The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh offers more than 500 undergraduate programmes across a wide range of disciplines. 89% of graduates leave the university with a 1st or 2:1 degree classification. Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic city that is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the coast, near the sea

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: E56

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 67%
  • Postgraduate 33%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 63%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 25%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The main library in George Square is one of the largest academic libraries in the world, providing more than 2,300 study spaces, with power and Wi-Fi at every desk.
  • The main library is open 24/7; other site libraries also have extensive opening hours and award-winning staff available to help.
  • In total, the university's libraries and storage facilities hold in excess of 1.8 million volumes, almost 700,000 e-journal titles and 700 licensed databases. Electronic resources can be accessed on- or off-campus, 24 hours a day.

Student jobs

  • The Careers Service advertises more than 2,000 part-time jobs annually, along with over 3,300 internship and vacation jobs and specific information on opportunities for work at the world famous Edinburgh Festivals.
  • The Students' Association also offers a range of part-time job opportunities throughout term time and during the Festivals.

Careers advice

  • An award-winning Careers Service supports students while at the university and beyond graduation, with professionally trained and experienced careers consultants linked to and working in partnership with every school.
  • An online portal – MyCareerHub – gives access to news, information resources, events, appointments, and vacancies which range from taster weeks to internships and graduate roles.
  • An extensive range of on-campus fairs and events attracts employers and alumni, from big multinationals through to non-profit organisations, start-ups and local SMEs.
  • A bespoke internship scheme, Employ.ed, offers internships on campus, with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with the third sector, and overseas.
  • The sector-leading Edinburgh Award gives students a chance to gain recognition for the skills developed from work experience and wider student life.

Health services

  • The university has its own Health Centre, which is an independent NHS partnership. Students living within the catchment area must register to use its services – which include comprehensive medical care, contraceptive advice, antenatal services, child welfare services and nursing services.
  • Vitality, the university's dentist and optician service based in the Potterrow Student Union building, welcomes all students for free registrations and free NHS optical and dental examinations.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A free, confidential counselling service provides professional short-term help for any personal concerns, whether or not they are related to study. All counsellors are experienced and professionally trained.
  • Counselling is offered to help students work through their difficulty, understand themselves better and find ways of managing their situation; email counselling is available for those for whom face-to-face counselling is not an option.
  • There is also a range of self-help workshops and literature.

Disability support

  • Almost 5,000 students at the University of Edinburgh disclosed a disability in 2017/18.
  • The Student Disability Service supports students with a range of disabilities, learning differences and health conditions which affect their studies. Support is tailored to individual needs.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information about the range of support available.

Other services and facilities

  • Every undergraduate has a personal tutor who provides academic guidance and support, helps each student review their progress, and can address any academic concerns.
  • There is a system of peer support in the form of student-run help desks, information points, academic families, buddying and mentoring – this allows newer students to call on the help and advice of more experienced students as they progress through university life.

Students' Union

  • Edinburgh University Students' Association supports over 290 student societies and volunteering groups.
  • One of its venues, Teviot Row House, is the oldest purpose-built Student Union in the UK – it looks like Hogwarts! There are 13 bars and two nightclubs across the campus, and the Students' Association hosts Edinburgh's biggest student club night every Saturday.
  • The Students' Association runs the Advice Place, a professional advice service offering students free, impartial and confidential support on anything and everything – be it their studies, health and well-being, accommodation or finances.


  • Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, placed 18th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
  • For more than 400 years the university has played host to scientists, philosophers and politicians who have shaped the modern world.
  • Associated with 21 Nobel Prize winners, university academics have advanced the public understanding of how our behaviour affects aging, helped protect forest ecosystems, and helped bring broadband to remote communities.

Fascinating Fact

  • Nobel Prize winner, Emeritus Professor Peter Higgs was a lecturer at Edinburgh when he proposed the Higgs boson.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir Chris Hoy – former track cyclist and one of Great Britain's most successful Olympic athletes of all time, with six Gold medals and one Silver.
  • Dame Katherine Grainger – rower with five Olympic medals; Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian.
  • Gordon Brown – former Labour prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer of the United Kingdom.
  • J.K. Rowling – novelist, screenwriter and film producer, best known for the Harry Potter series.
  • Ian Rankin – crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.
  • Kirsty Wark – journalist and TV presenter, known for presenting Newsnight.
  • David Hume – philosopher, historian, and economist who influenced and collaborated with Adam Smith.
  • Joseph Black – physician and chemist, notable for the discoveries of magnesium, latent and specific heat, and carbon dioxide.
  • Charles Darwin – naturalist, geologist and biologist, celebrated for his contributions to the science of evolution.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – author and physician, creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.


University of Edinburgh, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS