How students are selected

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

  • academic performance
  • personal statement and reference
  • UKCAT scores

We have a limited number of interview places (around 400). To be considered for interview applicants must have a strong academic record, a positive reference and relevant, medically related work experience (see Qualities and Experience tab on Entry Requirements page). Applicants meeting these requirements will be ranked on the basis of their UKCAT global score. Those ranked in the top 400 or so will be given an interview. Decisions to make offers will be based on the interview score and the global UKCAT score.

Interviews take place in December and then in the following January, February and March. Applicants who applied via UCAS will be notified of decisions via UCAS and those who submitted a direct application will be notified via email.

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.

The Interview Process

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

Interviews take place from December 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:

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 be signed. If your Passport ID is not signed, you must bring an alternative ID.
The interviews for entry to the Medical School at the University of St Andrews are in the format of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) consisting of a small number of ‘mini’ interviews. For the 2016/17 admissions cycle there will be 6 or more ‘mini’ interviews or stations. We also intend to use the SJT as an element of our interview process; with the score being incorporated into the interview score.

At interview you will be expected to demonstrate that you have an understanding of medicine as a career and that you appreciate the realities of working in a caring profession. Your communication and interpersonal skills will be assessed at each station and at least one station will involve role-play and interaction with an actor. You will also be assessed on your ability to discuss ethical issues.

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.
Feedback on application

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
KY16 9AX


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