STUDENT RECRUITMENT & ADMISSIONS
The University of Edinburgh
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dom of Information Request
Thank you for your email of May 24th 2021 requesting admission statistics for the University’s MSc
Management degree programme.
You requested information on the number of applicants invited to interview for the MSc
management programme. The University does not interview applicants as part of its selection
process for this programme, and as such no applicants were invited to attend an interview.
You also requested the total number of applicants, the number of applicants accepted, and the class
size. I have interpreted “the number of applicants accepted” as applicants who received either an
unconditional offer, or who received a conditional offer and subsequently met their conditions.
“Class size” is interpreted as the number of students who enrolled on the degree programme. This
information for the 2019 and 2020 entry years is provided in the table below.
Number of Applications
Number of Offers (Acceptances)
Number of Entrants (Class Size)
Finally, you requested that the above information be provided for the 2021 entry year.
Unfortunately, I am unable at this stage to provide details about the current admissions cycle. That
information will be available in October when the 2021 admissions cycle is completed. Before this
date, that information is considered commercially sensitive, and therefore the University withholds
it until that period has passed, as it is entitled to do under Freedom of Information legislation.
The University acknowledges the public interest in openness and transparency, particularly in
relation to its admissions processes. However, the University operates in a competitive environment
and the public interest is also served by enabling higher education institutions to withhold
information that could damage their ability to compete fairly with one another.
The 2020/21 cycle was not complete on the date we received your questions, and applicants have
yet to reply to offers made by the University. If the University disclosed the level of detailed
admissions data you have asked for at this early stage, it could be used by other institutions to alter
their recruitment behaviour in ways that would influence the outcome of the current admissions
cycle, and could damage the University’s recruitment efforts as a result. Therefore, in this case, the
University considers the public interest in withholding this information outweighs the public interest
Right to review
If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask the University to conduct a review of this
decision by contacting the University's Records Management Section (www.ed.ac.uk/records-
in writing (e.g. by letter or email) or in some other recorded form (e.g.
audio or video tape). You should describe the original request, explain your grounds for
dissatisfaction, and include an address for correspondence. You have 40 working days from receipt
of this letter to submit a review request. When the review process has been completed, if you are
still dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner using the guidance at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.
If you do not have access to the Internet, please let me
know and I will provide a copy of the relevant web pages.
Privacy notice for information request applicants
The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes how we use the information
you have supplied about yourself and your request, is available on-line at www.ed.ac.uk/records-
Yours sincerely, Chris Sim
Admissions Support Officer
Student Recruitment and Admissions