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University of Aberdeen

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Life Sciences – pathway to Medicine



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).


Sep & Jan


Entry Requirements

To study the Pathway to Medicine at the International Study Centre, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:


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

English language:

Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (6.0 in all skills)


Age Requirement:

17 years old and above


Selection process for the MBChB 

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. 

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:

  • Throughout your pathway programme: achieve the required progression grades

  • December: submit your application and personal statement to the Medical School

  • March: undertake multiple mini interviews with the Medical School

  • July: complete the online University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) – this can be done in your home country

  • August: you 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. You 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).

Aberdeen's Medicine Degree is ranked:

#2 in Medicine in the UK

(The Guardian University League Table 2021)

University of Aberdeen
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