European Union Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Germany

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from Germany.

Introduction

The University of Edinburgh welcomes applications from well qualified students from Germany. If you have questions about entry requirements that are not answered by the below please contact us directly.

Remember that you must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, together with your personal statement and your reference. Check our “How to apply” section for further information. 

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.

For many degree programmes, we will expect you to have studied specific subjects within your qualifications. Where we ask applicants taking Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers and National 5s for a specific subject(s) we will normally ask you for the same subject(s) in your qualifications. Specific subject requirements at SQA Higher/National 5s for each degree programme can be found at the beginning of each subject entry via the online degree finder.

For MA English Literature and joint degree programmes with English Literature, applicants must have achieved or be predicted to achieved English Literature at an advanced level, this is typically in the final year of the high school diploma. Unfortunately we cannot accept English Language as meeting this subject requirement, however combined English Literature and Language is accepted.

Details of the grades required in your qualifications can be found below. In order for applicants to be considered for an offer they need to have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the equivalencies of all entry requirements listed in the degree finder for the relevant degree programme.

Minimum academic requirements

Award of Abitur with overall average grade of 1.7 with grade 12 in 4 Abiturprufung subjects. Any required subjects as stated in the degree finder 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 1.1 with grade 13 in 4 Abiturprufung subjects. Any required subjects as stated in the degree finder 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.

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 22nd October to support your UCAS application.

Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Oral Health Sciences

Requirements are the same as for the College of Science & Engineering (see below). Biology is a required subject for Oral Health Sciences. Biology and Chemistry are required subjects for Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences. If the required subjects are not present within the qualification we would require them as A Levels.

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 12 in 2 Leistungskurse subjects including required subjects as stated.

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 with 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.

Consideration for 2nd year entry will be given to applicants who have achieved, or who are predicted to achieve the Abitur at 1.3 overall with 14 in 2 Leistungskurse subjects, including required subjects.

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.

Other qualifications

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.

English Language advice

Specific English language requirement by programme

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