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 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • Scottish University of the Year 2019 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • In the top 170 universities in the world (Times Higher Education (World) 2020)
  • 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 2020)
  • 2nd in the UK for sports science (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • 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
  • Ranked 38th in the world for Gender Equality by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020
  • This year, the University is marking its 525th birthday by celebrating its rich and diverse achievements of the past and with 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
Complete University Guide (UK) 44 40 42 40 28 29
Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide (UK) 44 45 44 40 26 27
Guardian University League Table (UK) 41 41 36 46 51 34
Times Higher Education (UK) 26 29 30 28 22 25
Times Higher Education (World) 178 172 188 185 158 168
QS World Rankings (UK) 24 23 23 24 27 28
QS World Rankings (World) 137 137 141 158 172 194
The Complete University Guide
Sports Science 2nd
Linguistics 3rd
General Engineering 7th
Education 8th
Civil Engineering 9th
Dentistry 9th
Law 9th
Accounting & Finance 10th
Geology 12th
Medicine 12th
Business & Management Studies 13th
English 15th
Music 15th
Theology & Religious Studies 15th
Anthropology 16th
History of Art 16th
Economics 17th
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 19th
Anatomy & Physiology 20th
Geography & Environmental Science 20th
Pharmacology 20th
History 22nd
Chemical Engineering 23th
Mathematics 24th
Psychology 25th
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide
Theology & Religious Studies 6th
Law 7th
Civil Engineering 7th
Medicine 9th
Linguistics 11th
Sport Science 11th
Education 12th
History of Art, Architecture and Design 12th
General Engineering 12th
Pharmacology and Pharmacy 12th
Music 13th
English 14th
Anatomy & Physiology 14th
Geology 14th
Anthropology 15th
Philosophy 15th
Economics 20th
Chemical Engineering 22nd
Business Studies 24th
Guardian University League Table
Dentistry 1st
Medicine 2nd
Anthropology 4th
Sociology 7th
Law 9th
Anatomy & Physiology 12th
Physics 14th
General Engineering 14th
Earth & Marine Sciences 20th
Pharmacy & Pharmacology 21st
Computer Science & Information Systems 24th