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University of Aberdeen

UCAS Code: A100 | Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - MB ChB

Entry requirements

A level

A,A,A

Three A Levels at AAA. Chemistry is required plus at least one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics plus one other subject. All applicants must hold a GCSE pass at 6/B or above in English Language and Mathematics. GCSE Biology and Physics recommended (grade 6/B or above).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Minimum of 36 points including at least 3 HL at 6 and 3 SL with an average of 6. HL Chemistry is required; plus HL in Maths, Biology or Physics, and one other subject. If only 2 sciences offered at HL, must have a further science subject at SL. Candidates with a minimum of two 7's in Higher level subjects, who do not meet our Standard Level requirements, may be considered. The 36 points required excludes points for Theory of Knowledge and bonus points.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H1,H2,H2,H2

3 Higher subjects at Grade H1 including Chemistry, Biology and one other subject. 3 Higher subjects at Grade H2 including English and either Maths or Physics, plus one other subject. JCPA: Higher Merti/H2/Grade B or better required in English, Maths and Science. Junior Level: Physics required; Maths and Biology strongly recommended.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Five Highers at AAAAB obtained at a single sitting. Chemistry is required, plus two from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics, plus two other subjects. NOTE: N5 in both English and Mathematics at grade B or above required. N5 Biology and Physics are recommended (at grade B or above) but not compulsory.

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144-159

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About this course

Course option

5years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Pre-clinical medicine

At Aberdeen, you will study medicine in a thriving medical school that is co-located on one of the largest clinical sites in Europe with superb teaching and extensive research facilities. Our modern, dynamic and clearly delivered MBChB uses a systems-based, integrated approach. Our curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated in response to changing GMC guidance, scientific and medical advances, changes in healthcare delivery and changes in educational theory and practice. Early patient contact means you will be working with patients right from the very start of the programme.

On site facilities include a large teaching hospital, paediatric and maternity hospitals which means that you will have access to and be taught by experienced clinicians who are at the forefront of modern clinical research and practice. With an impressive history of medical discovery and innovation, Aberdeen is the first choice for aspiring medical students looking to embark on a career that will make a real difference not just to the care of individuals but to society as a whole.

**The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition is ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University League Table 2023)**

Modules

Students undertake a step-by-step approach to the development of knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through a systems-based approach to learning.

Medical students have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge by undertaking a one year intercalated honours degree in Medical Science or Medical Humanities at the end of year 3 or 4.

All students will enjoy a clinical attachment experiencing remote & rural medicine in year 4, with the opportunity to undertake the whole year outwith Aberdeen.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used to carry out formative and summative assessments including:

Written Exams - These test factual knowledge, but can also test clinical reasoning/diagnostic skills.
Course Work - In some courses, essays or reports are written. Some involve working in groups to produce posters and presentations.
Clinical Exams - Clinical, diagnostic skills, disease management and a range of professional skills including ethics are encompassed within clinical exams.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£50,100
per year
International
£50,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

View the University of Aberdeen Online Prospectus programme page to find out about any scholarships and funding you may be able to apply for.

The Uni

Course location:

University of Aberdeen

Department:

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
Pre-clinical medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
99%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation

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Medicine (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Other administrative occupations

Medical degrees are some of the most difficult courses to enter, but very nearly all graduates go on to good, well-paid and secure careers in health. If you're taking a shorter pre-clinical course, you'll need to continue on to further medical training to complete an accredited qualification, which explains why a high proportion of those grads are 'in further study' six months later. And at the moment, the UK is short of doctors and we have upped the number of places available, so demand remains high.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medicine (non-specific)

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£42k

£42k

£54k

£54k

£54k

£54k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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