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The University of Edinburgh

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United Kingdom
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 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 ranked 18th in the QS World University Rankings 2019. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students, but also staff from some 137 countries, which creates 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 39,000 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 60 online programmes.

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 135 research areas.

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, the Higgs boson particle, and has produced innovations such as 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, and if you are an international student,  'Edinburgh Global' provides support and assistance to all non-UK applicants and students and our English Language Education offers assistance with English language. We also have a range of services:

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.

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, so you’re sure to find something of interest. 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 (British Universities and Colleges Sport 2017/18), 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.

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.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked in the top 10 in the UK and in the top 100 in the world for the employability of our graduates (Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2017). 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 offer practical advice and support. We encourage and support our students to plan and work towards their career goals. 

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.

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.

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Edinburgh Medical School: Medicine

School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures

University Highlights

Total students - 30,450


International students - 11,998


Total faculty staff - 4,468


Total students - 30,450


International students - 11,998


Total faculty staff - 4,468



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