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University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh
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Bygone Times….

The University of Edinburgh is a public research university located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a privately controlled institution of higher education at Edinburgh, one of the most noted of Scotland’s universities.

Authorized a “Royal Charter” by King James VI in 1582 and officially commenced in 1583, it is one of Scotland's 4 ancient universities and the 6th-oldest university in continually operational in the English-speaking world today!

During the 18th century, the university developed a particular eminence in teaching anatomy and the emerging science of surgery, and it was considered one of the most prominent medical schools in the English-speaking world.

After 275 years of authoritative administration by the town council, the Universities (Scotland) Act 1858 granted the university full authority over its own affairs. The act formulated governing bodies, including a university court and a general council, and remodeled the roles of prime officials like the chancellor, rector, and principal.

The new Medical School started in 1884, but the building was not consummated until 1888. Then, after politician and brewer William McEwan garnered funds in 1894, an exclusive graduation building was constructed. The ensuing McEwan Hall on Bristo Square was presented to the university in 1897.

On 1st August 1998, the Moray House Institute of Education, established in 1848, amalgamated with the University of Edinburgh, becoming its Faculty of Education. Following the internal redesigning of the university in 2002, Moray House became the “Moray House School of Education”.

The alumni of the university enlist some of the renowned figures of modern history. Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, philosopher David Hume, and physicist James Clerk Maxwell studied at Edinburgh.

The university garners several heads of state and government amongst graduates, including 3 British Prime Ministers and many more.

The university has five main sites in Edinburgh:

  • Central Area
  • King's Buildings
  • BioQuarter
  • Easter Bush
  • Western General

Faculties & Courses:

The University of Edinburgh's academic model is based on 3 Colleges containing schools as below.

College of Arts, Humanities Social Sciences

  • Business School
  • School of Divinity
  • School of Economics
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Moray House School of Education & Sport
  • School of Health in Social Science
  • School of History, Classics & Archaeology
  • School of Law
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • School of Social & Political Science
  • Centre for Open Learning

College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

  • Edinburgh Medical School
  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

College of Science & Engineering

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

Sub-units, centers & institutes

Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (A.I.A.I.)

  • Centre for the History of the Book (C.H.B.)
  • Centre for Regenerative Medicine (C.R.M.)
  • Centre for the Study of World Christianity (C.S.W.C.)
  • Centre for Theology & Public Issues (C.T.P.I.)
  • Digital Curation Centre (D.C.C.)
  • Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre (E.C.R.C.)
  • Edinburgh Dental Institute (E.D.I.)
  • Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (E.P.C.C.)
  • Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (E.S.A.L.A.)
  • Euan MacDonald Centre
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (I.A.S.H.)
  • International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (I.C.M.S.)
  • Institute for the Study of Science, Technology & Innovation (I.S.S.T.I.)
  • Koestler Parapsychology Unit
  • Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (L.F.C.S.)
  • MRC Human Genetics Unit (MRC H.G.U.)
  • Nursing Studies
  • Roslin Institute
  • Scottish Studies
  • UK Centre for Astrobiology (U.K.C.A.)

Online programs/Distance Learning Courses

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Anatomical Sciences
  • Ancient Worlds (Archaeology and Classics)
  • Applied Conservation Genetics with Wildlife Forensics
  • Applied Medical Image Analysis
  • Applied Poultry Science
  • Biodiversity, Wildlife & Ecosystem Health
  • Clinical Animal Behaviour
  • Clinical Education
  • Clinical Management of Pain
  • Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
  • Clinical Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Conservation Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Data Science for Health & Social Care
  • Data Science, Technology & Innovation
  • Data, Inequality & Society
  • Digital Education
  • Digital Media Design
  • Education Futures
  • Epidemiology
  • Epistemology, Ethics & Mind
  • Equine Science
  • Family Medicine
  • Food Safety
  • Future Governance
  • General Surgery
  • Global Challenges
  • Global Development Challenges
  • Global Environment Challenges
  • Global Food Security & Nutrition
  • Global Health and Infectious Diseases
  • Global Health Challenges
  • Global Health Policy
  • Global Health Studies
  • High-Performance Computing
  • High-Performance Computing with Data Science
  • History
  • Imaging
  • Information Technology Law
  • Innovation, Technology & the Law
  • Integrated Global Health
  • Internal Medicine
  • International Animal Health
  • International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law
  • International Commercial Law & Practice
  • International Development
  • Social Justice & Community Action
  • Stem Cells & Translational Neurology
  • Surgical Sciences
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Urology
  • Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
  • Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia
  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Patient Safety & Clinical Human Factors
  • PET-MR Principles & Applications
  • Philosophy, Science & Religion
  • Primary Care Ophthalmology
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Science Communication & Public Engagement
  • Service Management & Design
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Mental Health in Children & Young People: Psychological Approaches
  • Narrative Futures: Art, Data, Society
  • Neuroimaging for Research

