General entrance requirements


The requirements below are the minimum we require for entry to the University. Please see specific subject pages for the current asking grades.

  • One of SQA Standard Grade English (at Credit Level, bands 1 – 2), Intermediate 2 English (C pass), GCSE English Literature or Language (C pass or Level 4) or SQA Communications 3
  • A minimum of four passes at SQA Higher Grade; or
  • A minimum of three of A-levels
  • An acceptable pass in approved subjects in any of IB Diploma, HNC/D, BTEC National Diploma, Advanced Diploma; or
  • A pass in an approved Access Course

School leavers’ qualifications from the European Union (EU) or a degree from a university in the United Kingdom or European Union are recognised as satisfying the general entrance requirements.

Many other international school qualifications are also recognised as satisfying the general entrance requirements.

Students who have returned to education after three years away from full-time education of students who have suffered educational hardship or disruption may receive special consideration.


Specific subject requirements

Some degree courses require passes in specific subjects at SQA Higher, GCE A-level or SQA Standard Grade/GCSE (or equivalent) in addition to required grades. Where this is the case, it is mentioned in the subject pages.

Variations to published grade requirements

Our current asking grades are listed on subject pages but these are for guidance only and you should check with the University before entry for the most up-to-date minimum grades we require. For some subjects, you may be asked for a higher grade if you are re-sitting or upgrading some examinations. We do accept students who sit Scottish Highers over two sittings but we may ask for a higher grade.

Subjects approved for entry

All approved, SQA, GCE and GCSE examination subjects are acceptable for entry.

Note that passes in subjects that contain a high proportion of common material will not be counted separately (e.g. Biology/Human Biology, Geography/Environmental Science). Please ask the UK Undergraduate Office about such ‘overlaps’. Further, if there is a large profile of practical/vocationally-based Highers/A-levels, the offer levels may be adjusted accordingly.


Terms and conditions

Any student being offered a place will be subject to the University's Terms and Conditions.

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