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University of Aberdeen

Medicine

UCAS Code: A100

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - MB ChB

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Three A Levels at AAA. Chemistry is required plus at least one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics plus one other subject. All applicants must hold a GCSE pass at C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Three at HL (Grade 6 or above) including Chemistry, plus 3 other subjects at an average of Grade 6 (including 2 additional sciences - Maths, Biology or Physics with at least one at Higher Level. Candidates with a minimum of two 7's in Higher level subjects, who do not meet our Standard Level requirements, may be considered. The 36 points required excludes points for Theory of Knowledge and bonus points.

Six Higher Level at AAAAAA obtained at a single sitting. Chemistry is required plus two from Biology, Mathematics and Physics. English and Maths at O Level also required.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Five Highers at AAAAB obtained at a single sitting. Chemistry is required, plus two from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics, plus two other subjects. Applicants only attempting four Highers owing to school policy or personal difficulties are normally required to achieve AAAA at the first sitting. All applicants must hold a Standard Grade pass at 1, 2 or 3; or National 5 pass at A, B or C in English and Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

144-159

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19%
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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Pre-clinical medicine

At Aberdeen, you will study medicine in a thriving medical school that is co-located on one of the largest clinical sites in Europe with superb teaching and extensive research facilities. Our modern, dynamic and clearly delivered MBChB uses a systems-based, integrated approach. Our curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated in response to changing GMC guidance, scientific and medical advances, changes in healthcare delivery and changes in educational theory and practice. Early patient contact means you will be working with patients right from the very start of the programme.

On site facilities include a large teaching hospital, paediatric and maternity hospitals which means that you will have access to and be taught by experienced clinicians who are at the forefront of modern clinical research and practice. With an impressive history of medical discovery and innovation, Aberdeen is the first choice for aspiring medical students looking to embark on a career that will make a real difference not just to the care of individuals but to society as a whole.

Modules

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.

Assessment methods

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 in Medical Science or Medical Humanities at the end of year 3 or 4. All students will enjoy a clinical attachment experiencing remote & rural medicine in year 4, with the opportunity to undertake the whole year outwith Aberdeen. Student Selected Components are undertaken in each year which allow students to follow up areas of personal interest for more study.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£40,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Aberdeen

Department:

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Pre-clinical medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
98%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Medical degrees are some of the most difficult courses to enter, but very nearly all graduates go on to good, well-paid and secure careers in health. If you're taking a shorter pre-clinical course, you'll need to continue on to further medical training to complete an accredited qualification, which explains why a high proportion of those grads are 'in further study' six months later. And at the moment, the UK is short of doctors and we have upped the number of places available, so demand remains high.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Pre-clinical medicine

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£39k

£39k

£45k

£45k

£51k

£51k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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