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University of Aberdeen

Since 1495, the University of Aberdeen has been open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others. We still have that purpose; it defines our actions and underpins our ethos. We have been at the forefront of teaching, learning, and discovery for over 500 years, sending out pioneers and ideas across the world. Established with international connections to serve the northeast of Scotland, our university is a global presence in higher education. We continue to pursue our foundational purpose through excellence in our core activities of education and research, which transform the world around us.

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A Scottish university withinternational connections

The University of Aberdeen was founded with international connections and we remain open to people and ideas from around the world. We continue to extend our networks and partnerships globally and we’re proud to be part of the Aurora network of Universities, tackling societal challenges facing the world today. We are the first UK University to operate a dedicated campus in Qatar thanks to our unique partnership with AFG College.

We consistently rank highly for global outlook and the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021 listed us in the top 60 universities in the world in terms of positive impact on society. These rankings recognise universities for their social and economic impact under the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we feature in the global top 50 for 6 out of 17 goals.

Mission and vision

  • Inspiring career success for all through collaboration, innovation and professionalism
  • Exploring individuals’ career potential and enabling them to make informed career choices through flexible, approachable and effective careers education, information and guidance
  • Developing skills and attributes, confidence and experience through innovative co-curricular, work-related and educational activities
  • Connecting students, graduates and colleagues to regionally, nationally and globally  relevant organisations

Ranked in the top 20 of universities in the UK, and the top 180 in the World


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Throughout the centuries, our researchers have generated new insights in medicine, science and engineering, law, social sciences and arts and humanities. Their work has earned many honours and awards and has contributed to five Nobel prizes and over three-quarters of our research was classified ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 REF.

The University of Aberdeen is a world-leading research institution renowned for innovation, collaboration and international reach. We continue to provide ground-breaking research with real impact on society in our five key interdisciplinary areas:

  • Energy Transition
  • Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity
  • Environment and Biodiversity
  • Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing

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