The University of Aberdeen, an ancient university founded in 1495, in Aberdeen, Scotland, is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities. It is the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest in the United Kingdom and wider English-speaking world, and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. The University features a large international community of students drawn from 120 different countries and has an excellent reputation for teaching quality and research. Flexibility and individuality are the University's real strengths. With over 600 first degree programmes on offer, students can mix, match and switch subjects as they discover new interests on route to their tailor-made degree. The University has numerous international connections with universities in North America and across Europe, affording students the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree. For postgraduate students, there are opportunities to undertake supervised research in all departments of the University, or choose from over 150 taught Masters programmes which are designed to meet the needs of the workplace in the 21st Century. 

Academics and graduates of the University include many distinguished and renowned figures of modern history, including physicist James Clerk Maxwell, Thomas Reid, the founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense, and an important figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, philosopher Robert Adamson and theologian William Robinson Clark. Five Nobel winners are also associated with the University.

The University is consistently ranked with the top 150 universities in the world and is highly respected worldwide, especially in the domains of natural sciences, technology, and law.


Halls of residence are managed by the University. Two large concentrations of University accommodation are provided on the campus in Old Aberdeen, consisting of Crombie-Johnston Halls (both individual but sister halls) and King's Halls of Residence, and a short distance away the Hillhead Halls Of Residence site, where there is a social centre with porters, catering, sports and computer facilities, in addition to on-site launderettes, a bar and a shop.

Colleges and Schools

Teaching at the University of Aberdeen is organised across three colleges which encompass a broad range of disciplines in academic schools.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students benefit by being taught by academic staff who are active in research, many involved in international collaborations at the forefront of discovery in their respective discipline, focused on finding answers to the issues facing our society and economy today.