The University of Aberdeen
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: A20
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes
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Academic entry requirement:

Scottish Qualifications (SQA) 

AAAAB from five full academic courses to be taken at one sitting; from Higher and Advanced Highers. Chemistry is required, plus two from Biology/Human Biology Mathematics and Physics plus two other subjects.

General Certificate of Education (GCE)

3 A Levels at AAA. Chemistry is required plus at least one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics plus one other subject.  

Irish Leaving Certificate / Ardteistimeireacht (ILC)

6H at AAAAAA obtained at a single sitting of Hs. Chemistry is required, plus two from Biology, Mathematics and Physics 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

3 subjects at HL at grade 6 or better, (including Chemistry) plus 3 other subjects at an average of 6 (including two additional sciences - Maths, Biology or Physics, with at least one at HL) – i.e. at least 36 points overall, to exclude points for TOK & bonus points. Candidates with a minimum of two 7s in Higher level subjects, who do not meet our Standard Level requirements, may be considered.

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: University Office King's College
AB24 3FX

Tel: 01224273504+44
(0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Key attribute of medical institute: Over 500 years of medical tradition with a new, thoroughly modern medical programme, systems-based and fully integrated
Medical School ranked as top in Scotland and 5th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2015
From 1497 the University boasted the first chair of medicine in the English-speaking world. Learning modern concepts of healthcare in ideal surroundings against a backdrop of long medical traditions and a new School of Dentistry - that is what the University of Aberdeen can offer you.
Course Structure:

Year 1 

The first term sets the scene for the whole of undergraduate study. This begins with the student gaining an understanding of the medical sciences and the disease processes that underpin medicine. The foundations of clinical method and communication skills are explored with an introduction to clinical practice and patient care. 

The systems-based course will then commence with the study of two major systems, the Respiratory and the Cardiovascular Systems. This systems-based course will use clinical cases to act as a focus for learning. Thus, the appropriate anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of each of the body systems will be explored, as will the disease processes that affect normal structure and function within each system. The clinical cases will illustrate the use of appropriate investigations (tests) and treatments that are undertaken. 

Students will learn how to explore patients’ symptoms and perform clinical examination (clinical method) for each of the systems studied and thereafter will have opportunities to practise these skills in a variety of clinical settings. 

The integrated teaching of communication skills with clinical method will commence with the start of the systems-based course.  

During Year 1, students will also undertake Foundations of Primary Care (FPC). This course is an amalgamation of General Practice, Public Health and Occupational and Environmental medicine with additional input from other disciplines such as social science and global health. FPC uses a network of local general practices to deliver most of its teaching. It has a vertical theme of birth to death in the community, and will integrate with the Systems teaching.

Towards the end of the year, the first four week Student Selected Component will beundertaken involving project-based small group work. 

Year 2

The systems-based courses and the Foundations of Primary Care continue to develop throughout second year, with students building on their basic knowledge of clinical skills acquired in Year 1. A second four-week Student Selected Component with the theme, "Molecular Medicine" is undertaken halfway through Year 2. 

Year 3

The study of the Systems and the Foundations of Primary Care will be completed in third year. Students by now are able to perform a complete history and examination and have basic knowledge of common diseases in all the major body systems. 

A six-week SSC just before Christmas provides students with a unique opportunity to study  a topic out with the mainstream of medicine, with a wide variety of topics within Medical Humanities offered e.g. History of Medicine, Literature and Medicine, History of Art etc. 

Year 4

Year 4 begins with a four-week SSC on a topic within a general theme of “Clinical Effectiveness”. This includes project choices in global medicine, evidence based medicine and population health. This SSC provides a gentle start to an intense year of clinical experience. Students undertake nine five-week blocks where they experience at first hand in clinics, operating theatres and wards the delivery of healthcare – the practical application of the knowledge and skills they  have gained in Years 1 to 3. These clinical opportunities are based in hospitals and the community, in and around Aberdeen and at least one clinical block will be undertaken in Inverness. 

Year 4 may be undertaken as described above along with most of the year group, with the main base in Aberdeen. Alternately, students may choose to undertake the Remote & Rural Option for all the blocks in Year 4 and these students will have Inverness as their main base. There are up to 18 places available for students who wish to undertake this option in Year 4.

Year 5 

Year 5 is very much a clinical apprentice year where students prepare for the competent, safe, effective and professional practice of medicine as a pre-registration Foundation Doctor. This Year is not systems-based, but instead focuses on professional practice and the holistic care of each patient. Students gain extensive clinical experience during three eight-week attachments over a wide range of locations in: 


·         A medical specialty (student choices from an adult medical specialty, paediatrics and medicine for the elderly) 

·         A surgical specialty (student choices from a surgical specialty, obstetrics and gynaecology and anaesthetics and intensive care)

·         General practice or psychiatry

Some students may wish to continue to undertake Remote and Rural attachments for a second year for some, or all of Year 5.

World-wide locations are commonly arranged by students during the eight-week project-based elective.

The Professional Practice Block provide teaching and learning opportunities to help bridge the gap between life as a student and the practicalities of life as a junior doctor. This teaching is delivered in two two-week blocks; one at the start of Year 5 and one at the end.

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