Fast Facts

University of Aberdeen, King's College Chapel from under Elphinstone Hall arches

  • 37th in the Times Higher global rankings for ‘international outlook’, and second highest Scottish university
  • A university ranked consistently among the top 1% of the world's universities
  • 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