The University of Aberdeen has a long standing commitment to widening access to higher education. Medicine is a demanding subject and the application process is competitive. We understand that not every applicant has the same opportunities available to them when preparing for a medical application. Whilst academic grades can be a good indicator about if an applicant will make a good doctor, they don’t always reflect the barriers which certain groups face.
Aberdeen Medical School is involved in a number of activities through Reach Scotland. Support is available to widening access school pupils including UCAT and Personal Statement workshops, application support, mock interviews. Visit the Reach Aberdeen website for more information.
Students who are considering a medical application can get in touch with our student lead outreach society (AMOS) for support with all stages of their application. AMOS run timely workshops on personal statements, UCAT, mock MMIs and are happy to provide you with general advice.
Widening Access- 2020 entry
For widening access applicants we will:
- Reduce the minimum requirement from S5 to AAAB- to include Chemistry, plus two from Biology/ Human Biology, Physics or Mathematics
- Guarantee an interview for widening access applicants should their academic requirements meet our minimum requirements, and their UCAT score within the top 75% of scores to Aberdeen.
We consider the following applicants as widening access:
- Residents in SIMD20 (Quintile 1) postcode areas (Check your postcode here)
- From a Reach School (low progression school) anywhere in Scotland
- Care experienced
- Young carers https://carers.org/about-us/about-young-carers
In addition to widening access, we are also able to allocate discretionary points for very serious extenuating factors. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting an application to us.
Support when you start your studies
For more information about the support that is available when you start your studies including finance support, please visit the university's widening access pages.