Edinburgh Medical School

About the programme

A new programme for healthcare professionals seeking to study for a medical degree (MBChB).

Student talking to teacher in hospital setting

The 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  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 an attachment to a local GP and three full-time weeks in Edinburgh each year. 

The University of Edinburgh appoints GP practices for our HCP-Med student placements and whilst we try to offer placements close to students' home addresses, pressure on GP 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 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: ongoing placement in general practice
  • Years 4 and 5: join the main MBChB programme



Video: HCP-Med promo vid
HCP-Med promo vid.


Virtual information evenings 2022

Our virtual information evenings will commence in early spring 2022.

More information will be published on our website soon.

If you would like to express your interest in attending one of our sessions, email us at hcp-med@ed.ac.uk.


Get in touch

If you have further queries, please contact Vasiliki Pothitou, HCP-Med Administrator.

Email: hcp-med@ed.ac.uk