Academic Requirements – International Qualifications

Introduction

There is a wide range of entrance qualification options for students. To find out more about the minimum entrance requirements for your qualifications, please read details about your qualification type and/or the country in which you have studied, by selecting from the list below.

Non-native English speakers should also read about English Language Requirements on the Entry Requirements page.

Re-taking examinations

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.

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. Please email medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk for guidance.

Applicants should also read about How Students are Selected.

Entrance requirements listed below are under review for 2018 entry.

Graduate Requirements (UCAS code A100/A990, 6 year course)

  • 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 Mathematics 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 sturecruit@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 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.

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.

For more information please go to the following link: medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/graduate-entry-medicine/

  • 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 with a BSc honours degree in science from the Open University by the time of the proposed entry to the Medicine course.

European Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: overall score of 85% 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.Where Mathematics is a required subject then this must be the ‘5 period’ option.
    For all required subjects, written examinations are required; oral examination is not acceptable.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

International Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: 38 points to include:
    Higher level: 3 passes at Grade 6,6,6 and Standard Level: 3 passes at Grade 6,6,6.
    Chemistry and one of either Biology, Mathematics or Physics must be offered at Higher Level.
    Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered at Standard Level if not offered at Higher Level.
  • Biology, Mathematics and English at GCSE grade B or better might be considered in lieu of Standard Level.
  • Standard Level Mathematics Studies is not acceptable.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Austria: Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Minimum: Overall score of 1 (sehr gut) with 1 (sehr gut) in all subjects, to include Chemistry and 1 (sehr gut) in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If Biology and Mathematics are not offered at 1 (sehr gut) then they must be offered at 2 (gut).
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Belgium: Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur

  • Minimum: Overall average grade of 8+ in the senior high school examination with 9 in Chemistry and 9 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Another subject must be offered at grade 9.  Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered even if not at grade 9.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Belgium: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs

  • Final grade of 19, must include Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics, or Physics.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

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 will be considered. However, conditions of offer would include a minimum of 85% overall in the High School Diploma based on the top 6 grade 12 subjects, to include (from 2018 entry onwards) 90% in Chemistry and 90% in two of Biology, Mathematics or Physics (only one Mathematics course will be considered for the subjects required at 90%). For the Ontario High School Diploma the 85% overall will be based on the top 6 grade 12 subjects with a mix of 4U and 4M classes with no more than 2 x 4M classes.
  • Chemistry is required in both grade 11 and grade 12 with 85% minimum in grade 11 and a likely grade of 90% in grade 12.
  • If Chemistry has not been studied for the required number of years, SAT subject test score of 700+ might be considered in lieu of a second year of Chemistry study.
  • Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered to at least grade 11.

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 (Verbal, Mathematics and Critical Reading) a minimum of 1410 would be competitive.
  • In the SAT 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

  • See International Baccalaureate section above

Svjedodžba o Maturi (Matura Certificate)

• Minimum: Overall grade of 5, with a minimum of grade 5 in Chemistry, 5 in Biology and 5 in one other subject. Mathematics must be offered, even if not at grade 5.

• English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect A Level applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve AAA in the appropriate subjects at A level.

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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Czech Republic: Maturitni Zkouška / Maturita

  • Minimum overall average grade of 1 or above with grade 1 in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and grade 1 in a third subject. Biology and Mathematics must be offered even if not at grade 1.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Denmark: Senior High School Examination

  • Minimum overall average grade 11 or above with grade 12 in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and grade 12 in a third subject. Mathematics and Biology must be offered even if not at grade 12.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Estonia: The Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus/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 degree.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Finland: Ylioppilastutkinto

  • Minimum: overall score of 7, including 7 in Chemistry and 7 in two of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 7 in one other subject. Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered even if not at score 7.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

France: French (science) Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: overall 17 with 17 in Chemistry/Physics, 17 also required in either Mathematics or Biology and in one other subject. Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered, even if not at 17.English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

German: Abitur

  • Minimum: a final score of 1.1 or better is required with 14 in Chemistry and 14 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • Minimum: grade 5 in three Category A elective subjects: Chemistry plus one of Mathematics, Biology or Physics, plus one other Category A elective subject.
  • Biology and Mathematics must be offered in the HKDSE even if not as a Category A elective subject.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview
To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE or equivalent at HKCEE to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification.

The University’s Centre for International Foundation Programmes (CIFP) offers a range of programmes providing an excellent preparation for undergraduate academic study. Find out more about taking a foundation progamme at the University of St Andrews: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/foundation/medicine/

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, Mathematics and English.
  • English Language requirements: see above.
  • Please see the ‘International Foundation for Medicine‘ course at St Andrews.

