The University has an outstanding history of pioneering discoveries which have changed thinking and practice in medicine, science, arts and humanities over five centuries. The University supports and promotes research excellence in all its many forms.

World class universities are about creating and using knowledge to make a difference. The University of Aberdeen achieves this by bringing together excellent students, staff and external partners to identify and address key issues of the day.

Research Strategy

Research is enhanced through a strategy that stresses:

Research Excellence

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

For postgraduate students, Aberdeen offers a stimulating, supportive and inspiring environment working alongside world-leading researchers. They benefit from working with some of the research leaders in their field, top-class facilities, extensive training and development, and the outstanding quality of life and leisure for which north-east Scotland is famed. Further details about our research activity is available through our College websites: