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University of Aberdeen

Entering medical school is a journey that begins with understanding the intricate evaluation process designed to identify the most qualified candidates. At the University of Aberdeen, the admission process is a carefully structured framework aimed at objectively assessing applicants' academic achievements, aptitude, and personal attributes crucial for success in the medical field.

The Process
Your applications is assessed and scored objectively by:

  • Assessing your academic achievements/predictions (30%).
  • UCAT score (20%). The SJT is not used (unless there are two similar candidates)
  • Adding the academic and UCAT score together, then inviting the highest scoring applicants to interview.
  • Interview performance (50%) is added to the already acheived score.

Offers are made to applicants who have the highest combined scores after interview.

The Interview
Interviews are conducted between December and March using a modified Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. At each station, two selector will explore one question area/domain for 5 minutes and score the candidate's performance against pre-determined criteria. Communication and interpersonal skills are also scored at each station. The MMI experience will last approximately 1 hour for each candidate.

The student will be scored in several areas including:

  • Ability to express ideas freely and coherently
  • How well they use their existing knowledge to formulate answers to unknown areas
  • Their ability to follow a reasoned argument and to formulate an opinion
  • The degree to which they are prepared for questions
  • Their ability to discuss different aspects (advantages & disadvantages) of a problem / situation
  • The degree of motivation, commitment, reflection and sensitivity demonstrated

Each station will also independently score communication and interpersonal skills.

Work Experience
Required. A range of experience in primary care or a hospital, voluntary work in care homes hospices or special schools. Both clinical and non-clinical experience are important but it is recognised that not everyone will be able to secure clinical work experience. A work experience form is completed and submitted at interview.

To be considered: Achieve / be predicted to achieve AAA in three A-Levels taken together at first sitting over a maximum of two years of study.

  • Chemistry is required
  • One subject from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics is required
  • One further A-Level in most other subjects. Check with Medical Admissions Office if in doubt about suitability of a subject
  • Combinations of Chemistry, Biology plus a Non-Science subject are as acceptable as all-science combinations


  • Grade 6 passes in English Language and Maths are required.
  • Biology is recommended; Physics is recommended (or Dual Award Science)

A combination of Grade 6-9 passes at GCSE is expected, especially in science subjects.

Applicants: 2365
Interview invites: 789
Offers given: 205
Chance of success post-interview: 26%

How Important is the Personal Statement?
All Personal Statements will be reviewed prior to interview invites being sent out. If you are invited to interview, your Personal Statement will be assessed during the interview.
We recommend that you structure your Personal Statement to cover the following three areas:

  • Commitment to Medicine
  • Knowledge of core qualities required of a doctor
  • Teamwork

Are you ready to unlock the doors to University of Aberdeen's program? Let's embark on this insightful journey together. For more information, visit their website.