Best Universities in Scotland 2022

Scotland has a long and rich university heritage. Mix this with a vibrant student culture and you’ve got the perfect combination for a great student experience.

 So, if you think Scotland is the location for you, how do you decide which university to apply to? 

Well, we’ve done the hard work for you. We can now reveal the top five universities in Scotland based purely on student opinion! Yes, we’ve crunched the data on over 2,500 student reviews* of universities submitted between January 2020 and January 2022 to come up with the only university league table to be based 100% on what students think. 

 

Why is this University league table important?

Authentic university reviews written by verified students are without doubt one of the best sources of information to help you make your university decision. By hearing unfiltered content straight from students, you can be sure that each university is ranked purely on student opinions. 

 

Top of the table!

The winner of this year's StudentCrowd Best Universities in Scotland Award goes to the University of Dundee! The University of Dundee continues to pull out all the stops to ensure their students have a fantastic university experience through all aspects of work, rest and play. Congratulations!

 

Why is Scotland such a great place to go to University?

Scotland really does have it all! Not only has it got some of the oldest universities in the world, many of them taking up top spots in world university rankings, it also has so much variety on offer. There are big cities with lots of nightlife, like the University of Glasgow (#3), and small towns with plenty of tradition, like the University of St. Andrews (#2). 

Whilst Scottish universities continue to provide a fantastic learning environment, Scotland is also a great place to explore. From the remote Highlands to historic towns and villages, there is so much on your doorstep. On top of that, many Scottish universities have great transport links to the rest of the world, making it a great place to tour the UK and Europe.   

There are many unique features about Scottish universities but one of the main differences to other universities in the UK is the four year degree structure. Students can enjoy a much broader range of options in both first and second year of university, before specialising in the third and fourth honours years. This often leads to a much more rounded educational experience and extends student life just a bit longer!

Many of the Scottish Universities also rank very well on our UK University League Table.

Published: 29th March 2022

 #1 
 

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University of Dundee

"Excellent all round student experience. Practical city for students as all amenities are close by so there is little travel cost. Dundee is friendly, and the university is fantastic!"

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4.52/5

The University of Dundee was originally founded in 1881 and gained its independent status in 1967. On the edge of the city you’ll find the campus, with Campus Green at the heart of it, surrounded by support services, academic departments, the Students Union, libraries and accommodation. Students love that everywhere on the campus is within easy walking distance, plus the delights of Dundee are also easily accessible. With over 40 sports teams and 250 societies covering a broad range of interests, students aren’t short of activities to get involved in. As an added bonus, students also get free access to the Botanical Gardens! 

Dundee has a great track record for graduate outcomes. At 87.4%, it ranks 14th in the UK and top in Scotland for the proportion of graduates entering high skilled employment.

Notable Alumni include the founder of Forbes Magazine, B.C.Forbes and Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, the pioneer of radar technology. 

It's no wonder Dundee University is a popular choice with its students!

 

 

 #2 
 

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University of St Andrews

"A wonderful university providing a niche experience for students to live beside the east coast of Scotland in a tight-knit community with extraordinary events and countless opportunities"

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4.46/5

As Scotland's oldest university, founded in 1414, the University of St Andrews is steeped in tradition. From gowns to Raisin Monday, from the May Dip to academic parents, the University of St Andrews is the Hogwarts of the university world. Not only does it boast having the future King of England as one of its Alumnus, it has also educated five Nobel Laureates, cementing its strong academic reputation. 

St Andrews is a small town situated on the east coast of Scotland. Its location delivers its iconic beaches and world famous golf course(s). With just over 10,000 students enrolled in courses, St Andrews maintains a family feel. But do not fear, even though St Andrews is a small town, there is still plenty for students to get involved in. With over 55 sports clubs and 140 student societies, there are a wealth of options to suit everyone's tastes.

 

 

 #3 
 

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University of Glasgow

"A fantastic and warm environment welcomes any student that is willing to partake in events and social gatherings. For students who are a bit more secluded, the university offers many clubs and societies that anyone will fit into and make friends for life. I know that I have made 4 fantastic friends that I will hopefully keep all my life."

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4.34/5

The University of Glasgow has a history stretching back to 1451 and it is spread across 3 university campuses. Students praise the beautiful location and excellent facilities, which are about to get even better. Glasgow is currently investing in a major re-development of its campus facilities to the tune of £1 billion, the James McCune Smith Learning Hub which provides state of the art learning and is a teaching facility with the capacity for more than 2,500 students is the first building to open as part of this investment.

Glasgow has a strong academic track record with a long list of notable alumni including Adam Smith, James Watt and Lord Kelvin, not to mention 8 Nobel Laureates. But it's not all nose to the grindstone. With over 300 clubs and societies to choose from, there is plenty to get stuck into socially, be it MedTech, zoology, Star Wars, biscuits, wine and cheese or gaming! There are also numerous fun-filled events hosted by societies throughout the year, like debate training, quizzes and open mic nights. Not only that, the city is steeped in culture with enough museums and galleries to keep history and arts buffs entertained for hours.

 

 

 #4 

University of Strathclyde

"Great courses on offer with excellent teaching staff, perfect location with brilliant facilities and great career opportunities which students are made aware of from the beginning."

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4.15/5

With over 23,000 students, the University of Strathclyde is a vibrant bustling university in the heart of Glasgow city. The university's facilities are organised around their core strengths in Engineering, Humanities and Social Science, Science and Strathclyde Business School, with a wide range of notable achievements from each area. 

Strathclyde’s campus has everything a student needs at their fingertips, from essentials like laundry, the library and a strong IT infrastructure to health and wellbeing support, entertainment through the Students Union and a plethora of student societies. 

Strathclyde has a strong reputation for both engineering and business management, with the only Business School in Scotland to be triple accredited and placed in the top 100 Business Schools by QS. 

It has an impressive roll-call of alumni who have impacted every area of society, from educating political leaders from around the world to scientists, business leaders and sports personalities. 

With ambitious investment plans over the next 10 years, Strathclyde is sure to be a firm favourite with students for many years to come.

 

 

 #5 

University of Edinburgh

"I absolutely love studying at the University of Edinburgh and am so proud to say I'm a student there! I have had so many amazing opportunities through the university from fully funded travelling trips, leadership roles and positions in societies that will be of great use for my future."

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4.12/5

As one of the four ancient universities in Scotland, the University of Edinburgh lives up to its reputation of leading in research and teaching as well as delivering an excellent student experience in one of the most picturesque and vibrant cities in the UK. With 5 campuses spread across the city, students get all the benefits of city life combined with a close-knit campus experience. Edinburgh City has a unique combination of history and culture and it plays host to some of the most popular events to be ticked off any student’s bucket list, for example the Edinburgh Fringe or its world-renowned Hogmanay celebrations (New Years Eve!).

The University of Edinburgh is a truly diverse institution with students from over 140 countries learning side-by-side. Not only that, Edinburgh offers an extensive study abroad programme to enable students to immerse themselves in another culture.

As you would expect, Edinburgh has a strong track record in graduate employment with 96% of graduates finding employment or postgraduate study within 6 months of graduation.

 

 

* Authentic reviews from ac.uk accounts. We only included universities with 20 or more reviews.

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