Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Medical Sciences

Why choose Medical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh?

  • You will join a multidisciplinary programme that provides the knowledge, skills and personal and professional development appropriate for graduate entry to medicine, medical research or a career in one of the many healthcare or healthcare-related professions.

  • You will be supported by academic staff who provide an outstanding research-led, learning experience that fosters individual intellectual development.

  • You will have the opportunity to undertake projects with our leading medical and biomedical researchers addressing major global challenges in healthcare.

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My subjects are so varied and tailored to my interests that I have no hesitation getting as involved as I can in my work. There is a great working ethos in the University, which is a great drive to do and be your best.

Bethany Shiell 3rd year BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences
Bethany Shiell 3rd year BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

Introducing Medical Sciences

Our BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme provides a platform of compulsory courses which deliver core material in biomedical sciences, medical sociology and anthropology that underpins and directs advances in 21st-century medical practice. In addition, your option course choices offer you the flexibility to explore the broader biological, physicochemical, clinical and social sciences that underlie contemporary healthcare.

Our programme develops healthcare-related themes with a particular emphasis on current medical research and its significance for advances in medical/clinical practice. Opportunities exist for students to undertake research within groups recognised as delivering internationally excellent and, in some areas, world-leading research.

Medical sciences is founded on developing skills in academic research and scientific enquiry to encourage an awareness and understanding of the research that is needed to continue to advance clinical practice.

Alongside a depth of knowledge in medical sciences, you will also develop a level of understanding and a breadth of skills that will enable you to contribute to, and guide, public debate on issues that affect healthcare for present and future generations.

Transferring to Medicine MBChB

Up to five offers for entry into Year 2 of the Edinburgh MBChB programme will normally be made to final-year BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences undergraduates. Application for these places should be made through UCAS.

Medical sciences undergraduates applying to the MBChB are required to have the appropriate academic qualifications, need to have sat the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and, if shortlisted, will be interviewed along with other shortlisted graduate applicants.

Offers will be made before the end of the first semester of Year 4 of the medical sciences programme.

Medical sciences students will not normally be able to transfer to the MBChB programme during their studies.