Sport & Exercise

Rugby (Women)

Join our successful Rugby Performance Programme for Women.

One of the most highly regarded of its kind in the UK, the University of Edinburgh Performance Sport Programme enables athletes to achieve a world-class degree and perform to the best of their ability.


Information Pack

Further information on studying and playing sport at Edinburgh, as well as details on our Performance Programme for Women's Rugby.

Women's Rugby Programme


A world-class city

Edinburgh mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment and has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. As part of our Performance Programme, you will develop your athletic and academic skills in tandem, competing for one of the United Kingdom’s best sporting higher education institutions and studying at a university that is consistently ranked in the top 50 in the world:

  • Over 650 degree programmes
  • Flexible study
  • Ranked 10th in the UK for graduate employability by the Times Higher Education, Global Employability Ranking 2018


A world-class experience

In return for your dedication and hard work, we will offer you world-class training facilities and support to allow you to be the best you can be:

  • 1 Head Coach and 5 Assistant Coaches
  • Full-time strength and conditioning support
  • Academic support
  • Lifestyle and nutritional advice
  • Access to the world-renowned FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic


Playing at Edinburgh has allowed me to pursue my passion for rugby while attaining a world-class vetinary degree

Nicola HowatVeterinary Medicine, Scotland 15s Senior International


Compete at the highest level

The University of Edinburgh has a record of producing one of the highest numbers of female rugby internationalists for a UK Institution, fielding players in the Scotland International team, Scotland Under-20s and England Under-20s. Our 7s team has been ranked top 3 in the UK and our rugby players regularly play against other international players in the British University Premier League and Championships. In 2017 the team were BUCS Premier League Champions, BUCS Championship Winners and BUCS 7s Winners.

I'm very proud to play and be part of such a supportive community.

Evie GallagherEcological and Environmental Science, Scotland 7s Senior International


Ready to tackle the challenge?

We are always looking for ambitious, academic athletes to realise their potential with us. Below you will find information on Sport & Exercise, funding, scholarships and our Elite Athlete Policy.


Sport & Exercise

Student Funding 



Our aim is to train, develop and retain some of the finest rugby talent in the country. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of rugby players to our Performance Programme and hope to hear from you soon.


Claire Cruikshank

Head of Performance Women's Rugby

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