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, which creates a unique Edinburgh experience. We provide a stimulating working, learning and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities and attract the world's best, from Nobel Prize winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors.
As host to more than 39,000 students from some 156 countries, the University of Edinburgh continues to attract the world’s greatest minds. The university offers 500 undergraduate programs and more than 300 taught masters courses and 150 research areas, and are one of Britain’s leading research universities. 83% of our research activity is rated 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.**
The University of Edinburgh is embeds employability into teaching and learning experiences, and is ranked 6th in the UK and 32nd in the world for employability ***. The University's Careers Service, provides a host of opportunities to students to develop their skills, knowledge and experience throughout your studies.
The University of Edinburgh offers world-class facilities and first-class teaching in a city regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world.
* Times Higher Education World Rankings
** The Research Excellence Framework 2014
*** Latest Global Employability University Rankings
Teaching and research excellence
The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. The University offers around 500 undergraduate courses and more than 300 taught masters courses from 150 research areas over three colleges:
The University's 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. The 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 and technology used in smartphones.