What will I study?
Why study with Aberdeen?
How will I study?
This course totals approximately 300 hours of study and assessment time.
That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week in regular topic work, but with more time required for assessment preparation at certain times in the semester.
This is a rough guide, as you can largely set your own study hours to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
There may be some activities that you have to attend at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor. But otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
This course is 100% online, so you don't have to sit any on-campus or in-person exams.
You’ll be assessed via:
- a 1,500-word parish source survey: worth 40% of your mark
- a 3,000-word essay: worth 60% of your mark.
The parish source survey can relate to any Scottish parish of your choice and help you research your own family history.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors, which could be by email, Skype, FaceTime or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Where will this take me?
Am I ready?
We welcome students from all over the world. You do not need a visa to study online with us.
See the minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, view our International Entry Requirements for equivalent qualifications from your country.
English language requirements
This course is delivered in English.
We accept the following English language qualifications for this course:
IELTS – 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening and speaking
- 6.0 for reading and writing
TOEFL iBT – 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 21 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
PTE Academic – 62 overall
- 51 for listening and speaking
- 54 for reading and writing
Cambridge English Advanced and Proficiency – 176 overall
- 162 for listening and speaking
- 169 for reading and writing
- Integrated Skills in English III (ISEIII)
- A pass in all components with distinction
If you hold a degree from a UK university then evidence of proficiency in English may not be required.
See our English Language Requirements page for more information about English language qualifications.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about online study, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- Employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
- Student loan
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.