Gateway to Medicine (G2M) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS

Course summary

A new route to a rewarding career in medicine. Our Gateway2Medicine (G2M) programme offers young people from a widening access background in Scotland the opportunity to study medicine. This programme has been designed to transform the aspirations and ambitions of secondary school pupils from a widening access background in Scotland, and who may have considered that application to medical school is too ambitious, unrealistic and out of their reach. Our unique partnership with North East Scotland College (NESCOL) provides an accessible and supportive route into medicine, enabling applicants to reach their full potential and achieve their dream of becoming a doctor. Students who successfully complete the one year G2M programme and meet UCAT and interview requirements will be granted a place on the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree programme. Our G2M programme comprises elements of the University of Aberdeen’s longstanding Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies and the HNC/HND in Applied Sciences provided by NESCOL. Courses in Semester 1 (August to December) will be delivered by NESCOL at its Aberdeen City Campus. Semester 2 (January to May) will be based at the University of Aberdeen. The programme also includes a work experience. NHS Grampian has guaranteed every G2M student Healthcare Support Worker-level paid employment.


The first half-session will be centred in NESCOL in Aberdeen and may include the following components: Cell Biology: Theory and Lab Skills; Biochemistry: Theory and Lab Skills; Fundamental Chemistry: Theory and Lab Skills; Human body structure and function Proteins structure and function; Science presentation skills. The first half-session programme (August to December) will include regular activities at the medical school e.g. clinical skills and student-led social/support activities including sporting and cultural events. The second half-session will be centred within University of Aberdeen and comprise the following four courses: Chemistry for the Life Sciences; The Cell; Fitness, Performance and Survival; Introduction to Health and Health Services in the UK.

Assessment method

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

Graduates, non-Scottish domiciled applicants, international applicants, and previous undergraduates are not eligible to apply.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must meet the Academic and Non-Academic criteria to be considered for entry on to the G2M programme. Please see our G2M website for full information about the eligibility criteria and non-academic requirements you must meet.

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

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If you have any prior charges or criminal convictions you must declare this information on your application form; this includes both spent and unspent convictions, and also cautions and warnings. We may seek further information in line with the GMC guidelines.


Only candidates who meet the academic and eligibility criteria are invited to interview.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Overall - 7.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 7.0; Writing - 6.0. IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training are not accepted.
TOEFL (iBT)100TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition (online) - DI code is 0818: Overall - 100 with: Listening - 21; Reading - 22; Speaking - 28; Writing - 21.
PTE Academic70Overall - 70 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 70; Writing - 59. Online Test is not accepted.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall - 185 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 185; Writing -169.
Institution's Own TestValid for one year, refresher can be offered if out of date.
Trinity ISEPassPass overall at ISE III with a distinction in writing and merit in the other 3 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:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £21900 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £21900 Year 1
International £21900 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

EU/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 arrange all your funding for BOTH your tuition fees and your living costs.
Gateway to Medicine (G2M) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS