Overview of the Medical School

  • Although the University of Glasgow was founded as far back as 1451 by Pope Nicholas V, the study of medicine was not considered until nearly 200 years later in 1637. In 1870 the University moved its location and again in 2002 the School of Medicine moved to the Wolfson Medical School Building. In 1996, the School of Medicine introduced a new curriculum. In response to the GMC document ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’, the new course was integrated and delivered by Problem-based learning.
  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing is part of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. It contains the Dental School, School of Nursing & Health Care, Undergraduate Medical School and Forensic Medicine & Science. It also contains these research groups that are not located within Research Institutes, including Child Health, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Human Nutrition and Surgery.
  • Achievements in medical science include contributions from renowned physicians such as Joseph Lister (antisepsis), George Beatson (breast cancer), John Macintyre (X-rays and radiology), William Hunter (anatomy and obstetrics) and Ian Donald (ultrasound).

Campus and Facilities

  • Campus: Wolfson Medical School at the University
  • Facilities:
    • Wolfson Medical School Building:
      • Group learning rooms
      • Vocational Studies suite
      • Clinical Skills area
      • School Library.Atrium
      • MicroMuseum 
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 8 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 19 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 51-100 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: 47 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview

  • For studying medicine you can apply for the five year A100-standard course.
  • The curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching styles which include small-group teaching, problem-based learning, lectures, Vocational and Clinical Studies, labs and e-learning

Number of students on this course:

Offers vary each year, there are approximately 230 places.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The course duration is 5 years.
  • Opportunity to gain clinical experience from year 1.
  • The programme follows a ‘spiral curriculum’ where subject material is revisited at different stages of the curriculum with increasing depth and clinical focus.
  • It is divided into the following phases:
    • Phase 1: Basic Biomedical Sciences
    • Phase 2: System-by-system programme
    • Phase 3: System-by-System cycle through clinical systems
    • Phase 4: Based in hospitals and in general practice
    • Preparation for practice

Course Content:

  • Phase 1: Basic Biomedical Sciences
    • 1st half of year 1.
    • It is an overview of basic biomedical sciences.
    • You will undertake sessions in Vocational and Professional Studies
    • First Clinical Skills sessions and undertake a clinical visit to an A&E ward or General Practice.
  • Phase 2:
    • 2nd part of year 1 and year 2
    • It is a system-by-system programme:
      • Anatomy
      • Physiology
      • Pharmacology
      • Biochemistry (and related biomedical sciences)
      • Sessions of Vocational and Professional Studies, Communication Skills and Clinical Skills. 
  • Phase 3:
    • 1st half of year 3.
      • System-by-system cycle through clinical systems with the focus on pathophysiology.
      • Contributions from:
        • Pathology
        • Microbiology
        • Haematology
        • Clinical biochemistry
        • Clinical pharmacology
        • Students also have one day per week in hospital or general practice.
        • Clinical procedural skills teaching
  • Phase 4:
    • 2nd half of year 3, all of year 4 and the first half of year 5.
    • It is based in hospitals and in general practice, with dedicated academic days.
    • Around 5-10 week clinical attachments: students rotate through:
      • General medicine and surgery
      • Obstetrics and gynaecology
      • Child health
      • General practice
      • Psychiatry
      • And a variety of hospital sub-specialties.
  • Preparation for practice:
    • Follows the final examinations and involves shadowing foundation-year doctors in hospital, usually attached to the hospital units in which you will work.
    • A lecture programme is also included in this attachment.
    • Successful completion of Preparation for Practice is a prerequisite to graduate.

