The Application Process

Further information about UKCAT is given within the UKCAT tab on the Entry Requirements page
A990: No Campus Codes required
A100: Campus Codes required (Scotland ‘S’, England ‘R’, or No Preference ‘N’) – see Course Pathways tab at Why Medicine in St Andrews for details
Further information about personal statements is given within the Qualities and Experience tab. on the Entry Requirements page.

Guidance on how to write a personal statement can be found on UCAS

If you are at school your Principal or Head of Year will generally write your Referee’s Report. If you are studying in a university we will require a reference from your academic tutor/advisor of studies.

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

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

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.

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.
We do not usually consider deferred entry.
Please see information on fraudulent or plagiarised applications in the University’s admissions policy.

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