What will I study?
How will I study?
You’ll join us on campus for around four hours each week:
- every Monday and Wednesday
- from 10am to 12 noon.
You’ll also need to spend around eight to 10 hours per week in private study.
Your course schedule is:
- nine weeks of teaching
- then two weeks of revision
- then one final week of assessments. There is no teaching in this final week.
You’ll have a range of assessments for this course:
- A 1,500-word policy brief
- A group work report
- Three computer-based, multiple-choice class tests
- A 10-minute presentation on a selected journal article
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your course coordinators via email and face-to-face sessions. They’re on hand to help you stay on track with your studies.
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 make online study easier
Your teaching team
Where will this take me?
Am I ready?
We welcome students from all over the world.
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.
You will need to make your own transport, accommodation and visa arrangements to study on campus in Aberdeen.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
We accept the following English language qualifications. You need to provide proof of your qualifications when you apply:
Duolingo English Test (taken from July 2019)
- 115 overall
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- All skills – B2
IELTS Academic – 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
- 6.0 for writing
TOEFL iBT – 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 18 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
PTE Academic – 62 overall
- 51 for listening, reading and speaking
- 54 for writing
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency – 176 overall
- 162 for listening, reading and speaking
- 169 for 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.
We often provide supporting materials for our on-campus courses in MyAberdeen. It’s our online study platform. To view these materials, you will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 8 or later
- Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.
All our teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2Mbps.
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.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean 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 studying online, 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.
Your course fee covers all your teaching resources. But you will need to arrange and pay for your own transport, accommodation and visa if required.
Ways to save
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- 10% NHS discount – NHS staff receive 10% off online postgraduate short courses and degrees offered by our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
- 20% alumni discount – if you have a degree from the University of Aberdeen, you’re entitled to 20% off our postgraduate taught short courses and degrees
- Employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
- Student loans
- Scholarships – search our funding database for scholarships
- 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.