Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures


2nd in Scotland, Wales and N Ireland for student satisfaction in The National Student Survey 2024

Top 20

Ranked 12th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024 and 19th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024


Awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for research and teaching in Soil Science

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Historic 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide (UK) 40 26 27 27 20 19 19  
Guardian University League Table (UK) 46 51 34 20 20 13 12  
Complete University Guide (UK) 40 28 29 26 38 37 35 41
Times Higher Education (UK) 28 22 25 25 22 25 26  
Times Higher Education (World) 185 158 168 178 158 192 201-250  
QS World Rankings (UK) 24 27 28 28 28 27 29 30
QS World Rankings (World) 158 172 194 207 205 220 208 236
Shanghai Rankings (UK) =22 =22 =21 =21 =22 =21    
Shanghai Rankings (World) 201-300 201-300 201-300 201-300 201-300 201-300    

Subject Rankings

Guardian University Guide 2024
Medicine 1st
Anthropology and archaeology 4th
Physics 6th
Accounting & Finance 7th
International Relations 7th
Pharmacy & Pharmacology 8th
Politics 9th
Sports Science 9th
Chemical Engineering 10th
Business and Management 11th
Zoology 11th
Languages & Linguistics 12th
Earth & Marine Sciences 13th
Chemistry 13th
Sociology & Social Policy 14th
English 16th
Law 16th
Psychology 20th
Economics 21st
Music 22nd
History 33rd
Geography 44th
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
Anatomy and Physiology 1st
Anthropology 7th
Medicine 7th
Sports Science 7th
English 8th
Geology 8th
Law 9th
Chemical Engineering 12th
Pharmacology and Pharmacy 12th
Sociology 13th
General Engineering 14th
Geography and Environmental Science 14th
French 15th
Iberian Languages 15th
Philosophy 15th
Education 17th
Music 18th
Business, management and marketing 19th
History 19th
Accounting and Finance 20th
Politics 20th
Mechanical Engineering 21st
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 25th
Psychology 25th
The Complete University Guide 2025
Theology & Religious Studies 2nd
Linguistics 4th
Anthropology 7th
Sports Science 8th
Biomedical Sciences 11th
General Engineering 11th
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 13th
Law 17th
Geology 19th
Medicine 19th
Accounting & Finance 23rd
Chemical Engineering 24th
Education 24th
Geography & Environmental Science 24th
Leiden Rankings 2022

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

Scientific Impact

Ranked 43rd in the UK for the scientific impact of its research.

Research Collaboration

The University is ranked 19th in the UK for collaborative research that takes place with partners across the world.

Open Access Publishing

The University is ranked 56th in the world for the number of Open Access publications. 84% of publications by University of Aberdeen researchers are Open Access.

Research Gender Diversity

This year, the university is ranked 13th in the UK for gender diversity. The University has consistently been ranked highly in the UK for the gender diversity of its researchers.