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 16th in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from some 156 countries, creating 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 44,000 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 70 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.
We offer academically outstanding candidates a number of postgraduate scholarships and studentships. Some are offered by the University and others by our Colleges or Schools.
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 University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 83% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
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 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, open 24/7
access to one of the largest campus computing networks in Britain, with 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:
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. From online job boards and support tools to face-to-face contact with employers.
* Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2019
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 2nd best student city in the United Kingdom, 7th best student city in Europe and 15th in the world.
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.