Our Reputation

The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the best 50 universities in the world and its School of Engineering is amongst the best in Europe and the UK.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked one of the best universities in the world:

The University of Edinburgh is ranked #4 in the UK and #1 in Scotland based on the quality and breadth of its research, according to Times Higher Education's REF power ratings. You can read more about this World-leading University.

The School of Engineering

The School of Engineering is consistently ranked as one of world’s best Engineering Schools and is in the top 100 in the world, top 20 in Europe, top 6 in UK and number 1 in Scotland in leading international subject rankings:

The QS rankings highlight universities leading across the main engineering disciplines and computer science. The THE rankings highlight universities that are leading across general engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil engineering, and chemical engineering.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Our joint submission with Heriot Watt University in the 2021 REF was ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK, based on the quality and breadth of our combined research by Times Higher Education. You can read more about the research in the School of Engineering:

Our Disciplines

Our overall performance reflects the world standing of our Engineering Disciplines. The QS world subject rankings place us #1 in Scotland, top 10 in the UK and top 20 in Europe in the majority of our disciplines. Our QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 are:

The School’s core disciplines also rank highly in UK League Tables placing us top or close to top in Scotland in most cases. The current rankings for each discipline are given in the table below.

Discipline Complete University Guide, 2025 Guardian Best UK Universities Guide, 2024 Times Good University Guide, 2024
Chemical Engineering 7 13 14
Civil Engineering 15 14 15
Electronics and Electrical Engineering 11 10 7
Mechanical Engineering 10 8 17