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University of Edinburgh

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh

Inspiring 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.

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 Dolly the sheep – the first mammal to be genetically cloned from an adult somatic cell.

Supporting you and your studies

We provide a range of support services to help with your academic 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
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We care about the health and wellbeing of our students and offer a number of services to ensure you are fully supported.

Newly opened in 2020 is our Health and Wellbeing Centre - a dedicated hub for students. It houses the Student Counselling Service and Disability Services, the University Health Centre and the University Pharmacy.

The Advice Place is a free advice and information centre, which offers independent and confidential advice on any aspect of university life.

If you stay in University accommodation, our Residence Life team are also there to support you 24/7.The University’s international office, Edinburgh Global, provides support and assistance to all non-UK applicants and students. Our English Language Education department can also offer 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*.

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

*Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2019

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Edinburgh the city

The University is at the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world, Edinburgh is large enough to offer something for everyone but small enough to feel like home. It is a modern, sophisticated and beautiful European city, with a diverse multicultural community and is ranked Edinburgh is ranked 2nd best student city in the United Kingdom, 7th best student city in Europe and 15th in the world**.

Scotland offers one of the longest coastlines for a country of our size, so a visit to one of the city's beaches is highly recommended. A single day in Edinburgh could see you hillwalking in the morning, lazing on the beach in the afternoon, and enjoying the treasures of the medieval lanes by night. ** QS Best Student Cities 2019

Visit our city web pages to find out more.

Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

Our Virtual Open Days are ideal for anyone considering postgraduate study - taught programmes or research degrees, on-campus or online. These comprise subject talks and presentations, live chat with students and staff, and essential information on student life, support and services.

University of Edinburgh

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

Department / School information and available programmes: