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The University of Edinburgh: a Global Community

The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest universities in the UK, and one of the most cosmopolitan.

Our postgraduate community is made up of more than 7,000 taught and research students, from more than 130 countries across the globe.

All our students benefit from the strong research environment that informs our academic programmes. We are ranked 7th in Europe and 22nd in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the University of Edinburgh’s position as one of the world’s leading research universities was reaffirmed. Our submission was among the largest and most comprehensive in the UK.

A total of 1,684 individual academics – more than 90per cent of the institution’s academic staff – saw their research assessed across 39 subject areas.

Of these subject areas, 27 were ranked in the UK top five. The results also demonstrate that 63 per cent of the University’s research activity is in the highest possible categories – 4*, world leading and 3*, internationally excellent.

As an internationally renowned centre for academic excellence, the University is the site of many world-class research centres. Our postgraduate students are crucial to our continued success and development and, along with our staff, they forge research links through regular travel and overseas exchanges. In total the University is involved with more than 1,180 international research partnerships.

The University is a member of a number of international consortia of research universities including the League of European Research Universities, The Coimbra Group and Universitas 21.

Within the UK, Edinburgh is a member of the Russell Group of 20 leading research universities.