University of Aberdeen

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.97 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.73 / 1.00
  • 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
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is in the top 1% of the world's universities. Over 96% of graduates enter into work or further study within 6 months, and more than 75% of the university's research is classed as internationally excellent. Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan city, with first-class sport and leisure facilities, a vibrant nightlife, miles of sandy beaches, and easy access to nearby hills and countryside.

Entry Requirements

  • Aberdeen's minimum entry requirements have been set at a level to encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, whilst meeting high academic standards.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Methods

  • How students are taught depends on the degree programme, but could involve a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, workshops, seminars and fieldwork. 
  • Likewise, assessment may involve coursework, practical assessments and written examinations.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Students can choose from nearly 400 first degree programmes, most lasting 4 years.
  • Global networks offer students the opportunity to make an international experience part of their degree.
  • The university doesn’t limit studies to a specific subject, department or school, allowing students to change direction as their interests, passions and ambitions develop.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The university’s main library – the Sir Duncan Rice Library – contains over a million volumes, more than 300,000 e-books and over 21,000 journals. It has been named one of the top 20 'spellbinding' university libraries in the world (The Independent, 2013).
  • Aberdeen has one of the largest wireless campuses in Europe.

Disability Services

  • The Student Support Service offers friendly, expert information and advice to ensure that every student, regardless of their support needs, has access to all they require to fulfil their academic potential.

Students' Union

  • Aberdeen University Students' Association (AUSA) is made up of over 150 sports clubs and societies, offering something for every student.
  • Situated in the heart of the King’s College campus, the AUSA building hosts a bar, convenience store, computer cluster and food outlets. Also located in the same building is the careers service, the international team and student support.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Aberdeen University Students’ Association’s (AUSA) Student Advice Centre helps students to find part-time and vacation work.

Careers Guidance

  • The University of Aberdeen is in the top 5 UK universities for graduate employment, with over 96% of graduates in work and/or further study within 6 months of finishing (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2016). 
  • The Careers Service supports students and graduates to make informed choices about their future, and assists students to gain work experience and placements relevant to their studies, enhancing their employability.
  • In addition to careers education, information and guidance, the service also delivers a range of co-curricular initiatives, including: career mentoring, work placements, work-based projects, the STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Award and enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Student Mix

14,002 students in 2015–16:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%


  • UK 70%
  • EU 18%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%


  • The University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK, founded in 1495.
  • The university began with just 36 staff and students but today welcomes a student population of around 14,000.
  • Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the University of Aberdeen.

Notable Alumni

  • Nicky Campbell – journalist and broadcaster, BBC.
  • Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP – former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • Iain Glen – actor, with credits including Game of Thrones and the Resident Evil series.
  • Anthony Hilton – Financial Editor, London Evening Standard.
  • Dr Adrian Ivinson – Executive Director, BWH Institute for the Neurosciences, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center.
  • Richard Klein – former Controller of BBC4 and Head of Factual at ITV.
  • Lord Frank Mulholland CBE – QC, Lord Advocate for Scotland.
  • The Hon A Gail Prudenti – former Supreme Court Justice, New York State.
  • Lady Susan Rice CBE – former Chairman and Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Scotland plc.
  • Ali Smith CBE FRSL – author.

Further Details

Address Student Recruitment and Admissions Service Directorate of Student Life University Office University of Aberdeen Regent Walk Aberdeen AB24 3FX
UCAS Code A20