The University of Edinburgh (abbreviated as Edin. In
post-nominal), founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the
English-speaking world and one of the former universities of Scotland.
The university has five main campuses in the city of Edinburgh, and many of the
buildings in the historic center belong to the university. The university
played an important role in bringing Edinburgh to its reputation as a leading
intellectual center during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city
the nickname of North Athens.
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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 20th in the world according to the World Ranking of Universities 2020 QS. It is ranked as the sixth best university in Europe by the U.S. Best News Global Universities Ranking, and the seventh best in Europe by the Times Higher Education Ranking. The Research Excellence Framework, a research ranking used by the UK government to determine funding for future research, ranked Edinburgh (joint presentation with Heriot-Watt) in 4th place in the UK for its research power, and in 11th place overall. It is ranked as the 78th most employable university in the world according to the 2017 Global Ranking of Employability Universities. It is a member of the Russell Group and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The institution’s annual income for 2017-18 was £ 949.0 million, of which £ 279.7 million came from grants and research contracts, with an expense of £ 931.3 million.
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University students include some of the leading figures in
modern history, including 3 signatories of the declaration of American
independence and 9 heads of state and government (including 3 prime ministers
of the United Kingdom). As of March 2019, Edinburgh’s alumni, professors
and researchers include 19 Nobel prizes, 3 Turing awards, 1 Fields medalist, 1
Abel Prize winner, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners, 2 UK Supreme Court judges
and several Olympic gold medalists. He still has links with the British
royal family, as he had the Duke of Edinburgh as Chancellor from 1953 to 2010
and Princess Anne since 2011.
Edinburgh receives approximately 60,000 applications each
year, making it the second most popular university in the United Kingdom by
volume of applications. It has the fourth highest admission rate at UCAS
in Scotland, and the eighth overall in the United Kingdom.
University of Edinburgh History
Founded by the City Hall Council of Edinburgh, the
university began its life as a law school using part of a legacy left by a
graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Bishop Robert Reid of St Magnus
Cathedral, Orkney. Thanks to the efforts of the City Council and the
Ministers of the City, the institution expanded its reach and was formally
established as a university by a Royal Charter, granted by King James VI of
Scotland on April 14, 1582 after the request of the Council . This
was unprecedented in the new Presbyterian Scotland, as the oldest universities
in Scotland had been established through papal bulls. Established as
“Tounis College,” it opened its doors to students in October 1583.
The instruction began by another St. Andrews graduate, Robert Rollock. It was
the fourth Scottish university in a period when the richest and most populous
England had only two. It was renamed King James’s College in 1617. In the
18th century, the university was a leading center of the Scottish
In 1762, the Reverend Hugh Blair was appointed by King
George III as the first Regius professor of rhetoric and
Belles-Lettres. This formalized literature as a subject in the university
and the foundation of the English literature department, make Edinburgh the
oldest literary education center in Britain.
Before the construction of the Old College according to
Robert Adam’s plans implemented after the Napoleonic Wars by architect William
Henry Playfair, the University of Edinburgh existed in an area of buildings
from its creation until the early 19th century. The university’s first
custom building was Old College, now Edinburgh Law School, located in South
Bridge. His first strength in teaching was the anatomy and development of
the science of surgery, from where he expanded to many other subjects.
The corridor of the anatomy tunnel ran from the basement of a nearby
house. He went under what was then North College Street (now Chambers
Street), and under the university buildings until he reached the university’s
anatomy conference theater, delivering bodies for dissection. It was from
this tunnel that William Burke’s body was taken after he was hanged.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Old College was
crowding and Sir Robert Rowand Anderson was commissioned to design new
facilities of the Faculty of Medicine in 1875. Initially, the design
incorporated a Graduation Hall, but this was considered too ambitious. A
separate building was built for this purpose, the McEwan Hall, also designed by
Anderson, after the brewer and politician Sir William McEwan donated funds in
1894. It was presented to the University in 1897.
New College was originally opened in 1846 as a college of
the Free Church of Scotland, later of the United Free Church of Scotland.
Since the 1930s it has been the home of the Divinity School. Before the
1929 meeting of the Church of Scotland, candidates for ministry at the United
Free Church studied at New College, while candidates for the former Church of
Scotland studied at the University of Edinburgh Divinity Faculty. During
the 1930s, the two institutions joined together, sharing the New College site
at The Mound.
