The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh

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 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. 

Top reasons to study here

  • We're consistently ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world. We're 16th in the 2022 QS World University rankings.
  • We're ranked fourth in the UK for research power, based on the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 and in the world's top 100 for the employability of our graduates.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (199)
Social Sciences (96)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (53)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)



We are associated with 19 Nobel Prize winners, who are alumni of the University or have been members of academic staff and have long enjoyed a spirit of innovation and collaboration and continue to do so today.

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 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 programmes and 180 research areas and over 70 online programmes.

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 your specialist skills, deepen your understanding and gain new insights and perspectives to equip you for your career ahead.


The University 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.


We're ranked in the top 10 in the UK and in the top 100 in the world for the employability of our graduates* - we invest in your future beyond the end of your programme.

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.

*Times Higher Education, Global Employability Ranking 2019


Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

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.

International students can 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.

Housing services

Our students travel from all over the world to study here and we aim to provide the best range and standard of accommodation possible.

Accommodation for postgraduate students is all self-catered and can be found across a range of convenient locations within easy reach of most key University buildings and Edinburgh’s city centre.

University accommodation benefits:

  • Inclusive bills
  • Key locations in the City
  • Free Wifi
  • Access to laundry facilities
  • 24/7 welfare and support service
  • Share with your friends
  • Payment plan options
  • No deposits and no references required

Library services

At Edinburgh you will have access to 10 libraries, including the third largest academic library in Europe, housing over 4 million printed volumes, E-books: 1.4 million, E-journals: 185,000, and 700 licensed databases.


ICT services

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.

Medical services

The University Health Centre is an independent NHS partnership of general practitioners who rent premises from the University. It offers a full GP service to patients who live within the practice area.

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.

Student Life

Campus life

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*.


* QS Best Student Cities 2019

Sports facilities

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.

Our facilities include:

  • Outdoor sport at Peffermill Playing Fields
  • Climbing/bouldering walls
  • A range indoor sports from badminton to ultimate Frisbee
  • Eleiko Training Gym – the first any UK Higher Education facility
  • 25 metre six-lane swimming pool
  • FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic
  • Fitness classes including the Les Mills range, yoga, dance and Martial arts classes

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.

*British Universities and Colleges Sport 2018/19

Student clubs

Edinburgh University Students’ Association has more than 320 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.

The Students’ Association 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.

Student Reviews

Neuroscience at UoE
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've really enjoyed my experience here. The course has been great, in that I've been exposed to a great deal of current research in neuroscience here at the university. I've also received a large amount of input and advice from the course coordinators and lecturers who are really open and honest about their work. They've really helped me to truly consider neuroscience and...

University life in Scotland's capital city
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The first year of university was all remote learning due to Covid and this was a challenge. The university responded well by introducing 24hour open book exams and plenty of updates to inform students of their plan of action for the future. This experience fell short of my expectations and was a very lonely study experience. This year I have moved to the city and about...

No labs
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Despite training us scientists to do research, we barely had any labs/practicals.

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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