People making a difference

Since 1495 the University of Aberdeen has been serving society, sharing our knowledge, people and ideas, and celebrating our place at the heart of the North-east of Scotland.

With over 14,500 students from more than 130 countries, Aberdeen is the third oldest university in Scotland and fifth in the United Kingdom, and we established the first chair in medicine in the English-speaking world in 1497.

Aberdeen scholars have led groundbreaking discoveries from Nobel prize-winning research on the isolation of insulin to the invention of the world’s first full-body MRI scanner and much more.

While our past has made us one of Scotland’s great, ancient universities, we are shaping our future as a global university to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

People are at the heart of everything we do from understanding life-threatening infectious diseases across the world to advancing interfaith relations.

Nowhere is our presence more vital and important than in America where our links reach back to its earliest days.