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


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


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


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


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


  • Three APs at Grade 4 minimum;


  • Three SAT Subject tests with 650 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.


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, an MCAT score before 2015 of at least:

  • Verbal 9
  • Biological Sciences 10
  • Physical 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

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.

Each separate College has its own specific entry requirements. For detailed information, please use the links below to find out about the requirements for the College you are interested in.

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