At the end of the 1950s, there were about 7,000 students
The building that houses the University’s Geography
Institute was once part of the Royal Infirmary.
An Edinburgh Student Representative Council (SRC) was founded in 1884 by student Robert Fitzroy Bell. In 1889, the SRC voted to establish a union (the University of Edinburgh Union (EUU)), which would be housed at Teviot Row House. The University of Edinburgh Sports Union (EUSU) which was founded in 1866. The University of Edinburgh Women’s Union was founded in 1906. On July 1, 1973, the SRC, the EUU and the Street Chambers Union merged to form the University of Edinburgh Student Association (EUSA).
University of Edinburgh admission
Our admission principles show our commitment to admit the
best students who demonstrate the potential to benefit and contribute to the
academic experience we offer.
The objective is:
Promote the applications of students with excellent academic potential
All candidates are asked to demonstrate, through their
application, that they have the potential to succeed at the University,
including a commitment and motivation relevant to their proposed program of
In addition, the University as an international institution
benefits and serves its Scottish context
Applicants are welcome from Scotland, the rest of the
United Kingdom and from around the world to benefit from the unique heritage
and the thriving innovative environment of Scottish education.
Offer equal opportunities to all applicants.
They recognize that not all students will have had the same
opportunity to demonstrate their full academic potential. All
applications receive careful individual consideration and a holistic decision
is made regarding the academic achievement and potential of the individual,
taking into account the context and circumstances in which they were achieved.
Increase the diversity of the student population.
We believe that diversity is educational and socially
desirable in a civilized society, enriching the educational experience for
all. Therefore, they seek to attract a wide range of applicants from
different social, cultural and educational settings, including those who come
from schools or colleges where relatively few students progress to college, and
those who will be members of the first generation of their families to
become university students. They seek to encourage applications from
students of all backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in higher
Applicants with experience in care
They accept applications from talented students who have
experience in care, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help
students with experience in care to run and study successfully at the
Equality and diversity
The University values diversity and is committed to equality
in education. Students are selected based on their individual merits,
abilities and aptitudes.
The university seeks to overcome barriers to participation
and support each individual to develop their full potential.
The entrance is subject to the availability of
places. Where there are restrictions on the number of places that the
University can offer, competition for places is usually extremely high.
The selection procedures to
support the principles described above vary by university, depending on the
subject you are requesting.
University of Edinburgh application deadline
All applications are made through the
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The deadline for receipt of a completed application for all
Home/EU applications is 15th January, for
overseas applications this deadline is 30th June.
How to get into University of Edinburgh
Make sure you have all your supporting documents scanned
and ready to upload. Documents vary by course, so always check the academic
department website for which specific documents are needed. Required documents
required usually include:
Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet or expect to meet the entry requirements;
Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language (please note that some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of your course); English language requirements vary between degrees.
The university accepts the following English language qualifications: IELTS; TOEFL-iBT; PTE; CAE; CPE; IGCSE; Trinty ISE.
Two references – download our referee report form (PDF document, 50 KB);A research proposal (for research programmes only) – always check the department website for instructions and guidance as requirements vary;
A copy of your passport (if you will need a visa to study here).
Check the relevant academic department website for any additional documents you need to provide (for example, some courses may ask for a personal statement).
Apply as early as possible as our courses are popular. Check the academic department website for any closing dates (or funding deadlines for research applicants).
Applications to postgraduate taught and postgraduate
research programmes are made using the University of Edinburgh’s online
application system with the exception of applications for the programmes listed
Professional Diploma in Education (PGDE) applications are made via UCAS
Master of Social Work applications are made via UCAS
Diploma in Professional Legal Practice applications are made via the university where the LLB Law was studied, rather than directly to the University of Edinburgh
MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People applications are made through NHS Scotland
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology applications are made through the Clearing
House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology
Applications for most of their postgraduate programmes are made online. To apply for a programme, look up your chosen programme in the degree finder.
Once you’ve found your programme, look for the “Apply” button in the “Applying” section.
Choose the option with your preferred award, study mode, and start date, then choose “Apply” to begin your application.
The application form contains guidance on how to complete each section. Further support for applicants is also available.
You do not need to complete the application in full; you can save a partially completed application. If you do this, an email will be sent to you that provide a link to allow you to return to the application to complete it.
Once you have submitted your completed application, you will be able to track its progress and accept or decline any offers you receive.
