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Medicine

MBChB

Dundee is an excellent place to study medicine, both for the high quality of the teaching programme and for the facilities available. Problem-orientated, student-centred and community-based, our medical course closely follows recommendations for 'Tomorrow's Doctors' made by the professional governing body for medicine in the UK, the General Medical Council.

Why study Medicine at Dundee?

In Dundee you have the opportunity to study medicine in a fully integrated medical school and hospital with extensive teaching and research facilities, which serve both teaching and clinical needs. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School is the centre of many areas of pioneering research in cancer, keyhole surgery, heart disease, drug development, and medical education.

You will be part of a caring community providing healthcare for Tayside, Fife, and further afield, and have access to a wide range of facilities including lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, library, integrated self-teaching area, computer suite and a leading Clinical Skills Centre. A new education facility is being built on the Ninewells Hospital site which will further enhance the quality of our teaching.

What our students say

Shona McDonald is a 1st Year Medical Student
"The best thing about my course is the varied way in which you are taught and the fact that the staff value your feedback. Each year the course is updated and improved based on comments from previous students".

Hear more from our students on YouTube

FAQs

Can't find the information you are looking for? We have prepared answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the professional governing body for medicine in the UK, the General Medical Council (GMC).

What's so good about Medicine at Dundee?

In the 2010 National Student Survey we were ranked 2nd in Scotland and 4th in the UK, and 94% of our students said they were satisfied with the quality of the course.

Elective study

In your final year you have the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to undertake a period of elective study.

Gordon Hale, 5th Year Medical Student says "The best experience so far has to have been my elective, the chance that every medical student has between 4th and 5th year to travel abroad and experience medicine in another country for 6 weeks. I chose to travel to Grenada in the West Indies and had a fantastic time".

Who should apply?

  • Students who have done well at school and are committed to medicine.
  • Individuals with other broader interests demonstrating leadership, organisational and communication skills.
  • Post-school students and graduates, for whom a number of places are allocated.

Interviews in Asia

Short listed applicants can choose to be interviewed in Dundee or Kuala Lumpur.

Premedical year

Widening Access Premedical Option

In 2010 Dundee medical school allocated up to 6 places within the premedical year for local applicants (Tayside and Fife) with proven evidence of adverse circumstances leading to significant educational disadvantage.

Premedical Year for Non-science background

  • Very able applicants who have a predominantly non-Science background (i.e. those who have not studied either Higher or A-Level Chemistry) will be considered for the pre-medicine year.
  • Passing with satisfactory grade average guarantees your entry into the medical course itself.

Degree Combinations

  • MBChB Medicine
  • MBChB Medicine Premedical Year Entry

Teaching & Assessment

Please visit the Medical School website for full details.

Careers

Medicine is a rewarding career path and being a doctor involves a lifetime of learning. Once you have completed your undergraduate medical course, you will undergo a period of postgraduate training which incorporates foundation training followed by a period of higher training. When you begin your foundation training you will be entitled to a salary from the NHS.

Foundation training is competency based and runs over 2 years, most commonly 6 x 4 month posts with full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) achievable after Foundation year 1. At the end of Foundation training, if competencies are achieved, then doctors will be able to apply for specialty training.

There are currently over 60 specialties available, including:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry Information
  • Public Health
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Alternative careers

Gaining an undergraduate medical degree provides you with many skills and experiences that you could offer to a potential employer in another field. These include communication skills, empathy and sensitivity, problem solving, coping with pressure, professional integrity, team working and decision making.

If you wish to move out of clinical practice, other sectors that you could consider are:

  • Medical journalism (although many undertake this as an addition, rather than an alternative to their clinical work)
  • The Civil Service - medical experience could be utilised in an advisory capacity or as substantial background when working with central government departments such as the Department of Health or Ministry of Defence.
  • Law - this might include working in clinical areas like forensic pathology, or within medical ethics, or in a medical advisor role within law firms or other organisations.
  • Medical research - researchers conduct experiments and analyse results in an effort to learn more about the human body. This can result in new drug development or improvements in medically-related products.

