Robert Gordon University


Robert Gordon University is an innovative, impactful, and professionally focused institution offering demand-led teaching and research. 

RGU offers a high-quality vocational education and relevant curriculum which provides learners with the skills they require to thrive throughout their career. As a result, the university has a reputation for producing graduates that are highly sought after by employers. Over the last decade RGU has consistently had one of the best records of any UK university for graduate level employment. Its reputation for teaching excellence is demonstrated further through its Gold award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework. It celebrates a high-quality student experience and is currently ranked in the top three universities in Scotland for student satisfaction. It has been named as the Scottish University of the Year in the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021. 

The university is committed to growing the impact of its research by building critical mass around established research leads. The university is investing in additional resource support areas where it is already delivering globally impactful research. It is focused on interdisciplinary collaboration, developing new, and nurturing existing, innovative strategic research partnerships with business and industry. 

RGU is committed to the growth and development of the people and economy of the North of Scotland and is actively engaged with the region's ambitious transformation. A key part of this is stimulating innovation and economic development by harnessing its expertise and strengthening its partnerships with industry. Building on this, the university is fostering innovation and entrepreneurship to support company creation and growth, and the development of products and services. Further afield, the university is building strong relationships to stimulate international economic development. 


Facts and figures

Year Established 1992
Total Number of Staff 1584
Number of Academic Staff 651
Number of Students 16000
Focus Areas

- Sustainable Communities and Transport

- Smart Data and Smart Islands

- Built Environment Visualisation

- Industrial Biotechnology

- Pharmacy Practice

- Creative & Cultural Business Innovation

Web link for international students
Fields of Study Offered Arts (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Journalism and information (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Law (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Computing (broad programmes)
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Architecture and building (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Social services (broad programmes)
Personal services (broad programmes)