If you live locally, there are many ways to study something new. You can take a short course as a leisure activity, study an online course to gain a qualification, or enrol on a full-time degree.
Study for a degree
A degree from the University of Edinburgh is highly valued, not only because of the opportunities to learn from world-class academics but because we are ranked as one of the best universities in the world.
There’s a huge array of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes and you can search for the details of the degree you’re interested in by using our Degree Finder tool.
If you are interested in Undergraduate or Postgradate study at the University of Edinburgh, please see our dedicated studying website, you will find contact information given on this website to get further advice if needed.
Come along to one of our Open Days to see if you would like to enrol for degree-level study in the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science, medicine and veterinary medicine.
Some pupils are eligible for extra support from us in trying to work out what they would like to study and how to apply. For these pupils, and their schools, we offer opportunities to try out different pathways, to get a taste of university life, and to help with specialist placements which will strengthen their application. These opportunities are open to pupils from primary school through to secondary school.
We also offer similar opportunities to adults who do not have a degree but are considering returning to learning after a break. A new Access course and help with your application are available. If you do choose to study with us, and are accepted, we may be able to provide not only academic support to further your studies but also financial support in the form of a scholarship or bursary.
What is Widening Participation?
If you are a first degree student and resident in Scotland, you'll usually be eligible to have your tuition fees covered by the Scottish Government. You can also apply for bursaries to cover your living costs while at university.
Online study and short courses
As well as full-time degree level study, you can also learn new things in different ways. Some postgraduate degrees can be studied part-time online so that you can fit them round work and family commitments. We also offer short courses on a huge range of subjects either on-campus, with daytime, evening and weekend study options, or through online learning such as MOOCs.