University of St Andrews
 
  
 

Undergraduate Medicine

All undergraduate admissions enquiries to: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

Why study undergraduate medicine?
 
young doctors

 

Why study undergraduate medicine?

If you enjoy helping people Medicine is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose. As a doctor you will be involved in diagnosing and treating illness and providing advice and reassurance to your patients. It requires an enquiring mind, the capacity to acquire and maintain high levels of knowledge and the ability to relate to individuals each with their own health needs.

There are a wide range of career opportunities for doctors with over 60 different specialties available.

Further information: see NHS Medical Careers

 

Why St Andrews?

Why St Andrews?

Degrees of Bachelor of Science (Honours) Medicine from St Andrews (BSc Hons) and the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) from one of our Partner Medical Schools

UCAS Code Numbers: A100 and A990

Unique advantages of the St Andrews Programme

BSc Hons and MB ChB

Students entering Medicine at St Andrews have the unique opportunity to graduate after three years at St Andrews with a BSc Honours degree in Medicine before moving on to one of our Partner Medical Schools to complete their training as a doctor and graduate with an MB ChB.

Top in 'student satisfaction' survey

The School of Medicine has been rated very highly in the UK 'student satisfaction' ratings, in top place for 2 of the last 3 years. This is judged on course quality, staff and teaching facilities.

Medicine housed in a new £45m School of Medicine and the Sciences

Since 2010 the School of Medicine has been housed in a new £45m School of Medicine and the Sciences and is one of the first UK Medical Schools whose research facilities are fully integrated with the other sciences and key university disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology and psychology.  This facility offers an important new dimension to medical research and the training of new doctors.

A highly supportive educational environment

The small size of the School (around 170 in each year group) allows staff to get to know students individually and this encourages a friendly atmosphere.  Your tutor will be concerned with your personal welfare and academic development as we aim to provide a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Our advising system is highly regarded within the University.

Diverse range of students from all around the world

At St Andrews we welcome students from all around the world and in Medicine we value the diverse influences such students can bring to the cohort entering each year.

Formal partnerships with highly prestigious Medical Schools in Scotland, England and Canada

 

 

Course Pathways

Course Pathways

Select application type for pathway details:


A100: UK/EU Applicant

Entrance Options
School Leaver
Graduate
Pathway to Medicine at Perth College
Access to Medicine Course
Phase 1: St Andrews Degree
Phase 2: MBChB Options

Scottish Medical Schools
Manchester Medical School

 

Details:

  • a combined degree programme for UK/EU and 'Overseas' students
  • total duration 6 years
  • A100 = Phase 1 + Phase 2
    • Phase 1 = years 1-3: BSc Honours at University of St Andrews
    • Phase 2 = years 4-6: MB ChB at a UK partner Medical School
  • 30 places for 'overseas' students (Phase 2 at Manchester)
  • 50 places for 'home' applicants (Phase 2 at Manchester)
  • 55 places for 'home'applicants (Phase 2 at Aberdeen 10%, Dundee 10%, Edinburgh 30%, Glasgow 50% )

  • Campus Codes
    If you are a UK or EU student, when you apply to the A100 course at St Andrews you must indicate whether you would like to complete Phase 2 (years 4-6) of your training at either Manchester or in Scotland. This must be done by choosing the appropriate campus code. (Please read carefully the UCAS admissions procedure when completing your UCAS form.)

  • If you are 'overseas' for fee purposes you should select Manchester as any offers to 'overseas' students will include allocation to Manchester Medical School.

  • If you have no preference for where Phase 2 is undertaken, please enter 'E' under 'Campus Code' in the 'choices' section of the application or 'S' if your prefer Scotland and 'M' if you prefer Manchester.  Your UCAS application should include only one application to the A100 course at St Andrews e.g. you cannot select Code M on one application and Code S on another.  Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference and at the time of offer we will indicate the campus to which you have been allocated.

  • Allocation to Scottish Schools
    If you are a student on the A100 course who has been allocated to Scotland, just before Christmas in the second year of the course, you will be asked to indicate your preferred Scottish location. You will have an opportunity to visit the Scottish Medical Schools in first semester of second year.  Your preference will be used, along with your academic performance in first semester of second year at St Andrews, to match you to a Scottish Medical School. You will be notified of the outcome of the matching soon after the results of the February examinations are known.

  • Allocation to base hospitals - Manchester Medical School
    If you are a student on the A100 course who has been allocated to Manchester Medical School, after Easter in the second year of the course, you will be asked to indicate your preferred location for a base hospital when you progress to Manchester Medical School.  You will have an opportunity to visit the hospitals during the Easter break.  Your preference along with your academic performance in first semester of second year at St Andrews will be used to match you to a base hospital.  You will be notified of the outcome of the matching sometime in May of second year.

  • After graduation
    After graduating from one of our UK Partner Schools you will receive your MB ChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

    To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

    Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

    Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

A990: Canadian Applicant

Entrance Options
School Leaver
Graduate
Phase 1: St Andrews Degree
Phase 2: MBChB Options

Edinburgh/Alberta Medical Schools

 

Details:

  • 20 places for Canadian citizens or those who are domiciled in Canada with permanent residence rights

  • After graduating you will be assisted by the University of Alberta in applying for residency places in Canada

A100: Overseas (for fee purposes) Applicant

Entrance Options

School Leaver
Graduate
International Foundation for Medicine

Phase 1: St Andrews Degree
Phase 2: MBChB Options

Manchester Medical School

 

Details:

  • a combined degree programme for UK/EU and 'Overseas' students
  • total duration 6 years
  • A100 = Phase 1 + Phase 2
    • Phase 1 = years 1-3: BSc Honours at University of St Andrews
    • Phase 2 = years 4-6: MB ChB at a UK partner Medical School

 

  • 30 places for 'overseas' students (Phase 2 at Manchester)
  • 50 places for 'home' applicants (Phase 2 at Manchester)
  • 55 places for 'home'applicants (Phase 2 at Aberdeen 10%, Dundee 10%, Edinburgh 30%, Glasgow 50% )

  • Campus Codes
    If you are a UK or EU student, when you apply to the A100 course at St Andrews you must indicate whether you would like to complete Phase 2 (years 4-6) of your training at either Manchester or in Scotland. This must be done by choosing the appropriate campus code. (Please read carefully the UCAS admissions procedure when completing your UCAS form.)

  • If you are 'overseas' for fee purposes you should select Manchester as any offers to 'overseas' students will include allocation to Manchester Medical School.

  • If you have no preference for where Phase 2 is undertaken, please enter 'E' under 'Campus Code' in the 'choices' section of the application or 'S' if your prefer Scotland and 'M' if you prefer Manchester.  Your UCAS application should include only one application to the A100 course at St Andrews e.g. you cannot select Code M on one application and Code S on another.  Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference and at the time of offer we will indicate the campus to which you have been allocated.

