Applications are submitted to Scottish Government, who pass them to us for assessment and scrutiny. Any organisation considering this step should contact the Scottish government in the first instance.


Full details of requirements, how to apply, and how the application is considered, can be found in our Handbook.


Degree Awarding Powers and University Title in Scotland: Guidance and Criteria for Applicants

Publication Date: 12 Sep 2016

The right to award UK degrees and to be called a university is a highly prized and legally protected privilege. This handbook outlines the processes for applying for degree awarding powers and university title in Scotland and explains the role played by QAA.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 410 KB

Guidance and templates for TDAP


Applicants for TDAP must meet the 1999 Guidance (see Annex 1, Degree Awarding Powers and University Title in Scotland: Guidance and Criteria for Applicants). 


They are also encouraged to refer to our guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff.


Guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff: Expectations for Foundation Degree-awarding powers and for taught degree-awarding powers

Publication Date: 30 Jan 2013

This guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff sets out expectations for Foundation Degree-awarding powers and for taught degree-awarding powers.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 274 KB

Having applied through the Scottish Government and been allocated a QAA SharePoint site, applicants will be asked to upload their critical self-analysis and evidence along with the following completed template.


Taught degree-awarding powers (TDAP): Applicant profile

Publication Date: 02 Mar 2015

To be submitted at the time of application

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 41 KB

Applicants are also required to complete Criteria Mapping and Staffing Information Template - available on request from QAA.


Guidance and templates for RDAP


Applicants for RDAP must meet the 1999 Guidance (see Annex 1, Degree Awarding Powers and University Title in Scotland: Guidance and Criteria for Applicants)


Applicants should also consult the QAA guidance on academic staff.


Guidance on applications for the grant of research degree awarding powers: Academic staff (Criterion 1)

Publication Date: 21 Feb 2014

‚ÄčThis QAA note of guidance, which is intended to assist applicants in their preparations for research degree awarding powers, focuses on Criterion 1, relating to academic staff, and should be read in conjunction with the existing Guidance.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 106 KB

Having applied through the Scottish Government and been allocated a QAA SharePoint site, applicants will be asked to upload their critical self-analysis and evidence along with the following completed template.


Research degree awarding powers: data table

Publication Date: 02 Mar 2015

Data table to be completed and included in an applicant organisation's critical self-analysis

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 48 KB

Applicants are also required to complete Criteria Mapping - available on request from QAA.


Applicants for university title


Applicants must already have RDAP and must also satisfy additional criteria in the 1999 Guidance (see Annex 1, Degree Awarding Powers and University Title in Scotland: Guidance and Criteria for Applicants ).