Grades & Grading System:

Common Marking Schemes

The University enumerates the following Common Marking Schemes:

Undergraduate Degree Assessment (except B.V.M.&S and M.B.Ch.B)

1 2 3 4
“Honours Class” Marks Grade Non-honors Description
1st 90% to 100% ‘A1’ Excellent
1st 80% to 89% ‘A2’ Excellent
1st 70% to 79% ‘A3’ Excellent
2.1 60% to 69% ‘B’ Very Good
2.2 50% to 59% ‘C’ Performance at a level showing the capacity to obtain at least a lower second-class honors degree
3rd 40% to 49% ‘D’ Pass, may not be adequate for leaping to an honors programme
Fail 30% to 39% ‘E’ Marginal Fail
Fail 20% to 29% ‘F’ Clear Fail
Fail 10% to 19% ‘G’ Bad Fail
Fail 0 to 9% ‘H’ Bad Fail

Postgraduate Assessment Marking System

Mark Grade Description
90% to 100% ‘A1’ A brilliant performance, satisfactory for a distinction
80% to 89% ‘A2’ A brilliant performance, satisfactory for a distinction
70% to 79% ‘A3’ An excellent performance, satisfactory for a distinction
60% to 69% ‘B’ A very good performance
50% to 59% ‘C’ A good performance, satisfactory for a master's degree
40% to 49% ‘D’ Satisfactory performance for the diploma and certificate, but inadequate for a master's degree
30% to 39% ‘E’ Marginal Fail
20% to 29% F Clear Fail
10% to 19% G Bad Fail
0 to 9% H Bad Fail

Important Dates:

Semester dates for the 2022/23 academic year.

Semester 1

19th September – 26th December 2022

Date Event
12th -15th September Welcome Week
19th September Semester 1 starts / Teaching block 1 starts
21st October Teaching block 1 ends
24th October Teaching block 2 starts
“To be confirmed” Graduations
2nd December Teaching block 2 ends
5th December Revision
12th – 23rd December Examinations
23rd December Semester 1 ends
26th December Winter teaching vacation starts
“To be confirmed” University closed

Semester 2

16th January - 26th May 2023

Date Event
“To be confirmed” “January Welcome”
16th January 2023 2ndSemesterstarts / Teaching block-3 starts
17th February 2023 Teaching block-3 ends
20th February 2023 Flexible Learning Week starts
27th February 2023 Teaching block-4 starts
7th April 2023 Teaching block-4 ends
10th to 21st April 2023 Spring teaching vacation time
24th April 2023 Revision
1st May to 26th May 2023 Examinations time
26th May 2023 2ndSemester ends
29th May 2023 Summer teaching vacation commences
“To be confirmed” Graduations
“To be confirmed” Resit examinations

Ratings & Rankings:

University of Edinburgh World Rankings

Ranked By The year 2016 The year 2017 The year 2018 The year 2019 The year 2020 2021
ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) - Universities Rankings #41 #32 #32 #31 #42 NA
QS - World University Ranking NA #19 #23 #18 #20 #20
THE (Times Higher Education) - University Ranking NA #27 #27 #29 #30 #30
The Complete University Guide - University Ranking (UK) NA #19 #23 #23 #16 #15
The Guardian - University Rankings NA #22 #30 #28 #25 #13
US News & World Report - Global Universities  NA NA #27 #28 #28 #30

