Medicine MBChB

School of Medicine

Be a confident, able doctor, prepared for practice, by developing a flexible, patient-centred style of care, underpinned by scientific and clinical knowledge

Date of entry

September 2022



Start date

September 2022


5 years

Study mode

Full Time


Dundee City Campus / Ninewells Hospital

Work experience

The Medical Schools Council has released guidance [PDF 421KB] to support applicants who are seeking relevant work experience during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has launched a free online platform, Observe GP, designed to support aspiring medics in making informed career choices and in preparing their application for medical school.

Throughout your studies, you will mainly be based at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, but there are other opportunities for placements in hospitals and general practice in other areas of Scotland.

With around 160 students in each academic year, the size and structure of our medical school helps you get to know your peers and the academics and clinicians teaching you. You'll feel part of our community from the start - especially as you'll be interacting with real patients from early in the course.

The curriculum starts with a foundation block which explores the fundamental science that underpins the field of medicine – this will help you start to think like a doctor and begin clinical problem-solving.

Our spiral curriculum helps you build on knowledge in relevant areas year-on-year – you won’t be expected to learn everything in one block and then remember it forever. We’ll revisit topics to help your knowledge become second nature.

For the first three years, you’ll learn about body systems, examining normal and abnormal function before exploring clinical cases. You'll also learn anatomy by dissection. We use Thiel-embalmed cadavers which retain life-like tissue quality. This experience is as close to examining the anatomy of a living person as possible, and will give you an experience and understanding that no other medical school in the UK can offer.

After the first three years you’ll have the option to intercalate and gain a BMSc in a range of subjects, but whether you decide to do this or not, in Levels 4 and 5, you move into clinical training. This is a series of placements that will give you a well-rounded experience in a number of clinical areas, and enable you to put your training into practice at the point of care for real patients in real healthcare settings.

Student blog

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