Information for parents

How do they apply?

All applications to the University for full-time study must be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Your school or college will normally be able to guide you through your application.

If you are applying independently, UCAS can advise on the application process.

Your choices

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You can apply for up to five different degrees at any university.

If you apply for medicine or veterinary medicine, you can use up to four choices for these subjects. You should use your fifth choice for an alternative, back-up subject. This will not prejudice your application in terms of demonstrating commitment to study medicine or veterinary medicine.

If you apply to more than one university, we will not be able to see which other universities you have applied to until they have made their decisions. This means that we make our decision on your application without knowledge of your other choices.

All applications for full-time study must be made online through UCAS.


Applying for more than one degree

If you want to apply for more than one degree at Edinburgh you should ask us for advice on your choices.

In some cases we may advise that it would be better to use only one of your choices, if, for example, more than one degree you are considering applying for is within the same subject area.

Even if you meet the relevant entry requirements for all of the degrees you have applied for, some of our colleges may only be prepared to make you one offer. This is especially true if you use two or more of your choices to apply for degrees where there is considerable competition.

In other cases, a college may decide it is possible to make you up to two offers, but this depends on the degrees you have applied for. 

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