Student Systems

Help for Referees

Guidance for referees on submitting references in support of a postgraduate application.

Information on the subjects below are included within this web page:

  • How do I access the reference form?

  • How can I send an amended reference?

  • What are the requirements for a reference?

  • What should I do if I am unable to provide the reference by the date requested?

 

How do I access the reference form?

We do not provide a form for you to fill in online, but ask that you write your reference as a Word document or a PDF file, and upload the document to our Admission system via the link we sent you in the email requesting the reference.

How can I send an amended reference?

If you have already uploaded a reference and need to submit an amended reference, you can email a copy to the Admissions Office. The email address for the Admissions Office can be found on the email you received requesting the reference.

When sending an amended reference to Admissions directly, please ensure you provide the applicant's full name and the programme to which they have applied in the email subject line.

What are the requirements for a reference?

The University requires a dated reference with your name and position clearly stated on letter-headed paper, if uploading the document onto the system. If sending the reference as an email attachment to the Admissions Office, it must be from your e-mail address at the institution or organisation you are representing. More details on the requirements are available within the 'Postgraduate Study: References' page below:

Postgraduate Study: References 

What should I do if I am unable to provide the reference by the date requested?

If you are unable to provide the reference by the date we have asked you to submit by, then please contact the relevant Admissions Office to advise them of the date you expect to have the reference.

The email address for the Admissions Office can be found on the email you received requesting the reference.

When emailing the Admissions Office, please ensure you provide the applicant's full name and the programme to which they have applied in the email subject line.

 

Support

If the information on this page, or any of the of the other self help pages, fails to resolve your question, please contact the University for further help.

 

Contact your Admissions Office if your question is related to the subjects below:

  • The status of your application
  • Changes to your application or personal details
  • Information requested to support your application
  • Additional information to support your application

University of Edinburgh Admissions Offices

 

Contact Immigration Compliance if your question is related to the subjects below:

  • Amendments to your passport details
  • CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study) 

Immigration Compliance

Contact details

 

Contact Student Systems if you need help with a technical problem related to your application:   

Student Systems

Availability

  • Technical support is available 9:00am - 5:00pm UK time Monday to Friday.