Postgraduate study

Career development

Ranked in the UK's top 10 and in the world's top 100 for employability*, the University of Edinburgh is an excellent choice for a postgraduate education with prospects.

We’re committed to developing the skills and attributes that will enhance your capacity both to compete in the job market and to achieve your full potential within the global community.

In addition to the provision of dedicated support through our award-winning Careers Service, we broker strategic partnerships between academics, industry, specialists and other institutions, to enhance your graduate attributes and to embed employability in all our curricula.

Graduate salaries

Edinburgh alumni earn an average salary of £49,500 within five years of leaving university. (

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Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service provides advice and support whatever your plans for the future, including careers in research.

We offer workshops throughout the year that are open to all postgraduate students, plus sessions specifically for international students.

We have a team dedicated to developing our already strong links with employers from all employment sectors, from the world’s top recruiters to small local enterprises.

We offer lots of opportunities for you to meet employers on campus and online.

Careers Service

Platform One

Platform One is an online space where all members of the University community, past and present, can gather together. Its aim is to provide a single online location where students, alumni, staff and volunteers can share, interact and advise.

Initially conceived as a way for students to draw on the knowledge and life experiences of former students for careers advice, Platform One has stepped beyond this idea to offer something broader and more inclusive. Visit Platform One to set up a profile and be inspired.

Platform One

Postgraduates come to us with a broader outlook and more rounded and developed skills, both in their chosen discipline and more generally in terms of their communication skills and self confidence. We value their proven aptitude for self-driven learning and further study.

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Work-based projects

Many of our Schools offer support in undertaking work-based projects, in partnership with an employer, as the basis of your masters dissertation.

Internships for PhDs

We encourage the provision of part-time, on-campus internships, which offer project-based, paid employment to current PhD students.

Employ.ed – a collaboration between the Careers Service and a number of partners – offers a range of structured internship programmes to fit your career.


Support for entrepreneurs

LAUNCH.ed is the University’s award-winning programme for student entrepreneurs. Each year, LAUNCH.ed works with hundreds of students, backing bright ideas and helping them start new businesses.

Public engagement opportunities

Our Institute for Academic Development (IAD) hosts the Beltane Public Engagement Network, so if you’re interested in promoting your research to wider audiences you will have access to resources, events and funding opportunities to help you develop the necessary skills and experience to do so.

Doctorate Extension Scheme

We support the Doctorate Extension Scheme, which means international students completing a PhD or other doctorate-level qualification on a Tier 4 visa may be eligible to apply to stay in the UK for employment for an additional 12 months with extended support from the University as your sponsor.

The scheme allows you more time to find work with a Tier 2 employer, gain practical experience or set up as an entrepreneur.

Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme


Postgraduate-level study helps bring fresh perspectives to creating innovative solutions to academic publishing challenges. The analytical and research skills learned in many Edinburgh postgraduate courses are of direct relevance and importance to the Edanz workplace.

Edanz Group LtdTranslation services company

Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2017