  • Allocation to Scottish Schools
    If you are a student on the A100 course who has been allocated to Scotland, just before Christmas in the second year of the course, you will be asked to indicate your preferred Scottish location. You will have an opportunity to visit the Scottish Medical Schools in first semester of second year.  Your preference will be used, along with your academic performance in first semester of second year at St Andrews, to match you to a Scottish Medical School. You will be notified of the outcome of the matching soon after the results of the February examinations are known.

  • Allocation to base hospitals - Manchester Medical School
    If you are a student on the A100 course who has been allocated to Manchester Medical School, after Easter in the second year of the course, you will be asked to indicate your preferred location for a base hospital when you progress to Manchester Medical School.  You will have an opportunity to visit the hospitals during the Easter break.  Your preference along with your academic performance in first semester of second year at St Andrews will be used to match you to a base hospital.  You will be notified of the outcome of the matching sometime in May of second year.

  • After graduation:
    After graduating from one of our UK Partner Schools you will receive your MB ChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

    To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

    Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

    Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

 

 

Student Comments


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Divya (Toronto, Canada):

"St Andrews was the perfect university for me. The system-based approach of the curriculum, the detailed focus on aspects of disease and treatment and the clinical skills teaching thoroughly prepared me for my clinical years at Edinburgh. Especially noteworthy was the cadaveric dissection of the entire human body and the opportunity for research in the final year. There is a strong culture of mentoring and close academic supervision which is balanced by the encouragement towards self-directed learning. The new medical school is absolutely stunning and provides students with state-of-the-art facilities to complement their learning and experience. This extremely demanding course was both provoking and pleasing and has enabled me to fully realise my potential as a medical student and as a future doctor."



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Deepika (Toronto, Canada):

"I am honoured to be a medical graduate from St Andrews; this has made all the difference to my medical knowledge and competency and provided the necessary foundation for my clinical years at Edinburgh and my future as a young doctor in training. St Andrews graduates are a class apart and have the ability to create their own special niche, not only at partner clinical schools, but within the medical profession as a whole. Studying at St Andrews allowed me to interact with a vast array of students from all parts of the world, bringing people from all cultures together towards a common denominator: 'world class medical education'."



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Marioria (Glasgow):

"Having now completed my degree and moved on to Manchester, I now really appreciate the three-year St Andrews course. Not only are there teachers who are specialists in their field, but also experienced clinicians who know (in a way that a young student just cannot) what knowledge is important for a future doctor. This is reflected in the learning objectives we receive on each topic, helping us navigate a minefield of detail with steady assurance."



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Mary (Derry, Northern Ireland):

"The medical course is well structured and is both interesting and challenging. In addition to a degree, I left having made a group of lifelong friends. The Medical Society is dynamic and very active, getting you involved from day one and ensuring that your three years are unforgettable. St Andrews is a really beautiful and unique place to live and study in, what other medical school is surrounded by so much history right beside the sea?!"



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David (Hong Kong):

"The student life at St Andrews was a truly colourful and enjoyable experience. St Andrews provides a great platform to build up a solid pre-clinical knowledge with dissecting experience and early skills training which not many medical schools provide. It shapes St Andrews medics into a well-prepared group for the more challenging clinical years. Here, you can make friends with staff and teachers who are willing to help at all times."



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Daniel (Wigan, Lancs.):

"I really enjoyed my time in St Andrews. The system-based approach to teaching was very logical and allowed a combination of traditional and new teaching methods to be incorporated. The Medical School, being smaller than most others, allows this accessibility and personal teaching that otherwise may not be possible ... The town's social scene is also excellent. The lack of night clubs is more than made up with by the many pubs, bars, and numerous societies and sports clubs."



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Neil (Stranraer, Wigtownshire):

"The School offers you world-class teaching from some of the most inspirational and passionate characters you will ever meet. For a 'pre-clinical' course, there is a surprising amount of excellent clinical skills teaching - this gives you the chance to practise your skills in a 'safe' environment and indeed I appreciate having been given this opportunity before starting on the wards."


Facilities

Facilities

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The School is based in purpose-built accommodation at the heart of the science campus. The architects designed the space round the accredited curriculum. The building is light, spacious and well ventilated.

Laboratories & Clinical Skills Workspaces

There is a dissection room of 16 tables for full body dissection and room to display hundreds of excellent models, specimens and pots. Full body dissection will continue to be relevant, important and popular with students. The Anatomy Resource Centre is licensed to hold anatomical specimens in addition to on-line resources, images and text books. This area is a valuable space for private study for up to 40 students and is open for 14 hours each day.

The Clinical Skills Suite features 7 rooms containing 48 beds. All beds are equipped with ceiling mounted video capture and bed-head touch screens to monitor instant playback or video resources. The centre features a full range of real and simulated clinical equipment.

The Science Lab is designed specifically to the BSc Hons physiology, pharmacology and histology practicals.

Teaching Rooms

The 300-seat lecture theatre, two 50-seat Seminar Rooms and thirteen 12-seat tutorial rooms provide an excellent learning and self-study facility. All are equipped with the most modern interactive display systems and are grouped round the café on the ground floor.

 

 

Minimum Academic Requirements

Minimum Academic Requirements

Please select the qualification type:

UK Qualifications:


International Qualifications:


Introduction



Introduction

There is a wide range of entrance qualification options for students coming from the United Kingdom and from other countries. To find out more about the minimum entrance requirements for your qualifications, please read details about about your qualification type and/or the country in which you have studied, by selecting from the lists on the left.

Non-native English speakers should also read about English Language Requirements.

SQA - Highers

 AAAAB (at Higher) including Chemistry (A grade) and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

  • These grades should normally be obtained at the same sitting. Exceptions may be made for candidates who attend schools who are unable to present pupils for five Highers at one sitting.
  • Applicants who obtain a B grade in Chemistry in S5 may be considered if they are sitting Advanced Higher Chemistry in S6.
  • If Biology or Mathematics has not been passed at Higher grade, each must normally have been passed at Standard Grade Credit Level (grade 1 or 2) or Intermediate 2 (grade A or B).
  • A pass must also be offered in Standard Grade English at Credit Level (grade 1 or 2) or Intermediate 2 (grade A or B).
  • Human Biology may replace Biology.
  • A Higher in Intensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is not acceptable as one of 5 Highers required at one sitting.
  • Students unable to take missing sciences in S5 may take the missing subject(s) in S6. Two science subjects must be sat in the same year - either S5 or S6.
  • There is no direct entry from S5 at school.
  • Offers made will be conditional and based on S6 programmes of study.
  • Likely conditions required will be an A grade and a B grade (not necessarily both at Advanced Higher; could include a new Higher). For further information please see Competitive academic requirements.

