The University of Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and has seen some of the most notable figures in modern history pass through its doors. Alumni include the naturalist Charles Darwin, inventor Alexandra Graham Bell, philosopher David Hume, surgeon Joseph Lister and authors Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie and Sir Walter Scott. On top of that, the university’s accolades include 21 Nobel Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners, 1 Abel Prize winner, 1 Fields Medal winner, 2 Pulitzer Prize winner, 3 UK Prime Ministers, 2 current UK Supreme Court Justices, and several Olympic gold medallists.
Let’s just say if you choose to study for your degree at the University of Edinburgh, you are in good company!
Founded in 1582 by Edinburgh Town Council, the university started out as a college of law and many of its buildings make up part of the historic Old Town of Edinburgh. With it’s cobbled streets, rich history and cultural heritage Edinburgh is a city of many layers just waiting to be explored.
The University of Edinburgh ranks 18th among the top universities in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings and receives approximately 60,000 applications every year, which based on volume of applications makes it the second most popular university in the UK. However, entry into this prestigious institution is by no means easy and it is listed as the second most difficult university to gain admission into in Scotland and places 9th overall in the UK.
From its six main city centre sites, the University of Edinburgh offers a wide range of disciplines across more than 400 Undergraduate programmes and is based around three colleges containing 20 schools of study:
- College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
- College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
- College of Science & Engineering
86% of university of Edinburgh graduates leave with either a 1st or 2:1 award in their degree and the university is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for the employability of their graduates as well as in the top 100 in the world.
Edinburgh itself is also no stranger to awards having won more than 12 UK best city awards over the last eight years and it remains one of the top destinations for overseas and UK visitors to Scotland.
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