Applicant Information Session
Malaysia March 2012
Why choose the University of
The University
The City of Edinburgh
Degree structure
What happens next?
Student experience
The University
Influencing the world since 1583
Over 30,000 students
Over 20,000 undergraduates, 10,000+
One of the largest universities in the UK
33% students from outside the UK
140 different nationalities
3 Colleges, 22 Schools
Merged with Edinburgh College of Art
Numerous networks and global partnerships:
The City of Edinburgh
Population around 500,000, students make
up over one tenth
Historic, cosmopolitan, safe, cultured city
Favourite UK city Guardian/Observer Travel Awards 2011
One of the most vibrant cities in Europe and
most desirable places to live in the world
World’s first UNESCO City of Literature
UNESCO World Heritage Site
12 annual festivals, including the world’s
largest arts festival
Financial centre
Excellent transport networks
The University in the city
Edinburgh’s Climate
Edinburgh enjoys a moderate year-round
Temperature (Celsius)
Jan Feb Mar
Apr May Jun
Average daily temperature (max)
Average daily temperature (min)
Aug Sep
Oct Nov Dec
The University
One of the top UK universities and study
destinations within Europe
Ranked 20th in the world by QS World University
Rankings 2011
One of the world’s leading research universities,
RAE 2008
Excellent reputation for teaching & research –
over 80% academic staff active in research
Innovative and quality assured teaching
Associated with 11 Nobel Prize winners
The University of Edinburgh: rated as the best
place to be in the UK by international students
ISB Summer 2011
Research Profile
Over 80% academic staff active in research
96% of the University’s research disciplines
were rated as ‘world leading’ RAE 2008
Number 5 in the UK for research RAE 2008
Over 1,000 international research
A new company is formed at the University
every 2 weeks
2 Science Parks have been established at
the University
£248 million was awarded to the University
for research in 2009
Distinguished Alumni
Charles Darwin, Naturalist
David Hume, Philosopher
Joseph Lister, Surgeon
Piers Sellers, NASA Astronaut
Gordon Brown, previous UK Prime Minister
Adam Smith, Economist
James Clerk Maxwell, Physicist
Sir Walter Scott, Writer
Ian Rankin, UK's bestselling crime author
JK Rowling, Writer
John Witherspoon, Clergyman, signatory of
US Declaration of Independence
Sir Christopher Hoy, one of the UK’s most
successful Olympians
Academic Structure
3 Colleges:
College of Humanities & Social Science
College of Science & Engineering
College of Medicine & Veterinary
22 Schools:
All research-active
119 academic disciplines
600+ Undergraduate degrees
160+ Postgraduate taught courses
130+ Research degrees
College of Humanities
& Social Science
Edinburgh College of Art
Health in Social Science
History, Classics and Archaeology
Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
Social and Political Science
College of Science
& Engineering
Biological Sciences
Physics & Astronomy
College of Medicine
& Veterinary Medicine
Medical Sciences (BSc)
Medicine (MBChB)
Oral Health Sciences (BSc)
Veterinary Medicine (BVM&S)
UK Postgraduate Degrees
Taught degrees
MSc, MBA, MEd, MMus, MTheol, LLM
Usually 1 year in duration, 9 months taught,
3 months research
Assessed by coursework, examination and
a dissertation or project
Research degrees
MSc by Research, 1 year in duration,
90% research
Assessed by coursework, examination and
a dissertation
MPhil, 2 years in duration
Assessed by thesis
PhD, 3 years in duration
Assessed by thesis
UK Undergraduate Degrees
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the
majority of Honours degrees are 3 years in
duration with specialisation from the outset
In Scotland, the majority of degrees are
4 years (Honours)
This is because Scottish degrees have lots of
flexibility and choice of subjects to study in
lower years, with specialisation by third year
Often this gives students the opportunity to
sample several subjects before choosing in
which to specialise
Ancient universities confer Master of Arts
(MA) for undergraduate degrees in social
Degree structure
USA (Liberal Arts)
Apply to
Single / Joint
Possible “Major”
Core curriculum
Year 1
“Major” & 2-4 subjects
Core curriculum
Year 2
“Major” & 2-4 subjects
Declare “Major”
Declare Major
Year 3
Honours Year
Research project
Degree award:
Honours Year
Study Abroad
Year 4 / exit
Degree award: MSc
Honours Year
Degree award: MA/BSc
Degree award: BA
Example degree structure
Year One
English Language 1 English Literature 1 Other Subject A
Year Two
English Language 2 English Literature 2 Other Subject B
English Language, Single Honours Degree
English Language & Literature, Joint Honours Degree
English Literature, Single Honours Degree
Year Three English Language
Year Four English Language
The University of Edinburgh
Example degree structure
Year One
Year Two
Informatics 1
Mathematics 1 Other Subject A
Informatics 2 (Double course)
Mathematics 2
Computer Science (or Artificial Intelligence/ Software
Engineering/ Cognitive Science - as Informatics courses
common to all), Single Honours Degree
Computer Science & Mathematics, Joint Honours
Mathematics, Single Honours Degree
Year Three
Year Four
Computer Science & Mathematics
Computer Science & Mathematics
The University of Edinburgh
Teaching and Assessment
Encourage independent thinking, reasoning
and research skills
Emphasis on independent study, selfmotivation and critical thinking
Taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials
Contact hours vary by subject, average 12
hours per week
Assessment by coursework and examination
Study abroad option available for many
Academic year is divided into 2 semesters:
Semester 1 17 Sep – 14 Dec 2012
Semester 2 14 Jan - 25 May 2013
Support for your studies
Director of Studies or Supervisor
First point of contact if you have any
concerns or problems
Institute for Academic Development (IAD)
Workshops, resources, one-to-one support
for studying effectively, planning for
exams, writing essays
Peer Proofreading*
Trained, reliable volunteers proofread
assignments, spot basic grammar and
spelling errors
*More information from Edinburgh University
Students’ Association (EUSA) www.eusa.ed.ac.uk
Exchange Partners
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Peking University
ERASMUS 180 links, 20+ countries
University of Delhi
New Zealand
University of Auckland
Massey University
University of Otago
South Korea
Konkuk University
Korea University
National University of Singapore
South America
Universidad de San Andres, Argentina
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Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
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University of Virginia
University of Washington
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Applicant links
Subject Info sheets:
School websites:
Detailed info:
Tuition Fees
Annual fees for academic year 2012-2013
£12,650 (non-lab) / £16,650+ (lab / studio)
£20,600 (Y1 &2 )
£34,850 (Y3, 4 & 5)
£26,400 - £19,950
(YR1 - YR5)
Postgraduate Taught
£13,050 / £15,750+
Postgraduate Research
£13,050 / £15,000+
Cost of living estimate
£7,000 - £8,000
Managing money at university
A typical weekly expenditure by a student could
Approximate weekly cost
Self-catered flat
Halls- half board
Rent / Hall fees (Includes electricity, heating & contents
£15 (lunches etc)
Phone (Landline / mobile – varies depending on package)
TV licence
Books, stationery & photocopying
Laundry and toiletries
Total approximate weekly living costs
University scholarships awarded on the
basis of academic merit
Edinburgh Global Undergraduate
15 worth £2,000
Deadline: 2 April 2012
Edinburgh Global Masters Scholarships
15 worth £5000, 25 worth £3000
Deadline: 2 April 2012
Applicants should already have been
offered a place at the University and should
have firmly accepted that offer or be
intending to do so
Learning Facilities
17 libraries
Main library undergoing a £60 million
Special collections
UK’s largest campus computer network
Located close to key learning resources,
including the National Library and National
Gallery of Scotland
Well established links with professions and
State of the art facilities and the
opportunity to work with top academics
International Student Support
Pre arrival advice and guidance
Visa and immigration advice
Airport welcome
Director of Studies / Supervisor
Study support
Careers service
Social events programme: Global Horizons
Hospitality schemes
International Student Centre
Chaplaincy centre
On campus health centre
Student Experience
Over 260 student societies
65 sports clubs, 5* rated sports facilities
Student radio station, weekly newspaper
and the UK’s oldest student-run theatre
The University has finished in the top 5 in
the British Universities and Colleges Sport
rankings every year for the last 5 years
