Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Glasgow

 

King’s College London

 

 

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and the Medical school in 1751. The university is the largest in the United Kingdom and a member of Russell Group Universities. As Scotland's biggest city and the third-largest city in the UK, Glasgow hosts the largest student population in Scotland. The medical school encourages exposure of medical undergraduates to leading researchers and teachers, and aspires to train medical graduates who are highly sought after in every branch of Medicine; doctors who are equipped for postgraduate training and a career in Medicine in the 21st century. Medical students as Glasgow have the opportunity to experience a diverse mixture of clinical attachments that range from placements in National Tertiary Referral services (complex medical specialties and sub-specialties) to attachments with single-handed rural General Practitioners.

 

Their first teaching professor was appointed almost 400 years ago, and over the years Glasgow has developed an excellent reputation for training young doctors. The university prides itself on:

  • 24-hour access to the award-winning Wolfson Medical School Building, which offers students library facilities and a first-class clinical skills suite.
  • Variety of clinical environments throughout the West of Scotland, including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, one of Europe’s largest acute hospitals. The hospital includes a purpose-built learning and teaching facility, teaching laboratories and a state-of-the-art clinical skills suite.
  • Strong links with the Postgraduate Deanery, ensuring a smooth transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate training.
  • History of world renown physicians;
    • Joseph Lister – surgeon famed for the introduction of antiseptic techniques.
    • George Beatson – specialist breast cancer oncologist and ‘the father of endocrine ablation in cancer management’
    • John Macintyre – set up the world's first radiology department at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary
    • William Hunter – famous anatomist and obstetrician Ian Donald – pioneered the use of diagnostic ultrasound.

 

In recent years Glasgow’s graduates have been among the most successful in the UK; a testament to the very high calibre of students accepted on to the course, as well as the quality of the course itself. Since 2012, the MBChB programme has involved a mixture of teaching styles and methods, ranging from lectures, podcasts, e-learning media, problem-based learning (PBL), laboratory and dissection classes.

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5-year to 6-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
5-year
Nber of places
230
230
Degree
N/A
2:1
GCSEs
Min. B English at Grade B
Min. B N/A
A levels
AAA
AA/AB in Chemistry and Biology
Exam
UKCAT
UKAT
Interview
Panel
Panel
Work experience
Desirable*
Desirable*
*Not necessary to have explicit work experience but candidates are expected to provide evidence that they have an understanding of the what Medicine as a profession entails

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduates can apply to the 5-year programme (A100) . The Medical School follows a ‘spiral curriculum’ split into four phases, where subject material is revisited at different stages of the course with increasing depth and clinical focus. There is clinical experience with patients from Year 1. Phase 1 concentrates on basic biomedical sciences, Phase 2 on system-based biomedical science, Phase 3 on clinical sciences, and finally Phase 4 on clinical practise. The Medical School also offers a one-year intercalated BSc degree and a two-year BSc (Hons), from a range of 20 different options, which include Clinical Medicine degrees, Life Science degrees and Medical Humanities programmes. These are taken between Year 3 and 4 and involve an intensive period of study and training in a scientific or humanities discipline.

 

The university also offers a 1-year Certificate of Higher Education (Pre-Med/Dent – UCAS Code: 4T6H)/1-year pre-entry programme as a route into medical or dental studies for government-sponsored students educated overseas. The programme is specifically aimed at applicants who have demonstrated high academic potential but who otherwise would not be eligible for the traditional 5-year programme, either due to academic qualifications or language skills. The main focus of this course are the disciplines of Biology and Chemistry, as well as further developing language skills in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

The required grades and subjects for 2017 entry must be obtained at the first attempt. Resits are only considered in exceptional circumstances.

 

Note that applicants who have completed the 1-year pre-entry programme may still be invited to interview even if they do not meet the standard minimum requirements.

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

The standard A level requirement for applications to the undergraduate 5-year programme, are AAA which include Chemistry and one of either Mathematics, Physics or Biology. All A level grades should be obtained at first sitting. If Biology is not studied at A2 level, then it must be taken at AS level and a Grade A is required. Biology and Human Biology are not considered as separate A Level subjects. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable as third subjects.