GCE - Advanced Levels

  • AAA (Advanced levels) including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
  • If Biology, Mathematics and English are not offered at Advanced (A2) or AS Level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE grade B or better. Dual award Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Biology.
  • Human Biology may replace Biology.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not considered.
  • Advanced Levels must be studied over a two year period and completed in Year 13.
  • Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered for the 3 subjects required at Advanced Level.

Graduate & Undergraduate Entry

Degree requirements

  • Upper Second or First class Honours Science degree (or equivalent) to have been obtained within last 5 years.

Additional requirements over and above Honours Degree

  • Chemistry Higher/Advanced Higher/A-level (or equivalent) (Grade A at first sitting) to have been obtained within last 6 years. (Upper Second or First class Honours degree in Chemistry, or degree with substantial Chemistry content, accepted in lieu of A-level, Higher or Advanced Higher).
  • Plus grade B in Biology, English and Maths GCSEs or equivalent.

NOTES:

  • Only applicants with Science Honours degrees will be considered.
  • Applicants who have not studied Chemistry at the appropriate level at the time of leaving school or at undergraduate level might be eligible to apply if they obtain grade A (first sitting) in Higher/Advanced Higher/A-Level or equivalent post degree.
  • Applicants whose degree is more than 5 years old will not be considered.
  • Further study (except for a PhD) will not ameliorate for a degree that is more than 5 years old.
  • Those offering a PhD should contact Medical Admissions for advice, email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • A Lower Second Class honours degree followed by a second degree (First or Upper Second Class honours, Masters or PhD) will not be accepted.
  • Entry requirements would be the same for both Scottish/EU/RUK and those who are 'Overseas' for fee purposes.
  • A GPA of 3.5 is considered to be the equivalent of an Upper Second Class Honours degree. For advice with regard to degree classifications from other countries please email international@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • Any references to qualifications being obtained within a certain number of years should be taken to mean the date at the point of entry to Medicine.

Undergraduates who are in FIRST year of an undergraduate programme will be considered if they have fulfilled our academic entry requirements before they began their undergraduate course. They must apply by the deadline of 15 October (first semester of first undergraduate year) and have sat the UKCAT that year. We will not consider applicants who have progressed to second year. Meeting minimum entry requirements will not guarantee an offer - grades will have to be competitive with grades of all those applying at the same time. No credit for the undergraduate year is given as all entrants must do the full 6 years of the medical degree.

  • Those who are already on, or have previously studied on, undergraduate medical degree programmes elsewhere will not be considered.
  • For both graduates and undergraduates, a reference from their university tutor commenting on their academic performance and suitability for medicine should be part of their UCAS application.
  • A university transcript of academic performance should be forwarded to the Admissions Office as supplementary information. Graduates need to supply an academic transcript of their performance at university at the time of application. Those who will be graduating should, at the time of application, supply details of undergraduate courses taken and grades obtained so far.

Other UK Qualifications

  • HNC, HND and SQA National Certificate qualifications are not taken into consideration for places in Medicine. Open University qualifications are taken into account only in the cases of those who will have graduated from the Open University by the time of the proposed entry to the Medicine course.

Access to Medicine courses

The HNC Applied Sciences Pathway to Medicine at Perth College is the only accepted access course for entry to Medicine at St Andrews; other Access to Medicine courses are not considered.

Pathway to Medicine at Perth College

 

Advanced Diplomas

  • Advanced Diplomas currently available do not provide a progression route to Medicine at St Andrews. We will continue to review each Advanced Diploma as it becomes available.

AQA Baccalaureate

  • A pass in the Baccalaureate will be required, along with specified grades in three A Levels.

Cambridge Pre-U

  • Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A Level subjects will be acceptable if three subjects are offered overall in a suitable subject combination and normally in one examination diet. The minimum acceptable grade for each Pre-U subject would be D3.

Scottish Baccalaureate

  • The Scottish Baccalaureates will be considered for entry in conjunction with other Highers or Advanced Highers. No added bonus will be given for the scientific project.

Welsh Baccalaureate

  • The Welsh Baccalaureate is acceptable only when combined with other qualifications. Three A Levels are usually required. For subjects and grades please refer to A Level requirements.

English Language Requirements

A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require a score of 7.0 in all 4 areas of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam, all to be achieved at the same sitting.

Austria: Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Minimum: Overall score of 1 (sehr gut) with 1 (sehr gut) in Chemistry and 1(sehr gut) in one of Biology, Maths or Physics. Another subject must be offered with a score of 1 (sehr gut). If Biology and Maths are not offered at 1 (sehr gut) then they must be offered at 2 (gut).
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.  
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of the 4 components at one sitting. 

Belgium: Diploma Van Secundair Onderwijs

  • Minimum: Overall average grade of 8+ in the senior high school examination with 9 in Chemistry and 9 in one of Biology, Maths or Physics. Another subject must be offered at grade 9.  Biology, Maths and English must be offered even if not at grade 9.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of the 4 components at one sitting. 

Bulgaria: Senior High School Examination

  • This qualification is not acceptable on its own for entry to Medicine but it may be considered if supplemented with 3 A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Canada: High School Diploma

  • Canadians can apply for either the A100 (St Andrews/Manchester programme) or
    the A990 (St Andrews/Edinburgh/Alberta programme).
    The entry requirements for both courses are the same.

  • An applicant with an average of over 85% in grade 11 might be considered. However, such applicants are unlikely to be successful unless there is an indication that a significant improvement in grades could be expected for Year 12. In previous years conditions of offer set on Year 12 have been 85% overall with 90% in Chemistry, one of Biology, Maths or Physics and also in one other subject.

  • When calculating the average, academic subjects will be considered.

  • Chemistry is required in both Year 11 and 12 with 85% minimum in Year 11 and 90% in Year 12.

  • If Chemistry has not been studied for the required number of years, SAT II score of 700+ might be considered in lieu of a second year of Chemistry study.

  • If not offered in Year 11 and Year 12, then Biology, Maths and English MUST be offered in Year 10. Preference will be given to those who have studied Biology for more than Year 10.

S.A.T.s (Scholastic Aptitude Tests) and ACT tests

  • A decision on your application will not be taken on the basis of SATs or ACT tests alone but if you have taken them, they will be considered.

  • In the SAT I (Verbal, Mathematics and Critical Reading) a minimum of 2000 would be competitive.

  • In the SAT II subject test, a score of 700+ would be competitive in Biology and Chemistry.

  • A combined score of 30+ in the ACT would be comparable with SAT Is.

