Universities in Edinburgh
||Over the past
half a century Edinburgh has established itself as an
intellectual epicentre within the UK, and with its four
universities and numerous colleges it is very successfully
carrying on that tradition.
Campuses are peppered all over the capital with students
making up 10% of the city’s population.
The oldest and most popular university in the Scottish
capital is Edinburgh University [map], established
in 1583 during the reign of King James VI.
Attracting students from more than 130 different countries
every year the city’s premier university has forged
an internationally respected reputation, especially in
the areas of medicine, electronics, artificial
intelligence and veterinary studies. It also
has the widest range of foreign language courses in the
The sprawling city centre campus not only houses around
17,000 undergraduates but also the work of some old masters
and contemporary Scottish painters in the Talbot Rice
By comparison Heriot-Watt University [map] is the new
kid on Edinburgh’s higher education block, being
established less than 40 years ago but with its origins
dating back to the early 1800s.
At its location to the west of city centre Heriot-Watt
University is becoming known for its innovative education and leading-edge research in the fields of business, science, and engineering.
With five campuses across the centre and the southwest
of Edinburgh Napier University [map] attracts students
for a variety of courses in computing, the
arts, life sciences, health and social
However Napier is probably strongest for business
information technology, polymer engineering and industrial design.
Last but not least, Queen Margaret University College [map] opened in 1875 with the aim of providing educational and
career opportunities for women. Today the college is a
centre for health care students and pupils of the performing arts.