Teaching locations:

  • The School is dispersed over University and Hospital sites, for Medicine: the Wolfson Medical School Building, the New Lister Building at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and since 2015, the Teaching & Learning Centre at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • Offers a one-year intercalated BSc degree, with over 20 options, and also a two-year BSc (Hons).
  • These are taken between years 3 and 4 of the MBChB.
  • Clinical Medical degrees:
    • Cancer Studies
    • Cardiovascular Studies
    • Clinical neuroscience
    • Critical Care & Perioperative Medicine
    • Global Health
    • Immunity in Health and Disease
    • Industrial Placement (GSK) – Respiratory Pharmacology
    • Mechanisms of Disease
    • Psychological Medicine
    • Public Health
    • Sports and Exercise Medicine
    • Women’s & Children´s Health
  • Life Sciences Degree:
    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular & Celular Biology
    • Parasitology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology

Open day dates:

To attend an open day, you should book by completing the online form.

  • Thursday 16th June
  • Thursday September 1st
  • Saturday 22nd October

Term dates:

  • First Term: 19 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Second Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 24 Mar 2017
  • Third Term: 18 April 2017 – 26 May 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • The School hosts postgraduate research students within the College of MVLS. Opportunities for both clinical (MD/PhD/MSc) and non-clinical (PhD/MSc) research in a number of areas exist, supervised by subject specific experts.
  • Postgraduate students wishing to undertake research within the College, have full and part time study options:
    • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy): three to four years full-time or six years part-time study
    • MD: two years of full time study or four years of part time study (for medically-qualified graduates only)
    • MSc (Master of Science) by Research: one year full-time or two years part-time study

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • Course code: A100
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)

Entry requirements:

  • A-levels: AAA
    • Must include Chemistry and one of Mathematics, Physics or Biology.
    • All must be AAA in three A2 examinations at one sitting.
  • Higheres: AAAAA or AAAABB by the end of S5 AND achieve Grades A and B in two Advanced Highers in S6. All to be taken at the first sitting.
  • International Baccalaureate: 38 points overall.
    • Must include Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6 and either Mathematics or Physics at HL (if it is not possible to sit Mathematics or Physics at HL, then SL will be considered at 6 points)
  • Graduate Entry: minimum of 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant science degree, obtained within seven years of the entry date.

Candidate Selection:

  • Meet the academic standards required and also display the characteristics desirable in a future doctor:
    • Commitment
    • Motivation and enthusiasm for a medical career
  • The incorporation of the UCAT results into the admissions process is reviewed on an annual basis.
  • For entry in September 2016 the Medical School will interview approximately 600 applicants.
  • All aspects of application are considered in equal measure. The range of scores we consider changes each year as the performance of each admissions cohort varies.

Interview procedure:

  • Candidates will be invited for interview by email and asked to confirm their intention to attend at the appointed time and date.
  • Interviews take place in December
  • The interview is structured and involves a selection panel (including School of Medicine staff, consultants and honorary members of the University).
  • The interview session will last around 30 minutes.
  • It is expected that applicants will be interviewed by two panels, with two interviewers on each panel.
  • During the interview applicants may be assessed against the following criteria:
    • Why Medicine?
    • What makes a good Doctor?
    • Why Glasgow Medical School?
    • Suitability to study Medicine.
    • Teamwork and getting on with people.
    • Problem solving in a scenario setting.
  • All applicants are required to arrive 30 minutes and present a visual identity check against the photographic ID provided prior to interview.

Extra important information for candidates:

  • Final decisions are made before the end of March
  • Should the application be successful, the candidate will be made one of the following offers:
    • An Unconditional Offer: If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow.
    • A Conditional Offer: If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry, we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
  • University transfers are considered under specific circumstances.
  • We do not offer places for Medicine through Clearing
  • Applicants who are successful following interview are invited to attend our Applicants’ Visit Day usually held in March/April.

Admissions contacts:  

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students: 


  • Offers a one-year intercalated BSc degree, with over 20 options, and also a two-year BSc (Hons).
  • These are taken between years 3 and 4 of the MBChB.
  • Courses available in Clinical Medicine, Life Science, and Arts.
  • There are also potential opportunities for a small number of students to intercalate at other Universities to study subjects not provided at University of Glasgow.


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