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, Alliance with Curtin University and Partnerships in Sri Lanka
  • 1st in the UK for dentistry (Guardian University League Table 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for medicine (Guardian University League Table 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for sports science (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Top 25 in the world for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies, top 100 for Anthropology, Archaeology and Agriculture (2020 QS World University Rankings by subject)
  • 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
Complete University Guide (UK) 44 40 42 40 28 29 26
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
QS World Rankings (World) 137 137 141 158 172 194 207
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 2021
Sports Science 2nd
Accounting & Finance 4th
Medicine 4th
Linguistics 5th
Law 6th
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 8th
Education 9th
Civil Engineering 10th
Business & Management Studies 11th
Geology 12th
General Engineering 13th
Dentistry 13th
English 14th
Theology & Religious Studies 14th
History of Art 14th
Anatomy & Physiology 14th
Music 16th
Anthropology 16th
Pharmacology 16th
Economics 17th
Mathematics 20th
Psychology 20th
History 21st
Chemical Engineering 21st
Geography & Environmental Science 23rd
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.