College of Science and Engineering

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    10 Max Born Crescent, Murchison House

    EH9 3JY Edinburgh

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

We are one of three academic Colleges at the University of Edinburgh. With more than 2,700 staff and over 8,000 students, we are also one of the largest science and engineering groupings in the UK.


We deliver impact for society.

As part of a truly global university, rooted in Scotland’s capital city, we make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world.

College mission

We discover, develop and share knowledge.

As a centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • provide the highest-quality research-led teaching and learning;
  • challenge the boundaries of knowledge, research and disciplines;
  • enable our graduates and staff to be exceptional individuals equipped to address global challenges;
  • promote good health, economic growth, cultural understanding and social well-being.

The College of Science and Engineering consists of seven academic schools and one centre of excellence.


As a major, comprehensive university we conduct research of the highest standard across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Our discipline-specific research is impressive but we also focus on challenging our  researchers to explore the space between traditional disciplines, creating transformational discoveries that enrich society.

REF 2014 results

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

In the Research Excellence Framework assessment in 2014, as a University, we were fourth in the UK by research power and in the top five in most individual subjects.

Of our seven submissions from College of Science & Engineering schools, 3 were ranked top in the UK and all 7 were in the top 5 in their discipline in the Times Higher Power rankings, and over 95% of our staff were submitted.

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Transmedia Geographies: Decoloniality, Democratization, Cultural Citizenship and Media Convergence

    Glynn, K. & Cupples, J., 13 Dec 2024, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 258 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Combining Asian and European genome-wide association studies of colorectal cancer improves risk prediction across racial and ethnic populations

    Thomas, M., Su, Y-R., Rosenthal, E. A., Sakoda, L. C., Schmit, S. L., Timofeeva, M. N., Chen, Z., Fernandez-Rozadilla, C., Law, P. J., Murphy, N., Carreras-Torres, R., Diez-Obrero, V., Van duijnhoven, F. J. B., Jiang, S., Shin, A., Wolk, A., Phipps, A. I., Burnett-Hartman, A., Gsur, A., Chan, A. T., & 109 othersZauber, A. G., Wu, A. H., Lindblom, A., Um, C. Y., Tangen, C. M., Gignoux, C., Newton, C., Haiman, C. A., Qu, C., Bishop, D. T., Buchanan, D. D., Crosslin, D. R., Conti, D. V., Kim, D-H., Hauser, E., White, E., Siegel, E., Schumacher, F. R., Rennert, G., Giles, G. G., Hampel, H., Brenner, H., Oze, I., Oh, J. H., Lee, J. K., Schneider, J. L., Chang-Claude, J., Kim, J., Huyghe, J. R., Zheng, J., Hampe, J., Greenson, J., Hopper, J. L., Palmer, J. R., Visvanathan, K., Matsuo, K., Matsuda, K., Jung, K. J., Li, L., Le marchand, L., Vodickova, L., Bujanda, L., Gunter, M. J., Matejcic, M., Jenkins, M. A., Slattery, M. L., D’amato, M., Wang, M., Hoffmeister, M., Woods, M. O., Kim, M., Song, M., Iwasaki, M., Du, M., Udaltsova, N., Sawada, N., Vodicka, P., Campbell, P. T., Newcomb, P. A., Cai, Q., Pearlman, R., Pai, R. K., Schoen, R. E., Steinfelder, R. S., Haile, R. W., Vandenputtelaar, R., Prentice, R. L., Küry, S., Castellví-Bel, S., Tsugane, S., Berndt, S. I., Lee, S. C., Brezina, S., Weinstein, S. J., Chanock, S. J., Jee, S. H., Kweon, S-S., Vadaparampil, S., Harrison, T. A., Yamaji, T., Keku, T. O., Vymetalkova, V., Arndt, V., Jia, W-H., Shu, X-O., Lin, Y., Ahn, Y-O., Stadler, Z. K., Van guelpen, B., Ulrich, C. M., Platz, E. A., Potter, J. D., Li, C. I., Meester, R., Moreno, V., Figueiredo, J. C., Casey, G., Lansdorp vogelaar, I., Dunlop, M. G., Gruber, S. B., Hayes, R. B., Pharoah, P. D. P., Houlston, R. S., Jarvik, G. P., Tomlinson, I. P., Zheng, W., Corley, D. A., Peters, U. & Hsu, L., 2 Oct 2024, In: Nature Communications. 14, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Developing a molecular-level understanding of biochar materials using public characterization data

    Wood, R., Masek, O. & Erastova, V., 17 Jul 2024, In: Cell Reports Physical Science. 5, 102036.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access