• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.85 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.18 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.83 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    72.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    86.8 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    92.5 / 100.0
  • Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities.
  • It is globally recognised for its research, development and innovation and has provided students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years.
  • 80% of graduates leave the university with a 1st or 2:1 award in their degree.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum entry requirements are set to the academic standard required for success on degree programmes, and to enable students from diverse backgrounds to study with the university.

Teaching Methods

  • Besides traditional teaching methods such as lectures, tutorials and labs/practical’s, the university seeks innovative approaches to teaching in order to discover the methods that work best for students. 
  • Examples of such innovation include: e-learning techniques, peer-assisted learning, and 'clicker' technology enabling anonymous voting on keypads to assess understanding in lectures.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Typically undergraduate degree programmes take 4 years, with most programmes in the arts, humanities, engineering, sciences or social sciences letting students study a range of subjects in years 1 and 2, before specialising for years 3 and 4.
  • The Medicine (MBChB) degree is a 6-year programme, whilst Veterinary Medicine and Fine Art degrees take 5 years.
  • In many science and engineering subjects, well-qualified applicants may apply for direct entry to Year 2, making it possible to graduate with a BSc or BEng after 3 years of study. Entry to second year is also available for many art and design programmes.
  • There are more than 1,000 international exchange opportunities available in over 270 destinations worldwide.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Libraries provide access to around 3.4 million printed volumes, more than 420,000 e-books and 45,000 electronic journals. Electronic resources can be accessed on or off campus, 24 hours a day.
  • The university has the largest campus computing network in Britain with more than 3,000 computers in a variety of open-access and specialised computer laboratories.

Disability Services

  • Over 3,600 students at the University of Edinburgh disclosed a disability in 2015/16.
  • The Student Disability Service supports students to fulfil their academic potential.
  • Students are also supported with applications for financial assistance, such as Disabled Students Allowance.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Edinburgh University Students’ Association supports over 280 student societies and volunteering groups.
  • One of its venues, Teviot Row House, is the oldest purpose-built student union in the UK.
  • There are 12 bars and 2 nightclubs across the campus, and EUSA hostS Edinburgh's biggest student club night every Saturday.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers Service advertises more than 2,400 part-time jobs annually, along with over 700 vacation jobs and specific information on opportunities for work at the world famous Edinburgh Festivals.

Careers Guidance

  • An award-winning Careers Service has careers consultants linked to and working closely with every school: in the past year the service has won awards for work supporting internationalisation and with employers.
  • Support includes events covering different career areas, employers and alumni on campus to meet students, and extensive career planning resources and careers information online.
  • There is continued support beyond graduation including remote access, eg via Skype.
  • Students can get university recognition for the skills developed through work experience by getting an Edinburgh Award.
  • The university advertises internships in the UK and across the world but also manage a growing Employ.ed programme with internships on campus, or with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), or with the Third Sector and also overseas.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 69%
  • Postgraduate 31%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 64%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 24%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%


  • The University of Edinburgh was established by a Royal Charter granted by James VI in 1582.
  • For more than 400 years the university has played host to scientists, philosophers and politicians who have shaped the modern world.
  • Fellow graduates signed the United States’ Declaration of Independence, founded Ivy League universities, brought modern medicine to China, post-colonial government to Africa, and wrote some of the world’s most widely read books.

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Chris Hoy – former track cyclist and one of Great Britain's most successful Olympic athletes of all time, with 6 gold medals and 1 silver.
  • Dame Katherine Grainger – rower with 5 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 – British 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, known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent and specific heat, and carbon dioxide.
  • Charles Darwin – naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

Further Details

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33 Buccleuch Place
EH8 9J
UCAS Code E56