Edinburgh Medical School

Widening participation

Edinburgh Medical School wants to attract a wide range of applicants from different social, cultural and educational backgrounds.

We work with schools where relatively few students go on to higher education and with students  who will be the first generation of their families to go to university.

If you think this is relevant to you and are interested in studying medicine, there are two projects which may be able to help you.

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS)

LEAPS is a local outreach programme raising awareness of opportunities in higher education and aims to increase the number of students going to college or university.

Find out more about LEAPS 

Access to the Professions

A widening participation project for eligible secondary state school students in S4-S6 in the south east of Scotland who are interested in studying law, medicine or veterinary medicine at university.

The team can support eligible students through all stages of the pre-application and application process for medicine.

Find out more about Access to the Professions



Elson Musenga is a medical student who went through both the LEAPS and Access to the Professions programmes. Watch our interview with him, which was filmed specially for World Access to Education Day 2018. 


Related links

Widening Participation website