The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, United Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The University is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the iconic buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the University. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, being consistently placed amongst the top 50 leading universities in the world*. 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.
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 21 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.
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:
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 and LERU.
We are ranked 32nd in the world for the employability** of our graduates and have a careers team dedicated to developing our already strong links with employers from all employment sectors. We were also one of the first UK universities to develop commercial links with industry, government and the professions, and our commercialisation office, Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI) has helped launch 417 companies since 1967.
* QS World University Rankings 2018
**Latest Global Employability University Rankings
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.
The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is the largest in the University with 46 academic staff, over 600 undergraduate students and over 200 postgraduate students. As well as being the largest department in Strathclyde, we are also the largest Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department in Scotland. The Department is part of the University's Faculty of Engineering, one of the University's five teaching faculties.
Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde is taught by Scotland's largest Department, established for over a century, rated Excellent in teaching quality terms by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and with a highly regarded 5 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise conducted across the UK by the national universities governing body.
The Department's size and diversity is unique - the research covers everything in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from control to optoelectronics, to power engineering, to signal processing, instrumentation and communications. The High Voltage Technologies Research Group researches all aspects of HV engineering and Pulsed Power Technologies.
This teaching and research presence assures undergraduates of an effective up-to-date and enthusiastic education. The research activities are vitally important in teaching undergraduates: many staff members are internationally recognised authorities on their subject and their laboratories are often made available for undergraduate use, especially for project work. The Department's international connections in Europe, the USA and throughout the world offer unique opportunities for studying and vacation work abroad.
EPCC is a leading European centre of excellence in advanced research, technology transfer and the provision of high-performance computing services to academia and industry. Based at The University of Edinburgh, we are one of Europe's leading supercomputing centres.
The MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (PPU) is a major research centre that focuses on the understanding of the biological roles of phosphorylation and ubiquitylation and how disruption of these processes cause human diseases such as neurodegeneration, cancer, hypertension and immune disorders. The ultimate goal of the Unit’s research programmes is to help develop new improved strategies to treat disease.
The MRC-PPU operates as a focal point between life scientists, pharmaceutical companies and clinicians to ensure that we make a critical contribution to medical research, together reaching a deeper understanding of disease.
Our unit provides an exciting research environment and our staff with a unique research and training experience. Our researchers’ makes use of cutting-edge technology and biochemistry to study cellular regulation and molecular mechanisms across a number of diseases. Our PIs' research programmes tackle major long-term challenges in cell signalling and disease. We seek to train the next generation of PhD students maximising their potential to make major contributions to scientific progress and drug discovery.
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.
This interdisciplinary School contains research in Ecology, Environment, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Meteorology, Oceanography, and Resource Management. All components were graded 5* or 5 in the last RAE, with over one third of academics in the top 5* grouping.
In the School of GeoSciences, we explore the factors and forces that shape our world and environments in which we live. As a leading interdisciplinary group, and with over 100 academic and research specialists and some of the best scientific infrastructure in the UK, we aim to understand the interaction between the Earth's geology, atmosphere, oceans, biosphere and human responses and roles in this complex interplay. We have over 1100 undergraduate and 250 postgraduate students.
The School spans the interface between natural science and social science and this advantage enables us to contribute to the policy issues that arise between society and its interaction with the environment.
An exceptional number of quality research organisations are associated with the University in the Edinburgh area. This provides the opportunity for genuine interdisciplinary science, combined with the depth required for specialism and individual excellence.
Funded PhD opportunities are avaiable as individual projects on the School website. Other projects are available to candidates with funding (see School website).
School of GeoSciences
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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.
St Andrews is both an ancient seat of learning and one of Britain's most forward-looking institutions. Located in a small town on the East coast of Scotland, north of Edinburgh, it provides an outstanding environment for research and study. Current areas of research include optoelectronics, magnetism, photonic crystals, optical tweezers, catalysis, ionic liquids, molecular electronic, etc, which are among the wide range of scientific research actively pursued at St Andrews and stimulated by numerous local and international collaborations between physicists, chemists and biologists. The School of Physics and Astronomy is a member of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and committed to ensuring that their research activity competes at the highest international level.
Roslin Institute is world renowned centre for research in genetics, molecular biology and developmental biology