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Please be aware that the course search feature is designed to act as a guide for those wishing to study in Scotland. For full course details include entrance criteria and full course description please visit each institutions own independent website.

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How to apply

Scotland has such a diverse and prestigious range of universities and courses that it can be difficult to pick your course straight away.  When you apply as an undergraduate or a postgraduate you can apply for more than one institution at the same time, which helps to make sure you end up in the course that is best for you.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to complete your applications and allow time for entry clearance, if you require a visa.

Applying for undergraduate study

To apply for an undergraduate course in Scotland you can apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admission Centre (UCAS).

The application requires you to provide information about your education and employment as well as a personal statement and a reference, so it is a good idea to have this information ready before you apply.

The online application form allows you enter course details for up to five courses that you want to study, and institutions you would like to attend. There are some restrictions on the combination of courses you can apply for. Please check the UCAS website for details on choices when applying.

There is a fee for making an application. The amount depends upon how many courses, universities and colleges you apply for.  Find out more about UCAS application fees.

The deadlines for applications through UCAS differ depending on what course you are applying for.  To check when the deadline is for your course click here.

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Applying for postgraduate study

Before you apply for a postgraduate degree in Scotland you need to make sure that you meet the entrance requirements of your chosen degree.  To study for a postgraduate degree in Scotland you usually need to hold at least an undergraduate degree. However in some circumstances experience and other qualifications might be an acceptable equivalent. Make sure to check the entry requirements with the institution you are applying for.

Many universities in Scotland manage their own applications for postgraduate study. It is advisable that you check on the website of the institution and department that you want to apply for.

You can apply for postgraduate study at some universities through the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) scheme. To check which institutions and courses you can apply for through UKPASS visit the UKPASS website.

The UKPASS application requires you to provide information about your personal details, course details, education, supplementary information, a personal statement and references.

You can apply for up to ten different programmes at any university or college using the UKPASS service.

You can apply online through UKPASS. However universities set their own deadlines for applications so check the closing dates for applications with the institutions you wish to apply for.

Some universities charge an application fee when applying through UKPASS. UKPASS collects this fee on their behalf. The fee amount will appear when you select the institution and programme you want to apply for on the UKPASS online application form.

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Applying for the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland

Students who wish to apply to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland can do so through CUKAS, the official website for conservatoire admissions in the United Kingdom.  

Applicants can select up to six courses to apply for through CUKAS. Once an application has been made through CUKAS usually you will need to wait to hear from your chosen conservatoire about auditions or the next stage in the application process.

You will be required to pay a small application fee and may also be required to pay an audition fee when applying. For more information visit the CUKAS website

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, most universities require you to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. This is to make sure that you can participate in lectures, tutorials, seminars, and understand the coursework needed to complete your course and get the most out of your degree.

Many universities offer pre-sessional English language courses help to improve English and academic skills before you begin your course.

The level of your English language proficiency and the way you are expected to demonstrate your skills varies by the course you want to study and the institution you are applying for.

Some of the ways that you might be asked to demonstrate your English skills are:

  • If you have successfully completed an academic qualification in a majority English speaking country;
  • If you have received an English qualification as part of your High School studies;
  • Pass an approved English language test;
  • Provide an English language certificate;

Most universities in Scotland accept English qualifications and certificates from the following test providers:

If you are coming to study in Scotland on a Tier 4 (General) visa you need to meet certain English language criteria before you receive your confirmation of acceptance (CAS). To check exact criteria visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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