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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 UK.

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 Art Gallery.

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 sciences.

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.

Edinburgh University
General Equiries: 0131 650 1000
www.ed.ac.uk

Herriot-Watt University
General Equiries: 0131 449 5111
www.hw.ac.uk

Napier University
General Enquiries: 0500 35 35 70
www.napier.ac.uk

Queen Margaret University College
0131 317 3247
www.qmuc.co.uk

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