Universities in Scotland
- Rankings & Reviews -

Scotland
17 out of 19
  • Universities in Scotland
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
26
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Scotland
  • (17 institution and 9 subject rankings)
27
  • 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
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. The University of Edinburgh with highest ranking among universities in Scotland ranked #63.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Latest QS World University Rankings By Subject (Classics & Ancient History) from British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK. 118 universities from Scotland appear in this ranking.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: New edition of UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities. 5 universities in Scotland ranked.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Publication of UniRank 4icu - World Ranking. The University of Edinburgh with highest ranking among universities in Scotland ranked #55.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Scotland

Politics
#1 
University of St Andrews
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
#1 
University of Strathclyde
Film Production & Photography
#1 
Edinburgh Napier University
Physics & Astronomy
#2 
University of St Andrews
Building
#2 
Heriot-Watt University
Civil Engineering
#2 
University of Glasgow
German
#2 
University of St Andrews
Agriculture, Forestry & Food
#3 
University of Abertay Dundee
Criminology
#3 
University of Stirling
Fashion & Textiles
#4 
The University of Edinburgh

Rankings of universities in Scotland 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (1358 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #17 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #13 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #30 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (394 reviews)
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  • #1 
  • #3 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #2 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (2485 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #14 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #12 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #92 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (237 reviews)
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  • #6 
  • #27 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #20 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #178 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (486 reviews)
  • #4 
  • #23 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #19 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (572 reviews)
  • #5 
  • #23 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #15 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (812 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #35 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #35 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (444 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #38 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #28 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (186 reviews)
  • #9 
  • #63 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #62 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (295 reviews)
  • #10 
  • #66 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #43 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #13 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (189 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #75 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #13 
  • #77 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #12 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (78 reviews)
  • #13 
  • #89 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #12 
  • #65 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #68 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 11 October, 2019]


Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (189 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #80 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #48 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #13 
  • #103 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 11 October, 2019]


Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (17 reviews)
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  • #14 
  • #116 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #120 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (6 reviews)
  • #8 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #1847 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (19 reviews)
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  • #14 
  • #510 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #1939 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #1771 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 15 June, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (1210 reviews)
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  • #13 
  • #6286 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (47 reviews)
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#19

Saint Andrews Georgian University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (461 reviews)
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Scotland Key Facts for International Students

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FAQ

The University of Edinburgh ranks #1 in Scotland in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Scotland University of Glasgow is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 36 rankings where University of Glasgow is listed.

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

University of Strathclyde is ranked best in Scotland for Medicine & Health (Pharmacology & Pharmacy). See all rankings for the University of Strathclyde.

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

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

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 Engineering (Civil Engineering). See all rankings for the University of Glasgow.

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

University of Abertay Dundee is ranked best in Scotland for Agriculture (Agriculture, Forestry & Food). See all rankings for the University of Abertay Dundee.

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

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

Edinburgh Napier University is ranked best in Scotland for Computer Science (Librarian & Information Management). See all rankings for the Edinburgh Napier University.

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

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 World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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

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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%

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 -Young University Rankings:
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 -University league tables:
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:
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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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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