University of Aberdeen: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Information

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

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

An overview of The University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen was established in 1495, making them Scotland’s 3rd oldest university and UK’s 5th oldest. Today, they have 12 schools and 5 campuses.

Specific schools are based on different campuses. However, most of the teaching occurs at King’s College and Foresterhill campuses.

Their School of Medicine, Medicinal Sciences and Nutrition are based on Foresterhill campus, with practical studies taken at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The University of Aberdeen also offers a range of student accommodations. Different Houses will have different features. For example, Wavell House offers 37 single study rooms with single beds and shared kitchens and shower facilities whereas, the Kings Hall offers 5-person flats with en-suite facilities.

They also have over 100 clubs and societies (including a sewing society, dance society and UNICEF society), sports facilities (like the Aquatic Centre and the Olympic standard Aberdeen Sports Village) and special collections and museums (including rare books from pre-1840s).



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University of Aberdeen Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

Medical CoursesCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of CourseCampus Taught
Bachelor of MedicineA100ATAR (for NSW):

  • N/A

SQA (for UK):

  • Five Highers: five full academic courses at AAAAB
  • Note: When S5 minimum requirements are achieved, a Conditional offer is given where the student must achieve the set conditions for S6 subjects.
    If S5 requirements are not met, then the student must achieve minimum grades for 3 appropriate subjects in S6.

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • At least 36 points overall (including core)

EB (European Baccalaureate for European students):

  • Minimum 84%


For SQA, National 5:

  • English (Min Grade B)
  • Maths (Min Grade B)
  • Recommend Biology and Physics (Min grade B)

For SQA, Higher:

  • Chemistry (Min Grade B)
  • 2 subjects from Biology/Human Biology, Maths, Physics
  • 2 further Highers in other subjects

For IB:

  • 3 appropriate subjects at Higher Level (to achieve grade 6)
    1. Chemistry
    2. Maths, Biology or Physics
    3. Other subject
  • AND 3 appropriate subjects at Standard Level (average of 6)
    • Chemistry, plus a further science at HL and further science at SL
    • ‘Analysis and approaches’ and ‘Applications and Interpretation’ (SL or HL)

For EB:

  • Chemistry (min 84%)
  • 2 subjects (each min 84%) from:
    • Mathematics (4p)
    • Advanced Maths (3p)
    • Biology (4p)

Entry Requirement: 

Acceptance is based on student’s academic results, UCAT results and their Personal Statement.

Student’s UCAT scores are ranked for an offer. Although there is no minimum UCAT cut-off, candidates who scored between 2300 – 3280 were invited for an interview. However, they tend to accept candidates who scored 2480 – 3350.

In circumstances where two students scored similar results, the University will examine their Situational Judgement scores to decide.

Application Process:

  • Students are required to achieve the minimum academic standards covered above
  • Students also need to sit the UCAT exam and score a high mark
  • Students will need to write a Personal Statement to demonstrate their wide range of skills and attributes
  • A UCAS application form will also need to be filled out.

Interview Criteria and structure:

800 students are usually invited for an interview. However, only 150-200 students are offered a place to study Medicine at the University of Aberdeen.

  • Criteria: The interview assesses your application of existing knowledge, ability to reason and formulate an opinion, ability to discuss a situation and their motivation to study Medicine.
  • Structure:
    • General and personal statements (eg. Strengths and weaknesses)
    • Motivation and insight into Medicine
    • Role-play a doctor-patient scenario to achieve a solution
    • General Science or Medicine questions

Other options to entry:

  • If a student is unsuccessful in their 1st try, they can always reapply in the next year. ABDN will consider information and outcomes from an earlier application. However, if a student is unsuccessful on 3 occasions, they will no longer accept further applications.
  • Note: They do not accept transfers from other undergraduate courses into their Medicine Course


Foresterhill Campus
Bachelor of Dental SurgeryA201Entry Requirement: 

Academic Requirements:

  • Good Honours degree (First or Upper Second-Class) in medicinal or health-related science degree (eg. anatomy, pharmacy, biomedical science)
  • OR first degree in Medicine

Non-Academic Requirements:


  • The requirements for UCAT is the same as the Bachelor of Medicine (above)

Degree facts:

  • Dental Surgery is only offered as a graduate course at the University of Aberdeen
  • University of Aberdeen only accepts 20 dentistry students per year.
2 YearsForesterhill Campus



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