University of Edinburgh


The University of Edinburgh Medical School was established in 1726 and has taught 3 Nobel Prize winners. The medical school has been ranked 5th in the UK in the Complete University Guide Medicine League Table 2020. The course is more of a traditional based course, with 2 years pre-clinical and 3 years clinical with an intercalating degree between the two stages. 

Scoring highly in the UCAT is essential along with a strong academic performance too, as both are used to rank and select candidates for interview.

Key Points

  • Scotland
  • High UCAT
  • iBSc

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)131 242 6407
Course Information
Teaching styleTraditional
Years 1-2 are pre-clinical years, followed by an intercalated degree in year 3. This is followed by year 4-6 which are clinical years.
Course length5 years
Undergraduate entry - 6 years
20 different intercalating BSc options available, and usually is completed at least 2 years into the MBChB programme.
Courses offered1 course offered
6 year undergraduate medicine
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaEdinburgh
Social life
Interview styleAssessment half-day with MMI
There are significant changes being made to the interview process at Edinburgh, more information will be available on the university website nearer the time of the interviews.
The top scoring 650 applicants (approximate number) will be invited to interview.
The day will consist of a series of short interviews (MMI). This is expected to be 3 x 10 minute rotations.
Interview datesN/A
Interview topics3 main topic areas covered will be:
  • Communication skills
  • Critical & ethical reasoning
  • Career exploration (questions based on your personal statement)
Admissions Tests
UCATAverage UCAT score of interviewed applicants: 2680
Scores are ranked and then candidates are divided into groups of octiles, and allocate points to each accordingly. These points are then added to your total score of academic performance and personal statement to provide a final ranking of applicants.
SJT scores are used as part of the non-academic requirements.
There is no cut-off or score that will automatically reject candidates. However, scoring highly is considered more competitive as scores may be looked at again when making a final application decisions.
BMATNot used
GAMSATNot used
Academic Requirements
GSCEGCSE’s used only as a minimum requirement
Grades required: Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics at grade B/6 or above are required. Double Award combined science or equivalent are also considered at grade BB/66 in replacement of individual grades in science.
Additional Applied Science or Applied Science are not accepted subjects.
A-levelAAA is common
Subjects required: Chemistry and one of: Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics. Grades required: AAA
Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. Further to this Applied Science or Additional Applied Science is not accepted
Retake policyNo
All examination grades must be obtained at the first attempt of each subject, unless exceptional circumstances, where verified evidence has been provided prior to UCAS application.
Scottish highersAAAAB
Subjects required: Chemistry and two subjects from: Biology, Mathematics or Physics
Grades required: AAAAB with BB minimum at Advanced Highers
Scottish advancedBB minimum
Subjects required: Chemistry and two subjects from: Biology, Mathematics or Physics
Grades required: BB with AAAAB at Highers
IB36 points
Subjects required: Chemistry and at least one other science subject. At SL Biology must be grade 5 or above if not offered at Higher Level.
Grades required: 6,6,6 at Higher Level
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
Subjects required: science based BSc is preferable, but students from non-science degree backgrounds will be considered provided they offer a Higher or A-level Chemistry at grade B or above.
Grades required: 2:1 degree or equivalent
Graduate applicants will also be required to send an additional reference directly to Edinburgh university prior to the applicant deadline.
Applications in 19/20Total number of home applicants: 2717
Scotland/EU applicants: 1329
Rest of the UK applicants: 944
Overseas applicants: 444
Interviews in 19/20Information Not Available
Offers in 19/20Total number of offers: 500
Scotland/EU applicants offered: 244
Rest of the UK applicants offered: 217
Overseas applicants offered: 39
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 5.4


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