Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (ScotGEM) MB ChB (4 year course)



ScotGEM is designed to develop doctors interested in a career as a generalist practitioner within NHS Scotland, with a focus on rural medicine and healthcare improvement. It offers a unique and innovative 4-year graduate entry medical programme tailored to meet the contemporary and future needs of the NHS in Scotland.

The course will capitalise on the existing strengths of medical teaching in the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews and our local health boards in Fife and Tayside. In addition, our collaboration with NHS Highland, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and the University of Highlands and Islands will enable us to develop a truly distinctive programme offering training that is ideal for those interested in a career as a generalist practitioner. This includes offering extended opportunities to train in remote and rural areas.  The ScotGEM programme will be tailored to the specific needs of graduates, taking account of the experience acquired during their initial degree.

Course details and entry requirements

Work with ScotGEM


Work with ScotGEM

The Scottish Government announced on 11 December 2017 that they will fully fund an additional 15 places on the ScotGEM course

We are pleased to announce that there will now be a second round applications to ScotGEM for 2018 entry.

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What you will study

ScotGEM will address all core MBChB requirements as stipulated by the General Medical Council (GMC) (see Outcomes for Graduates).  However, the ambition of the ScotGEM programme is to produce a cohort of high quality, adaptable, and compassionate clinical leaders.  Hence you will also contribute to local communities whilst you train, through facilitated social and health care based ‘voluntary’ work.

Course details

Please note that some placements, in particular most of Year 3, will be in rural areas and you must be prepared to live and study in this context.