Fast Facts

  • King's CollegeFounded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK
  • Ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • In the top 180 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)
  • Scottish University of the Year 2019 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • Community of more than 130 nationalities, with 15,000 students
  • Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the University of Aberdeen
  • 75% of research classified as world leading (REF 2014)
  • Global international networks: campus in Qatar and an Alliance with Curtin University
  • 1st in the UK for dentistry (Guardian University League Table 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for medicine (Guardian University League Table 2021)
  • 3rd in the UK for sports science (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • The University was presented with the 2018 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world-class health services research
  • Outstanding sports facilities include Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatic Centre
  • Top 60 in the world for our positive impact on society (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021)
  • The University marked its 525th birthday by celebrating its rich and diverse achievements of the past and the launch of a new strategic vision – Aberdeen 2040

League Tables

The national and global league tables are calculated using different criteria and weighting but all include; student satisfaction, student to staff ratio, graduate prospects, and entry grades.

League Table 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Complete University Guide (UK) 44 40 42 40 28 29 26 38
Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide (UK) 44 45 44 40 26 27 27 -
Guardian University League Table (UK) 41 41 36 46 51 34 20 -
Times Higher Education (UK) 26 29 30 28 22 25 25 -
Times Higher Education (World) 178 172 188 185 158 168 178 -
QS World Rankings (UK) 24 23 23 24 27 28 28 28
QS World Rankings (World) 137 137 141 158 172 194 207 205
Shanghai Rankings (UK) =22 =22 =21 =22 =22 =21 - -
Shanghai Rankings (World) 201-300 201-300 201-300 201-300 201-300 201-300 - -

Subject Rankings

The Complete University Guide 2022
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 1st
Linguistics 3rd
Sports Science 3rd
Geography & Environmental Science 6th
Biomedical Sciences 7th
Chemical Engineering 7th
Medicine 7th
Theology & Religious Studies 9th
Anthropology 10th
Education 10th
History of Art 11th
Business & Management Studies 12th
General Engineering 12th
Mechanical Engineering 12th
Civil Engineering 13th
Computer Science 13th
Music 13th
Accounting & Finance 14th
Law 14th
Philosophy 14th
Psychology 14th
Sociology 16th
Geology 17th
Archaeology 18th
Iberian Languages 18th
Mathematics 20th
French 21st
Chemistry 22nd
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 24th
Biological Sciences 25th
History 25th
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
Linguistics 3rd
Computer Science 5th
French 5th
Sports Science 5th
Anatomy and Physiology 6th
Medicine 6th
Chemical Engineering 9th
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 9th
Iberian Languages 9th
Law 9th
Anthropology 11th
Philosophy 12th
Psychology 14th
Archaeology and Forensic Science 15th
General Engineering 15th
Business Studies 16th
Geography and Environmental Science 16th
Music 16th
Chemistry 17th
Education 17th
History 18th
Accounting and Finance 20th
Biological Sciences 20th
Guardian University League Table 2021
Dentistry 1st
Medicine 2nd
Physics 7th
Computer Science & Information Systems 9th
Law 10th
Music 10th
Sociology 10th
Sports Science 10th
Anthropology 12th
Anatomy & Physiology 13th
General Engineering 13th
Leiden Rankings 2020

The Leiden University Rankings use bibliometric indicators to measure the performance of universities across the world.

Scientific Impact

Ranked 29th in the UK for the scientific impact of its research.

Research Collaboration

The University is ranked 8th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for collaborative research that takes place with partners across the world.

Open Access Publishing

The University is ranked 49th in the world for the number of Open Access publications. 78.5% of publications by University of Aberdeen researchers are Open Access.

Research Gender Diversity

This year, the university is ranked 8th in the UK for gender diversity. The University has consistently been ranked highly in the UK for the gender diversity of its researchers.