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University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh

Influencing the world since 1583

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50 and placed 23rd in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from some 156 countries, which creates a unique Edinburgh experience. We provide a stimulating working, learning and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities and attract the world's best, from Nobel Prize winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors.

Study with us

As host to more than 39,000 students, the University of Edinburgh continues to attract the world’s greatest minds. We offer a range of ways to study, from on-campus taught programmes to online part-time study. We are the largest provider of online distance learning in the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, and offer more than 40 online programmes. Our flexible and supportive online distance learning programmes are an increasingly popular choice for students looking to balance further study with professional or family commitments.

Funding and Scholarships

Postgraduate study can be a significant financial commitment, but you may be surprised by the range of funding sources available. We offer a number of postgraduate scholarships and studentships to outstanding candidates. Check our Scholarship pages for details.

Teaching and research excellence

The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. We offer more than 300 taught masters courses and 150 research areas from across our three colleges:

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF rates 83% of our research activity as world-leading or internationally excellent, ranking us fourth in the UK based on the quality and breadth of our research and by far the most successful university in Scotland.

Our dynamic research culture has led to the discovery of chloroform anaesthesia and the Higgs boson particle and has produced innovations such as Dolly the sheep – the first mammal to be genetically cloned from an adult somatic cell, as well as the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine and technology used in smartphones.

Supporting you and your studies

We provide a range of support services to help not only with your academic needs but also your personal needs.

You will have access to academic support throughout your time with us, including:

  • personal tutor and peer support schemes
  • access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world
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  • access to one of the largest campus computing networks in Britain, with more than 3,000 computers and free wifi in almost 100% of our buildings

We care about the health and wellbeing of our students and offer a number of services to ensure you are fully supported, including:

If you are in international student, the University’s international office Edinburgh Global provides support and assistance to all non-UK applicants and students and our English Language Education offers assistance with English language.

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Careers and employability

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 6th in the UK and 32nd in the world for employability according to the latest Emerging Global Employability University Rankings. Edinburgh graduates are also among the UK’s top earners. Our alumni earn an average salary of £49,500 within five years of leaving university*.

Our sector-leading Careers Service can help with your career choices and offers practical advice about how to progress your career goals. From online job boards and support tools to face-to-face contact with employers and our trained staff, you can build networks, gain skills and enhance your employability.

We also offer a free service to students who are looking to set up their own business through LAUNCH.ed.

* Emolument.com

Edinburgh the city

Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world. Cobbled lanes, dramatic skylines and striking architecture combine to produce a stimulating setting. It’s a compact city with excellent transport links, which makes it easy to get around and to travel to other parts of Scotland and beyond.

University of Edinburgh

With an array of museums, galleries, parks, gardens, pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops, theatres, cinemas, sports facilities and much more, you’ll find something for every taste in the city. And not forgetting the biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which takes place in the city every August.

Visit our city web pages to find out more.

This is Edinburgh showcases the best things to do, see and enjoy in the city.

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Visiting us

Scholarships web pages

Accommodation information

Edinburgh University Students' Association

Sport and Exercise

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.


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    The School of Health in Social Science is a leading provider of postgraduate education in health, health policy and related fields.

    We offer taught programmes and research opportunities in nursing studies, clinical psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. We also offer programmes in interdisciplinary social sciences in health, where social scientists are collaborating across specialisms, to pursue innovative new approaches to healthcare research.

    In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 we entered three units of assessment, achieving excellent results. Overall, 82% of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent. Our rankings in the three units of assessment were second, third and fourth in the UK for research power, measuring research quality and volume.

    Our varied postgraduate offering includes a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. Learning and teaching includes face-to-face and online methods, with many courses including Socratic modes of discussion and critique to promote deep exploration of topics.

    See our School of Health in Social Science postgraduate degrees

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