University of Edinburgh

29th
World University Rankings 2023
29th
Impact Rankings 2022
32nd
World Reputation Rankings 2022
Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL, United Kingdom

About University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh (UoE) is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Britain and Ireland’s seven ancient universities.

It is made up of three colleges: arts, humanities and social sciences; science and engineering and medicine and veterinary medicine. Within these three colleges, there are 20 academic schools.

In total, the university attracts around 35,000 students, the majority of which study within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, the largest of its colleges.

Its College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is reputed to be a world-leader in its field.

UoE is an internationally-focussed university and welcomes students from all corners of the globe, with the majority coming from China and the United States.

Its students can also take advantage of the Go Abroad Fund, which provides grants for 250 or students to have a short-term international experience each year. Additionally, students are also encouraged to either study or work abroad as part of their course.

The university receives over £200 million in research income. It spends over £26 million on prizes, scholarships, studentships and bursaries. At around £317 million, it has the third largest endowment of any UK university after Oxford and Cambridge.

A total of 20 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the University of Edinburgh. These include winners of Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Peace, Literature and the Memorial Prize in Economic Science.

Alumni include Charles Darwin, David Hume, Alexander Graham Bell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among many others.

Situated in the heart of the historic capital of Scotland, the city of Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament, an ancient volcanic rock and an iconic castle.

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Key statistics

  • 11.8
    No. of students per staff
    (1)
  • 62 : 38
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (1)
  • 47%
    Percentage of International Students
    (1)
  • 32,844
    Number of FTE Students
    (1)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2023 World University Rankings

Subjects taught at University of Edinburgh

  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Sociology
    • Geography
  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Life sciences

    • Veterinary Science
    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
  • Arts & humanities

    • Archaeology
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Architecture
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Education

    • Education
  • Law

    • Law
  • Psychology

    • Psychology