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University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of six ancient universities in the UK and an international centre of excellence in research, teaching and innovation. Set in the heart of Scotland’s historic capital city, the University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities, rated 20th in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2021, and 6th in the UK and 7th in Europe by the THE World University Rankings 2020. Edinburgh is a member of the Russell Group, Universitas 21, and the League of European Research Universities (LERU). 

The University is made up of three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Science and Engineering, and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Within these three colleges, there are 20 academic schools. Offering around 400 undergraduate degree programmes, more than 300 postgraduate taught masters courses and 135 research areas covering a wide range of academic disciplines, the University of Edinburgh truly offers an education for life. 

There are currently over 41,000 students with some 18,000 international students from over 156 different nationalities which creates a unique Edinburgh experience. We provide a stimulating working, learning and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities and attract the world's best, from Nobel Prize laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors. 

A total of 21 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. 

At Edinburgh, you will develop your specialist skills, deepen your understanding and gain new insights and perspectives to equip you for your career ahead.

GREAT Scholarships 2021

The University of Edinburgh has 23 GREAT Scholarships available for the 2021-22 academic year for students from China (two), Egypt (one), India (seven), Indonesia (one), Malaysia (three), Mexico (one), Nepal (two), Pakistan (four), Sri Lanka (two). 

For eligible subjects, please visit the university website. 

Key subjects showcase

MSc High Performance Computing with Data Science

Data science is a field of computer science which is concerned with the manipulation, processing and analysis of data to extract knowledge. HPC provides the power underpinning the management and analysis of big data; the increasingly large, complex and challenging data sets that are now generated across many areas of science and business. The MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science will provide you with a thorough grounding in HPC technologies together with a practical understanding of the key ideas and techniques of data science and the HPC tools that underpin them.

MSc Theoretical Physics/Mathematical Physics

The MSc programmes in Theoretical Physics and in Mathematical Physics are designed to prepare students for a research career in academia or industry by introducing advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of research areas, while emphasising the underlying physics concepts. Both MScs build upon our dedicated postgraduate courses and our  integrated Masters (MPhys) programmes. The MSc programmes form a core part of the activities of the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics. 

MSc Electrical Power Engineering

The one-year MSc programme in Electrical Power Engineering is designed to immerse you in the most current developments in the field, through a combination of taught modules, workshops, a summer research dissertation, and a number of supporting activities delivered by internationally leading experts in the field.  

Further information about the University of Edinburgh

Historic and Prestigious

  • World-class university and top study destination in the UK and within Europe
  • Ranked 6th in UK, 7th in Europe by THE World University Rankings 2020
  • Ranked 20th in the World by QS World University Rankings 2020
  • One of the world’s leading research universities, 1st in Scotland and 4th in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Ranked in the Top 10 in the UK and top 100 in the world for student employability (THE Global University Employability Ranking 2018)

Innovative and quality assured teaching standards

  • One of the largest universities in the UK
  • Over 41,000 students, more than 25,000 undergraduates, 15,000+ postgraduates 
  • Over 18,000 international students from more than 156 countries
  • 3 Colleges, 20 Schools
  • Academic to student ratio 1:5 
  • Outstanding history of discovery, invention and innovation
  • Research at Edinburgh has laid the foundations of modern economics, sociology, the Enlightenment, geology, English literature, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, antiseptic surgery and the theory of evolution 
  • Associated with 21 Nobel Prize winners for Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Economics

Research with Global impact

  • 83 per cent of University’s research activity classified as world leading/internationally excellent (REF 2014)
  • Scotland’s leading research institution attracting record levels of investment in its pioneering work
  • Over 1,000 international research collaborations
  • Excellent reputation for teaching & research with over 80% academic staff active in research