Medical Schools

St Andrews

Medicine at University of St Andrews Medical School

Overview of St Andrews Medicine


Having recently celebrated the universities 600th birthday, St Andrews is a vibrant and diverse close-knit community that really excels, itself, in teaching and research. Our student satisfaction ratings are consistently ranked as one of the highest out of all UK universities. The St Andrews Medical School programme integrated a sound knowledge of the scientific basis of medicine within a professional, clinical context. This approach produces graduates who not only understand medicine but also recognise the important contribution that science and scientific research makes to the practice of modern medicine.


University of St Andrews School of Medicine Course Structure

The medical degree programme is six years long; students graduating BSc (Hons) Medicine from St Andrews will progress to one of the University's partner medical schools in Scotland or England for the final three years. 

Foundations of Medicine 1: provides a general overview of the structure and functions of the body systems from the microscopic to the macroscopic level, and includes strands of microbiology, public health and health psychology. 

Foundations of Medicine 2: continues the introduction of fundamental topics, including the principles of disease mechanisms and therapy, and the development of communication skills. 

Medicine Honours 3: revisits foundation knowledge and progresses to more complex systems. This module provides in-depth coverage of normal structure and function of the central nervous system and endocrine systems. 

Medicine Honours 4 (Student-Selected Component): you will undertake a student-selected component in the form of a research project. 

Medicine Honours 5 (Clinical Reasoning): consolidates knowledge acquired throughout the course and introduces new advanced skills to stimulate clinical development.

University of St Andrews Medical School Entry Requirements


GCSE 5 in Biology, Mathematics, and English. In addition, a minimum of five A grades (grade 7 in numerical grading) at GCSE to be taken at one sitting, will be required. Applicants with achieved A-Levels, may be considered with less than five A grades (grade 7 in numerical grading) at GCSE.

A Levels


Must include Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics


Standard entry grades: 38 points (HL 6,6,6 plus SL 6,6,6)

Minimum entry grades: 36 points (HL 6,6,5 plus SL 6,6,5) These grades must include HL in Chemistry and HL in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If not passed at HL, applicants must have SL in Biology, Mathematics and English. - Either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' are accepted as meeting the Mathematics requirement. Standard Level Mathematics Studies is not acceptable. Mathematics at GCSE 5 or better might be considered in lieu of Standard Level.

Scottish Higher

- Standard entry grades: AAAAB in S5. Predicted to achieve at least BBB in Highers or Advanced Highers or a mix of Highers and Advanced Highers in S6

- Minimum entry grades: AAABB in S5. Predicted to achieve at least BB in Highers or Advanced Highers or a mix of Highers and Advanced Highers in S6.

Scottish Advanced



St Andrews Medical School Admissions Tests



How Does St Andrews Medical School Look At The UCAT?

Applicants ranked by UCAT, top 400 invited to interview. 

UCAT is used if two people have the same interview score.




Required for graduate entry.


Course Information

Graduate Entry

St Andrews Graduate Medicine

Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine (ScotGEM) MBChB

ScotGEM is a four-year graduate entry medical programme. It is designed to develop doctors interested in a career as a generalist practitioner within NHS Scotland. The programme is tailored to meet the current and future needs of the NHS in Scotland and focuses on rural medicine and healthcare improvement.


Not specified

Intercalation Year at St Andrews University Medicine Students entering Medicine at St Andrews have the unique opportunity to graduate after three years with a BSc Honours degree before moving on to one of our partner medical schools to complete their training as a doctor and graduate with an MBChB/MBBS.


Work Experience for St Andrews University Medical School

Applicants should have gained work or shadowing experience in a caring or health environment, including hospitals, GP surgeries, nursing homes or local hospices, or by working with people who have ill health or a disability.


Personal Statement for University of St Andrews School of Medicine

The School of Medicine will use the Personal Statement as an indicator of your motivation, commitment and enthusiasm to study medicine. Must have some health related work experience to be accepted for interview.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?



The Gateway to Medicine is a one-year programme intended to promote the uptake of higher education, specifically the study of medicine, among those groups that are traditionally underrepresented at university. The Gateway provides the opportunity for students resident in Scotland who have completed S5 at school to study at first-year undergraduate level. Those who pass the course and meet the other requirements for progression will transfer into the six-year Medicine A100 course at St Andrews. Only for those who reside in Scotland and whom classify as "home" on fee status. 


Entry Requirements: 

- BBBB in Scottish Highers, to be obtained at one sitting in S5. Must include chemistry and one other of biology, mathematics or physics.

- If biology, mathematics and English have not been passed at Highers, each must normally have been passed at National 5 grade B.


St Andrews Medicine Interview


- Number of stations: 6 

- Length per station: 6 minutes


Interview Dates: November to March


Interview Questions / Topics

  • Medicine as a Career

  • Caring qualities

  • Communication

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Role play

  • Ethical Scenario


Contact Details

Medical Admissions Officer
University of St Andrews
Admissions Application Centre
St Katharine's West
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AX

Tel:  01334 462150


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