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The University of Edinburgh

4.3 out of 5 (164 ratings / 123 reviews) Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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.

Master's Programmes

Humanities (103)
Social Sciences (102)
Medicine & Health (80)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (44)
Computer Science & IT (27)
Journalism & Media (1)



With our rich history, noted alumni and distinguished scholars, we have much to be proud of in our many centuries as a world-renowned university.

From Nobel laureates and Olympic champions to space explorers and prime ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing history since it opened the gates to its first students in 1583.


For more than 400 years the University of Edinburgh has been changing the world.

Today, we continue to make our mark, with world-leading experts educating the pioneers of tomorrow.

Choose to study at Edinburgh and you’ll be investing in an education that will help you build a successful future.

You'll experience the very best in teaching and research. Through our hands-on and innovative approach, we'll equip you with the skills, insights and perspectives to enhance your employability and career prospects.

Our flexible degree programmes, world-class facilities and award-winning support services combine to ensure your experience at Edinburgh is exceptional and unique.


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.


We're ranked in the top 10 in the UK and in the top 100 in the world for the employability of our graduates* - we invest in your future beyond the end of your programme.

Employers back our graduates

  • Employers want more than a degree holder - they want a graduate with a range of skills and attributes, who can thrive in the working world.
  • Employers from all sectors regard Edinburgh as an excellent training ground for high-flyers and value our graduates' intellectual ability and high-level attributes developed while studying here.

*Times Higher Education, Global Employability Ranking 2018

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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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.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

We’ll work closely with you to help you:

  • become a confident, independent learner and play an active part in the University community; and
  • develop the graduate attributes required for success at the University and beyond.

Personal Tutor

  • Every undergraduate has a Personal Tutor, who provides academic guidance and support, helps you review your progress and can address any concerns that might affect your studies.

Peer support

  • We run a system of peer support in the form of student-run helpdesks, information points, academic families, buddying and mentoring.

Study support for international students

  • Prepare for Success is a web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study.

Housing services

Our students travel from all over the world to study here and we aim to provide the best range and standard of accommodation possible.

Accommodation for postgraduate students is all self-catered and can be found across a range of convenient locations within easy reach of most key University buildings and Edinburgh’s city centre.

University accommodation offers:

  • comprehensive community and welfare networks from our Residence Life team
  • mixed gender residences, with some single-sex flats available
  • laundry facilities
  • secure cycle storage
  • data network services in each bedroom for internet access

Library services

At Edinburgh, you’ll get generous, flexible access to our state-of-the-art library, IT resources and study spaces, helping you fit study in to your busy life.

In total, our Main Library, site libraries and library storage facilities hold in excess of 1.8 million printed volumes and provide access to a host of electronic resources, including:

  • 10 million journal article downloads
  • 8 million e-book chapter downloads
  • 700,000 e-books
  • 100,000 e-journals
  • 700 licensed databases

ICT services

We have a fully integrated support service, offering physical and digital services across library, IT, learning technology, student study spaces and teaching room technologies.

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

The University is at the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Scotland’s inspiring capital is one of Europe’s great cultural hubs and a stimulating place to study.

Sports facilities

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

Our 10 gyms include our spin studio, Velo-city, the recently upgraded Katherine Grainger Rowing Gym and a 102-station cardiovascular gym, complete with network fitness.

There is an extensive, high-quality provision for free and fixed weights, including an underground vault with top-of-the-range equipment and our unique MyGym area for body conditioning.

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.

Student Reviews

The great thing about studying online at Edinburgh
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The online degree is very well structured, with a mix of pre-recorded and live lectures and the opportunity to speak to tutors and experts throughout the course. We have access to the latest research, discounts for conferences and are able to tailor our degree around our area of interest

University of Edinburgh
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Really enjoyed Edinburgh's University, it really taught me a lot and mostly to learn to do what I love and love what I do.

Beautiful City
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and reputable university. Needs to improve its student support but I'm glad I chose to study here.

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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