COVID-19

Q. How does the University of Aberdeen support students and offerholders during the COVID-19 crisis?

A. The University’s updates can be found on these pages along with links to information from other sources.


Q. I am a prospective student and want to prepare my application by gaining some work experience. This is difficult during COVID-19. What do you advise?

A. The UK Medical Schools Council has published a useful guide which you can find here.

About the programme

Q.  Why did the University of Aberdeen introduce the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway to its existing MBChB medical degree?

The University of Aberdeen, like many of the world’s best universities is committed to extend networks and pathways across the world. The university ranks amongst the best for its global outlook. Health care is now a global industry, and broad experience of healthcare systems has been shown to benefit student’s personal consultation and diagnostic skills and to deepen their understanding of multiculturalism. Students have been shown to have a greater appreciation of public and preventative medicine. Although the SLMP was conceived some time ago, the importance of such an approach has been particularly highlighted with the Covid-19 pandemic. The SLMP offers the benefits of learning from and in healthcare settings across two countries whilst studying the University of Aberdeen medical programme. These graduates will be well placed to work in an increasingly global healthcare environment. We hope that there will be many other benefits for both countries for both research and shared learning.


​​​​​​​Q. Is there an international pathway to the MBChB degree at the University of Aberdeen connected with Sri Lanka? 

A. Yes, there are a number of pathways to achieve the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree, but they all require that students achieve the same learning outcomes and successfully complete the same assessments. The admission criteria are the same for all pathways. The Sri Lanka Medical Pathway is one route to the degree. In this route, students will complete the first three years of study in Aberdeen, Scotland which includes experience of a range of clinical placements in the UK. In the final two years of the programme, students will undertake a significant proportion the required clinical placements in Sri Lanka where we have identified high quality clinical placements in the private sector.  This pathway through the programme may be of particular interest to students from Sri Lanka.

 

Q. Are there any students from the region who are currently undertaking their studies in this pathway?

A. Yes, there are students from Sri Lanka, from the surrounding South Asia region and beyond already studying towards the University of Aberdeen Medical degree both on the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway and on other pathways. The Sri Lanka Medical Pathway allows students to obtain a UK GMC regulated medical qualification and also to gain excellent and global experience of healthcare. This gives students opportunities for deep understanding of healthcare approaches. It will support them once graduated to become more rounded, experienced and understanding practitioners when they come to serve their communities, where-ever in the world that is.

 

Q. Are graduates able to practice as doctors in Sri Lanka or elsewhere after the 5-year programme?

A. Yes, graduates of the University of Aberdeen medical programme are found in clinical practice across the world. However, graduates of any medical programme are also required to meet the particular additional requirements that there are for their chosen work destination. For example each country will have different requirements for visas and in some countries, such as Sri Lanka, there is a medical licensing examination and registration requirements.  Any medical graduate would have to ensure that they met the eligibility requirements and then to complete these successfully. As a core part of the in the University of Aberdeen medical curriculum, we support all students with career planning helping them develop realistic goals and how to explore the options that may be open to them.
 

Q. Does the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) recognise this qualification?

A. The University of Aberdeen MBChB qualification is a GMC regulated degree (see https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/how-we-quality-assure/medical-schools/bodies-awarding-uk-medical-degrees ) and is one of the SLMC approved foreign medical degree programmes (see http://www.srilankamedicalcouncil.org/foreignuniversity.php).

With the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway, we have developed additional clinical placement opportunities for a small cohort of students. The learning outcomes  and assessments that these students must meet are not different. The learning required in these clinical placements will be the same as for students in the UK. The GMC has inspected the pathway as part of its routine and ongoing inspection of all UK medical degrees and given a positive report. The submission to the SLMC for renewal of the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree will include these placements.

Q. Is this a twinning programme?

A. No, our MBChB degree is not a twinning programme. The degree is a UK medical degree delivered and awarded only by the University of Aberdeen. All students will experience clinical placements outside Aberdeen itself, but they all must work to and achieve the same learning objectives and pass the same assessments in order to be awarded the university's degree.  Those students who complete the whole MBChB degree in Scotland (A100 pathway) will mostly undertake clinical placements in general practices and hospitals across Scotland, but many also have international placements during their elective in final year.  The students who follow the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway to the MBChB degree will undertake a majority of their clinical placements in the final two years in Sri Lanka in private general practices and hospitals.

 

Q. According to the Sri Lankan Medical Ordinance, a medical degree completed in two different countries is not valid to practice medicine in Sri Lanka. Is that correct?

A. No that is incorrect; As per the Sri Lankan medical ordinance the criterion of "Twin Medical Programme", is clearly defined as a programme or course of study leading to the award of medical education which is conducted in two separate recognised universities or institutions in the same country or two different countries, where each recognised university or institution independently awards its own medical qualification.


Q. Do you plan to bring the whole five-year MBChB degree programme to Sri Lanka at some point?

A. No, there is no plan to bring the whole five years to Sri Lanka. Many students in Sri Lanka currently go overseas to obtain their medical degrees.  Our Sri Lanka Medical Pathway will allow students to obtain a UK medical degree with experience of the UK healthcare system and also experience of the healthcare system in Sri Lanka. Our goal is that this will support them in a journey to be well rounded, experienced and understanding practitioners where-ever in the world they choose to deliver heath care.


Q. Are the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway learning outcomes the same as the A100  MBChB programme?

A. Yes. The SLMP is part of the Aberdeen MBChB Programme. It is one route to achieving the degree and students on the SLMP follow the full MBChB curriculum, meet the same admission standards and have to achieve all the learning outcomes and assessments required.


Q. How is the University of Aberdeen MBChB programme structured?

A. The University of Aberdeen MBChB degree has an integrated curriculum where students begin their clinical training in year one and spend increasing amounts of time in clinical placements. In years 1 – 3 the programme is system based, where students learn all the underpinning knowledge required for a UK medical degree by working through all the systems of the body. In year 4 and 5 students spend most of their time in clinical placements learning with real clinical teams and building their clinical experience and understanding. The programme is designed to give them all the skills and knowledge required of a new medical graduate but also to prepare them well for the transition to working as a doctor.


Q. Is this programme delivered with a private medical school in Sri Lanka?

A. No. The Sri Lanka Medical Pathway is part of the University of Aberdeen Medical degree programme and is not delivered with any other medical school.


Q: Has Asiri Group of Hospitals been approved by the UK General Medical Council for clinical placements for students?

The UK General Medical Council has visited Sri Lanka, meeting with senior clinicians who would be involved in teaching and visiting the clinical settings. They have approved that there is both capacity and excellent capability to meet the requirements for clinical placement learning outcomes in Years 4 and 5 of the University of Aberdeen MBChB curriculum.  


Q. Can anyone apply to the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway?

A. The programme is only available to international fee-paying students

Clinical placements in Sri Lanka

Q. Where will I do my placements?

A. 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.

Q. Has Asiri Group of hospitals been approved by the UK General Medical Council for clinical placements for students?

A.  The UK General Medical Council has visited Sri Lanka, meeting with senior clinicians who would be involved in teaching and visiting the clinical settings. They have approved that there is both capacity and excellent capability to meet the requirements for clinical placement learning outcomes in Years 4 and 5 of the University of Aberdeen MBChB curriculum.  

Q. What is a typical day whilst on placement?

A. 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.

Q. 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.
  • IIHS provides a free shuttle bus service for students travelling to and from the city of Colombo to the IIHS campus. The shuttle bus is a safe and hassle-free mode of transport.
  • A complimentary airport pickup service is also available to international students when they first arrive in Sri Lanka.
  • For short trips it is recommended that students take private transport as the public transport system can be very congested during peak hours. Uber and PickMe apps are commonly used in Colombo and the outskirts and offer you a 24-hour taxi services. These services are safe, affordable and easily accessible.
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.

