Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (ScotGEM) MB ChB (4 year course) – 2018 entry


We are delighted that the Scottish Government has chosen the Medical Schools at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee, in partnership with University of the Highlands and Islands, to run a graduate entry programme for Medicine, with the first cohort entering in 2018.

ScotGEM will be a unique and innovative 4-year graduate entry medical programme to be run jointly between the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands and NHS Scotland. It will be tailored to meet the contemporary and future needs of the NHS in Scotland, include training opportunities in NHS Fife, Tayside, Highland and Dumfries and Galloway and has the full support of Scottish Government.

ScotGEM will capitalise on the existing strengths of medical teaching in the Universities and the two local health boards in Fife and Tayside. In addition, our collaboration with NHS Highland, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and the UHI will enable us to develop a programme that is truly distinctive, by offering training that is consistent with the pattern of care based in the community, using placements which will extend into the independent and third sectors. ScotGEM will afford training that is ideal for those interested in a generalist career working in underserved areas of the service and will offer 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, leading to a Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ) that is jointly awarded by St Andrews and Dundee and meets GMC requirements.

ScotGEM is planning to matriculate its first cohort of students in September 2018. Both Universities are working with the GMC to obtain accreditation of the ScotGEM programme. We will publish more details in due course.

Applying to ScotGEM (UCAS code A101: 4 year course)

The full details of the course and the funding arrangements for entrants have yet to be finalised. When this information is available, the full admissions entrance requirements will be published. However, we recognise potential applicants may wish to assess their eligibility and we are able to publish now, what we expect the entrance requirements and admissions process to be. The information below should therefore, be viewed as likely but not yet finalised. Further details will be available in June 2017.

  • Upper Second or First class Honours degree (or equivalent) (achieved or predicted) is required. Applicants will not be considered if their first degree does not meet this requirement, even if they subsequently gain further degrees (Bachelor, Masters or PhD).
  • Arts and Science Honours degrees will be accepted.
  • Applicants who are on, or have been on, a medical degree course will not be considered, including any intercalating degree.
  • Chemistry Higher or A level (Grade A or B) or equivalent.
  • Mathematics Standard Grade (Credit 1 or 2) or Intermediate 2 (grade A or B) or National 5 (Grade A or B) or GCSE (Grade B) or equivalent.
  • Non-native speakers of English will also be required to sit the IELTS and obtain 7 in all 4 areas of the test to be taken at one sitting.
  • Up-to date study skills are required. Applicants must have undertaken academic study in the last 3 years prior to entry to ScotGEM. Academic study that would meet the requirement would include an undergraduate degree, a masters, PhD or any qualification to SCQF Level 6 (with a minimum of 24 credits). An Open University 30 credit module would also be acceptable.
Interviews will follow a Multiple Mini Interview format and will be conducted at the University of Dundee.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate a range of personal attributes and experiences that are relevant to medicine.

Information can be supplied in various forms; the UCAS reference, the UCAS personal statement and in a web-based questionnaire that will be sent to all applicants in October after application.

A candidate’s interest in ScotGEM and their reflections on work experience will form part of the discussions at interview.

The UCAS Reference should indicate the referee’s judgement on:

  • The applicant’s preparedness and suitability for a degree in medicine.
  • In addition, if the degree is not yet achieved the referee should predict the likely degree classification.

The UCAS personal statement should demonstrate:

  • A range of suitable personal attributes such as motivation, commitment, social contribution, teamwork/leadership and excellent communication skills.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, medicine.
  • Achieved medically-related work or shadowing experience.

The web-based questionnaire will allow candidates to:

  • Explain why they are particularly interested/suited to ScotGEM.
  • Give detail about their medically-related work experience.

Medically-related work experience

  • Before applying to ScotGEM applicants should have had work experience in a health situation; with people who may be ill, disabled, elderly or by shadowing a doctor at work.
  • The main aim of work experience is to gain insight into health and healthcare delivery and to allow candidates to make an informed choice before deciding to apply to study medicine.
  • We do not credit the volume of work experience and would discourage applicants seeking to acquire experience in excess of two weeks. We do not encourage work experience in resource poor settings where candidates may be exposed to risk or take up scarce staff time.
  • Medically-related work experience is not ‘scored’ but instead forms part of the discussions at interview.

We reserve the right to require applicants to provide details regarding activities described on UCAS personal statements or the web-based questionnaire (such as contacts regarding work experience) and shall investigate a number at random as well as any suspect claims. Misleading statements may lead to an application being rejected.


  • The Scottish Government will be introducing a bursary scheme for ScotGEM entrants, the terms of which are in the process of being finalised. Terms will be announced as soon as possible but it is anticipated that there will be an element of return of service to NHS Scotland in exchange for the bursary. Details of the scheme will be posted on University websites in due course.
  • Please note that those who are ‘overseas’ for fee purposes are not eligible to apply for this course.
  • Applicants will only be allowed to apply to ScotGEM twice.
  • Applicants applying to this programme may apply to the A100 courses at the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee, in the same application cycle.
  • Applications and decisions will be processed through the University of St Andrews.
  • Further details of the application process will be published in due course.