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University of Edinburgh Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom is a highly reputed university with large enrolments of around 35,732 students each year. 25,951 students are enrolled in undergraduate programs, while 9,781 students in graduate programs. Areas of study available at the University are Health Sciences, Education, Art & Design, Science and Engineering.

  • Admissions at the University of Edinburgh are taken care of by the respective colleges.
  • Applicants meeting or predicted to meet the entry requirements are only considered for the selection process.
  • Students applying for admission by October or January deadline may expect to receive the admission decision by March.
  • Applications for full-time undergraduate programs are accepted through UCAS only, while the applications for part-time courses are to be sent directly to the university.
  • Admission interviews are conducted for students seeking admission in degrees in Teacher Education, Nursing, Oral Health Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
  • For the students of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, multiple mini interviews are conducted.
  • While applying for Medicine, students must note that they need to take the UCAT prior to making the UCAS application.
  • Students applying for art, design and fine art degrees would be required to submit a digital mini portfolio.


Application PortalUG - UCAS
PG - Official course website
Application FeePG - £50.00 
Mode of PaymentOnline (ePay)
Acceptance rate (2018)44%
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring seasons
Financial AidGrants, loans, work-study, and Scholarships

University of Edinburgh Admissions Deadline

The full-time academic session at the University of Edinburgh begins in the Fall, Summer and Spring seasons. So are you thinking of applying for admission at the University of Edinburgh this year? Hurry up as the applications for international students are still open. Have a look at the table given below for the latest updates:

Application opens for 2020 sessionSeptember 4, 2019
Medicine and Veterinary course deadlineOctober 15, 2019
Application closes for other UK and EU applicantsJanuary 15, 2020
Application closes for international applicantsJune 30, 2020

The application deadlines for postgraduate students varies by program. Normally the deadlines fall between the months of March and June. You need to visit the respective course pages to confirm the exact deadlines.

University of Edinburgh International Undergraduate Admissions

Planning to take admission into an undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh? Just follow these simple steps to get into your dream university:

Step 1: Know the type of entry requirements

Before applying for the program of your choice, it is highly essential that you make a note of the type of entry requirements you may encounter as you glance through different programs. The basic requirements to seek admission at the University of Edinburgh include academic qualifications, statement of purpose, reference letters and proof of English language proficiency.

However, for a specific type of program, one may have to appear for an admission interview, an admission test, submit a portfolio or proof of work experience. The type of entry requirements that you may encounter for entry into the University of Edinburgh are:

  • Standard Entry Requirements: These primarily comprise of the specific grades that one needs to have to be part of the selection process.
  • Minimum Entry Requirements: These refer to the program-wise entry requirements and comprise of the standard entry requirements too.
  • Required Subjects: For a few of the programs, students will be expected to have completed the previous education in specific subjects only.
  • Preferred Subjects: A few of the entry requirements may indicate a few preferred subjects. Although these subjects are not compulsory for entry into a specific program but will surely affect the preference of an applicant during the process of selection.
  • Recommended Subjects: These subjects are not important for gaining entry into a program but their completion can definitely help a student develop better understanding of the preferred subject.

Step 2: Apply for admission to the University of Edinburgh

Application Portal: In order to apply for admission into undergraduate programs at the University of Edinburgh, one needs to make an online application through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Using UCAS you will be able to apply for admission into five degree programs at one of the universities in the UK.

Application Fee:  For a single choice of program, you will be charged a UCAS fee of 20 GBP while for more number of choices (maximum 5), and applications submitted after June 30, an application fee of 25 GBP is charged.

Step 3:  Upload the required documents

You need to keep the following documents handy while making your application:

  • Proof of previous education qualifications.
  • Grades acquired or predicted grades if the applicant is yet to complete the qualification.
  • English proficiency proof for students hailing from non-English speaking countries.
  • A personal statement wherein the applicant needs to state the reason for choosing a particular program, showcase a clear understanding of the chosen subject, a list of competencies of the applicant and explain how the program will help in realising the career objectives.
  • Reference letter: Applicants need to get a reference letter from one of their teachers who taught them in high school and is well aware of the academic and other accomplishments of the student. 
  • Other supporting documents: International students need to submit a copy of bank statement and a copy of their passport while making an application and upon acceptance, need to submit a copy of their health insurance and a copy of student visa.

Students must submit a complete application only which comprises of the required application fee and the documents mentioned above.

Visa Process for International Students

  • Students who are non-EU/EEA must have a student visa to study in any university based in the UK.
  • If you wish to choose a program that lasts for 6 months or more, you must apply for a Tier-4 visa in your home country before traveling. If it’s a program for less than 6 months, you can apply to the UK as a short term student.
  • Applicants are required to provide the following documents to receive the Tier 4 visa as a part of the visa process:
    • Copy of valid passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • One passport size photo that meets UKVI requirements.
    • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
    • Evidence of English Language proficiency.
    • Evidence of qualifications.
    • Translations.
  • Complete an online application with an application fee.
  • Applicants are then required to attend the nearest visa application center.
  • Post your documents to the embassy once the confirmation is given.

University of Edinburgh Graduate Admissions

The University of Edinburgh offers 20+ graduate courses in the field of Accounting & Finance, Management, Marketing, International Business, Human Resource Management and Business Analytics.

Students can apply via the respective school’s website. Each program’s requirements, deadlines and admission procedure differs from the other.

Academic requirements: Official transcripts, Proof of English proficiency

Supporting Documents: Personal statement, a current resume/CV, Letters of recommendation, Research essay, a valid visa, photocopy of passport, GRE/GMAT scores (optional).

Application fee: £50.00

Application PortalOfficial course website

CourseApplication deadlinesAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
Management- MBAApplicant should apply one-month prior commencement of program3 years of work experience in a managerial role, a minimum score of 600 in GMAT.TOEFL (IBT) - 100
IELTS: 7.0
PTE: 67
CAE & CPE: 185
Business Analytics- MSc20 February
17 April
June 12
An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, work experience (optional)TOEFL (IBT) - 100
IELTS: 7.0
PTE: 67
CAE & CPE: 185
Master of Finance17 April
June 12
An undergraduate degree in the relevant field, work experience (optional)TOEFL (IBT): 100
IELTS: 7.0
PTE: 67
CAE & CPE: 185
Masters of Law1 NovemberAn undergraduate degree in law.TOEFL (IBT): 100
IELTS: 7.0
PTE: 67
CAE & CPE: 185
Management- MSc17 April
June 12
An undergraduate degree in the relevant field, work experience (optional)TOEFL (IBT): 100
IELTS: 7.0
PTE: 67
CAE & CPE: 185

The admissions office of the University of Edinburgh reviews each application critically. Admissions are offered to students on the basis of their academic excellence, official test scores and supporting documents.

Every year, the university has maximum enrolments in almost all the programs that they offer, so it is advisable for the students to complete their admission process as soon as possible. If the applicant has applied by the October or January deadline, the university will release the application status by the end of March. Unconditional offers are granted quickly to those applicants who have completed all the entry requirements and have desired grades. The applicant can always track the progress of the application by visiting the university portal (UCAS Track or MyEd).

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