A new and exciting opportunity for international applicants to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and qualifications to enter the medical profession.

This programme is studied on campus.

The Sri Lanka Medical Pathway is studied over five years with Years 1 to 3 of the medical pathway undertaken at the University of Aberdeen’s Medical School. At the end of Year 3 students are awarded a Bachelor of Clinical Medical Science (B Clin Med Sci). Students then progress to Year 4 and 5 of our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree, with excellent clinical experience undertaken in Sri Lanka.

The University of Aberdeen Medical School is co-located on one of the largest clinical and research sites in Europe. Our teaching is delivered across our Foresterhill campus and you will have access to excellent facilities including a large teaching hospital, paediatric and maternity hospitals and world renowned Research Institutes.

The Sri Lanka Medical Pathway gives you the opportunity to gain clinical exposure of two healthcare systems. You will experience an exciting range of clinical attachments on offer at Aberdeen and in Sri Lanka, you will rotate through a range of clinical placements with Asiri Health. They provide centres of excellence in three hospitals in the capital city as well as hospitals in the Southern and Central regions of Sri Lanka. Our medical students benefit from a modern curriculum that provides an immersive, holistic experience of community healthcare in both urban and rural settings.

This programme is for international fee-paying students only.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
60 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
Location of Study
Aberdeen / Sri Lanka

What You'll Study

Year 1

Year 1

Term 1 provides you with the knowledge and understanding of medical sciences and the disease processes that underpin medicine. The systems-based course commences in term 2. Here we use clinical cases to act as a focus for teaching. This means we teach you about the appropriate anatomy, physiology & biochemistry of each of the body systems, as they are explored, as well as the disease processes that disorganise normal structure and function within each system. In Year 1, students commence the Foundations of Primary Care Course (FPC) which uses a network of local general practices. Students also undertake the first 4-week Student Selected Component (SSC) which involves project-based group work.

Year 2

Year 2

The systems-based teaching and the Foundations of Primary Care continue to develop in Year 2 where you continue to increase your knowledge and skills. A second 4-week SSC will be undertaken, focussing on molecular mechanisms of disease.

You will also experience a huge variety of weekly clinical attachments working alongside and shadowing various members of the multi-disciplinary hospital team.

Year 3

Year 3

The study of the systems and the Foundations of Primary Care course are completed in Year 3. The SSC in third year provides a unique opportunity to study Medical Humanities for a six week module. A wide range of subjects will be available for students to choose from.

In Year 3, bi-weekly clinical attachments continue and by the end of the year, you will be able to perform a complete head-to-toe examination of your patients.

Year 4

Year 4

Students will transfer to Sri Lanka to complete year 4 and 5.

In Year 4, students develop their diagnostic and management skills. Students undertake nine five-week clinical blocks during which they experience many different clinical areas and discipline.

Year 5

Year 5

Year 5 is very much the apprentice year where students prepare for the competent, safe, effective and professional practice of medicine as a doctor.

All final year students complete Student Assistantships in their medical, surgical and GP/Psychiatry attachments. The focus of the placement is to learn what is required post-graduation when you will be working as a foundation doctor.

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

Students undertake a step-by-step approach to the development of knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through a systems-based approach to learning.

Medical students have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge by undertaking a one year intercalated honours degree at the end of year 3 or 4.

Student Selected Components are undertaken in each year which allow students to follow up areas of personal interest for more study.

Year 4 and 5, the clinical years will be carried out in Sri Lanka.

Learning Methods

  • Clinical Learning
  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Peer Learning
  • Professional Placements
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods are used to carry out formative and summative assessments including:

Written Exams - These test factual knowledge, but can also test clinical reasoning/diagnostic skills.

Course Work - In some courses, essays or reports are written. Some involve working in groups to produce posters and presentations.

Clinical Exams - Clinical, diagnostic skills, disease management and a range of professional skills including ethics are encompassed within clinical exams.

Why Study Sri Lanka Medical Pathway?

  • Years 1 - 3 are delivered in one of the largest health campuses in Europe, where, facilities include a large teaching hospital, paediatric and maternity hospitals and world renowned University Research Institutes. Years 4 - 5 are delivered in Sri Lanka.
  • A unique opportunity to gain clinical exposure of two healthcare systems. Asiri Health provide centres of excellence in 3 hospitals in the capital city as well as hospitals in the Southern and Central regions of Sri Lanka.
  • University of Aberdeen academic staff based in Sri Lanka to support your studies. Hosted by the International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), you will have access to IT facilities, a library and other learning support plus course administration and pastoral care.
  • You will work with our Patient Partners right from the very start of the programme and have your first clinical attachments in year 1.
  • The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare in Aberdeen provides superb facilities. It allows anatomy and clinical skills teaching to be co-located, giving students the opportunity to integrate and consolidate anatomical structure and function with clinical knowledge.
  • The Medical Humanities SSC in year 3 gives you an opportunity to acquire an alternative ‘take’ upon medicine and/or health, sickness or disability, which is not provided by the mainstream medical curriculum.
  • Medical students have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge by undertake a one year intercalated degree.
  • Opportunities for research during your degree through our very active Aberdeen Summer Research Scholarship Programme.
  • The 8 week elective project in year 5 allows you the opportunity to be completely independent in deciding where in the world you would like to go to study any aspect of medicine of particular interest.
  • The MBChB programme's 'Culture of Care' has been highly rated externally. The General Medical Council were impressed by the "enthusiasm & commitment of the staff", "students' enthusiasm & loyalty to the school" and the excellent student support.

Entry Requirements


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

General Entry Requirements

2020 Entry

You can find out about the academic and non-academic requirements for Aberdeen by visiting our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition website.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Medicine (Sri Lanka) 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 - 7.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 7.0; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 100 with: Listening - 21; Reading - 22; Speaking - 28; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 70 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 70; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 185 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 185; 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.

Fees and Funding

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact

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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


At the end of your undergraduate programme you will receive your MBChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). The University of Aberdeen PMQ has opened the door to highly successful careers of many doctors working across the world including in the UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Australia and Sri Lanka.

Professional Links

Asiri Health are a clinical placement partner for the final two years of our Sri Lanka Medical Pathway. They will host our students when they return to Sri Lanka to complete the intensive clinical Years 4 & 5 of their MBChB degree.

IIHS support our students during Years 4 & 5 when they transfer to Sri Lanka to complete their MBChB degree. Support provided includes access to IT facilities, a library and other learning support plus course information and pastoral care.


The General Medical Council set standards and outcomes for medical education in the UK. The GMC tests whether schools meet the requirements set out in their standards and guidance through quality assurance activity. The Medical Schools Council represents the interests and ambitions of UK medical schools as they relate to the generation of national health, wealth and knowledge through biomedical research and the profession of medicine.

The necessary process for accreditation from the GMC for this pathway is underway.

The Aberdeen MBChB is a recognised international medical degree by the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

1st in Scotland for Medicine

The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition is ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for medicine (The Guardian league tables 2019)

Award-winning University

The University of Aberdeen is a Top 30 UK University, (Complete University Guide 2020) and  was named Scottish University of the Year, (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Our Experts

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, leading medical science teachers and researchers and experienced clinicians who are at the forefront of modern clinical practice and research.

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.

World Class Facilities

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Foresterhill Health Campus

Foresterhill Health Campus

The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

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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.

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Contact Details

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