Undergraduate study - 2017 entry

Learn from the best

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

Students in geoscience lab

Our global reputation for teaching and research helps us to attract the international research community’s sharpest minds, which in turn means world-class teaching for our students.

Our  academics are leaders in their fields, conducting groundbreaking research that directly informs the teaching you receive. 

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

Join us and be part of an enthusiastic community of pioneers, visionaries and scholars, 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 created 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. 

Edinburgh is ranked fourth in the UK for research power, based on the quality and breadth of our research.*

Global collaborations

As an internationally renowned centre of academic excellence, we've forged collaborations with leading universities around the world.

Our partners include world-class institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, the Universities of Pennsylvania, Melbourne and Toronto, ETH Zurich, Heidelberg University in Germany and the Universities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

* Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014