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Edinburgh ranked in world top 20

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

The QS World University Rankings 2019 have placed the University 18th 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 in the QS category for academic reputation.

Shanghai Rankings

The University is also rated as 32nd in the world and fifth in the UK in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), known as the Shanghai Rankings.

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

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The University was ranked 27th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

The next Times Higher rankings will be announced in September.

We note these latest rankings with interest and we will continue to strive to improve the quality of research, teaching and knowledge exchange achieved by the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal and Vice Chancellor, the University of Edinburgh


QS World University Rankings 2019

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Times Higher Education World University Rankings