• 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 Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

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