 

A GCSE pass in English at Grade B is required. Scottish applicants must have English at either Standard Grade (Grade 2), Intermediate 2, or National 5 level at grade B or above.

 

Applicants applying to the 1-year pre-entry programme require A level grades of BBB with at least one science subject.

 

IB

 

The standard requirement for the 5-year programme is 38 points, which must include Chemistry (6 points) and Biology (6 points), and either Mathematics or Physics, all at Higher Level (if it is not possible to sit Mathematics or Physics at Higher Level, then Standard Level will be considered at 6 points). A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required.

 

Applicants applying to the 1-year pre-entry programme require a minimum score of 34, with three Higher Level subjects at 6,6,5 (which must include Chemistry and Biology), and Mathematics and Physics with a minimum score of 6 at Standard level.

 

Scottish Highers

 

The standard requirements include AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 and applicants must achieve at least Grades A and B in two Advanced Highers. All examination results must be from the first sitting.

 

Applicants are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5. Higher grades must include Chemistry and Biology, and either Mathematics or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics as Highers in S6, provided Grades AAAAA or AAAABB are achieved by S5. A minimum of grade B would be required in any Higher subject studied in S6. Biology and Human Biology are considered equal subjects.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The UKCAT is required for school leavers and graduates applying to the 5-year programme. The results of this exam are only valid for the year of application.

 

Applicants applying to the 1-year pre-med programme do not have to take any admissions exams.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

These are considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically the university look upon Access courses as a way for mature students to apply to Medicine – not as an alternative entry route for those who have not met the standard academic criteria. It is advisable to contact the university in advance of starting an Access to Medicine course, to check if it will be accepted.

 

Other Diplomas

 

The BTEC diploma is not accepted.

 

Widening Participation

 

The medical school works with the Reach Programme which links to 95 different schools in the West of Scotland to encourage students with academic potential and an interest in Medicine, Law, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine to get involved with courses, seminars, campus visits and assignments that help them to consider these careers and how to apply to them. Students who are applying to Medicine and have completed the Reach Programme may be considered by Glasgow Medicine with lower entry grades (e.g. AAABB/AAAAC or above in S5 of the Scottish Highers), or if they have AAAAA in their Scottish Highers, they may receive an extra 10% added to their UKCAT score. Please see this webpage for further details: http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/wideningparticipation/supportingaccesstoprofessionalsubjects/reachaccesstomedicineveterinarymedicinedentistryandlaw/

 

International Students

 

There are 18 spaces on the 5-year programme for international students. If English is not a candidate’s first language they can take the IELTS (or equivalent) and should achieve an overall score of 7.0, with no section score of less than 7.0.

If an international student does not have GCSE English to at least grade B, there are several ways of demonstrating suitable English language proficiency (see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/application/requirements/accepted-english-qualifications), but the IELTS is the preferred option, with an overall grade of 7.5 and a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at Glasgow.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

The university accepts applicants applying again, so long as they meet the entry requirements for the year they wish to start. The UKCAT will need to be taken again in the year of application.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Applications for deferred entry are considered if submitted at the time of UCAS application. Later requests are not guaranteed.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants are initially assessed on their academic attainment, followed by their personal statement and reference. Though work experience is not essential, applicants should be able to demonstrate, through their personal statement: a clear understanding of the medical profession; what is expected of them as medical students/doctors; and an awareness of current issues facing the medical profession. Although these qualities can be demonstrated through work experience and shadowing, volunteering or paid work in a caring or community setting is also of tremendous value, and the university is aware that not all students will have access to the same work experience opportunities. Reading about the NHS constitution, student BMJ articles, health topics on the BBC website etc. and speaking to healthcare professionals will all help to inform you about the challenges and rewards of working within the healthcare profession. This document from the Medical Students Council gives a useful perspective on what medical schools would like their applicants to achieve through work and voluntary experience: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Work-experience-guidelines-for-applicants-to-medicine.pdf

 

Finally, UKCAT scores are used as the last element in the screening process. Each part of the UKCAT exam is considered equally, however in 2016, the Situational Judgement Test banding was not taken into consideration. Invitation to interview is based on UKCAT scores, however the range of scores that are considered varies each year as the performance of each cohort of applicants varies.

