Robert Gordon University


The Robert Gordon University, commonly referred to as RGU, is a public university in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland. It became a university in 1992, and originated from an educational institution founded in the 18th century by Robert Gordon, a prosperous Aberdeen merchant, and various institutions which provided adult education and technical education in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is one of two universities in the city (the other is the much older University of Aberdeen).

RGU is a campus university and its single campus in Aberdeen is at Garthdee, in the south-west suburbs of the city amid parkland on the banks of the River Dee.
Aberdeen is ranked as the best city to live and work in in Scotland, and 2nd best in the UK, according to "Good Growth for Cities, 2014".

RGU has been ranked as the second best value university in the UK for students living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland in theStudent Value for Money report 2012 by Simple Landlords Insurance. These rankings take into account university league table standings, average rental costs and tuition fees.


Key Numbers

  • Average tuition fees - £11,400
  • Estimated living costs - £12,200
  • Minimum IELTS score - 6.0
  • Student satisfaction - 85
  • Employment prospects - 82.8 
  • International student ratio - 15.7%



  • The Times: 86
  • The Guardian: 62
  • QS World Rankings: 801-1000
  • Complete University Guide: 75