The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583, the last of the four ancient Scottish universities. It is a world leading centre of academic excellence, ranked 4th in the UK for research power. It is also now home to the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
Courses and Specialisms
There are over 500 degree programmes on offer, taught through 20 academic schools in three colleges:
The university has over 37,500 students, including 24,315 undergraduates and almost 16,000 EU and international students. 80% of its graduates reported as leaving with a first or upper second class honours degree.
According to HESA, 93.5% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2014/15.
You might be able to spend part of your undergraduate course abroad through the Erasmus+ programme or exchanges with universities in North and South America, Asia or Australasia.
Facilities and Services
Edinburgh is the largest university in Scotland, with buildings spread across the city. The library is one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world. All ten of the main libraries have study spaces and IT facilities.
The university is one of the UK's leading sports universities. They have excellent facilities managed by the University's Centre for Sport and Exercise. It includes extensive state-of-the-art gyms, a residential centre for outdoor activities, a swimming pool, widespread playing fields and a leading sports injuries clinic.
There are more than 60 different sports clubs to choose from, and clubs cater for all ability levels. Sport-specific coaches currently lead eight sports: rowing, swimming, hockey, women's fencing, archery, orienteering, rugby and women's basketball.
The university ranked 2nd in the UK for nursing in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2018.
In the same league tables they ranked 3rd in the UK for social work.
The university is consistently ranked as one of the best 50 universities in the world. It ranked 19th place in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings.
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