Postgraduate Study
Edinburgh: Extraordinary Futures Await


Applications from postgraduate visiting students are subject to the same eligibility criteria as for all our postgraduate programmes.

Making a visiting student application

Visiting Student application forms are available on request from our College Postgraduate Admissions Team.

Contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team

Eligibility criteria

To study at postgraduate level you need to hold an undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK).

Some non-UK applicants who are applying for a PhD will also require a Masters degree. Please check the entry requirements by country.

Degree certificate

We require a scanned copy of your original undergraduate or most recent degree certificate.

Final degree transcript

A degree transcript is a record of the courses you have taken and grades achieved throughout a degree programme. The transcript is normally given together with the degree certificate.

If you do not have a final transcript you should send an interim academic transcript in order for your application to be assessed on courses and marks to date.


References must be submitted on formal headed paper, and signed and dated by the referee. The reference must be on the headed paper of the referee's institution and signed & dated by the referee.

Information should include the following:

  • Title and position of referee
  • How long they have known you and in what capacity
  • Their opinion of your ability to manage the study required on this programme
  • Any additional information they may feel is useful.

Evidence of English language proficiency

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of good written and spoken English skills. The level of English language qualifications that are required depends on your programme.

Research proposal & CV

A research proposal and CV are required for MSc by Research and PhD research degrees. Applicants must contact a possible supervisor within our Research Centres in the College prior to submitting an application. You can view our Institutes and Research Centres at:

A research proposal is not required for the following MSc by Research programmes, as these contain a taught element:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Reproductive Sciences

Applying for an ATAS Certificate

Some programmes require ATAS clearance, the Postgraduate Office can advise if you need to obtain an ATAS certificate for your visa. If you do need to apply for an ATAS Certificate please click on the link below for details of the process.

Applicants with a disability

We encourage enquiries and applications from disabled applicants and students, including those with specific learning impairments. The University's aim is to create an environment which enables disabled students to participate fully in the mainstream of university life. The Disability Office gives a general guide to facilities for disabled students and information on access to specific support can be provided on request.