All applicants must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test by the deadline date in the same year as application.

General overview

Applicants wishing to apply for medicine and dentistry must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test prior to application.

Applicants should note that this is not a test of prior knowledge and will not involve essay writing.  Bursaries are available for those in the UK or EU in receipt of certain state educational benefits in their country of residence. All applicants must visit for further information and instruction.

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is taken into consideration along with all other aspects of your application.  The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement.  The test assesses a wide range of mental abilities and behavioural attributes which have been identified as important by university medical and dental schools.

Please visit for further information and registration/test deadlines.

How we use UKCAT at the University of Glasgow - 2019 entry

The UKCAT results are an important part of the MBChB Admissions process.  The incorporation of the UKCAT results into the admissions process is reviewed on an annual basis.

For entry in September 2019 the Medical School will interview approximately 700 applicants.  An interview or entry is not guaranteed.  Applicants should note that they will be considered within their year of application and by the standard presented during that admissions cycle alone.

We consider the UKCAT with all other aspects of the application.  The range of scores we consider changes each year as the performance of each admissions cohort varies.  'The Situational Judgement' section of the UKCAT test will not be taken into consideration for entry in 2019.

To help you determine what previous scores would have been considered (although it does vary each year), please visit our MBChB Admissions Data document.

Applicants who have not sat the UKCAT will not be considered for entry.


Applicants applying to Glasgow Undergraduate Medical School who have received additional time and/or support arrangements for the UKCAT are required to supply supporting documentation.  We require written confirmation from the appropriate specialist or health professional that these arrangements were necessary and reflect recent support received by the applicant for academic examinations.  Specification of a percentage for additional time must be made if additional time was given in the UKCAT.   A verified scanned copy (signed to verify it is a copy of the original document) will be acceptable.  Please note that we may need to pass this information to the University’s Disability Service as part of the verification process.  The information received from the applicant will be held until the end of the admissions process, or should your application be successful, until you commence medicine at Glasgow.

As stated in UKCAT guidance, results may be declared void if candidates cannot evidence their entitlement to extra time when it is requested by their chosen universities, so it is important that you provide the information required within the specified time-frame.  We are happy to discuss further - please email if you need further information or advice.

Please note that the University canoffer up to 25% additional time for examinations for eligible students, in addition to a range of support and provisions. Candidates who have been allowed more than 25% extra time in examinations should be aware that they should discuss their support needs with the Disability Service at the University to ascertain what support arrangements the University could put in place for them, should they enter as a student.  Information on the Disability Service can be found at

We would strongly encourage early contact with the Disability Service.

Test validity and reliability

See the UKCAT website for up-to-date information.

The UKCAT has been developed to assist in creating a 'level playing field' for applicants from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. All test questions are written by assessment experts and must pass detailed trials and analysis to ensure that they are valid and reliable.

All questions, test duration, sequencing and style will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and matched against candidate performance to ensure that the test is culturally fair and bias is minimised.

There is a constant programme of new item development in order to "refresh" the tests on a regular basis; this strategy includes the testing of new questions as non-scoring components of the test.

Further information can be found on the UKCAT web pages.

Test preparation

We encourage you to sit the UKCAT in June, July or August as test dates in September and October attract a higher test fee. When registering on the UKCAT website please ensure you enter your full name as it appears on your birth certificate and/or passport. You should also do this when completing your UCAS application. We ask you to do this as it helps UKCAT subsequently to match your test results to your UCAS application.

NOTE: The University medical and dental schools participating in UKCAT do not endorse any commercially available preparatory course or material for the UKCAT.

The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement and does not draw on any particular body of knowledge or curriculum that you can learn in advance. We encourage you to practise answering the types of questions that will be presented in the UKCAT and to familiarise yourself with the test format so that you know how to move the mouse, answer questions and move through the test. We encourage you to sit the practice questions on the website at least three times before sitting the actual test.

Candidates who reapply must undertake the UKCAT in the summer of each individual year of application.

Please visit UKCAT for further information and registration/test deadlines.


You may be invited to attend an interview. These normally take place in December with offers normally being made by late March each year. 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.