Entry requirements - relevant academic subjects


Entry to some of our degrees requires attainment of a specific level of previous study in a relevant academic subject.


Humanities degrees

The basic entry requirement to year one of our humanities single and joint honours degrees is three Scottish Highers at a minimum of BBC (or equivalent UK/international qualifications). This relates to subjects such as archaeology, culture and heritage, criminology, history, literature, philosophy, politics, Scottish history, sociology and social sciences. At least two of these Highers should be from the list of relevant academic subjects below.

The exception is BA (Hons) Literature and BA (Hons) Literature and Creative Writing where one of the Highers must be English at C or above, plus one relevant academic subject and one additional higher to make up the BBC requirement.


The BA (Hons) Drama and Production has a basic entry requirement of three Scottish Highers at a minimum of BBC (or equivalent UK/international qualifications). At least one must be from the list of relevant academic subjects.


Relevant academic subjects

  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Studies
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Media Studies
  • Language subjects
  • Maths (Both Higher Maths and Higher Applications of Maths are accepted subjects, but only one of these can be used for entry to this programme)
  • Classical Studies
  • Sciences subjects (Human Biology and Biology will be counted as 2 separate Highers)

Please note that applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or experience are welcome and will be considered on an individual basis.