Introduction

A new route to a rewarding career in medicine.

This programme is studied on campus.

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 UKCAT and interview standards will be granted a place on the University of Aberdeen MBChB degree programme.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
Certificate
Duration
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
August
UCAS Code
A1A1

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

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

Semester 2

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

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Clinical 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.

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.  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.

Qualifications

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

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

A full list can be found here - Entry Requirements

Further detailed entry requirements for G2M degrees.

English Language Requirements

The requirement for English language for G2M will be the same as for the current pre-medical programme, i.e. a minimum grade of 6.0 IELTS with ≥ 6.0 in speaking test. Pupils who require English language support during G2M will have support from appropriate staff from NESCOL and the University of Aberdeen. For entry to Year 1 MBChB students must have achieved a minimum grade of IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in the speaking test by 1 August of the academic year.

Fitness to Practice Guidelines

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

Fees and Funding

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

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students

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 InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

A bursary of up to £2000 will also be provided for travel and subsistence.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

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

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

7th in UK for Medicine

The University of Aberdeen is ranked 7th in the UK for medicine (Guardian University Guide, 2016).

Facilities

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Suttie Centre

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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Large teaching hospital

Large teaching hospital

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

Unistats

Unistats draws together comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. You can compare these and other data for different degree programmes in which you are interested.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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