University of Aberdeen: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Information (2021 Update)

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).

 

Rankings

Times Higher Ed RankQS rankingsAcademic Ranking of World Universities
178207201-300

 

University of Aberdeen Medical Courses offered that require UCAT

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

ATAR (for Australia):

  • N/A

SQA (for Scotland):

  • 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.

GCE A Levels (for UK)

  • AAA in 3 A-Levels taken together at first sitting over maximum of 2 years study

IB (International Baccalaureate for International students):

  • At least 36 points overall (including core)

EB (European Baccalaureate for European students):

  • Minimum 84%

Prerequisites:

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 GCE A Levels:

  • Chemistry
  • 1 subject from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics
  • 1 further A-Level in another subject (Most are suitable. However, check the Medical Admissions Office if in doubt)
  • Combination of Chemistry, Biology, and Non-Science is acceptable as an all-science combination
  • General Studies and Global Perspectives and Research are not acceptable

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’ pathways (SL or HL)
    • Note: Maths Studies is not a Science

For EB:

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

Other Entry Requirements: 

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

UCAT:
Student’s UCAT scores are ranked for an offer. Although there is no minimum UCAT cut-off, candidates who scored a minimum of 2300-2500+ in the past few years were invited for an interview. In 2020, the lowest UCAT scores invited for an interview were:

  • Home (Scotland): 2460
  • Rest of UK: 2490
  • International: 2420

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

Personal Statement:

A personal statement is usually completed with the UCAS form. It demonstrates your commitment to dentistry and hopes for your career. It informs the school about your work experience including your involvement in charity groups or volunteer work and how it shaped your decision to study dentistry. It is also a good chance to discuss any difficulties in undertaking research. The personal statement aims to show that you are an all rounder: you are able to manage time, work hard, and enjoy your free time.

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. They will examine your experience, including volunteer or work experience.
  • 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

Application Process:

Students are required to

  • Achieve the minimum academic standards covered above
  • Sit the UCAT exam and score a high mark
  • Achieve a high mark in their Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)
  • Write a Personal Statement to demonstrate their wide range of skills and attributes, and their commitment to the Medical field.
  • Fill out a UCAS application form

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
5 full-time yearsForesterhill Campus
Bachelor of Dentistry (Direct Entry into Year 2)A201 Academic Requirements:

Aberdeen only offers a graduate only program for Dentistry:

  • Good Honours degree (First or Upper Second-Class, 2:1) in medicinal or health-related science degree (eg. anatomy, pharmacy, biomedical science) from a UK university
  • OR first degree in Medicine

Other Entry Requirements: 

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

UCAT:

Student’s UCAT scores are used to ranked students for an invitation to an interview (60% academic, 40% UCAT results).

There is no minimum UCAT cut-off. Only the first 4 subtests are used to rank students. In 2016, the following are the lowest and highest UCAT score admitted to:

  • Interview stage: 2240 – 3140
  • Offers made: 2320 – 2850

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

Personal Statement:

A personal statement is usually completed with the UCAS form. It demonstrates your commitment to dentistry and hopes for your career. It informs the school about your work experience including your involvement in charity groups or volunteer work and how it shaped your decision to study dentistry. It is also a good chance to discuss any difficulties in undertaking research. The personal statement aims to show that you are an all rounder: you are able to manage time, work hard, and enjoy your free time.

Interview Criteria and structure:

  • 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 Dentistry. They will examine your experience, including volunteer or work experience.
  • Structure:
    • General and personal statements (eg. Strengths and weaknesses)
    • Motivation and insight into Dentistry
    • Role-play
    • General Science or Dentistry questions

Application Process:

Students are required to

  • Achieve the minimum academic standards covered above
  • Sit the UCAT exam and score a high mark
  • Achieve a high mark in their Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)
  • Write a Personal Statement to demonstrate their wide range of skills and attributes, and their commitment to the Dentistry.
  • Fill out a UCAS application form

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.
4 YearsForesterhill Campus

 

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