 

Interview

 

Each year around 600-700 applicants, who not only meet the academic requirements but also the non-academic, are invited to an interview. Meeting the minimum academic requirement alone does not guarantee an interview. The medical school interviews applicants using a traditional panel interview style, where the panel consists of academic staff, consultants, and honorary members of the university. Each interview is 30 minutes long and applicants are interviewed by two panels, with two interviewers on each panel, who complete a scoring sheet during the process. Applicants may be assessed against some or all of the following criteria:

 

  • Why Medicine?
  • What makes a good Doctor?
  • Why Glasgow Medical School?
  • Their suitability to study Medicine.
  • Teamwork and getting on with people.
  • Problem solving in a scenario setting:
    • Applicants will be given the option to select one of two scenarios prior to their interview, and will be expected to discuss the issues around the scenario.

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For entry in 2015/2016 application cycle there were approximately 2000 applicants overall for the 230 places for UK/EU students and the 18 places available for non-EU students. Approximately 700 applicants were invited for interview and roughly 450 offers were made.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Glasgow is ranked 12th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016. It is placed 10th by The Complete University Guide for 2017, a drop from 8th in 2016, It is in the top 100 medical schools, as ranked by the QS World University Rankings in 2016.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The university doesn't not offer a graduate entry programme, however graduate students can apply to the 5-year programme (A100). The Medical School follows a ‘spiral curriculum’ split into four phases, where subject material is revisited at different stages of the course with increasing depth and clinical focus, allowing clinical experience from Year 1. Phase 1 concentrates on basic biomedical sciences, Phase 2 on system-based biomedical science, Phase 3 on clinical sciences, and finally Phase 4 on clinical practise. The Medical School also offers a one-year intercalated BSc degree and a two-year BSc (Hons), from a range of 20 different options, which include Clinical Medicine degrees, Life Science degrees and Medical Humanities programmes. These are taken between Year 3 and 4 and involve an intensive period of study and training in a scientific or humanities discipline.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

The required academic grades and subjects must be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt. Resits are only considered in exceptional circumstances.

 

Degree and A levelss

 

Graduate applicants will be considered provided they have a minimum of 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant science, obtained within seven years of the entry date.

 

Applicants who obtained their degree over seven years ago, and graduates with a non-science degree, will be required to have Chemistry and Biology to either A level or Scottish Higher level, grades A and B respectively. Biology at grade A at AS level is also acceptable. These qualifications must be taken within the seven years prior to starting the course. However, holding a Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant field, may compensate for not having Chemistry and Biology at A Level/Highers level.

 

GCSEss

 

There is no minimum GCSE requirement.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The UKCAT is required for both school leavers and graduates applying to the 5-year programme. The results of this exam are only valid for the year of application.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

These are considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically the university look upon Access courses as a way for mature students to apply to Medicine – not as an alternative entry route for those who have not met the standard academic criteria. It is advisable to contact the university in advance of starting an Access to Medicine course, to check if it will be accepted.

 

Other Diplomas

 

The BTEC diploma is not accepted.

 

International Students

 

There are 18 spaces on the 5-year programme for international students. If English is not a candidate’s first language they can take the IELTS (or equivalent) and should achieve an overall score of 7.0, with no section score of less than 7.0.

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at Glasgow.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

The university accepts applicants applying again, so long as they meet the entry requirements for the year they wish to start. The UKCAT will need to be taken again in the year of application.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Applications for deferred entry are considered if submitted at the time of UCAS application. Later requests are not guaranteed.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants are initially assessed on their academic attainment, followed by their personal statement and reference. Though work experience is not essential, applicants should be able to demonstrate, through their personal statement: a clear understanding of the medical profession; what is expected of them as medical students/doctors; and an awareness of current issues facing the medical profession. Although these qualities can be demonstrated through work experience and shadowing, volunteering or paid work in a caring or community setting is also of tremendous value, and the university is aware that not all students will have access to the same work experience opportunities. Reading about the NHS constitution, student BMJ articles, health topics on the BBC website etc. and speaking to healthcare professionals will all help to inform you about the challenges and rewards of working within the healthcare profession. This document from the Medical Students Council gives a useful perspective on what medical schools would like their applicants to achieve through work and voluntary experience: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Work-experience-guidelines-for-applicants-to-medicine.pdf

 

Finally, UKCAT scores are used as the last element in the screening process. Each part of the UKCAT exam is considered equally, however in 2016, the Situational Judgement Test banding was not taken into consideration. Invitation to interview is based on UKCAT scores, however the range of scores that are considered varies each year as the performance of each cohort of applicants varies.

 

Interview

 

Each year around 600-700 applicants, who not only meet the academic requirements but also the non-academic, are invited to an interview. Meeting the minimum academic requirement alone does not guarantee an interview. The medical school interviews applicants using a traditional panel interview style, where the panel consists of academic staff, consultants, and honorary members of the university. Each interview is 30 minutes long and applicants are interviewed by two panels, with two interviewers on each panel, who complete a scoring sheet during the process. Applicants may be assessed against some or all of the following criteria:

  • Why Medicine?
  • What makes a good Doctor?
  • Why Glasgow Medical School?
  • Their suitability to study Medicine.
  • Teamwork and getting on with people.
  • Problem solving in a scenario setting:
    • Applicants will be given the option to select one of two scenarios prior to their interview, and will be expected to discuss the issues around the scenario.

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For entry in 2015/2016 application cycle there were approximately 2000 applicants overall for the 230 places for UK/EU students and the 18 places available for non-EU students. Approximately 700 applicants were invited for interview and roughly 450 offers were made.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Glasgow is ranked 12th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is placed 10th by The Complete University Guide for 2017, a drop from 8th in 2016,

 

It is in the top 100 medical schools, as ranked by the QS World University Rankings in 2016.

 

Lewis Walker

 

My time at the University of Glasgow has been the happiest of my life so far, filled with an incredibly diverse group of students, societies and activities. There is something for everyone, and always something going on. Academically, there is a constant and tangible drive for improvement in what is already a world-class university. I would passionately recommend the UofG to anyone considering applying. There is a huge effort at almost every level to consistently improve the course in all areas. Innovative, practical teaching is the norm rather than the exception. Incredibly varied and active. There's a society for almost everything, and getting involved at any point in the year is easy. Personal support is improving all the time, with programmes such as Peer Support. Academic support is also excellent, with regular question and answer sessions run by professors and any emails are quickly answered

 

Euan, Year 1 student

 

Now in my final year, I wouldn't choose anywhere else if I had to do it again or to do some post-grad work. The facilities and opportunities available at Glasgow Uni, I think are second to none. In addition, you are well supported by many members of staff. Especially for Medicine you are in the heart of a city with a long history of medical advances and to this day is still at the forefront of innovation; to have that experience as a student is a great opportunity. All members of staff are super-approachable & there is a large emphasis on the practical side of things as well as communication. The Student Union GUU is an amazing hub for students. From the tradition of the beer bar and debates chamber to the modern edge of the new hive and drawing room, it really is the place to be. It even offers study spaces in one of the 2 libraries. In addition to facilities, the GUU has an amazing team of people putting on some of the best entertainment in the west of Scotland!

 

Sasha

 

Fantastic - wouldn't change it for the world! I actually transferred to Glasgow from St Andrews and found it really easy to settle in. The city itself is great to live in, and the university really makes an effort to make you feel included (both academically and socially) - the people here are great, and really do make your university experience! When it comes to placements, I feel that I am becoming more and more prepared each day to handle all the things that may come up in working life! I love the variety on our course - it's intense, but really interesting, and makes it easy to learn new things (and to find new knowledge). Academic support I haven't really needed, thankfully, as the teaching has been very good in itself. In terms of personal support - it is very easy to find someone to talk to if you have problems, and the medical school in particular are continually coming up with new support methods, and have recently introduced a peer support scheme, to help things along further. We really do appreciate it (especially when the Prof brings his puppy into the library during our revision week for a bit of light relief!), and we do notice the effort that is being made to help us feel comfortable enough to tell someone if something isn't quite right

 

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