To learn more about medical and related careers, please visit the medical student pages on our careers website and the Medical Careers - NHS website.

Entry Requirements

  • All applications must be made through the UCAS website by 15 October in the year before you wish to start your degree.
  • A maximum of four medicine courses may be listed on the UCAS application.
  • Dundee University Medical School requires:
    • all applicants to sit the UK clinical aptitude test (UKCAT) and
    • all applicants (including overseas) to attend for interview prior to an offer of a place. Interviews are held in Dundee and Asia, the location is at the choice of the applicant - there is no fee to attend the interview.
  • All entrants are required to sign the Medical School Charter and will be offered Occupational Health Assessment during the first semester

2014 minimum entry requirements

The following are the minimum requirements. Please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations. Graduate and mature applicants should have evidence of academic study within the last three years. Applications for entry deferred by one year will be considered.

You will find additional helpful information on our Medicine FAQ webpage.

MBChB A100

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher A minimum group of AAABB grades at SQA Higher level will allow consideration. The subjects must include Chemistry and another Science subject, all to be obtained at the same sitting.  The other three Highers can be your own choice and this choice of subjects will not influence the assessment.

We also require Biology at least to Standard Grade.
Applications supported by AAAAC grades from 5th year will also be considered, provided the C grade is not in Higher Chemistry. (Approx. 6% of candidates sitting 5 Highers attain these grades).
Achievement at standard grade will also be taken into account.

Offers will be conditional, based on three Advanced Highers/Highers taken in 6th year, normally at BBB grades.
GCE A-Level AAA grades at A level (A2), to include Chemistry and another Science. The third subject can be your own choice; we have no preference. 
These results should be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A level examinations, two years after GCSE.  (Approx. 8% of candidates sitting 3 A Levels attain these grades). 
Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.
Biology is required, at least to GCSE level.  General Studies at A level is not accepted.
ILC Higher
A group of Highers at AAA AAA grades, which should include Chemistry and another science.   Biology is required at least to Ordinary grade B
IB Diploma Obtain Diploma with a minimum total of 37 points, to include 6, 6 and 6 at Higher level.  Subjects at Higher level should include Chemistry and another science.  Plus 3 subjects at SL with average of grade 6.
Graduates A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a relevant life science subject is required to allow consideration. This should be the first degree obtained. Previous academic attainment will also be taken into account.
All offers to current PhD students will be conditional on the formal submission and written confirmation of the acceptance of their PhD dissertation.

Premedical Year A104 (also see notes below re: Widening Access entry route)

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AAAAB grades at Higher, to include no more than one science subject and to exclude Chemistry. All to be obtained in 5th year.
Achievement at standard grade will also be taken into account.

Offers will be conditional, based on three Advanced Highers/Highers taken in 6th year, normally at BBB grades.
GCE A-Level AAA grades at A level (A2), to include no more than one science subject and to exclude Chemistry. These results should be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A level examinations, two years after GCSE.
General Studies is an acceptable subject.
Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.
ILC Higher
AAA AAA grades at Higher level, to include no more than one science Higher and to exclude Chemistry.
IB Diploma Obtain Diploma with a minimum total of 37 points, to include 6, 6 and 6 at Higher level.  Subjects at Higher level should include no more than one science and exclude Chemistry.  
Plus 3 subjects at SL with average of grade 6.
Graduates A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a non-science subject is required to allow consideration. This should be the first degree obtained. Previous academic attainment will also be taken into account.
All offers to current PhD students will be conditional on the formal submission and written confirmation of the acceptance of their PhD dissertation.

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma Applicants with the Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma will be made offers in terms of achievement of the Diploma plus specified subjects and grades in the Principal Subjects. The Principal Subjects have to include Chemistry and Biology and the grades required in the three Principal Subjects will be D3.

