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 19th in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from over 137 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 35,000 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 60 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 135 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
    • access to the largest campus computing network in Britain, with more than 3,000 computers and free wi-fi in the majority 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 International Office provides support and assistance to all non-UK applicants and students and our English Language Education offers assistance with English language.

    Careers and employability

    The University of Edinburgh is ranked 4th in the UK and 23rd in the world for employability according to the lasts emerging Global Employability University Rankings. Edinburgh graduates are also among the UK's top earners. Our alumni earn an average salary of £48,500 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.


    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.

    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.

    Useful links

    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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