Undergraduate Open Day

What happens at our Open Days

Find out about the activities at our Open Days.

Our undergraduate Open Days are a great opportunity to come and see the University for yourself, and find out about student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best: our staff and students. You can also explore the campus, learn more about the range of degrees available and ask questions about admissions, accommodation and the Edinburgh experience.

On the day, there will be:

Subject/service talks Go along to as many or as few as you would like to find out general information about areas that interest you. These will last 30 minutes unless otherwise stated.
Information desks There will be plenty of staff on our information desks who can give you advice about subjects or on admissions, student finance, study abroad, careers, student welfare and much more.

Check out a selection of our student accommodation, libraries and sports facilities.  Some subjects also offer tours of their facilities. Details of all tours can be found in the programme.

Teaching showcase This series of sample lectures will showcase our teaching and give you a taste of what studying might be like here at Edinburgh. These are run by academics from specific subject areas but are intended to be of general interest.

Autumn Open Day programme

The programme will be emailed to those who book and will also be given out on campus throughout the day.

  • When booking travel, we recommend visitors plan to be on campus for as much of the Open Day as possible to ensure they will be able to attend all of the events they wish to.
  • Prior booking is required for Veterinary Medicine visits and Medicine talks. For all other Open Day activities no prior booking is required.
  • Some talks may be very busy; if space is limited for a particular talk priority will be given to prospective students. Most talks are repeated during the day, with talks in the afternoon typically quieter than those in the morning.

Teaching showcase

As part of our Open Days this year we have planned some sample lectures, to showcase our teaching and give you a taste of what studying might be like here at Edinburgh. These are run by academics from specific subject areas but are intended to be of general interest. Information about the times and locations of these talks are on page 4 of the Open Day programme.

Agricultural Science "Agriculture reimagined"

"Skeleton science: Discovering past lives from human skeletal remains" (22 September)

"Settlement & landscapes in a Dark Age, evidence from the Byzantine Aegean" (6 October)

Earth Sciences "Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification"
Engineering "Learning and teaching in Engineering: A sample first year lecture"
Government, Policy & Society "Fact or Fiction: Political and economic arguments in policy and media debates"
Mathematics “Infinity and beyond: what comes after infinity?”
Philosophy "Facing the future with David Hume"
Psychology "Social Psychology: close relationships"
Social Anthropology "Ishi lives! An anthropological ghost story" (22 September only)

Activities at the Medical School (Little France)

This additonal programme provides information about the activities taking place at the Medical School during the Open Days.

Please note that the 'Medicine at Edinburgh' talks require pre-booking. Due to venue capacity and likely demand, pre-bookable tickets are only available for prospective students. Accompanying guests are very welcome to accompany students to the Medical School and attend all other activities, and a limited number of spaces may become available on the day for guests to attend this talk.

Top tips for Open Day

T​​​​op tips for Open Day

Plan your day
From your journey to Open Day to what you want to see and do whilst you’re here – take the time to make a plan for your visit.
Prepare some questions
Note a few key questions down in advance. With everything that goes on at Open Day, it can be easy to forget what you originally wanted to ask!

Talk to our students

Chat to our Student Ambassadors – they’re not only on hand to point you in the right direction, but also to share their experiences of the University and city.

Explore the city

Visit The Meadows, wander down towards Grassmarket or step inside the National Museum; all are within a few minutes’ walk of our George Square campus.