Edinburgh Medical School

Application guidelines

Please read these notes carefully.

Section 1 - your details


What is meant by 'fee status'?

All Scottish universities are required to determine fee status in accordance with regulations approved by the Scottish Parliament - the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Your tuition fee status and the level of tuition fee that you pay is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident’.

You can find further information on Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 here:



Fee status categories

Like other UK universities, there are different levels of tuition fees for students whose status is home or overseas, and at Scottish universities, there are also different home fee levels for undergraduate study.

You can find further information on fee status and further applicant information regarding the academic session which you are applying for on the Uiversity's Tuition Fees website:

Tuition Fees website


What is meant by ‘Source of fees to be paid to University of Edinburgh if offer made’?

This is asking who has agreed to pay all or part of your tuition fees (and any additional programme costs) for your BMedSci honours degree programme.   Your options may be:

  • SAAS – (Student Awards Agency Scotland)
  • Self-funded research council funding
  • University scholarships and bursaries (NOTE: a sponsor is not a family member or friend who has agreed to pay your tuition fees). 

See some examples below of legitimate sponsors:

  • Private sector employers
  • Public sector organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Charitable trusts
  • International government and agencies
  • Foundations
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Overseas institutions  

Further information on sponsorship can be found here:  

University of Edinburgh sponsorship website


Disabilities or special needs

We support undergraduate and postgraduate students, visiting students, full-time and part-time students, online distance learners and students studying at the Centre for Open Learning with a range of health conditions, learning differences, disabilities and some temporary injuries.  If you are unsure of whether you are eligible for support or would like to know more about the support we offer, please contact us.

Student Disability Service website



Section 2 - intercalation choices

Please choose up to three programme choices ranked in order of your preference We have a fantastic selection of  17 BMedSci honours degree programmes. Please note some programmes are capped therefore places are not guaranteed.

For additional information on individual programmes click on the titles within our webpage.  Alternatively please contact the BChB Year 3 Co-ordinator at:



Section 3 - results and exams

You will need to email us your official academic transcript of your University Results to date and include each grading award.  The transcript usually covers the examinations still to be taken in your current year of study – however if not, please list them on the application form.  If you are applying whilst only in your second year of study on a medicine programme you must also email us your final high school certificates (eg SQA Summary of Attainment; GCE A Level certificates; IB Diploma certificate etc).  These should be emailed to us directly at medug@ed.ac.uk   by the deadline date of the 1st February 2023.

Please use the application form to list any other qualifications or awards that you are currently studying towards which are not detailed in your academic transcript. 

You can include previous academic study above school level or if English is not your first language an International English qualification such as IELTS.


Section 4 - reference

Please provide details of your director of studies/personal tutor or equivalent, who has been asked for a reference. See the notes within the application form itself for details on where this should be sent and by when.

Please also give these specific guidance notes below to whoever provides your reference:

•    Evaluation/overview of academic performance

•    Evaluation of engagement, conduct, motivation and attendance

•    Independent corroboration of aspirations

•    Support of applicant’s choice


Section 5  - personal statement

Your personal statement is your opportunity to convince the University of Edinburgh of your suitability for, and commitment to, the degree programme you are applying for.

Further information regarding the structure of your personal statement can be found on the University website.  This page is dedicated to the UCAS personal statement but the principles are the same here: 

Information on personal statements


Key areas to include:

•    In general, explain why you want to intercalate?

•    Why do you want to come to Edinburgh?

•    What can you bring to Edinburgh University and what attributes can you offer?

•    Provide evidence that you understand the career implications of your choice

•    Detail any relevant skills or experience •    Outline any relevant personal qualities, interests and skills and indicate how these have been developed.


You may wish to add:

•    Why you want to study your chosen subject

•    What particular qualities and experience you can bring to the course

 •    Details of any work experience or voluntary activity, especially if it is relevant to your course

 •    Any other evidence of extracurricular achievements

 •    Details of any sponsorship or placements you have secured or applied for

•    Any wider aspects of life that make you an interesting and well-rounded student.

•    Academic achievement and possibly the reference from your tutor/adviser at school/college is regarded by many people to be more important, and is really an indication of our selection policy rather than guidance on what to include in a personal statement.


Information for international applicants

Please visit the International section of the University of Edinburgh website which will cover any other queries you have regarding the academic entry requirements, study options, supporting your application, visa requirements, student life and fees.  

International website


Get in touch

If you have any other queries not listed above, then please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team at: