The University of Edinburgh
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
The University of Edinburgh offers more than 400 undergraduate programmes across a wide range of disciplines. 86% of graduates leave the university with a 1st or 2:1 award in their degree. Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic city that is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.
UCAS Code: E56
League Table Scores
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the university.Read more
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.Read more
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the university.Read more
A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.Read more
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the university.Read more
The average staffing levels at the university.Read more
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the university spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.Read more
A guide to how much the university spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.Read more
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.Read more
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the university.Read more
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 68%
- Postgraduate 32%
Mode of study
- Full Time 89%
- Part Time 11%
Where students come from
- UK 64%
- EU 11%
- Other 25%
- Male 39%
- Female 61%
Type of Qualification:
Mode of study:
- Full time (877)
Undergraduate Open Days
Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you.
Student Services and Facilities
- The main library, in George Square, is one of the largest academic libraries in the world, with more than 2,300 study spaces, with power and Wi-Fi available 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.
- The Careers Service advertises more than 2,200 part-time jobs annually, along with over 850 vacation jobs and specific information on opportunities for work at the world famous Edinburgh Festivals.
- The Students' Association also offer a range of part-time job opportunities throughout term time and the Festivals.
- An award-winning Careers Service, with professionally trained and experienced careers consultants, linked to and working in partnership with every school, supports students while at the university and beyond graduation.
- An excellent online portal, MyCareerHub, gives access to news, information resources, events, appointments and vacancies – 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, Employed, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- More than 4,000 students at the University of Edinburgh disclosed a disability in 2016/17.
- The Student Disability Service supports students with a range of disabilities, learning difficulties and health conditions.
- Students can also be supported with applications for financial assistance; please refer to the university website for details.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities.
- For more than 400 years the university has played host to scientists, philosophers and politicians who have shaped the modern world.
- Its 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.
- 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 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.
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