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Quality teaching and research

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.

Quality teaching and research

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.

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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.
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and world-leading analytical facilities including a 1.5km deep subsurface biology laboratory and the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility for simulating wave and tidal current interactions- the largest of its kind in Europe.
  • Europe’s foremost Clinical Imaging Research Facility alongside the world-leading Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, and 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, encompassing rare books, Shakespeare first editions, oriental manuscripts, architectural drawings and much more.

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 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

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