Advice for disabled applicants
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 processes we follow are identical to those for all other applicants.
It is only after a decision has been made on academic grounds as to whether we may offer you a place that we consider any support needs you may have.
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 ensure you can access your chosen programme at the University.
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 programme or an alternative.
If you have a disability, including a specific learning difficulty, we strongly encourage you to tell us on your application form, as this will enable our Student Disability Service to contact you to begin to discuss any support requirements you may have.
If you have any concerns about whether your disability will impact on your ability to study on a particular programme, you should contact the appropriate college admissions office who will be happy to help.
You can find more information on our policies and procedures for applicants with declared disabilities on our Student Recruitment and Admissions website.
Frequently asked questions
Is there someone at the University who knows about disability related issues who I can talk to?
Yes, our Student Disability Service can provide advice and guidance to all students who have disabilities, health conditions, specific learning difficulties or mental health problems that affect their studies.
Before you make an application to study here, Student Disability Service 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.
Once you have accepted an offer from us, the Student Disability Service will work with services across the University to make sure that any adjustments you require are put in place before you arrive, and will be able to advise on funding, accommodation and other requirements during your time at here.
Will the University respond positively to any disability related difficulties I may experience?
The University of Edinburgh is committed to supporting students who have disabilities, health conditions, specific learning difficulties or mental health problems. We offer disability awareness training to all our staff, and the Student Disability Service run workshops and events which 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 the University is working to plan ahead and anticipate the needs of disabled students and the adjustments they might require.
Should I disclose my disability when I apply to the University?
Whether you are applying through UCAS (usually for undergraduate programmes) or directly to the University of Edinburgh (for postgraduate programmes or as a visiting student), the application form will include a question asking if you have any disabilities. We strongly advise you to complete this section of the application form.
If you have disclosed a disability in your application, the academic 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 a decision has been made on academic grounds that we consider any support needs you may have.
Working with you, we will assess your support needs and will make all reasonable adjustments to ensure you can access your chosen programme of study at the University.
In the very 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 work closely with you to explore all of the available options before confirming whether we can offer you a place on your chosen programme or an alternative programme at the University.
If you provide us with information about a disability at a later stage we will endeavour to make any adjustments required before you begin on programme, 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 programme if a place is available.
If I disclose that I have a disability, will everyone at the University get to know about it?
Any information you provide about your disability, health issue or specific learning difficulty is treated as confidential and is shared 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.
Am I eligible for any extra 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 programme-related expenses specifically related to your disability or specific learning difficulty. Information about the DSA and how to apply is available on the Student Disability Service website.
If you are not eligible for DSA, the Student Disability Service will be able to advise on other sources of funding which may be available to assist you with particular support that you may require for your studies.
Is there disabled accommodation available at the University?
We have a good range of accessible residential accommodation in halls of residence and self-catered flats.
You can find more information on the accommodation options available on the accommodation website.
Student Disability Service
We encourage you to visit our Student Disability Service if you come to the University for an Open Day or post-offer visit, to discuss any adjustments you might need and the support we can offer.
If you are unable to visit us, our Student Disability Service will be happy to offer advice by telephone or email.
Contact us through an online sign language interpreter
British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact the University of Edinburgh via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.