Apply for a Postgraduate MSc Taught Degree Programme

How to apply for a Postgraduate MSc Taught Degree Course at the University of Edinburgh's School of Engineering, what happens after your application has been submitted and further information for International Students

The Application Process

If you have any questions or would like any information to be clarified, please do not hesitate to contact the PGT Conversion Officer at

All applications for postgraduate study at the School of Engineering are made online, using the University Postgraduate Degree Finder. If you have special circumstances and need to apply by post or through another organisation or institution, please visit the University guidelines on Non Standard Applications.

To apply to your programme, select the degree you are interested in from the list of taught degrees available from the School of Engineering (please see Figure 1). Each programme page on the Degree Finder will list the available awards, courses, study modules and start dates. To apply for the programme you are interested in, click on “Apply for this degree” on the right hand side of the Degree Finder page and select your date of entry. (Please see Figure 2).

You should submit your application as early as possible as there is a high demand for places in our programmes and for scholarships. We accept applications on a rolling basis and do not require applicants to pay a fee to apply.

Entry Requirements

Academic Information

To study at postgraduate level, you need to hold a degree in an appropriate subject, or have a qualification or experience accepted as equivalent.

The academic qualification required for admission to postgraduate programmes at the School of Engineering is a degree with an excellent or very good classification; this is the equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK. Please visit the Entry Requirements by Country page to find country-specific advice and information on how international degrees equate.

Degree certificate, transcript and translations

Degree certificate

Degree Certificates must be uploaded in the original language plus translations if the original language is not English. Please ensure that the electronic submission is clear and not cropped.


Transcripts are the list of marks that you have obtained in your previous degrees. These must be official academic transcripts provided by the awarding institution and must cover all the years of your studies. Transcripts must be supplied in the original language plus a translation if the original language is not English. Please ensure that the documents are clear and not cropped.


If your documents are not in English they should be accompanied by a formal certified translation into English. The University will accept translations from three different bodies. To find out what these bodies are and the University requirements of English translations, please visit the University pages on Certified Translations.

English Language Requirements

The University may also require you to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English. The language requirements of your programme will be listed on the University Postgraduate Degree Finder (within each separate programme page). To find important information about the guidelines set by the University for English Language Requirements (including UKVA approved test centres, conditions and exemptions, sending in certificates and University policies), please visit the main university page on Postgraduate English Language Requirements.


All applicants to our degrees are required to submit one reference in support of their application. Your referee should be able to comment on your potential to undertake postgraduate study, such as a Personal Tutor (or equivalent). If it has been a while since you graduated, you may be able to supply a work-related reference in place of an academic one. This would be written by a line manager. To find out more about the guidelines for references and to find templates to send to your referees (outling the information they will need to provide about you), please visit the University page on Postgraduate References.

Personal Statement

Any applicant who is applying for a place in a taught MSc programme must submit a personal statement as part of the application process. This statement must not exceed 500 words (3,500 characters).

Reading your personal statement will help us decide if you are right for the programme you are applying to and whether the programme is right for you. Learning more about your background and future goals helps us ensure that our students are successful.

Your personal statement should include the following:

  • Information about your previous qualifications and how they will fit with the programme you are applying to. If your previous degrees do not relate to the course you are applying to please ensure to include information about other relevant courses, reading, skills and study that you have completed outside the academic environment
  • Something about why you are interested in studying the MSc you have chosen and why you are interested in studying at the School of Engineering. You could include information about what is driving you to complete an MSc and how it will help you succeed in your career plans
  • Any other information relevant to your application 

Your personal statement is your only chance (excluding your reference) for us to understand who you are as a person, what you are interested in and why you want to study at the School of Engineering. By crafting an excellent personal statement, you help us to ensure that you are matched to the right programme and that you will be happy and successful during your time here at Edinburgh.

 Further information

If you have any questions about the information above or require clarification, please don't hesitate to contact our PGT Conversion Officer at


Studying for a Msc at Edinburgh
Studying for a Msc at Edinburgh
Figure 1 (Finding your programme on the Degree Finder)
Figure 1 (Finding your programme on the Degree Finder)
Figure 2 (Apply for your degree programme on the Degree Finder)
Figure 2 (Apply for your degree programme on the Degree Finder)