The University of Edinburgh


The University was established by a Royal Charter granted by James VI in 1582. For more than 400 years the University has played host to scientists, philosophers and politicians who have shaped the modern world. Fellow graduates signed the United States’ Declaration of Independence, founded Ivy League universities, brought modern medicine to China, post-colonial government to Africa, and wrote some of the world’s most widely read books.

Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city that offers a unique living and learning experience. It has been voted favourite UK City for 13 consecutive years. Edinburgh regularly receives high satisfaction ratings for safety and security in the International Student Barometer survey. Excellent road, rail and air transport links make Edinburgh accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond.


Key Numbers

  • Average tuition fees - £17,400
  • Estimated living costs - £11,000
  • Minimum IELTS score - 6.5
  • Student satisfaction - 80
  • Employment prospects - 78.6
  • International student ratio - 27%



  • The Times: 37
  • The Guardian: 30
  • QS World Rankings: 23
  • Complete University Guide: 23