Choosing a degree

When deciding what to study you should consider your interests and strengths as well as the teaching and assessment methods used in the degree.

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It's essential that you are interested in what you are going to study. You’ll also want to match your degree to your abilities to ensure you’ll succeed.

If you're undecided, it might help you to think about the following questions:

  • What subject have you previously enjoyed studying?
  • Will you still be interested in that subject in a few years’ time?
  • In which subjects have you performed well?
  • Are there any new subject areas which interest you?
  • Do you have a particular career in mind?

Remember, many of our degree programmes allow you try a range of subjects before specialising.

Research your options

Once you have decided on a subject area or areas, take the time to do some in-depth research into the degree programmes available in your area of interest.

You should check the entry requirements - what subjects and grades you need - for the programmes you are interested in studying.

We use the term ‘programme’ for a whole degree course such as MA (Hons) Classics or BSc (Hons) Mathematics. Other universities may call this a ‘course’.

You should also find out what you will study, how you will be taught and how you will be assessed. This should help you to decide whether a programme suits you or not.

Bear in mind that although a particular programme may have a similar title at different universities, the content can vary drastically. Make sure you review what is on offer at each institution.

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Use our degree finder to search for a programme that suits you.

Visit us

If you think studying at Edinburgh might be for you, make sure you visit us.

Our Open Days are a great opportunity for you to meet current staff and students, find out about student life in Edinburgh and get a feel for whether the environment suits you.

You can explore the campus, learn more programmes available and ask questions about admissions, accommodation, job prospects or anything else you want to know.

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