Universities in Scotland
- Rankings & Reviews -

Scotland
19 out of 20
  • Universities in Scotland
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
47
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Scotland
  • (38 institution and 9 subject rankings)
46
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Scotland
  • Among TOP 200

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Scotland

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Scotland
  • 22 Jun, 2022: Publication of CWTS Leiden Ranking. The University of Edinburgh with highest ranking among universities in Scotland ranked #108.
  • 16 Jun, 2022: New edition of Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions by Subject (Life Sciences). 3 universities in Scotland ranked.
  • 16 Jun, 2022: Latest Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions from Nature Index. 5 universities from Scotland appear in this ranking.
  • 13 Jun, 2022: CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject (Geography & Environmental Science) updated with University of Dundee ranked highest among 413 listed universities in Scotland.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Scotland

Philosophy
#1 
University of St Andrews
Nursing
#1 
The University of Edinburgh
Food Science
#1 
University of Glasgow
Film Production & Photography
#1 
University of Glasgow
Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations
#1 
Edinburgh Napier University
Computer Science & Information Systems
#1 
University of St Andrews
Sports Science
#1 
The University of Edinburgh
Education
#1 
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
English
#1 
University of St Andrews
Design & Crafts
#2 
The University of Edinburgh

Rankings of universities in Scotland 2022

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (1366 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #13 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #1 
  • #30 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #12 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (402 reviews)
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  • #1 
  • #1 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #1 
  • #3 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (2514 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #12 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #86 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #11 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]



Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (244 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #20 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #158 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #20 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (576 reviews)
  • #4 
  • #17 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #18 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (494 reviews)
  • #7 
  • #35 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #31 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (819 reviews)
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  • #6 
  • #30 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #7 
  • #36 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (466 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #41 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #49 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (187 reviews)
  • #9 
  • #57 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #73 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (197 reviews)
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  • #10 
  • #60 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #69 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (299 reviews)
  • #11 
  • #62 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #83 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (149 reviews)
  • #12 
  • #66 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #85 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2022]


Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (17 reviews)
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  • #14 
  • #110 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #120 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (196 reviews)
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  • #13 
  • #94 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 17 September, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #88 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #108 
CUG The Complete University Guide - UK
[Published 13 June, 2022]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (6 reviews)
  • #7 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #2294 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 15 December, 2021]
  • #1 
  • #119 
THE Young University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 15 February, 2022]


Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (19 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #478 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 04 April, 2022]
  • #11 
  • #1812 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 25 April, 2022]
  • #12 
  • #1772 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 15 December, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (1184 reviews)
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  • #17 
  • #6710 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]


Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (47 reviews)
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  • #18 
  • #8123 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]


#19

City of Glasgow College

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (17 reviews)
  • #19 
  • #9003 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]

#20

Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (149 reviews)

Scotland Key Facts for International Students

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The University of Edinburgh ranks #1 in Scotland in our meta ranking composed of 123 university rankings.

Among all universities in Scotland The University of Edinburgh is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 52 rankings where The University of Edinburgh is listed.

University of St Andrews is ranked best in Scotland for Social Studies & Humanities (Philosophy). See all rankings for the University of St Andrews.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked best in Scotland for Medicine & Health (Nursing). See all rankings for the The University of Edinburgh.

University of Glasgow is ranked best in Scotland for Agriculture (Food Science). See all rankings for the University of Glasgow.

University of Glasgow is ranked best in Scotland for Arts Visual & Performing (Film Production & Photography). See all rankings for the University of Glasgow.

Edinburgh Napier University is ranked best in Scotland for Journalism & Media Studies (Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations). See all rankings for the Edinburgh Napier University.

University of St Andrews is ranked best in Scotland for Computer Science (Computer Science & Information Systems). See all rankings for the University of St Andrews.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked best in Scotland for Sports Science (Sports Science). See all rankings for the The University of Edinburgh.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is ranked best in Scotland for Education (Education). See all rankings for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

University of St Andrews is ranked best in Scotland for Languages & Literature (English). See all rankings for the University of St Andrews.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked best in Scotland for Design (Design & Crafts). See all rankings for the The University of Edinburgh.

University of St Andrews is ranked best in Scotland for Natural Sciences (Physics). See all rankings for the University of St Andrews.

University of St Andrews is ranked best in Scotland for Mathematics (Mathematics). See all rankings for the University of St Andrews.

Heriot-Watt University is ranked best in Scotland for Engineering (Chemical Engineering). See all rankings for the Heriot-Watt University.

Heriot-Watt University is ranked best in Scotland for Architecture, Building & Planning (Building). See all rankings for the Heriot-Watt University.

University of Glasgow is ranked best in Scotland for Law (Law). See all rankings for the University of Glasgow.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Young University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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The Guardian News and Media Limited

Criteria used in ranking -The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table:
Student to Staff Ratio 15%
Value added 15%
Entry Scores 15%
Career Prospects 15%
NSS - Teaching 10%
NSS - Assessment & Feedback 10%

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The Times and The Sunday Times

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The University League Tables

Criteria used in ranking -CUG The Complete University Guide - UK:
Entry standards
Student satisfaction
Research quality
Research intensity
Graduate prospects
Student-staff ratio
Academic services spend
Facilities spend
Good honours
Degree completion

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe:
Patent volume 11.11%
Patent success 11.11%
Global patents 11.11%
Patent citations 11.11%
Percent of patents cited / Patent citation impact 11.11%
Patent to Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11.11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11.11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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