Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK and has been ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2023 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. There are five Nobel Prizes associated with the University across medicine, nutrition, chemistry, and physics with new ground-breaking research and innovation continuing to this day. The university was awarded the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for research and teaching in Soil Science in 2021.
Facilities include the Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and an Aquatic Centre. There are also four libraries, including the university's main Sir Duncan Rice Library, home to over one million books and special collections. The Sir Duncan Rice Library was named one of the most beautiful in the world (CEOWORLD magazine, 2016). The university's new, state-of-the-art Science Teaching Hub opened in early 2022, providing specialist teaching, training, and learning facilities for students across a number of disciplines including chemistry, medical sciences and biological sciences.
Aberdeen is one of the safest and most affordable student cities in the UK. It is a city rich in culture and history and surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastlines. Attractions include theatres, museums and art galleries, the picturesque old fishing village of Footdee, city centre shopping, sports, outdoor pursuits, festivals and lots more.
The university has three campuses King's College and Foresterhill Medical Campus in Aberdeen, and one in Doha, Qatar, and welcomes a diverse community of over 14,000 students from 130 nationalities. It also runs an international exchange programme with partner universities globally, as well as extensive online learning offering, allowing students the flexibility to set their own study hours, and take short courses that stack into postgraduate qualifications.