How students are selected

The selection process for applicants to Medicine includes an assessment of all information on the application form including:

  • academic performance
  • personal statement and reference
  • UCAT scores.

The School has a limited number of interview places (around 400). To be considered for interview, applicants must have:

  • a strong academic record
  • a positive reference
  • relevant, medically related work experience (see qualities and experience on the entry requirements page).

Applicants meeting these requirements will be ranked on the basis of their UCAT global score. Those ranked in the top 400 or so will be given an interview. Decisions to make offers will be based on the interview score and the ‘route’ to which applicants have applied. Where applicants have the same interview score, the global UCAT score will be used to differentiate between them.

The interview process

Invitations to attend an interview will be emailed to applicants at various times from November up to March. Interviews take place in St Andrews on a couple of dates in December and then in the following January, February and early March.  

Following interview, applicants who applied via UCAS will be notified of the decision from UCAS. Those who submitted a direct application will be notified via email. The majority of decisions are made in mid to late March when it is clear where applicant scores fit within the overall ranking for the different 'routes' of application.