Aberdeen University


The University of Aberdeen Medical School was formally established in 1787, and has been training physicians, dentists and other allied health professions since. As well as being ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Medicine in the Guardian League Tables 2019. 

It is essential that you do well in not only your academics, but your UCAT too if you wish to apply to the University of Aberdeen. They also offer a gateway to medicine course, which is a great option for your fifth choice on your UCAS application, if you want to go to this fantastic medical school.

Key Points

  • Heavy UCAT Focus
  • Early Clinical Focus
  • Very Competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0) 1224 437923
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
systems-based course uses clinical cases to act as a focus for teaching.
Course length5 Years
Undergraduate course - 5 years
There are two intercalating BSc options as well as 12 MSc intercalating options, more details on these options are available here.
Courses offered1 course offered
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
Gateway to Medicine (G2M) Course - provided students fulfil the academic criteria to be awarded this Cert HE in Pre-Medical Studies, perform well at the MMI and satisfactorily complete the UCAT students will be able to join the MB ChB program.
University Life
Local areaAberdeen
Located at the Foresterhill Medical Campus and the University’s main Old Aberdeen Campus.
Social lifehttps://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/undergraduate/medicine/medical-student-life.php
Interview styleMMI
Stations each lasting 7 minutes, with breaks between each station. The MMI experience will last approximately 1 hour for each candidate.
Interviewees will then be offered a tour of the Medical school
Interview datesNovember to February
Interviews take place between November and early February, with the exception of Gateway to Medicine students, who are usually interviewed in late March.
Interview topics
  • Discuss your preparation for entry to Medicine (research into undergraduate curricula and postgraduate training, understanding the implications of a medical career, and experience of caring or other environments)
  • Consider a new situation and discuss your thoughts or suggest a solution to solve a problem
  • Outline any learning points from previous experiences
  • Reflect upon own and others’ skills and abilities
  • Consider your potential contribution to the care of others
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATHighest scorer interviewed in 2018: 3150
    Lowest scorer interviewed in 2018: 2380
    There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score used, however, your UCAT score is used to compare applicants. SJT scores may be used in offer making when candidates achieve similar scores.
    UCAT scores make up 20% of the overall score awarded to students, with 30% coming from their academic achievements, and 50% from interview performance.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSE’s are not used provided requirements are met
    Grades required: Grade 5 passes in English and Math required.
    A combination of grade 6-9 passes at GCSE are expected, especially in science subjects.
    A-levelAAA is common
    Subjects required: Chemistry and one other science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Maths and Physics).
    Grades required: AAA
    General Studies and Global Perspective and Research are not acceptable a-levels
    Retake policyNo, only in exceptional circumstances
    The University of Aberdeen does not normally accept applicants who are re-sitting their examinations to upgrade results, unless very serious personal difficulties at the time of the first sitting can be demonstrated. Appropriate supporting documentation must be supplied.
    Scottish highersAAAAB
    Subjects required: Five highers achieved at a single sitting. Chemistry and two other Science subjects required (Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics).
    Grades required: AAAAB
    Applicants only offering 4 highers owing to school policy or personal difficulties are normally required to achieve AAAA at first sitting.
    Scottish advancedN/A
    IB36+ points
    Subjects required: Chemistry plus three other subjects, two of which must include; Maths, Biology or Physics.
    Grades required: average of grade 6 in all subjects.
    36 points required excludes points for Theory of Knowledge and bonus points.
    BDGA only2:1 Honours degree
    Subjects required: N/A
    Grades required: 2:1 upper second class honours degree. With Chemistry at grade B or above in Scottish Higher or A-level
    Note, graduate with non-honours degrees and are considered as mature applicants and therefore need to fulfill mature applicant requirements.
    Exception: non-honour graduates offering a nursing degree can extend their degree, undertake an access to medicine course or complete Scottis

    Highers or A-levels to required grades.
    Applications in 18/19Total number of applicants: 2224
    Scottish applicants: 819
    EU applicants: 380
    UK applicants: 663
    Overseas applicants: 362
    Interviews in 18/19Total number of applicants interviewed: 866
    Scottish applicants interviewed: 554
    EU applicants interviewed: 66
    UK applicants interviewed: 159
    Overseas applicants interviewed: 87
    Offers in 18/19Total number of offers: 487
    Scottish applicant offers: 332
    EU applicant offers: 14
    UK applicant offers: 90
    Overseas applicant offers: 44
    Success rate in 18/19Application success rate:
    Offers per applicant: 1 in 4.6
    Interview success rate:
    Offers per interview: 1 in 1.8

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