Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

What you need to apply

To apply to Edinburgh you’ll need qualifications, a personal statement and a reference.

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Your qualifications

You will need to provide evidence of your school or college grades and/or predicted grades on your UCAS application. You will also need to provide evidence of your English language skills.

The qualifications you will need vary by degree and may also depend on whether you are a widening access student.

You should take the time to understand the entry requirements for the degree you wish to apply for and what qualifications you will need to achieve to be eligible for an offer.

Understanding our entry requirements

Your predicted grades

We use predicted grades as part of our selection procedures. It is therefore very important that your application includes predicted grades for any qualifications that you have listed on your application but have not yet completed.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your referee adds these predicted grades to your application when adding your reference.

Your personal statement

Depending on the degree you are applying for, admissions staff will be looking for different things from your personal statement. Generally, however, your personal statement should:

  • explain why you want to study the subject you have applied for
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of what the subject involves at degree level
  • detail your relevant skills, qualities and experience and state how these have been developed
  • show that you understand the implications of your choice on your career aspirations

If you are applying to a professional or vocational degree you should demonstrate a clear understanding of the profession. If you can, you should support this with evidence of appropriate work experience, volunteering or work shadowing.

We recognise that not all students have equal access to such opportunities and therefore do not stipulate that you must achieve experience through any specific means. We will consider a variety of experiences provided you are able to reflect on what you have learned.

You can find guidance on personal statements on the UCAS website.

UCAS guidance on personal statements

Referee guidance for Medicine

Your reference

If you are applying from a school, college or registered UCAS centre, a teacher or tutor who knows you  your referee  will write your reference before submitting your application.

If you are not currently in education and apply independently, you can ask a registered school, college or centre you recently attended, or an employer, if they would be willing to write a reference. Once you have agreement from your referee, add their details to the reference page of your application and UCAS will contact them.

Supporting information

If you need to send us supporting information, for example evidence of special circumstances relating to your school education, you must include this in your application or send it to us as additional information.

If you – or a party on your behalf – sends us supporting information, certificates or other documents by post or by email before you apply, it may not be possible for us to match these to your application at a later date.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you provide all relevant information as part of the application process, even if you think it has been sent to us before you applied. If you do not, it is possible that your application will be unsuccessful due to missing information.

Any information sent to us electronically or by post that we can’t match to an application will be securely destroyed at the end of the admissions cycle in which it was received.

You can send additional information by email to the relevant college admissions office.

Include your UCAS ID or UUN

If you need to send us supporting information, make sure that you include your UCAS identification number or University of Edinburgh Universal User Name (UUN) in your correspondence.

We can’t guarantee that we will consider supporting information if we receive it after the UCAS deadline.

Admissions offices

When to apply

A complete application

You must submit a fully completed UCAS application including a personal statement, reference and predicted grades.

We take all the information on your application into consideration as part of the selection process.

How we select applicants

Related links

Guidance and support for teaching and careers staff