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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 20th in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

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 40,000 students, we offer a range of ways to study, from on-campus taught programmes to online part-time study, with over 70 online programmes available.

Our flexible and supportive online learning programmes are an increasingly popular choice for students looking to balance further study with professional or family commitments.

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. See 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 180 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.

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 genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine, and technology used in smartphones.

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Supporting you and your studies

We provide a range of support services to help with your academic needs and 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 more than 3,000 computers and free Wi-Fi 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:

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The University’s international office, Edinburgh Global, provides support and assistance to all non-UK applicants and students. Our English Language Education offers assistance with English language.

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*.

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 award-winning Careers Service can help with your career choices and offers practical advice and support to enhance your employability.

** Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2018


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Edinburgh the city

Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world. It’s a compact city with excellent transport links, making it easy to get around and to travel to other parts of Scotland and beyond.

The city's medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, which offer contrasting history and architecture, have been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.

With an array of things to keep you occupied, from museums, to clubs, to sports facilities, you'll find something for every taste. Edinburgh is also home to the biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which takes place in the city every August.

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


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