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Entry Requirements

Chinese applicants (Chinese passport holders)

Applications and admissions for Chinese nationals will be through the usual Chinese national university admission process.


International applicants (non-Chinese passport holders)

Minimum entry requirements. These are the minimum standings that students must have (or be predicted to attain) to be considered for entry. Each year there is a specific number of places available and where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places then a selection process based on academic achievement, personal statement and references will be used. Having the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee a place on the programme.

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. Qualified applicants are advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. National 5: Mathematics at Grade B. English at Grade C.

  • A levels: ABB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B or 6 and English at Grade C or 4.

  • IB: Overall score of 32 points, including HL Biology and Chemistry, one at Grade 5 and one at Grade 6. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. SL: English at Grade 4 and Mathematics at Grade 4. If you are using English / English Language at SL as part of the English language requirements, you must obtain Grade 5. 

If your qualifications are not in the list above, please check our detailed entry requirements:

International Entry Requirements 2017-2018.pdf


English Language Requirements 

All international students from every nationality are required to prove their English language competence. Even native-speakers of English must demonstrate that they meet our minimum language requirements to gain entry to the Institute.


We accept all of the English language qualifications listed below for entry to the Institute, including IELTS qualifications from any IELTS test centre. If your language of education has been English, we may accept your national English qualification.


 English language qualifications and requirements:

* IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component

* TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with minimum 23 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

* Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 169 in each component

* Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

* Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinction in all four components                                                                                            

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For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:


* SQA National 5 Grade C

* SQA Standard Grade 3

* SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

* SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

* GCSE Grade C / 4

* IB Standard Level Grade 5