The University of Edinburgh

Medicine The University of Edinburgh Degree level: Undergraduate

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Edinburgh Medical School has been leading medical education, training and research for the past 300 years. Pioneers such as the creator of anaesthesia, James Young Simpson, and Joseph Lister, discoverer of antiseptic, studied here. In recent years the Medical School has led major medical innovations in stem cell research, cancer, immunity and many other fields.

Medicine at Edinburgh offers a modern, innovative curriculum designed to prepare you for contemporary medical practice. Our aim is for you to graduate as a competent, ethical and reflective doctor, with the care of patients as your first concern. You will graduate as an excellent communicator and team player, prepared for complex and uncertain situations, equipped for ongoing personal development, and trained for high professional achievement and leadership.

The breadth and depth of medical knowledge is expanding exponentially, with advances in medical science and research rapidly translated into clinical practice. Edinburgh's future doctors will be equipped with an understanding of the underpinning science, and the clinical skills to treat patients effectively, as well as the personal attributes and attitudes required by medical practice and to meet the standards of good medical practice as laid out by the General Medical Council (GMC).

We are the only Scottish institution to offer a six-year MBChB programme, which includes a year of full-time, research-based study in Year 3. We have a long history of medical students taking a year of intercalated, research-based study as part of their medical training and our programme embeds this research year in to the training of all of our medical cohort. Many students will either present or publish their research findings, which is beneficial to their future career, and our graduates typically perform well in entrance exams for the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons. You will choose from a range of more than 20 third year honours programmes that cover biomedical and clinical science as well as the medical humanities. These include diverse disciplines such as neuroscience, immunology, global health, anthropology and sociology of medicine and health sciences, which has surgical, medical and primary care streams.

At the end of the programme you will graduate with both a research-based Bachelor of Medical Sciences honours degree and an MBChB primary medical qualification. You will have a deep understanding of medical research and evidence-based medicine, and will have developed your analytical skills. All these will be useful in your chosen career, allowing you to understand and lead innovation in all fields of medicine from general practice to hospital-based specialties or public health. Progression directly from Years 2 to 4 is possible but will only be considered in special circumstances, such as graduate entrants with prior research experience.

The MBChB curriculum content is designed to meet the GMC’s outcomes for graduates. These will be achieved as you progress through your courses and attachments based on the human experience, activity and behaviour, from biomedical sciences to clinical practice within GP practices and hospital attachments in Edinburgh and across south east Scotland. By the end of the programme, you will be well equipped for a career in academic medicine, general practice or hospital medicine.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code A100
Institution code E56
Campus name Central area campus
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAA Required subjects: A Level: Chemistry and one of Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics at grade A. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics at grade B/6 in . Double Award combined sciences or equivalent at Grade BB/66 may replace GCSE grades in sciences. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science are not accepted.
Scottish Higher AAAAB These grades must be achieved at Higher by end of S5, plus BB at Advanced Higher. Required subjects: Highers: Chemistry and two of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. For some applicants this subject combination is not possible at S5. Students who meet the grade requirements in S5 but are missing one or more sciences may take the missing subject(s) in S6. Human Biology may replace Biology. National 5s: Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics at grade B. Offers are conditional on S6 performance.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 37 points Award of Diploma with 37 points (including TOK and EE) with 766 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Chemistry and at least one other science subject. SL: Biology (if not at HL). You must also provide evidence of a qualification at minimum National 5 grade B or GCSE B or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if these subjects do not form part of your IB diploma. If you are using English /English Language at SL as part of the English language requirement, you must obtain Grade 5. From 2021, only the Mathematics: Analysis and approaches pathway will be accepted where Mathematics is required.

All examination grades must be obtained at the first attempt of each subject. Those applying with resit qualifications will not be entered into the selection system unless under very exceptional circumstances (for which verified evidence has been provided prior to UCAS application).

Applications for graduate entry to first year are welcomed.

Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that students enrolled on a programme that involves practical training in a clinical environment, and that leads to a professional registerable qualification, are fit to practise. This is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the profession the student wishes to enter. Students will be provided with further information on admission. All medical graduates must complete a period of further training, normally in a hospital environment. The Admissions Committee is required to ensure all applicants have the physical capability to fulfil the responsibilities of such posts effectively and safely. Applicants with disabilities or other health problems are encouraged to seek advice from the University prior to application. Further information about fitness to train is available on the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners website.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAB Required subjects: A Level: Chemistry and one of Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics at grade A. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics at grade B/6 in . Double Award combined sciences or equivalent at Grade BB/66 may replace GCSE grades in sciences. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science are not accepted.
Scottish Higher AAABB These grades must be achieved at Higher by end of S5, plus CC at Advanced Higher. Required subjects: Highers: Chemistry and two of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. For some applicants this subject combination is not possible at S5. Students who meet the grade requirements in S5 but are missing one or more sciences may take the missing subject(s) in S6. Human Biology may replace Biology. National 5s: Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics at grade B. Offers are conditional on S6 performance.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points Award of Diploma (including TOK and EE) with 36 overall with 666 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Chemistry and at least one other science subject. SL: Biology (if not at HL). You must also provide evidence of a qualification at minimum National 5 grade B or GCSE B or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if these subjects do not form part of your IB diploma. If you are using English /English Language at SL as part of the English language requirement, you must obtain Grade 5. From 2021, only the Mathematics: Analysis and approaches pathway will be accepted where Mathematics is required.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

All applicants need to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) during the summer prior to application. We accept all UCAT scores and have no minimum requirement. We also consider the Situational Judgement section of the UCAT test separately.

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

In accordance with Department of Health guidelines, students being admitted to the MBChB need to undergo viral screening for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and be immunised against hepatitis B. This is part of the induction process for the MBChB. Applicants holding places in these programmes will receive further information. A positive result in any test will not necessarily preclude entry to the MBChB.

Interview

Please note: we are currently reviewing the selection process for 2020 entry and will update our website as and when new information becomes available. We are planning the introduction of interviews for our medicine degree for entry 2020 onwards and more details about this will be available on our website in summer 2020.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £1,820 * Year 1
International £32,100 Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £1,820 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

England/Wales/Northern Ireland - The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2019 entry. For 2020 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. Scotland - The 2020 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2020. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU -2020 entry EU students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students, will retain that status for the duration of their studies, and are eligible for tuition fee support from the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). International - Full time international students will pay this fixed annual fee rate for Years 1, 2 and 3. For Years 4, 5 and 6 the fixed annual fee will be £49,900. All overseas students who accept an offer of a place will have to pay a fee deposit, which is a third of the year's fees. For up-to-date information www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/tuition-fees/undergraduate

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