Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest university, and the fifth most ancient in the whole United Kingdom.
Much of the original King's College still stands today, a famous historic landmark beloved of generations of students, academics, and local people who are, inspired by the finest examples of medieval and Renaissance craftwork remaining anywhere in Scotland.
Over the centuries our graduates and scholars have changed the world in many fields of human endeavour. Their legacy and inspiration lives on today in our wide-ranging museum collections, and in our uniquely-rich historic collections and archives, soon to be available to a wide audience in our new University library.
The University of Aberdeen is committed to becoming one of the top 100 world-leading universities, with a unique role developed over 500 years as ‘the global university of the north’.
We aim to be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a broad-based university that delivers innovative and excellent teaching and research. We are committed to positive change, to celebrating culture, to embracing enterprise, and to pioneering new ideas and inventions.
The University is at the forefront in many areas of arts and social sciences, in science, computing, engineering and technology, and in ground-breaking disciplines focused firmly on the 21st century, such as Bio-Medical Computing Science. 91% of our graduates walk into good jobs, research posts or further study within six months of graduating. Our Postgraduate opportunities are also outstanding.
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