Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine is led by the Dean of Medicine, who is also the Head of the School of Medicine.
The Faculty of Medicine currently offers two options to study medicine:
- BSc (Bachelor of Science) Honours is awarded to students who study over a period of three years. After this degree, all students with an Honours degree are guaranteed a place on the MBChB/MBBS in one of the School's six partner Medical Schools: Aberdeen, Barts and the London, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
- MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) is awarded to students on the four-year Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine (ScotGEM) programme. This is a joint programme run by the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee and the health boards in Fife and Tayside. In addition, this programme will be run in collaboration with NHS Highland, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, and the University of Highlands and Islands.
ScotGEM is subject to approval by the General Medical Council, and the process for accreditation has started. You should be aware that this process may not be complete before the first cohort of students is matriculated but is expected prior to graduation of the first cohort of students in September 2022.
ScotGEM is intended to be awarded on a joint basis by the universities of St Andrews and Dundee; however, any joint degree is subject to agreement and statutory approval which is not guaranteed.
The universities of St Andrews and Dundee will notify you as soon as reasonably practicable if the degree cannot be established as intended.
BSc (Bachelor of Science) Honours
Unlike other subjects in the University, the Medicine programme does not offer any 1000-level modules. If your application is successful, you will gain direct entry to the second year of the course, and then begin study with 2000-level modules.
In order to graduate in the BSc (Hons) Medicine programme, you must complete specified modules across three years in St Andrews. This programme will address core General Medical Council (GMC) outcomes as appropriate for your stage of study. Completion of your MBChB/MBBS degree and the remaining GMC outcomes will occur over a further three years at your partner medical school.
Each of your three years at St Andrews will consist of 120 credits worth of study from within the Faculty, with your final year consisting of a 40-credit dissertation module. Students will experience placements in an NHS setting during each year of study.
You can read more information about the core and option modules for specific degree programmes in the course search, which offers more details about the structure and content of each programme.
MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) - Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine (ScotGEM)
In order to graduate in the MBChB ScotGEM programme, you must complete specified modules across the four years at the universities of St Andrews and Dundee. ScotGEM will address all core MBChB requirements as stipulated by the General Medical Council.
ScotGEM will use a wide range of teaching methods, much of which will be delivered within an NHS setting. A case-based learning approach in the first two years will prepare you for an exciting range of clinical learning opportunities in third and fourth years.
You can read more information about the core and optional modules for the MBChB on the ScotGEM course page, which offers more details about the structure and content of the programme.
International students whose first language is not English must have a certain level of English which can be indicated by a satisfactory score in English language requirements. Students who do not hold the English language entry requirements to study Medicine may be interested in the International Foundation Programme for Medicine.