The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495; five Nobel Laureates are associated with the university, and 75% of its research was recently classed as internationally excellent (REF 2014). 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.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In a town


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: A20

League Table Scores

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

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

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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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    4.08 / 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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    77.0 / 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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    85.4 / 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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    89.6 / 100.0

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 69%
  • EU 19%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Services and Facilities


  • The university's £57 million Sir Duncan Rice Library opened in 2012. Its eight floors house the largest of the university's modern collections – including Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences, and historic collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the Special Collections Centre on the lower ground floor.

Student jobs

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

Careers advice

  • 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. 

Counselling services

  • The university's Student Counselling Service offers short-term counselling provision; in addition it can signpost students to longer-term or specialist support, as appropriate.
  • The Student Advice and Support team offers impartial and confidential advice and support on a range of issues, including finance, disabilities and specific learning differences, visa and immigration matters, mental health and well-being, and more.

Disability support

  • The Disability Service provides advice, information and practical support to all students with a disability, impairment, medical or health condition, or specific learning difference such as dyslexia.

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.


  • 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.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Aberdeen has its own tartan, created for its 500th anniversary celebrations in 1992.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 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.


Student Recruitment and Admissions Service, Directorate of Student Life, University Office, University of Aberdeen, Regent Walk, Aberdeen, AB24 3FX