There is a wide range of entrance qualification options for students of Medicine. To find out more about the minimum entry requirements for your qualifications, and to find out the requirements considered for interview, please read details about your qualification type and the country in which you have studied.
Applicants who re-take their advanced level studies to meet the entry requirements for Medicine will not normally be considered.
However, applicants with extenuating circumstances may be considered if they achieved qualification grades that are are ‘borderline’ for meeting the entry requirements for the medical programmes at St Andrews. Typically, 'borderline' is one grade below those required for entry. Applicants whose grades are less than ‘borderline’ for meeting the entry requirements will not be considered. For more information, please see the policy on extenuating circumstances for A100 and A990.
Re-sitting GCSEs (or equivalent) is allowed if the purpose is to meet a specific subject requirement. For example, GCSE English at grade C could be re-taken to achieve Grade B.
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Candidates who take more than the normal number of years to obtain their qualifications may be considered if there have been extenuating circumstances that are fully documented.
Applicants with extenuating circumstances may be considered if they achieved qualification grades that are ‘borderline’ for meeting the entry requirements for the medical programmes at St Andrews.
Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis, according to the information provided by the applicant and according to the guidelines given in the policy below. A Special Circumstances Committee for Medical Admission will consider such cases but only after an application has been made.
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Applicants who have recently had a change of career direction resulting in new subject options might be considered if their application is supported by a very strong previous academic performance and excellent predictions.
Applicants who did not complete the required advanced level subjects during their final years in high school to progress directly into medicine may be considered if they take advanced level qualifications subsequently to meet the entry requirement. Applicants must take the same qualification level, number of subjects and length of time to complete these as they would have done in school. Resits would not be considered.Applications will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
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Whether you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability depends on your educational background.
If you have completed your final four years of secondary or high school education in an English-medium school, this may be considered as evidence of English language ability. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the point of application, and the University of St Andrews reserves the right to ask for additional evidence of English language ability.
IELTS scores have a recommended two-year validity period, and this time limit will be applied.
For applicants for 2022 entry, the School of Medicine will accept the Academic only or Academic UKVI versions of the IELTS. Offer holders should also ensure they meet the UKVI English language visa requirements where necessary.
Undergraduates on courses other than Medicine who are in first year of an undergraduate programme will be considered if they have fulfilled the School's academic entry requirements before they began their undergraduate course. They must apply by the deadline of 15 October (first semester of first undergraduate year) and have sat the UCAT that year.
The School will not consider applicants who have progressed to second year. Meeting minimum entry requirements will not guarantee an offer – grades will have to be competitive within the applicant pool of the given year. No credit for the undergraduate year is given as all entrants must complete the full six years of the medical degree.
Undergraduates on medicine courses
Those who are already on, or have been on, an undergraduate medicine degree programme elsewhere will not be considered.
Applicants who already hold an undergraduate degree that is no more than five years old may apply to study Medicine at undergraduate level.
To be considered for interview, applicants must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) the following grades:
- Upper second or first class Honours degree in Science (or equivalent) obtained within the previous five years prior to entry.
- B grade in Chemistry at Higher or A-Level, or at Advanced Higher.
- B grade in Biology, English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent.
- Applicants whose undergraduate degree is more than five years old will not be considered, unless an applicant has continued directly into PhD level study. Applicants who have continued directly into PhD study will be considered if their PhD degree is under five years old.
- A lower second class Honours degree followed by a second degree (first or upper second class Honours, Masters or PhD) will not be accepted.
- Those who have previously studied on undergraduate medicine degree programmes will not be considered.
- Applicants can re-sit Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and English qualifications to achieve the required grade (or grades) if not achieved at the time of leaving school.
- Examples of qualifications or study that might be accepted instead of Higher/Advanced Higher/A level Chemistry:
- 20 credits of undergraduate level Chemistry at high grades.
- Modules of mixed science (for example, Biochemistry) are not accepted – modules must be pure Chemistry.
- Open University – Chemistry: essential concepts module S215 – 60% or above.
- SAT Chemistry – 700+
- University of Glasgow – Access to Science, Engineering and Nursing: Chemistry ADED11406E – grade B.
- Other access courses and HNC qualifications are not accepted as they do not offer enough Chemistry.
- A GPA of 3.5 is considered to be the equivalent of an upper second class Honours degree. For advice with regard to degree classifications from other countries, please email email@example.com.
- A reference from your university tutor commenting on your academic performance and suitability for medicine should be part of your UCAS application. If you have not yet achieved your degree, the reference should include a predicted degree classification.
- Graduates need to supply an academic transcript of their performance at university at the time of application.
Please also see the four-year ScotGEM graduate entry programme.