College of Physical Sciences

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Coordinates: 57°09′54″N 2°06′14″W / 57.165°N 2.104°W / 57.165; -2.104

The College of Physical Sciences is one of three colleges in the University of Aberdeen. The college was established in 2003 following a re-organisation of the academic structure with the university.[1] It is based in the heart of the King's College campus in Old Aberdeen, which is one of the most historical parts of the City of Aberdeen. The college provides programmes of study for undergraduate and postgraduate students and also research activities.

Research activity has a number of themes that span disciplines across the college and the university.[2] In 2009, the University was awarded £12m from the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Programme to carry out research and training from 2009 to 2014. The "dot.rural" initiative was established to investigate how advances in digital technologies can transform rural communities, society and business.[3]

The college comprises three schools and the Graduate School, covering teaching and research areas across a number of subject areas:


  • Graduate School
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Geosciences
  • School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Head of College[edit]

The current Head of College is Professor Bryan MacGregor.

Professor MacGregor has been MacRobert Professor of Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen since 1990 and is currently Vice Principal and Head of College (Physical Sciences).[4] He was previously Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the dean of the former Faculty of Social Science and Law. A land economist by discipline, Professor MacGregor’s academic career has included posts at the Universities of Reading and Glasgow. Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen, he was Property Research Manager with Prudential Portfolio Managers.


The administration is led by the College Registrar. The current registrar is Dr Hulda Sveinsdottir.


  1. ^ "The College of Physical Sciences: About". University of Aberdeen. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "The College of Physical Sciences: Research". University of Aberdeen. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Digital economy research: Research hubs". Research Councils UK. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "MacGREGOR Bryan Duncan". World's Who's Who. Routledge. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 

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