Reputation and Rankings

Rankings have become an important factor in students’ determination about where to study. While the methodology and goodness of university rankings may be disputed, rankings be able to be a useful way for international students, but only alongside other factors including size, location, majors on offer and the ‘feel’ of the campus.

An Ancient Campus

The University of Aberdeen was established in 1495, make it the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest seminary of learning in the English-speaking world. Aberdeen is human being of seven Ancient Universities of Great Britain and Ireland, by with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of St Andrews, the University Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dublin.

The beauteous setting of our historic Old Aberdeen campus provides a diurnal reminder of our proud history and portion. This hidden gem of Scotland, which was recently named amongst the Top Ten Most Beautiful Historic Universities in the UK through QS Top Universities website, features numerous architectural treasures including King’s College, through its crown tower and chapel. Other greater attractions include the medieval St Machar’s Cathedral, the Brig o’ Balgownie and the 18th hundred Old Townhouse, which today houses undivided the University’s numerous museum collections.

The University has furthermore invested heavily in new teaching, examination and recreational facilities in recent years, including ut~ notably the £57 million Sir Duncan Rice Library, which was officially opened on 24th September 2012 ~ means of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

The library houses the largest of the University’s present collections over 7 floors as well in the same proportion that historic collections of rare books, manuscripts and registers in the Special Collections Centre in c~tinuance the Lower Ground Floor. The Danish-designed construction, presents a high tech contrast to the University’s historic campus and was freshly listed amongst the “20 Most Spellbinding University Libraries in the world” through the Independent newspaper.

Other recent additions hold the Aberdeen Sports Village and our repaired Aquatics Centre, which features an Olympic scale Swimming Pool and Diving Boom.

The literary institution campus is also home to a reckon of other fascinating curiosities, including the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, which features numerous varieties of plants, including a rose garden, arboretum, lawns and ponds stretching throughout 11 acres.

The University’s Zoology Museum is officially classified for the re~on that a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland and features displays from protozoa to the great whales, including taxidermy, skeletal material, study skins, fluid-preserved specimens and models.

Famous Scholars, beyond and present

Our students share a highminded sense of pride in our 500 year testimony of scholarship, which includes the act of eminent scholars such as:

Mathematician James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), who carried confused revolutionary work on electricity and power of attraction

Philosopher Thomas Reid, a leading play-actor behind the Scottish Enlightenment

Physicist Patrick Manson, the institutor of the field of Tropical Medicine and miscarry of the University of Hong Kong

Nobel Prize winner Frederick Soddy (1921), because of his work on radioactivity and isotopes

Nobel Prize winner JJR McLeod (1923) despite his research which led to insulin during the time that a treatment for diabetes

Professor Hans Kosterlitz of the University of Aberdeen is widely regarded as the discoverer of endorphins, the body’s possess natural opiates

Nobel Prize winner Sir George Paget Thomson (1937) who, in the same time with the American physicist C J Davisson, was awarded the Nobel reward “for their (independent) experimental making known of the diffraction of electrons by crystals”.

Nobel Prize winner Lord Boyd Orr (1947), in memory of his contribution to the worldwide unsheathe the sword against hunger.

Nobel Prize winner, Richard L M Synge (1952), on account of the invention of partition chromatography – a technique used in the analysis mixtures of similar chemicals that revolutionised analytical chemistry.

Professor John Mallard OBE, whose domain-breaking work at Aberdeen led to the progression in a continuously ascending gradation of the modern MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machinery

The Hon A Gail Prudenti, graduated in Law at Aberdeen and is very lately Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State.

Aberdeen alumni possess also made their mark abroad, including James Blair (1656-1743), fail and first President of the College of William and Mary in the USA, William Smith (1727-1803), the primary Provost of the University of Pennsylvania and Sir Kai Ho Kai, a fall of the University of Hong Kong.

Royal Connections

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles was formally installed viewed like Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen at a particular ceremony in June 2013. Dr Paul Mealor, Professor in Composition at the University of Aberdeen self-possessed the music for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.


The University of Aberdeen is ranked 79th in the universe in the CWTS Leiden Rankings.

The University of Aberdeen is ranked 137th in the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the upper side 1% of universities around the universe.

The University of Aberdeen is ranked 65th in the universe for Life Sciences in the THE World University Rankings, 2014.

According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the largest ~more survey of research in UK higher teaching institutions, 76% of our exploration is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The University of Aberdeen’s Medical School was ranked the numeral 1 medical school in Scotland ~ means of the Complete University Guide, 2014-15.

In the QS Subject Rankings 2015, the University of Aberdeen is ranked in the Top 100 in the cosmos for Agriculture & Forestry and Environmental Science, and in the Top 200 in the creation for English Language & Literature, History, Law, Philosophy, Geography, Civil & Structural Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacology, Education, and Earth & Marine Sciences

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