About University of Edinburgh:

The University of Edinburgh (abbreviated as Edin. in post-nominals), founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. It is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The annual income of the institution for 2016–17 was £905.8 million of which £265.3 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £847.5 million. The university played an important role in leading Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the North. Alumni of the university include some of the major figures of modern history, including physicist James Clerk Maxwell, naturalist Charles Darwin, philosopher David Hume, mathematician Thomas Bayes, surgeon Joseph Lister, signatories of the American declaration of independence James Wilson, John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, first president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere, and a host of famous authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie and Sir Walter Scott. Associated people include 23 Nobel Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners, 1 Abel Prize winner, 1 Fields Medal winner, 2 Pulitzer Prizewinners, 3 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, 2 currently-sitting UK Supreme Court Justices, and several Olympic gold medallists. It continues to have links to the British Royal Family, having had the Duke of Edinburgh as its Chancellor from 1953 to 2010 and Princess Anne since 2011. Edinburgh receives approximately 60,000 applications every year, making it the second most popular university in the UK by volume of applications. After St Andrews, it is the most difficult university to gain admission into in Scotland, and 9th overall in the UK.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 52 73 61 56 55 55 54 47 44 50 53 48 46 48 54

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture 55 43 39 48 82 55 49 51 57 56 61 67 68 83
Engineering 174 215 165 198 206 200 204 209 200 225 227 255 259 248
Life Sciences 64 48 43 43 41 45 39 34 36 35 32 30 26 36
Medicine 107 111 115 99 96 86 77 76 77 76 76 77 63 70
Natural Sciences 60 53 55 60 67 59 55 55 67 60 56 55 61 66
Social Sciences 105 82 87 106 116 94 87 74 86 76 67 56 57 61

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences 86 82 99 150 168 150 128 151 137 175 226
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - 29 31 35
Chemistry 128 169 138 163 178 185 203 203 217 243 250
Chemical Engineering 273 - - - 273 245 239 258 270 254 216
Civil Engineering 213 262 231 244 218 198 209 181 232 234 197
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 80 74 83
Computer Science 74 62 65 76 96 106 106 121 123 96 113
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - 136 132 137
Electrical Engineering 202 178 151 138 143 157 134 114 140 143 122
Environment / Ecology 39 42 55 83 77 72 75 73 71 65 75
Geosciences 31 42 41 36 37 45 55 57 60 58 64
Immunology - - - - - - - - 46 52 49
Materials Science - - - - - - 351-400 351-400 351-400 351-400 351-400
Mathematics 142 133 143 173 201 175 149 125 146 136 158
Mechanical Engineering 136 214 206 241 253 267 268 287 268 289 277
Microbiology - - - - - - - - 43 53 45
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - 24 24 30
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - 41 46 40
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - 161 126 79 67 113 70 67 62 95 67
Physics 54 64 55 51 53 64 57 48 68 70 63
Plant & Animal Science 46 46 47 32 32 45 44 44 52 60 65
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - 62 65 58
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 48 49 50
Space Science - - - - - - - - 29 23 34
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - 103
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -