What’s it like to study a Masters in Edinburgh?
18th-century Edinburgh was known as the ‘Athens of the North’ as pioneering thinkers made ground-breaking developments in economic, scientific and philosophical theory. Many of them were associated with the city’s ancient university. So, while studying a Masters in Edinburgh, you’ll be part of a long tradition of scholars heading north for education and enlightenment!
Today, Edinburgh is famous as a city of culture and has much to offer resident students. The annual Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival are the world’s largest arts, theatre and comedy events and in 2004 Edinburgh was recognised as the first UNESCO World City of Literature.
Its famous authors include Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, Ian Rankin, and Sir Walter Scott (whose monument stands in the city centre and has famously been described as ‘a gothic rocket ship’ – you’ll have to make your own mind up!). The city is also famous as the place where JK Rowling began to write her famous Harry Potter series. Literary-minded postgraduates can explore the places where she began her works.
While studying in Edinburgh you’ll also have the enviable experience of living in the home of Britain’s most famous New Year’s celebration: Hogmanay, which features a street festival, concert and spectacular firework display against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.