Most of the applications we receive are really very good. However, we do have the very difficult task of selecting only a small number of entrants out of the hundreds of applications we receive each year.
Applicants should understand that the Admissions procedure at Aberdeen involves the detailed assessment and scoring of a range of aspects of an application, including academic attainment/predictions; UKCAT; the UCAS written application; then subsequent interview performance. Decisions have to be made on the information that is presented, so we can only allocate scores for work experience/activities completed and information received when the UCAS form is submitted. In addition, the interview scores an applicant's performance on the day. The final score that is generated is the total of all those achieved and determines whether an offer can be made.
It is not possible to rescore applications any time after the UCAS cut-off date, should revised personal statements outline further activities undertaken.
Each year, we calculate the maximum number of offers that must be made to achieve our year group number of 168 students. Applications are ranked against all the others received for that year's entry and those whose total Objective Scores are above the required threshold achieve an interview, then possibly an offer.
As a mark of respect for the very high quality of applications and commitment of applicants to securing a place for Medicine, the Medical School has a commitment to offering very comprehensive feedback to its unsuccessful applicants.
When applicants access UCAS Track, the decision about an unsuccessful application is accompanied by the following message:
"You will receive written feedback on your application during April. We are unable to give further feedback until that time."
In addition, within a day of this decision being posted, applicants receive similar information on their University of Aberdeen Applicant Portal, informing them that further feedback will be mailed from the Dean of Medical Admissions, explaining why the University of Aberdeen was unable to make an offer of Admission. This letter is sent in April.
Having received this information, should unsuccessful applicants then require additional feedback about their application, this may be undertaken from April onwards until 31st August following written request from the applicant quoting their name and UCAS number, to Medical Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org).