School of Medicine: Year 1 MBChB Information 2020-2021

Dear Student


Welcome to the University of Glasgow Medical School


As you start out on your chosen career in Medicine, I am very pleased to be able to welcome you to Glasgow, the Medical School that you have selected for your undergraduate training. This coming academic session will without question be like no other but something I am sure we will all look back on in years to come.

Already you have achieved the high academic standards required for entry to Medical School and have impressed us with your motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to the values of medicine.

I am sure that you will find the course both exciting and challenging.  Medicine is a rewarding career and a privileged vocation. From the first day of your training you will be regarded by all staff as a junior member of the profession and with this will come added responsibilities, expectations and privileges.

In this electronic and online age, this site and Moodle (our virtual learning environment) will provide much of your required information including a programme for integration day on Tuesday 15th September. In addition, there will soon be information for the short online “induction course” which we have put together, and you are required to complete ahead of joining us in September. It is anticipated this will go live around 7th September so please revisit this site later to access and complete.

There is a link to a suggested book list useful during both year 1 and year 2. Many textbooks will be available electronically, so I do not recommend you buy all your books yet! Other links will appear giving information on various clubs, societies and professional bodies many of whom will have special offers and will no doubt be of interest to you.

One other important link which will be available in August is for “enrolment” giving instructions on what you need to do in advance of teaching commencing. When you begin to enrol please do so ONLY on the courses listed. Your final group allocations will be given to you during integration events and in due course timetables will be available.

Without doubt the biggest change, being forced upon us all, due to the current situation, will be the delivery of teaching during semester one. The University is open and many of the facilities such as the library, social areas and computer clusters will be available, but all teaching will be delivered online. Further information on this will be given during integration events and ahead of the first formal day of teaching which is Monday 21st September.

I look forward to meeting you all “virtually” on Integration Day when you will learn more about the programme for first year, meet some of the senior staff to officially say “hello” and most importantly to meet your future peers and fellow students.




Alastair Gracie signature

Professor Alastair Gracie

Deputy Head UG Medicine (early phases)
Director of Year 1 MBChB