Find out if you are a suitable candidate for this programme, including the qualifications you need and the time and computer requirements.
A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent). The programme is particularly well suited to those working in low or middle income countries with a commitment to continued working in rural poorly resourced areas.
English language requirements
You must be able to meet the minimum standards that are set out by the College and recommended by the University. You must provide evidence that you meet these criteria unless you are citizen of one of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.
If you are not a citizen of one of these countries, you can provide evidence in the form of one of the result certificates listed below.
- IELTS Academic module 6.5 (with 6.0 in each section)
- TOEFL-IBT 92 (with at least 20 in all sections)
- Cambridge CPE Grade C (with a minimum grade of ‘weak’ in listening, speaking, reading, writing)
- Cambridge CAE Grade B (with a minimum grade of ‘weak’ in listening, speaking, reading, writing)
- Pearson Test of English: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the ‘Communicative Skills’ sections – ‘Enabling Skills’ section scores are not considered)
Tests must have been taken within two years of the proposed date of admission, qualifications sat over two years ago are invalid. Photocopies of certificates cannot be accepted unless they have been certified as true copies, for example by the British Council.
A degree from an English speaking university may also be accepted in some circumstances but must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
You will need a computer with stable internet access and an up-to-date browser.
We make sure to provide materials that will be accessible regardless of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or the speed of your modem.
The programme is accessed through the University of Edinburgh portal, MyEd, and delivered though the online learning environment, Moodle. These are password protected and you can access the University library and email through MyEd.
You are expected to have your own software, such as Microsoft Office, for word processing tasks.
Open Office is free to download, it includes word processing software as well as spreadsheet and presentation software.
There is a help section on Learn on the IS website for with information on browser compatibility and any software you may need to download including Java Run-Time Environment.