College of Science & Engineering

Mature Applicants

The University is committed to the provision of opportunities for degree study to those who do not have traditional educational qualifications or obtained these some time ago.

We welcome applications from mature students and ‘mature' is a term that can be applied to a variety of circumstances.

A mature student can be someone:

  • who has not been in full time formal education for some years (usually 3 years)
  • who wishes to return to education after a break away (usually 3 years)
  • whose school education was curtailed or disrupted
  • who wants an intellectual challenge to enhance their professional or personal life

We wish to encourage applications from talented students who are enthusiastic and keen to develop their academic potential whatever their personal, social and educational background. We recognise that mature students can have considerable life and work experiences and when academic potential is assessed we therefore take into account the achievements of applicants in the wider context in which they were accomplished. We consider each application on an individual basis and all decisions are made by professional Admissions Officers.

Entry requirements

Mature applicants often have a varied educational and employment background which makes it difficult to make ‘hard-and-fast' statements about what we require in the way of prior qualifications.

There is only one stipulation which we make for all mature applicants - they must have :

Undertaken recent accredited study within three years prior to entry to their chosen degree programme

This is to ensure that confidence levels and study skills are such that they will enjoy and benefit from their time at the University.

The academic requirements listed below should be seen as a guide for applicants. We strongly encourage all potential students to seek further advice from the College Admissions team before applying to any of our degree programmes.

Please contact the College Recruitment and Admissions Office for further details.

SQA Highers/A-levels

In order to be considered, applicants will be required to meet the standard entry requirements as stated in our degree finder. Specific subjects may be required for entry.

Undergraduate Requirements

The Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP)

Further information on SWAP Access courses can be seen in the document below.

The Open University

We accept Open University credits for entry onto programmes in all our seven Schools. For information on entry requirements for individual programmes, please see the document below. As results are not normally released until November, we are happy to accept a satisfactory tutor's report.

Higher National Certificate (HNC) & Higher National Diploma (HND)

We accept Higher National (HN) qualifications for entry to some degree programmes. 

Commonly asked Queries

What else is expected as standard?

Successful applicants will demonstrate evidence of commitment, motivation and the personal resourcefulness to meet the challenges of a university education through their personal statement and academic reference. The personal statement should be well constructed, articulate and demonstrate a clear motivation for the chosen degree programme with evidence of independent research and career exploration (where relevant).

Will everyone who meets the standard entry requirements receive an offer?

 All applicants who meet the standard entry requirements will be entered into the Selection Process where all mature applicants will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. This does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.  Offers  may be made above the standard entry requirement.  Demand for entry varies considerably across the subject areas and can also change from year to year.

How will it be decided who gets a place on the high demand degree programmes?

We aim to guarantee a conditional offer for at least one degree choice to those who apply through the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP-East) if subject requirements are met. A range of additional factors will be taken into consideration for all mature applicants and in high-demand areas preference may be given those applicants who:

  • do not already have a university degree
  • have experienced serious disruption to their formal education at a critical period (for health or family reasons such as bereavement or for reasons of disability)

To help admissions officers identify students with the greatest potential to benefit from and succeed on our degree programmes, applicants and their referees are encouraged to include as much relevant information as possible about their personal and educational background, as outlined above, within the personal statement and academic reference. Applicants may also wish to submit supplemental information (e.g. of a more personal or sensitive nature) direct to the College Admissions Office.

How many offers will the College make?

The College will make a maximum of two offers per applicant (in high demand areas only one offer will be made). Those who apply for more than two programmes should contact the Admissions Office to indicate their preferred choice(s).

Does the College conduct interviews?


How do I apply?

All applications must be made through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system within the application deadline date of 15th January (extended to 29th January for 2021 entry).

Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Can I study part time?

No, we currently do not offer any part-time degree programmes within the College of Science and Engineering.

Contact Us

Recruitment and Admissions Team

  • College of Science and Engineering

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Murchison House
Max Born Crescent

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