Transfer from another university
We can consider your application to transfer from another university if you meet our transfer criteria.
You must make transfer applications through UCAS. The normal deadlines still apply.
As we receive many applications from well-qualified applicants each year, the number of places available to transfer students is extremely limited.
If you have studied for more than a year at your current institution before applying to transfer, you will not be given priority for a place over qualified applicants who have not yet studied at degree level.
Please contact us before submitting your UCAS application, so that we can discuss your options with you.
We understand that sometimes a student will find they have made a mistake in their choice of degree or university. If this applies to you, we may consider that you have had a false start.
If you apply to transfer during your first year at another university, or if you leave your original university during (or at the end of) your first year and apply to us in a subsequent year, you will be classed as a "false start". You will be treated as a new applicant and will be considered alongside all other new applicants in the competitive admissions process.
You will normally need to have strong school or college qualifications that meet our published entry requirements.
You may apply to restart Year 1 on a different degree, or to transfer to the same degree in Year 1 or Year 2. It is not normally possible to transfer beyond Year 2.
If you want to transfer to Year 2 of the same degree, we will also require information regarding the courses you have studied at university in order to assess the curriculum match with the first year of Edinburgh’s degree. However, even if you apply for Year 2, you will be considered in the same way as a Year 1 applicant would be in terms of competition for places.
You should contact us to discuss your circumstances before submitting your application.
Medicine and veterinary medicine
We don’t normally consider transfers into medicine and veterinary medicine degrees. However, Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews pre-clinical medical students may apply for medicine.
If you have left your previous institution during or at the end of your first year, you may be able to apply as a new applicant for Year 1 of our MBChB Medicine degree. You should contact the Medicine admissions office to discuss your options.
Science and Engineering
If you'd like to be considered for a transfer from another institution to a degree in Science or Engineering you need to:
- have relevant degree level studies
- make an application to us through UCAS
- specify in your application your preferred 'point of entry' (which year of the degree you start at)
We may offer you a transfer into a point of entry that we feel best matches the subjects and performance you have achieved in your studies to date. This may not necessarily be the same point of entry as you applied for.
We generally expect you to have achieved an average of 60-70% or higher in your studies, with 60-70% in relevant courses, in order to be considered for entry.
If you apply to start in Year 1 we normally expect you to have met our standard Year 1 entry requirements.
Entry to our undergraduate degrees is highly competitive. Going through the steps above will mean you're considered for entry but does not guarantee you an offer of a place.
There are times where you may need to change universities for personal reasons that make it essential to continue your studies in Edinburgh. For example, you may have a health condition which requires you to be near to specialist services in the city, or you may have taken on primary caring responsibility for someone living in Edinburgh.
We can consider your application in these circumstances, providing you have sufficient documentary evidence, but you should contact us to discuss your situation before submitting your application. We cannot take special circumstances into account after your application has been submitted.
In all cases we will require information regarding the courses you have studied at university in order to assess the curriculum match with the first year of Edinburgh’s degree.
If you are currently studying with us and would like to discuss transferring to a different degree, you should contact your personal tutor in the first instance.