If the applications for your chosen programme are handled by an external organization, institution or professional body you will need to apply using their own online system. (For example, applications for the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes are made through UCAS .)
Before you apply for any of our postgraduate programmes, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.
Follow these steps to make sure you have everything you
need before you submit your application.
Before you apply, you should make sure you have the correct
supporting documents ready to submit with your application. You may need to
upload some or all of the following:
a personal statement outlining your academic history and experience
copies of your degree certificates, if you have already completed your qualification, along with academic transcripts that confirm your final marks
references, if these are required for the application to your chosen program
evidence of your competence in written and spoken English, if English is not your first language
certified translations, if your original documents are not in English
a research proposal, if you are applying for Ph.D. study
To make sure your application
is processed in the fastest possible time, you should upload your supporting
documents to your application before you submit it. We can’t make a decision on
your application until we have received all your relevant documents.
University of Edinburgh acceptance rate
Emphatically speaking, 10% of Edinburgh receives
approximately 60,000 applications each year, making it the second most popular
university in the United Kingdom by volume of applications. The
university is one of the most selective public universities in the world;
This explains its high competitive rate and a very low acceptance rate of 10%.
This means that only 10 out of 100 applicants have access
to the school. Successful applicants generally have “A”
averages and SAT / ACT scores that are significantly above average (a combined
SAT score above 1300 is typical).
According to its admissions website, three of the most
vital factors in a successful application are the intellectual ability,
academic performance and personal qualities that will contribute to the work of
After St. Andrews, it is the most difficult university to
enter in Scotland, and the ninth in general in the United Kingdom.
University of Edinburgh tuition fees
The following are the typical annual course fees for
foreign students sent to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University
Tuition Fees 2018-2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the
university. Tuition depends on the program and the class of courses
applied, which include classroom, mixed, laboratory and clinical teaching.
Classroom teaching: carried out in an ordinary classroom or
conference room Subjects with classroom teaching may include history,
mathematics and philosophy. The tuition fee for your bachelor’s degree is
£ 18,800 and the graduate degree is £ 20,500
Mixed materials: taught in classrooms and laboratories,
such as languages.
Laboratory teaching: Much of the teaching can take place in
a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics. The tuition fee
for your bachelor’s degree is £ 24,600 and the graduate degree is £ 25,100
Clinical teaching: clinical topics may include dentistry,
medicine and veterinary medicine. The tuition for your bachelor’s degree
is £ 32,100- £ 49,900 and the graduate degree is £ 41,700.
The mentioned rates are for
international students. The tuition fee for local students is £ 1820 (for
Edinburgh locations) and £ 9,250 (other UK locations)
University of Edinburgh majors
Here are all the majors obtainable at the University of
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University of Edinburgh ranking
It is worth saying that most of the best qualified
universities in the world today are in the United Kingdom. The University
of Edinburgh is one of those institutions that have a high rating in the United
Kingdom and the world.
The University of Edinburgh is ranked 18th in the world
according to the QS World University 2019 ranking.
It is ranked as the sixth best university in Europe
according to the World Ranking of the best US universities. And the
seventh best in Europe according to the Times Higher Education Ranking.
The Research Excellence Framework, a research classification
used by the United Kingdom government to determine future research funding,
ranked Edinburgh in fourth place in the United Kingdom for its research power
and eleventh overall.
It is ranked as the 78th most employable university in the
world according to the 2017 Global Ranking of Employability Universities.
Within the framework of research excellence of the United
Kingdom of 2014, Edinburgh ranked fourth in the United Kingdom and first in
Scotland. The results also indicate that the university hosts more than
35% of Scotland’s research.
In 2008, the SAR described medicine and computer science as
the first in the United Kingdom.
Edinburgh is among the top 10 in the United Kingdom and the
second in Scotland for the employability of its graduates according to the
classification of recruiters of the main UK companies.
A 2015 government report found that Edinburgh is one of
only two Scottish universities (along with St Andrews), London-based
recruitment and elite professions such as investment banking consider
Edinburgh ranked 13th overall in the 10-year (1998-2007)
average ranking of The Sunday Times of British universities based on the
constant performance of the league table.
The QS World University Rankings 2015 ranked Edinburgh in
17th place in the world.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016
ranked Edinburgh in 24th place in the world.
