University of Aberdeen (Gateway2Medicine)


Aberdeen Medical School was formally established in 1787 and has been training doctors ever since. The medical schools has one of the largest clinical sites in Europe, giving you ample opportunities to get involved in research and other activities. The course at Aberdeen takes an integrated, system-based approach based around a series of clinical cases to integrate clinical ideas into pre-clinical learning. Through the GP Enhanced programme you’ll experience teaching in primary care settings throughout all five years of the course, giving you a thorough understanding of the role of GPs within healthcare and the community.

The Gateway2Medicine year is specifically for Scottish applicants meeting specific widening participation criteria. Successful competition of this year guarantees entry to Y1 Medicine at Aberdeen providing you perform satisfactorily at the MMI interview and UCAT. During the year you’ll study the basic clinical sciences relevant to medicine as well undertake paid healthcare placements to gain an understanding of a career in medicine.

Key Points

  • Foundation Year
  • Small Group Learning
  • Paid Work Experience

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number01224 437923
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
Aberdeen uses a systems-based integrated approach with clinical cases to act as a focus for teaching. Teaching methods are varied including traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials and peer learning. You'll also experience patient contact from very early on, with clinical attachments beginning in your first year.
The Gateway2Medicine year is primarily taught through small-group learning, with a dedicated tutor to support you through the year.
Course length6 years (1 year + 5 years)
BSCYes, optional
There are both intercalated BSc options and MSc options. You can decide to intercalate after Y3 or Y4.
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Standard-Entry Medicine - 5 years
A1A1 Gateway2Medicine - 1 year + 5 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaAberdeen
Aberdeen is a coastal Scottish city. Teaching is split between the Foresterhill Medical Campus and the University’s main Old Aberdeen Campus. It's a medium sized city, so it's big enough that there's always something to do but not so big that it feels overwhelming or touristy. You'll have the opportunity to do clinical placements in more rural environments including the Scottish Highlands too.
Social lifeThere are societies for everything at Aberdeen - from sports to more academic medicine, there will be a society for everyone to meet like-minded people. MedSoc is the main medical society for all medical student and arrange big events (such as formal balls) throughout the year. Year 1 students typically live in Halls of Residence at the Old Aberdeen campus which is a great way to meet and make friends from other courses.
Interview styleMMI
Stations each lasting approx 7 minutes, with breaks between each station.
Interview datesFebruary/March
Interview topics
  • Motivation to study medicine
  • Teamwork
  • Core Qualities of a doctor
Admissions Tests
UCATNot required for G2M entry
You will need to score satisfactorily in the UCAT after the G2M year, before entering Y1 of Medicine
Academic Requirements
Retake policyThe 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 highersAABB
Subjects required: min of four highers achieved over one or two sittings, to include any two of Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics
Applicants must also meet Eligibility Criteria and submit an eligibility form.
Scottish advancedN/A
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)N/A
Applications in 19/20
Interviews in 19/20
Offers in 19/20
Success rate in 19/20


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