By choosing to pursue further study or research at Edinburgh you will be joining a community of scholars that have been at the forefront of knowledge since 1583.
For more than 400 years the University has played host to scientists, philosophers and politicians who have shaped the modern world.
Our 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.
They have been awarded Nobel Prizes, won Olympic events and travelled into space.
Some of our distinguished former students include:
Novelists Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson also studied here.
Recent alumni include:
Recent recipients of this award have included novelists Ian Rankin, Philippa Gregory and Alexander McCall Smith and Olympic medallists Chris Hoy and Katherine Grainger.
Photograph copyright NASA.
This article was published on Sep 22, 2010