The Application Process
A100: Campus Codes required (Scotland ‘S’, England ‘R’, or No Preference ‘N’) – see Course Pathways tab at Why Medicine in St Andrews for details
References from family members or close friends are not 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
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.
Supplementary guidance on UCAS application
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.
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
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
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 How are students selected.