School of GeoSciences

How to apply

Information on the application process for our 2+2 programmes, which differs from our usual process for undergraduate programmes.

Please note that the application process for the 2+2 programme is different from the normal application procedure for studying in the UK. If you are in 2nd year now, tell your International Office that you would like to apply, and your International Office will contact the School of GeoSciences with a list of potential applicants.


Someone from the School of GeoSciences will interview you in China (provisionally in October/November the year before admission). This interview will be in English, and will test your knowledge of GeoSciences as well as your language ability.

After your interview

If you are successful at interview, and you want to study at The University of Edinburgh, you can apply directly to the School of GeoSciences. The College then processes your documents and produces an offer, and our Immigration team will send you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) so you can start applying for your UK visa.

Checklist - what do I need to send?

  • 2 x Academic references
  • Academic transcripts
  • English language certificate such as IELTS or TOEFL
  • Your home address and e-mail address
  • Passport
  • IELTS Score - remember you must have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each section by the time you apply.

The deadline for sending all of the above information is 1 June, 2020. 

What to do now

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If you are interested in applying for entry in September, you should start planning now!

  • Discuss everything with your parents and family, as well as the International Office in your university.
  • Look at our courses and ask for any further information you need.
  • Concentrate on improving your English, as one of the staff from the School of GeoSciences will visit your university in the spring to interview you.

Receiving an Offer

If you meet all these requirements (academic, interview and minimum language), we will make you an Unconditional Offer -this means that we are offering you a definite place to study with us, and we will send you a letter to confirm your place. A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study) will also be issued to you so you can apply for your UK visa.

You will also be given a UCAS reference number. Normally, all students who want to study in the UK apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) directly, and are given a UCAS number then. As you are applying directly to us, you will be given this number from us. This will allow you to see your application on-line, and UCAS will contact you directly to give you a formal offer of a place.

The letter from us contains important information about how to apply for the English language courses, accommodation, pay fees, and so on. Please read it carefully and make sure you follow the instructions in plenty of time.


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Once you have received your offer, you must have a CAS before you can begin to apply for the visa that you will need in order to study in the UK. It is really important that you begin the process as soon as you can because it can take some time. Your International Office will be able to advise you how to do this.

English Language Courses

‘English for Undergraduate Study’ - at the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) at The University of Edinburgh lasts for 3 weeks before the start of semester. Please note - you must pay for this course in advance.


It is important to remember that you will be expected to cope with all the lectures, tutorials and labs as soon as you start studying with us. We will help you with your language studies and any extra tutorials before the start of semester, but after that you are expected to perform in the same way as other students. We have degree exams in December, so it is important to start studying hard as soon as you arrive. We do not make any extra allowances for overseas students in exams; you will be treated in exactly the same way as all other students.


For your first year of study with us, you should apply for university student accommodation as soon as you have been given an unconditional offer. You can apply online at the University's Accommodation Services website.

You will be guaranteed a place in student accommodation, provided that you apply by the deadline set by the administrator. This deadline is 30 June. Full details, including how to pay, are given on the Accommodation website.


You must be prepared to pay the university fees at the start of semester. Full details of fees are given on the Registry website.


Details of future Scholarship opportunities will be posted here.

Arriving in Edinburgh

You can find out some very useful information about arriving in Edinburgh (including details of air, bus and train travel) on the English Language Teaching Centre's website.

Arriving in Edinburgh


For general enquiries or questions about the application process, please e-mail:

For queries about the academic content of this programme please contact:

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