Sport & Exercise


Performance Swimming at the University of Edinburgh was established in 2008 and since then has become the leading swim programme in Scotland and one of the leading programmes in the UK.

The Performance Swimming team competes highly within the British University programme, regularly finishing within the top three Universities. Constantly developing, the programme has put a number of athletes on international teams including World, European and Commonwealth teams.

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.


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


Leading the way

Our Swim Team was founded in 2008 and pioneered our Performance Sport offering. Since then, it has led by example, sending athletes to major sporting events around the world.

When looking for a university, I wanted somewhere that I could get world-class academics, coaching and facilities. That’s why I chose Edinburgh.

Nick Quinn, Psychology student & 2016 Olympian


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:

  • 3 dedicated, full time swim coaches
  • 3 full time strength and conditioning coaches
  • Lifestyle and nutritional advice
  • Access to the world-renowned FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic


Training to be the best

We train up to 10 times a week at the Royal Commonwealth Pool (50m) and at the University pool at St Leonard’s Land (25m). Our cutting-edge Performance Gym also has everything we need to help you develop as a world-class swimmer. We travel to competitions and meets all over the UK and internationally, attending the likes of the British Championships, University Championships, Mare Nostrum series and US Open. Swimmers Nick Quinn (Ireland), Yvette Kong (Hong Kong) and Geoff Butler (Cayman Islands) all swam for their countries at the 2016 Rio Olympics too.

I’d encourage any student interested in sport to come to Edinburgh. The gym is amazing, probably one of the best university gyms in the world.

Corrie Scott, MChem (Hons) Chemistry Graduate, 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist

Ready to take the plunge?

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 



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