The University of Edinburgh

2014 League Table Ranking 18
2014 Overall Score 802
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Entry Standards 485 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.75 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,473 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.84 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 492 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 75.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 90.8 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 82.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 41.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The university was established by a Royal Charter granted by James VI in 1582.
  • Former rectors include Winston Churchill, Earl Kitchener, Alexander Fleming, William Gladstone, David Lloyd George and Stanley Baldwin.

Location and transport

  • Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and listed as a world heritage site.
  • The city has been voted 'Favourite UK City' nine years running.
  • Excellent road, rail and air transport links make Edinburgh accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond.

Entry standards

  • Our minimum entry grades have been set at a level to encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, whilst meeting our academic requirements.
  • Please use our on-line degree finder to check entry requirements for particular degree programmes.

Student mix

  • The undergraduate gender split is 58% female, 42% male (2011–12).
  • Undergraduates by entry domicile: Scotland 41.4%; rest of UK 29.1%; rest of EU 10.0%; rest of world 19.5% (2011–12).
  • Proportion of UK undergraduates from state schools or colleges 74.4%.

Course flexibility

  • Typically the degree programmes take four years, the first two years offering more general, flexible study.
  • This gives an opportunity to study courses outside student's main subject area, for most of our degrees. In many cases this gives the flexibility to delay the final choice of Honours subjects.

Teaching standards

  • The Quality Assurance Agency's Enhancement-led Institutional Review expressed broad confidence in the university's current, and likely future, management of the quality of its provision and the academic standards of its awards. Broad confidence is the highest point on the three-point confidence scale used in ELIR.
  • Internal reviews of teaching ensure that high standards are maintained and courses are up to date.
  • The reviews also play an important role in facilitating change, improving teaching methods and enhancing the student experience.
  • A new system of academic and pastoral care has recently been launched, part of a three-year, £4-m investment to enhance the student experience.

Research standards

  • One of an elite group of institutions recognised for international standard research.
  • The University of Edinburgh ranked 5th overall in the UK and top in Scotland by volume of 4* 'world-leading' research. Sixty-three % of the university's research activity was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (quality level of either 3* or 4*).
  • Research of international standing in physical sciences, biological and biotechnological sciences, engineering, informatics, earth and environmental sciences and mathematics.
  • Home to leading international researchers across the arts, humanities, education, law, management, health and social sciences.

Academic strengths

  • The Edinburgh medical degree has long been one of the most highly-regarded qualifications in the world.
  • Research of international standing in physical sciences, biological and biotechnological sciences, engineering, informatics, earth and environmental sciences and mathematics.
  • Home to leading international researchers across the arts, humanities, education, law, management, health and social sciences.

Student facilities, including Library and Computing

  • Heavy investment in open-access computing provision. Edinburgh has one of the largest campus networks in the UK, with over 1,000 seats available in 20 labs.
  • Scotland's largest university library holds around three million printed volumes, more than 600,000 electronic books and more than 20,000 electronic journals.
  • These electronic resources can be accessed remotely at any time.
  • Received a Matrix Award for Excellence for our Careers Service, which offers skills training, guidance and careers information.

Disability Services

  • Information about disability services at the University of Edinburgh is available on our website.

Students' Union

  • EUSA is run by students for students, offering free and confidential advice and supporting over 260 student societies.
  • EUSA runs the city's biggest student nightclub (capacity 1,000), with a state of the art lighting and sound system.
  • Teviot, the largest union building, has five bars over seven floors and offers stand-up comedy, pub quizzes, ceilidhs, etc.


  • One of Scotland's leading sporting universities, the British Universities and Colleges Sports Association ranked Edinburgh in their UK top five.
  • Facilities include state-of-the-art gyms, residential centre for outdoor activities, climbing wall, swimming pool, extensive playing fields and sports injury clinic.
  • "We're always on the road and this is the best facilitiy we've ever had." Quote from Nick Gill, All Blacks Strength and Conditioning Coach.
  • The Sports Union (EUSU) enters more teams than any other university into the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) leagues.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • Developing a new £4-4m Veterinary Studies building.
  • Phased refurbishment/remodelling of the main library continues, providing students with excellent study and learning resources, by an investment of approximately £60m.

Recent investments include:

  • £4.4-m extension to the Centre for Sport and Exercise.
  • £19-m Clinical Research Imaging Centre.
  • £17-m refurbishment of the Business School.
  • £37-m building for the School of Informatics – a unique purpose-built research facility.
  • The new medical school was completed in 2002 at a cost of £38m.

Availability of part-time work

  • The Careers Service maintains a vacancy and employer database, offering regular or one-off part-time work, as well as other vacancies.
  • Vacation work should be easy to find as Edinburgh is a busy capital city which is popular with tourists.

Notable alumni

  • Famous former students include Chris Hoy, Katherine Grainger, Gordon Brown, Ian Rankin, Kirsty Wark, philosopher David Hume, chemist Joseph Black, Charles Darwin and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 131 650 4360
  • The University of Edinburgh
    57 George Square
    EH8 9JU
UCAS Code E56

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