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • Applicants to exceed 580 points to include H1 in Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Biology. Mathematics at Ordinary level would be considered if Physics were offered at H1. These points will be calculated using the 6 highest graded subjects and also include the 25 bonus points for HL Mathematics.
  • 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 considered with an overall score of 95% on final diploma. Subjects to include Chemistry, Biology (or Natural Sciences), English and Mathematics.
  • Hours of science study will be assessed. For further information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Latvia: Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu

  • 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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Malaysia: STPM Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysia Higher School Certificate)

  • AAA at the first sitting, including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
  • If Biology and Mathematics are not offered in the STPM, each must normally have been passed at GCSE (or equivalent in SPM/ Certificate of Education or UEC) grade B or better or 4/B6 or better in SPM/ Certificate of Education or UEC respectively.
  • Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered for the 3 subjects required at STPM.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview
To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect STPM applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent in SPM/ Certificate of Education or UEC) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve AAA in the appropriate subjects at STPM.

The University’s Centre for International Foundation Programmes (CIFP) offers a range of programmes providing an excellent preparation for undergraduate academic study. Find out more about taking a foundation progamme at the University of St Andrews: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/foundation/medicine/

Malta: Advanced Level Matriculation

  • AAA in advanced subjects to include Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If Biology, Mathematics and English are not offered at advanced level they must be offered at GCSE or SEC (grade B).
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Netherlands: Dutch VWO

  • Minimum: an average overall score of 8.5 to include 8.5 in Chemistry and 8.5 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 8.5 in one other subject.  English, Mathematics and Biology should be offered in the VWO even if not offered at 8.5.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Norway: Vitnemål – videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)

  • Minimum: in the Vitnemål – videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) 5 overall with 6 in Chemistry, 6 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 6 in one other subject.
  • The 3 years of upper secondary school will be assessed to generate the overall grade. The grades required for the pre-requisite subjects (Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics) will be based on the 2 final years.
  • If not offered in the Vitnemål, then Biology and Maths must be offered in the Vitnemål fra Grunnskolen, at a minimum of grade 5.   General science would not be accepted in lieu of a single subject in Biology. Natural sciences would be accepted in lieu of Biology.
  • Applicants are normally expected to complete all their studies in the 3 years of their upper secondary school.
  • To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record and we will assess all 3 years of upper secondary school when deciding on whom to call for interview.
  • English Language requirements: see above

Poland: Swiadectwo Dojrzatości / Matura

  • Minimum: Overall average of 90% with 90% in Chemistry at Advanced Level and 90% in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics at Advanced Level. If Biology, Mathematics or English are not offered at Advanced Level they must be offered at Basic Level with a score of 90%.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Portugal: Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundario

  • Minimum: Overall average of 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: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Romania: Diploma de Bacalaureat

  • Minimum: obtain an overall grade of 9.5 with 9.5 in all three 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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Singapore: Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A-Levels (SIPCAL)

  • AAA at the first sitting at H2 level, including Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
  • If Biology and Mathematics are not offered at H2 level, each must normally have been passed at GCSE (or equivalent in O-Level) grade B or better or B4 or better.
  • Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered for the 3 subjects required at H2 level.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview
To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect SIPCAL applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent at O-Level) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve AAA in the appropriate subjects at H2 level.

The University’s Centre for International Foundation Programmes (CIFP) offers a range of programmes providing an excellent preparation for undergraduate academic study. Find out more about taking a foundation progamme at the University of St Andrews: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/foundation/medicine/

Spain:Título de Bachillerato

  • Minimum: an overall score of 9 on final Bachillerato /PAU (Prueba de Acceso Universidad) including Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

South Africa: Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement)

  • This qualification is not accepted for entry to Medicine. Strong applicants (minimum AAAAB in leaving certificate to include Chemistry, English, Mathematics 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 email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • Please see the ‘International Foundation for Medicine‘ course at St Andrews.

Sweden: Avgångsbetyg / slutbetyg

  • Minimum: overall average of grade A with A in Chemistry, and A in two of Biology, Mathematics, or Physics.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 5 A grades (or 5 grades of 7) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Switzerland: School Leaving Certificate

  • Minimum: overall average of 6 with 6 in Chemistry and 6 in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. A third subject must be offered at 6. Biology and Mathematics must be offered even if not at 6.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

United States of America

  • High School Diploma with College Prep level classes, with a GPA of at least 3.5 on 4.0 scale (a minimum profile of A- or higher)
  • Minimum test scores of at least 3 APs at 5 to include Chemistry. SAT subject tests of 700+ might be taken into consideration.
  • Chemistry required in both Grade 11 and 12 to College Prep Level.
  • One of Biology, Mathematics or Physics also required in both Grade 11 and Grade 12.
  • Biology, Mathematics and English MUST be offered in Grade 11 or Year 12.
  • A decision to make an offer of a medical place will be based on attained grades for Grade 11 and the grades you are predicted to obtain in Grade 12.
  • In the SAT (Verbal, Mathematics and Critical Reading) a minimum of 1410 would be competitive.
  • A combined score of 30+ in the ACT would be comparable with SAT.

International Baccalaureate

  • See above for requirements.
For entry to Medicine at St Andrews, all non-native English speakers must achieve 7 in all four areas of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam, to be taken at one sitting. This is irrespective of any other English qualification achieved. IELTS scores have a recommended two year validity period and this time limit will be applied. Current General Medical Council (GMC) guidance recognises the IELTS exam as the most appropriate qualification evidencing English Language proficiency.

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 Mathematics 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 sturecruit@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.

European Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: overall score of 85% with 8+ in Chemistry and 8+ in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 8+ in one other subject. Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.
  • Standard Level Mathematics Studies is not acceptable.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Austria: Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Minimum: Overall score of 1 (sehr gut) with 1 (sehr gut) in all subjects, to include Chemistry and 1 (sehr gut) in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If Biology and Mathematics are not offered at 1 (sehr gut) then they must be offered at 2 (gut).
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Belgium: Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur

  • Minimum: Overall average grade of 8+ in the senior high school examination with 9 in Chemistry and 9 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Another subject must be offered at grade 9.  Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered even if not at grade 9.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Belgium: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs

  • Final grade of 19, must include Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics, or Physics.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

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 will be considered. However, conditions of offer would include a minimum of 85% overall in Year 12 with higher grades in 3 specified subjects, to include Chemistry and one other science (Biology, Mathematics or Physics).
  • 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 a likely grade of 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, Mathematics and English MUST be offered in 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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Czech Republic: Maturitni Zkouška / Maturita

  • Minimum overall average grade of 1 or above with grade 1 in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and grade 1 in a third subject. Biology and Mathematics must be offered even if not at grade 1.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Denmark: Senior High School Examination

  • Minimum overall average grade 11 or above with grade 12 in Chemistry and in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and grade 12 in a third subject. Mathematics and Biology must be offered even if not at grade 12.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Estonia: The Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus/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 degree.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Finland: Ylioppilastutkinto

  • Minimum: overall score of 7, including 7 in Chemistry and 7 in two of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 7 in one other subject. Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered even if not at score 7.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

France: French (science) Baccalaureate

  • Minimum: overall 17 with 17 in Chemistry/Physics, 17 also required in either Mathematics or Biology and in one other subject. Biology, Mathematics and English must be offered, even if not at 17.English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

German: Abitur

  • Minimum: a final score of 1.1 or better is required with 14 in Chemistry and 14 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

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, Mathematics and English.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • Applicants to exceed 580 points to include H1 in Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Biology. Mathematics at Ordinary level would be considered if Physics were offered at H1. These points will be calculated using the 6 highest graded subjects and also include the 25 bonus points for HL Mathematics..
  • 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 considered with an overall score of 95% on final diploma. Subjects to include Chemistry, Biology (or Natural Sciences), English and Mathematics.
  • Hours of science study will be assessed. For further information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Latvia: Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu

  • 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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Malta: Advamced Level Matriculation

  • AAA in advanced subjects to include Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If Biology, Mathematics and English are not offered at advanced level they must be offered at GCSE or SEC (grade B).
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Netherlands: Dutch VWO

  • Minimum: an average overall score of 8 to include 8 in Chemistry and 8 in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics and 8 in one other subject.  English, Mathematics and Biology should be offered in the VWO even if not offered at 8.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Poland: Swiadectwo Dojrzatości / Matura

  • Minimum: Overall average of 90% with 90% in Chemistry at Advanced Level and 90% in one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics at Advanced Level. If Biology, Mathematics or English are not offered at Advanced Level they must be offered at Basic Level with a score of 90%.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Portugal: Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundario

  • Minimum: Overall average of 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: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Romania: Diploma de Bacalaureat

  • Minimum: obtain an overall grade of 9.5 with 9.5 in all three 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.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Spain:Título de Bachillerato

  • Minimum: an overall score of 9 on final Bachillerato /PAU (Prueba de Acceso Universidad) including Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

South Africa: Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement)

  • This qualification is not accepted for entry to Medicine. Strong applicants (minimum AAAAB in leaving certificate to include Chemistry, English, Mathematics 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 email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Sweden: Avgångsbetyg / slutbetyg

  • Minimum: overall average of MVG with MVG in Chemistry, and MVG in two of Biology, Mathematics, or Physics.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

Switzerland: School Leaving Certificate

  • Minimum: overall average of 6 with 6 in Chemistry and 6 in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. A third subject must be offered at 6. Biology and Mathematics must be offered even if not at 6.
  • English Language requirements: see above.

Academic requirements to be considered for interview

To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record. We would expect applicants to offer a minimum of 8 A grades (or 6 A* grades) at GCSE (or equivalent ) to be taken at one sitting and to be predicted to achieve at least the minimum grades required in the relevant school leaving qualification. In addition the hours of science studied in the final two years of a school leaving qualification will be assessed. For more information email: medadmiss@st-andrews.ac.uk

United States of America

  • High School Diploma with College Prep level classes, with a GPA of at least 3.5 on 4.0 scale (a minimum profile of A- or higher)
  • Minimum test scores of at least 3 APs at 5, or SAT IIs 700+. This must include Chemistry and can be a combination of APs and SAT IIs.
  • Chemistry required in both Year 11 and 12 to College Prep Level
  • One of Biology, Mathematics or Physics also required in both Year 11 and Year 12.
  • If not offered in Year 11 and Year 12, then Biology, Mathematics and English MUST be offered in 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.
  • In the SAT I (Writing, Mathematics and Critical Reading) a minimum of 2000 would be competitive
  • A combined score of 30+ in the ACT would be comparable with SAT I

International Baccalaureate

  • See above for requirements.