Undergraduate study - 2021 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 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 and may also depend on whether you are a widening access student.

Our entry requirements

Our undergraduate degree finder lists all of the degrees 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. You should take the time to read this information carefully.

For most degrees we will list:

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

Standard entry requirements

Each degree 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.

Competition for places can vary by fee status and may be very high where places are limited. In some cases, offers may be made to applicants who have achieved above the upper grade level.

We normally make offers to the highest qualified applicants.

Information on offer rates and tuition fee status in available on our admissions statistics page.

Admission statistics

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

  • the number of applications for a degree is broadly similar to the number of offers we have available; or 
  • you are a non-EU international applicant* to a degree 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 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, for the majority of degrees, be guaranteed a place as long as you meet  or are predicted to meet – your degree’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 degreeswe 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.

Preferred subjects

Some of our entry requirements state preferred subjects. While these subjects are not required for entry, your application will be given preference in selection if you have these qualifications.

Recommended subjects

Some of our entry requirements state recommended subjects. While these subjects are not required for entry, they are good preparation for study. Your application will not be affected by whether or not you have these qualifications.

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 degree.

English language general entry requirements

Additional requirements

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

  • come to an interview, for medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, teacher
  • education, or oral health sciences;
  • submit a digital mini portfolio, for art, design and fine art;
  • sit an admissions test, such as the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) for medicine;
  • provide evidence of relevant work or voluntary experience and meet fitness to practice standards, for professional degrees.

Entry requirements

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

Degree finder

Accepted qualifications

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

 

If your qualifications are not listed we recommend contacting us to discuss your options.

Admissions offices

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 degrees

Any Mathematics qualification you will use for entry to any of the following degrees 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 Applied Mathematics
  • MMath Mathematics
  • MA (Hons) Economics & Mathematics
  • MA (Hons) Economics & Statistics
  • MA (Hons) Philosophy & Mathematics

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