University Of Glasgow For Medicine

University Of Glasgow For Medicine

Welcome to the University of Glasgow Undergraduate Medical School

The Undergraduate School is one of the largest in the United Kingdom, and has a unique brand that reflects the exposure of medical undergraduates to research leaders and teachers in clinical and basic science. Our students have the opportunity to experience a diverse mixture of clinical attachments that range from National Tertiary Referral services to single-handed rural General Practice. Our Medical Graduates are highly regarded for the breadth of their undergraduate experience and ability. The City of Glasgow and surrounding West of Scotland provide an environment, with unrivalled and diverse opportunities for medical training. We aspire to train medical graduates who are highly sought after in every branch of medicine, equipped for postgraduate training in the UK and in other healthcare systems, and who are equipped for a career in Medicine in the 21st Century.

University Of Glasgow For Medicine



The Undergraduate Medical School generates and sustains excellence in education and research in a friendly, supportive and stimulating academic environment. Our medical graduates are highly regarded for the breadth of their undergraduate experience and ability.

You will attend teaching and gain clinical experience in a variety of clinical environments throughout the West of Scotland, including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This is among Europe’s largest acute hospitals, and includes a purpose-built learning and teaching facility, teaching laboratories and a state-of-the-art clinical skills suite.

Medicine at Glasgow is ranked 1st in Scotland in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.


Our innovative and forward-thinking curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching styles which include small-group teaching, problem-based learning, lectures, Vocational and Clinical Studies, labs and e-learning. You will gain experience of a clinical environment from year 1. The MBChB follows a “spiral curriculum” where subject material is revisited at different stages of the curriculum with increasing depth and clinical focus.

You will undertake two periods of elective study, and can select from over 20 intercalated degree options, allowing flexibility to study areas of personal interest in more depth. Our award-winning Wolfson Medical School Building offers you 24-hour access to library facilities, and a first-class clinical skills suite.

We have strong links with the Postgraduate Deanery, ensuring a smooth transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate training, and produce highly trained, competent graduates who are equipped for the Foundation Training programme, for higher training, and the challenges of medicine in the 21st century.


Phase 1 occupies the first half of year 1. It is an overview of basic biomedical sciences, providing you with the knowledge required to engage in the rest of the undergraduate programme. You will undertake sessions in Vocational and Professional Studies, have your first Clinical Skills sessions and undertake a clinical visit to an A&E ward or General Practice.


Phase 2 occupies the second part of year 1 and the whole of year 2. It is a system-by-system programme that covers the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry (and related biomedical sciences) of the major clinical systems. It also includes sessions of Vocational and Professional Studies, Communication Skills and Clinical Skills.


Phase 3 occupies the first half of year 3 and is a system-by-system cycle through clinical systems with the focus on pathophysiology, building on knowledge acquired in Phases 1 & 2. There are major contributions from pathology, microbiology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and clinical pharmacology, and the small-group teaching is focused on clinical cases, using case-based learning (CBL), with a clinical tutor. You also have one day per week in hospital or general practice. You will also receive clinical procedural skills teaching.


Phase 4 occupies the second half of year 3, all of year 4 and the first half of year 5. It is based in hospitals and in general practice, with dedicated academic days. Teaching is structured around 5-10 week clinical attachments, and you will rotate through general medicine and surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, child health, general practice, psychiatry, and a variety of hospital sub-specialties.


Preparation for Practice follows the final examinations and involves shadowing foundation-year doctors in hospital, usually attached to the hospital units in which you will work. A lecture programme is also included in this attachment. Successful completion of Preparation for Practice is a prerequisite to graduate.


You will have early contact with patients through hospital visits, clinical training and Communication Skills, starting in year 1.


The MBChB at Glasgow begins Clinical Skills training in year 1. The early years focus on clinical assessment, including normal clinical history and examination and clinical procedural skills; with the focus in the later years being on pathological findings and diagnosis.


You will be able to choose a variety of student-selected components (SSCs) that allow you to personalise your learning experience. SSCs are five week-long blocks selected by students from a range of available options and are undertaken in years 2, 3 and 4 of the curriculum. Projects cover topics from the core curriculum as well as topics outside medicine including humanities and languages. Self-proposed SSCs can be carried out in hospitals or research laboratories in the UK or overseas.


The MBChB at Glasgow is unusual in having two electives, each for four weeks, during the vacations at the end of years 3 and 4. Electives are experiential in nature, obtaining personal, professional and clinical experiences in any recognised clinical specialty, including general practice and public health. Well-planned research electives are also possible. Over 50% of electives are taken in the UK, especially at the end of year 3, but many are also taken overseas.


The School of Medicine offers a one-year intercalated BSc degree, with over 20 options, and also a two-year BSc (Hons). These are taken between years 3 and 4 of the MBChB and involve an intensive period of study and training in a scientific discipline.


Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Chemistry AND one of A-level Mathematics, Physics or Biology. All must be AAA in three A2 examinations at one sitting. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable as third subjects. If Biology is not studied at A2 level, it must have been taken at AS-level and a grade A is required. Biology and Human Biology are NOT considered as separate subjects at A-level. Mathematics and Further Mathematics are NOT considered as separate subjects at A-level. GCSE English at grade B or above is required. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 AND EITHER Grade A and B in two Advanced Highers AND one additional Higher at B or above in S6. OR BBB in three Advanced Highers in S6. All to be taken at the first sitting.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Applicants are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5. Higher grades must include Chemistry AND Biology AND either Mathematics or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics as Highers in S6, provided grades AAAAA or AAAABB are achieved by S5. A minimum grade B would be required in any required Higher subject studied in S6. Advanced Highers are normally only considered from S6. There are no subject requirements for Advanced Highers in S6. Biology and Human Biology are NOT considered as separate subjects at Higher. English at National 5 level at grade B or above. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AAABB/AAAAC at S5, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirement, see Access Glasgow.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: D3, D3, D3
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Applicants who possess Pre-U Diploma grades of D3, D3 and D3 achieved in one sitting, including Principal Subjects Chemistry and one of Maths, Physics or Biology will be considered further. If Biology is not studied at Pre-U diploma level, it should be taken to at least AS level (a minimum of grade A is required).  Biology and Human Biology are considered as equal subjects.  We do not consider Maths and Further Maths as two separate subjects at Pre-U diploma level. A GCSE pass in English at a minimum of Grade B is also required.

Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A-level subjects are acceptable if three subjects are offered overall at grades D3 or A.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry HL6 AND Biology HL6 AND Mathematics OR Physics at HL (if it is not possible to sit Mathematics or Physics at HL, then SL will be considered at 6 points). Minimum of 6 points in English at SL. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).


Applications to Medicine will be considered from graduates provided they have a minimum of 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant science degree, obtained within seven years of the entry date. Applicants whose degree was obtained more than seven years from the date of entry, or graduated in a non-science degree will be required to have A-level/Scottish Higher Chemistry and A-level/AS-level/Scottish Higher Biology to be sat within seven years of entry (minimum grades AB, or AA with AS-level Biology). Graduates with a minimum of 2.1 Honours degree obtained more than seven years ago plus a Masters or PhD in a relevant field (obtained within seven years of the entry date) may compensate for not having Higher/A-level Chemistry and Biology. Graduate applicants must also complete the UKCAT and may be invited for interview.

Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry Graduates

We welcome applications from graduates of BVMS/BDS degrees. The degree must be completed within the last seven years of the entry date and all other entry requirements apply: please see: Undergraduate Medical School: Medicine Admissions. Dentistry graduate candidates will be considered for entry into Year 3 only.  The intake is dependent on MBChB year group size (which is confirmed and therefore varies each year). Veterinary graduate candidates will be considered for entry into Year 1 only.


All applicants must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test ( by the deadline date in the same year as application. Information on how the UKCAT scores will be used in the admissions process is available at: Undergraduate Medical School: Medicine Admissions: UKCAT.‌


Interviews: You may be invited to attend an interview. Candidates receiving offers are those who not only achieve the academic standards required but who also show they have seriously considered the implications of a medical career and who display the characteristics desirable in a future doctor, as well as demonstrating a commitment, motivation and enthusiasm for a medical career. Although specific work experience in a hospital or general practice is not essential, it is important for all applicants to find out about the realities of a career in medicine. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview.


Medical career options range from hospital-based specialties such as surgery, to community-based specialties such as general practice. A degree in Medicine opens the door to careers in clinical research, and also to many other career opportunities. Following your final examinations, there is a nine-week period of study in preparation for work experience in which you will shadow a Foundation Year 1 doctor. Almost all of our graduates start their careers as doctors with the NHS in hospitals around Scotland, although some travel further afield to various parts of England and Northern Ireland. We have strong links with the West of Scotland Postgraduate Deanery, ensuring a smooth transition from undergraduate to postgraduate training.


At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.


When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Medicine: A100



How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2017 Entry

The list of scholarships above are specific to this programme for more available scholarships please search the scholarship database

 University Of Glasgow For Medicine



The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.


The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.


We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

University Of Glasgow For Medicine


An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.


For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.


Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.


We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

All applications must be received by UCAS by 15 October. Late applications are not normally considered. If applying for Medicine (A100) you must limit your choice to four medical schools only. If you apply to more than four medical schools, your application will not be forwarded to institutions by UCAS. You are encouraged to read the MBChB admissions guide.

Medicine admissions 
Mrs Coleen Anderson
Medical School Office
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
tel: +44 (0)141 330 6216