How we select
We assess applications against agreed selection criteria for each degree programme.
Our selection process
Each of our colleges has its own admissions team. This means that while the University has overarching admissions policies and procedures, it is the responsibility of the colleges to decide which applicants will be made an offer of a place.
Applications received by the relevant UCAS deadline will receive full and equal consideration. 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.
Applications received after the relevant deadlines will be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the University. As demand for many of our programmes is high, we cannot guarantee that late applications will be considered.
At least two professional admissions staff review every application against our agreed criteria. Applicants who have met, or are predicted to meet, the lower grade requirement of our typical offer range, are entered into the selection process.
What we consider
The University of Edinburgh is committed to admitting the very best students who demonstrate the potential to benefit from, and contribute to, the academic experience we offer. We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds and are committed to equality of opportunity in our selection process.
We consider all of the information contained within the UCAS application before making our admissions decision. This includes consideration of your academic qualifications, the information contained in your personal statement and reference, and any other data and information considered in our approach to contextualised admissions.
We are committed to widening access to the University and recognise that not everyone has an equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic potential through their school or college qualifications alone. Some applicants may be eligible to receive a contextual offer at the access threshold based on their personal and educational circumstances.
The access threshold is set at the level required to successfully complete the degree programme. Applicants who meet the access threshold entry requirement and who, because of their personal circumstances, meet the criteria – for example, living in an area of disadvantage or spending time in care local authority care – will usually receive an offer at this level.
To find out more and to check if you meet the criteria to receive this type of offer see our information on contextual admissions.
Special consideration of adverse circumstances
The University of Edinburgh is not best placed to fairly and consistently take account of any adverse circumstance affecting an applicant’s performance in pre-entry qualifications. Examples of adverse circumstances include personal or family illness.
We therefore expect applicants to have taken appropriate action through their school or college to ensure that the relevant awarding organisation has allowed for such circumstances prior to the announcement of results, or following an appeal.
Further information on special consideration of adverse circumstances is available from the relevant awarding organisation.