International Baccalaureate

Cyprus  

  • The Greek and Turkish Cypriot school leaving qualifications are not acceptable for entry to Medicine. Students may be considered if study is supplemented with 3 A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degree. A majority of A grades will also be required in GCSEs or equivalent.

Czech Republic: Maturitni Zkouška / Maturita

  • Minimum overall average grade of 1.5 or above with grade 1 in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and grade 1 in a third subject. Biology and Maths must be offered even if not at grade 1.5.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting. 

Denmark: Senior High School Examination

  • Minimum overall average grade 11 or above with grade 12 in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Maths or Physics and grade 12 in a third subject. Maths and Biology must be offered even if not at grade 12.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.

Estonia: The Gumnaasiumi Loputunnistus/Riigieksamid

  • This qualification is not acceptable on its own for entry to Medicine but it may be considered if supplemented with 3 A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degr

European Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: overall score of 84+% with 8.5 in Chemistry and 8.5 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 8.5 in one other subject. Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered even if not at score 8.5.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application. 
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.

Finland: Ylioppilastutkinoto

  • Minimum: overall score of 7, including 7 in Chemistry and 7 in one of Biology, Maths or Physics and 7 in two other subjects. Biology, Maths and English must be offered even if not at score 7.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.

France: French (science) Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: overall 16 with 16 in Chemistry/Physics (must include the extra option of speciality Chemistry/Physics to increase hours of taught Chemistry). 16 also required in either Maths or Biology and in one other subject. Biology, Maths and English must be offered, even if not at 16.
  • Applicants should contact the Admissions Officer to ascertain if they have studied enough Chemistry - email: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.

German: Abitur

  • Minimum: a final score of 1.5 or better is required with 1 in Chemistry and 1 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Intensive courses must include Chemistry. Biology, Maths and English must have been studied as a basic course if not studied at the intensive level.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting. 

Greece: The Greek Apolytirion

  • This qualification is not accepted but may be considered if an average grade of 18.5 has been obtained and study is supplemented with 3 A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degree.

India: Higher Secondary School Certificates awarded on completion of standard XII

  • These qualifications are not acceptable on their own but may be considered if supplemented with 3 A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degree. Grades required in the High school certificate would be 85% + in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: 38 points to include the following:
    Higher level: 3 passes at Grade 7,6,6, including Chemistry (7) and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
    Standard Level: 3 passes at Grade 6, including whichever of Mathematics or Biology is lacking at Higher Level; and including a pass in English if this is not gained at Higher Level.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • AAAAAA at Higher level (first sitting). To include Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Biology. Mathematics at Ordinary level would be considered only if Physics were offered at Higher level (grade A).
  • If appropriate subjects were not sat at the first sitting of the Leaving Certificate, applicants may be considered if the missing subjects are sat the following year.  

Italy: Diploma di Esami de Stato (opzione Scientifica)

  • Minimum: Applicants from liceo classico or liceo scientifico with an overall score of 95% on final diploma. Subjects to include Chemistry, Biology (or Natural Sciences), English and Maths. Chemistry must have been studied for 2 years. All study from the final 3 years of the Liceo will be assessed. For further information email: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.  

Latvia: Certificate of General Secondary Education

  • This qualification is not accepted but strong applicants may be considered if study is supplemented with A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degree.  

Lithuania: Brandos Atestatas

  • This qualification is not accepted but strong applicants may be considered if study is supplemented with A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degree.  

Malta

  • AAA at A level to include Chemistry and one other of Biology, Maths or Physics. In addition, applicants require passes in SEC or GCSEs at grade A (7) in at least 6 subjects. If Biology, Maths and English are not offered at A level they must be offered at GCSE or SEC (grade B).

Netherlands, The: Dutch VWO

  • Minimum: an average overall score of 9 to include 9 in Chemistry and 9 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 9 in one other subject.  English, Mathematics and Biology should be offered in the VWO even if not offered at 9.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.

Poland: New Polish Matura

  • Minimum: 90% in all subjects with Chemistry at Advanced Level and one of Biology, Maths or Physics at Advanced Level. If Biology, Maths or English are not offered at Advanced Level they must be offered at Basic Level with a score of 90%.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting. 

Portugal: Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundario

  • Minimum: 18 in all subjects to include Chemistry and one of Mathematics, Biology or Physics. If Mathematics and Biology are not offered, lower school performance may be considered. For further information email: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • Non-native English speakers will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.

Romania: Diploma de Bacalaureat

  • Minimum: obtain an average grade of 8 with 9 in all 3 written subjects, to include Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. If Biology, English and Mathematics are not offered in the Diploma then school grades of 8+ from the previous year of study will be required. In addition excellent school grades from the previous year of study will be required.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting. 

Spain:Titulo de Bachillerato

  • Minimum: an overall score of 9 on final Bachillerato /PAU (Prueba de Acceso Universidad) including 9 in Chemistry and 9 in one of Biology, Maths or Physics and 9 in one other subject. If Biology and Maths are not offered at 9, then they must be offered at 7.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.  

South Africa: Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement) and at least BBBCC at higher grade equivalent to A levels

  • This qualification is not accepted for entry to Medicine. Strong applicants (minimum AAAAB in leaving certificate to include Chemistry, English, Maths and Biology) may be considered if study is supplemented with A levels, or a further year of science study such as a Foundation programme or first year of a Bachelor of Science degree. Physical science is not acceptable in lieu of full Chemistry course but a full Chemistry module at undergraduate level would be acceptable. Life science is acceptable in lieu of Biology.  For more information, contact admissions officer.
    Email: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

Sweden: Fullstandigt Slutbetyg

  • Minimum: overall average of MVG, to include MVG in the final year of study in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. MVG must be offered in one other subject in the final year of study. Biology and Maths must be offered, if not at MVG then at VG.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.  

Switzerland: School Leaving Certificate

  • Minimum: overall average of 5 with 5.5 in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Physics or Maths. A third subject must be offered at 5.5. Biology and Maths must be offered even if not at 5.5.
  • All study from the final 3 years of study will be considered. Please supply a school transcript directly to the University at the time of application.
  • A qualification in English is required and if non-native English speakers are not offering English at an advanced study level they will require an IELTS score of 7 in each of 4 components at one sitting.

United States of America

  • High School Diploma and APs
    or
    High School Diploma and Advanced/Accelerated Honours

  • Minimum grades required at least 3 AP’s (or equivalent) at 4 or 5 (Chemistry 5)
    or
    High School Diploma with a GPA of at least 3.5

  • Chemistry required in both Year 11 and 12 with 85% minimum in Year 11 and 90% in Year 12

  • If Chemistry has not been studied for the required number of years, SAT II score of 700+ might be considered in lieu of a second year of Chemistry study.

