Spotlight on: University of Edinburgh


With a QS Global ranking of 20, the University of Edinburgh has staked its claim as one of the best universities in the world, as it has now for centuries. Founded in 1583, it one of the oldest universities in the world, dating all the way back to medieval times. It is located in the historic city of Edinburgh, an important cultural centre and an excellent base to explore the lochs and highlands of beautiful Scotland.

The University of Edinburgh offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across a range of subjects. It is strongly rooted in the tradition of Arts and Humanities – with an overall world rank of 13, its English Language and Literature ranked 11th, and Philosophy ranked 20th; it is also ranked highly for its Biological Sciences, Earth and Marine Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology, Archaeology and several other subjects. 

The University is presently home to 40000 students, including more than 11000 representing 156 countries around the world – a number that grows every year.

Key facts

1. Entry Requirements

The requirement of an Indian applicant for admission to a postgraduate programme is a Bachelor’s degree from a highly ranked university with a minimum score of 60% with variations depending on the programme. A high first class degree will often be required owing to high competition. 

English Language Requirement: the university will demand proof of language proficiency via an international English test, such as IELTS, TOEFLY-iBT, PTE Academic, Trinity ISE, or Cambridge English. The minimum requirements may vary as per programme.

2. Costs and Funding

The annual tuition fee ranges from approximately 21-23000 GBP for a taught Masters in Arts and Humanities to 30000 GBP for a similar programme in the Sciences.

Scholarships: there are a number of merit-based scholarships available for international postgraduate students at the university – including exclusively for Indian students. Some examples include the Charles Wallace India Trust, an externally-funded scholarship, and the Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Programme that funds Masters degrees in ecology and conservation.

3. Application timeline

Applications generally open in September of the year prior to commencement. The applications for international applicants close at the end of June, however applicants are advised to apply by mid-January.

If you’re looking forward to a degree at one of Europe’s most prestigious universities, the Hurray Overseas counselling team can help you make your way there! Reach out to us via email, or call us on 8971357928 for more details.


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