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The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research. We are widely regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, consistently placed among the top 50 leading universities in the world*, and ranked 20th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

Edinburgh receives approximately 59,000 applications every year, making it the third most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants and making entrance intensively competitive.

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The University has long enjoyed a spirit of innovation, and continues to do so today. From addressing climate change to seeking cures for cancer, we are at the forefront of the research that will influence tomorrow’s world.

Our research power is ranked 4th in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 based on the quality and breadth of our research. We are associated with 19 Nobel Prize winners and research here has led to the discovery of chloroform anaesthesia, the Higgs boson particle and in-vitro fertilisation.

Our academics have advanced the public understanding of how our behaviours affect aging, helped protect forest ecosystems and helped bring broadband to remote communities.

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The Edinburgh experience

The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most diverse universities in the UK. We host more than 39,000 students from some 156 countries studying across more than 150 academic disciplines. All our postgraduates benefit from our inspiring research culture.

The academics involved in your teaching and learning are leaders in their field, and the University is dedicated to delivering high quality, innovative teaching. Your study will be enhanced by a wealth of resources and opportunities including:

  • 10 Libraries, including the third largest academic library in Europe, open 24/7
  • World-leading analytical facilities including the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility for simulating wave and tidal current interactions
  • Europe’s foremost Clinical Imaging Research Facility
  • The world-leading Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • One of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals
  • The University’s Centre for Research Collections, one of the most important resources of its kind in the world

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.

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 Group 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.


We are ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities and in the world’s top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates (Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2019).

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

We were one of the first UK universities to develop commercial links with industry, government and the professions, and our commercialisation office, Edinburgh Innovations, has helped launch 417 companies since 1967 has helped launch 417 companies since 1967.

* Times Higher Education World Rankings

** QS World University Rankings 2020

***Latest Global Employability University Rankings

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