World-leading research

As a student at Edinburgh you will learn from world-leading researchers.

Undergraduate student in a laboratory

Learning from the best

Edinburgh is one of the UK’s top five universities for research.*

Our academic staff are leaders in their field and their research directly informs their teaching.

As a student at Edinburgh you will work alongside these world-class academics and learn about the very latest developments in your subject.

You will join a vibrant community of like-minded intellectuals, with the chance of one day working on life-changing research yourself.

International impact

Our academics’ research achievements have global implications.

  • Nobel Prize winner Emeritus Professor Peter Higgs was a lecturer at Edinburgh when he proposed the Higgs boson.
  • We devised technology used in today’s smartphones.
  • Our scientists created Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell.
  • We developed the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine.
  • We pioneered the first automated industrial assembly robot.
  • We have influenced thinking across the humanities over four centuries, from our central role in the European Enlightenment and the launch of the first English Literature department 250 years ago, to our continuing record of publishing era-defining works.

Today we’re working towards many more historic firsts, including finding new treatments for major diseases such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and breast cancer.

Our pioneering work on tackling climate change involves our researchers across science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences.

Global collaborations

As an internationally renowned centre of academic excellence, Edinburgh is involved in many world-class collaborations.

We take pride in our partnerships with institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Melbourne, Peking University, the University of Delhi and South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal - to name but a few.

All our students benefit from the strong research environment that informs our academic programmes.

* Latest UK Research Assessment Exercise

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