Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Understanding our entry requirements

An explanation of our entry requirements and how to understand them.

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To apply for a place at Edinburgh, you’ll need qualifications, a personal statement and a reference. You will also need to provide evidence of your English language skills through qualifications.

For some specific degree programmes you may also be asked to attend an interview, sit an admissions test, submit a portfolio of your past work, or provide evidence of relevant work experience.

We call these our entry requirements. The qualifications and grades you need vary by degree programme and may also depend on whether you are a widening access student.

Our entry requirements

Our undergraduate degree finder lists all of the programmes we offer and the entry requirements you will need to be considered for an offer.

We list the entry requirements you will need if you are studying Scottish Highers, A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. We advise that you take the time to read this information carefully.

For most programmes we will list:

  • standard entry requirements
  • minimum entry requirements
  • required subjects
  • English language requirements

Standard entry requirements

Each degree programme has specific grades that you must achieve to be considered for a place. We normally express these as a range of grades, for example AAAA - ABBB for Scottish Highers, or AAA - ABB for A Levels.

We call these required grades our standard entry requirements. Unless you are a widening access student who is eligible for a Plus flag, you will be asked to meet these requirements.

If you have met, or are predicted to meet, the lower grade listed in our standard entry requirement, you will be entered into our selection process. This does not guarantee that you will receive an offer. Because competition for places is high, you will usually be expected to achieve the upper grade level to receive an offer. We normally make offers to the highest qualified applicants. 

You may receive an offer at the lower grade level if:

  • the number of applications to a programme is broadly similar to the number of offers we have available; or 
  • you are a non-EU international applicant* to a programme other than medicine; or
  • you are a widening access student

*There are no restrictions on the number of non-EU international students that the University can recruit.

Minimum entry requirements

Each degree programme also has a minimum entry requirement. We normally express this as a single set of grades. 

If you are a widening access student who is eligible for a Plus flag, you will be guaranteed a place as long as you meet  or are predicted to meet – your programme’s minimum entry requirements, including specific grades in any required subjects.

You can use our online checker to find out whether you are a widening access student.

Widening access

Required subjects

For many programmes we will expect you to have achieved your grades in specific subjects.

In these cases, your qualifications must include the subjects listed at the grade that is specified in the degree finder, or higher.

English language general entry requirements

For entry to all our degrees you must provide evidence that your level of English will enable you to succeed on your chosen programme.

English language general entry requirements

Additional requirements

For a few programmes we ask for additional requirements. For example you may be asked to:

  • come to an interview or audition
  • submit an art/design portfolio
  • sit an admissions test
  • provide evidence of relevant work or voluntary experience

Entry requirements

You must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, our entry requirements for the programme you have applied for, to be considered for an offer of a place. You can use our degree finder to find programme entry requirements.

Degree finder

Accepted qualifications

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of UK and international qualifications.

Recent study requirements

To demonstrate that you are prepared for degree-level study, you must have achieved the qualifications you use to meet our entry requirements within the previous three academic years before your date of entry.

Mathematics programmes

Any Mathematics qualification you will use for entry to any of the following programmes must have been achieved within the previous two academic years:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Mathematics
  • MA (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Business
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Music
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Physics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Statistics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Management
  • MMath Mathematics
  • MA (Hons) Economics & Mathematics
  • MA (Hons) Economics & Statistics
  • MA (Hons) Philosophy & Mathematics

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