ScotGEM (University of St Andrews and University of Dundee)


The ScotGEM graduate-entry programme is a joint award from both the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee. ScotGEM offers a unique and innovative four-year graduate entry medical programme tailored to meet the contemporary and future needs of the NHS in Scotland and focuses on rural medicine and healthcare improvement. For the first two years students are based at St Andrews, and at the University of Dundee for the final two years. From second year onwards, components of the programme will include periods of living and studying in rural areas of the Highlands and Dumfries and Galloway. You must be prepared to live and study in this context.

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements, have a positive reference and complete the additional online form are shortlisted for interview based on GAMSAT score. Therefore applicants with strong GAMSAT scores are likely to receive an interview and make an ideal candidate for this programme.

Key Points

  • Graduate
  • Scotland

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number01335 46 3599
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
During the first year you will learn by cased-based discussion with a weekly patient scenarios. Year two continues with case based learning plus placements in either Fife, Inverness and Dumfries. For Year Three and Four placements take over the main style of learning.
Course length4 years
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Medicine Standard Entry
A101 Medicine Graduate Entry (ScotGEM)
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaSt Andrews and Dundee, Scotland
The first two years of the degree you will be located in St Andrews, with the following two final years located in Dundee. You will also be able to spend time during your placements in the highlands studying rural medicine.
Social lifeSt Andrews
The first three years of the degree will have you based in St Andrews, Scotland's first university. St Andrews is a unique place to study and live. Nestled on the east coast of Scotland, students may find themselves crossing golf-courses on their way to class, or jogging along the beach after dinner. The town boasts three beaches, Scotland’s greatest cathedral, and an eclectic mix of independent shops, restaurants and galleries. The town is usually considered home to around 16,000 people. This is made up of the local community, University students and staff, and visitors. This gives the town an intimate feel with close proximity to all University facilities, buildings and halls of residences.

Dundee is a small city on the East coast of Scotland. A large proportion of the cities population is made up of students so it is designed well for student living. The campus sits near the heart of the city so is within easy reach of everything you need including a huge variety of places to eat!
Interview styleMMI
6 stations of 6 minutes
Interview datesNov-Mar
Interview topics
  • Empathy
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Understanding of a career in medicine
  • Commitment to medicine
  • Resilience, perseverance and intellectual potential
  • Admissions Tests
    Applicants meeting minimum criteria are ranked on GAMSAT score for interviewing shortlisting.
    For 2020 entry, the GAMSAT cut-off was an overall score of 50 with no subset lower than 49.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCENot used for selection beyond minimum requirement
    Minimum requirement: grade B in Maths
    A-levelB in Chemistry
    Alternatives are accepted such as 20 credits of pure chemistry at undergraduate level
    Retake policyN/A
    Scottish highersB in Chemistry
    Alternatives are accepted such as 20 credits of pure chemistry at undergraduate level
    Maths must also be offered at Nat 5 grade B
    Scottish advancedN/A
    IBPlease contact admissions office
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Subject requirement: any discipline
    Applications in 19/20239
    Interviews in 19/20127
    Offers in 19/2071
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 3


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