University of Aberdeen

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

At Aberdeen, you will study medicine in a thriving medical school that is co-located on one of the largest clinical sites in Europe with superb teaching and extensive research facilities. Our modern, dynamic and clearly delivered MBChB uses a systems-based, integrated approach. Our curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated in response to changing GMC guidance, scientific and medical advances, changes in healthcare delivery and changes in educational theory and practice. Early patient contact means you will be working with patients right from the very start of the programme. On site facilities include a large teaching hospital, paediatric and maternity hospitals which means that you will have access to and be taught by experienced clinicians who are at the forefront of modern clinical research and practice. With an impressive history of medical discovery and innovation, Aberdeen is the first choice for aspiring medical students looking to embark on a career that will make a real difference not just to the care of individuals but to society as a whole.

Course details


Students undertake a step-by-step approach to the development of knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through a systems-based approach to learning. Medical students have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge by undertaking a one year intercalated honours degree in Medical Science or Medical Humanities at the end of year 3 or 4. All students will enjoy a clinical attachment experiencing remote & rural medicine in year 4, with the opportunity to undertake the whole year outwith Aberdeen.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used to carry out formative and summative assessments including: Written Exams - These test factual knowledge, but can also test clinical reasoning/diagnostic skills. Course Work - In some courses, essays or reports are written. Some involve working in groups to produce posters and presentations. Clinical Exams - Clinical, diagnostic skills, disease management and a range of professional skills including ethics are encompassed within clinical exams.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Medical Council

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved and budget accordingly. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for BOTH your tuition fees and your living costs. Please visit please visit the Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences website for information on additional ACT Levy charge that will be applied on top of fees.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Re-application to the MBChB programme after an unsuccessful application - We are happy to consider an application from a candidate who has previously applied to our medical programme but was unsuccessful. However, we recommend that candidates who have been unsuccessful in their first application ask for feedback from the Admissions Lead to ensure that a second application addresses areas of weakness. It should be noted that where a candidate is applying for a second or third time, the Admissions team will take into account information from earlier applications and any interview outcomes. Where a candidate has applied to the Aberdeen MB ChB degree programme and been unsuccessful on three occasions, we are normally unable to consider any further applications. Applicants offering qualifications not listed above can find more information on our website -

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

All entrants are required to join the Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Further information will be provided should you accept an offer.

Health checks

All potential medical students are required to undergo screening for blood borne viruses. Details will be provided should you accept an offer.


Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI's).

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

All applicants will be expected to undertake the UCAT test before they apply.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 7.0 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above.
TOEFL (iBT)100Listening - 21 or above; Reading - 22 or above; Speaking - 28 or above; Writing - 21 or above.
PTE Academic70Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 70 or above; Writing - 59 or above.
Trinity ISEPassPass overall at ISE III with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.

To study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. Alternative English Language qualifications are NOT accepted for Medicine (MB ChB) applicants. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your course, unless otherwise stated.

Medicine English Language Requirements are detailed here:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £47500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £47500 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU/International - This includes the mandatory national levy to cover the cost of tuition in the NHS. Further details can be found

Sponsorship information

View the University of Aberdeen Online Prospectus programme page to find out about any scholarships and funding you may be able to apply for.

Medicine at University of Aberdeen - UCAS