All applicants, whether from the UK, EU or an international country, must apply via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Apply via UCAS
All applications are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The deadline for receipt of a completed application for all Home/EU applications is 15th January, for overseas applications this deadline is 30th June.
Within the College of science and Engineering we make a maximum of two offers per applicant, which helps ensure that we make offers to as many individuals as possible.
For detailed information on applying, including how to fill out the form, please see the Universities and Colleges Application System (UCAS) website.
Communication about your application
Once you have applied we will send you details of how to log on to the University’s MyEd portal.
This is a web interface which we will use to communicate with you about your application, including invitations to attend post-application visits.
Through this site you can, for example, upload any documents supporting your application quickly and easily.
In addition, the portal will provide you with useful and interesting information about the University, including links to other sites such as Accommodation Services and the Centre for Sport and Exercise.
As well it will give you the opportunity to find out even more about life as a student at the University of Edinburgh.
UCAS application tracking
You can also track the progress of your application through the UCAS tracking website. Our decision on your application will be communicated to you via UCAS Track.
Use of personal data and email communication
Throughout the admissions cycle we will keep in touch with you by sending regular email communications regarding the progress of your application, information on the University and guidance on what steps to take next. In order to do this, we use the services provided by Dotmailer to provide bulk email communications.
If you would prefer that your data is not stored by MailChimp, you can opt out from further communications at any point. You can also email us directly at:
Changes to your application
Please contact us if the details or circumstances of your application change in any way.
Remember to quote your full name, Personal ID number and course code on all correspondence sent to the Admissions Office.
When to expect a decision
There is strong competition for many of our degree programmes. Many applications are therefore held as part of a gathered field to be considered alongside all applications received by the relevant deadline.
This is done to ensure fair and equal consideration for all the ‘on-time’ applications which are received by UCAS. As we do not receive the final 'on-time' application forms until late January or early February, we need to hold many applications received earlier in the cycle until then.
We aim to make decisions on ‘on-time’ applications as quickly as possible but it may be that some applicants do not receive a decision late February.
We realise that you will want a decision as quickly as possible but hope that you will understand our need to assess all applications equally and fairly.
Post Application Visit Days
All applicants who have received an offer will be invited to visit their chosen School. These visits are organised by the Schools and are scheduled for February - May.
All applicants who are unconditional firm will receive Joining Instructions from June onwards. The majority of these are sent out in July and August when we receive examination results.
If you don't make the grades you should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Section of the College.
The case of every applicant who just misses their grades for a conditional offer is considered carefully.
Once you are studying at the University you will normally have very little contact with the Undergraduate Admissions Section of the College Office.
Your main point of contact will be your Director of Studies, who will be a member of the academic staff in your department.