5 student union buildings
International students’ centre
The University of Edinburgh: voted the
best UK university for clubs and societies
by international students ISB Summer 2011
A-Z of Student Societies
Aberdeen FC Supporters Club (EU)
African & Arabic Dance Society
African & Caribbean Society
African Relations Circle
Air Squadron
Amnesty International
Anime and Animation Society
Archaeology Society
Architecture Sans Frontier Society
Art Society
Baha'i Society
Ballroom Dance Society
Barnardo’s Society
Bhangra Crew
Big 2
Bisexual Lesbian or Gay BLOGS
Brass Band
Bridge Club
Bright Futures Edinburgh
Bulgarian Society
Capoeira Society
Catholic Students' Union
Celtic Supporters Club
Chamber Choir
Chamber Orchestra
Changeringers (Guild of)
Charity Fashion Society
Cheerleading Society 'The Vixens'
Chemical Engineering Society
Chemical Society
Chess Club
Chi Soc
Childrens Holiday Venture
Chill Out Society
Chinese Cultural Society
Chinese Students' Association
Choc Soc
Christian Union
Classics Society
Clinical Psychologists in Training
Comedy and That
Composers' Orchestra
Computer Society
Confucianism Study Society
Conservative & Unionist Association
Create Society
Debates Committee
Diabetes Society
Diagnostic Society
Dirty Weekenders (Conservationists)
Drumming Society
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Edinburgh Exchange Support Society
Edinburgh Global Partnerships
Edinburgh Worshippers of Cthulhu Society
Engineers Without Borders Edinburgh
English Language and Linguistics Society
English Literature Society
Entrepreneurial Society
Exmoor Pony Trekking Section
Fair Trade Café
Film Society
First Aiding Society
Folk Song Society
Fonelisco Orphanage Project Society
Football Supporters Association
Formal Attire Running Club of Edinburgh
Frequently Asked Questions Society
Fresh Air (Student Radio)
GEAS (Roleplaying)
Geography Society
German Society
Goth and Rock Society
Hellenic Society
Highland Society
History Society
Hong Kong International Society
Humanist Society
Hung Ga Appreciation Society
Ink Magazine
International Relations Forum
A-Z of Student Societies continued…!
Islamic Society
Italian Society
Jazz Orchestra
Jewish Society
Juggling Society
Korean Society
Labour Club
Law Society
Liberal Democrats
Malaysian Students
Marrow Society
Mathematics & Statistics
Mature & Grad Medics
Mature Law Students' Society
Meadow’s Half Marathon
Mediterranean Gastronomic
Mexicanos En Edimburgo
Middle Eastern Society
Model United Nations
Modern Dance Society
Movie Production Society
Music Society
Musical Medics Society
New Scotland Country Dance
Nomad Magazine
Nursing Society
Officers Training Corps
Oxvol (Oxfam Volunteers)
Palestine Solidarity Society
People & Planet
Persian Society
Philosophy Society
Photographic Society
Physics Society
Pizza Hereos
Poker Society
Politics Society
Pool Society
Portuguese & Brazilian Society
Postgrad Society
Pro Evolution Soccer Society
Psychology Society
Reeling Club
Renaissance Singers
Revelation Rock Gospel Choir
Romanian Society
Russian Society
Save the Animals Campaign
Savoy Opera Group
Scandinavian Society
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Scottish Ethnology Society
Scottish Romanian Language Link (SCROLL)
Scottish Socialist Students' Society
Self defence Society
Shekter Soc
Sign Society
Singapore Students
Singers (EU)
Snooker Society
South Asian Society
Spanish and Latino Society
Standing Ovation
Stop Aids
String Orchestra
Student Action for Autism
Student Action For Refugees (STAR)
Student Cancer Fund
Student Christian Movement
Student Newspaper
Student Scout and Guide Organisation
Students Supporting Street Kids (SSSK)
Studio Opera
Swahili Club
Swing Dance Society
Tai Chi Chuan
Taiwanese Society
Tennent's Lager Appreciation Society
Theatre Company (Bedlam)
Tibet Society
Trading & Investment Club
Travel Society
Twisters Association
Untapped Talent
Vedic Society
Veterinary Zoological
Water of Life
Welsh Society
Yoga Society
Colours of Malaysia
hosted by Edinburgh Malaysian
Students Association (EMSA)
2012 – Rainforest theme
• Live music & dance performances
• Delicious food
• Games & prizes
• Traditional handicrafts
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Student Sports Clubs
Archery Club
Association Football Club M
Association Football Club F
Athletics Club
Badminton Club
Basketball Club
Boat Club
Boxing Club
Canoe Club
Cricket Club
Cross Country
Curling Club
Cycling Club
Exmoor Pony Trekking S.
