Undergraduate entry requirements by country

Canada

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from Canada.

Applicants from Canada are admitted to the University of Edinburgh with a range of national qualifications, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A Levels.

Typical entry requirements for Canadian applicants are:

All subjects except the MBChB Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

By region

Ontario

Secondary School Diploma with six grade 12 courses at 80% (a minimum of four 4U and two 4M courses is required) with 85% in required subjects, for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

For Biomedical Sciences & Medical Sciences, Secondary School Diploma with six grade 12 courses to include Biology and Chemistry at 85% and the remainder at 80% (minimum of four 4U and two 4M courses required).

For Oral Health Sciences, Secondary School Diploma with six grade 12 courses to include Biology all at 80% (minimum of four 4U and two 4M courses required).  

For all degree programmes in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the Secondary School Diploma with six 4M/U courses at 80% (with no more than two 4M courses).

Quebec

Diplome D'Etudes Collegiales [DEC] / Diploma of Collegial Studies [DCS] - Overall average of 85% for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

For Biomedical Sciences & Medical Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology and Chemistry; three at 80% and Biology and Chemistry at 85%.

For Oral Health Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology all at 80%.

For all degree programmes in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, an overall average of 75% in the Diplome D'Etudes Collegiales.

Alberta

High School Diploma with five Grade 12 subjects at 80%, with 85% in required subjects for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

For Biomedical Sciences & Medical Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology and Chemistry; three at 80% and Biology and Chemistry at 85%.

For Oral Health Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology all at 80%.

For all degree programmes in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, High School Diploma with five Grade 12 subjects at 80%.

British Columbia

Certificate of Graduation with five Grade 12 subjects at 80%, with 85% in required subjects for all degree programmes in Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences.

For Biomedical Sciences & Medical Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology and Chemistry; three at 80% and Biology and Chemistry at 85%.

For Oral Health Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology all at 80%.

For all degree programmes in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the Certificate of Graduation with at least five suitable Grade 12 Subjects at 80%.

Manitoba

For all degree programmes in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, High School Graduation Diploma with at least five 40S courses at 80%.

For Biomedical Sciences & Medical Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology and Chemistry; three at 80% and Biology and Chemistry at 85%.

For Oral Health Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology all at 80%.

Nova Scotia

For all degree programmes in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, High School Diploma with at least five grade 12 subjects at 80%.

For Biomedical Sciences & Medical Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology and Chemistry; three at 80% and Biology and Chemistry at 85%.

For Oral Health Sciences, five grade 12 courses, including Biology all at 80%.

Additional College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences information

Please refer to the College's website for further information on entry requirements.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

MBChB Medicine 

Entry from High School (MBChB)

Minimum entrance requirements:

85% overall in Year 12 with higher grades in 3 specified subjects, to include Chemistry and two other sciences (Biology, Mathematics or Physics).                                                                                               

We do not require applicants to take an English language test in IELTS/TOEFL/Pearson etc, if they achieve the minimum 85% from their Standard XII examinations.

Applicants offering GCE A levels or the International Baccalaureate will be considered and must meet the minimum entry requirements for these qualifications.

Applicants must also take the UCAT.

UCAT

Graduate Entry (MBChB)

Please see our Postgraduate entry requirements for information on graduate entry to Medicine (MBChB).

Postgraduate entry requirements - Canada

Veterinary Medicine

High School Applicants 

High School Diploma students will be considered provided very high marks have been achieved in grade 12 courses including Chemistry, Biology and Maths/Physics. Specific requirements will vary depending upon the State. We usually look for 85% in both Chemistry and Biology with 80% in Maths/Physics.

Graduate Applicants 

Please refer to the School’s website at for further information about graduate and pre-vet applications

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

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.

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Specific English language requirement by programme

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There are 408 students from Canada currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.