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Changing to a completely different degree

Ive applied to pharmacology at Edinburgh which i received an unconditional offer for, is it possible for me to switch degrees to something like LLB law which is completely different? or would i need to take a gap year and apply again
Reply 1
Original post by jaezoldyck
Ive applied to pharmacology at Edinburgh which i received an unconditional offer for, is it possible for me to switch degrees to something like LLB law which is completely different? or would i need to take a gap year and apply again

Contact the university departments for law and pharmacology, as well as admissions, directly. Only they can ultimately tell you whether you'd be able to transfer. Switching from pharmacology to law is already a drastic change and on top of that, law at Edinburgh is a highly competitive course. I suspect you won't be able to transfer due to the LNAT requirement, which I'm assuming you have not taken. Aside from that, you'll need your A level and GCSE grades to meet their minimum requirements to be considered. It will come down to whether they have space or not, which they probably will not, but this is something you'll find out on results day. If you're serious about making the switch to law, you might want to take a gap year and reconsider your options. Assuming you meet the Edinburgh requirements, your only hurdle then would be the LNAT and your personal statement, but taking a gap year gives you plenty of time to gain experience in the legal sector and figure out whether this is really an industry for you.
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Reply 2
Original post by bibachu
Contact the university departments for law and pharmacology, as well as admissions, directly. Only they can ultimately tell you whether you'd be able to transfer. Switching from pharmacology to law is already a drastic change and on top of that, law at Edinburgh is a highly competitive course. I suspect you won't be able to transfer due to the LNAT requirement, which I'm assuming you have not taken. Aside from that, you'll need your A level and GCSE grades to meet their minimum requirements to be considered. It will come down to whether they have space or not, which they probably will not, but this is something you'll find out on results day. If you're serious about making the switch to law, you might want to take a gap year and reconsider your options. Assuming you meet the Edinburgh requirements, your only hurdle then would be the LNAT and your personal statement, but taking a gap year gives you plenty of time to gain experience in the legal sector and figure out whether this is really an industry for you.

i don't think Edinburgh requires Lnat
Reply 3
Original post by jaezoldyck
i don't think Edinburgh requires Lnat

My mistake, I confused Edinburgh with Glasgow. In any case, it’s still a competitive course so make sure to contact the departments and admissions office as soon as possible to see whether taking a gap year is the best decision for you.
Probably not given departments are pretty much seperate entities with their own budget and admissions. Probably a good idea to phone the admissions office to explain the situation, and unless Edinburgh Law hands out unconditional offers without interviewing then chances are you will probably need to wait a year.

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