Information for parents

How do they apply?

All applications to the University for full-time study must be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

This includes applications from international students outside the UK.

Your choices

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You can choose up to five different programmes or universities on your application.

If you are applying to study medicine or veterinary medicine, up to four choices can be used for these subjects. Your fifth choice should be used for an alternative, back-up subject. This does not prejudice your application in terms of demonstrating commitment to study medicine or veterinary medicine.

If you apply to more than one university, we will not be able to see which other universities you have applied to until the other universities have made their decisions. This means that we make our decision on your application without knowledge of your other choices.

All applications to the University for full-time study must be made online through UCAS.


Applying for more than one degree

If you are planning to apply for more than one programme at Edinburgh you should seek advice on your choices from the relevant college admissions office.

In some cases you may be advised that it would be more advantageous to use only one of your choices, if, for example, more than one programme you are considering applying for is within the same subject area.

Provided you meet the relevant entry requirements, some of our colleges may only be prepared to make you one offer, especially if you use two or more of your choices to apply to programmes where there is considerable competition for places. In other cases, a college may decide it is possible to make you up to two offers, but this depends on the programmes you have applied for.   

Changing degree programmes

If you change your mind about the programme you have applied to at any point in the admissions process you should contact the appropriate college admissions office at the earliest opportunity to discuss your options.

Minimum age on entry

There is no minimum or maximum age on entry for our programmes, except where a professional body requires this.

Your tuition fee status

There are different tuition fees for students whose status is Home-Scotland/EU (Scotland and European Union countries); Home-RUK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland); and Overseas (non-European Union countries).

Your application undergoes an initial screening so that we can check your tuition fee status. If we require further information we will contact you.

If you are unsure of your tuition fee status please see our fees and funding information.

Contacting UCAS

Your school or college will normally have access to UCAS Apply and will be able to guide you through the application process.

If you are applying independently, UCAS can advise on the application process.


Contact details



New Barn Lane

Post Code
GL52 3LZ

UCAS telephone enquiries

Open Monday to Friday, 08:30 - 18:00 (UK time)

From within UK
0371 468 0 468
From outside UK
+44 330 3330 230

UCAS Text Relay Service

If you have hearing difficulties, call the UCAS Text Relay Service.

From within UK
18001 0371 468 0 468
From outside UK
+44 151 494 1260 (text phone). You will need to ask the operator to dial 0371 468 0 468.

Related links


Admissions policies and procedures

Terms and Conditions of Admissions