College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

USA

The University welcomes applicants with high school qualifications from the USA.

Covid-19 Update

Below you will see our test requirements for students applying with US standardised tests. Further information about the impact of Covid-19 and the associated test disruption can be found on our ‘understanding your offer’ webpages.

Understanding your offer

Applicants are expected to complete the US High School Diploma in addition to the following  minimum requirements:

  • Three APs at minimum grade 4 (Please note that AP Research is not accepted); or
  • Three SATS at minimum grade 650; or
  • SAT score of 1290 (to include a minimum score of 650 in Evidence based Reading and Writing and 620 in Math) plus two APs at min grade 4 or two SATS at min grade 650 or a combination of 1 AP and 1 SATS; or
  • ACT composite score of 27 plus two APs at min grade 4 or two SATS at min grade 650 or a combination of 1 AP and 1 SATS; or
  • Successful completion of year one of University in the USA (we normally require a GPA of 3.0/4); or
  • Successful completion of a two year Associate Degree (we normally require a GPA of 3.0/4). Associate Degrees are considered on a case by case basis, we do not accept vocational subjects. Associate Degrees are not accepted for advanced entry.

Please note:

-A combination of AP and SAT subject tests are acceptable provided they are in different subjects. For example, AP French and SAT Physics are acceptable as two qualifications, but AP French and SAT French are only considered once

-Combinations of the above qualifications do not have to be completed in the same year

-AP Studio Art can only be considered for Art & Design degrees and Architecture

-We do not superscore the ACT

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. Subject specific requirements for applicants taking AP and SAT are as follows:

Acoustics and Music Technology

AP Calculus at grade 4 plus AP Physics at grade 4/SATS Physics at 650.

 AP Statistics is not accepted in lieu of Calculus. Where an applicant cannot take AP Calculus, please contact the Admissions Office for guidance.

Architecture

AP Calculus at grade 4 or SAT Subject Test Math(Level 1 or 2) at 650.

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

Business degrees and joint degrees with Business

AP Calculus at grade 4 or SAT Subject Test Math (Level 1 or Level 2) at 650 or SAT Reasoning Test Maths at 620 or 27 in Maths component of the ACT.

 AP Statistics is not accepted in lieu of Math or Calculus.

**Our programmes in the Business School are usually competitive and achieving the academic entry requirements alone may not result in the offer of a place so a more detailed selection process may be required and offers may be made to applicants with grades in excess of the minimum**

Cognitive Science

AP Calculus at grade 4 or SAT Subject Test Maths (Level 1 or Level 2) at 650.

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

AP Calculus at grade 4 or SAT Subject Test Math (Level 1 or Level 2) at 650.

*For our Economics & Statistics and Economics & Mathematics degrees we require SAT subject Test Math (Level 1 or Level 2) at 680 or AP Calculus at grade 4.

 AP Statistics is not accepted in lieu of Math or Calculus.

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

AP English Literature & Composition at grade 4 or  SAT Subject Test Literature at 650.

Please note that AP English Language & Composition is not accepted to meet this requirement.

Language degrees and joint degrees with a language

AP in a language other than English/your native language at grade 4 or an SAT Subject test in a language other than English/your native language at 650.

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

AP English Literature & Composition at grade 4 or AP English Language & Composition at grade 4 or SAT Subject Test Literature at 650.

Nursing

AP Calculus at grade 4  or SAT Subject Test Maths (Level 1 or Level 2) at 650 or SAT Reasoning Test Maths at 620 or 27 in Maths component of the ACT.

 AP Statistics is not accepted in lieu of Math or Calculus.

Psychology (BSc) and joint MA degrees with Psychology

AP Calculus at grade 4 or SAT Subject Test Maths (Level 1 or Level 2) at 650.

Applicants who have not taken SAT Math/ AP Calculus can be considered with grade 11 Maths at grade A in addition to SAT/AP test at 650/grade 4 in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Physics or Psychology.

Social Work

Grade 11 Maths in High School Diploma

 

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, Economics, International Relations and Psychology. Our Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree is also competitive. For these programmes we may need to use additional selection criteria. 

If you need further information, or have any queries, please contact us.

Undergraduate admissions contact form

 

Understanding your offer

For applicants with US qualifications who have received a conditional offer of study.