Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Your application and receiving an offer

Processing and tracking your application and receiving an offer.

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What happens to my application?

We will consider all applications received by the relevant UCAS deadlines.

Each application undergoes an initial screening so we can check your tuition fee status. We also check to ensure that you have achieved, or are predicted to achieve, the minimum academic requirements.

We aim to inform you of our decision on your application as quickly as possible. Provided you have applied by the October or January deadline, you can expect to receive our decision by the end of March.

Receiving an offer

You can find out if you have been made an offer of a place through either the UCAS Track website or from the University's MyEd website.

UCAS Track

UCAS Track allows you to track the progress of your application and will tell you what decisions your chosen universities have made.

MyEd website

After you applied to the University of Edinburgh, you should have received details of how to log on to our MyEd website.

We use this website to communicate with you about your application and to let you know where to find help and advice.

Once you have received your offer, it is important to check the website on a regular basis so that you know what steps you need to take next.

Updating your contact details

Don’t forget to let us know if any of your contact details, especially your email address, have changed. You can contact us through MyEd or the relevant admissions office.

Applicant Days, interviews and post-offer visits

If you are applying to programmes in Art, Design, or Fine Art, you will be invited to submit a digital mini-portfolio. Assessment of the mini-portfolio will form part of the selection process. Applicants applying to enter Year 2 of our programmes, who pass the first stage of selection, will be invited to bring a full portfolio to an Applicant Day.

The small number of areas that normally interview applicants before making a decision do not arrange separate post-application visits. These include teacher education (including Community Education), Nursing, Oral Health Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine, as well as graduate and mature applicants to Medicine.

Applicants to all other degree programmes will usually be invited to a post-offer visit day.

Post-offer visits

Changing your mind

If you change your mind about the degree programme you have applied for at any point in the admissions process, let us know as soon as you can.

If for any reason you want to decline an offer you have already accepted, please let us know by email.

If you would like to be considered for a transfer into another degree programme, it is important that you contact the appropriate college admissions office at the earliest opportunity to discuss your options. The ability to transfer to another degree is not guaranteed, however we will try to accommodate requests where possible.

Unsuccessful applicants

The University receives many more applications from well-qualified students than there are places available.

We are committed to providing feedback to unsuccessful applicants on request. Further information can be found in our admissions feedback, appeals and complaints policy.

Admissions policies and procedures

If your application has not been successful, you may also find our feedback for unsuccessful applicants helpful in explaining our decision.