Agent Guidance

Admissions

FAQs on admissions, including decision times, acceptance criteria, rejections and deposits.

The below frequently asked questions will be updated throughout the year as we identify matters that are important to you. If there is an item that you believe should be listed on this page, please contact Representatives@ed.ac.uk.

How long does it take to receive a decision on an application?

The usual waiting time is 4-6 weeks from the date that a complete application is submitted. An application is considered 'complete' when there are no outstanding documents left to submit.

For postgraduate programmes at the Business School, applications are assessed in rounds with decisions being communicated on a specific date. If you visit the ‘Key Dates’ page, which is accessible via the relevant MSc page, you can see all of the dates for the rounds.

Example key dates

Admissions rounds

We have recently introduced admissions rounds for multiple postgraduate-taught programmes at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Below, you will find this year’s application deadlines and decision dates.

*Please note, applications are not accepted after the final round application deadline.*

School of Informatics – Offer dates

All applications submitted to the School of Informatics prior to January 15th 2020, will receive a decision in March 2020. We strongly advise you to encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible as we may close entry on, or shortly after January 15th 2020.

Name of programme Round Application Deadline Places Awarded Degree finder page

LLM Law

LLM Commercial Law

1 31 October 2019 5 December 2019

LLM Law  

LLM Commercial Law

2 12 December 2019 6 February 2020
3 31 January 2020 13 March 2020
4 12 March 2020 23 April 2020
5 30 April 2020 11 June 2020

6

16 June 2020 14 July 2020

LLM Intellectual Property Law

LLM International Economic Law

LLM Innovation, Technology and the Law

1 7 November 2019 12 December 2019

LLM Intellectual Property Law

LLM International Economic Law

LLM Innovation, Technology and the Law

2 19 December 2019 13 February 2020
3 14 February 2020 27 March 2020
4 31 March 2020 12 May 2020
5 15 May 2020 26 June 2020
6 30 June 2020 28 July 2020

LLM Human Rights

LLM International Law

LLM Corporate Law

LLM International Banking Law and Finance

1 15 November 2019 20 December 2019

LLM Human Rights

LLM International Law

LLM Corporate Law

LLM International Banking Law and Finance

2 31 December 2019 25 February 2020
3 21 February 2020 3 April 2020
4 9 April 2020 21 May 2020
5 15 May 2020 26 June 2020
6 30 June 2020 28 July 2020
MSc Education 1 30 September 2019 25 November 2019 MSc Education
2 15 October 2019 10 December 2019
3 15 November 2019 10 January 2020
4 16 December 2019 10 February 2020
5 15 January 2020 11 March 2020
6 17 February 2020 6 April 2020
7 29 May 2020 3 July 2020
8 15 July 2020 12 August 2020
MSc Film Studies 1 7 November 2019 19 December 2019 MSc Film Studies
2 19 December 2019 6 February 2020
3 21 February 2020 3 April 2020
4 15 April 2020 27 May 2020
5 1 June 2020 13 July 2020
6 10 July 2020 14 August 2020
MSc Finance Technology and Policy 1 16 October 2019 5 December 2019 MSc Finance Technology and Policy
2 11 December 2019 13 February 2020
3 19 February 2020 9 April 2020
4 15 April 2020 4 June 2020
5 10 June 2020 23 July 2020
MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1 7 October 2019 2 December 2019 MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
2 21 October 2019 16 December 2019
3 21 November 2019 16 January 2020
4 23 December 2019 17 February 2020
5 22 January 2020 18 March 2020
6 17 February 2020 6 April 2020
7 29 May 2020 3 July 2020
8 15 July 2020 12 August 2020
MSc Translation Studies 1 31 October 2019 12 December 2019 MSc Translation Studies
2 12 December 2019 30 January 2020
3 6 February 2020 19 March 2020
4 26 March 2020 7 May 2020
5 21 May 2020 2 July 2020
6 3 July 2020 07 August 2020

MSc Psychology of Mental

Health (Conversion)

1 7  November 2019 12 December 2019 MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion)
2 15 January 2020 26 February 2020
3 23 March 2020 4 May 2020
4 29 May 2020 10 July 2020

Writing samples

For postgraduate-taught applications at the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, a writing sample is only required for the MSc Creative Writing and MSc Play Writing programmes. Any writing samples submitted for other programmes within this school will be deleted, as they are not used for assessment.

Are there any application fees or deposits that must be paid?

The School of Social and Political Science and the Business School have both deposits and application fees.

I have paid the application deposit - why has this not been reflected in the applicant’s portal?

We can confirm that the application will be processed from the moment the application fee is paid. Our admissions teams have to manually update each payment and so it may be two weeks before you see this update on the system.

The applicant has met the minimum requirements. Does this mean that they are guaranteed to receive an offer?

No. Each application is assessed individually on its own merits.

Can I increase the likelihood of acceptance by submitting supplementary certificates?

We understand that you may be keen to upload as many documents as possible to show the strength of the applicant. However, the University of Edinburgh will consider academic achievements such as a degree classification over activities such as swimming and cycling. We would encourage you to only upload documents that have been requested and are relevant to the application.

I am disappointed that an application has been rejected. What should I do?

We understand that you will want to achieve as high an acceptance rate as possible. In cases where you have strong evidence that due process was not followed, you should contact Representatives@ed.ac.uk to receive advice on how to dispute a decision.

For all rejection cases, we would advise looking at the information provided by the admissions team. This feedback will be useful for the applicant, so that they can decide how to strengthen future applications.