Edinburgh Medical School

The selection process

We consider both academic and non-academic qualities.

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All candidates who submit their application to UCAS by the 15 October deadline and meet all academic requirements are given equal consideration.

Each application is screened for a minimum academic standard in grades and subjects as well as for the presence of UCAT test results. Applications which pass this stage are then scored for both academic results (achieved or predicted) and non-academic qualities.

Applications are placed in rank order and offers are made to those with the highest scores in each Fee Status group. As a result of the level of competition for a small number of places, many high quality applicants are unsuccessful and successful applicants are likely to have scored very highly in both academic and non-academic criteria.

As the selection procedure is complex and all the scores compared before a decision is made, there may be a long period between submitting an application and receiving the outcome. Applicants who apply prior to 15 October should receive the outcome of their application by the following March.

You can also read more about our selection process in our Selector's Handbook.


We do not normally interview school leavers.

Short listed graduate and mature applicants are interviewed.

Equal opportunities

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine complies with the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of Edinburgh published in the Prospectus.


As a condition of full registration as a medical practitioner all medical graduates require, after graduation, to complete a period of further training. This is normally in a hospital environment.

The Admissions Committee is therefore required to be able to predict that applicants will have the physical capability to fulfil the responsibilities of such posts effectively and safely.

Applicants with disabilities or other health problems are encouraged to seek advice from the Admissions Office prior to UCAS application.

Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) have produced a document outlining the fitness standards expected of medical students. You can read this below:


Applicants applying to Edinburgh Medical School who have sat the UKCATSEN will need to supply evidence of the need for extra time in the form of a medical diagnosis or report from an appropriately qualified teacher or specialist. The evidence should include a statement on how much extra time the candidate has been allowed in examinations. We will consider whether to accept the evidence put forward as to why the candidate sat the UKCATSEN. If you need further advice, please email medug@ed.ac.uk.

Candidates who have been allowed more than 25% extra time in examinations may wish to discuss their support needs with the Student Disability Service before application to ascertain what support arrangements the University could put in place for them, should they enter as a student.

Care leavers

The University of Edinburgh is committed to care leavers. Please note that for Medicine, other factors on top of academic performance are taken into consideration, such as UKCAT performance and non-academic achievements. You can find out more about the University's Care Leaver policy here:

Committed to Care Leavers

Successful applicants

Successful applicants will be sent an online offer pack. There are checks offer holders will have to undergo to meet the conditions of the offer. Further information about these checks can be found here:

Successful applicants

Feedback, appeals and complaints procedures

Unsuccessful applicants can request feedback, appeal against the outcome of their application or register a complaint. Further information can be found in the University's Admissions Feedback, Appeals and Complaints policy:

Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback on the outcome of their application from the MBChB Admissions Office via the Euclid portal, email, or letter.

Requests must be made either by the applicant or with the specific written permission of the applicant.

Feedback will be provided by either the MBChB Admissions Officer or Director and will be based on a review of the application.


We will only consider an appeal if there is either substantial and relevant information that the applicant for good reason was unable to include in the application (this does not include experiences or achievements obtained after the application deadline), or evidence of a procedural error in processing the application.

Appeals will also normally only be considered if the applicant has previously sought and received feedback. They will be submitted to the MBChB Admissions Executive Committee.


You can access the general University complaints procedure online here

University Complaints Procedure

This complaints procedure cannot not be used to alter the outcome of an academic decision.