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.

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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
Intercalated Degree

Years 4,5 & 6
You will study clinical medicine and healthcare. Able to move around a number of specialties, working on hospital wards and part of a team. In your final year, you will apply your learning from previous years, 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


GCSE English at C or 4

A Levels

Standard Entry Requirement for A Levels: AAA.
Widening Access Applicants Requirement: AAB

Chemistry and one of Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics at A are required for Edinburgh Medical School. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics at B or 6 . Double Award combined sciences, or equivalent, at BB or 66 may replace GCSE grades in sciences. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science are not accepted.


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


Required. For Edinburgh medicine UKCAT (UCAT) needs to be completed before submitting a UCAS application.

They accept all UCAT scores and have no minimum requirement. They also consider the Situational Judgement section of the UCAT test separately.

Edinburgh UKCAT (UCAT) Situational Judgement Test and total UCAT score is of utmost importance. Thereafter applications are placed in rank order. The top scoring 650 applicants will be invited to attend an assessment half-day at Edinburgh Medical School.






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.

Foundation Year / Gateway 

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).


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.


Edinburgh University Medicine Interview


Multiple Mini Interviews


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


- Communication Skills
- Personal Statement
- Ethics

For 2018 entry, the Medical School received approximately 2,270 applications for 190 UK/EU places and 440 overseas applications for 17 places.


Contact Details

- Address: 49 Little France Crescent, City, Edinburgh, EH16 4SB
- Phone: +44(0)131 242 6531
- Email: futurestudents@ed.ac.uk
- Email: mbchbcoordinator@ed.ac.uk

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