College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Unsuccessful applications

There are a range of reasons why an application may not have been successful.

We are always prepared to explain the reasons behind rejections. If your application to study at the University of Edinburgh has been unsuccessful we hope that this information will help you understand the reasons why this decision has been reached.

The most common reasons for an unsuccessful decision are listed below.

The Admissions Office understands the disappointment of an unsuccessful application. The fact is that many unsuccessful applicants could make very good students.

The Admissions Office makes considerable efforts to be transparent and objective. The selection policy is reviewed on a regular basis in order to ensure that it remains relevant and reliable.

See our guidance for school leavers and mature applicants which provides full information on the selection procedures for the College.

If after reading the common reasons for rejection you feel that none of these apply to you or you still do not understand why your application has been unsuccessful, you can contact us for further detailed feedback.

Please read the procedures for feedback and appeals at the following link, and then contact us in writing or email us including your name, UCAS number and the degree for which you have applied.