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.
Medicine at Glasgow since 1751: We have a long and proud history of outstanding achievements in medical science by world-renowned physicians such as Joseph Lister (antisepsis), George Beatson (breast cancer), John Macintyre (X-rays and radiology), William Hunter (anatomy and obstetrics) and Ian Donald (ultrasound).
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.
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. Students also have one day per week in hospital or general practice. Students 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 students rotate through general medicine and surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, child health, general practice, psychiatry, and a variety of hospital sub-specialties.
Preparation for Practice
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.
Vocational & Professional Studies
Glasgow students 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 unique 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.
Our international links
We have a global outlook, with strong links to medical schools abroad. Our students benefit from opportunities to experience medicine in other cultures and from undergraduate life in a University which promotes internationalisation.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry and one of Maths, 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. Maths and Further Maths are NOT considered as separate subjects at A-level. A GCSE pass in English at Grade B is required. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 AND achieve Grades A and B in two 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 Maths or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Maths 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. Applicants must have English at either Standard Grade (Grade 2), Intermediate 2 or 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: 38 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6 and either Maths or Physics at HL (if it is not possible to sit Maths or Physics at HL, then SL will be considered at 6 points). A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required. 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.
We do not offer an accelerated course for graduates and successful graduate applicants commence Year 1, except for Dental/Veterinary graduates or where we have a formal transfer system between schools, i.e. University of St Andrews Medical School and the International Medical University.
We welcome applications from graduates of BVMS/BDS degrees. These candidates will be considered for entry into Year 3 only. The intake is dependent on MBChB year group size, which varies each year and is normally determined in March. We will therefore only be able to allocate places if capacity for that year allows.
Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry Graduates
We welcome applications from graduates of BVMS/BDS degrees. The degree must be completed within the last five years of the entry date and all other entry requirements apply: please see: Undergraduate Medical School: Medicine Admissions. These 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).
All applicants must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (www.ukcat.ac.uk) 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.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 7.0
- no sub-test less than 7.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 100; no sub-test less than: Reading: 24; Listening: 24; Speaking: 23; Writing: 27
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; with 70 in each skill
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
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.
Information for applicants
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBChB (or equivalent) 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. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.
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. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.
Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.
There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.
In addition the GMC is currently considering whether to introduce a formal assessment that all doctors would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.
Fitness to Practise
Where a programme of study requires the student to act in the course of practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, children, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, the University has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise. Fitness to Practise is assessed not only in terms of academic attainment but also in accordance with relevant professional concerns and expectations. Students registered to study medicine are subject to separate Fitness to Practise procedures. A copy of the Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise will be made available to MBChB students.
Hepatitis B is a serious blood-borne virus (BBV). This can be passed between a doctor and patient. Healthcare workers must ensure that they do everything possible to protect themselves and their patients from this infection.
Students must complete a full course of immunisation against the Hepatitis B virus. The immunisation process can take up to nine months and applicants are therefore advised to commence this process at the earliest possible opportunity. However, it is not a requirement for students to have completed the immunisation process prior to registration. Please also note that your GP is NOT under obligation to immunise you.
Medical students can complete the full course of Hepatitis B immunisation by attending the University’s Occupational Health Unit. This can only be done once they are registered as a student. The immunisation process must be completed by 30 June of the first year of the programme. A candidate who has not satisfactorily completed their Hepatitis B immunisation will not be permitted to register and attend classes in the following session until such time as this has been satisfactorily completed.
Confirmation of a student’s Hepatitis B Surface Antigen status is identified by the University’s Occupational Health Unit’s screening programme, prior to registration in September. No student will be registered without having this blood test. Identification of Hepatitis B in a potential student will not preclude registration to undergraduate Medicine. At the health screening, students will be tested for blood-borne viruses.
If you are concerned you may be at risk of being a carrier of the Hepatitis B virus or any other BBV you should have this checked immediately, and if positive, you must contact the Medical School as soon as possible so that discussion can take place on whether reasonable modifications would be required to be made within the undergraduate course.
Disclosure Scotland: Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme
If you are made an offer to the MBChB programme you will be required to undertake a Criminal Convictions check. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details regarding this process would be sent with an offer letter. If an unsatisfactory criminal records check is received or the records check is not received by the Medical School’s deadline date you may be excluded from the programme.
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
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 over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:
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 www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
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.
Will I be interviewed?
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.
Is deferred entry available?
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:
- 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
- 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.
British Sign Language
UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.
Apply at www.ucas.com 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.