Coronavirus information and guidance

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 (over 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 usually take place in St Andrews on dates in late November and early December and then in the following January, February and early March. 

For 2022 entry, interviews will be held online using Microsoft Teams. 

Decisions and feedback

Decisions to make offers will be based on the multiple mini interviews. Applicants will be notified of decisions via UCAS. Although some decisions may be made earlier on in the admissions cycle, the majority of decisions will not be made until mid-March.

The information on UCAS Track will include some feedback as to why an applicant was unsuccessful in their application.

Please see the University’s admissions policy for information on the appeal process.