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 or close to the centre of 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

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%

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

  • Part time work is advertised via Aberdeen University Student's Association (AUSA) and the careers service within the university.
  • Opportunities exist across tutoring, care, administrative and office work, advertising, research, hospitality and retail in the city and beyond.

Careers advice

  • The university’s careers service provides full careers guidance sessions either in person or online to support employment options, enterprise and mentoring
  • Careers fairs and support information is available online to assist with CVs and interviews and in campus events and workshops.
  • There information about working overseas, vacation work, internships and placements plus voluntary work in the city and shire.

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

  • Disability advisors offer support in areas such as mobility, examinations and timings and learning methods.
  • The university provides training on assistive technology software and hardware to enable access to ClaroRead Cloud, Braille printing and computers with assistive technology.
  • There is parking on site for disabled students and online services for students to support different abilities. Offsite advisors can help with accommodation needs and other requirements.

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 was founded in 1495 by Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland William Elphinstone, this makes it Scotland's third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK.
  • There have been five Nobel Prize winners as a result of research at the university including the discovery of insulin.

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


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