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.
You will gain experience in clinical environments throughout the West of Scotland, including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which boasts a purpose-built learning and teaching facility, teaching laboratories and a state-of-the-art clinical skills suite. Medicine at Glasgow is ranked 2nd in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2018).
MBChB at Glasgow Medical School
Medicine at Glasgow since 1751
The University of Glasgow Medical School is one of the largest in the UK and has a unique brand that reflects the exposure of medical undergraduates to leading researchers and teachers in clinical and basic science. Our students have the opportunity to experience a diverse mixture of clinical attachments and our medical graduates are highly regarded for the breadth of their undergraduate experience and ability. The City of Glasgow and surrounding West of Scotland provide an excellent educational environment, with diverse opportunities for medical training.
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).
We have a global outlook, with 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. Closer to home, we have strong links with West of Scotland Postgraduate Deanery, ensuring
a smooth transition from study to postgraduate training.
Glasgow’s medical student societies organise conferences and guest speaker events, social activities and revision groups. Our societies include Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society (since 1802); Glasgow University Emergency Society; Glasgow University Surgical Society; Glasgow Evidence-based Medicine Society, the Glasgow University Medical Journal Surgo, founded 1935 and the REACH Society (WP).
Wolfson Medical School Building, Main Campus
The Medical School is at the heart of the University’s Gilmorehill campus, with library, teaching rooms, clinical skills area and café.
Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
One of Europe’s largest acute hospitals offering a state-of-the-art clinical teaching environment, linked to the main hospital which opened in 2015.
New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
The University’s newly refurbished medical teaching centre at the Royal Infirmary.
Hospitals & GP Practices across the West of Scotland
Clinical placements in 25 hospitals and 150 GP practices throughout Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
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. You also have one day per week in hospital or general practice. You will 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 you will 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
You will 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 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 unusual 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.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019
About entry requirements
The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).
The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.
Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.
Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.
If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.
Adjusted Entry Requirements
We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.
For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.
A-levels and International Baccalaureate
The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
- Other mandatory requirements: A-level Chemistry. A-level Mathematics or Physics or Biology. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives & Research are not accepted. AS-level Biology at Grade A (if not at A-level). Biology and Human Biology are not considered as separate subjects at A-level. Mathematics and Further Mathematics are not considered as separate subjects at A-level. GCSE English at Grade B (or Grade 6 or above). UKCAT (see note below). Interview.
- S5 academic entry requirements: No entry from S5. Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: AAAAA/AAAABB
- Standard S6 academic entry requirements: S6 Conditional Offers require applicants to achieve EITHER two Advanced Highers (one at Grade A and the other at Grade B) AND one Higher at Grade B OR three Advanced Highers at Grades BBB. There are no subject requirements for Advanced Highers in S6.
- Other mandatory requirements: Applicants are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5. Higher grades must include Chemistry AND Biology AND either Mathematics or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics 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. Biology and Human Biology are NOT considered as separate subjects at Higher. English at National 5 level at Grade B or above. UKCAT (see note below). Interview (see below). Applicants who are successful at interview will be made Conditional Offers based on S6 results.
We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.
- Adjusted academic entry requirements: No entry from S5. AAABB or AABBBB by the end of S5 AND meet the UKCAT threshold OR AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 AND 10% below the UKCAT threshold will be considered for interview. Applicants who are successful at interview will be made Conditional Offers based on S6 results.
- Adjusted mandatory requirements: There are no grade reductions to Standard S6 academic entry requirements noted above. S6 Conditional Offers require applicants to achieve EITHER two Advanced Highers (one at Grade A and the other at Grade B) AND one Higher at Grade B OR three Advanced Highers at Grades BBB. Where it is not possible to study three Advanced Highers, an alternative combination of Advanced Higher and Higher subjects may be considered. UKCAT (see note below). Interview.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
- Standard academic entry requirements: D3, D3, D3
- Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
- Other mandatory requirements: Applicants who possess Pre-U Diploma grades of D3, D3 and D3 achieved in one sitting, including Principal Subjects Chemistry and one of Maths, Physics or Biology will be considered further. If Biology is not studied at Pre-U diploma level, it should be taken to at least AS level (a minimum of grade A is required). Biology and Human Biology are considered as equal subjects. We do not consider Maths and Further Maths as two separate subjects at Pre-U diploma level. A GCSE pass in English at a minimum of Grade B is also required.
Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A-level subjects are acceptable if three subjects are offered overall at grades D3 or A.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points. HL 6, 6, 6.
- Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry and Biology at HL6 and either Maths or Physics at HL. If not possible to sit Maths and Physics at HL then SL6 will be considered. Must have a minimum of SL6 English. UKCAT (see note below). Interview.
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 welcome applications from UK BDS Graduates who have obtained their degree within seven years from the proposed date of entry. Graduates must also be eligible to register with the GDC. Dentistry graduates are required to apply directly to the Medical School using the BDS direct application form by 15 October for entry in September the following year. Applications must include a transcript and two references. The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is not required for application. Dentistry graduate candidates will be considered for entry into Year 3 only. Applications will be competitively considered.
Veterinary Medicine Graduates
We welcome applications from graduates of BVMS degrees. The degree must be completed within seven years from the proposed date of the entry and all other entry requirements apply: please see: Undergraduate Medical School: Medicine Admissions. Veterinary graduate candidates will be considered for entry into Year 1 only.
All applicants to Medicine must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test by the deadline date in the same year as application. The UKCAT score together with meeting Academic and Non-Academic Entry Requirements will be used to select applicants for interview. The UKCAT score cut-off points vary from year to year. Information on how to sit the test can be found at www.ukcat.ac.uk. Information on how the UKCAT scores will be used in the admissions process is available at: Undergraduate Medical School: Medicine Admissions: UKCAT.
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.
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.
Successful applicants are required to undertake satisfactory health and police checks before commencing Medicine. Information on standards of undergraduate medical students can be found at www.gmc-uk.org/education
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: 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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited 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:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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. Medicine opens the doors to many career opportunities, including clinical research. 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.
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. See glasgow.ac.uk/ug/medicine for more information.
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:
Fees and funding
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 in recent years.
RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.More Information
Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2019 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.More Information
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.More Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
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.
The University of Glasgow does not consider transfer applicants for Medicine.
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.
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.
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