Medicine

MEDICINE

Medicine is about helping people: treating illness, providing advice and reassurance, and promoting good health.

Right from the start you will get to practise clinical skills and make use of innovative technology.

Programme structure

This programme is based on integration of clinical and preclinical subjects, and on student-centred learning, and has a spiral course structure. This means that you will revisit topics on several occasions as you progress through the programme, each time with a more clinical focus and increasing depth. 

The programme is based around vertical themes that comprise the basic disciplines of medicine, such as anatomy and physiology, pathology and microbiology, clinical medicine and clinical surgery. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning, practical laboratory sessions and clinical bedside teaching. 

The programme comprises four phases.

Phase 1

Phase 1 takes up most of the first semester. This is a broad sweep of biomedical subjects, and early clinical and vocational skills. During this phase you will acquire the fundamentals of biomedical science, and the skills necessary for self-directed learning. The themes covered in this section include homeostasis, basic anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, and the fundamentals of health and illness in communities. 

Phase 2

Phase 2 takes up the second half of first year and all of second year. This is a system-based, integrated approach to biomedical sciences and basic clinical problems relating to individual systems. 

Phase 3

Phase 3 takes up the first 15 weeks of third year. This includes more in-depth didactic teaching on the principles of medicine and surgery, the pathological basis of disease, and clinical investigation and laboratory analysis, including radiology, clinical biochemistry, pathology and microbiology.

Phase 4

Phase 4 comprises the second half of year 3, all of year 4 and year 5 up to graduation. This is the final part of the programme, during which you will be attached to clinical specialties, including obstetrics and gynaecology, child health, psychological medicine, general practice, and more specialised aspects of medicine and surgery. During this phase you will spend most of your time in hospital attachments in Glasgow and in the wider West of Scotland and learn the clinical and practical skills necessary to work as a junior doctor.


During the summer vacations after third and fourth years you will be required to undertake two four-week periods of elective study. These are in subjects and locations of your choice and are designed to develop individual interests and to experience medical environments other than those provided on the programme.

Special Glasgow feature

You will be able to choose a variety of student-selected components that allow you to personalise your learning experience and pursue topics that are of special interest to you. A student-selected component may allow you to carry out projects overseas or to complete research projects.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

A-levels

  • 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 considered equal subjects. 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).

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 AND must achieve at least Grades A and B in two Advanced Highers.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Applicants are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5. S5 grades must include Chemistry and Biology, and either Maths or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics as crash Highers in S6, provided Grades AAAAA or AAAABB are achieved by S5. A minimum Grade B would be required in any crash Higher subject studied in S6. Biology and Human Biology are considered equal subjects. Applicants must have English at either Standard Grade (Grade 2), or an Intermediate 2. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6 and either 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). Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted. A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).

Graduate entry

  • 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 five years of the entry date. Applicants whose degree was obtained more than five 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 five years of entry (minimum grades AB, or AA with AS Level Biology). Graduates with a minimum of 2.1 Honours Degree obtained more than five years ago plus a Masters or PhD in a relevant field (obtained within five 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.

UKCAT

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.‌

Interview

You may be invited to attend an interview. These normally take place in December. 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 minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview.

English language requirements

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 24*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): A minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): B minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68minimum 60 in writing

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre 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 contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

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.

Accreditation

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. 

Important information

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

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. 

Degrees and UCAS codes

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

MBChB

  • KIS
    Pre-clinical Medicine: A100

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

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:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. 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 allowed 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 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: 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 2015.

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.

University Transfers

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.

Widening participation

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.

med-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk