Our G2M course comprises elements of the University of Aberdeen’s longstanding Certificate in Pre-medical Studies and the HNC/HND in Applied Sciences provided by North East Scotland College (NESCOL).

Course delivery and student support will be shared by NESCOL and by University of Aberdeen and supports your learning with:

  • small-group learning
  • a dedictated G2M tutor who will work alongside and support you throughout the course
  • paid work experience
  • Up to £2000 bursary to support your studies

Work Experience

NHS Grampian has committed to support our G2M programme by guaranteeing Healthcare Support Worker-level paid employment.

What you'll study

First Half-Session (August to December)

The first half-session will be centred in NESCOL in Aberdeen and may include the following components:

The first half-session programme (August to December) will include regular activities at the medical school e.g. clinical skills and student-led social/support activities including sporting and cultural events.

Second Half-Session (January to May)

The second half-session will be centred within University of Aberdeen and comprise the following four courses:

A credit-bearing Work Experience module across the year will include reflection while undertaking a paid healthcare placement in NHS Grampian.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education - Cert HE in Pre-Medical Studies from the University of Aberdeen.

Students will be encouraged to fully integrate with the medical school community.

Progression to Medicine

Students are guaranteed a place on year 1 of the University of Aberdeen medicine programme (MBChB) providing they:

  • fulfil the academic criteria to be awarded the Cert HE in Pre-Medical Studies
  •  perform satisfactorily at the MBChB Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) - likely to be held late March and the UCAT - May/June.

Successful students will also be required to complete a confidential health questionnaire and join Disclosure Scotland’s PVG Scheme.

Students who do not meet the required standards or who do not wish to progress to year 1 medicine will be fully supported into alternative further or higher education courses at either NESCOL or the University of Aberdeen.

Support available for G2M students

Academic and Pastoral Support

A dedicated G2M Tutor will work closely across both insititutions to work with students, offering academic and pastoral support to ensure students are supported in their studies.


The University of Aberdeen will guarantee a place in university accommodation or one of our preferred partners for the G2M year and for Year 1 MBChB, if required, to minimise the risk of isolation and to support integration into wider university life.

Peer Support

G2M students will have an MBChB student mentor.

Regent Scheme

Building on our existing Regent Scheme, we will allocate each G2M student an experienced Regent who will support you throughout the G2M year and beyond.