The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50 and placed 23rd in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from some 156 countries. We provide a stimulating working, learning and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities.

Top reasons to study here

  • As host to more than 39,000 students studying across 150 disciplines, the University of Edinburgh continues to attract the world's greatest minds.
  • We're ranked 4th in the UK for research power, based on the quality and breadth of our research*Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • We offer a wide range of ways to study and are the largest provider of online distance learning in the Russell Group of research-intensive universities.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (126)
Humanities (98)
Medicine & Health (93)
Arts, Design & Architecture (62)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (52)
Computer Science & IT (48)
Education & Training (34)
Business & Management (31)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (31)
Engineering & Technology (29)
Law (28)
Applied Sciences & Professions (19)
Agriculture & Forestry (12)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (5)
Journalism & Media (3)



The University of Edinburgh has been changing the world for over 400 years. Established in 1583, our famous alumni include historical greats such as Joseph Black, who discovered carbon dioxide, and philosopher David Hume, whose ideas laid the foundations for contemporary thought, as well as 21st century luminaries such as Harry Potter creator J K Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy.


  • The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. We offer around 500 undergraduate courses and more than 300 taught masters courses from 150 research areas. 
  • At Edinburgh, you will develop your specialist skills, deepen your understanding and gain new insights and perspectives to equip you for your career ahead. 
  • We also offer a range of ways to study, from on-campus taught programmes to online part-time study. We are the largest provider of online distance learning in the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, and offer more than 40 online programmes. 


  • Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF rates 83% of our research activity as world-leading or internationally excellent, ranking us fourth in the UK based on the quality and breadth of our research and by far the most successful university in Scotland.
  • Our dynamic research culture has led to the discovery of chloroform anaesthesia and the Higgs boson particle, and has produced innovations such as Dolly the sheep – the first mammal to be genetically cloned from an adult somatic cell. As well as the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine ands well as technology used in smartphones.


  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked 6th in the UK and 32nd in the world for employability according to the latest Global Employability University Ranking. Edinburgh graduates are among the UK’s top earners. Our alumni earn an average salary of £49,500 within five years of leaving university.
  • We embed employability into your teaching and learning experience. From offering access to volunteering schemes to providing support via our sector-leading Careers Service, the University provides lots of opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and experience, giving you the edge in a competitive job market. We also offer a free service to students who are looking to set up their own business through LAUNCH.ed. 

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

You will have access to academic support throughout your time with us, including:

  • personal tutor and peer support schemes
  • access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world, open 24/7
  • access to one of the largest campus computing networks in Britain, with more than 3,000 computers and free wi-fi in almost 100% of our buildings.

We offer a number of services to ensure you are fully supported, including:

  • The Advice Place
  • Student Counselling Service
  • University Health Centre
  • Student Disability Service
  • Chaplaincy
  • Childcare Services

Our Edinburgh Global team provide support and assistance to all non-UK applicants and students.

Housing services

There is a mix of catered and self-catered accommodation options for undergraduate students. We guarantee all new, single undergraduate students accommodation, and all new, single postgraduate taught students from outside the EU, as long as you meet certain conditions. For taught postgraduates from within the EU, including the UK, we make every effort to offer University accommodation.  New, single postgraduate research (PhD) students from the UK, EU or outside of the EU, are guaranteed an offer of accommodation. Visit our accommodation website to find out more.

Library services

You will have access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world. Open 24/7, our Main Library houses over 4 million printed volumes, 300,000 electronic books and 50,000 electronic journals. Many schools also have their own subject-specific libraries. 

ICT services

We have one of the largest campus computing network in Britain with more than 3,000 computers in a variety of open-access school labs. 

  • 35 open-access computer labs
  • 24-hour computer access in key locations
  • almost 100% Wi-Fi coverage in our buildings
  • free laptop loans from our libraries
  • your own University email address with online access to lecture notes, assessment and course information

Medical services

We have a free Student Counselling Service and a University Health Centre  which allows you 24 hour access to book or cancel Doctor Appointments.

Student Life

Campus life

The University is divided into three Colleges, which collectively host 20 schools.

  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Science and Engineering

Edinburgh came second in the QS Best Student Cities 2017 and is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world. Cobbled lanes, dramatic skylines and striking architecture combine to produce a stimulating setting. It’s a compact city with excellent transport links, and an array of galleries, parks, gardens, pubs and restaurants. And not forgetting the biggest yearly arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Visit our city web pages to find out more.

Sports facilities

If you enjoy being active, or just want to try out a new sport, our Sports Union offers over 60 sports clubs to get involved with. We were ranked 4th in the UK for sport 2016/17 **, so it is no wonder that our Sport and Exercise is regularly voted one of Edinburgh's best fitness facilities.

** British Universities and Colleges Sport

Student clubs

Edinburgh University Students’ Association has more than 280 societies covering a diverse range of interests, so you’re sure to find something for you. The Students’ Association also offers opportunities for volunteering in the community, so you may find yourself volunteering as a tour guide at a local heritage centre or playing football with local kids – rewarding experiences that will develop your skills and enhance your employability.


  • The University of Edinburgh is a member of a number of prestigious organisations.
  • Many of our courses are also accredited by relevant bodies, so our graduates are employable around the world. 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom