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King’s College Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK.

Teaching and research is primarily based at our Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill campuses. Arts, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and the main University library are located in Old Aberdeen. The majority of Life Sciences and Medicine is based at Foresterhill.

The University of Aberdeen has climbed into the Top 20 in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2021, and in the top 180 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)

University of Aberdeen has a community of more than 130 nationalities, with 15,000 students, including Five Nobel Laureates associated with the University of Aberdeen. The University has developed Global international networks with a campus in Qatar, Alliance with Curtin University and Partnerships in Sri Lanka

At subject level, Aberdeen’s are ranked within the UK Top 10:

  • 1st for Dentistry
  • 2nd for Medicine
  • 7th for Physics
  • 9th for Computing Science
  • 10th for Law
  • 10th for Music
  • 10th for Sports Science
  • 10th for Sociology

With 525 years of history the University of Aberdeen has celebrated lots of incredible milestones. Watch some of them below.

Old Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland’s third largest city, grew out of two distinct communities – New Aberdeen and Old Aberdeen. Monks and scholars, traders and travellers settled round Old Aberdeen in the area where 14th century St Machar’s Cathedral still stands and where Kings College, the forerunner to Aberdeen University, was founded by Bishop Elphinstone in 1495.

Today, quaint Old Aberdeen, where cobbled roads still run through the heart of the area, is one of Aberdeen’s favourite hidden gems. Step back in time as you visit the historic sites mentioned above and walk through the characteristic Chanory before visiting the Cruickshank Botanic Garden. Discover the University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum and make some time to also appreciate the old perfectly blended with the new as you admire the architecturally distinctive Sir Duncan Rice Library. Finally, go on an adventure through Seaton Park and visit the Brig o’ Balgownie, believed to date back to the late 13th or early 14th century.


Faculty List

  • Divinity, History and Philosophy
  • Education
  • Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
  • Law
  • Social Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Natural and Computing Sciences
Locations:Aberdeen, Scotland
Student Population:14,775
Campus locations:
  • Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen (Main Campus)
  • Foresterhill, Aberdeen
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