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The University of Edinburgh

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United Kingdom
#20
Public
Very High
30,450
Yes
4,468
11,998

Overview

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 2020 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts students and staff from across the globe, creating a unique Edinburgh experience. We provide a stimulating working, learning and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities. We 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 from some 156 countries, 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 learning programmes are an increasingly popular choice for students looking to balance further study with professional or family commitments.

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. At postgraduate level, we offer more than 300 taught masters courses and 180 research areas across our three Colleges:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science 
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
College of Science and Engineering

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.

We are associated with 19 Nobel Prize winners, who are alumni of the University of have been members of academic staff here. Our dynamic research culture has led to the discovery of chloroform anaesthesia, the Higgs boson particle and in-vitro fertilisation. We have produced innovations such as Dolly the sheep – the first mammal to be genetically cloned from an adult somatic cell, as well as the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine, and technology used in smartphones. Our academics have advanced the public understanding of how our behaviour affects ageing, helped protect forest ecosystems, and helped bring broadband to remote communities.

Joining the University as a student provides you with a unique opportunity to work with some of the most influential academics in your chosen field. At Edinburgh, you will develop specialist skills, deepen your understanding and gain new insights and perspectives to equip you for your career ahead.

Global connections

Our ambitious internationalisation strategy aims to provide world-class experiences for students and ensures the teaching and research we deliver offers global benefits.

Collaborations and international partnerships

We collaborate with a host of world-leading institutions in fields as diverse as e-science, engineering, life and medical sciences and arts and culture. We’re also a member of the global research network Universitas 21 and the European networks COIMBRA and LERU.

Our students are crucial to our continued success and development and, along with our staff, they forge research links through regular travel and overseas exchanges. We take pride in our partnerships with other institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Melbourne, Peking University, the University of Delhi and the University of KwaZulu-Natal – to name but a few.

Alumni

As a graduate of Edinburgh, you will join a lifelong community of more than 200,000 like-minded people from across the world. This professional and social network provides a lifetime of support with clubs and contacts across the world and a range of groups and resources online. For a taste of what our alumni are doing today, see our monthly update where they share their experiences, showcase their career paths, and impart their wisdom.

Visit our alumni pages for more details.

Our famous alumni include historical greats such as Joseph Black, who discovered carbon dioxide, and philosopher David Hume, whose ideas laid the foundations of contemporary thought. Edinburgh alumni also include 21st century luminaries, such as Harry Potter creator JK Rowling and the UK's most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy.

Fees

Tuition fees vary by programme and length taken to complete. Visit our tuition fees pages for more information.

Funding and scholarships

Postgraduate study can be a significant financial commitment; however, the range of funding sources available may surprise you. We offer several postgraduate scholarships and studentships to outstanding candidates. Check our scholarship pages for details.

(*Times Higher Education World Rankings)

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.

Academic support

You will have access to academic support throughout your time with us. You will be assigned a personal tutor from within your School who will offer academic guidance and support. We also offer a peer support scheme, guidance on study skills, and a short courses programme to enhance your skills base.

Postgraduate students can also benefit from our Institute for Academic Development (IAD) which provides information, events and courses to develop the skills you will need throughout your studies and in the future.

Libraries and IT

You will have access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world, housing over 1.8 million printed volumes, 700,000 electronic journal titles, and 700 licensed databases. Many Schools also have their own subject-specific libraries.

We have one of the largest campus computing networks in Britain with more than 3,000 computers in a variety of open-access, School and specialised computer labs. You’ll benefit from 30 open-access computer labs with 24-hour access across key locations. Free laptop loans are available from our libraries and there is almost 100% WiFi coverage in our buildings.

Health and welfare

We care about the health and wellbeing of our students and offer a number of services to ensure you are fully supported.

The Advice Place is a free advice and information centre, which offers independent and confidential advice on any aspect of university life. We also offer a free Student Counselling Service and a University Health Centre. In addition, our Student Disability Service provides a range of services and support for students with disabilities.

If you choose to stay in University accommodation, our Residence Life team are also there to support you.

Religious support and guidance

The Chaplaincy provides a meeting place for groups and individuals of all faiths and none. Our Chaplain and team of multi-faith honorary chaplains offer support and guidance to all students.

Childcare

We offer excellent childcare services, making it easier to juggle parenthood and study. We also offer advice on other nurseries, and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association provides support and advice for parents too.

Support for international students

The University’s international office – Edinburgh Global - provides support and assistance to all non-UK applicants and students on a variety of topics, such as visas and working in the UK, and offers appointments and drop-in sessions each week. They also arrange welcome and orientation activities and social events throughout the year.

International students can also take advantage of our interactive web learning tool, Prepare for Success, which contains learning resources to help you find out about academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study.