  • If not offered in Year 11 and Year 12, then Biology, Maths and English MUST be offered in Year 10. Preference will be given to those who have studied Biology for more than Year 10.

  • A decision to make an offer of a medical place will be based on attained grades for Year 11 and the grades you are predicted to obtain in Year 12.

S.A.T.s (Scholastic Aptitude Tests) and ACT tests

  • SAT II can be considered as alternative to APs - 700+ would be competitive in Biology and Chemistry

  • In the SAT I (Verbal, Mathematics and Critical Reading) a minimum of 2000 would be competitive

  • A combined score of 30+ in the ACT would be comparable with SAT Is

International Baccalaureate

Competitive Academic Requirements

Competitive Academic Requirements

To be called for interview, we require evidence of sustained academic performance over a number of years of study. Therefore we look at all academic qualifications or predictions from GCSEs and Standard Grades through to A Levels, Highers and Advanced Highers (or other equivalent qualifications).

From experience of applications in previous years it would appear that to be competitive, applicants with A Levels require a minimum of 8 A grades at GCSE (to include Maths and Sciences) to be taken at one sitting and predictions of A*AA at A level.

Scottish applicants should offer Credit 1 at Standard Grade (or Intermediate 2, grade A or B) in Maths and Sciences, a minimum of AAAAB at Higher and at least 2 A grade predictions for S6 study in either new Highers or Advanced Highers. 3 subjects in S6 should be studied and predictions will be taken into account; a mix of Advanced Highers and new Highers will be considered. Offers made will be conditional and based on S6 programmes of study. Likely conditions required will be an A grade and a B grade.

Applicants offering other qualifications should seek guidance from the Medical Admissions office (medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk).

The academic score for applicants with predicted grades will not be as high as that for those with obtained qualifications.

For full details of subjects required please see Academic Requirements

 

 
UKCAT

UKCAT:
UK Clinical Aptitude Test

All candidates applying to Medicine at St Andrews, including International students, are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test. This should be sat in the year before the year of entry to the Medical programme. The deadline for sitting the test is usually the first week in October but the exact date can be found on the UKCAT website.

Those wishing deferred entry should take the test in the year in which they submit their application. However, we will only consider deferred applications in very exceptional cases. 

Applicants re-applying for Medicine must re-take the test each time they re-apply.

Use of UKCAT at St Andrews

At St Andrews we use the UKCAT in two ways:

Firstly we set a cut off for the overall UKCAT score and applicants obtaining a score below that will not be considered for interview or a medical place. We have a limited number of interview places (around 500). Many more than 500 of our applicants offer a strong academic performance and excellent personal statement and reference. Therefore, to decide which of those strong applicants should get an interview, we use the global UKCAT score. The cut-off level depends on the number of strong applicants each year and the number of interview places available. A cut off score for each admissions cycle will be decided upon once all applications have been assessed.

Secondly, at St Andrews the UKCAT score will be used as part of an applicant's overall ranking following interview. The UKCAT score will be worth 15% of an overall admissions score. That percentage will be generated by a points system whereby applicant scores will be ranked and divided into bandings with points allocated per banding. In order to be competitive and obtain an offer, a high score would be advantageous. The average global UKCAT score for UCAS applicants who obtained an offer for 2013 entry was 2740.

For 2014 entry we will not be using the Situational Judgment Test results as part of our assessment of UKCAT performance.

 

Fitness Criteria

It is important that the choice to enter medicine is made with insight into where it might lead, the expectations of others, the role of life-long learning, and with awareness that the course is a training for professional practise. Medical students are expected to behave with the utmost integrity from the very start of their training.

In St Andrews you will be working within a professional environment and you will be studying to obtain a University degree that automatically allows you to progress to your clinical training at a separate institution. It is therefore essential that you are able to fulfil Fitness Criteria requirements.

Fitness Criteria requirements are based on the General Medical Council’s publication of Good Medical Practice, incorporating the points outlined in Duties of a Doctor.

Each year as a medical student in St Andrews, you will be required to submit a signed declaration (Medical School Agreement) which indicates what is expected of you as a young professional in training. If a student's conduct falls below acceptable standards this could lead to a student being referred to the Faculty of Medicine Fitness to Practise Committee. Included in this declaration is a requirement for students to consent to being videoed as part of their training in clinical medicine. Applicants should read the document carefully before accepting an offer from St Andrews.

 

 

 

 

Disability

Disability

For more information please see the HEOPS guidance for medical students

A disability need not be a bar to becoming a doctor. Applicants who have a disability will need to consider what effect that disability will have on their capacity to function as a medical practitioner. Careful thought about the impact of any disability on patients and colleagues needs to be given and ways of accommodating for a disability need to be considered.

Applicants may be asked to provide written reports from professional experts in the appropriate field.

In the first instance applicants with a disability (including dyslexia) or other health problems are advised to contact the University's Disabilities Adviser, Student Services, University of St Andrews, KY16 9UZ, tel (01334) 462020 before submitting their application to UCAS to explore what support will be available from the University.

The Medical Admissions Special Circumstances Committee may also be involved in assessing any applicant with a disability or health problem in order to consider support that would enable the applicant to carry out their studies and to predict whether that applicant will be able to carry out their role as a doctor in an effective and safe manner.

 

 

Criminal Records

Criminal Records Screening

For more information see the PVG guidance

Successful applicants will also be required, as part of the non-academic conditions of their offer, to undertake satisfactory criminal record screening. This involves applying to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. The scheme provides the applicant and the employer (or university for medical students) with a live update of the person's fitness to work with regulated adults and/or children.

Please see information on the disclosure of criminal convictions in the University's admissions policy.

Fraudulent or plagiarised applications

Please see information on fraudulent or plagiarised applications in the University's admissions policy.

 

Immunisation

Immunisation

For more information please see the HEOPS guidance for medical students

As an entrant you will be seen by the Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) following admission. During this process each entrant will be screened for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV infection and any necessary immunisations and antibody tests will be performed. All entrants are required to complete a course of immunisation against hepatitis B virus. There will be no financial charge to students for this service.

Infection with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV does not mean that you cannot train to be a doctor but it is important to consider at this stage whether or not this is the career option that you wish to pursue. Any entrant student who is found to be a carrier of hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV will require special counselling; as such a situation will place restrictions on the student's clinical training and limit his or her medical practice following qualification. If you have had an infection of this nature and wish to discuss this further before making a decision, we would be happy to put you in touch with our Occupational Health Services who will be able to advise you of current policy. Contact email: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

 

Qualities and Experience

Qualities and Experience

Medicine is a profession that requires commitment. Your personal statement should explain your reasons for wanting to study Medicine and why you think that you would make a good doctor. You'll need to be able to demonstrate that you fully understand what a medical career involves and are aware of current developments.  We will expect you to have an insight into medicine and healthcare gained from general reading or from attending medical careers conferences, talking to doctors or medical students.

