University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland provides the Medicine (A100) course.


Separate candidates into UCAT deciles and award a score. Also score SJT. Use this along with academic ability to award invite to Assessment Day. If in SJT Band 4, will not be invited to interview.

Personal Statement

While it will not be formally assessed, it will play an important part in the assessment day.

Academic Requirements

GCSE Requirements

GCSE Requrements for University of Edinburgh Medical School are:

  • Maths - Grade 6 minimum
  • English - Grade 6 minimum
  • Science - Grade 6 minimum in Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science. Additional Applied Science and Applied Science will not be accepted
  • Other requiremants - No other requirements.

Your best 8 GCSE grades are scored. A 6 in Chemistry or biology scores 1; 6s in other subjects score 2; all 7s and up to four 8s score 3; 7s and between five and seven 8s score 4;  7s and more than seven 8s score 5. This formula can be adjusted for applicants who were unable to take 8 GCSEs; UCAT score can be given extra weight if you have not sat GCSEs. GCSEs make up 25% of the weighting in scoring for interview.

A-levels or Scottish Higher requirements.
SQA Highers: AAAAB by end of S5 and BB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and two from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

AAA at A level including Chemistry and one of Biology/ Human Biology, Maths and Physics. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered.

International Baccalaureate

37 points with 7,6,6 at Higher Level including Chemistry and at least one other science subject

Graduate Applicant Degree Requirements

2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), weighted towards science degrees (BSc or equivalent) or non-science degree with Chemistry in an accepted high school qualification (eg A level grade B, SQA Higher grade B or IB Higher Level at grade 5). Graduate applicants are able to send one additional reference by the application deadline, should they wish to.

Widening Participation

Edinburgh Medical School considers a broad range of contextual factors in our selection process. The following factors are taken into consideration when making widening access offers:Your home postcode: we look at whether or not you live in a geographical area of the UK that is defined by government data as being an area of deprivation. Your school or college: we look at the academic attainment and, in some cases, the percentage of students from your school.

Edinburgh Medical School also supports LEAPS and the Reach initiative. More information about eligibility for support from LEAPS or Reach can be obtained from the Widening Participation team: 

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