Details at a Glance
Why choose Edinburgh?
We are globally recognised for our research, development and innovation and we’ve provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years.
An Edinburgh degree works for you
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.
We are ranked in the UK top 10 and in the world top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates.
Find out how a postgraduate degree from Edinburgh can boost your career prospects: careers and employment
Excellence in research
The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) showed that 83% of our research activity is in the highest categories (4* and 3*), which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We have an international reputation for innovative research across a wide range of disciplines.
Browse our range of research opportunities: A-Z of research programmes
Innovation in teaching
The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. We are always working to develop innovative approaches to teaching in order to discover the methods that work best for students, including e-learning techniques and peer-assisted learning.
Discover the breadth of our taught degree programmes: A-Z of taught programmes
Experts in online learning
We offer the largest portfolio of postgraduate online degrees in the UK, welcoming more than 8,000 online students since 2005. Our flexible and supportive programmes are well-established and an increasingly popular choice for students looking to balance further study with professional or family commitments.
Find out more about our online programmes: A-Z online programmes
Facilities and support to help you succeed
You will have access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world, housing over 1.8 million printed volumes. You’ll also benefit from 30 open-access computer labs with 24-hour access across key locations, as well as free laptop loans.
We offer a free Student Counselling Service and a University Health Centre, and our Student Disability Service provides a range of support for students with disabilities. We also offer excellent childcare services, making it easier to juggle parenthood and study.
Clubs & Associations
Extra-curricular activities can play a big part in enhancing your learning and employability, as well as the enjoyment you get from university life.
Edinburgh University Student's Association has more than 320 societies covering a diverse range of interests. We can even offer help in setting up your own society. There are also opportunities for volunteering in the local community, as well as UK-based volunteering with Third Sector organisations.
If you enjoy being active, our Sports Union has 64 sports clubs in which to get involved. As one of the top five sporting universities in the UK, our Centre for Sport and Exercise is regularly voted one of the city's best fitness facilities.