UCAT

How do I sit the UCAT?

  • You must register and book your UCAT online at: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/
  • 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.

Interview

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 2020 entry please contact the Medical Admissions Office for further details on how to apply (email: medadm@abdn.ac.uk).
  • For 2021 entry:  Applicants should apply on UCAS by 15 October.  UCAS course code is A105.

When is the deadline for applications?

  • For September 2020 entry students - please contact medadm@abdn.ac.uk 
  • For September 2021 entry students must apply no later than 15 October 2020.
  • Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the University. Please contact our Medical Admissions Office for more information.

What are the tuition fees?

2020 Tuition Fees

Years 1-3 Sri Lanka Medical Pathway

  • Tuition fees are £39,500.  This includes a levy of £6,000 to cover the cost of your clinical teaching. 

Years 4-5 Sri Lanka Medical Pathway

  • Tuition fees are £23,000 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 2020 entry students - please contact medadm@abdn.ac.uk
  • For September 2021 entry students must apply no later than 15 October 2020.

When does term start?

  • 2020 entry – term starts Monday 21 September 2020
  • 2021 entry – term starts Monday 6 September 2021

When are the holidays?

Living arrangements

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

Aberdeen

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. Many international students stay in shared accommodation including apartments and houses. Advice and guidance regarding accommodation in Sri Lanka will be provided in Year 3 of the program 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 by our colleagues at IIHS. IIHS offers various international programs and is experienced in welcoming national and international students.

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.
Visas

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. IIHS will support you throughout the visa process from making your initial application to regular renewal of your visa during your studies. Visa assistance will be provided to you whilst you are in Year 3 of the programme and in advance of your move to Sri Lanka.
Regulation, Recognition & Graduation

Q. What degree award will I receive upon compleition?

A. 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 is the same degree award that students on the A100 pathway.  

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 an exit degree to mark the completion of your time in Aberdeen in Aberdeen (B Clin Med Sci)

Q. When and where will my graduation take place?

A. At the end of Year 5 you will be invited back to Aberdeen to graduate where you will be awarded the University of Aberdeen Degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).

Q. Are graduates able to practice as doctors in Sri Lanka or elsewhere after the 5-year programme?

A. Yes, graduates of the University of Aberdeen medical programme are found in clinical practice across the world. However, graduates of any medical programme are also required to meet the particular additional requirements that there are for their chosen work destination. For example each country will have different requirements for visas and in some countries, such as Sri Lanka, there is a medical licensing examination and registration requirements.  Any medical graduate would have to ensure that they met the eligibility requirements and then to complete these successfully. As a core part of the in the University of Aberdeen medical curriculum, we support all students with career planning helping them develop realistic goals and how to explore the options that may be open to them.

Some countries may take into account your education prior to medical school.  For further information, 

Q. Does the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) recognise this qualification?

A. The University of Aberdeen MBChB qualification is a GMC regulated degree (see https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/how-we-quality-assure/medical-schools/bodies-awarding-uk-medical-degrees ) and is one of the SLMC approved foreign medical degree programmes (see http://www.srilankamedicalcouncil.org/foreignuniversity.php).

With the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway we have developed additional clinical placement opportunities for a small cohort of students. The learning outcomes and assessments that these students must meet are not different. The learning required in these clinical placements will be the same as for students in the UK. The GMC has inspected the pathway as part of its routine and ongoing inspection of all UK medical degrees and given a positive report. The submission to the SLMC for renewal of the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree will include these placements.

Q. According to the Sri Lankan Medical Ordinance, a medical degree completed in two different countries is not valid to practice medicine in Sri Lanka. Is that correct?

No that is incorrect; As per the Sri Lankan medical ordinance the criterion of "Twin Medical programme", is clearly defined as a programme or course of study leading to the award of medical education which is conducted in two separate recognized universities or institutions in the same country or two different countries, where each recognized university or institution independently awards its own medical qualification.