Fast Facts

  • King's CollegeA university ranked consistently among the top 1% of the world's universities
  • Top 30 in the world for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies, top 50 for Engineering and top 100 for Archaeology, Agriculture and Forestry, Environmental Sciences and Anthropology (QS World University Rankings by subject)
  • 37th in the Times Higher global rankings for ‘international outlook’, and second highest Scottish university
  • 55th out of 750 world universities (top university in Scotland) for research performance (based on the proportion of research appearing in the top 10% of international journals) - CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015
  • 76% of research assessed through the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF14) is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • Rated top in the UK in REF14 for environmental and soil science research
  • Scotland's third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK, founded 1495
  • Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the University of Aberdeen
  • Region boasts the highest concentration of health and life scientists anywhere in Europe
  • 6th in the UK for success in commercialising research through spinout companies (latest Praxis Unico survey)
  • North-east Scotland consistently rated ideal environment in which to live and work (Mercers global rankings)
  • Library in top 10 for 'spell-binding university libraries in the world' (The Independent)
  • Outstanding sports facilities include Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatic Centre
  • Community of 120 nationalities, with 14,500 students: 49% men 51% women, and 12% mature undergraduates
  • Aberdeen is named as Scotland's safest university city (Complete University Guide)
  • Student clubs and societies ranked top in Scotland and 5th in UK (WhatUni Awards 2013)
  • One of the largest wireless campuses in Europe, and strategy to continually improve student accommodation and facilities