European Union Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Ireland

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from Ireland.

Introduction

The University of Edinburgh welcomes applications from well qualified students from Ireland. 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. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

We welcome applications from students studying for the Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC).

We will normally require a minimum of four to six subjects at Higher Level, depending on the degree programme you apply for.

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.

For many degree programmes, relevant work experience will be required.

Please note that we do not use the Central Applications Office examination point score.

Subject-specific requirements

For many degree programmes we will expect you to have studied specific subjects at Higher Level within the ILC.

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) at Higher Level in the ILC.

Specific subject requirements at SQA Higher for each degree programme can be found at the beginning of each subject entry through the degree finder.

Admissions statistics

You can find information on the ratio of applications, offers and accepted applicants for each of our degree programmes in our admissions statistics.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

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 ILC with Grade H2 in at least three subjects including required subjects and Grade H3 in three further subjects.

In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language by obtaining grade O3.

Typical offer

Award of ILC with Grade H1 in at least three subjects and Grade H2 in the remaining subjects for a total of at least six subjects.

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Medicine

  • We will ask you for three Higher Level subjects at Grade H1 including Chemistry and Biology and three Higher Level subjects at Grade H2 including English and either Maths or Physics. Grade B or better is required in English, Mathematics and Science in the Irish Junior Certificate (Higher Level).

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.

Medical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences

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

Oral Health Sciences

Four Higher Level subjects at Grade H3 or better at the first sitting, including Biology. Grade A is required in English and grade B in Mathematics in the Junior Certificate (Higher Level).

Veterinary Medicine

Your application will be considered if you have passed or are predicted to pass the ILC with five Higher Level subjects including Chemistry, Biology and either Mathematics or Physics at H2 and two further subjects at H3.

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.

College of Science and 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

Award of ILC with Grade H2/B1 at Higher Level in at least three subjects including required subjects and Grade H3/B3 at Higher Level in three further subjects, and H1/A1 at Higher Level where a Grade A is needed in a required subject.

We require English at grade B in the Junior Certificate (Higher Level) or grade O4/C2 at ILC Ordinary Level.

Offers and subject requirements vary according to the subject applied for.

Typical offer

Award of ILC with Grade H1/A1 at Higher Level in at least three subjects including required subjects and Grade H2/B1 at Higher Level in three further subjects.

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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