Admissions Policy

The University of Edinburgh is committed to admitting the very best students, who demonstrate the potential to benefit from, and contribute to, the academic experience we offer.


Full details of the University's Policies and Procedures are available here:

Available Places

As a result of the changes in student funding arrangements for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there are now two separate allocations of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine places for students from the UK and EU and who do not already hold a first degree.

Students resident in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) are funded differently from those from Scotland and the EU (SEU) and therefore the places available are allocated separately. These allocations have been determined by the Scottish Funding Council and are based on historic intake patterns.

The School has a number of full fee places available each year - for international and graduate candidates. The Scottish Funding Council does not fund places on these programmes. International and Graduate candidates are therefore considered at the full fee tuition rate.

For 2020 entry the following places are available:

5-year BVM&S programme
Applicants with a Scotland or an EU fee rate 42
Applicants with a England, Wales & Northern Ireland fee rate 30
Applicants with a graduate or international fee rate 35
Total 125 places
4-year BVM&S Graduate Entry Programme
Applications with an international and graduate fee rate 60 places

In terms of application numbers, we receive around 1000 for the 5-year programme and around 350 for the 4-year Graduate Entry programme each year.

Resit Examinations

Candidates must achieve our minimum entry requirements in one sitting and at the first attempt. Candidates applying with resit examinations (unless there are extenuating circumstances which can be supported by documentary evidence) will not be considered.

A level candidates: please note that a resit of an AS module is normaly acceptable provided A2 level examinations are gained within the normal 2-year period.

Deferred Entry

Due to the high number of applications received for the BVM&S each year, deferred entry applications are not considered. Candidates should therefore apply by 15 October (UCAS applications) and 15 September (VMCAS applications) prior to the year they wish to be considered for a place.

Selection Process

We give equal consideration to all candidates who submit their application by the required deadline and meet all academic requirements.

We assess and score each application individually by two criteria. We give equal weight to both academic results (achieved or predicted) and non-academic qualities. We place applications in rank order and call approximately 400 SEU/RUK and 300 overseas/graduate candidates for interview each year. We then make offers to the candidates who have achieved the highest assessment at interview.

Successful applicants are likely to have scored very highly in both academic and non-academic criteria. As a result of the level of competition for a small number of places, many high quality applicants are unsuccessful.

Due to pressure on places each year, the Admissions Committee will only consider two consecutive applications from candidates. Third applications will not normally be considered.

Once all applications are assessed, candidates are invited for an interview.

If your application has not been successful, you can download documentation which may be helpful in explaining our decision regarding your application

Widening Participation (WP) to higher education is a strategic priority for the UK and Scottish governments, the higher education sector in general and the University of Edinburgh in particular. You can find our more about our strategies below:

Equal Opportunities

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine complies with the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of Edinburgh published in the Prospectus

Care Experience

The University of Edinburgh is committed to care experience. Please note that for Veterinary Medicine, other factors on top of academic performance are taken into consideration, such as relevant work experience, non-academic achievements and an interview. You can find out more about the University's Care Experience policy here:

Candidates applying with disabilities, health problems and allergies

We support the University's guidelines on applications from disabled students.

Veterinary Medicine is, however, a practical subject and students must able to handle and examine all animals safely and humanely, and to ensure the safety of themselves and involved personnel.

All applicants are therefore strongly urged to read the guidance provided by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. In addition, Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) have also produced a document outlining the fitness standards expected of veterinary medicine students.

Applicants who have health problems or a disability, which may have an impact on their ability to carry out these or any other practical procedures, are invited to discuss this in confidence with us before making a formal application.

We assess your application purely on the basis of academic and non-academic suitability as outlined in our entry requirements. Discussions about support requirements will be separate from the application assessment and will only take place once we know an applicant is in offer range.

Suitable applicants with disabilities will be asked for further information prior to offer to make sure they do not fall into any of the three categories above.

You should notify us of any condition at application stage. However, if a condition develops or is diagnosed after this point, even when you become a student, you should notify us so we can look into support arrangements for you. Further information on our Student Disability Service can be found here:

Health Questionaire for all entrants to the BVM&S

All applicants with an Unconditional Firm offer will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to entry to the programme regardless of whether a disability or health condition was declared on application or not. Enrolment onto the BVM&S is subject to Health Clearance.

On the very rare occasion whereby the University will withdraw a place from the BVM&S programme, it is likely to be on the grounds of:

  • The chosen course of study leads to a professional qualification and the relevant professional body has regulations which would preclude membership by people with particular impairments (see HEOPS guidance).
  • There are overriding health and safety concerns.
  • In rare circumstances when a necessary reasonable adjustment cannot be made.

Further information on the health clearance process for students entering the BVM&S programme is available here:

Tuition Fees

You can find out more about fees, funding and scholarships below:

Please be aware that all graduates applying as a second degree candidate, regardless of where domiciled, are considered at the full tuition fee rate (international) for both the 5-year and 4-year BVM&S programmes.

Fees and Funding

Deposits of £1500 will be required for international (non-EU) and graduate students starting the Veterinary Medicine programme. This deposit is only refundable if you change your mind about studying with us within 14 days of payment or you fail to meet the conditions of your offer.

Feedback, appeals and complaints


Unsuccessful applicants can request feedback on the outcome of their applications via the EUCLID Portal or by contacting the BVM&S Admissions Team directly.

Requests must be made either by the applicant or with the specific written permission of the applicant.

Appeals and Complaints

You can access the general University appeals and complaints procedure online here