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The University of Edinburgh

Location

Central Campus, Edinburgh United Kingdom

Ranking

# 22QS World University Rankings

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381Undergraduate programs

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523Postgraduate programs

International

17725International students

About The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await. 

We live in a complex, fast-changing world and we’re honest about the significant challenges facing us all. As a leading global university, we know education will play a vital role solving those challenges and relish our shared responsibility to respond to them. 

World-leading reputation

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50*, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts students and staff from across the globe, creating a unique Edinburgh experience. Whatever excites you, whatever your ambition, whatever makes you ‘you’, we know one thing; nothing ordinary comes from this extraordinary place.

What is Edinburgh known for?

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.

Discover more about the Edinburgh Impact.

Study with us

We currently have almost 50,000 students studying with us and students from 180 different countries have studied here in the last 10 years, the University of Edinburgh continues to attract the world’s greatest minds.

We offer almost 400 undergraduate (bachelor) degrees across 60 different subjects - many of these are joint honours degrees, offering the potential for innovative cross-disciplinary subject combinations - as well as over 300 taught programmes from than 150 academic disciplines, and 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..

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. 


(*Times Higher Education World Rankings)

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About The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await. 

We live in a complex, fast-changing world and we’re honest about the significant challenges facing us all. As a leading global university, we know education will play a vital role solving those challenges and relish our shared responsibility to respond to them. 

World-leading reputation

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50*, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts students and staff from across the globe, creating a unique Edinburgh experience. Whatever excites you, whatever your ambition, whatever makes you ‘you’, we know one thing; nothing ordinary comes from this extraordinary place.

What is Edinburgh known for?

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.

Discover more about the Edinburgh Impact.

Study with us

We currently have almost 50,000 students studying with us and students from 180 different countries have studied here in the last 10 years, the University of Edinburgh continues to attract the world’s greatest minds.

We offer almost 400 undergraduate (bachelor) degrees across 60 different subjects - many of these are joint honours degrees, offering the potential for innovative cross-disciplinary subject combinations - as well as over 300 taught programmes from than 150 academic disciplines, and 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..

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. 


(*Times Higher Education World Rankings)

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Available programs

Undergraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh

We offer almost 400 degrees across 60 different subject areas. Many of these are joint honours degrees, offering the potential for innovative cross-disciplinary subject combinations.

Some of our degrees let you study a single subject in depth, developing a deep understanding of one area. Others feature an open and flexible structure with options to tailor your own studies. This lets you choose whether to experience a wide range of topics before you specialise, or sample multiple subjects in a broader degree.  Our global links offer you possibilities for fieldwork, industry placements and study abroad opportunities, and our research-led, industry-informed teaching incorporates the latest developments in your field.

Your options 

As one of Scotland’s four ‘ancient’ universities, many of our full-time degrees in the humanities and social sciences are undergraduate masters qualifications that require four years of study. In science and engineering we offer four-year bachelors degrees or five-year integrated masters. We also offer a smaller number of other qualifications including LLB Law, as well as a few degrees with shorter or longer full-time study durations. These range from three to five or even six years (MBChB Medicine). Depending on your qualifications, you may have the option to start in the second year of some of our science, engineering, biomedical sciences and medical sciences, and art and design degrees. We also offer an expanding range of options for students progressing from a Higher National Certificate or Diploma.

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.

Your first point of contact for teaching, academic advice and guidance will be within the School in which you study. 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.

Funding and scholarships

We appreciate studying here is a significant financial commitment. We awarded more than £10m in undergraduate financial support in 2022/23, and are dedicated to helping students of all ages and social backgrounds enter higher education, regardless of your financial situation.

Check our scholarships and student funding pages for more details and to explore your options.

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MA History

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BSc Social Work

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MA Politics

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Postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh

We offer over 300 taught masters courses and 135 research areas. Study with us and you will enjoy expert teaching from leading academics, at a university respected globally for its innovation and research excellence. We also offer first-class facilities and support, in a city steeped in history and culture.

Quality teaching and research

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 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.

All our postgraduates benefit from this inspiring research culture. The academics involved in your teaching and learning are leaders in their fields, and the University is dedicated to delivering high-quality, innovative teaching. The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. 

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.

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 Innovations, has helped to launch more than 500 companies since 1967. They can help you take your first step to market, whether its’s through collaborative research, licencing technology or providing consultancy services.

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 scholarships pages for details. 

Architecture MScR

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Composition MMus

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Graphic Design MA

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Illustration MA

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Music MScR

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Musicology MMus

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Sound Design MSc

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Human Anatomy MSc

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Education MSc

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Education MScR

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Corporate Law LLM

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European Law LLM

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Human Rights LLM

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Law LLM

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Chinese MScR

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Film Studies MSc

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French MScR

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German MScR

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Italian MScR

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Japanese MScR

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Playwriting MSc

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Russian MScR

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Public Policy MSc

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Dentistry PhD

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Global Health PhD

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University information

Undergraduate

UCAS handle all applications, however you can view the full range of our programmes on our undergraduate degree finder.

Undergraduate Open Days

Our on-campus undergraduate Open Days are a great opportunity to find out about student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best: our staff and students.

Postgraduate

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

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.

Postgraduate events calendar

View our events calendar of all confirmed postgraduate events for the year ahead, listed month-by-month, including registration details.

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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

For our undergraduate students your first point of contact for teaching, academic advice and guidance will be within the School in which you study. 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. 

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 professional student experience and administration staff, who will provide you with academic and wellbeing guidance and support.

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

Libraries and IT

You will have access to 10 libraries, including the third largest academic library in Europe, millions of printed and online volumes and access to 700,000 electronic journals and databases.

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. We also support various methods of remotely accessing university services, computers and file stores from outwith the campus, allowing you to work off-site and still stay secure.

Health, welfare and wellbeing

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

Our Health and Wellbeing Centre - a dedicated hub for students. It houses the Student Counselling Service and Disability Services, and the University Health Centre.

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

If you choose to stay in University accommodation, our Residence Life team are also there to support you 24/7.

Religious and spiritual support and guidance

The Chaplaincy is a safe and welcoming service for people of all faiths and none. Our Chaplain and team of honorary chaplains (encompassing all faiths and none) offer support and guidance to all students. They also run a number of events and courses throughout the year for Mindfulness Wellbeing and Yoga - as well as The Listening Service - for any who would appreciate “a good listening to”.

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.