The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh aims to deliver impact for society. We discover, develop and share knowledge. As a truly global university, rooted in Scotland’s capital city, we make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world.

Top reasons to study here

  • Edinburgh has won more than 12 UK best city awards in the last eight years.
  • Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site covers almost 2 square miles and over 75% of all the buildings are listed.
  • Edinburgh has more than 60 libraries per 100,000 people - that's more libraries per capita than any other city in the world.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (32)
Humanities (29)
Medicine & Health (18)
Arts, Design & Architecture (15)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (9)
Computer Science & IT (7)
Law (7)
Education & Training (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50 and placed 18th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.

From Nobel laureates and Olympic champions, to space explorers and prime ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing the world since we first opened our gates in 1583.


As a centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • provide the highest-quality research-led teaching and learning;
  • challenge the boundaries of knowledge, research and disciplines;
  • enable our graduates and staff to be exceptional individuals equipped to address global challenges;
  • promote good health, economic growth, cultural understanding and social well-being.


The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 83% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.


The University of Edinburgh is ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities and in the world’s top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates. Edinburgh graduates are also among the UK’s top earners: our alumni earn an average salary of £49,500 within five years of leaving university.

Our award-winning Careers Service can help you realise your career ambitions, and offer practical advice about how to progress your career goals.

The service offers advice, guidance and careers information for all students and our recent graduates.

Careers Service staff can also help you to work while you study or advise on volunteering opportunities.

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
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
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.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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.


Student services

Student Administration are responsible for providing services to all students throughout their time at the University of Edinburgh and for supporting Colleges and Schools and other student services in delivering a high quality student experience.

The Student Information Point (SIP) team is here to answer any of your questions on any aspect of student life - from matriculation to graduation.

Housing services

The University of Edinburgh owns a number of properties which students may rent out as accommodation. Students may alternatively decide to move into private accommodation (whether rented or purchased), or stay in their current living arrangement if they do not live far from Edinburgh.

From catered to self-catered, corridors or flats, individual or family, the University boasts an impressive range of residences available to students. The pages below aim to highlight some of the choices you will need to think about when exploring the option of University accommodation. There is also information on accessible accommodation and moving in. 

Library services

We have nine campus libraries. Each library covers different subject areas, but all hold library collections and offer study spaces and computing facilities.

Some Schools also operate their own libraries where additional resources, and sometimes study spaces, are available.

Our Main Library in George Square is one of the largest academic libraries in the world with more than 2,300 study spaces. 

ICT services

The University WiFi network allows you to connect your computer, or other internet enabled device (e.g. smartphone, tablet or eReader), to the University network and access the internet via one of our WiFi access points. These access points are spread right across the University campus and include the King’s Buildings campus and Easter Bush.

Medical services

The University Health Centre is an independent NHS partnership of general practitioners who rent premises from the University. It offers a full GP service to patients who live within the practice area, including students, non-students, and University staff.

Student Life

Campus life

Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic city that has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

Sports facilities

Edinburgh is one of the UK’s leading sports universities.

Whether you are a recreational gym-user or a performance athlete going for gold, our world-class sports facilities and coaches cater for you.

We offer one of the country’s best gym and fitness programmes, with:

  • flexible and affordable membership packages
  • a year-round programme of more than 100 weekly exercise classes
  • world-class gyms, fitness challenges and sports participation events

Student clubs

Our clubs and societies will help you develop your interests, meet like-minded people, indulge a hobby or simply socialise.

We host an extensive range of clubs and societies here at Edinburgh. With more than 290 to choose from, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you.


Colleges, through their Quality Committees, and Schools should maintain oversight of accreditations and follow-up actions.

The University reports annually to the Scottish Funding Council on the programmes that were accredited during the academic year by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs). Schools are responsible for the accuracy of their data on accreditation.

Student Reviews

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A vibrant city with a top-notch university.

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Resources and quality of education

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Helen Gebhardt rated 5 out of 5 stars

The University in Edinburgh is well organized, and they made the settle in process for all new students very easy. I felt immediately welcome. Within our program the professors made getting to know each other easy and fun. In this University you get assigned a personal tutor, this way you also have someone to turn to if you have problems with your program or assignments....

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom