University of Edinburgh College of Science and Engineering

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University of Edinburgh, College of Science and Engineering
Established 1583
Vice-Principal and Head of College Prof Lesley Yellowlees
Academic staff
Undergraduates 5511
Postgraduates 878
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
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Campus King's Buildings

The College of Science and Engineering is one of the three colleges of the University of Edinburgh. With nearly 2,000 staff and around 7,500 students, it is one of the largest science and engineering groupings in the UK. The College is largely located at the King's Buildings campus and consists of the separate schools of:


Science has been studied at Edinburgh since the University was established as the 'Tounis College' in 1583. In the sixteenth century science was taught as 'natural philosophy'. The seventeenth century saw the institution of the University Chairs of Mathematics and Botany, followed the next century by Chairs of Natural History, Astronomy, Chemistry and Agriculture. During the eighteenth century, the University was a key contributor to the Scottish Enlightenment and it educated many of the leading scientists of the time. It was Edinburgh's professors who took a leading part in the formation of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1783. In 1785, Joseph Black, Professor of Chemistry and discoverer of carbon dioxide, founded the world's first Chemical Society. The nineteenth century was a time of huge advances in scientific thinking and technological development. The first named degrees of Bachelor and Doctor of Science were instituted in 1864, and a separate 'Faculty of Science' was created in 1893 after three centuries of scientific advances at Edinburgh. The Regius Chair in Engineering in 1868, and the Regius Chair in Geology in 1871, were also founded.

In 1991 the Faculty of Science was renamed the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and in 2002 it became the College of Science and Engineering.

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