What's wrong with the University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh - 2021

The University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest British universities (1583). It is centrally located in the historic "Old Town" part of the Scottish capital and will (as of 2020) be approx. 45,000 studentsvisited. Your alumni include David Hume, Alexander Bell and no less than Charles Davinwho studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh at the age of 16. This is just one of many reasons why the University of Edinburgh is world renowned is.



  • Full-time students: 33,090
  • Part-time students: 11,420
  • Female: 27,260
  • Male: 17,140
  • Divers: 110
  • Scottish students: 11,455
  • UK (excluding Scotland) students: 11,215
  • EU students: 5,380
  • German students: 755
  • Overseas students: 16,375


The University of Edinburgh is divided in three parent colleges, which in turn consist of a total of 21 schools consists. Here is an overview of the size distribution of the colleges:

  • Arts, Humanities & Social Science: 25,815 students
  • Medicine & Vet Medicine: 7,250 students
  • Science & Engineering: 11,445 students

The Arts, Humanities & Social Science College is taking it along almost 60% the largest proportion of students. This is also reflected in the Rankings of the university and does best.

Rankings 2021

There are various institutions and news agencies around the world that rank universities. For the worldwide ranking this website is based on the ranking of timeshighereducation.com. For ranking within Great Britain the results of thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk used.


The University of Edinburgh is one of the most prestigious and best universities in the Year 2021 and is located in 30th placeof the best universities in the world. The university holds its place from last year (2020). Here is the development of the University of Edinburgh's worldwide ranking:

In addition, a separate ranking is always created for the individual faculties. Edited for the University of Edinburgh Arts & Humanities Faculty best and passed 10th place worldwide, followed by Law on 15th place. The “worst” rank was given to the Engineering & Technology Area and landed on 86th place in a global comparison in 2021. The full, detailed global ranking can be found here.

UK ranking

The University of Edinburgh can also be seen in a direct comparison within the United Kingdom. It lands in the ranking of 2021 15th place of 130. This makes it one of the Top 12% of the British Universities. It should also be taken into account that the competition in Great Britain is very strong. The University of Edinburgh is also a proud member of the Russell Group, a federation of the best and most prestigious British universities.

Tuition fees 2021/2022

Studying at a Scottish university is chargeable and significantly more expensive than studying in Germany. The tuition fees can be included fluctuate very much - depending on the university and course of study. Before Brexit, EU students only had to pay the same amount as British students. Through the Brexit however, all new EU students will be classified and retained as “international students” no more financial benefits. However, if you lived in Great Britain before leaving the EU, you could still benefit from the old conditions under certain circumstances.

At the University of Edinburgh, the tuition fees are 2021/2022 for new Germans Undergraduate (Bachelor)Full-time students between £20,100 – £35,000per year. A full detailed list of all tuition fees for everyone Undergraduate You can find the course here.

For Postgraduate (Master / Phd) This is not so easy to narrow down to students because there is a distinction between “Taught” and “Research” degrees. You can find an individual overview here.

Admission requirements for Germans

Here I go to the General requirements for undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Important: Most UK universities also have specific study requirements for each individual course.

Bachelor (Undergraduate)

The British undergraduate course is equivalent to the German Bachelor course. For undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh the Abitur is necessary. Each The faculty has its own numerus clausus and specialist requirements. Also go all these requirements with a English proof hand in hand. Here is an overview:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Numerus Clausus: Abitur from 1.7
  • Technical requirements: 12 grade points(2+)in at least three subjects, one of which fits the specific study request (see study subject page).
  • Typical offer ("Offer"): Abitur average of 1.1 + 13 grade points (1-) in at least three subjects, one of which fits the specific study requirements


  • Middle school leaving certificate with good grades (10-12 grade points) and very good grades in scientific subjects (13-15 grade points). Chemistry, biology, mathematics, English and German must be available.
  • AND high school graduation with an average of at least 1.3, with chemistry included.
  • Completed University Clinical Aptitude Test
  • Non-academic requirements are also taken into account (see subject-specific page).

Veterinary Medicine

  • Numerus Clausus: Abitur from 1.3
  • Technical requirements: Chemistry and biology with very good grades (13-15) and good grades (10-12) in all other subjects.
  • If physics was not taken in the Abitur, evidence of physics knowledge at this level must be provided.
  • All requirements must be at first attempt have been done.
  • Work experience in dealing with animals must be submitted before October 22nd.

Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences

  • Numerus Clausus: Abitur from 1.7
  • Subject requirements: Good grades (12) in three A-level subjects, biology and chemistry locked in.

Oral Health Sciences

  • Numerus Clausus: Abitur from 1.7
  • Subject requirements: Good grades (12) in three A-level subjects, biology locked in.

College of Science & Engineering

  • Numerus Clausus: Abitur from 1.7
  • Technical requirements: 12 grade points(2+)in at least two subjects, including the subject-specific (see study subject page).

An "offer" is an offer to study at a university in Great Britain. Universities often give an insight into the range of grades of a typical offer in order to enable applicants to make a realistic one.

Important: A typical offer is only a guideline and does not represent the admission requirement.

Master's degree (Postgraduate)

The British postgraduate program is equivalent to the German master’s program, but also includes doctoral candidates. Similar to the undergraduate (Bachelor's degree), there are usually specific subject prerequisites for each individual course. Here are the General admission requirements for studying at the University of Edinburgh:

  • Completed bachelor's degree with a Grade of at least 2.5.

Important: In the case of master’s courses in particular, there are a large number of subject-specific requirements, which usually have to be provided in the form of work samples (e.g. papers). Often there is also an individual interview or examination.

English requirements

Almost all UK universities require certified proof of proficiency in English. So does the University of Edinburgh. If this proof is not available, many universities offer their own courses, which must be completed before studying. Here you can find the current English requirements:

Bachelor: Here

master: Here

Sources of admission requirements


Master: Here