Admissions policy

We are committed to ensuring fair access onto our programmes.

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We give equal consideration to all candidates who submit their application by the required deadline and meet all academic requirements.

We assess and score each application individually by two criteria. We give equal weight to both academic results (achieved or predicted) and non-academic qualities. We place applications in rank order and make offers made to those with the highest scores.

Successful applicants are likely to have scored very highly in both academic and non-academic criteria. As a result of the level of competition for a small number of places, many high quality applicants are unsuccessful.

Due to pressure on places each year, the Admissions Committee will only consider two consecutive applications from candidates. Third applications will not normally be considered.

Available Places

Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are known as "controlled subjects". This means that there is a strict limit on the number of places that are funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

As a result of the changes in student funding arrangements for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there are now two separate allocations of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine places for students from the UK and EU and who do not already hold a first degree.

Students resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are funded differently from those from Scotland and the EU and therefore the places available are allocated separately. These allocations have been determined by the Scottish Funding Council and are based on historic intake patterns.

For 2015 entry the following places are available on the 5-year BVM&S programme:

Applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 36

Applicants from Scotland and the EU: 36

The School has a number of full fee places available each year - for overseas and graduate candidates. The Scottish Funding Council does not fund places on these programmes. For 2015 entry, 43 places are available for the D102 4-year BVM&S Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) and 55 for the D100 5-year BVM&S programme.

Resit Examination

Candidates must achieve our minimum entry requirements in one sitting and at the first attempt. Candidates applying with resit examinations (unless there are extenuating circumstances which can be supported by documentary evidence) will not be considered.

A level candidates: please note that a resit of an AS module is normaly acceptable provided A2 level examinations are gained within the normal 2-year period.

Deferred Entry

Due to the high number of applications received for the BVM&S each year, deferred entry applications are not considered. Candidates should therefore apply by 15 October prior to the year they wish to be considered for a place.

Equal opportunities

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Mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications are considered individually. We advise these candidates to contact us before formally applying.

Applications from LEAPS and other Access candidates who may be from a disadvantaged background are encouraged and are considered individually.

Any applicants with criminal convictions will be referred to a University committee, which considers such cases before any decisions are taken.

Candidates applying with disabilities, health problems and allergies

We support the University's guidelines on applications from disabled students.

Veterinary Medicine is, however, a practical subject and students must able to handle and examine all animals safely and humanely, and to ensure the safety of themselves and involved personnel.

Candidates will be considered individually and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

Applicants who have health problems or a disability, which may have an impact on their ability to carry out these or any other practical procedures, are invited to discuss this in confidence with us before making a formal application.

Feedback, appeals and complaints

Unsuccessful applicants can request feedback on the outcome of their applications via the EUCLID Portal or by contacting the Admissions Offiice directly.

If your application has not been successful, you can download documentation which may be helpful in explaining our decision regarding your application.

Following feedback, unsuccessful applicants may also wish to appeal against their outcome in certain circumstances, or to register a complaint.

University Admissions Principles

The University of Edinburgh as an institution is committed to admitting the very best students, who demonstrate the potential to benefit from, and contribute to, the academic experience we offer. Full details of the University's Policies and Procedures are available here:

Health Questionnaire for all entrants to the BVM&S

All applicants with an Unconditional Firm offer will be required to complete the health questionnaire prior to entry to the programme regardless of whether a disability or health condition was declared on application or not, and enrolment is subject to Health Clearance.

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