Undergraduate entry requirements by country

South Africa

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).

Science & Engineering degree programmes

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).

Humanities & Social Science degree programmes

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).

Medicine & Veterinary Medicine degree programmes

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.

NSC and IEB English Language Requirements

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.

Science & Engineering degree programmes:

  • ​​Grade 5 in English as First/Home Language, if not covered by other entry requirements.

Humanities & Social Sciences degree programmes:

  • ​​Grade 4 in English as First/Home Language, if not covered by other entry requirements.

Medicine & Veterinary Medicine degree programmes:

  • a) Oral Health Sciences and Medical Sciences: Grade 4 in English as First/Home Language, if not covered by other entry requirements; and
  • b) Medicine & Veterinary Medicine: Grade 6 in English as First/Home Language.

Other qualifications

If you have not obtained national qualifications you will normally be considered for entry to the University of Edinburgh with these other international examinations.

Further guidance on academic entry requirements

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.

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English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will also have to meet English Language requirements to apply. These requirements are listed by programme.

English Language advice

Specific English language requirement by programme

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There are 89 students from South Africa currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.