College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Unsuccessful applications

There are a range of reasons why an application may not have been successful.

We are always prepared to explain the reasons behind unsuccessful applications. If your application to study at the University of Edinburgh has been unsuccessful we hope that this information will help you understand the reasons why this decision has been reached.

The most common reasons for an unsuccessful decision are listed below:

You thought you were qualified but have been told that you are unqualified

You are taking resits

Your qualifications were achieved more than three years ago

You already have a degree, or are currently studying for a degree

You are a Home/EU applicant who applied after the 15 January deadline

You have not provided an academic reference

You have not disclosed all relevant information, including predicted grades

Your personal statement does not show motivation to study your chosen course

You have applied for deferred entry

Competition for places on your chosen degree programme is extremely high

You applied for a degree programme in Art and Design

The Admissions Office makes considerable efforts to be transparent and objective. The selection policy is reviewed on a regular basis in order to ensure that it remains relevant and reliable.

See our guidance for school leavers and mature applicants which provides full information on the selection procedures for the College.

Guidance for school leavers

Guidance for Adult Returners

If after reading the common reasons that applications are made unsuccessful you feel that none of these apply to you or you still do not understand why your application has been unsuccessful, you can contact us for further feedback.

Please read the procedures for feedback and appeals at the following link. If you then wish to request feedback please contact us and ensure you include your name, UCAS number and the degree for which you have applied.

Information on feedback and appeals