Our organisational structure
Our schools, deaneries, institutes and centres explained.
Edinburgh is one of the most prestigious centres for medical and veterinary medical teaching and research. It is also one of the most progressive, hosting state-of-the-art facilties for dynamic teaching and learning.
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
The highest ranked veterinary school in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a world leader in veterinary education, research and practice.
We provide outstanding veterinary education using an award-winning curriculum, innovative teaching methods and an interdisciplinary environment.
We were placed first among the seven UK veterinary schools for quality of research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercises, confirming the outstanding international reputation of the school. Our clinical services - Hospital for Small Animals and Large Animal Practice - are among the most influential centres for clinical care in the UK.
Edinburgh Medical School
Edinburgh Medical School hosts three deaneries: Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences.
Teaching for the Medicine(MBChB) program and other biomedical undergraduate and postgraduate programmess takes place across the three deaneries.
Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
Conducting groundbreaking research, Biomedical Sciences hosts:
- the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
the Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine.
We also contribute to interdisciplinary research with these affiliated centres: Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, Edinburgh Neuroscience, the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, the Patrick Wild Centre, and Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics.
The Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO) is also part of the deanery. It plays a vital role in the administration, coordination and implementation of undergraduate teaching.
The BMTO is responsible for the BSc Medical Sciences programme, along with numerous Honours programmes in Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Veterinary Sciences, plus 14 Biomedical Sciences courses for undergraduates.
Deanery of Clinical Sciences
With a long-held international research profile, Clinical Sciences hosts:
- the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences
- the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
- the Centre for Inflammation Research
- the Centre for Regenerative Medicine
- the Centre for Reproductive Health
- Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
- the Division of Health Sciences.
The Deanery is based mainly at Little France.
At Little France, the Chancellor's Building, The Queen's Medical Research Institute and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine have state of the art teaching and research facilities adjacent to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the biomedical research park, Edinburgh BioQuarter.
Other deanery sites are the Edinburgh Sick Children's Hospital, Western General Hospital, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Lauriston Place.
Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences comprises:
- the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM)
- the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
- the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit
- the Division of Pathology.
IGMM is home to:
- the MRC Human Genetics Unit
- the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
- the Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine.
The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics comprises the Centre for Population Health Sciences, Centre for Medical Informatics and Centre for Global Health Research.
Institutes and centres
The College has five major research Institutes, each with more than 500 staff and postgraduates. Each institute is home to inter-related centres, led by internationally renowned scientists.