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.
Information about work experience, fitness criteria and criminal records disclosure requirements will be published in due 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.
  • Please note that those who are ‘overseas’ for fee purposes are not eligible to apply for this course.
  • Further details of the application process will be published in due course.