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Edinburgh University, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Degree Type & Length: 6 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: E56
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes
Applicants: 2650
Interviews: 800
Offers: 310
Places: 207
Academic entry requirement:

Applications will be submitted to the selection system only if the minimum academic criteria are fulfilled, but fulfilling the minimum criteria does not guarantee an offer and the UKCAT test has been taken in the year of application. Recent relevant academic study must have been undertaken within the three years prior to the start of the programme.

The average A level applicant is offering 6A* at GCSE and the top one third (around 350) between 8 and 11 A*.

E-mail: medug@ed.ac.uk
Medical School Website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medicine
Medical School Contact Information: The Chancellor’s Building, 2nd Floor
49 Little France Crescent
Edinburgh
EH16 4SB
Key attribute of medical institute: The curriculum aims to equip graduates with the knowledge, understanding, skills and competences required to be a doctor for medical practice as a Foundation Year 1 doctor and subsequent years of lifelong learning.
Course Structure:

Year 1

Students will study the biomedical and clinical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and microbiology of a system along with relevant social and ethical aspects of clinical practice.

This fundamental knowledge is consolidated in an integrated fashion through problem based learning of case studies.

The First Professional Examination, completed by the end of the first year, is made up of in-course assignments in the modules and assessments at the end of each semester in Molecules to Society 1 and the end of the Student Selected Component; each of these must be passed before proceeding to the second year of the MBChB programme.

Year 2

Students will continue to study the biomedical and clinical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and microbiology of a system along with relevant social and ethical aspects of clinical practice.

Practical, clinical and research skills are developed through workshops, community projects, GP-based teaching and three student selected components or projects on a range of topics from the clinical to the non-medical.

The Second Professional Examination, completed by the end of the second year, is made up of in-course assignments in the modules and assessments at the end of each semester in Molecules to Society 2 and the end of the Student Selected Components and Introduction to Clinical Practice; each of these must be passed before proceeding to the third year of theMBChB programme.

Year 3

This year consists of an intercalated honours year and has a research slant. Students usually undertake the final year of a honours year programme within the University. This can include the fields of Experimental Medicine, Biology, Biomedicine, Health Policy and Zoology.

Further information regarding current options for intercalation can be found here:

Intercalated Honours

Year 4

Year 4 consists of systems-based teaching, covering Cardiology, respiratory, Neurology, Endocrinology & Reumatology, General Practice, Principals of Surgery and Orthopaedics, GI & Liver and Infectious Diseases & Team Working. Bedside teaching becomes a more prominent feature of learning.

The fourth Professional Examination is made up of module assessments, portfolio case reports for each module and an end-of-year clinical assessment comprising a practical and an online examination. Students are required to pass all assessments and the Professional Examination before proceeding to the fifth year of the MBChB programme.

Year 5

Year 5 continues the theme of systems-based teaching and covers Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, General Practice & Neurosciences, Renal/Urology, Haematology/Oncology, and Dermatology.Ophthalmology/Otolaryngology.

The Fifth Professional Examination is made up of ten module assessments, including a Student Selected Component dissertation, portfolio case reports, and a synoptic portfolio-based assessment. It is examined over two carousels and completed by the end of the fifth year. Students are required to pass all assessments and the Professional Examination before proceeding to the Sixth year of the MBChB programme.

Year 6

Year 6 completes the systems-based learning, covering Medicine/General Practice/Medicine of the Elderly, Surgery/Emergency Medicine & Acute Care/Child Life & Health and also features an assistantship and an elective.

Electives: Popular destinations are Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa), Australia, the Caribbean, India, Samoa, the United States and occasionally South America. We encourage students to go to countries where English is an official language unless they have a grasp of the local language. Students are normally attached to a hospital. Many students choose to work for charity based organisations. It is very popular for students to split their elective time between a developed country and a developing country so that they can compare the different ways that medicine is practiced.

In addition to the portfolio overview essay, students have a three-week assessment period of Finals Part 1 in February. The final assessments include an oral examination or Viva based on the portfolio, a Clinical Practice Examination (CPE) and a Safety in Practice and Prescribing (SIPP) online examination, based on clinical scenarios. Students must pass the each of these to progress onto Finals Part 2 which is the successful completion of the Assistantship and Elective course

Edinburgh University, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine