University of Aberdeen


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 University of Aberdeen takes into account both UCAT score and academics when shortlisting candidates for interview. This makes it an ideal choice for high scorers, and those who scored very highly in either aspect.

Key Points

  • Scottish Medical School
  • Integrated Course
  • Optional Intercalation

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.
Course length5 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 7 minutes, with breaks between each station. The MMI experience will last approximately 1 hour for each candidate.
Interview datesNovember - February
Interview topics
  • Motivation to study medicine
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Core qualities of a doctor
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism
  • Personal Statement
Admissions Tests
There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score used. UCAT is considered with academics when deciding who to interview. SJT scores may also be used in offer making for tie-breakers.
For 2020 entry, the lowest score interviewed was 2460.
Academic Requirements
GSCEGrade 6 in English Language and Maths
Biology and Physics are recommended. A combination of grades 6-9 are expected, especially in science subjects.
A-levelAAA offer
Subjects required: Chemistry and one other from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physic
A-Level obtained or predicted grades are used for interview shortlisting.
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 highersAAAAB
Subjects required: Chemistry and two other subjects from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics
There is no advantage to obtaining these three sciences in one sitting.
Applicants 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 two of Maths, Biology or Physics.
Each Higher level subject must achieve grade 6.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
Grades required: 2:1 upper second class honours degree in any subject, with Chemistry at grade B or above in Scottish Higher or A-level
Applications in 19/201896
Interviews in 19/20895
Offers in 19/20541
Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 4


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