Abitur

We welcome applications from students with the Abitur.

The information below provides a summary of the minimum entry requirements required by each of the three Colleges within the University. The final decision to offer you a place will be taken with reference to the whole UCAS application, including academic grades, personal statement and academic reference. Having the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee the offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process. For some degree programmes, relevant work experience will be required.

Subject specific requirements

For many degree programmes, we will expect you to have studied specific subjects within the Abitur. Where we ask applicants taking Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers for a specific subject(s) we will normally ask you for the same subject(s) in the Abitur. Specific subject requirements at SQA Higher for each degree programme can be found at the beginning of each subject entry via the online degree finder. Details of the grades required at Abitur can be found below.

Admissions statistics

You can find information on the ratio of applications, offers and accepted applicants for our degree programmes from Student Recruitment and Admissions.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

For nearly all degree programmes demand for places is much higher than places available so applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed an offer of studies. The majority of offers will be made to students who achieve grades well above the minimum entry requirement.

Minimum academic requirements

Award of Abitur with overall average grade of 2.0 with grade 12 in 4 Abiturprufung subjects. Any required subjects as stated in the prospectus should be taken at Advanced Level [Leistungsfach].

In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language by completing one of the qualifications accepted by the University.

Typical Offer

Award of Abitur with overall average grade of 1.2 with grade 13 in 4 Abiturprufung subjects. Any required subjects as stated in the prospectus should be taken at Advanced Level [Leistungsfach].

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Medicine

Your application will be considered if you have:

  • Passes in the Realschulabschluss or Mittlerer Schulabschluss with gut grades or better (10-12 or 2) in all subjects with sciences at sehr gut (13-15 or 1). Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English and German must be offered.
  • We also expect the same standard in the Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) including an overall grade of 1.3 or better and would prefer to see a science bias.

In addition to the minimum academic criteria, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements in terms of skills, experience and motivation.

You are also required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the summer before you submit your UCAS application. Details of the test and how your result is used in the selection process are available on the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine website.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet the University's required standard of English.

Veterinary Medicine

Overall grade of 1.3 or better in the Abitur to include Chemistry, Biology and Maths/Physics at sehr gut (13-15 or 1) and gut grades or better (10-12 or 2) in all other subjects.

If Physics has not been studied as part of the above qualifications, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum SQA Standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

Qualifications must be gained in one sitting and at the first attempt.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet the University's required standard of English.

Work experience with animals is a key part of the entry requirements for Veterinary Medicine. You will be required to submit a Work Experience Summary form prior to 1st November to support your UCAS application.

Oral Health Sciences and Medical Sciences

Requirements are the same as for the College of Science and Engineering (see below). Biology as a required subject for Oral Health Sciences. Biology and Chemistry are required subjects for Medical Sciences.

College of Science & Engineering

For nearly all degree programmes demand for places is much higher than places available so applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed an offer of studies. The majority of offers will be made to students who achieve grades well above the minimum entry requirement.

Minimum academic requirements

Abitur at 1.7 or above overall, with minimum 12 in 2 Leistungskurse subjects including required subjects as stated in our prospectus.

In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, holding 12 in English Language in the Abitur or one of the qualifications accepted by the University.

Typical Offer

Abitur at 1.3 overall including 13 in 2 Leistungskurse subjects, including required subjects.

Entry to Year 2

Advanced entry direct into Year 2 of many of our degree programmes is possible for applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Please contact our admissions office for details.


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