Academic Requirements

All the following should be gained at the first attempt and in one set of exams

Standard Entry Requirements

Entry requirements and Covid-19

We understand that your exams may have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. If you receive a final assessed grade based on your overall performance but subsequently choose to sit your final exams at the earliest opportunity, this will not count as a resit. We will therefore consider your predicted or achieved exam results when reviewing your application.

If you are unhappy with your assessed grades, you should contact your exam centre (normally your secondary school or college) as soon as possible as they may be able to make a formal appeal to the exam board to review your grades. We cannot appeal on your behalf.

2020 entry offer holders

If you are unhappy with your assessed grades and appeal the result, the appeal decision must be received by 31st August 2020. If the appeal decision is received after this, your offer will be deferred to 2021. If you elect to sit the final exam when this is possible, we will honour your Conditional offer for 2021 entry based on predicated grades. You will need to submit a new application through UCAS but you will receive a new Conditional offer without going through the assessment and interview stage. 

SQA results advice

SQA Highers and Advanced Highers

Candidates are required to take a sixth year and undertake Advanced Highers.

AAAAB Five Highers including Chemistry (A), Biology (A) and either Mathematics or Physics to be achieved by the end of S5. If Biology has not been studied in S5, it should be taken in S6 to Higher level.

BB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and another science subject.

If possible Advanced Higher Biology, as this will be beneficial for the first year of the course. If Physics has not previously been studied to Higher level, it should be studied in sixth year to National 5 level.

We are aware that some Scottish schools may not be able to offer as many Advanced Higher subjects as in previous years.  If this is the case, we urge any pupils (or parents/carers/guidance teachers) interested in Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh to get in touch with us directly by emailing

A levels

Three A levels: AAA in Chemistry, Biology and one other subject approved for entry to the veterinary degree programme.

Please refer to the current list of University approved subjects at GCE A level considered for entry to the BVM&S below.

University-approved subjects

If Physics has not been studied to A level, a good pass at GCSE is required. We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a third subject.


AS modules

Resits of AS level modules are acceptable. In order to be considered candidates must be predicted to gain our minimum entry requirements in A2 subjects. Only candidates who gain or are predicted to gain our minimum entry requirements within the normal 2-year period for A level examinations will be considered.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

D3, D3, D3 (or a combination of D3 and A level grade A) in Chemistry, Biology and one other University-approved subject.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The minimum entry requirement is 38 points. This must include a minimum of 666 in Higher level Chemistry, Biology and one other subject. If Physics is not taken at Standard or Higher level then competency in this subject must be demonstrated at a lower level (GCSE or equivalent).

Minimum Entry Requirements

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is committed to widening access and welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds. We are keen to consider whether some applicants could benefit from being made an offer of an interview at the minimum entry requirement (the level you need to have achieved to be successful on the programme), or whether you might be eligible for additional credit in the selection process, in support of your application.

Widening Access (Minimum) Requirements

Other Academic Requirements


A 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), in an appropriate science subject. Candidates with a non-science degree will be considered provided they have gained high grades in the science A levels (or equivalent) in Chemistry and Biology.

Please note that all candidates applying for the BVM&S as a second degree (including graduates from the UK, EU, EEA) are considered at the International Fees rate.

The Admissions Committee regrets that it cannot consider ONC, HNC, HND or part- degree qualifications as equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours degree for entry requirement purposes.

US and Canadian High School Graduates

Applications from US and Canadian high school graduates are welcomed. Further details of our entry requirements are available below:

Pre-Vet Programmes

Candidates with two years of a pre-vet will be considered for the 5-year BVM&S programme. We would expect high grades in all science subjects, specially Chemistry, Biology and either Maths/Physics. An overall GPA of 3.4 (4 point scale) is expected.

EU and International Entry Requirements

If your qualifications are not listed above, please refer to the the following page which provides specific information and advice, including entry requirements, for prospective students by country.

Undergraduate entry requirements by country

Mature Students

The Admissions Committee aims to select mature candidates from a variety of backgrounds to further enhance the diversity of the intake. Although mature applicants receive consideration, there is no relaxation of programme entry requirements. In order to be considered you would, therefore, have to achieve the normal minimum entry requirements. Normally candidates must attain these grades in the one sitting and at the first attempt. However, if you are not able to study full time (if, for example, you are continuing to work) you would not necessarily be expected to gain the grades at the one sitting but you would certainly have to attain them at the first attempt.

Mature students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office providing further information on both school and further education examination results to discuss their qualifications on an individual basis prior to making a formal application.

English Language Entry Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet the University's required standard of English.