The University of Edinburgh

    The University of Edinburgh
    World Rank: 15th by QS
    Established on: 1583

    The University of Edinburgh (Scottish: University o Edinburgh, Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, abbreviated Edin.) is a public research university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded by James VI in 1582.

    It was awarded a charter and officially opened in 1583. It is one of the four oldest colleges in Scotland and the sixth oldest continuously operating college in the English-speaking world. The university played a crucial role in making Edinburgh a major intellectual center during the Scottish Enlightenment, earning the city's nickname 'Athens of the North.

    Edinburgh is one of the top universities in the UK and the world.. Edinburgh is a member of research-intensive university associations such as Coimbra Group, Federation of European Research Universities, Russell Group, Una Europe, and University 21.

    One of the most notable benefits offered by the university is individualized attention given to each student. It welcomes these students into an intellectually engaging environment where they can prepare for the jobs of their dreams. As a result, it attracts exceptional students from all over the world.

    Graduate and undergraduate students are given early access to opportunities to participate in hands-on research by faculty members and departments. This allows students to supplement their education by collaborating with researchers on the cutting edge of their fields.

    University received £324 million from research grants and contracts with her third largest foundation in the UK, after Cambridge and Oxford. The University has five main campuses in Edinburgh.

    Edinburgh receives more than 60,000 student applications each year, making it her second most prestigious university in the UK by the number of applications. With 35,375 students in the 2019/20 academic year, it is the eighth-largest university in the UK by enrollment.

    Edinburgh has the 8th highest average UCAS score among UK undergraduate universities in 2020. The university has maintained ties to the British royal family since March 2011, with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Princess Anne as prime ministers from 1953 to 2010.

    Inventor Alexander Graham Bell, naturalist Charles Darwin, philosopher David Hume, and physicist James Clerk Maxwell studied in Edinburgh. Barry, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.K. Rowling, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson.

    The university's alums have been several heads of state and government, including three British prime ministers. His three Supreme Court Justices of England were educated in Edinburgh.

    As of October 2021, 19 Nobel Prize winners, 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, 3 Turing Prize winners, 1 Abel Prize winner, and a Fields Medalist have joined Edinburgh as alumni or academic staff. Associated with Edinburgh alums, they have won a total of 10 Olympic gold medals.

    University Ranking

    The University of Edinburgh is one of the UK's finest public institutions. The university is placed 15th in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

    University highlights

    University Type


    Established Year


    No of Students


    Number of Courses


    Tuition Fees for International Students Yearly



    September, January, and May.

    Main intakes

    The main intakes are in September, January, and May.


    Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarships

    Range: 7000$

    Robertson International Scholarships


    British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM

    Range: Full tuition cost along with monthly splendid of $1500

    Edinburgh Global Online Learning Masters Scholarship

    Range: Full scholarship for 12 students

    Glenmore Postgraduate Scholarship

    Range: Full scholarship

    Application Process/ documents needed for admission

    Academic Documents (For Bachelor)

    • SLC Mark sheet
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • SLC Character Certificate
    • Transcript of 12th grade
    • Individual Mark sheet of 12th grade
    • Character Certificate of 12th grade
    • Provisional Certificate of 12th grade
    • Migration Certificate of 12th grade

    Academic Documents (For Masters)

    • Transcript of Bachelor's Degree and 12th grade
    • Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree and 12th grade
    • Character Certificate of Bachelor's Degree and 12th grade
    • Provisional Certificate of Bachelor’s Degree and 12th grade
    • Migration Certificate of Bachelor’s Degree and 12th grade

    IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores


    Experience letter

    Statement of Purpose

    Application Fees

    Proof of Scholarships - If any

    Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

    College Recommendation (if a current student)

    Language Requirement


    Minimum Score requirement

    TOFEL Requirements

    92 or above, with 20 in each section (including Special Home Edition). University does not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.

    IELTS Requirements

    6.5 overall, with 5.5 in each component.




    Q. Can I work as a student in the UK?

    Yes, international students in the United Kingdom can work part-time (20 hours per week, seven days a week) throughout the academic year.

    Q. Does The University of Edinburgh offer financial aid to International Students?

    Yes, The University of Edinburgh offers scholarships to international students. You can find details about scholarships in our scholarship section.

    Q. Which are the other top Universities in the UK?

    Cambridge University, Imperial College London, and Oxford University are the top three universities in the UK.

    Q. Are UK credentials recognized internationally?

    Yes, degrees from UK universities are recognized globally and are known for their educational excellence.

    Q. Do I have to pay any tuition expenses before applying for a visa? If so, how much do I have to pay?

    Before issuing a visa, most institutions need payment. The size of the deposit varies by school; for example, some colleges may want a 50% deposit of the first-year tuition cost, others one-third, and others GBP 1000-2000.



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