High School qualifications

American applicants must have, or expect to obtain, certain US qualifications.

Our requirements for students with US qualifications vary by degree programme.

Other that the general requirements listed below, each course may have further specific entry requirements.

All subjects except Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

All subjects in the College of Humanities and Social Science and the College of Science and Engineering require completion of the High School Diploma, plus one of the following as a minimum requirement.

  • A successful completion of one year of University in the USA

OR

  • SAT score of 1800 (600 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus two APs at Grade 4;

OR

  • SAT score of 1800 (600 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus two SAT Subject tests with 650 minimum

OR

  • ACT Composite score of 27 minimum plus two SAT Subject tests with 650 minimum;

OR

  • ACT Composite score of 27 minimum plus two APs at Grade 4;

OR

  • Three APs at Grade 4 minimum;

A combination of AP and SAT subject tests are acceptable provided they are in different subjects, i.e. AP French and SATS Physics is acceptable as two qualifications but AP French and SATS French is only considered once.

Entry to some degree programmes requires SAT subject tests or APs in specific subjects. These subject requirements are listed in the undergraduate prospectus. If you are unsure of the subject requirements for your chosen degree programme please contact the relevant college admissions office.

Veterinary Medicine

US candidates must normally have either studied APs, the International Baccalaurate (IB) or A level examinations.

3 APs all at 4 or above in Chemistry, Biology and either Maths/Physics would be required. If Physics has not been studied as part of the AP examinations, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum of SQA Standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

All applicants to Veterinary Medicine will be expected to have relevant practical experience of handling animals.

Medicine

Entry directly from high school will not normally be considered.

Graduate entry to Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

For entry to most postgraduate taught or research degrees, the minimum requirement for students from the USA is an undergraduate degree from a recognised university or college with a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Medicine (MBChB)

Applications for graduate entry to the MBChB will be considered for the 5-year programme (A100) with:

  • Pass in a 4-year undergraduate degree with a science major and a GPA of 3.4 or better

plus, MCAT score of at least:

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

Veterinary Medicine

  • a minimum of at least two years of a pre-veterinary or science course at College
  • a minimum of one year (two semesters or three terms) in Chemistry
  • additional courses in Biology, Physics and/or Mathematics
  • a minimum grade point average of 3.4, with more than 3.0 in science courses which have been completed

College leavers must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) not through the UCAS application system. Contact VMCAS directly to apply.

Further guidance on entry requirements

Each course may have further specific entry requirements. All applicants must meet these requirements.

You can also obtain further guidance on admissions requirements from staff in the Admissions Offices.

College of Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Admissions
The University of Edinburgh David Hume Tower, George Square Edinburgh EH8 9JX
Work: +44 (0)131 650 3565
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 4678
Enquiry form: Ask a question using our online form
Web: HSS undergraduate admissions
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Undergraduate Medical Admissions
The University of Edinburgh The Chancellor's Building, 49 Little France Crescent Edinburgh EH16 4SB
Work: +44 (0)131 242 6407
Fax: +44 (0)131 242 6791
Email:
Web: www.ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medicine
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Undergraduate Veterinary Medicine Admissions
The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Easter Bush Veterinary Centre Roslin EH25 9RG
Work: +44 (0)131 650 6178
Fax: +44 (0)131 651 7305
Email:
Web: www.ed.ac.uk/vet
College of Science and Engineering
The University of Edinburgh Weir Building The King's Buildings Edinburgh EH9 3JY
Work: +44 (0)131 650 5737
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 5738
Email:
Web: www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering
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