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The University of Edinburgh

Medicine

UCAS Code: A100

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - MB ChB

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Required subjects: A Level: Chemistry and one of Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics at grade A. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics at grade B/6 in . Double Award combined sciences or equivalent at Grade BB/66 may replace GCSE grades in sciences. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science are not accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

Award of Diploma with 37 points (including TOK and EE) with 766 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Chemistry and at least one other science subject. SL: Biology (if not at HL). You must also provide evidence of a qualification at minimum National 5 grade B or GCSE B or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if these subjects do not form part of your IB diploma. If you are using English /English Language at SL as part of the English language requirement, you must obtain Grade 5. From 2021, only the Mathematics: Analysis and approaches pathway will be accepted where Mathematics is required.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

These grades must be achieved at Higher by end of S5, plus BB at Advanced Higher. Required subjects: Highers: Chemistry and two of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. For some applicants this subject combination is not possible at S5. Students who meet the grade requirements in S5 but are missing one or more sciences may take the missing subject(s) in S6. Human Biology may replace Biology. National 5s: Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics at grade B. Offers are conditional on S6 performance.

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144-159

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Pre-clinical medicine

Edinburgh Medical School has been leading medical education, training and research for the past 300 years. Pioneers such as the creator of anaesthesia, James Young Simpson, and Joseph Lister, discoverer of antiseptic, studied here. In recent years the Medical School has led major medical innovations in stem cell research, cancer, immunity and many other fields.

Medicine at Edinburgh offers a modern, innovative curriculum designed to prepare you for contemporary medical practice. Our aim is for you to graduate as a competent, ethical and reflective doctor, with the care of patients as your first concern. You will graduate as an excellent communicator and team player, prepared for complex and uncertain situations, equipped for ongoing personal development, and trained for high professional achievement and leadership.

The breadth and depth of medical knowledge is expanding exponentially, with advances in medical science and research rapidly translated into clinical practice. Edinburgh's future doctors will be equipped with an understanding of the underpinning science, and the clinical skills to treat patients effectively, as well as the personal attributes and attitudes required by medical practice and to meet the standards of good medical practice as laid out by the General Medical Council (GMC).

We are the only Scottish institution to offer a six-year MBChB programme, which includes a year of full-time, research-based study in Year 3. We have a long history of medical students taking a year of intercalated, research-based study as part of their medical training and our programme embeds this research year in to the training of all of our medical cohort. Many students will either present or publish their research findings, which is beneficial to their future career, and our graduates typically perform well in entrance exams for the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons. You will choose from a range of more than 20 third year honours programmes that cover biomedical and clinical science as well as the medical humanities. These include diverse disciplines such as neuroscience, immunology, global health, anthropology and sociology of medicine and health sciences, which has surgical, medical and primary care streams.

At the end of the programme you will graduate with both a research-based Bachelor of Medical Sciences honours degree and an MBChB primary medical qualification. You will have a deep understanding of medical research and evidence-based medicine, and will have developed your analytical skills. All these will be useful in your chosen career, allowing you to understand and lead innovation in all fields of medicine from general practice to hospital-based specialties or public health. Progression directly from Years 2 to 4 is possible but will only be considered in special circumstances, such as graduate entrants with prior research experience.

The MBChB curriculum content is designed to meet the GMC’s outcomes for graduates. These will be achieved as you progress through your courses and attachments based on the human experience, activity and behaviour, from biomedical sciences to clinical practice within GP practices and hospital attachments in Edinburgh and across south east Scotland. By the end of the programme, you will be well equipped for a career in academic medicine, general practice or hospital medicine.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£32,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

Edinburgh Medical School

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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.

83%
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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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A*
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After graduation


The stats in this section 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)

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.

£31,200
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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
55%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

95%
Health professionals
4%
Health associate professionals
1%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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.

Pre-clinical medicine

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

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£39k

£45k

£45k

£50k

£50k

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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