Overall Summary
  • The UK REF2014 is the largest assessment of University research in the world.
  • 76% of the University's research has been rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014)

Table of Results

The full results for the University's submissions are listed below.*

Arts and Social Sciences
Unit of Assessment FTE Category A staff 4* 3* 2* 1* U
16 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning 10.4 39 47 12 2 0
18 Economics and Econometrics 19.25 3 51 37 9 0
19 Business and Management Studies 13.3 31 42 25 2 0
20 Law 23.4 15 49 33 3 0
21 Politics and International Studies 11.2 7 43 37 13 0
23 Sociology 13 14 58 28 0 0
24 Anthropology and Development Studies 11 23 35 37 5 0
25 Education 9.6 8 59 29 4 0
28 Modern Languages and Linguistics 22 21 41 26 12 0
29 English Language and Literature 21.5 31 62 7 0 0
30 History 24 26 44 29 1 0
32 Philosophy 13.25 31 31 20 18 0
33 Theology and Religious Studies 19 29 39 24 7 1
35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts 11.36 15 51 23 8 3
Life Sciences and Medicine
Unit of Assessment FTE Category A staff 4* 3* 2* 1* U
01 Clinical Medicine 54.3 25 42 31 1 1
02 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care 47.5 34 47 19 0 0
04 Psychology, Psychiatry an Neuroscience 20.6 29 65 6 0 0
05 Biological Sciences 89.42 30 53 16 0 1
06 Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science 20.4 56 36 8 0

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Physical Sciences
Unit of Assessment FTE Category A staff 4* 3* 2* 1* U
07 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences 28.4 18 71 10 1 0
08 Chemistry 20.2 14 66 20 0 0
10 Mathematical Sciences 23.1 14 62 24 0 0
11 Computer Science and Informatics 19 22 52 26 0 0
15 General Engineering 38.6 12 70 18 0 0
16 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning 10.4 39 47 12 2 0
17 Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology 13.4 13 53 32 2 0

*Results downloaded from http://ref2014tool.analytics.elsevier.com/overall/internal_results
REF 2014 Results Analysis Tool is developed by Elsevier Analytical Services, part of Elsevier Research Intelligence Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Scotland Excellence Performance

Top in Scotland for Performance

(4*+3* research ratings combined)

  • 1st in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
  • 1st in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (Geology and Geosciences)

Top in Scotland for Impact

  • 1st in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
  • 1st in Business and Management
  • 1st in Chemistry
  • 1st in Divinity
  • 1st in Geosciences
  • 1st in History

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UK Excellence Performance

Top in the UK for Performance

  • 1st in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science (Soil and Environmental Science)

(4*+3* research ratings combined)

  • 2nd in the UK for English Language and Literature
  • 3rd in the UK for Psychology and Psychiatry
  • 5th in the UK for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Property and Transport)

UK Outstanding Impact

For the first time research was rated in terms of real world impact.

  • 85% of all submissions rated 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' for impact (4*+3*)
  • 1st (joint) in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science (Soil and Environmental Science)
  • 2nd in the UK for Business and Management Studies
  • 2nd in the UK for History

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RAE 2008

Research Assessment Excercise 2008


World Leading

  • 89% of Aberdeen’s research activity is of international quality
  • 55% is world leading or internationally excellent. (4* and 3*)
  • All of our 33 submissions have activity rated as world leading or internationally excellent

1st in the UK

  • 1st for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies
  • 1st equal for Health Services Research

Outstanding Performance

  • Almost three quarters of our staff were submitted to units where at least half of the research activity was rated as world leading or internationally excellent (70%+)
  • Computer Science and Informatics (70%)
  • Health Services Research (80%)
  • Other Hospital Based Clinical Subjects (75%)
  • Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies (80%)