Applicants should try to gain as wide an experience as possible in a caring or health environment. This does not have to be in a hospital (which can be difficult to obtain) but a nursing home, local hospice, shelter for the homeless, working with people with disabilities or special needs, or working with a youth group, would all be useful experience.

We will want you to show evidence of commitment to helping others, the ways in which you have contributed to your school/college/community activities and to demonstrate a wide range of interests and personal achievements.

Explain what your interests and hobbies are and why you enjoy them and indicate how long you have pursued them. Tell us about any awards you have won and explain what skills you have gained rather than simply listing your activities. It is essential that you are able to communicate, empathise and work well with others.

Successful applicants will be able to show evidence of the following:

  • Personal qualities such as empathy, good communication and listening skills, leadership skills and the ability to work in a team.
  • A well informed understanding of what a career in medicine involves.
  • Commitment to medicine by organising work experience or shadowing. Working with ill, disabled, or disadvantaged people, preferably in health care settings.
  • Commitment to academic study, staying power, perseverance and intellectual potential.
  • Non academic achievement: positions of responsibility, organisational ability, interests and hobbies, cultural and sporting activities and achievements, social involvement.

It is important that the choice to enter medicine is made with insight into where it might lead, the expectations of others, the role of life-long learning, and with awareness that the course is a training for professional practice.

In considering the commitment involved in becoming a doctor, the following web pages provide important guidance:

 

 

The Application Process

Entry Requirements

Ensure that you meet the required academic standards. These are given here under Academic Requirements

Ensure you have sat the UKCAT

Further information about UKCAT is given here UKCAT

Check campus code details

Campus Codes (Scotland, Manchester or either): A100

When you apply to St Andrews you must indicate whether you would like to complete Phase 2 (years 4-6) of your training at either Manchester or in Scotland. This must be done by choosing the appropriate campus code. (Please read carefully the UCAS admissions procedure when completing your UCAS form.)

If you are an International student you should select Manchester as that is where the majority of places will be available for ‘overseas’ applicants.

If you have no preference for where Phase 2 is undertaken, please enter 'E' under 'Campus Code' in the 'choices' section of the application or ‘S’ if your prefer Scotland and ‘M’ if you prefer Manchester.  Your UCAS application should include only one application to the A100 course at St Andrews e.g. you cannot select Code M on one application and Code S on another. 

Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference and at the time of offer we will indicate the campus to which you have been allocated.

All students who are applying for support from a public body should ensure that, in stating the length of their intended course, they make it clear that the total period of support required is six years.

Arrange for a referee's report

If you are at school your Principal or Head of Year will generally write your Referee's Report. If you are not at school you will need to supply a reference from a responsible person who knows you well enough to write about you and state if you are suitable for higher education.

Graduates should supply a reference from their university tutor.

References from family members or close friends are not normally acceptable.

Your referee should comment on your academic performance, your attitude to study and your approach to working with others, including communication skills.  They should comment on your contribution to extra curricular activities and any other skills/attributes you have that make you a suitable candidate for medicine.

Fill out an application form

Two types of application are relevant: UCAS and Direct Application

UCAS

Most applicants for first-year entry will apply to other universities as well as to the University of St Andrews and will do so by making a single online UCAS application.

UCAS

Supplementary guidance on UCAS application

Qualifications

All qualifications taken (regardless of grades obtained) must be included on the UCAS form.  Please indicate grades already obtained even if you are re-taking examinations.

Ensure that intermediate-level qualifications such as GCSEs and Standard Grades (or equivalent) are included as well as predicted grades for any examinations yet to be taken including degree classification.

Poor performance at GCSE could be ameliorated by excellent performance at AS level, therefore it is advisable to declare AS grades.

Gaps in schooling or employment

If you did not follow the normal pattern of schooling and there are ‘gaps’ between one set of examinations and the next, your referee should offer an explanation or other evidence should be provided. If there is no explanation we might assume that you had re-taken examinations.

If you are not applying directly from school, please explain on your application how you have spent your time since leaving school, indicating periods of employment or unemployment.  Supplementary information may be sent at the time of application if necessary.

More details about applying to St Andrews can be found on the Central Admissions website

Direct Applications

There are two ways for North American students to apply for a degree at St Andrews:

  • If you are applying to other UK universities as well as St Andrews, or you feel that you may qualify for Home/EU fees status, then you must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

  • If you are ONLY applying to the University of St Andrews within the UK, and you are definitely classed as Overseas for fees purposes then you should make a Direct application

Further information about direct application

 

Submit by the due deadline

Home and EU candidates should apply by 15 October in the year before entry to Medicine.
International students who are overseas for fee purposes should apply by 31st January in the year of entry to Medicine.

The School does not consider late applications after the official closing date.
The School does not enter UCAS Extra or Clearing.

To find out more about selection procedures after you have applied see The Selection Process

Partner Medical Schools
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University of Aberdeen Medical School

Further information about Unviversity of Aberdeen Medical School


 

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University of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Further information about University of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine.



University of Manchester Medical School

Introduction

The medical undergraduate programme at Manchester produces excellent well rounded scholars, scientists, professionals and practitioners. Graduates of Manchester Medical School meet the core requirements as junior doctors and also, through personalised themes, create a bespoke education suited to their areas of interest.

The MBChB programme is divided into 3 Phases. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used but the key approach is the study of clinical cases or problems in small groups. This activity is supported throughout the three Phases by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection) and clinical experience. Throughout all Phases science and clinical learning is integrated, so that graduates are able to apply scientific knowledge and concepts to clinical practice.

Joining the Manchester MB ChB Course

St Andrews' graduates and third year students from the University of Manchester combine to begin their clinical training together in Year 3 of the Manchester MB ChB course.

The Partnership between St Andrews and the Manchester Medical School has existed for over 30 years. Students from St Andrews find that the Medicine course integrates very successfully with the excellent clinical training they receive at Manchester Medical School.

You can be confident therefore, that your transfer to the University of Manchester will be smooth, exciting and eagerly anticipated!

The Manchester MB ChB Curriculum - Years 3-5

Year 3 consists of a major clinical skills review and modules on 'heart, lungs and blood' and 'nutrition, metabolism and excretion' and also special study modules.

Year 4 builds on and extends the skills learned in the previous year, and the major themes of 'mind and movement' and 'family and children'. There is also the opportunity to pursue a research option, where you work one-to-one usually with clinical staff.

