Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

European Baccalaureate

Entry requirements for applicants with European Baccalaureate (EB) qualifications.

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Degrees in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

For nearly all degrees the demand for places is much higher than the places we have available so applicants who meet our entry requirements are not guaranteed an offer of a place. We make the majority of offers to students who achieve grades at the upper grade level of the standard entry requirement.

For many degrees, we expect you to have studied specific subjects within your qualifications. Where we ask applicants taking Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers and National 5s for a specific subject(s) we will normally ask you for the same subject(s) in your qualifications. Specific subject requirements at SQA Higher/National 5s for each degree can be found in our degree finder.

For MA English Literature and joint degrees with English Literature, you must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, English Literature at an advanced level. This is typically in the final year of the high school diploma. We don't accept English Language as meeting this subject requirement; however, we will accept combined English Literature and Language.

In order for you to be considered for an offer, you need to have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the equivalencies of all entry requirements listed in the degree finder for your chosen degree.

Degree finder

Standard entry requirement

Award of European Baccalaureate with 80% overall with 7.5 in three subjects - 90% overall with 9 in three subjects. Where Mathematics at Higher or A Level required, this should be the 5-period option.

In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, achieving a score of minimum 6 at L1, 7 at L2, or 7.5 at L3 in English language in the EB, or by holding one of the English language qualifications accepted by the University.

Please see our degree finder for details of accepted English language qualifications and the scores required for all our degrees.

Degrees in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Medicine - MBChB

If you are presenting the European Baccalaureate as an entrance qualification you will be expected to include:

At Year 7 level, chemistry and two out of biology, physics and mathematics with grades of 8.5 in the sciences with an overall grade of 8.5 or 85%. Please ask your referee to include full predictions for Year 7 examinations, including a prediction for the overall grade.

At Year 5 or Year 6 level, biology, mathematics, English and a language other than English at grade 7.0 or better. (GCSE grade B or SQA Standard Grade Credit/Intermediate 2 will be accepted as equivalent). Please include details of Year 5 level and Year 6 level results on your application.

All other degrees

Please contact the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Admissions Office for specific advice.

Degrees in the College of Science & Engineering

Standard entry requirement

Award of European Baccalaureate with 75% overall, with 7.5 in three subjects including all required subjects as stated in our degree finder – 80% overall with 8.0 in three subjects. A score of 8 is required where we ask for a grade A at SQA Higher / A Level.

Where Mathematics is required, this must be the 5-period option.

In addition, all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, achieving a score of 6 at Year 7 (or 7.5 at Year 6) in English language in the EB, or by holding one of the English language qualifications accepted by the University.

Please see our degree finder for details of accepted English language qualifications and the scores required for all our degrees.

Second year entry

Advanced entry direct into Year 2 of many of our degrees is possible for applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement in the EB.

Please contact the College of Science & Engineering Admissions Office for details.

College of Science & Engineering: European Baccalaureate

Which college?

If you are unsure of which college your degree is in, check our degree finder for details. You will find the college listed on your chosen degree's page.

Degree finder

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