The University of Aberdeen Sri Lanka Medical Pathway offers new and additional places for international students to study medicine.

About the programme

What is covered in the programme?

We are excited to be able to offer a new programme which will allow international students the opportunity to gain the prestigious University of Aberdeen MBChB degree.

The degree will provide students with clinical experience in two healthcare systems and exposure to a diverse range of patients, conditions and experienced clinicians. Excellent support and facilities will be available to you in both the UK and in Sri Lanka.  

Students will spend the first three years of the programme in Aberdeen.  Year 4 starts with an SSC (Student Selected Component) followed by the first two clinical blocks of year 4 which are completed in Aberdeen.  It is anticpated that students will transfer to Sri Lanka in July to continue year 4 of the programme.

Can anyone apply to the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway?

  • The programme is only available to international fee-paying students
Clinical placements in Sri Lanka

Where will I do my placements?

Asiri Health is a large provider of private healthcare in central and southern Sri Lanka.  Students will rotate through a range of placements in, for example Asiri Central, Asiri Surgical, at other Asiri facilities in Galle and other locations and in a range of GP type placements in approved practices.

What is a typical day whilst on placement?

During year 4 and 5 of the MBChB degree, students are on placement Monday - Friday on a full time basis.  Some out-of-hours experiences may be provided during some of the blocks.  Actual start and end times may vary depending on the nature of the clinical experience for that particular week in the programme.

How do I travel to my placements?

The majority of the clinical placements will be in Colombo, and students will be given advice on the most appropriate means of transport depending on the location of their accommodation and which placement they are undertaking.


Entrance requirements

What are the entry requirements?

GCE A-Levels

GCE A-Levels (UK Boards e.g. Pearson Edexcel, Cambridge Assessment International Education)

Achieve/be predicted to achieve AAA in three A-Levels taken together at first sitting over a maximum of two years of study.

  • Chemistry is required
  • One subject from biology/physics/maths is required
  • One further subject. General studies is not acceptable.

GCE A-Levels (Sri Lanka)

Achieve/be predicted to achieve AAB in three A-Levels taken together at first sitting.

  • Chemistry is required
  • One subject from biology/physics/maths is required
  • One further subject.

Students who wish to work in Sri Lanka:

  • Prospective medical students must possess the mandatory educational entry qualifications stipulated by the SLMC and obtain an Eligibility Certificate.
  • The SLMC have the following subject requirements (in one sitting): 3 A-Levels (GCE) in chemistry, biology and physics.

International Baccalaureate

Achieve/be predicted to achieve 3 subjects at Higher Level (HL) at Grade 6 or better:

  • Chemistry is required
  • One of Maths/Biology/Physics
  • One other subject

plus 3 other subjects (including one science if 3 not offered at HL) at Standard Level at an average of Grade 6:

  • IB must offer Chemistry plus one further science at HL and one further science at SL
  • Maths Studies cannot be considered as one of the two sciences
  • Note: At least 36 points to be achieved overall (not including core).

India Higher Secondary Certificate (CBSE/Standard 12)

To be considered: Minimum of 85% or above at first sitting AND 85% or above in a minimum of three subjects (including Chemistry and at least one of Maths, Biology or Physics).

Other School Leaving Qualifications

For all other qualifications, more information is available here.

Graduate Entry

Can I get into Medicine if I already have a degree?

  • Applications from graduate applicants will be considered if candidates have achieved or are predicted to achieve our minimum academic requirement of an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent (e.g. GPA of at least 3.4 from a 4 year degree programme in the USA).

English Language

Candidates whose first language is not English, may be required to achieve:

  • IELTS (International Language Testing System): Band 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking section.


How do I sit the UCAT?

  • You must register and book your UCAT online at:
  • For 2019 entry: If you have yet to take the UCAT, you will be required to do so in July 2019. You will be provided with further information.


Will I have to attend an interview in the UK?

  • You will be given the option of attending interview in the UK or Sri Lanka. The interview will usually take the format of a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).
How to apply and fees

How do I apply to the programme?

For 2019 entry please contact the Medical Admissions Office for further details on how to apply..

When is the deadline for applications?

  • For September 2019 entry students - please contact
  • For September 2020 entry students must apply no later than 15 October 2019.

What are the tuition fees?

2019 Tuition Fees

Years 1-3 Sri Lanka Medical Pathway
  • Tuition fees are £30,500 per annum. You are also required to pay an additional cost of teaching levy (£6000) each year which covers the cost of your clinical teaching. Therefore, the total cost £36,500 per year.
Years 4-5 Sri Lanka Medical Pathway
  • Tuition fees are £20,000 per annum.
Can I pay in instalments?
Are there any scholarships available?
  • Students with outstanding academic qualifications (e.g. 3 A* grades at A-Level or equivalent) can apply for a University of Aberdeen merit scholarship of £3,000 for their first three years of study (subject to maintaining the required academic performance throughout their studies at Aberdeen). Students will be advised on the application process for this scholarship on commencement of their studies.