Year 5 supports your progression from medical student to house officer and aims to help you apply your knowledge and sharpen your skills. It involves a series of placements to district general hospitals where you will shadow the house officers.

One of the eight-week modules is an elective that allows you to follow any approved subject with a medical content that captures your imagination. There are opportunities for electives within the North West, but most students choose to study elsewhere - many overseas, where they can broaden their experience, investigate different forms of health service delivery or see a different spectrum of illness.

Clinical Placements - base hospitals

Students progressing to the University of Manchester for the second phase of their training (after completion of three years at St Andrews) will undertake their clinical training in one of four Teaching Hospital Sectors based in Manchester, Salford or Preston:

Each Teaching Hospital Sector (or Health Education Zones) comprises a major teaching hospital, associated District General Hospital and Primary Care placements.

Students will be allocated to one of the four Teaching Hospital Sectors during the St Andrews programme, prior to entry to Manchester.

The Manchester MB ChB Curriculum - European Studies

In addition to studying on the MB ChB, St Andrews' students can apply to enroll on the European Studies option whereby students undertake a substantial placement at a university in Europe. Students may enter this programme with the appropriate qualifications.

For further details, please see 'European Option Handbook'.


Further Information

The rankings for the UK Foundation programme will be based solely on the grades students obtain after joining Manchester and not on their St Andrews degree classification.

Student Electives
The elective period in Year 5 gives students the opportunity to explore a field of medical practice of particular interest to them in an unfamiliar setting where the scientific, social, economic or cultural standards are different, often abroad or outside the North West.

Student Support
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/studentlife/studentsupport/

Accommodation
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/accommodation/

University of Manchester Fee information:
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/studentfinance/

 

See also

http://www.medicine.manchester.ac.uk/

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University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD)

Introduction

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton has a history of success in world-class research, education and patient care. Established in 1913, it is now home to 20 departments, seven divisions, and many research groups, centres and institutes.

Today, the faculty is one of Canada's premier health sciences institutes and known internationally for its innovative medical education programs and for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research. With more than 50 residency programs, students are offered an abundant diversity of choices.

Attachment to the FoMD, University of Alberta

As part of the A990 programme (St Andrews/Edinburgh/Alberta programme) students will spend 16 weeks attached to the FoMD at the University of Alberta, Edmonton during the later stages of their MB ChB training. It is anticipated that the attachment will include:

  • An extended period of clinical training in disciplines expected to enhance the students' learning
  • An enhanced orientation to the Canadian healthcare system
  • An opportunity to train for the MCCEE / MCCQE
  • Further guidance on the process of application for a residency place enhancing the learning previously delivered in Scotland

Further details

leaflet and regulations

 

 
The Selection Process

The Selection Process

The selection process includes an assessment of all information on the application form including:

  • academic performance
  • personal statement and reference
  • UKCAT score

In order for an applicant to be considered for an offer of a medical place at St Andrews they would also be invited to interview. To be considered for interview applicants must reach a certain level of assessment in the three areas listed above.

Please see for further details of levels required:

At St Andrews we aim to interview approximately 500 applicants. Interviews take place in November and December and then in the following February and March. If you are unsuccessful in being called for interview you will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

 

 
Ranking after Interview

Ranking after Interview

After interviews applicants are ranked on the basis of all four areas of assessment; academic performance, personal statement and reference, UKCAT score and interview score.

Each of the four areas of assessment is given a different weighting;

  • Academic performance: 50%
  • UKCAT: 15%
  • Personal statement and reference: 15%
  • Interview: 20%

Offers are then made from the top of the ranking in relation to the number of places available.

 

 
Notification of decision

Notification of Decision

Notification

Although some decisions may be made early on in the admissions cycle, the majority of decisions are not made until mid-March when it is much clearer where applicant scores fit within the overall ranking. If you have applied through UCAS you will be notified of the decision via UCAS track and by email if you have made a direct application.

 

Accepting an offered place

If you have offered a place, please accept

  • through UCAS track, if your application was made through UCAS then please accept our offer, or
  • by email, if you made a direct application.

 

 

Feedback (if unsuccessful)

The information on UCAS track will include some feedback as to why an applicant was unsuccessful in their application. Applicants can request additional feedback in writing or by email. It is likely that the Medical Admissions Office will not be in a position to respond to feedback requests until all decisions have been made, which should be by the end of March. Requests for feedback must be received by the end of May; no response will be given to requests received after that deadline. Enquiries should be submitted to:

Medical Admissions Officer
University of St Andrews
Admissions Application Centre
St Katherine's West
The Scores
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AX

Email: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk


Please see the University's Undergraduate Admissions Policy for information on the Appeal process.

 
Find out more: Prospectus Request

Prospectus Request

The Undergraduate prospectus pages here provide you with a lot of relevant and useful information. As well as this, you can download a copy of our printed prospectus, or request a copy be sent by post by using this form

 
Find out more: Visiting the University

Visiting the University

There are Visiting Days throughout the year when you can visit the University of St Andrews. More information about undergraduate visiting days

 
Find out more: Deferred Entry

Deferred Entry

We do not usually consider deferred entry.

 

 
Find out more: Re-taking Exams

Re-taking examinations and repeating applications

Candidates who take more than the normal number of years to obtain their qualifications will only be considered if there have been extenuating circumstances that are fully documented. The re-taking of AS modules would be allowed as long as the A2 qualifications were achieved after 2 years of study.

Exceptional circumstances might include, for example, ill health during the final year of study. It might also include attending a school which traditionally has a low number of pupils going on to Higher Education.

We make our decisions based on performance at Scottish Higher or the first sitting of A2 Levels, except in exceptional circumstances.  

Applicants who have recently had a change of career direction resulting in new subject options might be considered if their application is supported by a very strong previous academic performance and excellent predictions. Three A levels would still be required at one sitting.

Applicants who are unsuccessful in obtaining a place at St Andrews can submit a new application the following year if they meet the entry requirements but beyond that, further applications will not be considered.
 
The Interview Process

The Interview Process

Location

Identification

Interview

Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview Location

If chosen for interview, home and EU students and International students living in Britain will be invited to interview in St Andrews. Other International students can be interviewed by telephone, video conferencing or SKPE facilities.

Any International student who is overseas for fee purposes and has submitted an application to us, and is arranging a visit to Britain for other purposes, should contact us via email to see if we can offer an interview in St Andrews (admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Interviews take place from November until March with offers normally being made up to late March each year.

Identification Requirements

On the day of the interview, you should bring with you one piece of photographic identification from the list below.

If you do not bring an acceptable identity document, you will not be allowed to sit the interview.

