The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583, the last of the 4 ancient Scottish universities. It is now Scotland’s largest university and centre of academic excellence, ranked 4th in the UK for research power. It is also the home of the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
Courses and specialisms
There are over 400 degree programmes on offer, taught through 20 academic schools in three colleges:
The university has almost 40,000 students, including 25,303 undergraduates (22,205 of these are full time). 86% of graduates leave the university with a first or upper second class Honours degree.
According to HESA, 93.2% of students from the 2015/16 academic year went into employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Last year more than 400 students studied at international partner universities in Australia, Canada, USA, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea. Around 500 students worked or studied in Europe through the Erasmus+ programme.
Facilities and services
The university is home to a wide range of facilities including: one of the UK’s 10 Wellcome Trust research facilities; The Institute of Astronomy at the Historic Royal Observatory in Edinburgh; The Hospital for Small Animals at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
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, men’s rugby and women’s basketball.
The Times World University Rankings 2018 has ranked the University of Edinburgh 1st in Scotland.
Veterinary Medicine is ranked 1st in the UK in both the Guardian University Guide 2018, and The Times 2018 League Tables.
The university is ranked 1st in the UK for Social Work and 2nd in the UK for Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019).
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