How much should I budget for living costs in Scotland and Sri Lanka?

  • In addition to tuition fees, students will require money to cover their living costs including accommodation, food, books, entertainment, clothing, phone bills, local travel, and laundry. These expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits. In keeping with UKVI rules, we recommend that students budget £1,015 per month to cover their living costs. For more information on this please visit our visa page.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK also have to pay the NHS health surcharge of £300 per year of study when applying for a visa. For more information, please visit our visa information page

    In Sri Lanka, the living costs would range between £350-500 per month depending on individual lifestyle and spending habits.

Will there be opportunities for paid work during my studies in the UK?

  • International students who will be studying for more than 6 months are permitted to work for 20 hours per week during term-time, though this may be increased during the holiday periods. The Students' Association can help you find part-time work as well as offering other employment advice. Please note that this must not be relied upon as a means to fund your studies.

Will there be opportunities for paid work during my studies in Sri Lanka?

  • Student visas in Sri Lanka do not permit students to work part-time during their study period. The immigration department in Sri Lanka is currently looking at this and the rules may change in the future.
Key dates

When is the deadline for applications?

  • For September 2019 entry students - please contact
  • For September 2020 entry students must apply no later than 15 October 2019.

When does term start?

  • 2019 entry – term starts Monday 2 September 2019
  • 2020 entry – term starts Monday 7 September 2020

When are the holidays?

Living arrangements

Where will I live while studying in Aberdeen and Sri Lanka?


There is a range of excellent student accommodation available in Aberdeen.

  • Year 1: Many students prefer to stay in halls of residence, in or near the Old Aberdeen campus, which are generally located within a 30 minute walking distance of Foresterhill with a regular free bus service.
  • Year 2 - 3: As students become familiar with Aberdeen, the University and Foresterhill Health Campus, many students elect to stay close to the hospital, either in shared flats and houses, or in self-catering flats.

Sri Lanka:

  • Year 4 - 5: Colombo and the suburbs offer comfortable, secure and affordable accommodation. Advice and guidance regarding accommodation in Sri Lanka will be provided by our colleagues at IIHS prior to students’ arrival.

What support is available for international students?

  • We have lots of student support available for students, including a dedicated support team based at Foresterhill. Our International Centre also provide lots of fun activities to help you settle into life in Scotland. Support services will be provided for students to support their transfer to Sri Lanka and for the duration of their studies in Sri Lanka..

Where will I study while in Scotland and Sri Lanka?

  • In Aberdeen you will be based at the University of Aberdeen’s Foresterhill Health Campus. Here you will have a wide range of clinical attachments.  You will be provided with opportunities that will facilitate a seamless transition between learning examination, communication and procedural skills in a simulated environment to the clinical areas within NHS Grampian and other local health and social care providers.
  • In Sri Lanka you will be undertake your clinical attachments with Asiri Health in the capital city as well as hospitals in the southern and central regions of Sri Lanka. You will have access to IT facilities, library and other learning support plus course administration and pastoral care at IIHS in Colombo. The University of Aberdeen programme lead and administration staff will also be based at IIHS in Colombo.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

Do I need a visa to study in Sri Lanka?

  • If you are not a Sri Lankan national, yes you will require a visa.  Assistance will be provided to you in Year 3 for applying for a Sri Lanka study visa.

What degree award will I receive?

  • Upon successful completion of the 5-year programme, the University of Aberdeen will award you the degree of Bachelor Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).  This will be the same degree award that students on the 5-year Aberdeen programme receive.  
  • As the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway is the same as the course offered in Aberdeen (with the only difference being the clinical years in Sri Lanka), the degree award transcript will be identical to that of a student studying in Aberdeen.
  • In addition, after successful completion of Years 1-3 you will be awarded a Bachelor of Clinical Medical Science (B Clin Med Sci)

When and where will my graduation take place?

  • At the end of Year 3 you will graduate in Aberdeen with our B Clin Med Sci. At the end of Year 5 you will be invited back to Aberdeen to graduate where you will be awarded the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree.

Where can I practise medicine after completion of the programme?

  • You will be able to practice medicine anywhere that recognises a UK primary medical qualification e.g. UK, Australia, Sri Lanka, USA and Canada.  You may be required to sit that country’s appropriate medical licensing examination as a graduate of an international medical programme. 
  • Some countries may take into account your education prior to medical school.  For further information, 

Is this programme accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)?

  • The necessary procedure for gaining GMC approval for our Sri Lanka Medical Pathway is well underway. 
  • The University of Aberdeen MBChB is a recognised international medical degree by the Sri Lanka Medical Council