Study abroad in Edinburgh

Completing your studies: marks, grades and transcripts

What you need to know as your studies in Edinburgh come to an end.

Marks and grades

When you receive your marks for assessments, remember that the grading scale at Edinburgh may vary considerably from what you are used to at home.

The table below explains the marking scheme at Edinburgh. The pass mark is 40% and it is relatively unusual for students to regularly achieve marks of 70% or above (in fact, only 10% of students receive marks this high).

The University of Edinburgh Marking Scheme
Mark (%) Grade Description
70-100 A An excellent performance (pass)
60-69 B A very good performance (pass)
50-59 C A good performance (pass)
40-49 D A satisfactory performance (pass)
30-39 E A marginal fail (fail)
20-29 F A clear fail (fail)
10-19 G A bad fail (fail)
0-9 H A bad fail (fail)
Suggested USA & European (ECTS) Equivalencies
University of Edinburgh mark (%) USA ECTS
70-100 A A
65-69 A- B
60-64 B+ C
55-59 B D
50-54 B- D
40-49 C E
35-39 D FX
0-34 F F

*It is at the discretion of your home institution how they interpret and transfer credit awarded by the University of Edinburgh. Every transcript includes a key to the UoE grading system and the recommended USA and ECTS equivalencies on the reverse.*

Academic transcript

When you complete your time at Edinburgh, your transcript will be sent to the address you provided in your initial application. Please make sure the address you indicate on your application is correct (most of the time, it should be your home institution's address).

The transcript will list your courses and the results that you have achieved.

When will we send your transcript?

We send out transcripts at the following times of year:

  • February - for semester one students
  • July/August - for full-year and semester-two students