University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is today at the forefront of teaching, learning and discovery, as it has been for 500 years. As the ‘global university of the north’, we have consistently sent pioneers and ideas outward to every part of the world. We are an ambitious, research-driven university with a global outlook, committed to excellence in everything we do.Founded in 1495, as Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK

  • Capital expenditure 1999-2009 totalled 229 million, with a further 148 million to be invested in infrastructure to 2019.
  • Annual turnover in excess of 200 million per annum
  • Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the University of Aberdeen
  • Student community representing 120 nationalities
  • 16,000 students: 46% men 54% women, and 19% mature undergraduates
  • High quality teaching – with over 89% subjects rated Excellent / Highly Satisfactory
  • Over 600 first degree programmes and more than 140 taught Masters programmes
  • Study abroad opportunities worldwide
  • 97% graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months
  • Teaching organised in three colleges: College of Life Sciences & Medicine, College of Physical Sciences, and College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Over 3,000 staff – of whom 1,400 are academic
  • Research income trebled in the last decade
  • Aberdeen physicists and clinicians were first in the world to scan a patient’s body using MRI
  • Strong track record in commercialising research – with over 400 patents pending and 21 spin-off companies
  • Wireless access across the whole campus, and strategy to continually improve student accommodation and facilities
  • Libraries with over a million volumes, priceless historic material, and seven museum collections recognised as nationally important
  • Over 150 sports clubs and societies, and the Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village which opened summer 2009
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