Scottish Universities

University of Edinburgh

If you are thinking of applying for postgraduate study at Edinburgh, the best way to find out more about the University is to Photo of a wind turbinecome and visit.

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12th November 2010. To find out more, and to register your interest, please visit

A world-class university

A centre of academic excellence for over 400 years, and located in the heart of Scotland\'s capital city, the University of Edinburgh is a world-class institution, aiming to attract the best students and staff from around the globe. With more than 25,000 students from over 130 countries, Edinburgh is also one of the largest UK universities, offering a vibrant and cosmopolitan environment for living and learning. The University is made up of three colleges, Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Science and Engineering, and offers one of the widest subject spreads in the UK.

Cutting-edge research

The University of Edinburgh is Scotland\'s number one research university, with an international reputation for innovative research across a wide range of disciplines. Some of our current research activities include Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapies, Renewable Energy and Wave and Tidal-stream Power, and Intellectual Property and Technology Law. The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) placed Edinburgh in the top 5 in the UK for research, and the THES-QS World University Rankings recently ranked the University in the top 20 worldwide. Last year the total value of research awards was £249 million, including awards from government, the EU, research councils, charities, and industry.

Innovative taught postgraduate programmes

With over 250 taught postgraduate programmes, the University offers a wealth of PGT opportunities across its 22 Schools, including full-time, part-time, CPD, and distance online-learning options. Students benefit from world-class teaching in a cutting-edge research environment. Our degrees have been created with your future in mind, incorporating practical and theoretical elements and drawing on our strong links with relevant external organisations from a range of sectors, including business, industry, government and the voluntary sector.


Edinburgh graduates are highly regarded by employers, and the Careers Service offers services to both current and former students, to assist them with finding employment. It also hosts a number of recruitment events, attracting major employers from across the UK. In addition, international students can join Scottish Networks International, giving them access to networking events with potential employers and the chance to compete for prestigious work placements.

Funding your study

Every year, large numbers of students receive scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh. The University recognises that its reputation, future discoveries in science and medicine, and the furtherance of understanding in the arts and humanities depend on attracting highly gifted students capable of undertaking pioneering research. It is the University\'s aim to select students from around the world, based purely on the grounds of academic merit, and irrespective of financial means. In order to make this possible the University has a campaign to raise £25 million, of which £5 million has already been raised.


The University offers a range of first-class facilities. These include its 3.3 million volume Library: founded in 1580, Edinburgh University Library is one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world, and has a host of treasures which bring scholars from all over the world to conduct research. It also offers online access to many hundreds of thousands of journal articles and a growing collection of e-book texts (The Digital Library now represents over two thirds of what is acquired for the Library).

The University also hosts national centres of excellence such as the National eScience Centre (NeSC), the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), and the Confucius Institute (which promotes study of the Chinese language and greater understanding of its culture, history and business). More recently, the University\'s Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) has been chosen to house, manage and direct a £113 million computing facility, known as HECToR (High End Computing Terascale Resource), the largest supercomputer in the UK and one of the top 12 fastest in the world. Another new resource, to be opened in 2010, is the new home of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, a £59 million purpose built facility, located at Little France.

Outside the academic field you will find outstanding facilities too, such as our 5* rated sport and exercise provision (2007 Times Good University Guide), including the pioneering FASIC - Sports Injuries Centre and breathtaking outdoor education programme at Firbush Point, as well as the 62 sports clubs offered by the Sports Union. Outside the sporting sphere, the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) offers access to over 200 clubs and societies, as well as a wealth of student services and facilities.

Accommodation of choice

With a range of accommodation options, from purpose built self-catered flats close to George Square, to the historic Mylne\'s Court in the heart of the Old Town, Edinburgh students have access to some of the best located student accommodation in the UK. All flats are managed by a team of professional Accommodation Managers, responsible for the smooth running of the residences and supported by Residents' Assistants, who live on site.


Edinburgh, Scotland\'s capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the greenest and architecturally most beautiful cities in Northern Europe. Each year it plays host to a series of internationally renowned events such as the Edinburgh International Arts, Fringe, Film, TV and Science Festivals, and is home to numerous nationally and internationally important museums and galleries. Rich in social, cultural, learning and sporting facilities, it is not surprising that Edinburgh was again voted best place to live in the UK in 2007. It has also been voted The Guardian and Observer \'Favourite UK City\' for six years running) and more recently as Europe\'s best small city of the future (2010 fDi magazine).

Visiting the university

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the University during the application process. Many Schools provide formal Visit Days, and others arrange informal visits on request. Studend led tours are available on most Monday and Friday afternoons:


For further information on postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh, please contact:

Student Recruitment & Admissions - Postgraduate Section
57 George Square
University of Edinburgh

Tel: 00 44 131 650 4360