The European Diploma Supplement is a supplement to the degree certificate and describes of the nature, level, context, content and status of your studies. This, and the accompanying pages, tell you how to obtain one.
The European Diploma Supplement has been initiated by UNESCO, the European Commission and the Council of Europe and ratified as part of the Bologna Declaration at the Convention for the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region (Lisbon 1997), (Section IX. Article IX.3). It is designed as a supplement to the degree certificate and to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued by graduates. It aims to:
The EDS contains information on: the holder of the qualification, the qualification, the level of the qualification, the contents and results gained as well as information on the function of the qualification.
The EDS contains 4 documents: 1) Full Academic Transcript (including an explanation of the University's marking scheme; 2) Information related to the Programme of Study; 3) Description of the Higher Education sector in Scotland; 4 ) Description of the University of Edinburgh.
The University of Edinburgh is strongly committed to compliance with this directive and the following guidance has been developed in consultation with the European Diploma Supplement Working Party set up by the Senatus Quality Assurance Committee.
The EDS is to be provided free of charge in the first instance to all graduating Undergraduate, Taught Postgraduate and Master of Science by Research students (if all courses are recorded on the records system). Other Research Postgraduates e.g. PhD, MPhil, DSc etc are excluded. EDS must only be provided to students who have graduated i.e. are recorded as having their award conferred by Senatus Academicus either at a ceremony or in absentia. Students who have not had their awards conferred or have not applied to graduate should not receive an EDS.
The University of Edinburgh is committed to supplying those students graduating from 2004/05 with an EDS.
The concept of the EDS is that it should accompany a graduate’s certificate however as this is currently not feasible EDS should be issued within 2 months of the relevant Board of Examiners (10.18, Assessment Regulations). EDS will be sent to the graduate's home address (as recorded on the student records system).
This article was published on Apr 22, 2011