonuni
Get the latest news
RGU website
www.rgu.ac.uk/news
MY RGU
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Come along to our Open Days and be part of
our 'MY RGU' interactive campaign and show us
what being a student at RGU means to you.
Upload your pics to Instagram
#myrgu
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INDEX
DISCLAIMER
Undergraduate courses
Public Relations (PR)
76
Accounting and Finance
52
Radiography (Diagnostic)
156
Architectural Technology
134
Social Sciences (Applied)
146
Architecture
136
Social Work
148
Biomedical Science
168
Sport and Exercise Science (Applied)
154
Biomedical Science (Applied) 167
Surveying
140
Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
169
Communication Design (Graphics/Illustration/Photography)
124
Three Dimensional Design
(Ceramics and Glass/Jewellery/Product Design)
126
Computer Network Management and Design
98
Computer Science
90
Computing (Application Software Development)
96
Construction Management
138
Contemporary Art Practice
(Moving Image/Photography/Printmaking/Sculpture)
120
About RGU and our support services
Aberdeen City Map
About Robert Gordon University
16
6
Access RGU (Widening Participation)
202
Accommodation
192
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.
Significant changes may include (but are not limited to):
• 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)
Cyber Security
92
Campus Map
Digital Media (Design, Production and Development)
94
Careers and Employability Centre
24
112
College to University Programmes
203
• Additions/changes to mode(s) of delivery
Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical)
110
Connect with us (Social Media)
210
• Methods of assessment
Engineering (Mechanical and Offshore)
108
Halls of Residence / ResLife
194
Engineering (Mechanical)
106
How to Apply
204
64
How to Find Us
207
Engineering (Electronic and Electrical)
Events Management
Fashion and Textile Design
Fashion Managment
Forensic and Analytical Science
122
66
170
Is RGU the one for you?
International Students
Money
12
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.
8
28
196
56
Placements
22
International Hospitality Management
68
RGU Sport
30
International Tourism Management
70
Scholarships
198
Journalism
72
Student Life (Student Support Services)
200
Law
82
Student Union
84
Study Abroad
Management
57
Visit Us
208
Management with HRM
58
When to Apply
206
Management with Marketing
59
Your City - Aberdeen
Media
74
International Business Management
Law and Management
33
26
14
• Suspension or cessation of a course
Reasonable efforts will be made to assist applicants find an alternative
RGU course if the original is no longer suitable.
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.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Designed by: The Gatehouse Design & Print Agency at RGU
Edited by: Marketing Department at RGU
Midwifery
180
Courses by School
Nursing – Adult
182
Aberdeen Business School
48
Additional photography courtesy of iStock
Nursing – Children and Young People
186
School of Creative and Cultural Business
60
Printed by: J Thomson Colour Printers
Nursing – Mental Health
187
The Law School
78
Nursing – Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Adult
188
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
Thank you to all staff and students around the University who have
provided photographs and assisted in the production of this publication.
Nutrition
172
School of Engineering
102
Nutrition and Dietetics
174
Gray's School of Art
114
Occupational Therapy
158
The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment130
Painting
118
School of Applied Social Studies 142
Pharmacy
176
School of Health Sciences
150
Photography (Commercial)
128
School of Nursing and Midwifery
178
Physiotherapy
160
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
162
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Photography by: Martin Parker and Fiona Stephen
86
Robert Gordon University, a Scottish charity registered
under charity number SC013781.
This publication is printed on 100% recycled stock with exception of
pages 33 to 44, which are 50% recycled content.
CONTACT US
T: +44 (0)1224 262728
E: [email protected]
www.rgu.ac.uk
#MYRGU
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