Applicants from other countries - most commonly offered qualifications are detailed below:

Country Grades Required
Canada An  average of 90% in six year-12 subjects, to include at last 90% in Chemistry and another science.
Hong Kong Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate considered
India Normally, applicants must offer GCE A levels, but attainment in CBSE /SSC certificate considered at 80% or better
Malaysia STPM/ Advanced Certificate of Education considered
USA
  • High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD) with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 out of 4.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - SAT scores of 700 in each section (Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) with a cumulative score of 2100
  • Advanced Placement (AP) - four AP exams with scores of 5, including Chemistry and another science.
Other As a general rule applicants presenting qualifications from countries other than the UK or Ireland are expected to have attained these at a level sufficient for entry to medical school in their home country. It would be helpful if UCAS referees' reports could indicate what these requirements are.

Other qualifications of equivalent standard may be considered, please contact us for more information.

An English language qualification may also be required, please visit our English Language Requirements webpage.

UKCAT

All applicants must sit the UKCAT test in their year of application unless certified exempt because there is no testing centre in your country.  There is no minimum cut-off score. 

There is information about how UKCAT is used in our selection process in the UKCAT section under 'Your Application' .

 

Notes on entry requirements:

  • All Highers and A-Levels applicants must have obtained these qualifications at the same time and first opportunity.  Applications with re-taken qualifications are not considered.   Applicants will not be advantaged or disadvantaged if their school policy requires examinations to be taken at different times.
  • If Biology has not been passed at Higher or A-Level this subject must normally have been passed as indicated under entry requirements.  
    An appropriate group of SQA (formerly SCOTVEC) National Certificate modules may be accepted as an alternative to Standard Grade Biology.  
    A good pass in Combined or Dual Science at GCSE may be accepted instead of a single GCSE pass in Biology.  
    A Physics qualification is not an entry requirement.  However, knowledge of Physics is helpful to students on the course.
  • Human Biology or Social Biology is accepted as an alternative to Biology at Higher or A-Level.

Other expectations

Via the personal statement on the UCAS form applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • A range of suitable personal attributes such as motivation, commitment, social contribution, teamwork/leadership and excellent communication skills.
  • Some knowledge of, and commitment to, medicine. Thus we encourage up to two weeks of medically-related work or shadowing experience.
  • An awareness of the course and University to which they are applying.
  • A satisfactory reference.

We reserve the right to require applicants to provide details regarding activities described on UCAS personal statements (such as contacts regarding work experience) and shall investigate a number at random as well as any suspect claims.  Misleading statements may lead to an application being rejected.

Pre-medical year

Widening Access Premedical Option (A 104)

  • Since 2010 Dundee Medical School has allocated up to 6 places within the premedical year for local applicants (Tayside and Fife) with proven evidence of adverse circumstances leading to significant educational disadvantage.
  • Applications will be considered from school pupils who have achieved AABBB at Higher in S5 or equivalent.  In addition applicants will be required to provide evidence of significant adverse circumstances such as '1st in family' to higher education, limited family income, neighbourhood or home circumstances not conducive to study, education affected by adverse events at critical times or other exceptional factors. 
  • Additional references and interview will be required subject to satisfactory Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) performance. Additional support structures are in place for this student group.
  • Passing the pre-medical year with satisfactory grade average (B3 or above) and MMI performance is required for progression onto the medical course itself.

Premedical Year for Non-science background (A 104)

  • Very able applicants who have a predominantly non-Science background (i.e. those who have not studied either Higher or A-Level Chemistry) will be considered for the pre-medicine year.
  • Passing the pre-medical year with satisfactory grade average guarantees your entry into the medical course itself.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year for each year of the degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £31,500 per year of the MBChB Clinical Degree for Levels 3-5
£21,000 per year of the MBChB Pre-Clinical Year(s) for Levels 1-2

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
MBChB Medicine A100 View KIS data for this course
Premedical Year Entry A104 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


How will my application be assessed?

