The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is a world-leading research institution, consistently ranked one of the best 50 Universities in the World. We are 23rd in the most recent QS World University rankings and 27th in the 2018 THE World University Rankings and ranked 4th for research power 2014 (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions). For more than four centuries, our staff and students have made history. They have invented new disciplines such as geology, the study of literature and epigenetics, explored space, revolutionised surgery, won 23 Nobel Prizes, published era-defining books, developed life-saving medical breakthroughs and laid the foundations for solving the mysteries of the universe.

The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge. As a world-leading centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • Enhance our position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards
  • Provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students
  • Produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards
  • Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing.

As a great civic university, Edinburgh especially values its intellectual and economic relationship with the Scottish community that forms its base and provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Scotland.