College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


The University welcomes applicants with high school qualifications from Norway.


For degree programmes in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, applicants should have an overall average grade of 4.5. We calculate this by averaging grades achieved by subject, that is, Final Assessment Grade and Exam Grade, and then taking an overall average of all subjects taken. Any required subjects should be achieved at Grade 4 overall.

Subject specific requirements

Where we ask applicants taking Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers and National 5s for specific subjects we will ask you for comparable subjects in your qualifications. All entry requirements are listed in the degree finder.

Degrees with subject specific requirements:

Acoustics and Music Technology

Grade 5 in R2 Mathematics plus grade 4 in Physics 2.


Grade 4 in Mathematics (all Maths accepted).

It is preferable that applicants provide evidence of artistic ability through assessed work.  If applicants are unable to offer this evidence, and are otherwise qualified, a portfolio will likely be requested

Business School degrees and joint degrees with Business

Grade 4 in Mathematics (all Maths accepted).

Cognitive Science

Grade 4 in penultimate or final year Maths.

Economics, joint degrees with Economics* and degrees which include Quantitative Methods

Grade 4 in R2 or S2 Mathematics.

Degrees which require A at A Level in Mathematics: grade 5 in R2 Mathematics

*Please note that MA Economics and Mathematics, and MA Economics and Statistics, require Grade 6 in R2 Mathematics (revised 06/10/2021)

English / Scottish Literature and joint degrees with English / Scottish Literature

Grade 4 in English Literature in penultimate or last year. Norwegian Literature is not accepted.

Language degrees and joint degrees with a language

If A-level B required: grade 4 at level II or level III.

If GCSE A or B required: grade 4 in any year.

Please note that for degrees that have a subject requirement of a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.

Law and joint degrees with Law

Grade 4 in English Literature, International English or Social Studies in English taken in the penultimate or final year.


Grade 4 in Mathematics (all Maths accepted).

(Revised 19/11/2018 to reflect that we no longer require Biology.)

Philosophy and Mathematics (MA)

Grade 6 in R2 Mathematics (added 06/10/2021)

Psychology (BSc) and joint MA degrees with Psychology

Grade 4 in penultimate or final year Maths.

If Mathematics is not taken in final year, then Maths in first year at Grade 4 plus Grade 4 in penultimate or final year in one of following subjects is accepted: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Physics or Psychology.

Other qualifications

Applicants who have taken the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or GCE A levels should visit the degree finder for our minimum entry requirements.

Undergraduate degree finder

Please note that some of our programmes are competitive, particularly those in the Business School, and so we may need to use additional selection criteria. If you have taken a qualification that is not listed, or have any further queries, then please contact us for further information.

Undergraduate admissions contact details