Fast Facts

  • King's CollegeScottish University of the Year 2019 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • Scotland's third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK, founded 1495
  • Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the University of Aberdeen
  • Community of 130 nationalities, with over 15,000 students: 43% men and 57% women
  • Aberdeen is the second most ‘affordable student city’ in the UK (Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index 2017)
  • One of the largest wireless campuses in Europe
  • Engineering and Technology graduates earn the highest salaries in the UK (DfE LEO dataset, June 2017. Median UK salary 5 years after graduation.)
  • Rated top in the UK in REF14 for environmental and soil science research
  • Top 45 in the world for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies, top 100 for Anthropology, Archaeology, and Environmental Sciences (2018 QS World University Rankings by subject)
  • 76% of research assessed through the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF14) is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • Outstanding sports facilities include Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatic Centre

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