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University of Aberdeen

2016 League Table Ranking 40
2016 Overall Score 733
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Entry Standards 445 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.97 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,457 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.95 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 638 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 74.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 84.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 77.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 49.6 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest university, founded in 1495.
  • First chair of medicine in the English-speaking world.
  • Five Nobel prizes have been awarded for work begun or carried out at Aberdeen.

Location and Transport

  • Aberdeen is a vibrant, creative and ambitious city, famous for its historic charm, a thriving economy and cosmopolitan community.
  • Voted Scotland’s safest university city.
  • The city is large enough to give the big city feel, but small enough for you to easily find your way around and make friends.
  • Based in the heart of one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, Aberdeen has something for everyone – our location means you can find yourself travelling from the busy city centre of Europe’s Energy Capital to awe-inspiring countryside and coastlines in no time at all.
  • Communication and travel links are excellent, with global air, rail and road connections, Aberdeen is easily reachabled from anywhere in the UK within an hour and a half. Local transport services offer a reliable and regular service throughout Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

Entry Standards

  • Full details of entry requirements can be found in Aberdeen's online prospectus.

Student Mix

The 13,825 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • As a result of an extensive review of the curriculum, since 2010 undergraduate students at the University of Aberdeen have a more flexible degree structure which retains all the quality and depth of the traditional Scottish degree and adds further benefits.
  • The university provides the opportunity to choose new cross-disciplinary courses focused on real world problems or sustained study in a language or business.
  • There are now even more opportunities to broaden your experience and skills through a wide range of optional activities overseen by the university, such as study overseas, work placements and voluntary work.
  • The university provides over 550 first degree programmes on offer across three colleges. Students are encouraged to tailor-make their degree programme to suit their interests and ambitions, and every student has an academic adviser to provide guidance.

Teaching Standards

  • 89% of subjects rated excellent/highly satisfactory.
  • Scotland’s top medical school.
  • The university has been praised by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for the quality of relationships between students and staff.

Research Standards

  • Aberdeen has a long and distinguished research history
  • The university has a leading track record in pioneering discoveries which have changed the way people think, work and learn throughout the world in the fields of medicine, science and humanities.
  • 90% of our research has been judged as being of international quality and over half of this has been classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. 

Academic Strengths

  • More than 500 years of academic excellence.
  • Within the three colleges of Arts and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences and Medicine, many degree programmes have been rated either the best in Scotland or in the top ten in the UK by numerous league tables.
  • Particular strengths lie in the university's founding disciplines of Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Education, Divinity and Law.

Student Facilities

  • The University's brand new Aquatics Centre opened to the public in May 2014. This Olympic-standard centre provides the area’s first 50m training and competition pool and separate diving pool. The facility is set to host various national and international competitions, and has already hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games Water Polo Championships.
  • The university’s main library – the Sit Duncan Rice Library – contains over a million volumes, more than 300,000 e-books and 21,000 journals. The library also hosts a series of events, presentations and exhibitions throughout the year.
  • The university has one of the largest Wi-Fi campuses in Europe.

Disability Services

  • Visit our website to find out about disability services at the University of Aberdeen.
  • Telephone +44 (0)1224 273935, fax +44 (0)1224 273569, or email

Students' Union

  • Visit our website to discover more about the Aberdeen University Students' Association and the 150 student societies.


  • The Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) is one of the leading sports facilities in the North East of Scotland. It is open to students, staff and the public with facilities for athletics, football, swimming, hockey, squash, martial arts and boxing.
  • The Sports Village provides access to a 400m running track, a huge sports hall (equivalent to 9 badminton courts), a full-sized indoor football pitch, an indoor athletics area, a hockey pitch, squash courts, a state of the art fitness suite, various exercise studios, a performance and wellbeing centre, café and crèche
  • Additional services provided at the ASV include chiropractic, physiotherapy and sports massage clinics, among others.
  • £22-million Aquatics Centre which features a 10-lane 50-metre pool and a 25-metre pool complete with full international standard diving facilities.
  • Over 50 sports clubs on offer for the amateur, novice or professional athlete.
  • There are a number of sports bursaries available.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Plenty of part-time work available. The Students' Association runs a Joblink service, which advertises vacancies specifically for students.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Service aims to provide students and graduates with the advice and information they need to support their career planning. Find out more about the careers service.


For further information

  • +44 (0)1224 272000
  • Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
    Directorate of Student Life
    University of Aberdeen
    The Hub
    Elphinstone Road
    King's College
    Aberdeen, AB24 3TU
UCAS Code A20

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