Our English Language Teaching Centre offers courses to improve your academic English in preparation for your studies and free academic English tuition during your studies.

Accommodation 

Accommodation for postgraduate students is self-catered and can be found across a range of halls and flats. Flats vary in size, from four to six single study-bedrooms, and are located within easy reach of the University's buildings and the city centre.

The University guarantees an offer of accommodation to all new, single postgraduate taught students from outside the EU. For taught postgraduates from within the EU, including the UK, we make every effort to offer University accommodation, but such offers cannot be guaranteed.

If you are a new, single postgraduate research (PhD) student from the UK, EU or outside of the EU, the University guarantees you an offer of accommodation.

Please note that there are certain deadlines to meet in order to guarantee your accommodation offer.

Visit our accommodation website to find out more.

Study with us and you’ll find a lively, close-knit community with plenty of opportunities to meet other students, build your networks and gain new skills and experiences.

Get involved

Edinburgh University Students’ Association has more than 260 societies covering a diverse range of interests. If not, we can help you set up your own. Societies provide a place to meet like-minded people, indulge in a hobby, or simply socialise.

EUSA also offers opportunities for volunteering in the community, so you may find yourself volunteering as a tour guide at a local heritage centre or playing football with local kids. These rewarding experiences will develop your skills and enhance your employability.

If you enjoy being active, or just want to try out a new sport, our Sports Union offers over 60 sports clubs in which to get involved. As one of the top five sporting universities in the UK*, our Centre for Sport and Exercise is regularly voted one of Edinburgh's best fitness facilities.

Venues and events

Edinburgh is home to the world’s oldest purpose-built Students’ Union building, Teviot. The Students' Association offers an array of bars, shops, cafes and entertainment venues. Regular entertainment includes club nights, live music and comedy, plus debates and regular club meetings. Academic schools and colleges, as well as Edinburgh Global, also hold regular student events, so you’ll have lots of opportunities for social activities.

Edinburgh the city

Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world. Cobbled lanes, dramatic skylines and striking architecture combine to produce a stimulating setting for the writers, philosophers, political thinkers and inventors whose stories have been woven into the capital's fabric throughout history.

The city enjoys a creative and cultural significance that was further confirmed with its appointment as the world's first UNESCO City of Literature – a permanent title reflecting its recognition as a worldwide centre for literary activity.

Edinburgh is a compact city with excellent transport links, which makes 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 museums, galleries, parks, gardens, pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops, theatres, cinemas, sports facilities and much more, you’ll find something for every taste in the city. Not forgetting the biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which takes place in the city every August.

Visit our city web pages to find out more about our stunning city.

(*British Universities and Colleges Sport 2017/18)

Applications for most of our postgraduate programmes are made online through our degree finder. To apply for a programme, look up your chosen programme in the degree finder. Entry requirements vary by programme.

Visiting us

We hold postgraduate Open Days each year where you can attend presentations, meet academic staff and current students and see our buildings and facilities.

If you would like to visit the University but can’t attend the Open Day, you can take advantage of our student-led campus tours or self-guided campus tours.

Online information sessions

If you can’t see us in person or you would like further information, we offer prospective students a range of online information sessions:

Postgraduate online information sessions

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Student Recruitment and Admissions
The University of Edinburgh
33 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh
EH8 9JS
Tel +44 (0)131 650 4360

Enquiry form

You can also ask questions via Facebook.

Follow the University of Edinburgh on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Highly employable graduates

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**.

We are committed to embedding employability into your teaching and learning experience. From offering access to volunteering schemes, to providing support via our sector-leading Careers Service the University provides many opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and experience, giving you the edge in a competitive job market. We also offer a free service to students who are looking to set up their own business, through Edinburgh Innovations.

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service can offer 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 and our trained staff, you can build networks, gain skills and enhance your employability.

We offer a wealth of guidance and initiatives to help take your career in the right direction, including:

  • individual appointments with careers consultants
  • access to staffed information centres five days a week
  • talks and events
  • online resources covering a range of topics from CVs and covering letters to selection tests and assessment centres
  • advice and noticeboards for graduate vacancies, part-time vacancies, vacation job vacancies and internship opportunities

Industry links and Innovation

Edinburgh was one of the first UK universities to develop commercial links with industry, government and the professions. Our commercialisation office, Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI), has helped to launch 417 companies since 1967. ERI can help you take your first step to market, whether it’s through collaborative research, licencing technology or providing consultancy services.

(*Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2018)

(**emolument.com)

University Highlights

Total students - 30,450

30%
70%

International students - 11,998

51%
49%

Total faculty staff - 4,468

1907
2561

Total students - 30,450

30%
70%

International students - 11,998

51%
49%

Total faculty staff - 4,468

2561
1907

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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