Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Medicine

Why choose Medicine at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 universities for medicine by both the Complete University Guide 2019 and the Guardian University Guide 2019.

  • You will complete an academic year of full-time, research-based study in Year 3, meaning you will graduate with two qualifications: a research-based BMedSci (Hons) and an MBChB.

  • We have a high graduate employment rate, with 99 per cent of our students progressing to employment or further training six months after graduation.

  • Clinical teaching is integrated throughout our curriculum and takes place in the city’s three teaching hospitals, in community general practices and in hospitals across south-east Scotland. Our teaching and research facilities include a state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation suite.

Study abroad

The programme creates well-trained doctors through rigorous clinical teaching. It also teaches us about the global importance of health and places things in context. With Edinburgh's reputation, I am comforted that I will be guaranteed a job in the future.

Annika Wilder-Smith 3rd year MBChB Medicine
Annika Wilder-Smith 3rd year MBChB Medicine

Introducing Medicine

Edinburgh Medical School has been leading medical education, training and research for the past 300 years. Pioneers such as the creator of anaesthesia, James Young Simpson, and Joseph Lister, discoverer of antiseptic, studied here. In recent years the Medical School has led major medical innovations in stem cell research, cancer, immunity and many other fields.

Medicine at Edinburgh offers a modern, innovative curriculum designed to prepare you for contemporary medical practice. Our aim is for you to graduate as a competent, ethical and reflective doctor, with the care of patients as your first concern. You will graduate as an excellent communicator and team player, prepared for complex and uncertain situations, equipped for ongoing personal development, and trained for high professional achievement and leadership.

The breadth and depth of medical knowledge is expanding exponentially, with advances in medical science and research rapidly translated into clinical practice. Edinburgh's future doctors will be equipped with an understanding of the underpinning science, and the clinical skills to treat patients effectively, as well as the personal attributes and attitudes required by medical practice and to meet the standards of good medical practice as laid out by the General Medical Council (GMC).

We are the only Scottish institution to offer a six-year MBChB programme, which includes a year of full-time, research-based study in Year 3. We have a long history of medical students taking a year of intercalated, research-based study as part of their medical training and our programme embeds this research year in to the training of all of our medical cohort. Many students will either present or publish their research findings, which is beneficial to their future career, and our graduates typically perform well in entrance exams for the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons. You will choose from a range of more than 20 third year honours programmes that cover biomedical and clinical science as well as the medical humanities. These include diverse disciplines such as neuroscience, immunology, global health, anthropology and sociology of medicine and health sciences, which has surgical, medical and primary care streams.

At the end of the programme you will graduate with both a research-based Bachelor of Medical Sciences honours degree and an MBChB primary medical qualification. You will have a deep understanding of medical research and evidence-based medicine, and will have developed your analytical skills. All these will be useful in your chosen career, allowing you to understand and lead innovation in all fields of medicine from general practice to hospital-based specialties or public health. Progression directly from Years 2 to 4 is possible but will only be considered in special circumstances, such as graduate entrants with prior research experience.

The MBChB curriculum content is designed to meet the GMC’s outcomes for graduates. These will be achieved as you progress through your courses and attachments based on the human experience, activity and behaviour, from biomedical sciences to clinical practice within GP practices and hospital attachments in Edinburgh and across south east Scotland. By the end of the programme, you will be well equipped for a career in academic medicine, general practice or hospital medicine.

From entry in 2020 onwards, the selection process for the MBChB will involve a face-to-face component for shortlisted candidates.