Medical Schools


Medicine at University of Edinburgh Medical School

Overview of The University of Edinburgh Medical School


University of Edinburgh Medicine degree equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a Foundation Year 1 doctor. The degree programme is designed to prepare you for the contemporary challenges of medical practice. Consistently ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world, Edinburgh has been making its mark on the world for more than 400 years


Course Structure of Edinburgh Uni Medicine

Years 1 and 2 

In your first two years, you will study the biomedical and clinical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and microbiology, along with social and ethical aspects of clinical practice. 

Year 3 

An intercalated degree, often accompanied with a research project, which will set you up well for future life within the research field. 

Years 4,5 & 6 

You will study clinical medicine and healthcare. Able to move around a number of specialities, working on hospital wards and part of a team in clinical placements. 

In your final year, you will apply your learning from previous years and clinical placements, with an emphasis on developing practical skills and knowledge of general and acute medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, anaesthetics and intensive care.

Edinburgh University Medicine Entry Requirements


Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths at grade 6 (B).

A Levels


Widening Access: AAB Chemistry and one of Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics


Standard Entry Requirement for IB: 37 points with 766 at HL. Widening 

Access Applicants Requirement: 36 overall with 666 at HL. HL: Chemistry and one other science subject. SL: Mathematics and English at 5 and Biology at 5 (if not at HL). From 2021, both the Mathematics Analysis & approaches and Applications & interpretation pathways will be accepted. If Mathematics and English Language do not form part of your IB diploma we will also accept GCSE, or equivalent, at B.

Scottish Higher

Standard Entry Requirement: SQA Highers: AAAAB by end of S5 

Widening Access Applicants Requirement: AAABB by end of S5 Chemistry and two of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. For some applicants this subject combination is not possible at S5.

Scottish Advanced

Standard Entry Requirement: BB at Advanced Higher

Widening Access Applicants Requirement: CC at Advanced Higher.


Uni of Edinburgh Medicine Admission Tests



How Does Edinburgh Medical School Look At UCAT Scores?

Once all the UCAT scores are received we rank them, divide the cohort into deciles (ten equal groups) and allocated a score. We also allocate a score to your situational judgement banding. 

The points are then added to your academic score to contribute towards your final ranking for shortlisting and possible invitation to one of our Assessment Days.

The total UCAT score and academic score an applicant achieved may be looked at again when final decisions are made and there are applicants with the same ranked score and limited places left to offer. 

SJT Band 4 = rejection.






Course Information

Graduate Entry

Yes. The school welcome applications for graduate entry to first year. They require a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics based subject. They will also consider applicants with a UK 2:1 honours degree in other subjects who have an SQA Higher, A Level, or equivalent, in Chemistry at B.

Graduate applicants are able to send one additional reference by the application deadline, should they wish to.

No special concessions are made for mature, non-graduate applicants. Graduate applicants are able to send one additional reference by the application deadline, should they wish to.



Yes, in Year 3, you’ll take on a whole new challenge, beginning an academic year of full-time, research-based study, leading to a Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours degree. This means, upon graduation, you will receive both a MBChB and your research-based BMedSci (Hons) degree.


Work Experience for Edinburgh University Medicine

Evidence of a clear understanding of the realities of a career in medicine is sought. Examples include: - work experience/shadowing with health professionals or in health promotion, for example, working in a nursing home and/or volunteering with disabled people - talking with doctors and medical students - attending a university open day and medical conferences/lectures - reading medical literature.


Personal Statement for Edinburgh University Medicine

This provides the opportunity to tell the Edinburgh University School of Medicine all about you! While it will not be formally assessed, it will play an important part in the assessment day. Edinburgh University look at your personal quality and skills in relation to Medicine.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?



Designed for adults returning to education after a gap, with the motivation and ability to go onto univeristy. 

Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP). 

  • Access to Medical Studies.

  • SWAP offers an Access to Medical Studies programme which we accept for consideration for entry to year one of the MBChB from eligible applicants. 

  • We welcome applicants from this route, though it should be noted that undertaking the Access to Medical Studies SWAP course gives no guarantee of an offer to the MBChB.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Have been out of full-time education for at least 3 years AND have no qualifications above SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate 2, Standard Grade, GCSE or equivalent); 


  • Have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years - if applicant already has qualifications at SCQF Level 6 or above (Highers, A Levels, HN).


Edinburgh University Medicine Interview



Edinburgh Medicine interviews tend to be released between January and March with decisions released in mid-April.


  • Communication Skills

  • Personal Statement

  • Ethics


Contact Details

The Admissions Officer
MBChB Admissions Office
The University of Edinburgh
The Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent
EH16 4SB

Tel:  0131 242 6407