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The UK’s fifth oldest university, Aberdeen has been offering life-changing learning opportunities for more than 500 years. Today, it adds to this rich heritage with modern facilities and a 21st-century outlook. The University of Aberdeen strives to be one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. Associated with five Nobel Prize winners, it is known for learning and research excellence. The University of Aberdeen International Study Centre is located at the heart of the historic King’s College Campus. It offers a full range of subject options and pathways, including tailored programmes in engineering and medical studies.

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Life Sciences - Pathway to Medicine is a three term programme, designed to prepare you to join the Medical School at this top-ranking UK university and give you the tools to thrive in your degree studies and beyond.


Following a highly comprehensive selection process, successful students will be ready to start a five-year medicine degree at the University of Aberdeen. After completing the five-year degree course with the required grades, you will receive the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).















Entry Requirement

Good high school graduate grades or equivalent. Students will need to have studied Chemistry – plus two other sciences from either Biology, Maths or Physics.


UKVI 6.0 with 5.5 in reading and 6.0 in other skills

Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Life Sciences – Pathway to Medicine


  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1

  • The Cell Human Biology

  • Fitness, Performance and Survival

  • Introduction to Science of Sport Exercise and Health

  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2

  • Introduction to Health and Health Services

Tuition Fee

2023/24: £24,750​

Progression After Foundation Programme

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

The University of Aberdeen in Scotland offers a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) program, which is the equivalent of the MD (Doctor of Medicine) program in some other countries. The MBChB is a degree awarded to individuals who have completed the necessary training in the field of medicine and surgery.


60 months

Study Mode

Full Time

Start Month


Tuition Fee


Selection Process

Medicine is a popular discipline but also an intensive subject to study, which requires personal dedication and commitment to the career choice. Because of this, only limited places are available on the degree programme, and the University of Aberdeen has a very competitive candidate selection process in place. 

During your Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Life Sciences - Pathway to Medicine, you will be required to complete an application form, which will include a personal statement and an academic reference from your Personal Academic Tutor. In order to be considered for entry to MBChB degree at the University of Aberdeen's Medical School, you will have to complete the following:

Step 1: Pathway Programme

Students need to achieve the required progression grades:

  • Overall Grade: 4 modules at 82% and 2 modules at 68%+

  • Grade Module: All academic modules at 68%+, 4 of these at least at 82%.

  • English Grade: 70% with minimum 70% in speaking

Step 2: Submit your application and personal statement to the Medical School by December

Step 3: Undertake multiple mini interviews with the Medical School in March

Step 4: Complete the online University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in July– this can be done in Malaysia

Step 5: Students will be notified directly by the Medical School in August

  • Students will be notified directly by the Medical School if you have been successful in your application to the MBChB.

  • Students selected to the MBChB will be contacted to undertake an occupational health assessment and to join Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. Students will be responsible for paying this fee.

  • If you do not gain a place following the selection process, you will be able to select a degree in the area of Life Sciences (subject to achieving the required grades).

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