Student Administration

Honorary Degrees - Procedure Guide

Honorary Degree nomination procedure


Degrees which may be conferred:

  • Doctor of Divinity (DD)
  • Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Doctor of Science (DSc)
  • Doctor of Music (DMus)
  • Doctor of Science in Social Science (DSc (Social Science))
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (DVM&S)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Doctor of Education (DEd)

The University may also confer the Degree of Doctor honoris causa (Dr h c). Nominations for the degree of Doctor honoris causa should meet the following criteria

  • Outstanding personal contributions to the work and development of the University – in the case of (normally former) members of staff, extending beyond their immediate area of responsibility;
  • Outstanding social, economic or cultural contribution to Edinburgh or Scotland;
  • Outstanding work, public service or contribution to society more generally in areas of particular relevance to the University’s values and mission;
  • Outstanding achievement by an alumnus/a, especially combined with one of the above.

Format of Nominations

Nominations should be submitted on the forms provided by the Secretary to the Committee:

(a) a completed nomination form

(b)(i) a supporting submission which contains an introductory statement setting forth the principal grounds for the distinction;

(ii) a brief chronological, narrative account of the nominee's life and work;

(iii) an outline of the nominee’s most significant academic or other achievements;

(iv) an assessment of his/her standing on a basis of international comparison or in the life of the nation;

(v) Edinburgh connection or link (please provide evidence of what benefit has been received within the University or the City); and

(vi) any other information the proposer would wish to bring to the attention of the Committee.

(c) nominations should be accompanied by details of the nominees' published works in an Appendix.

Nomination Form

Honorary Degrees Committee