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The University of Edinburgh

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Postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh

We offer over 300 taught masters courses and 135 research areas. Study with us and you will enjoy expert teaching from leading academics, at a university respected globally for its innovation and research excellence. We also offer first-class facilities and support, in a city steeped in history and culture.

Quality teaching and research

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 83% of our research activity as world-leading or internationally excellent, ranking us fourth in the UK based on the quality and breadth of our research.

All our postgraduates benefit from this inspiring research culture. The academics involved in your teaching and learning are leaders in their fields, and the University is dedicated to delivering high-quality, innovative teaching. The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. 

We offer a range of ways to study, from on-campus taught programmes to online part-time study. We are the largest provider of online distance learning in the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, and offer more than 60 online programmes.

Careers and employability

We are ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities and in the world’s top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates (Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2017). A qualification from the University of Edinburgh will put you among the UK’s top earners ( Study with us and we will help develop the life skills and confidence needed to realise your career aspirations.

Industry links and innovation

Edinburgh was one of the first UK universities to develop commercial links with industry, government and the professions. Our commercialisation office, Edinburgh Innovations, has helped to launch 417 companies since 1967. EI can help you take your first step to market, whether its’s through collaborative research, licencing technology or providing consultancy services.

Outstanding Facilities

During the last five years we have invested £80 million to maintain and enhance our teaching and learning spaces and we’re investing more than £1 billion in the next few years. You will have access to 10 libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories, and world class sports facilities, including over 60 sports clubs.

Our programmes

Search our postgraduate degrees and join us for the unique Edinburgh experience.

Our Schools 

  • Biological Sciences, School of
  • Business School
  • Chemistry, School of
  • Divinity, School of
  • Economics, School of
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Edinburgh Medical School
  • Education, The Moray House School of
  • Engineering, School of
  • GeoSciences, School of
  • Health in Social Science, School of
  • History, Classics and Archaeology, School of
  • Informatics, School of
  • Law, School of
  • Literatures, Languages and Cultures, School of
  • Mathematics, School of
  • Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, School of
  • Physics and Astronomy, School of
  • Social and Political Science, School of
  • Veterinary Studies, Royal (Dick) School of

University Highlights

Total students - 30,450


International students - 11,998


Total faculty staff - 4,468


Total students - 30,450


International students - 11,998


Total faculty staff - 4,468



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