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Medicine at University of St Andrews Medical School & Interview Questions 2024

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


A level including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Maths or Physics. 

Minimum entry: AAB at A level including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Maths or Physics.


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


Degree (Graduates)

University of St Andrews Medicine Entry Requirements for Graduates: ScotGEM applicants must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a 1st or a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent. Honours degrees in Arts, Science and other disciplines will be accepted. In addition, applicants must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) the following academic requirements over and above the Honours degree: - Chemistry Higher or A-Level (grade A or B) or equivalent - Mathematics at Standard Grade (Credit 1 or 2), Intermediate 2 (grade A or B), National 5 (grade A or B), - - or GCSE (grade B), or equivalent. GAMSAT: Required


St Andrews Medical School Admissions Tests



How Does St Andrews Medical School Look At The UCAT?

St Andrew UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 entry: Applicants ranked by UCAT, top 500 invited to interview. 

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

Note WP participants are given a 10% uplift on their UCAT scores. 


  • 2023 Entry: 2570

  • 2022 entry: 2620

  • 2021 entry: 2550

  • 2020 entry: 2490


  • 2023 Entry: 2877 (RUK)

  • 2022 Entry: 2907 (RUK), 2802 (Scotland)

  • 2021 entry: 2916 (RUK), 2854 (Scotland)

  • 2020 entry: 2895 (RUK), 2895 (Scotland)

  • 2019 entry: 2794 (RUK), 2794 (Scotland)

👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score GIVEN AN OFFER at St. Andrews:

  • 2023 Entry: 2892 (RUK)

  • 2022 Entry: 2918 (RUK), 2804 (Scotland)

  • 2021 entry: 2940 (RUK), 2856 (Scotland)

  • 2020 entry: 2940 (RUK), 2819 (Scotland)

  • 2019 entry: 2813 (RUK), 2776 (Scotland)

👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score GIVEN AN OFFER at St. Andrews [RUK]:

  • 2023 Entry: 2580 (RUK)

  • 2022 Entry: 2620 (RUK)

  • 2021 entry: 2550 (RUK)


  • 2022 Entry: 2560

St Andrews A100 Application Statistics [RUK]

  • 2023 Entry: 450 Applications, 148 Interviews, 109 Offers

  • 2022 Entry: 562 Applications, 146 Interviews, 95 Offers

  • 2021 Entry: 463 Applications, 161 Interviews, 105 Offers

The selection process for applicants to Medicine includes an assessment of all information on the application form including:

  • academic performance

  • personal statement and reference

  • UCAT scores.

Applicants meeting these requirements will be ranked on the basis of their UCAT global score. Those ranked in the top 500 or so will be given an interview. Decisions to make offers will be based on the interview score and the ‘route’ to which applicants have applied. Where applicants have the same interview score, the global UCAT score will be used to differentiate between them.

St Andrews A100 Medicine Application Statistics & Data

  • 2023 Entry [RUK]: 450 Applications, 148 Interviewed, 109 Offered

A990 Medicine at St Andrews UCAT Cut Off Scores (for Canadian Citizens)


  • 2023 Entry: 2440


  • 2023 Entry: 2704


  • 2023 Entry: 2620


  • 2023 Entry: 2830

St Andrews Medicine A990 Application Statistics [Canadian Applicants]

  • 2023 Entry: Applications: 94, Interviewed: 49, Offers: 24, Entrants: 12

👉🏼 Latest UCAT Cut Off Scores Per Medical School (Updated for 2024 Entry)

👉🏼 Where to apply with a low UCAT score in 2024 (2025 Entry)




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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.

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International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £36990


Work Experience for St Andrews University Medical School

Applicants must have in-person work or shadowing experience in a caring or health environment. This experience could have been gained in 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

Your personal statement should explain your reasons for wanting to study medicine and why you think you would make a good doctor.