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Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research. We’re consistently ranked one of the best 50 universities in the world and one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions).

Our position as one of the UK’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent.

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.

How to fund this extraordinary experience

Many of our research projects listed in the academic units below are funded opportunities, mostly within STEM subjects. We also offer self-funding PhD programmes in a wide variety of areas, but you will be expected to find funding to cover your fees and living expenses

A-Z of our research programmes

Postgraduate study can be a significant financial commitment, but you may be surprised by the range of funding sources available.

The University, government agencies, research councils, charitable trusts and external bodies offer a number of scholarships, studentships and loans to help you pursue your ambitions.

How to find funding

Quality teaching and research

Quality teaching and research

We are proudly open to everyone, bringing people with new outlooks and perspectives together in an international community that is establishing the data capital of Europe, tackling climate change and paving the way for new fertility treatments. Our scientists are seeking cures for cancer, repurposing drugs to improve treatments for the Covid-19 Coronavirus and contributing to the global search for a vaccine. Together, we are open to the world today so we can influence the world tomorrow.

We're one of the largest and most diverse universities in the UK. We host more than 45,000 students from some 156 countries studying across more than 150 academic disciplines. All our postgraduates benefit from our inspiring research culture.

Global Connections

Our ambitious global engagement plan puts world-class teaching and research experiences within reach. We collaborate with global partners, directly and through prestigious networks such as Universitas 21, COIMBRA, UNICA, LERU, and Una Europa.

Our five regional centres in Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia, North America and East Asia, engage with students, academics, and alumni worldwide. Our interdisciplinary Global Academies and Edinburgh Futures Institute are tackling the issues that challenge us all – the climate crisis, poverty, the spread of epidemics and cross-border injustices.

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We are ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities and in the world’s top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates.*

Employers from all sectors have the confidence to consider the University an excellent training ground for graduates with the intellectual ability and high level attributes needed to succeed and thrive in the global job market.

Our Careers Service are dedicated to developing our already strong links with employers from all sectors.

Careers Service

*Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2021

Quality teaching and research

Academic Units

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh is an international leader in basic-to-clinical translational research. Our approach ranges from molecules to man, from bench to bedside, and from process to population. Our interdisciplinary groups, centres and institutes bring together basic and clinical academic staff in broad, thematic research concentrations encompassing basic sciences, translational and clinical research. Research within the College explicitly links biomedicine and veterinary medicine, in promotion of the concept 'One Medicine'.
Our research centres are clustered within contemporary research Institutes, located next to hospitals on three major translational research campuses. Whether working at one of our two major human medical campuses or at our veterinary campus, research students benefit from our 'lab bench to bedside' approach, whereby patients are seen in the same location as the fundamental research that's taking place. This results in strengthened collaboration between basic scientists and clinician scientists.
In the College’s submissions to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Veterinary Medicine was ranked 1st in the UK, Medicine was ranked in the top 5, Neuroscience was ranked 3rd, and Social Work and Social Policy was 3rd.
The University of Edinburgh is a leading postgraduate teaching and research centre, ranked 19th in the QS World Rankings 2016/17, 7th in Europe, 5th in the UK and 1st in Scotland.

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The University of Edinburgh is the top rated Chemistry Department for teaching and research in Scotland. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, we achieved a 5A rating in recognition of the international quality of our research.

Chemistry at Edinburgh is looking to the future. We are building on our excellence in teaching and research to generate the best possible environment for staff, undergraduates and research students to realise their full potential. Strategic appointments have strengthened traditional areas such as organic synthesis. Newer fields are also vibrant at Edinburgh, particularly biotechnology, materials chemistry and nanotechnology. In these areas, our work provides the fundamental understanding at an atomic and molecular level to underpin many major interdisciplinary R&D projects. Our ongoing programme of facilities development is not just about ensuring we have the most modern research laboratories possible. Rather it aims to create an environment which will inspire new ideas, support innovation and unconventional approaches to problem solving and help us build a band of adventurers in chemistry who are devoted to discovering the future

The Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews have established a new joint Research School of Chemistry. EaStCHEM is the premier Research School for Chemistry in Scotland and is funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, The Office of Science and Technology and the parent Universities.

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Edinburgh's School of Informatics brings together research in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence and provides a fertile environment for a wide range of interdisciplinary studies. Formed in 1998, the School of Informatics is the largest, longest established and highest quality research group in informatics in the UK, with an excellent record of achievement in both research and teaching. We offer taught and research postgraduate study programmes spanning the field of Informatics.

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