University of Glasgow, college of Medical , Veterinary and Life Sciences
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: G28
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes
Applicants: 2000
Interviews: 650
Offers: 430
Places: 230
Academic entry requirement:


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry and one of Maths, Physics or Biology. All must be AAA in three A2 examinations at one sitting. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable as third subjects. If Biology is not studied at A2 level, it must have been taken at AS level and a Grade A is required. Biology and Human Biology are considered equal subjects. Maths and Further Maths are NOT considered as separate subjects at A-level. A GCSE pass in English at Grade B is required. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 AND must achieve at least Grades A and B in two Advanced Highers.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Applicants are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5. S5 grades must include Chemistry and Biology, and either Maths or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics as crash Highers in S6, provided Grades AAAAA or AAAABB are achieved by S5. A minimum Grade B would be required in any crash Higher subject studied in S6. Biology and Human Biology are considered equal subjects. Applicants must have English at either Standard Grade (Grade 2), or an Intermediate 2. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below).
Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: Admissions Administrator
Level 3
Wolfson Medical School Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
T: Coleen Anderson +44 (0)141 330 6216 or
Shahn Deegan +44 (0)141 330 8174

Key attribute of medical institute: The Undergraduate Medical School generates and sustains excellence in education and research in a friendly, supportive and stimulating academic environment. Our medical graduates are highly regarded for the breadth of their undergraduate experience and ability.
Interview style format: The Undergraduate Medical School generates and sustains excellence in education and research in a friendly, supportive and stimulating academic environment. Our medical graduates are highly regarded for the breadth of their undergraduate experience and ability.
Course Structure:

Phase 1

Phase 1 occupies the first half of year 1. It is an overview of basic biomedical sciences, providing you with the knowledge required to engage in the rest of the undergraduate programme. You will undertake sessions in Vocational and Professional Studies, have their first Clinical Skills sessions and undertake a clinical visit to an A&E ward or General Practice.

Phase 2

Phase 2 occupies the second part of year 1 and the whole of year 2. It is a system-by-system programme that covers the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry (and related biomedical sciences) of the major clinical systems. It also includes sessions of Vocational and Professional Studies, Communication Skills and Clinical Skills.

Phase 3

Phase 3 occupies the first half of year 3 and is a system-by-system cycle through clinical systems with the focus on pathophysiology, building on knowledge acquired in Phases 1 & 2. There are major contributions from pathology, microbiology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and clinical pharmacology, and the small-group teaching is focused on clinical cases, using case-based learning (CBL), with a clinical tutor. Students also have one day per week in hospital or general practice. Students also receive clinical procedural skills teaching.

Phase 4

Phase 4 occupies the second half of year 3, all of year 4 and the first half of year 5. It is based in hospitals and in general practice, with dedicated academic days. Teaching is structured around 5-10 week clinical attachments, and students rotate through general medicine and surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, child health, general practice, psychiatry, and a variety
of hospital sub-specialties.

Preparation for Practice

Preparation for Practice follows the final examinations and involves shadowing foundation year doctors in hospital, usually attached to the hospital units in which they will work. A lecture programme is also included in this attachment. Successful completion of Preparation for Practice is a prerequisite to graduate.

Vocational & Professional Studies

Glasgow students have early contact with patients through hospital visits, clinical training and Communication Skills, starting in year 1.

Clinical Skills

The MBChB at Glasgow begins Clinical Skills training in year 1. The early years focus on clinical assessment, including normal clinical history and examination and clinical procedural skills; with the focus in the later years being on pathological findings and diagnosis.

Student-selected components

You will be able to choose a variety of student-selected components (SSCs) that allow you to personalise your learning experience. SSCs are five week-long blocks selected by students from a range of available options and are undertaken in years 2, 3 and 4 of the curriculum. Projects cover topics from the core curriculum as well as topics outside medicine including humanities and languages. Self-proposed SSCs can be carried out in hospitals or research laboratories in the UK or overseas.


The MBChB at Glasgow is unique in having two electives, each for four weeks, during the vacations at the end of years 3 and 4. Electives are experiential in nature, obtaining personal, professional and clinical experiences in any recognised clinical specialty, including general practice and public health. Well-planned research electives are also possible. Over 50% of electives are taken in the UK, especially at the end of year 3, but many are also taken overseas. 

Intercalated degrees

The School of Medicine offers a one-year intercalated BSc degree, with over 20 options, and also a two-year BSc (Hons). These are taken between years 3 and 4 of the MBChB and involve an intensive period of study and training in a scientific discipline.  

University of Glasgow, college of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences