The University has an outstanding history of pioneering discoveries which have changed thinking and practice in medicine, science, arts and humanities over five centuries. The University supports and promotes research excellence in all its many forms.

World class universities are about creating and using knowledge to make a difference. The University of Aberdeen achieves this by bringing together excellent students, staff and external partners to identify and address key issues of the day.

Research Strategy

Research is enhanced through a strategy that stresses:

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Research Excellence

We aim for world class standards in research undertaken; development of researchers at different stages of their career and research infrastructure.

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We have a truly vibrant and international research community among staff and students at Aberdeen. Our research strategy aims to improve Aberdeen’s position as a leading international research institution.

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Public Engagement with Research

Our researchers are committed to transmitting research ideas and findings beyond the academic community, to maximise public benefit and impact. The university works with many partners to achieve this.

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Knowledge to make a difference

We are committed to maximising economic and social benefits of research, through commercialisation, through knowledge transfer opportunities, through working with external partners and by creating spin-out companies.

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Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy

Strategy outlining how we will ensure that the University of Aberdeen remains a world class research-driven university and maintains focus on research excellence.

Research Excellence

In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) internationally leading research was recognised in all academic disciplines.

For postgraduate students, Aberdeen offers a stimulating, supportive and inspiring environment working alongside world-leading researchers. They benefit from working with some of the research leaders in their field, top-class facilities, extensive training and development, and the outstanding quality of life and leisure for which north-east Scotland is famed. Further details about our research activity is available through our College websites:

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Arts and Social Sciences

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Life Sciences and Medicine

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Physical Sciences