Edinburgh Medical School

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

All applicants applying to study medicine at Edinburgh must sit the UCAT or apply in advance for an exemption.

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The UCAT (formally UKCAT) was introduced in 2006 as part of the selection process for the majority of the UK University Medical and Dentistry Schools.

All applicants must take the test prior to applying through UCAS. For example if you are applying in September then ordinarily you must take the test between July and September in that particular year.

If you reapply to Edinburgh the following year then you must resit the test.

You cannot revise for the UCAT. There are practice tests on the UCAT website.

Please do not send your test results to the Admissions Office as we are advised by UCAT of your score.

Dates for possible entry to Medicine in 2022

Registration opens   

02 June 2021

Booking opens 28 June 2021

Bursary scheme opens

02 June 2021

Testing begins

26 July 2021

Registration and online booking closes

22 September 2021

Access Arrangements / UCATSEN application deadline

22 September 2021

Bursary deadline

29 September 2021

Final booking deadline

28 September 2021

Last testing date

29 September 2021

UCAS application deadline

15 October 2021

Results delivered to universities

Early November 2021


The test is taken at a Pearson VUE Test Centre and the UCAT Consortium have produced a an official guide to the UCAT 2021.  We would suggest that where possible you book an early test as if you were to fall ill you may still have the opportunity to rebook your test for a later date.  Additionally, for candidates still at school, it makes sense to have completed your test over the summer and be ready to focus on schoolwork when schools return in the autumn.

Official Guide to the UCAT 2021


More detailed information is also available on the UCAT website.

The University Clinical Aptitude Test Website


Applicants who are normally entitled to extra time in examinations must contact UCAT directly as they will be required to submit evidence of their entitlement prior to sitting the test itself. 

Access Arrangements - UCAT


Exemptions from the requirement to sit the UCAT will only be granted under very exceptional circumstances and with prior agreement with the UG Admissions Office. We will not consider applications without UCAT where no prior exemption has been granted.

How we use your UCAT score

Potential applicants who score a Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will not be considered for entry.
Once all the scores are received we rank them, divide the cohort into deciles (ten equal groups) and allocate a score. We also allocate a score to your situational judgement banding. The points are then added to your academic score to contribute towards your final ranking for shortlisting and possible invitation to one of our Assessment Days.  The total score an applicant achieved may be looked at again when final decisions are made and there are applicants with the same ranked score and limited places left to offer.

PLUS FLAG Applicants

Applicants who are eligible for a widening access PLUS FLAG will be awarded a 10% uplift in their original UCAT total score providing they have not achieved a band 4 in the Situational Judgement Section as this is not considered.  To check eligibility for a PLUS FLAG please read about widening access on our webpages.

Widening Access