Applications are ranked on academic achievement and UKCAT score. The top 550 will be invited to select an interview time to suit them via our online booking tool. We also invite applicants to provide information about any adverse circumstances which could have affected their education and applications will then be ranked again using this extra information and approximately another 50 invitations to interview will be issued.

From the 2013 entry cycle the aspects scored are :

Academic

All applicants must offer our minimum academic requirements but those with evidence of higher academic achievements will be rated more highly. We consider the primary qualification (A levels, Highers, Degree class etc) and also the relevant previous stage (GCSE, Standard Grades, School exit exams etc. as appropriate). So past achievements are relevant as are exceptional achievements such as 6 Highers A grades in one sitting, Masters degrees, PhD etc. The high level of competition means the minimum qualifications will rarely secure an interview without an exceptional UKCAT score.

UKCAT

Your UKCAT score will be factored into the pre-interview rank. There is no specific cut off applied but obviously a high score is advantageous.

Our analysis of the 2013 applicants revealed the average calculated from applications received was 2520 and the average for those gaining offers was 2720.

Applications without UKCAT will be rejected.

Please visit the UKCAT website for information about the test, two complete practice tests, important dates and information about bursaries available

Other Non-Academic Achievements

From 2013 cycle information on non-academic achievements and references will not be considered until interview.

Thereafter, we aim to rate applications as fairly as possible based upon the various forms of other evidence which is presented on the UCAS form. There is no ideal formula and we would not wish to promote particular activities. Hence we consider these under separate headings, which receive equal weight.

Some examples are given below but this list is not exclusive or exhaustive. The selectors will consider achievement in all areas and prefer evidence in more than one area. Non-academic achievements will be discussed at interview and we may seek confirmation of these at our discretion.

  • Competitive achievement – e.g. chess or sport at national level or above
  • Talents – music, drama, public speaking, leadership qualities
  • Social responsibility – voluntary work, teamwork, youth organisations
  • Employment – entrepreneurial, sustained engagement, achievement

Medical Experience

We encourage up to two weeks relevant work experience (or equivalent) as it is helpful for providing awareness of and insight into career choice. This will be discussed at interview but is not scored. We do not credit the volume of work experience and would discourage applicants seeking to acquire experience in excess of that required to inform career choice. We do not encourage work experience in resource poor settings where you may be exposed to risk or take up scarce staff time.

Please note we intend to ask applicants to inform us where their experience has been acquired and verify a selection.

Contextual Assessment

Dundee Medical School seeks to operate as transparent and fair admissions process as possible. To assist this we have introduced a formal system by which candidates can inform us of major adverse factors which they believe have had a significant impact on their application. Examples might be personal illness or a role as a carer.

We invite all applicants to do so through a web based questionnaire in October. These are used as described in the relevant section. Please note ALL claims will require supporting documentary evidence and/or an additional interview if an offer is being made because of an adjustment for an applicant's background.

Reference

The professional assessment offered by the referee on the UCAS form is also considered. 

Weighting of components

The precise weighting of the components is reviewed 'in cycle' each year and may be modified according to the distribution of scores presented and in the process of considering contextual factors. However, the basic schema balances the Academic score (60%), UKCAT decile (40%) for school leavers and UKCAT decile (60%), Academic score (40%) for graduates. Following interview, provided the process has run smoothly, candidates are ranked on the interviews score alone, i.e there is a 'clean slate' with no carryover of the pre-interview rank.

Video guide: applying to study Medicine at Dundee

Take a look at our YouTube video about applying to Medicine and the Dundee Interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have found that applicants to our Medicine degree have a lot of other questions, so we have collected all the information together on our Medicine FAQ webpage.


International Applicants

We have information specifically for international applicants on our International website:

Please note: that if you are short listed for interview, you can choose to attend the interview in either Dundee or in Asia (Kuala Lumpur). The same interview procedures are in place in both locations. There is no fee to attend the interview.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

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Scotland

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