University of Dundee (Gateway to Medicine)


Dundee Medical School is one of the smallest medical schools in the UK, with only around 160 students in each cohort. The medical school is integrated with Ninewells Hospital allowing students to learn in one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals including world renowned research facilities. There are placement opportunities across Scotland giving students a chance to experience a wide variety of clinical environments and diverse populations. The Gateway Year is designed for students who haven’t taken the right selection of subjects or who failed to meet grade requirements due to personal circumstance. It guarantees entry to Y1 medicine if a satisfactory grade (B3), satisfactory UCAT score and MMI performance are achieved.

Dundee consider both UCAT and previous academic attainment when scoring applicants so it is ideal for candidates who are strong consistent all-rounders.

Key Points

  • Foundation Year
  • Tailored Teaching
  • Small Group Learning
  • Possible Entry to Y1 Medicine

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number01382 383617
Course Information
Teaching styleBlended teaching style
The course uses a spiral-based curriculum with a variety of modern teaching methods including traditional lectures, PBL and anatomy dissection. Clinical experience is integrated throughout the course, with the opportunity to meet your very first patients very early on in the course. The Gateway Year focuses on the individual, with timetable personalised based on each student's own academic needs, and aims to bring students up to the standard to enter Y1 medicine.
Course length6 years (1 Gateway Year + 5 Year Medicine)
BSCYes, optional
Intercalation available at BMSc level between Year 4 and 5
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Standard Entry - 5 years
A104 Gateway to Medicine - 6 years
Graduate entryNo, however Dundee is part of ScotGEM programme.
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaDundee
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!
Social lifeMost students opt to live in student accommodation on the main campus, meaning you're only ever minutes away from the university facilities including libraries, gym and the student union. The city has a thriving student population meaning there is plenty of student events and societies to get involved in - including medicine specific societies tailored to your medical interests.
Interview styleMMI
5 stations lasting 6 minutes each
Interview datesDec-Feb
Interview topics
  • Problem-solving
  • Personal values
  • Communication skills
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT required
    No cut-off is used. The score is one part of the pre-interview decision making process.
    For 2020 entry, candidates obtaining an offer had an average score 2430.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs used for selection
    No minimum requirements but GCSE achievements are considered when scoring application
    Subjects required: Chemistry and one other Science
    Applicants from a non-science background are welcome to apply but must obtain AAA grades at A-level, including no more than one science subject (must not be Chemistry).
    Retake policyResults to be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A-Level examinations, two years after GCSE.
    Scottish highersABBB/BBBBB
    Subjects required: Chemistry and one other science subject
    Applicants from a non-science background are welcome to apply but must obtain grades AAAAB at Highers including no more than one science subject (excluding chemistry).
    Please note Nat 5 achievement will be considered when scoring applicants
    Scottish advancedN/A
    IB37 points
    Subjects required: No more than one science. Chemistry must not be taken. Grade 666 is required for Higher Level subjects.
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)N/A
    Applications in 19/20124
    Interviews in 19/2039
    Offers in 19/2029
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 4


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