University of Edinburgh


The University of Edinburgh was established their medical school in 1726 and has since produced sever Nobel Prize winners in Medicine, the most recent being in 2017 for research into circadian rhythms. The course takes a traditional teaching approach with the first two years focused on the basic medical sciences, followed by a compulsory intercalation and final three clinical years. Edinburgh does integrate clinical skills during pre-clinical years with GP placement and community projects.

Edinburgh take into account your secondary school academic performance, UCAT score and SJT banding when considering who to shortlist for interview. Therefore it’s an ideal pick for students with an all-round strong application.

Key Points

  • Scotland
  • UCAT
  • Compulsory Intercalation
  • Traditional Course Structure

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number0131 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 years 4-6 which are based solely in clinical placements.
Course length6 years
BSCYes, compulsory
A research-based BMedSci degree is compulsory during Year 3.
Courses offered1 course offered:
A100 Standard Entry - 5 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaEdinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. The city is beautiful, steeped in history and a fantastic place to be a student. The city is packed full of things to do, for example the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
Social lifeThe university hosts a wide variety of events for students throughout the year. The Student Union is home to many societies, including medicine specific academic societies and sports clubs.
Interview styleAssessment day including MMI
Interview dates
Interview topics
  • Communication skills
  • Critical & ethical reasoning
  • Career exploration (questions based on your personal statement)
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    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.
    For 2019 entry, the minimum UCAT score receiving an offer was 2330.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs not used beyond minimum requirement
    Subjects required: Grade 6/B in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths at grade B/6
    Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Biology/ Human Biology, Maths and Physics
    Retake policyAll 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, Maths or Physics
    National 5s in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths at grade B also required.
    Scottish advancedBB
    National 5s in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths at grade B also required.
    IB37 points
    Subjects required:Chemistry and at least one other science subject at Higher Level.
    Higher Level subjects must be at grades 766.
    Standard Level Biology must be grade 5 or above if not offered at Higher Level.
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Subject 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.
    Applications in 19/202163
    Interviews in 19/20602
    Offers in 19/20469
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 5


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