Paranormal Activity: Edinburgh Edition

Paranormal research conducted at Edinburgh University.


1985 saw the establishment of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit (KPU) at Edinburgh University  which focuses closely on a number of ideas including “the possible existence of psychic ability” and “belief in the paranormal”; basically everything spooky.

The programme has been part of the curriculum in Edinburgh since 1963 but it wasn’t until the writer Arthur Koestler left a sum of money in his will for a unit to be established in Britain that it started as an individual programme. However the unit hasn’t made any breakthroughs in the world of ghosts and ghouls… yet…

The unit is housed in the Psychology buildings in George Square

Parapsychology is the study of conciousness in a number of areas including telepathy, clairvoyance, reincarnation and precognition. It was an area of study which was founded in the late nineteenth century in Britain and the UK has stayed at the head of international research since. Edinburgh is the only University in Scotland with a parapsychology unit and (not surprisingly) has been heavily criticised for it over the years.

It’s not the most popular course at Edinburgh with a drastic total of just three students.

The Unit has recently started an online course aimed at the general public so head over to their website if you fancy broadening your study options.