Medical Teaching in St Andrews

Medicine has been taught in the historic Scottish town of St Andrews since 1413. St Andrews’ School of Medicine has a long-standing reputation for embracing and encouraging innovation and for being one of the best places to study medicine in the UK.
In 2010, the University opened the UK’s most modern medical school at the heart of its science campus. The building was purpose-built to match the School of Medicine’s redesigned curriculum, which meets the General Medical Council’s (GMC) aspirations for future undergraduate teaching. Students on the programme have a unique opportunity to graduate after three years before moving on to one of our Partner Medical Schools to complete their training as a doctor.

Education: Overview

The School of Medicine currently offers two options to study medicine; A BSc Honours in Medicine (leading to an MBChB/MBBS at Partner Medical Schools), and a MBChB graduate entry programme, run jointly with the University of Dundee. Comm Skills ©Ian Gordon

The structure and content of our curriculum are specifically designed to educate students for medical practice in the 21st century, preparing them for clinical training with our partner institutions and life-long learning in the medical profession. As a result, our curriculum implements best practice in medical education, satisfies all our partner institutions and the statutory requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) – and meets the needs and increases the employability of our students.

On a postgraduate level, the School offers two Masters-level programmes and a comprehensive PhD programme. In 2015, the School launched an MSc in Global Health Implementation (GHI) that draws on the School’s GHI collaborations with the College of Medicine in Malawi and the University of Malawi. The School’s MSc in Health Psychology is well established and continues to provide Stage 1 Professional Training for Chartered Health Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society.

Lecture Theatre ©Ian Gordon

Approximately 480 undergraduates and approximately 55 postgraduates (total taught and research) attend the School of Medicine every year. The School currently employs a range of teaching and research staff from both clinical and scientific backgrounds, including a number of medical demonstrators, teaching technicians and administrative staff. The School also utilises the services of a number of current and retired NHS staff, who teach clinical skills, communication, ethics, public health and health psychology alongside our core staff.

The School of Medicine is located in an award-winning building, which provides the School with the first-class facilities required to support our best-practice approach to teaching.

Undergraduate: BSc Hons Medicine

The School of Medicine offers a number of routes for students to obtain an MBChB or MBBS in medicine.
After graduating BSc Honours from St Andrews, students transfer to a Partner Medical School to complete the 6 year medical degree and graduate MBChB / MBBS.
The A100 program is open to students from the UK or abroad.

A100 Course details and entrance requirements

In addition to our A100, students from Canada can take advantage of our dedicated A990 program.

A990 Course details and entrance requirements

New Entrants


If you have been accepted to study medicine at the University of St Andrews, congratulations! The School of Medicine website provides a number of resources to assist students who are soon to begin at the School of Medicine.

Flying Start provides important ‘getting ready’ information for students who have already secured a place to study Undergraduate Medicine at the University of St Andrews.


Curriculum Development in Malawi


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MSc in Health Psychology

msc-health-psychThe St Andrews School of Medicine MSc in Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society. The MSc in Health Psychology is a full-time course offering five modules from the School of Medicine and two from the School of Psychology, meeting the defined curriculum prescribed by the British Psychological Society.

Successful completion provides students with the Stage 1 professional qualification of Chartered Psychologist status.

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PhD Programme

alumniPhD students at St Andrews School of Medicine are involved in scientific research covering a wide range of subjects, including Community Health Sciences, Health Psychology and Molecular Medicine.

Submission of work or undertaking research for a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) degree at St Andrews School of Medicine is open to former medical graduates of St Andrews and/or suitably qualified current staff.

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