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University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research. We are widely regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, consistently placed among the top 50 leading universities in the world* and placed 22nd in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

Our students have been making an impact on the world for more than 400 years. Each year is different – every individual, every degree, every campus experience is unique and a vital part of our mission to make the world a better place.

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As host to more than 45,000 students from across 156 countries, we’re a wonderfully diverse mix of people of all kinds and minds.

We offer more than 300 taught masters courses and 180 research areas, with 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 70 online programmes across a wide range of subject areas. We have around 4,000 students currently studying online with us and we take the delivery of teaching online just as seriously as we do on-campus.

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Funding and Scholarships

You may be surprised by the range of funding sources available for postgraduate study. We offer a number of postgraduate scholarships and studentships to outstanding candidates.

Funding and Scholarships

Teaching and research excellence

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF rates 90% 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.

At the University of Edinburgh, extraordinary is just something our community has always done.

Working together, for more than 400 years, we’ve influenced the world in extraordinary ways – expanding the depth of human knowledge and improving the lives of people worldwide. Research conducted here led to the discovery of chloroform anaesthesia, the Higgs boson particle and in-vitro fertilisation. Our academics, students and alumni discovered carbon dioxide, led the Scottish Enlightenment laying the foundations of contemporary thought, developed a genetically engineered vaccine against Hepatitis B, and identified the SARS coronavirus.

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Supporting you and your studies

All our postgraduates benefit from our inspiring research culture. The academics involved in your teaching and learning are leaders in their fields and although the emphasis at postgraduate level is very much on independent study, support from our teaching staff is always on hand.

You will be supported by a combination of academic and dedicated student experience and administrative staff who will be able to provide you with or direct you to appropriate support for challenges that may occur during your studies, whether this is directly related to your learning and teaching skills or rising from life situations. You will also have access to a variety of peer-to-peer learning networks as well as student societies.

International students will be supported with events and information to settle in and with activities designed to support your experiences as a student.

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Careers and employability

The University of Edinburgh is ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities and in the world’s top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates**.

Our award-winning Careers Service offers practical advice and support. We encourage and support our students to plan and work towards their career goals.

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* Times Higher Education World Rankings

** Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2021

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