How to apply
Information and guidance on making an application.
Making an application
If you decide that the University of Edinburgh is the right university for you, you must make your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Guidance, advice and the application deadline can found on the UCAS website.
Your application will be considered by the College of Science and Engineering Recruitment and Admissions Team.
First Year or Second Year entry?
If you are undecided about whether you should apply for entry to first year or second year and have not yet completed your school studies, we advise you to choose first year entry. If you then meet the entry requirements for second year, you will be able to make this change when you first arrive at the University. If you have already met the entry requirements for second year, you may apply for this by selecting ‘point of entry 2’ in your UCAS application.
Interested in more than one of our degrees?
If you are unsure which School of Physics and Astronomy degree programme to apply for, you have the flexibility to change degree either as soon as you arrive at the University, and often up to the end of second year, providing you meet the entrance requirements.
BSc or MPhys?
Our BSc and MPhys degrees have the same content and structure in the first, second and third years, and differ in year 4. Grades allowing, you are permitted to swap between the two types of degree up to the start of year 3.
If you are unsure whether you should apply for the BSc or MPhys degree, we advise you to apply for an MPhys. This is because if you require funding so support your studies, it may be easier to request full funding at the very beginning, rather than request an extra year's funding when you reach fourth year (Senior Honours). It is also easy to inform a funding body that you won't need the MPhys year's funding if you ultimately decide to graduate with a BSc.
Deferring your entry
There is general information relating to deferred entry published by the College of Science and Engineering.
Admissions are handled by the College of Science and Engineering Recruitment & Admissions team, and enquiries about entry requirements and the progress of your application should be directed to them in the first instance.