The University of Edinburgh: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Information

Are you thinking about doing a Medicine degree at the University of Edinburgh? Are you still confused about your entry requirements? Well, this article explains everything you need to know about University of Edinburgh's UCAT and course requirements!

In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of The University of Edinburgh and the medicine courses it offers which require UCAT for admission.

An overview of The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh opened its gates to students in 1583, making it the 6th oldest university in the UK. Currently, the University has over 43,000 students enrolled.

The University has 3 colleges that contain a total of 21 schools. Edinburgh Medical School is spread across various campuses at Little France, western General Hospital, the University Central Area and Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

There is a range of accommodation options available on campus including:


Accommodation options are varied in pricing and facilities, to best suit your needs.

Both, The University and the city offer a bright student life with a range of activities and a pleasant atmosphere.

On-campus, there are over 280 societies (including Baking society, General Practice Society, and Gin Society), sporting facilities (including gyms, swimming pools, and a climbing wall), and an extensive range of cultural collections scattered throughout the campus.


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The University of Edinburgh Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Medical CoursesCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of CourseCampus Taught
Bachelor of MedicineA100Academic Requirements:

ATAR (for NSW):

  • ATAR of at least 97.

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • At least 37 points overall including Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay.

A Levels

A minimum of AAB

SQA Higher/ Advanced Higher:

  • Five Highers: Five full courses at AAAAB in the same sitting by the end of S5



  • Band 6 in Chemistry, English and two from Biology, Mathematics or Physics

For IB:

  • 7,6,6 at Higher Level to include Chemistry and at least one other science (Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at HL
  • SL: Biology (If not at HL)

For A-Levels:

  • Chemistry at grade A
  • One of Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics, and Physics at grade A
  • Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered.

For SQA Higher/ Advanced Higher:

  • Chemistry
  • Two of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
  • National 5s: Biology, Chemistry, English, and Mathematics at grade B

Entry Requirement: 

Acceptance is based on student’s meeting the minimum academic results, UCAT results, and their interview. A personal statement is also required, however it is not formally addressed.


  • There is no minimum threshold mark required for the UCAT. The Situational Judgement Section is considered separately.
  • NOTE: Students must score higher than Band 4 in the Situational judgment test.

Personal Statement:

Although the personal statement is not marked, the information provided will be used in the assessment centre. There are a number of factors you need to consider in your personal statement. These are:

  • Personal qualities and skills:
    • Empathy
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Ability to communicate.
  • Evidence of career exploration before application:
    • Understanding of what is required from a career in Medicine
    • Work experience and volunteering
    • Attending open days
    • Talking to Medical Professionals
    • Interacting with Medical based literature.
  • Non-academic achievements and interests:
    • Involvement in the community
    • Leadership in school
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Organisational abilities
    • Interests and hobbies.

Application Process:

  • Students are required to apply through UCAS and complete a Personal Statement.
  • Students are required to achieve the minimum academic standards covered above.
  • Students also need to sit the UCAT exam and score a high mark.
  • If selected, students will need to attend an assessment centre between December-January.

Interview Criteria and structure:

The university invites top 650 students for an assessment centre out of which 190 offers are made to UK/EU applicants and 17 offers to international applicants.

  • Criteria: The interview assesses:
    • Ability to think critically and flexibly
    • Your ability to deal with uncertainty and manage risks
    • Communication skills, empathy and care for others
    • Ability to work in a team
    • Your motivation to study Medicine.
  • Structure:
    • The day is structured into four stations.
    • Each station is scored separately by two selectors, marking independently.

Assessment of Application:

Applications are weighted based on the following combination of marks before an offer is made.

  • Academic score: 25%
  • UCAT score: 17.5%
  • Situational Judgement Test banding: 7.5%
  • Assessment day scores: 50%
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