Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Changing programme

Information and forms for transferring to and from Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences Degree Programmes.

First, speak to your Personal Tutor

Students who wish to transfer to an undergraduate degree programme within Biomedical Sciences should first contact their Personal Tutor for advice and guidance.

Conditions for Transfer

Students must be in good academic standing (e.g.be eligible to progress into the next year of study to which they wish to transfer).

Students must normally meet the individual criteria for the Degree Programme they wish to transfer to (see the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study).

Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS)

Transferring to a Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate degree

Students wishing to transfer to a Biomedical Sciences undergraduate degree should complete Transfer Application Form 1. All parts of the form should be fully completed.

There is no guarantee that transfer requests will be successful as demand for places varies from year to year.

In most cases, transfer requests will only be considered at the end of the academic year. Only in exceptional circumstances will transfer requests be considered past this deadline. Transfer requests are reviewed by the BMTO Teaching Management Executive in June each year after the examination results are confirmed and students will be advised of the decision by email early in July.

If successful (and the applicant has confirmed their intention to proceed with the transfer request) then the student's degree programme record will be updated on EUCLID by the BMTO and a new Personal Tutor will be assigned.

Transfer application form 1 (for transfer to a Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate degree)

Completed forms should be submitted to Lisa.Ketchion@ed.ac.uk by noon on 31st May.

Transfers within Biomedical Sciences

Students who are already studying in Biomedical Sciences and who wish to transfer onto a different Honours Programme should complete an Honours Transfer Form (Form 2.) Students must be in good academic standing at the time and should meet the criteria for the Degree Programme that they wish to transfer into (see: Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study).

Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS)

Transfer application form 2 (for students already in Biomedical Sciences)

Completed forms should be submitted to Lisa.Ketchion@ed.ac.uk by noon on 20th March.

New students wishing to transfer during Welcome Week or Weeks 1 and 2

Any new student wishing to transfer to a Biomedical Sciences UG degree programme at the start of the academic year must have first met the UCAS entry requirements for the degree that they wish to transfer into. Students should complete New Student Transfer Application Form 3. The deadline for transfer application forms for entry to Year 1 (or direct entry to Year 2) is the end of Week 1.

Transfer requests will be considered by the BMTO Teaching Management Executive in Week 2 and applicants will be advised of the outcome by the Friday of Week 2.

If successful (and the applicant has confirmed their intention to proceed with the transfer request) then the student's degree programme record will be updated on EUCLID by the Biomedical Teaching Organisation and a new Personal Tutor will be assigned.

New student transfer application form 3

Completed forms should be submitted to Lisa.Ketchion@ed.ac.uk by the end of Week 1.

Transferring from Biomedical Sciences to elsewhere

Students transferring from Biomedical Sciences to a different degree programme in the College of Science and Engineering or College of Humanities and Social Sciences should contact the School Teaching Organisation which hosts the programme to which they want to change. Students may also wish to review the College policies on transfers.

College of Science and Engineering website

College of Humanities and Social Sciences transfer policy

Transfer to College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

  • As always, all CAHSS programmes change requests up to the end of week 2 (Friday 2nd October) with be dealt with by the CAHSS UG Admissions Office.
  • Request must be sent directly from the student to cahss.ugadmissions@ed.ac.uk in the first instance – we will aim to prioritise these emails and respond within 24 hours (Mon-Fri)
  • The student should note in the email the degree they are enrolled in and the degree that they are enquiring about switching to
  • Students should be advised to email directly from their UoE email address
  • We are still working remotely and have no access to phones – students should not be advised to call us
  • Skeleton staff will be in the office on a limited number of days each week. Face to face or virtual appointments will be made for students only where necessary. All students must email for advice in the first instance. Please do not advise any student to visit the College Office as they will be turned away and asked to email.

Due to the reassessed exam grades, this year most of our programmes are over capacity and so programme changes will be limited. We would still request that all students looking for a programme change email us and we can discuss possible alternative options.

College of Science and Engineering new students programme transfer requests

All transfer requests from new students must be submitted by the end of week two of teaching (Friday 2nd October 2020) in order to be considered.

Please note that transfers are likely to be very limited this year as most programmes are running at maximum capacity due to the impact of the reassessed exam grades.

Students must have met the stated entry requirement for new programme (and in the case of selective programmes, the level required to have received an offer had they applied to that programme initially) in order to be considered.

Students wishing to request a change should contact sciengra@ed.ac.uk from their UoE email address, with the subject ‘Programme Transfer Request’, noting the degree they are enrolled in and the degree they are enquiring about switching to. To make this clear it would be advisable for them to state the full degree title and ideally the UCAS code, eg: MA Geography L700 or MEng Chemical Engineering H800.

Please note that all enquiries must be submitted by email, by the deadline, so that they can be considered.

All transfer requests submitted by the deadline will be considered, and approved where possible. We may need to seek advice from the Student Immigration team to ascertain any impact on a student’s tier 4 visa if relevant.

If a request is approved the R&A team will notify the student (by emailing their UOE email address) and cc to the relevant teaching office so that the School can make the required programme change in EUCLID.

Student loans and finance implications

Students are responsible for contacting their loan authorities (usually SAAS, LEA or ELB) in advance of any change. Students must not assume that the loan will continue automatically.

International students

International (Tier 4) students seeking a transfer are advised to contact Edinburgh Global to ensure there are no implications for their visa.

If you're seeking a transfer, contact Edinburgh Global to make sure your visa isn't affected