University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh
“The University retains a special status north of the border, where it is regarded as the nearest thing to Oxbridge… the fact that almost a quarter of the students come from outside the UK testifies to its worldwide reputation” The Sunday Times Good University Guide


10 things you need to know about the University of Edinburgh

1. Established by a Royal Charter in1582, granted by King James VI, the University has educated many students who have gone on to play a significant role in shaping the modern world. The University is part of the Russell Group, which includes some of the most highly regarded universities in the UK.

2. Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland is steeped in history, it is a beautiful city to live in and is regularly voted the UK’s favourite city. With historic buildings, a cosmopolitan population and a thoroughly modern transport system, it is a delightful place to be a student. The University has grown and expanded over time and now is made up of 6 main campuses that form an integral part of the City.

3. Over 35,000 students are enrolled at Edinburgh University, 70% as Undergraduates and 30% as Post Grads. 65% of the student body is from the UK, 12% from the EU, attracted by the high quality education and the no fee arrangement for EU students and 23% from the rest of the world. Edinburgh University receives roughly 50,000 applications every year, which makes it the fourth most popular university in the UK.

4. There are over 300 taught Masters courses to choose from and the University is particularly well known for its Science programmes and in particular the Medical School. The University is the largest provider of online programmes in the Russell Group.

5. Degrees from Edinburgh take four years to complete and are awarded with a Master’s qualification. The first two years are more general and give students an opportunity to study other courses alongside their main subject. This offers some flexibility about choosing a Major.

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6. Over £80 million has been invested in university teaching and learning facilities in recent years and students have access to over 30 libraries. An additional £4 million has been spent on enhancing the student experience with refurbishment of accommodation and provision of new study spaces.

7. The University is ranked 4th in the UK for its research work. Edinburgh scientists were responsible for cloning Dolly the Sheep, developing the Higgs Boson theory (Peter Higgs) and for pioneering the first automated industrial assembly robot.

8. Sporting achievement is key to the University, it entered 88 teams into BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions and is currently ranked 4th in the League. Apart from the 60 Sports Clubs there are at least another 200 clubs for students to get involved in, from Capella signing to African Dance, Medieval re-enactment to Women in STEM.

9. 94% of Edinburgh students are either in full time employment or postgraduate studies within 6 months of graduating which means the University is ranked 6th in the UK and 32nd in world employability rankings.

10. Notable alumni from the University Include:

  • Gordon Brown (Former British Prime Minister)
  • Charles Glover Barkla (Nobel Prize Winner)
  • Alexander Graham Bell (Inventor of the telephone)
  • Charles Darwin (Famed naturalist)
  • Nicholas Ferguson (Chairman of BskyB)
  • J.M. Barrie (Author of Peter Pan)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author of Sherlock Holmes)
  • Micheal McIntyre (Comedian)
  • Sir Chris Hoy (Olympian)

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