Postgraduate study

Support and welfare

You can take advantage of our extensive student support services as soon as you accept a place at Edinburgh.

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The University Health Service provides comprehensive medical care under the National Health Service (NHS) for those who wish to register as patients and live within the practice area.

The health service also provides contraceptive, antenatal, child welfare and nursing services, and physiotherapy and psychiatry clinics.

Help and advice

The Student Counselling Service gives confidential, professional help with personal problems, whether or not they relate to your studies.

Counselling services are available at three locations across campus, and a number of publications on relevant student issues are available at each location.

The Advice Place, a drop-in advice centre, also offers free, confidential and independent advice on a range of issues.

The Chaplaincy Centre

Individuals from a wide range of ethnic, national and religious backgrounds compose our university, reflecting the diversity of Edinburgh itself.

At the University, you’ll find many opportunities to meet socially or worship with others of your faith.

The Chaplain to the University, a full-time member of our staff, works with a team of multi-faith honorary chaplains and local faith contacts.

They offer support and guidance to students and play a vital role in many areas of University life.

The Disability Office

We strive to create an environment that enables disabled students to participate fully in the university life.

We work to ensure that our students with disabilities are afforded equal educational opportunities. We achieve this through flexible methods of teaching and assessment, and by progressively improving access to buildings and technology.

Disabled students are encouraged to discuss any specific support needs with one of our Disability Advisers as early as possible during the application process.


The University has nursery facilities open 50 weeks of the year. Our Day Nursery looks after children from six weeks to five years old.

Careers Service

Our postgraduates have long been highly regarded by employers from industry and commerce, as well as the public sector.

Our award-winning Careers Service offers information, advice, guidance and job-seeking support for postgraduates in any year of study.

Development and alumni

As an alumnus, you will belong to a worldwide community of over 200,000 individuals connected to the University of Edinburgh.

You become a member of the General Council, a key voice in all matters that affect the University’s wellbeing and prosperity.

You will also receive information, including the University magazine, Edit, which will keep you informed about what's going on at your University.

The Development and Alumni Office acts as a point of contact for the world network of alumni clubs and groups.