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University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

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University of Aberdeen History

The University of Aberdeen is a public research-focused university in, Scotland. It is an ancient university founded in 1495 when William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen, petitioned Pope Alexander VI on behalf of James IV, King of Scots to create King's College. This makes it Scotland's third-oldest university (after the University of St. Andrews and the University of Glasgow) and fifth-oldest in the English-speaking world. The university as it is today was formed in 1860 by a merger between King's College (which had always referred to itself as the University of Aberdeen) and Marischal College, a second university founded in 1593 in Aberdeen city centre as a Protestant alternative to Kings College. Today, the University of Aberdeen is consistently ranked among the top 150 universities in the world and is one of two universities in Aberdeen today (the other is The Robert Gordon University).

Student Makeup

As of 2009/10 the university had around 14,000 students, of which 3900 were postgraduates. Students represented 120 different countries with about 46% men, 54% women. Of all of undergraduates, 19% were mature students (i.e. aged 25 years or more). The university has more than 590 different undergraduate degree programmes and more than 110 postgraduate taught programmes.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Find out where University of Aberdeen ranks in this year's Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The overall world top 200 rankings for this year, the banded lists of a further 200 "best of the rest" universities, and the six university league tables showing the top 50 institutions for this year.

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Guardian University Guide League Tables

Discover where University of Aberdeen ranks in The Guardian's comprehensive for this year's UK university guide featuring university league tables, university rankings for every subject.

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The Complete University Guide

The total score calculated by The Complete University Guide is an independent and trusted methodology comprising the four measures listed in the University League Table for this year. Find out where University of Aberdeen appears in the rankings.

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