The University has an outstanding history of pioneering discoveries which have changed thinking and practice in medicine, science, arts and humanities over five centuries.


How do University of Aberdeen researchers address the world’s greatest challenges and communicate their work to the wider public? 

REF 2014

In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) internationally leading research was recognised in all academic disciplines.

76% of the University's research has been rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' 

The University of Aberdeen was rated 1st in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science (Soil and Environmental Science). 


Research and Innovation (R&I) consists of a team of specialist advisors dedicated to maximising the University's research income, identifying intellectual property opportunities and successfully exploiting innovative ideas. 

R&I are the first point of contact for business, facilitating access to the University's expertise for Consultancy and Continuing Professional Development.

Research at the University of Aberdeen continues to have a measurable impact on the world, often exceeding expectations and making contributions of great significance to society. Our recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results showed that overall 76% of our assessed research was world leading or internationally excellent. With respect to the impact of this research, 85% was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.


Our Research Goals are:

  • To strengthen our position as a world-class, research-intensive university
  • To increase our global research impact through knowledge exchange, working with industry, business and society