Gateway2Medicine, Certificate

Gateway2Medicine, Certificate


A new route to a rewarding career in medicine.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
Location of Study

Our Gateway2Medicine (G2M) programme offers young people from a widening access background in Scotland the opportunity to study medicine.

Our unique partnership with North East Scotland College (NESCOL) provides an accessible and supportive route into medicine, enabling applicants to reach their full potential and achieve their dream of becoming a doctor.

Students who successfully complete the one year G2M programme and meet UCAT and interview requirements will be granted a place on the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree programme.

What You'll Study

Our G2M programme comprises elements of the University of Aberdeen’s longstanding Certificate in
Pre-Medical Studies and the HNC/HND in Applied Sciences provided by NESCOL.

Courses in Semester 1 (August to December) will be delivered by NESCOL at its Aberdeen City Campus. Semester 2 (January to May) will be based at the University of Aberdeen. The programme also includes a work experience. NHS Grampian has guaranteed every G2M student Healthcare Support Worker-level paid employment.

Semester 1

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.

Semester 2

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

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Clinical Learning
  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Peer Learning
  • Professional Placements
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Gateway2Medicine?

Our Gateway2Medicine (G2M) programme has been designed to transform the aspirations and ambitions of secondary school pupils from a widening access background in Scotland, and who may have considered that application to medical school is too ambitious, unrealistic and out of their reach.

A Scottish Government widening access initiative supported by NHS Grampian, our G2M programme guarantees students who successfully complete the programme meeting a place on year 1 of our MBChB Programme.

Our dedicated G2M Tutor will work closely across both institutions to work with students, offering academic and pastoral support to ensure students are supported in their studies.  Additionally, G2M students will have an MBChB student mentor.

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

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply applicants must satisfy the following academic and eligibility criteria. Applications are welcomed from across Scotland.

There is specific academic and non-academic criteria that are both required for entry on to the G2M programme.

Visit the Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences website for full details.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for G2M degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fitness to Practice Guidelines

Students undertaking Education, Medicine or Dentistry programmes must comply with the University's fitness to practise guidelines.

Fee Information

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home Students £1,820
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year

Scholarships and Funding

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who pay tuition fees may be eligible for specific scholarships allowing them to receive additional funding. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at Aberdeen.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

A bursary of up to £2000 will also be provided.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


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

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Doctor
  • GP
  • Surgeon
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1st in the UK for Medicine

The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition is ranked 1st in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2024)

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Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.


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Suttie Centre

The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare is a purpose-built facility providing excellent teaching and training facilities. Each floor is dedicated to topics such as Anatomy, MBChB, NHS Grampian training and Clinical Skills.

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Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is the largest hospital in Grampian and is based on the Foresterhill Health Campus.

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Contact Details

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
AB25 2ZD

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