There are four main components of the curriculum:
The Core: This is an integrated programme of clinical and scientific work. The material covered has been selected to provide a comprehensive overview of medical and scientific principles. This component of the curriculum relies on problem based learning. It is seen as a preparation for a professional career based on lifelong learning. The programme has been developed by clinical staff working with scientists from the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University. It is facilitated by staff drawn from all areas of the Medical School.
Special Study Modules: Special study modules (SSM) constitute approximately 20% of the structured course time and are designed to allow the selection and in depth study of special interest subjects. A wide variety of topics for study is available to you ranging from 'A Nodding Acquaintance: the Anatomy of the Head and Neck' to the 'Biology of Pain' to 'Intensive Care Medicine' to 'Spanish'. Increasingly students are proposing their own SSMs and in addition there is the facility for an SSM to be linked to an elective, allowing for projects to be carried out overseas.
Vocational Studies: The work is designed to put you in contact with patients from the start of the curriculum and to give you a structured experience in the many clinical techniques and procedures that are an essential part of modern medical practice. This component also develops your communication skills effectively in a variety of clinical settings.
Years 4 and 5: These two years form the final part of the core and take the form of a series of clinical attachments through Medicine, Surgery, Psychological Medicine, Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and General Practice. A series of Academic Days during the clinical attachments continues the process of integrating the biological and clinical sciences. Continuing training is given in both communication skills and clinical skills.
2023 entry requirements
Standard entry: 5 Highers at AAAAA (by end S5) including Biology, Chemistry and either Maths or Physics plus English at National 5 at B. You must achieve at least 2 Advanced Highers at AB plus an additional Higher at B OR 3 Advanced Highers at BBB in S6.
Widening access entry: 5 Highers at AAABB (by end S5) including Biology, Chemistry and either Maths or Physics plus English at National 5 at B. You must achieve at least 2 Advanced Highers at AB plus an additional Higher at B OR 3 Advanced Highers at BBB in S6. Successful completion and grades in the Reach Programme necessary.
All applicants must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) as part of the selection process for medicine.
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing