Where you can study medicine

There are five medical schools in Scotland and they all have different courses.

It’s worth looking at each course in detail to see if it meets your interests but don’t forget the end result of all of them is that you become a doctor!

The University of Aberdeen

Entry requirements at time of writing (Check university website for most up to date information) AAAAB at Higher, first sitting.   Chemistry is required to grade B minimum.  Two subjects are required from Biology/Human Biology, Maths & Physics.  If AAABB or AAAAC achieved, application still possible if predicted 6th year grades meet criteria (See website).
For Widening Access applicants the minimum academic requirement is four Highers at AAAB. For more details go to: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/undergraduate/medicine/widening-participation.php

Interview style: Multiple Mini Interviews lasting 7 minutes (just over 1 hour in total)

Reach Aberdeen: Works with eligible S4-S6 students in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Highlands offering a range of workshops, shadowing opportunities and advice for applying to Medicine.  If you are a student in this catchment area you can find more information here.

Additional information: Additional discretionary points to applicants whose postcode of residence falls within the fourth and fifth most deprived postcodes as measured by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).
Applicants from Reach schools anywhere in Scotland who meet minimum academic requirements and their UKCAT score falls within the top 75% of scores for applicants to Aberdeen will be guaranteed an interview.

Why Aberdeen?
Early patient contact from Year 1
Opportunity to carry out a degree in medical sciences in a year

The University of Dundee

Entry requirements at time of writing (Check university website for most up to date information) Minimum AAAAB at Higher, first sitting. Typically AAAAB Higher. Must include chemistry plus another science.
Biology required at National 5 level. Mathematics and English at least to grade B at National 5, if not studied at Higher.

Interview style: Multiple Mini Interviews lasting 7 minutes (70 minutes in total)

Reach Dundee: Works with eligible S4-S6 students in Tayside and also some students in Fife and the North of Scotland can also take part. Offers a range of workshops, shadowing opportunities and advice for applying to medicine.  If you are a student in this catchment area you can find more information here.

Additional information: A premedical year is offered at Dundee predominantly composed of individuals who lack a sufficient science background (e.g. have not studied higher chemistry).  Several places on this course are offered to local applicants (Tayside and Fife) with proven evidence of adverse circumstances leading to significant educational disadvantage.

Why Dundee?
Dundee prides itself on early patient contact for medical students
Opportunity to carry out a degree in medical sciences in a year
Medical school integrated with Ninewells hospital which is at the centre of exciting research including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, drug development, and medical education.

The University of Edinburgh

Entry requirements at time of writing (Check university website for most up to date information) AAAAB at higher, by end of S5.  Must include Chemistry and 2 of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.  Students who meet the grade requirements in S5 but are missing one or more sciences may take the missing subject(s) in S6.

Interview Style: Undergraduate interviews have been introduced in 2020.

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS): Works with eligible S5-S6 students in Edinburgh and Lothian offering a range of workshops, shadowing opportunities and advice for applying to Medicine.  If you are a student in this catchment area you can find more information here. Find out if you are LEAPS eligible by looking at the criteria on their website.

Access to the Professions works with eligible S4-S6 students in the South East Scotland. They offer a range of workshops, shadowing opportunities and advice for applying to medicine.  Check if you are eligible and register here.

Additional information: This page has loads of information on the admissions and application process.

Why Edinburgh?
One of the world’s leading research universities
6-year course with intercalation in Year 3 (an opportunity to study another degree for a year before continuing with medicine)
Good reputation in medicine globally

The University of Glasgow

Entry requirements at time of writing (Check university website for most up to date information) AAAAA for higher or AAAABB by the end of S5 AND must achieve at least Grades A and B in two Advanced Highers.  It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics as crash Highers in S6, provided Grades AAAAA or AAAABB are achieved by S5.

Interview Style: Selection panel of 2 (including School of Medicine staff, consultants or honorary members of the University).

Reach Glasgow: Works with eligible S4-S6 students in the west of Scotland area. Offers a range of workshops, shadowing opportunities and advice for applying to medicine.  If you are a student in this catchment area you can find more information here!

Why Glasgow?
Has strong academic ties with research institutes such as The British Heart Foundation
Opportunity to carry out a degree in medical sciences in a year or two years

The University of St Andrews

Entry requirements at time of writing (Check university website for most up to date information) AAAAB at Higher in S5. Including Chemistry (A grade) and one other from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If Higher Chemistry grade is B, applicants may be considered if they take chemistry for Advanced Higher. If Biology, Mathematics and English have not been passed at Higher grade, each must normally have been passed at Intermediate 2 (grade A or B) or National 5 (grade A or B).

Interview Style: Multiple Mini Interview format consisting of 6 different stations, 6 minutes each.

Reach St. Andrews: Works with eligible S4-S6 students in Fife. Offers a range of workshops, shadowing opportunities and advice for applying to medicine.  If you are a student in this catchment area you can find more information here.

Why St. Andrews? 
Opportunity to carry out a degree in medical sciences in a year
The School of Medicine has been rated very highly in the UK ‘student satisfaction’ ratings, in top place for 2 of the last 3 years
IMPORTANT: At St. Andrews students carry out 2 years of medicine plus a 1 year degree in a science related subject.  After this, students move to one of the 4 other Scottish medical schools or Manchester to complete their final 3 years of study.

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