Undergraduate entry requirements for students from South Africa.
The guidance on these pages is specifically for South African applicants.
Students from South Africa will normally be considered with the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Independent Exam Board (IEB).
Applicants to degrees in the College of Science and Engineering must have a minimum requirement of five subjects, four of which must be at Grade 6 (70%) or higher, including any required subjects at Grade 6 (or Grade 7 (80%) where an A is required).
Applicants to degrees in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science the minimum requirement is Grade 6 in at least four NSC/IEB designated subjects, including any required subjects at Grade 6 (or Grade 7 where an A is required).
Applicants to degrees in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine must have a minimum of four NSC/IEB designated subjects at Grade 7, including Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Maths as well as a minimum of a Grade 6 in English.
For Oral Health Sciences, Medical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, requirements are the same as for the College of Science & Engineering (see above). Biology is a required subject for Oral Health Sciences. Biology and Chemistry are required subjects for Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences.
Achievement at the following level/grade in English is accepted for entry by the University and applicants are not required to provide a further English qualification.
If you have not obtained national qualifications you will normally be considered for entry to the University of Edinburgh with these other international examinations.
Each course may have further specific entry requirements. All applicants must meet these requirements.
Staff in the Admissions Offices will be able to provide further guidance.
If your first language is not English, you will also have to meet English Language requirements to apply. These requirements are listed by programme.
Edinburgh Global's representative for South Africa is Nick Rowland.
Nick will help you with admissions advice and support.
Talk to a member of staff online and view a presentation about study in Edinburgh.
We will send you further useful information about the University, admissions and entry.
There are 89 students from South Africa currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.