Edinburgh ranked in the world top 20

The latest international university rankings have confirmed Edinburgh’s position as a leading global institution.

The QS World University Rankings 2016/17 have placed the University 19th in the world.

This puts Edinburgh fifth in the UK, and once again in the highest position of any Scottish university.

The annual QS World University Rankings is a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities.

QS rankings use a range of evaluation methods. These include a research reputation survey, a poll of graduate employers and analysis of the levels of internationalisation within each university.

In the expert opinion of almost 75,000 academic peers across the globe, Edinburgh is ranked 24th in the world for research quality.

Shanghai Rankings

The University has also risen six places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), known as the Shanghai Rankings. Edinburgh is rated as 41st in the world and sixth in the UK.

The latest Shanghai rankings highlight the increasing number of Edinburgh researchers listed among the most highly cited academics in the world.  The rankings also reveal the volume of research published in the prestigious journals Nature and Science.  

The Shanghai rankings also take into account the volume of research papers published and alumni and staff who have won Nobel Prizes. 

Times Higher

The University was ranked 24th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

The 2016/17 rankings are announced on 21 September. 

Our rise in the various world league tables is very welcome and reflects the quality, hard work and dedication of our students and staff. The rankings reflect Edinburgh’s position as an international University with a truly global outlook. We look forward to continued strong collaboration with researchers and institutions around the world and producing world-leading research which has the potential to change people’s lives for the better.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal of the University of Edinburgh