Undergraduate study - 2025 entry
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Choosing a degree

When deciding what to study you should consider your interests and strengths as well as the teaching and assessment methods used in the degree.

Students in language lab

It's essential that you are really interested in what you hope to study. You should try to match your degree to your abilities to ensure you'll succeed.

If you're undecided, it might help you to think about the following questions:

  • what subject have you previously enjoyed studying?
  • will you still be interested in that subject in a few years' time?
  • in which subjects have you performed well?
  • are there any new subject areas which interest you?
  • do you have a particular career in mind?

The four-year experience

Remember, many of our degrees allow you to try a range of subjects before specialising.

The four-year experience

Research your options

Once you have decided on a subject area or areas, take the time to do some in-depth research into the degrees available in your area of interest.

You should check the entry requirements - what subjects and grades you need - for the degrees you are interested in studying.

You should also find out:

  • what you will study
  • how you will be taught 
  • how you will be assessed

This should help you to decide whether a degree suits you or not.

Bear in mind that although a particular degree may have a similar title at different universities, the content can vary considerably. Make sure you review what is on offer at each institution.

Degree finder

Use our degree finder to search for a degree that suits you.

Degree finder

Visit us

Visits and Open Days are a great opportunity for you to find out about student life in Edinburgh and get a feel for whether the environment suits you.

You can explore the campus, learn more about available degrees and ask questions about admissions, accommodation, career prospects or anything else you want to know.

Open days, events and visits

You can also take a virtual tour of the University

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