Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Completing your application

You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, your personal statement and your reference.

Your referee must also complete the section on predicted grades for any qualifications which you are still to complete.

The UCAS code for the University of Edinburgh is: E56

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Your personal statement

We consider all information contained within your application before making our decision on whether to offer you a place.

This includes evidence in your personal statement of:

  • commitment, motivation and readiness for higher education;
  • suitability for your chosen programme; and
  • a strong interest in your chosen subject area

If you are applying to a professional or vocational programme you should demonstrate a clear understanding of the profession. This is normally supported by 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 from your experience.

What should your personal statement include?

Depending on the degree programme 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

Further guidance on personal statements is available from UCAS.

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 are applying 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 for a reference.

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 which you have listed on your application but have not yet completed.

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

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.

You can send additional information by email to the relevant college admissions office.  Please ensure that you include your UCAS identification number or University of Edinburgh Universal User Name (UUN). 

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

Admissions offices

Application deadlines

Sent us information before you applied?

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

It is your responsibility to ensure 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 which we can’t match to an application will be securely destroyed at the end of the admissions cycle in which it was received.