Medical Schools


Medicine at University of Aberdeen Medical School

Overview of The University of Aberdeen Medical School


Students in Aberdeen have the opportunity to study medicine in a thriving medical school that is co-located on one of the largest clinical sites in Europe with superb teaching and extensive research facilities. The course students undertake is very modern, dynamic and clearly delivered using a systems-based, integrated approach. Student feedback is encouraged and is extremely important in informing future course developments.


Course Structure for University of Aberdeen Medicine

  • Year 1: Foundations of Medicine, Anatomy and clinical skills at Aberdeen Medical School 

  • Year 2: Alimentary system, Head/Neck/Dermatology and Nervous system

  • Year 3: Bi-weekly clinical attachments and by the end of the year, you will be able to perform a complete - head-to-toe examination of your patients

  • Year 4: Senior Clinical Practice. Five horizontal themes also arc across the curriculum: diagnostics, end of - life care, health data science, quality improvement, cost and value of healthcare

  • Year 5: Final year represents a deliberate change in approach from the systems-based learning of Years 1 to 4, to experience professional practice as a member of the clinical team dealing with the whole patient.

Aberdeen Medicine Entry Requirements


Grade 6 (B) in English Language and Maths - Biology is recommended - Physics is recommended (or Dual Award Science)

A combination of Grade 6-9 passes at GCSE is expected, especially in science subjects.

A Levels


Must include Chemistry & Biology/Human Biology/ Maths/Physics


36 points overall (including core), with 3 appropriate subjects at HL each to achieve grade 6 and 3 appropriate subjects at SL with an average of 6.

Scottish Higher

A minimum of 4 Highers at AABB over one or two sittings (over S4-S6). This must include any two sciences from Chemistry, Maths, Biology/Human Biology and Physics or;

Scottish Advanced



Admission Tests for University of Aberdeen Medicine



How Does Aberdeen Look At The UCAT?

There is no Aberdeen UCAT cut off score.

Considered for selection in an interview alongside academics.

For 2020 entry, the lowest score interviewed was 2370 for Scottish applicants and 2630 for applicants from the rest of the UK. The average UCAT of those invited to interview was 2670 and 2760 respectively.






Course Information

Graduate Entry




After year 3 or 4


Work Experience for University of Aberdeen Medicine

Required. Attempt to arrange private visits to medical schools and speak with doctors/students, or get information about open days.


Personal Statement for Aberdeen Medical School

Required and used highly in the application - reviewed before the interview, not scored but assessed at interview


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?



A one year course for those studying in Scottish Secondary schools from widening access backgrounds. It guarantees a place on year 1 of their MBBS Medicine programme - but pupils must perform well on their course and do well at the UCAT & MMI Interview


Eligibility criteria: Scottish residents only. 

Academic Entry Criteria

  • A minimum of 4 Highers at AABB over one or two sittings (over S4-S6). This must include any two sciences from Chemistry, Maths, Biology/Human Biology and Physics or;

  • National Certificate Level 6 Applied Sciences Group award, to be achieved with 18 credits plus a science Higher at grade A achieved over one academic session and accompanied by a suitable reference from course tutor


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant is resident in an area with a SIMD20 (Quintile 1) postcode as classfifed by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

  • Applicant is a young person who is care experienced (e.g. looked after by the local authority in care or care leaver) 

OR - meets a minimum of TWO from the below list:

  • Applicant is registered with (or eligible for) the Reach Program Scotland

  • First generation applicant to higher education

  • Applicant is eligible for the Educational Maintenance Award

  • Applicant attends one of these target schools

  • Applicant can provide verifiable independent evidence (e.g. from School Head Teacher) of severe sustained financial hardship that is not reflected in current SIMD categorisation 

  • Prior to secondary school, the applicant was not schooled in English (e.g. the applicant did not speak English when starting secondary school).


Aberdeen Medicine Interview


Length: 7 minute stations


February and March


  • Motivation to study medicine

  • Critical thinking and problem solving

  • Core qualities of a doctor

  • Teamwork

  • Professionalism

  • Personal Statement


Contact Details

Medical Admissions
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
Forrester Hill
AB25 2ZD

Tel:  01224 554975

We are passionate about providing personal support for every applicant who needs it