The full name and date of birth on your identity document should match the name and date of birth you provided on your application through UCAS. If you applied using a name which does not exactly match your identity document please contact us as soon as possible after receiving your invitation to interview by email to: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

Acceptable identification documents:

  • A current (non-expired), original signed passport

  • A current (non-expired) signed government-issued photocard driving licence (full or provisional)

  • A current (non-expired), government-issued identity card that carries your photograph and signature

If your passport was issued before your 16th birthday it is likely to be a child's passport. As these are not usually signed by the passport holder, a child's passport will not be accepted as a valid ID on its own; you will need to bring another form of identification to the interview.

If you cannot obtain one of these forms of identification above, ask your school or college to attach your photograph to its headed notepaper (original, not a photocopy), confirming your date of birth and identity  The letter should be signed by a head teacher or a senior member of staff and bear the school stamp (across the photograph). You must also sign this document.

Please note:

  • Bus passes, Transport passes, Library cards, Student or School identification cards and Work identification cards are not acceptable identification.

  • Only original identity documents will be accepted for admission to the interview. Copies or facsimiles of identification are not acceptable forms of identification.

  • Identification MUST be valid and current. Expired identification documents are not acceptable forms of identification.

  • Identification must besigned. If your Passport ID is not signed, you must bring an alternative ID.

The Interview

The interview itself is a formal though friendly process and lasts 20 minutes.  The interview panel comprises two (occasionally three) interviewers. About half of the interviewers are practising clinicians. Interviews will take place in individual rooms. The interview is not a test of your academic knowledge. The purpose of the interview is rather to assess your potential as a medical practitioner and to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to think critically and with insight on a range of topics related to a career in medicine.

Candidates will ordinarily be given an opportunity to ask questions regarding the University and the Medical programme that is on offer.

The interviewers appreciate that some candidates will be nervous and will of course make allowances for this. The interview panel, in addition to forming an overall impression of the student, will be assessing in particular the following areas:

  • Ability to communicate.
    Communication skills are essential to the practice of almost all aspects of medicine. We expect candidates to be able to express their ideas clearly and coherently and to be able to follow a reasoned argument. Just before your interview you will be asked to read a short article on a medically related topic. This will only take about 10 minutes. The interview panel will then ask you questions about the article. They will be assessing your comprehension and ability to summarise as well as communication skills.

  • The St Andrews course.
    The panel will expect the candidate to have a general understanding of our course - details of which can be obtained from our website. In particular, we expect candidates to be aware of the way in which we deliver the Medical programme and to have an opinion on its appeal to them, its advantages and limitations.

  • Previous experience.
    The interview panel will be interested in how you have prepared yourself for entering into a medical career. They will be keen to know what you have gained from work experience in a medical or ‘caring’ environment or indeed some other environment that you feel has been relevant in preparing you for a career in medicine.

Touring the Medical School

On the day of the interview, it is hoped that candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the medical facilities with one of our medical students. Tours will run after every interview and usually take about 20/30 minutes.

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Course Details


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BSc (Honours) Medicine Course Details

BSc (Hons) Medicine (3 years) at St Andrews leading to MB ChB (3 years) at Partner Medical School (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester)

Course Overview

All students studying Medicine at St Andrews, whether they are on the A100 pathway or the A990 pathway, will follow exactly the same programme at St Andrews. For those on the A100, the course is designed to prepare you, ultimately, for progression to the NHS two year Foundation Programme in the United Kingdom. The medical course has a long established reputation as providing an excellent scientific basis for clinical training and includes the opportunity to observe human structure directly by dissection of the entire body. Clinical training begins the day students enter Medical School at St Andrews. Clinical knowledge, skills and professional behaviours, including all aspects of patient safety, are key components of our curriculum.

Year 1 Foundations of Medicine 1 and 2

The first year of the degree programme comprises two modules, Foundations of Medicine 1 and 2. The first semester module provides a broad overview of the structure, function and behaviour of cells, tissues, and systems within the human body. The second semester module uses the musculoskeletal system to provide the integrated theme which mirrors the framework of the modules taught in subsequent years. Year 1 modules cover introductory overviews of the clinical sciences including pathology, microbiology, health psychology, public health medicine and key aspects of medical ethics and law. You will discover the basics of medicine on an individual and population level.

It is not only vital to understand the scientific basis of health and disease, but also how to develop professional thinking, effective communication and problem solving skills. These are developed in case-based clinical scenarios and interviews with patients. Basic clinical skills are taught and these include basic life support, measuring and recording vital signs, clinical communication and patient safety.

Years 2 and 3 - Honours programme

The Honours programme comprises a series of modules that revisit and build upon the knowledge base that was established in Foundations of Medicine 1 and 2. The normal and abnormal structure and function of each of the body systems (e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and neurological and endocrine) will be studied in depth and you will examine the scientific basis of important disease mechanisms and therapeutic treatment in each of the body systems.

During the Honours years a deeper understanding of clinical communication, medical ethics, professionalism, public health, health psychology and the practice of medicine is fostered. Critical thinking, reflective practice and decision-making skills are enhanced through the use of published literature and video presentations. There is ample opportunity to consolidate clinical skills and patient examination techniques and take your first steps in the diagnosis and management of patients.

Student Selected Component - Honours Dissertation

The final semester of Year 3 has a strong emphasis on independent learning and includes the student selected research dissertation. Students choose a laboratory research, data handling, medical education or critical review project in order to pursue an area of their own particular interest over a 10-12 week period.

Clinical Programme

Building on the frameworks developed in Year 1, Year 2 and semester 1 of Year 3 integrates the scientific systems-based approach with appropriate consultation skills. Students learn to take a history, perform examinations relating to each system and interpret results of investigations in order to further prepare students for patient contact. As an integral part of clinical training students use advanced video recording facilities to provide evidence of their competence in clinical examination.

Students not only have contact with simulated patients in the Medical School but also participate in regular primary care attachments in local hospitals. In Year 3, ward skills and practice of clinical and communication skills are developed in 10 sessions arranged in Fife teaching hospitals. These sessions ensure that students have the confidence to make best use of future clinical attachments when continuing at partner medical schools. Hospital consultants are actively involved in teaching both in the Medical School and on placements.

During the summer vacation between 2nd and 3rd year students may elect to consolidate their learning by spending a residential week in a wide range of primary or secondary clinical care placements.

Our aim is to ensure that by the time a student graduates from St Andrews they will have the knowledge, skills and experience to take a full patient history, to record their findings accurately and to be able to discuss further patient management in any clinical setting.

 

A990 - additional details

All entrants onto the Medical Course at St Andrews, whether they are on the A100 pathway or the A990 pathway, will follow exactly the same course whilst at St Andrews, for details see A100

See also: Additional details for A990

Following graduation, students will enter Residency training programmes in Canada.

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