In 2015, the Academic Ranking of World Universities placed
Edinburgh in 47th place overall and 6th in the United Kingdom.
Edinburgh is ranked 31st in the world (5th in the UK) in
the 2016 Round University Ranking.
University of Edinburgh programs
Here is the complete list of all the
degree programs available at the University of Edinburgh:
Accounting and Business (MA) NN14
Accounting and Finance (MA) NN43
Acoustics and Music Technology (BSc) W380
Agricultural Economics (BSc) D401
Agricultural Science (Animal Science) (BSc) D402
Agricultural Science (Crop and Soil Science) (BSc) D403
Scandinavian Studies and English Language (MA) QR36
Scandinavian Studies and English Literature (MA) RQ63
Scandinavian Studies and History (MA) RV61
Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics (MA) RQ61
Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy (MA) RV65
Scandinavian Studies and Politics (MA) RL62
Scandinavian Studies and Social Policy (MA) RL64
Scandinavian Studies and Spanish (MA) RR64
Scottish Ethnology (MA) V910
Scottish Ethnology and Archaeology (MA) VV94
Scottish Ethnology and Celtic (MA) VQ95
Scottish Ethnology and English Language (MA) VQ93
Scottish Ethnology and English Literature (MA) VQX3
Scottish Ethnology and Scandinavian Studies (MA) VR96
Scottish Ethnology and Scottish History (MA) VV92
Scottish Literature (MA) Q531
Scottish Literature and Classics (MA) QQH8
Scottish Literature and History (MA) QVJ1
Scottish Literature and Scottish History (MA) QV22
Scottish Studies (MA) Q501
Sculpture (BA) W130
Social Anthropology (MA) L600
Social Anthropology and Politics (MA) LL62
Social Anthropology and Social Policy (MA) LL64
Social Anthropology with Development (MA) LL69
Social Policy and Economics (MA) LL41
Social Policy and Law (MA) LM41
Social Policy and Politics (MA) LL42
Social Policy and Sociology (MA) LL43
Social Policy with Quantitative Methods (MA) 4T6H
Social Work (BSc) L500
Sociology (MA) L300
Sociology and Politics (MA) LL32
Sociology and Psychology (MA) LC38
Sociology and Social Anthropology (MA) LL36
Sociology with Quantitative Methods (MA) 5S9K
Software Engineering (BEng) G600
Spanish (MA) R410
Spanish and Business (MA) RN41
Spanish and Classics (MA) RQ48
Spanish and English Literature (MA) RQ43
Spanish and History (MA) RV41
Spanish and History of Art (MA) RV43
Spanish and Linguistics (MA) RQ41
Spanish and Philosophy (MA) RV45
Spanish and Politics (MA) RL42
Spanish and Portuguese (MA) RR45
Sport and Recreation Management (BSc) N230
Structural and Fire Safety Engineering (MEng) HHF1
Structural and Fire Safety Engineering (BEng) HH21
Structural Engineering with Architecture (MEng) H2KC
Structural Engineering with Architecture (BEng) H2K1
Sustainable Development (MA) HL23
Textiles (BA) J420
Theology (MA) QVV6
Theoretical Physics (BSc) F302
Theoretical Physics (MPhys) F306
Veterinary Medicine (5-year programme) (BVM&S) D100
Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme – 4-year programme) (BVM&S) D102
University of Edinburgh online courses
University of Edinburgh online courses is well structured
in way will offer it’s online students the best distance learning experience.
They offer a lot of courses online. To see the online courses at University of
Edinburgh and apply, follow the link below
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University of Edinburgh Notable alumni
University of Edinburgh is an important institution of
higher education that is an alma mater to certain eminent persons who has
distinguished themselves in their profession and has achieved a worthy course
notable in the country or can be attributed to a major achievement that has contributed
in shaping the United Kingdom into the world power that it is today.
Alumni of the university include some of the major figures
of modern history, including
The university is associated, through alumni and academic
staff, with some of the most significant intellectual and scientific
contributions in human history, including laying the foundations of our modern
The University of Edinburgh receives approximately 60,000
applications each year, making it the second most popular university in the
United Kingdom by volume of applications. It has the fourth highest
admission rate at UCAS in Scotland, and the eighth overall in the United
Kingdom. This institution welcomes domestic and international student. And it
can well be said that this intuition is situated in a conducive environment for
learning and research activities. Do well to check out the official website for
more information and application.