Quality Assurance and Results

When it comes to student satisfaction, St Andrews School of Medicine is one of the best medical schools in the UK.

2015 National Student Survey
Overall Satisfaction
For the past four years we have consistently been ranked at the very top end of the league table for student satisfaction. In the 2015 National Student Survey, we scored 96% for overall satisfaction with the course, and have not dipped below 94% since the start of the survey in 2011.

Our BSc Honours programme meets the requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) who, in their 2008 report stated: ‘We consider the supportive atmosphere and ethos to be an integral part of the course’. The GMC have also commended the School on various areas of innovation and good practice, including excellent links with NHS Fife, the depth of anatomy teaching, the breadth of dissertation topics and the development of high quality clinical and communication skills teaching.

In addition, an internal review conducted in May 2011 reported that there was: ‘broad confidence in learning and teaching in the School of Medicine’ (the highest level of approval!). This review also highlighted, amongst other aspects, the School’s devoted and enthusiastic teaching staff, the strong scientific basis of its curriculum and the excellent facilities.

Interprofessional Learning within the Academic and Practice Placement Setting


Preparing students for future collaborative working is central to the interprofessional learning opportunities which are imbedded within the undergraduate medical curriculum in St Andrews.

Within the 3rd year clinical attachments, students’ link with nursing, allied health and social work students as part of a ward based interprofessional learning opportunity. This module is delivered in a renal ward within the Victoria Hospital in NHS Fife and lead by facilitators from various health and social work backgrounds. The interprofessional learning activities enable students to interact with patients and explore the roles and responsibilities of each healthcare professional during the process of discharge planning

Within the MD4003 Medical Science module, students participate in a ward simulation exercise. This has recently been developed and improved by piloting the exercise with 2nd year BSc Nursing students from the University of Dundee (Fife Campus). As an interprofessional learning activity, this provides students with the opportunity to explore the skills required to work as part of a team and to develop their understanding of some of the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare team within a hospital ward environment.

As a member of the Fife Board for Interprofessional Clinical Skills Education (IPCSE), the medical school also works collaboratively with the University of Dundee and NHS Fife. This collaboration involves planning and implementing a programme of interprofessional learning opportunities within the practice placement setting. This programme is delivered to students from a variety of programmes of study within health and social care who pass through NHS Fife for their placements.

Further information regarding IPCSE activities can be accessed via the Knowledge Network Community Space