Fencing Club
Gliding Club
Golf Club
Hare & Hounds
Hillwalking Club
Hockey Club (Male)
Hockey Club (Female)
Hot Air Balloon Club
Ice Hockey Club
Judo Club
Ju Jitsu Club
Karate Club (Shotokan)
Karate Club (Shukokai)
Kendo Club
Korfball Club
Lacrosse Club F
Lacrosse Club M
Motor Sport Club
Mountaineering Club
Netball Club
Orienteering Club
Rifle Club
Roller Hockey Club
Rugby Club (Male)
Rugby Club (Female)
Sailing Club
Shinty Club
Skydiving Club
Snowsports Club
Squash Club
Sub Aqua Club
Swimming & Water Polo Club
Table Tennis Club
Tennis Club
Trampoline Club
Triathlon Club
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Volleyball Club
Weightlifting Club
Windsurfing & Surfing Club
What Happens Next? Reply to
your offers
UCAS Firm acceptance / Insurance
Remember to reply by the deadlines
As soon as you meet your conditions,
update your application online (MyEd)
What happens next? If
accepting Edinburgh’s offer…
Apply for Accommodation online
Whether accepting as UF, CF, UI or CI
Application deadlines
- UG must apply by 16 August
- PG must apply by 31 July (£250 deposit
payable on application)
Accommodation is only allocated once an
applicant’s place has been confirmed (UF)
Limited time to accept the offer
University Accommodation
Guaranteed housing for first year
Over 4,000 first year students live in
University accommodation
Centrally located, easy access to teaching
facilities and city centre
95% single rooms
Flats / apartments
Catered / self-catered residences
24-hour residential wardens
En-suite rooms/ shared facilities
Private housing alternatives
= Teaching sites
= Self catered flats
= Self catered houses
= Catered halls
Catered Accommodation
Based at Pollock Halls, which
accommodates just over 2,000 first year
students within 9 ‘Houses’
Mixture of twin, ensuite rooms, and
single rooms (with either ensuite or
shared facilities) available – depending
on the House selected
All Houses have common rooms and
shared pantries
Pollock Halls’ facilities also include 2
squash courts, shop, computing micro
lab, bar and cafes
Resident Assistants (RAs) organise social
and sporting events for residents; help
new students to mingle with others
Self Catered Accommodation
Accommodation for over 2,000 first year
students in 14 blocks of flats
All centrally located
Mix of purpose built and recently renovated
On average 150 students per block of flats
with 3-6 people per flat
Students share bathroom & kitchen/living area
Some twin rooms available
Flat Managers in charge of maintenance and
welfare of students, helped by Resident
Costs of Accommodation
Cost per week depends on the
accommodation you choose:
£57 - £102 for self-catered
£110 - £216 for catered
34 week let (inc Christmas but not Easter)
Rent includes central heating, electricity,
cleaner, phone and data facilities & personal
contents insurance
Rooms have 24 hour access to the internet
After first year, majority choose to live in
private accommodation
The Accommodation Office can offer
guidance and advice on finding a place to
What Happens Next? Accepting
your offer
UCAS / University sends confirmation letter
Visa requirements / applying for your visa
 Supply passport information when
 Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies
(CAS) issued by the University
University issues joining instructions:
 Available online / hard copy
 Formal letter of admission
 Information about the School you have
applied to and the University’s services to
help you prepare for life at Edinburgh
 Introductory meetings with your School
The Careers Service provide an online
database of employers offering temporary,
part-time and vacation work for students,
in addition to graduate vacancies
Helps students find work experience,
volunteering opportunities and explore
their options after graduation
Provides advice and guidance on interview
techniques, CVs and assessment centres
Careers seminars, workshops and careers
Information regarding previous graduate
Find out more about the University using these links
Webpages for international students
Country specific information
International Undergraduate Guide
International Postgraduate Guide
Edinburgh Global
We’re Here to Help
Jenny Thacker
International Officer
The International Office
The University of Edinburgh
57 George Square
Scotland, UK
E-mail: j.thacker@ed.ac.uk
Call: +44 (0)131 650 4592

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