University of Aberdeen

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.97 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.00 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    76.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    84.3 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    77.9 / 100.0


  • The University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK, founded in 1495.
  • First chair of medicine in the English-speaking world.
  • Five Nobel laureates are associated with the University of 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.
  • Aberdeen city is large enough to give the big city feel, but small enough to feel instantly at home.
  • A World Energy City and the Energy Capital of Europe.
  • Beautiful Aberdeenshire offers unrivalled opportunities for sports and outdoor activities.
  • Communication and travel links are excellent, with global air, rail and road connections across the UK.
  • Regular flights of just over an hour to London.
  • North East Scotland consistently rated ideal environment in which to live and work (Mercers global rankings).

Entry Requirements

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

Student Mix

The 14,035 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%


  • UK 72%
  • EU 17%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Course Flexibility

  • As a result of an extensive review of the curriculum, since 2010 undergraduate students at 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 cross-disciplinary courses focused on real world problems or sustained study in a language, business, computing, or conservation and environment.
  • 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 and our Business School. 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, and in its most recent Enhancement Led Institutional Review of the university awarded us the highest level of confirmation that the university has effective arrangements for managing academic standards and the student learning.

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.
  • 76% 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

  • The university is ranked consistently among the top 1% of the world's universities.
  • 55th out of 750 world universities (top university in Scotland) for research appearing in the top 10% of international journals), CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015
  • 76% of research assessed through the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF14) is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
  • Rated top in the UK in REF14 for environmental and soil science research.
  • Within the three colleges of Arts and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences and Medicine, and the Business School, 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 medical and life sciences, health services research, psychology and environmental sciences; business and management studies, languages and literature, divinity and history; geosciences, mathematical sciences and engineering.
  • Region boasts the highest concentration of health and life scientists anywhere in Europe.
  • 6th in the UK for success in commercialising research through spinout companies (latest Praxis Unico survey).


Undergraduate Courses

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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 and is ranked in the top 10 for 'spell-binding university libraries in the world' (The Independent).
  • One of the largest wireless campuses in Europe, and strategy to continually improve student accommodation and facilities.

Disability Services

  • Visit our website to find out about disability services at the University of Aberdeen.

Students' Union

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

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 University of Aberdeen Careers Service is committed to the provision of quality services to all of our users – students, academics, alumni and employers. Our aim is to enable students and graduates to make informed choices about their future and to reach their full potential.
  • To complement our careers education, information and guidance provision the service also delivers a range of co-curricular initiatives, which include: career mentoring, work placements, work-based projects, the STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Award and enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • There is an increasing focus from students, parents and employers on the employability of graduates leaving university, and also a recognition that employability is achieved through a combination of provision within the curriculum, co-curriculum and with the professional support from the University’s Careers Service.
  • Since the Curriculum Reform Project the Careers Service has been at the forefront in developing a modern, relevant and evidence-based service. We provide trusted and impartial advice giving students real employment experiences that work alongside academic programmes and are tailored to our institutional culture.
  • Careers Service staff are professionally qualified, engaged with business and up-to date. Communication across the differing cultures of academia and business is essential in providing a leading service.

Notable Alumni

  • Nicky Campbell, journalist and broadcaster, BBC
  • Iain Glen, actor
  • Tony Hilton, Financial Editor, Evening Standard
  • Richard Klein, Controller of BBC4
  • Faith Liddell, Director of Edinburgh Festivals
  • Magnus Linklater, journalist
  • Laura Main, actress (Call the Midwife)
  • Ali Smith, author
  • Sir Don Cruickshank, Chairman of the London Stock Exchange (2000–2003)
  • Campbell Gemmell, Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Martin Gilbert, CEO, Aberdeen Asset Management plc
  • Susan Rice, Chairman and Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Scotland plc
  • Frank Mulholland, QC, Lord Advocate for Scotland
  • The Hon A Gail Prudenti, Supreme Court Justice, New York State
  • Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages
  • Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs
  • Rt Hon Alistair Darling, MP (former Chancellor of the Exchequer)
  • Dr Adrian Ivinson, Director, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, Harvard Medical School

Further Details

Address 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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