Apply to Medicine

If you are applying for undergraduate study with the School of Medicine, please complete the following steps. 

1. Entry requirements

Ensure you meet the entry requirements.


Ensure you have sat the UKCAT.

3. Check the campus code details: 

  • A100: Scotland 'S', England 'R', or No Preference 'N'. See course pathways for more details.
  • A990: no campus code required.

4. Write a personal statement.

Further information about personal statements is given within the 'qualities and experience' section on the entry requirements page. Guidance on how to write a personal letter can be found on UCAS.

5. Arrange a referee's report.

If you are at school, your Principal or Head of Year will generally write your referee’s report. If you are studying in a university, we will require a reference from your academic tutor or advisor of studies. References from family members or close friends are not acceptable. Your referee should comment on your academic performance, your attitude to study and your approach to working with others, including communication skills. They should comment on your contribution to extracurricular activities and any other skills or attributes you have that make you a suitable candidate for medicine. If you are applying with qualifications not yet achieved, your referee's report must contain predicted grades for your expected performance in future examinations.

6. Fill out an application form.

You will either submit a UCAS application or a direct application; find out more about UCAS and direct applications below.

7. Submit your application by the deadline.

Home and EU candidates should apply by 15 October in the year before entry to Medicine. International students who are overseas for fee purposes should apply by 31 January in the year of entry to Medicine. The School does not consider late applications after the official closing date, and the School does not enter UCAS Extra or Clearing. To find out more about selection procedures after you have applied, see how are students selected.

Repeat applications

Applicants who are unsuccessful in obtaining a place at St Andrews can submit a new application the following year if they meet the entry requirements, but beyond that, further applications will not be considered.

Deferred entry

The School does not usually consider deferred entry.

Fraudulent or plagiarised applications

The University of St Andrews will not admit students based on fraudulent or plagiarised applications or documents. Please see the University’s admissions policy for more information.

Please note, if a student is found to have deliberately failed to disclose information that could have made him or her ineligible to study medicine, or given false information, the course provider can consider removing them from training on grounds of dishonesty.