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Disabled applicants

Support and advice for disabled students on applying to Edinburgh.

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Your application

If you have a disability, including a specific learning difficulty, we strongly encourage you to tell us on your application form. This will enable our Student Disability Service to contact you to begin to discuss any support requirements you may have.

Admissions and selection

We welcome applications from disabled students, and no applicant will be disadvantaged in the admissions process due to a disability, health condition or learning difficulty.

If you have disclosed a disability in your application, the admissions and selection process we follow is identical to that for all other applicants.

Your application is assessed against our entry requirements on the same basis as other applications, and it goes through the same selection process.

It is only after we have decided that you are eligible for an offer of a place on academic grounds that we consider any support needs you may have.

If you are made an offer

If you are successful in the academic selection process, we will work with you to assess your support needs and will make all reasonable adjustments to make sure you can access your chosen degree.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to provide the support you need, or if there are overriding concerns about health and safety or professional fitness to practice requirements, we will continue to work closely with you to explore all of the available options before confirming whether we can offer you a place with us on your chosen degree or an alternative.

If you provide us with information about a disability at a later stage of the admissions process we will endeavour to make any adjustments required before you begin your degree, but it may not be possible to have everything in place before you arrive.

In the very unlikely event that we are unable to make the adjustments you require, we will discuss this with you and try to find a solution, which could include offering you a place on an alternative degree if a place is available.

If you have any concerns about whether your disability will impact on your ability to study on a particular degree, please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

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Your information

We treat any information you provide about your disability, health issue, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty as confidential and we share it only with those who need to know, such as your personal tutor, programme director or supervisor.

If you do not want us to share your information we will respect your wishes, but it may restrict the amount of support we are able to make available to you.


Student Disability Service

Our Student Disability Service provides advice and guidance to all students who have disabilities, health conditions, specific learning difficulties or mental health conditions that affect their studies.

Before you make your application to study here, our staff will be happy to talk to you about any adjustments you may require when you arrive, or about how your disability, health condition or learning difficulty may affect your studies.

We encourage you to visit the Student Disability Service if you attend an Open Day or Offer Holder Day, to discuss any adjustments you might need and the support we can offer. If you are unable to visit us, our staff will be happy to offer advice by telephone or email.

Once you have accepted an offer from us, the Student Disability Service will work with our services to make sure that any adjustments you require are put in place before you arrive. They will also be able to advise you on funding, accommodation and answer any questions you may have.

Student Disability Service

Financial support

If you are a UK resident, you may be entitled to claim the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). This is to assist you with degree-related expenses directly related to your disability or specific learning difficulty.

If you are not eligible for DSA, our Student Disability Service will be able to advise on other possible sources of funding to help with study support.


We have a good range of accessible residential accommodation in halls of residence and self-catered flats.

You can find more information on the options available on our accommodation website.



We are committed to supporting students who have disabilities, health conditions, specific learning difficulties or mental health conditions. We offer disability awareness training to all our staff, and our Student Disability Service runs workshops and events that promote wellbeing, raise awareness and reduce stigma.

As a university, we have a duty of care to you and must make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support all disabled students. In addition, the 2010 Equality Act also stipulates that the duty to make reasonable adjustments is anticipatory, and therefore we are working to plan ahead and anticipate the needs of disabled students and the adjustments they might require.

You can find more information on our admissions policies and procedures for applicants with declared disabilities.

Admissions policies and procedures

Student Disability Service

Contact us through an online sign language interpreter

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact the University of Edinburgh via Contact Scotland BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.

Find out more on the Contact Scotland BSL website