University of Edinburgh introduction

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's leading universities.

The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 4th in the UK and 21st in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2015.

Located at the heart of Scotland's capital city, the University of Edinburgh is the largest university in Scotland, and offers a very wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) programmes across the Colleges of Humanities & Social Science, Science & Engineering and Medicine & Veterinary Medicine.

English Language courses are also available through our English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) to students with varying levels of English.

The City of Edinburgh is often voted as one of the best locations to live and study in the UK and students from all over the world come and study here every year. With students from over 150 different countries, a multi-cultural environment will greet any student coming here.

The University has over 35,000 students – approximately 23,000 undergraduates and 10,000+ postgraduates – this includes over 14,000 international students from more than 150 countries.

The University employ approximately 10,000 staff members who provide comprehensive support for students. The academic to student ratio is 1:5.

Numerous research intensive networks and global partnerships include the Russell Group, the League of European Research Universities and Universitas 21.

The following Welcome presentation provides more detail on the above summary -

City of Edinburgh introduction

The University is located at the very heart of the city, which ensures that our campus and our students are an integral part of everything that is going on.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city and is regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Edinburgh also regularly receives high satisfaction ratings for safety and security in the International Student Barometer survey. This cosmopolitan, safe and welcoming atmosphere encourages international students to feel at home quickly.

For further information, please see our World Class Edinburgh video.

Welcoming Canadian students from around the world

The University of Edinburgh has been welcoming Canadian students for hundreds of years and is one of the most popular choices for Canadian students in the UK. At present (2016), we have just over 500 students from Canada enrolled on our programmes.

Areas of study

The University has 20 schools covering a broad range of academic areas.

Moray House School of Education

Moray House School of Education is home to internationally recognised experts in all aspects of education and sports-related studies. We offer postgraduate opportunities across a vast range of disciplines from the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) to Dance Science and Education.

Our staff are internationally renowned for their theory-informed applied research which informs their teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

We are consistently ranked as one of the top three centres of excellence for educational research in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) we received the highest rating in Scotland and the second highest in the UK. We are also ranked among the best universities in the UK for our sports and exercise facilities.

Edinburgh Law School

The City of Edinburgh has been a major centre for Law since the Middle Ages, and for over 300 years we have trained generations of the world’s finest legal minds, sustaining a history of fine legal scholarship and education.

Today we are larger and more diverse than ever. With a dynamic, outward-looking and research active ethos, and several specialist research centres, Edinburgh Law School attracts leading as well as promising young legal scholars from all fields and from around the world. We are currently ranked in the top 30 Law Schools in the world (37th in the QS World University Rankings 2015) and 9th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2016).

With 21 on-campus masters programmes to choose from, which can be studied both part-time or full-time, we offer a flexible and varied method to advance your studies in Law. We also offer six masters programmes and a postgraduate certificate in law by online distance learning, enabling to study from anywhere in the world while maintaining professional and personal commitments.

Business School

The University of Edinburgh Business School enjoys a long tradition of teaching and research. The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in business and management and provides a platform for research, discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues.

We are in the top 1% of business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation. These have been awarded by:

  • The US Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • The European Quality and Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • The Association of MBAs (AMBA)

The Business School has an international student body typically representing more than 88 countries. More information about our students can be located at

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.