The University of Edinburgh is one of the sixth oldest universities in the UK. The university offers a wide range of courses under 21 schools which are compressed under three colleges namely:

  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Science and Engineering.

The university was ranked first in the UK for Sociology in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vet School in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and Informatics in the college of Science and Engineering, says the Research Fortnight REF 2014. The university is ranked 20th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. The University of Edinburgh was ranked 19th in the world’s most international universities, says the Times Higher Education: The World’s Most International Universities 2020. The university is also ranked as one of the top 5 sporting universities in the UK, according to the British Universities and Colleges Sport 2018/19.

Life in University of Edinburgh

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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of the three colleges in the university. The college comprises 12 schools namely:

  • Business School
    • The business school has triple accreditation namely AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.
    • Other programmes are also accredited to various other professional bodies including the CFA Institute; Chartered Banker; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and more
  • Centre for Open Learning
    • The school offers programmes in the following areas:
      • Access Programme
      • English Language Education
      • International Foundation Programmes and more
    • Divinity
      • The programmes offered by this school are MA Religious Studies; MA Religious Studies & English/Scottish Literature; MA Theology; MA Philosophy and Theology; MA Divinity and Classics; BD/MDiv Divinity.
      • The school is ranked number 1 in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Theology and Religious studies, according to the Research Excellence Framework, 2014.
    • Economics
      • The school of Economics has developed collaborations with the European Bank, The World Bank, MEDIACOM, Wood Mackenzie, The Scottish Government and more.
      • The school offers three master programmes namely Masters in Economics, Masters in Economics (Econometrics) and Masters in Economics (Finance).
    • Edinburgh College of Art
      • The college comprises of five schools namely:
        • Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
        • School of Art
        • School of Design
        • History of Art
        • Reid School of Music
      • Health in Social Science
        • The school offers courses in the subject areas including:
          • Clinical Psychology
          • Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences
          • Nursing studies
        • History, Classics and Archaeology
          • The school focuses on the subject areas including:
            • History
            • Classics
            • Archaeology
          • The school has research centers namely the centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History; Edinburgh Centre for Global History; Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
        • Law
        • Literature, Languages and Cultures
          • The subject area of the school includes:
            • Asian Studies
            • Celtic and Scottish Studies
            • English Literature
            • European Languages and Cultures
            • Film and Theatre Studies
            • Islamic and Middles Eastern Studies
            • Translation Studies
          • The school is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages and English Language and Literature, according to the QS World Rankings by Subject 2021
        • Moray House School of Education and Sport
          • The school is comprised of well-established institutes namely:
            • The Institute for Education, Community and Society (IECS)
            • The Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership (IETL)
            • The Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS)
            • The Institute for Language Education (ILE)
          • The school has collaborative partnerships with Place2Be at Moray House; Leadership and Learning (MEd); Professional Learning as Critical Enquiry (Place) for Whole School Improvement; Supporting Teacher Learning in and through Practice (STLitP).
          • The courses of the school are accredited by professional bodies such as the Scottish Social Services Council; Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland; the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and more
          • The school is affiliated to the University’s Global Environment and Society Academy; the Global Justice Concerns and more.
          • The school is ranked number 1 in the UK for offering Sport Science, says THE World University Rankings 2021
          • The school is also ranked 3rd for Education and 4th for Sport Science in the UK, says the Complete University Guide 2021.
        • Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
          • The subject areas of the school include:
            • Philosophy
            • Psychology
            • Linguistics
            • English Language
          • Social and Political Science
            • The school offers wide range of courses in the following subject areas:
              • Centre of African Studies
              • Politics and International Relations (PIR)
              • Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
              • Social Anthropology
              • Social Policy
              • Social Work
              • Sociology

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

The college is comprised of two medical schools namely:

  • Edinburgh Medical School
    • The school offers the following undergraduate courses:
      • Medicine (MBChB)
      • MBChB for healthcare professionals (HCP-Med)
      • BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences
      • Oral Health Sciences
      • Biomedical Sciences programmes
    • The school has three deaneries including:
      • the Deanery of Clinical Sciences
        • It is an MRC Centre for Reproductive Health; MRC Centre for Inflammation Research; University of Edinburgh/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science; Centre for Regenerative Medicine; Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences; Edinburgh Dental Institute.
      • the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
        • It is the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences; Patrick Wild Centre; Infection Medicine; Biomedical Teaching Organisation
      • the Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences.
        • It is the Institute of Genetics and Cancer; Usher Institute; Edinburgh Pathology
      • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
        • The school is accredited by The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS); The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE); The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC); The South African Veterinary Council.
        • The school offers veterinary services under the Hospital for Small animals, Equine Veterinary Services, Production Animals and Easter Bush Pathology.
        • The school comprises of The Roslin Institute; The Global Academy of; Agriculture and Food Security; The Roslin Innovation Centre; The Hospital for Small Animals; Equine Veterinary Services; Farm Animal Services; Easter Bush Pathology; The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.
        • The school is ranked first in the UK for Veterinary Sciences for three years, says the Guardian University Guide.
        • The school is also ranked 4th best university in the world for Veterinary Sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

College of Science and Engineering

The school is comprised of seven schools namely:

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Engineering
  • School of GeoScience
  • School of Informatics
  • School of Mathematics
  • School of Physics and Astronomy.

The college has various facilities such as Library, catering, study spaces, career centre, sports and much more. The popular programmes and courses of the college include Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Chemistry; Computing Sciences (Informatics); Engineering and Electronics; Environmental and Ecological Sciences; Geography; Earth Sciences (Geology and Geophysics); Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy.


The university has notable alumni and staff members which includes 19 Nobel price winners. The university has more than 320 student societies covering sports, politics, social and community support and arts. Currently, the students of the university are spread across five campuses around the city which houses some of the world’s most important collections, including art, musical instruments, natural history, geology, anatomy, rare books and manuscripts.

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