Undergraduate entry requirements by country

Canada

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from Canada.

Canadian students are admitted to the University of Edinburgh with a range of national qualifications, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A Levels.

Typical entry requirements for Canadian students are:

All subjects except the MBChB Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Ontario

Secondary School Diploma with six grade 12 courses at 80% (a minimum of four 4U and two 4M courses is required) with 85% in required subjects, for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

Secondary School Diploma with six grade 12 courses at 80% (a minimum of four 4U and two 4M courses is required) with 80% in required subjects.

Quebec

Diplome D'Etudes Collegiales [DEC] / Diploma of Collegial Studies [DCS] - Overall average of 85% for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

For all degree programmes in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, students are required to have an overall average of 75%.

Alberta

High School Diploma with five Grade 12 subjects at 80%, with 85% in required subjects for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

For all degree programmes in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, students are required to have five Grade 12 subjects at 80%, with 80% in required subjects.

British Columbia

Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with five Grade 12 subjects at 80%, with 85% in required subjects for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

For all degree programmes in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, students are required to have the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with at least five Grade 12 Subjects at 80%. Where BC students opt not to take the provincial exam in a subject, the school grade alone will be taken into account.

Manitoba

High School Graduation Diploma with at least five 40S courses at 80%, for all degree programmes in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Nova Scotia

High School Diploma with at least five grade 12 subjects at 80%.

MBChB Medicine 

Entry directly from high school will not normally be considered.

Applicants offering GCE A levels or the International Baccalaureate will be considered and must meet the minimum entry requirements for these qualifications. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline will be considered for the 5 year programme.

  • A suitable pass in a 4- year undergraduate degree with a science major. Please contact the Admissions Office for acceptable scores

plus, an MCAT score before 2015 of at least

  • Verbal 9
  • Biological Sciences 10
  • Physics Sciences 10
  • Writing Letter M (when the test was sat prior to 2013)

or, an overall total MCAT score after 2015 of 508 to include a minimum of:

  • Chemistry and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems - 128
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills - 126
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems - 128
  • Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behaviour - 126
  • Applicants must also take the UKCAT.

Veterinary Medicine

High School Applicants 

High School Diploma students will be considered provided very high marks have been achieved in grade 12 courses including Chemistry, Biology and Maths/Physics. Specific requirements will vary depending upon the State. We usually look for 85% in both Chemistry and Biology with 80% in Maths/Physics.

Graduate Applicants 

Please refer to the School’s website at for further information about graduate and pre-vet applications

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Further guidance on academic entry requirements

Each course may have further specific entry requirements. All applicants must meet these requirements. Staff in the Admissions Offices will be able to provide further guidance.

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English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will also have to meet English Language requirements to apply. These requirements are listed by programme.

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There are 408 students from Canada currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.