Overview of University of Glasgow Medical School
The University of Glasgow has been renowned worldwide for the last 560 years. The University has students from over 140 different countries, spread across two main campuses in the city.
It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group. The 2019 League Ranking Table placed the University of Glasgow 24th. Each year, 25,000 new students enroll into the university – around 250 of these are medical students! The Medical School is well-known in the UK and provides state-of-the-art facilities for students and patients alike.
University of Glasgow Medical School's Course Structure
Glasgow Uni Medicine’s innovative and forward-thinking curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching styles which include small-group teaching, problem-based learning (PBL), lectures, Vocational and Clinical Studies, labs and e-learning.
You will undertake sessions in Vocational and Professional Studies, have your first Clinical Skills sessions and undertake a clinical visit to an A&E ward or General Practice.
It is a system-by-system programme that covers the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry (and related biomedical sciences) of the major clinical systems.
There are major contributions from pathology, microbiology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and clinical pharmacology, and the small-group teaching is focused on clinical cases, using case-based learning (CBL), with a clinical tutor. You also have one day per week in hospital or general practice.
It is based in hospitals and in general practice, with dedicated academic days. Teaching is structured around 5-10 week clinical attachments, and you will rotate through specialties.
Glasgow Medical School Entry Requirements
GCSE English at Grade B (or Grade 6 or above).
Standard entry requirements: AAA.
Minimum entry requirements: Applicants must meet standard
Additional requirements: A-level Chemistry AND A-level Mathematics or Physics or Biology. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives & Research are not accepted. All applicants who are studying A-Levels must have a minimum of AS Biology at Grade A if they are not studying A-Level Biology. Biology and Human Biology are not considered as separate subjects at A-level. Mathematics and Further Mathematics are not considered as separate subjects at A-level.
Standard academic entry requirements: 38 Points including three HL subjects at 6,6,6. Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants must meet standard Entry Requirements.
Additional requirements: Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6. Mathematics or Physics at HL is preferred, however, SL6 will also be accepted. Mathematics Studies is not accepted where Mathematics is required. English at SL6.
S5 standard entry requirements: No entry from S5.. S5 minimum entry requirements: AAAAA/AAAABB.
Additional requirements: Higher Chemistry and Higher Biology/Human Biology AND either Higher Mathematics or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics as Highers in S6, provided grades AAAAA or AAAABB are achieved by end of S5. A minimum of Grade B is required in any required Higher subject studied in S6.
S6 standard entry requirements: S5 minimum and two Advanced Highers at AB and one Higher at B, or S5 minimum and three Advanced Highers at BBB.
Glasgow Medicine Admission Tests
The School of Medicine offers a one-year intercalated BSc degree, with over 20 options, and also a two-year BSc (Hons). These are taken between years 3 and 4 of the MBChB and involve an intensive period of study and training in a scientific discipline.
Foundation Year / Gateway
University of Glasgow Medical School Work Experience
Although specific work experience in a hospital or general practice is not essential, it is important for all applicants to find out about the realities of a career in medicine.
Glasgow are keen to emphasise that work experience in a medical setting is not necessary to study medicine but it is expected that candidates will have at least spoken to a doctor such as their own GP about a career in medicine or have found out about a medical career through reading careers books or newspapers.
University of Glasgow Medical School Personal Statement
The University of Glasgow’s School of Medicine admissions team are extremely keen on interviewing only the strongest candidates, and one of their criteria lies heavily in the personal statement.
The admission team are looking for well-rounded individuals, with an ability to reflect, self-critique and improve on a regular basis. Therefore, it is crucial that you are able to portray an objective self-analysis of your skills, strengths and weaknesses in your statement.
Glasgow University Medicine Interview
The University of Glasgow Medicine interview session will last around 30 minutes in total, divided into 2 sections - a panel A and a panel B.
Panel A will explore what being a doctor means and related topics around this.
The panel B section will focus more on the applicant as a future doctor and will include discussion of an ethical scenario – applicants choose one from 2 given scenarios.
University of Glasgow Medical School Interview Dates: December and January
Glasgow Medical Interview Questions/Topics:
- Qualities of a doctor
- Personal Statement
- Ethical Scenarios
- Glasgow's Medicine syllabus
University of Glasgow Medical School Contact Details
- Mrs Coleen Anderson
- Medical School Office, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
- Telephone: +44 (0)141 330 6216