From Nobel laureates and Olympic champions to space explorers and prime ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing history since it opened the gates to its first students in 1583. The University is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities.
Following the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, the University was positioned at the forefront of academia and critical thinking. Due to the determination and perseverance of a group of Edinburgh intellectuals, established facts about the world were being boldly and consistently challenged. Today, UoE ranked 19th in the world according to the QS Rankings, with its Institute of Informatics ranking the first in UK. The University is also the fourth most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants.