Edinburgh Medical School

About the programme

An innovative programme for healthcare professionals seeking to study for a medical degree (MBChB).

Video: Introducing HCP-Med
A brief introduction to the HCP-Med programme, featuring: Dr Helen Richards, GP, Programme Director Mr Gavin Brown, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon NHS Lothian, E-Learning Lead Dr Polly Hashmi, Teaching Fellow in Medicine, Curriculum Lead for Years 1 and 2.


Edinburgh Medical School is renowned for preparing its students to be world-class doctors.

Our medical degree programme (HCP-Med) provides a unique route for experienced healthcare professionals, clinical scientists and veterinary surgeons to become doctors.  

The programme is specifically designed for healthcare professionals living and working in Scotland. 

For the first three years, you will study part-time and online, while continuing part-time in your current employment.  You will also have clinical attachments (general practice and hospital) and three residential weeks in Edinburgh each year. 

The University of Edinburgh appoints GP and hospital placements for our HCP-Med students, and whilst we try to offer placements close to students' homes, pressure on placements means that proximity cannot always be guaranteed.

For years 4 and 5, you will join the main undergraduate MBChB programme full-time and be based in Edinburgh. 

While emphasising teaching in general practice, the HCP-Med will allow you to follow a career in any medical specialty.   


Key features of HCP-Med

  • Open to healthcare professionals, clinical scientists and veterinary surgeons living and working in Scotland.
  • Content and assessments mirror those of the main undergraduate medical (MBChB) programme.
  • Years 1-3: part-time (21 hours per week) and mainly online.
  • Years 1-3:  general practice and hospital placements.
  • Years 4 and 5: join the main MBChB programme.


Get in touch

If you have further queries, please contact Johana Russotto Ramirez, Senior Admissions Officer, HCP-Med focus

Email: hcp-med@ed.ac.uk