• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

The Gateway to Medicine (Pre-Medical) Course (A104) is an additional year which precedes the standard 5-year MBChB Medicine course and leads to the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (certHE).

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This course is tailored to assist two groups of students as they work towards achieving the standards required to progress onto the 5-year Dundee MBChB programme.

Gateway to Medicine for Widening Access (A104)

We have up to fifteen places on the pre-medical year course for applicants with proven evidence of adverse circumstances leading to significant educational disadvantage. In order to be eligible for this programme, applicants must meet one or more of the factors outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy.  These include:

  • Home postcode within the 20% most deprived in Scotland
  • Progression to higher education rate from your school less than 20%
  • Registered experience of care (given or received)
  • Refugee or asylum-seeker
  • Other significant adversity which has heavily affected ability to meet full potential 

The entry requirements for this group of applicants are lower than for the MBChB Medicine (A100) course (see below). 

Gateway to Medicine for Non-Science Background (A104)

Some places each year are available for very able applicants who have a predominantly non-science background (i.e. those who have not studied either Higher or A-Level Chemistry). This is not a Foundation course, and non-science applicants are expected to have demonstrated comparable performance to those with a science background who come straight into the MBChB Medicine course (see entry requirements). 

About the Course

The Dundee Gateway to Medicine Course offers all its students a warm welcome, a flexible programme of study and personalised support.

Modules normally available include:

  • Specialist medical modules (e.g. students learn about the healthcare system, volunteer in the hospital or local community or shadow senior medical students on the wards)
  • Preparation support for resit MMI and/or UKCAT if required
  • Student-selected component (on a clinical topic of interest to the individual student)
  • Anatomy (e.g. human anatomy and comparative anatomy)
  • Psychology (e.g. social psychology & cognition)
  • Life sciences (e.g. bio/chemistry, mathematics, physics, evolution, genetics, physiology)

In parallel with academic studies, there is a support package consisting of class workshops and individual meetings with the Course Lead. This aims to guide students as they develop key professional attributes of relevance to medicine, and improve their academic performance and self-awareness. 

"I myself had quite a few difficult circumstances and there was always a member of staff who I could contact regarding these and they were always very understanding, ensuring I received all relevant information."

Pre-Medical Year

The University of Dundee’s School of Medicine is ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK (Guardian Good University Guide 2017)

Clinical Skills Centre, School of Medicine

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Selection for interview is based on academic performance and UKCAT score.

Widening Access Applicants

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AABB grades at Higher, to include chemistry and another science subject. The other Highers can be your own choice and this choice of subjects will not influence the assessment. All to be obtained at first attempt and at one sitting. Achievement at National 5 / Intermediate 2 will also be taken into account.
GCE A-Level AAB at A-Level (A2), to include chemistry and another science subject. The third subject can be your own choice; we have no preference. Results to be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A-Level examinations, two years after GCSE. Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.

Applicants with a non-science background

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher

AAAAB grades at Higher, to include no more than one science subject and to exclude chemistry. All to be obtained at first attempt and at one sitting (5th year). Achievement at National 5 / Intermediate 2 will also be taken into account. Offers will be conditional on the attainment of three Advanced Highers/‘crash’ Highers taken in 6th year.

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.

Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)

AAAAAA grades at Higher level, to include no more than one science Higher and to exclude chemistry.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Minimum 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 Standard Level with an average of grade 6.

Graduate Entry

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.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

All applicants for the Gateway to Medicine (A104) course 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. More information about the UKCAT test and how and when to register for it can be found on the UKCAT website.

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS, TOEFL, Pearsons and Cambridge Advanced English equivalent to the European Framework C1 level in each component and overall score are accepted.

Only the above Certificates are acceptable English language tests for this course

IELTS Overall7.0
Listening 7.0
Reading 7.0
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0

 English Language Requirements

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Passing the Gateway Year with a satisfactory grade average (B3 or above) and competitive UKCAT and Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) performance is required for progression onto the 5-year MBChB Medicine course itself. 

Fees for the full Medicine MBChB course are different than for the Gateway year. Find out more at the Medicine course page

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £18,600 for the Pre-Medical year

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.


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  Degree UCAS Code
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