University of Edinburgh QS Ranking Indicators

Parameter University of Edinburgh QS Score (2021) Weightage
Academic Reputation 98.00 40.0%
Employer Reputation 95.40 10.0%
Faculty: Student 83.10 20.0%
Citations per Faculty 50.20 20.0%
International Faculty 98.20 5.0%
International Students 99.00 5.0%

For the 2020 Employability Rankings, the University of Edinburgh obtained an overall score of 69.60; the fractionalization of the same is mentioned in the table below

Parameter QS Score (2020) Weightage
Employer Reputation 90.40 30.0%
Alumni Outcome 56.60 25.0%
Partnerships with Employers 77.10 25.0%
Employer-Student Connection 60.70 20.0%

Subject-Wise Ratings of the University of Edinburgh

Program/Subject QS Ranking 2021 US News Ranking 2020 NTU Ranking 2020
Linguistics 3 7 -
Veterinary Science 6 62 -
English Language & Literature 9 7 -
Arts & Humanities 11 7 15
History 16 - -
Medicine 19 46 63
Philosophy 20 - 48
Biological Sciences 21 40 31
Psychology 22 60 65
Computer Science 23 51 96
Mathematics 35 81 136
Natural Sciences 37 62 61
Accounting and Finance 44 - 121
Engineering 50-100 178 200

Fees & Other Expenses:

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
B.E. / B.Tech. (22 Courses) (4 to 5 years) £27.56 K - 30.42 K
B.Sc.(27 Courses) (4 to 5 years) £22 K - 28.98 K
B.B.A. (28 Courses) (4 years) £20.90 K - 22 K
M.A.(6 Courses) (1 year) £25.10 K
M.Arch. (4 Courses) (1 year to 2 years) £24 K - £25.20 K
MBA/PGDM(1 Courses) (12 months) £35.90 K
MBBS(1 Courses) (6 years) £32.10 K
MS(53 Courses) (1 year to 21 months) £21.95 K - £35.98 K
MIM(18 Courses) (12 months to 1 year) £23 K - £31.38 K

What Is the Cost of Living In Edinburgh?

The cost of living in Edinburgh is comparatively high. It may not be as expensive as its other British comrade, London, but it is still expensive enough for an average student. The average monthly expenses of a student are subject to one’s lifestyle, preferences & of course, financial capacity.(All figures are approximate and for guidance purposes only).

  • Accommodation £1280
  • Food shopping £125
  • Local transport £140
  • Books and printing £110
  • Internet and mobile phone £45 to £55
  • Social activities £255


Various accommodations at the university are:

Undergraduate Residences:

  • Baird House
  • Beaverbank
  • Blackfriars Street
  • Brae House
  • Bridge House
  • Chancellors Court
  • College Wynd
  • Darroch Court
  • David Horn
  • East Newington Place
  • Ewing House
  • Fraser Court
  • Grant House
  • Haddington Place
  • Hermit's Croft
  • Holland House
  • John Burnett House
  • Kincaid's Court
  • Kitchener House
  • Lee House
  • McDonald Road
  • Murano (operated by Unite)
  • New Arthur Place
  • New Park
  • Nicolson St and South College Street
  • Potter
  • Riego Street
  • Robertson's Close
  • Salisbury Court (operated by Unite Student)
  • Science
  • Shrubhill (operated by Unite)
  • South Clerk Street
  • The Mill House
  • Turner House
  • Warrender Park Crescent
  • Warrender Park Road

Postgraduate Residences:

  • Ascham Court
  • Blackwood Crescent/Causewayside
  • Buccleuch Place/Buccleuch Place Lane
  • Deaconess
  • Holland Annexe
  • Morgan Court
  • Myles Court
  • O'Shea North - Cluster flats and studios
  • O'Shea North - Residence Hall
  • O'Shea South
  • Pentland House
  • Ratcliffe Terrace
  • Richmond Place
  • West Mains Road

Admissions & Selections

University of Edinburgh Courses: Test Score

Program Test Score Requirements
M.B.A. G.M.A.T. : 600 IELTS: 7.0 TOEFL (iBT): 100
MS in Computer Science IELTS: 6.50 TOEFL (iBT): 92.0
MS in Data Science IELTS: 6.50 TOEFL (iBT): 92.0
MS in Statistics with Data Science IELTS: 6.50 TOEFL (iBT): 92.0
MS in Business Analytics IELTS: 7.00 TOEFL (iBT): 100
M.Sc. in Management IELTS: 7.00 TOEFL (iBT): 100
M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance IELTS: 7.00; TOEFL (iBT): 100
MS in Economics G.R.E. or GMAT (recommended); IELTS: 7.00 TOEFL (iBT): 100
MS in Marketing IELTS: 7.00 TOEFL (iBT): 100
MPhil Architecture IELTS: 7.00 TOEFL (iBT): 100
B.Sc. Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science IELTS: 6.50 TOEFL (iBT): 92
B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics IELTS: 6.50 TOEFL (iBT): 92
BA Architecture IELTS: 6.50 TOEFL (iBT): 92

University of Edinburgh International Admissions

Every year, the University of Edinburgh allots enrolments to more than 10,000 international students in different UG & PG courses. In addition to the general application requisites, international students have to furnish a few additional student supporting documentation:

  • Copy of original academic documentation
  • Certified English translations of documents
  • Proof of English Language Requisites
  • G.M.A.T./G.R.E. Score (for PG)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
  • Resume (for PG)

University of Edinburgh Undergraduate Admission

The University of Edinburgh offers more than 100 undergraduate programs to incoming students in academic fields like Science & Technology, Accounting, Computer Science, Data Sciences, etc. The application process is more or less similar for all courses:

  • Know the Type of Entry Requisites
  • Register in U.C.A.S. and start the application procedure.
  • Pay the Application fee of £20
  • Upload the required documents

However, the academic requirements for UG courses at the University of Edinburgh are program-specific.

University of Edinburgh Graduate Admissions

The university offers more than 20 graduate courses in the field of Accounting & Finance, Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Business Analytics. Students can apply through the respective school online. Each program’s requirements, deadlines, and admission procedure varies from the other.

  • Application fee: £50
  • Application Portal: Online Application Portal 

Selection process

The university evaluates applications against defined selection criteria for each degree.

Each of the university’s colleges has its own admissions board. This indicates that, while the University has bodacious admissions policies and procedures, it is the responsibility of the colleges to decide which applicants shall be offered a place. Applicants who have met, or are predicted to meet, the entry requirements have achieved entry into the selection process.

They consider every application equally noteworthy received by the relevant UCAS deadline. However, they get high numbers of applications for many of their degrees, and hence they cannot assurance to consider& evaluate applications received after the deadline.

University considers all the information in one’s UCAS application before making a final admissions decision. This includes one’s academic qualifications, one’s personal statement, and reference, and any other data and info considered to broaden the approach to widening access to applicants.

The applicant(s) can always monitor the progress of their application by visiting the university portal. In addition, the admissions office of the University of Edinburgh reviews& evaluates each application antagonistically. Admissions are proffered to students depending on their academic excellence, test scores, and supporting documentation.

The concerned school personnel carefully re-evaluates all applications, and one will receive an acknowledgment as soon as possible. For some programs with a high stack of applications, this may take several weeks, but for the majority of programs, one should expect to hear within two weeks.

Every year, the university has maximal enlistments in almost all the programs that they offer, so the students should complete their admission process at the earliest possible. Consummate offers are accorded quickly to those applicants who have accomplished all the entry requisites and have quantified grades.


Employers desire for more than just a degree holder - they look for a graduate with a repertoire of skills and credentials who can grow vigorously in the working world.

Employers from all fields look up to Edinburgh as an excellent training ground for high-flyers and value their graduate’s intellectual ability and top-notch attributes attained while studying here.


They are well-regarded by recruiters looking out for talented graduates. “The High Fliers Research” positioned the University of Edinburgh as the No.13 most sought-after university in the UK for 2020-21. The graduates are ranked #25 in the world by employers (QS World University Rankings 2022).

6 months after graduation, 96.50% of its students are in employment or postgraduate study.

Top Recruiting Companies – University of Edinburgh

  • BMW
  • IBM
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • BBC

Average Salary

  • M.Ch. Chemistry: £24500
  • M.Eng. Civil Engineering: £26000
  • B.A. Animation: £18000
  • B.Eng. Chemical Engineering: £28000
  • BEng Software Engineering: Pound 28000
  • M.A. Honours International Business: £26000
  • M.B.Ch. Medicine: £31000
  • M.Phy. Computational Physics: £24000
  • M.A. Business with Human Resource Management: £25000
  • B.Eng. Electronics and Electrical Engineering: £27000


University of Edinburgh Scholarships extends opportunities to support international students from distinctive backgrounds, providing those with great academic abilities but few educational opportunities access to Edinburgh's top-notch education. International students from more than 150 countries enlisting in various Edinburgh’s Bachelor, master’s, and doctoral programs are counted-on for these scholarships.

The university works in association with Global organizations and the government to grant international students, on UK student visas, a broad range of University of Edinburgh scholarships, including:

  • university and faculty-based scholarships,
  • government-based scholarships
  • scholarships by external organizations (Trusts, Foundations, etc.)

While the university-based scholarships grant value ranges from £1000- £15,000, the government and other scholarships cover partial tuition fees, accommodation, and travel expenses in the UK and provide a stipend. Prospective students are advised to keep updated on the benefits, eligibility, and application procedure for their opted University of Edinburgh scholarships.

University of Edinburgh Scholarships for Bachelor Programs

Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarships

The Scholarship program is structured for international students initiating the UG program in mathematics. Recipients of the Edinburgh Global Undergraduate mathematics scholarships will receive £5,000 per year, based on the following eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Enrolling as a full-time student paying tuition fees at the overseas rate.
  • Submission of Admission application submitted through UCAS
  • Academic merit, at least 85.0% (Indian grading system) in all the required subjects

 Robertson International Scholarships

The School of History, Classics, and Archeology allocate around five undergraduate scholarships, worth £1,000, to international students enlisting in relevant subjects. The selection criteria for the same are:

  • Citizen of a country outside the EU and is liable to tuition fees at the overseas rate
  • Complete the UCAS scholarship application before the deadline
  • Opting for a full-time UG program at the School of History, Classics, and Archeology
  • Indian students secured an overall 80.0% with at least 75.0% in 3 subjects

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies International Scholarship

Every year2 recipients are selected for the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies International Scholarship, each obtaining award worth £5,000 per year. Selections are primarily depending on the fulfillment of the eligibility given below:

  • Both a national & resident of a country outside the EU.
  • Applied either through UCAS or V.M.C.A.S. for admission to the university.
  • Academic qualification: Overall average of 85.0% with grades of 85.0% or above in English, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics, or Physics.
  • Also must take U.C.A.T. for admission.

University of Edinburgh Scholarships for Masters Programs

Edinburgh Scholarship Offered by Benefits Eligibility & Selection Criteria
MBA Leadership Scholarship Edinburgh Business School  £10,000 Min. 7 years of work experience& Personal statement
Engineering International Masters Scholarships School of Engineering £3,000 Academic merit- 80.0% or higher in UG (Indian grading system)
Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships Scottish Government £8,000 Secured admission in 1year PG program in an applicable program; At least 80.0% in the bachelor's degree
John Fisher High-Performance Scholarship School of Informatics 50.0% tuition fee 80.0% or higher in 4year UG degree (Indian students)
Chevening Scholarships UK government  Full-ride scholarship Leadership abilities; admission in the applicable subject area
InlaksShivdasani Foundation Scholarships InlaksShivdasani Foundation $100,000 (USD) Below 30 years; Minimum 80.0% in UG degree
The Kenneth Denbigh Scholarship School of Engineering £1,000 Academic score; 75.0% or above in UG degree 
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Commonwealth Scholarships Commission Tuition, travel fare & living expenses At least 80.0% in Bachelor’s; admission in the applicable PG program

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