University of St Andrews

Overview

The course offered at St Andrews is slightly different to the standard medical degree. You will take the A100 degree programme with the aim of following one of three different routes; the Scotland route, England route, no preference route. This is where you complete the first part of the medical degree at St Andrews in the final three years of training after graduation at a different institution. Options in Scotland are; Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow, while the England options are; Manchester or Queen Mary University of London (Barts and the London). It is an important consideration as this is required when applying through UCAS as the campus code option. 

Applicants must have a strong academic performance and meet the minimum entry requirement. They also must have a positive reference and have demonstrated relevant medically related work experience in their personal statement. Provided you meet these requirements applicants are ranked on the basis of their overall UCAT score to be invited to interview.

Key Points

  • Above average UCAT
  • Scotland
  • Integrated Course

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)1335 46 3599
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
St Andrews offers an integrated curriculum within a strong clinical context building on the core principles of; competence, professionalism, reflection and independence. All while providing clinical teaching, forming confident and competent graduates who will become the doctors of tomorrow.
Course length4 or 6 years
A100 - Years 1-3 St Andrews, years 4-6 England/Scotland - MBChB
A101 - Medicine Graduate Entry - 4 years - MBChB
BSCNot offered
Courses offered2 courses offered
A100 - Medicine standard entry - England/Scotland Programme
A101 - Medicine Graduate Entry
Graduate entryYes
A101 - Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine MBChB - ScotGEM - 4 years
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaSt Andrews, Scotland
The first three years of the degree will have you based in St Andrews. However, the final three years of the degree are at different sites. The options are:
Aberdeen
Dundee
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Manchester
Queen Mary University of London (Barts and the London)
Social life
Interview
Interview styleMMI
6 MMI stations each lasting 6 minutes.
Interview datesNovember - March
Late November and Early December, with a break over the festive period, before recommencing interviews in January to early March.
Interview topicsApplicants must be able to show evidence of the following:
  • Personal qualities needed to be a doctor, including; empathy, good communication and listening skills, leadership skills and teamwork ability
  • Well-informed understanding of a career in medicine
  • Commitment to medicine by organising work experience/shadowing.
  • Commitment to academic study, resilience, perseverance and intellectual potential.
Admissions Tests
UCATLowest UCAT score obtaining interview average = 2400
Cut off score:
not used
Average UCAT score:
unknown - In previous years the lowest UCAT score for applicants interviewed has been in the region of 2400, however, this fluctuates year-on-year.
Weighting:
100% - Applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements, will be ranked based on their UCAT scores. There are usually around 400 places at interview, therefore the highest ranking 400 applicants will receive an invite to interview.
SJT banding will be used as part of the interview scoring process to help rank students after interview to award offers.
BMATNot used
GAMSATNot used
Academic Requirements
GSCEGCSE’s not used past minimum requirements
Subjects required: Biology, Mathematics and English
Grades required: Required Subjects at grade B/5 minimum. Plus a minimum of 5 x A/7 grade GCSEs
A-levelAAA is common
Subjects required: Chemistry and one of either; Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Grades required: AAA
Retake policyYes
Applicants retaking A-levels are permitted provided qualifications are achieved within the standard timeframe of 2 years.
Applicants resitting a year, taking 3 years or more to complete their A-level or Advanced Level studies are not normally considered. However, consideration may be given to applicants with extenuating circumstances.
Scottish highersAAAAB
Subjects required: Chemistry and one of either; Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Grades required: AAAAB
Plus a minimum of 3 subjects at S6 Advanced Highers Level.
Scottish advancedBBB
Subjects required: Chemistry and one of either; Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Grades required: BBB
IB38 points
Subjects required: Chemistry plus one of; Biology, Mathematics or Physics at Higher Level
Grades required: 38 points with 6,6,6 at Higher Level
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
Subjects required: Science degree
Grades required: 2:1 minimum degree classification. Plus grade B in Chemistry at Higher/Advanced Higher or A-level, as well as grade B in Biology, English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent.
Undergraduate degree must be held and have been obtained no more than five years prior to application.
Statistics
Applications in 19/201007
Total number of home applicants: 1007
Scottish applicants: 394
EU applicants: 236
Rest of UK applicants: 232
Overseas applicants: 145
Interviews in 19/20418
Total number of applicants interviewed: 418
Scottish applicants interviewed: 178
EU applicants interviewed : 40
Rest of UK applicants interviewed: 148
Overseas applicants interviewed: 50
Offers in 19/20348
Total number of offers: 348
Scottish applicants with offer: 158
EU applicants with offer: 33
Rest of UK applicants with offer: 132
Overseas applicants with offer: 25
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 2.9
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 1.2

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