If you choose to study Medicine at Glasgow, you will gain experience in clinical environments throughout the West of Scotland, including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which boasts a purpose-built learning and teaching facility, teaching laboratories and a state-of-the-art clinical skills suite. Medicine at Glasgow was ranked 2nd in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2019.

Glasgow operates a spiral curriculum, where subject matters are revisited at different stages of the degree programme with increasing depth and clinical focus. Their innovative and forward-thinking curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching styles, which include: small-group teaching, problem-based learning, lectures, Vocational and Clinical Studies, labs and e-learning. You will also gain experience of a clinical environment from the first year.

You will undertake two periods of elective study, and can select from over 20 intercalated degree options, allowing flexibility to study areas of personal interest in more depth. The Wolfson Medical School Building offers you 24-hour access to library facilities, and a first-class clinical skills suite.

The medical school has strong links with the Postgraduate Deanery, ensuring a smooth transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate training. Glasgow produces highly trained, competent graduates who are equipped for the Foundation Training programme, for higher training and the challenges of medicine in the 21st century.

The MBChB at Glasgow is unusual in having two electives, each for four weeks, during the vacations at the end of years 3 and 4. Electives are experiential in nature, obtaining personal, professional and clinical experiences in any recognised clinical specialty, including general practice and public health. Well-planned research electives are also possible. Over 50% of electives are taken in the UK, especially at the end of year 3, but many are also taken overseas.

Medical career options range from hospital-based specialities such as surgery, to community-based specialities such as general practice. Medicine opens the doors to many career opportunities, including clinical research.

Following your final examinations, there is a nine-week period of study in preparation for work experience in which you will shadow a Foundation Year 1 doctor. Almost all Glasgow graduates start their careers as doctors with the NHS in hospitals around Scotland, although some travel further afield to various parts of England and Northern Ireland.

Course structure:

5 years, Integrated including PBL. There is the opportunity to intercalate between the third and fourth year.


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Case Study

Jessica Gillson
Year of Study:
5th Year

What are the best things about your medical school?

  1. The staff. Over 5 years I have gotten to know many members of staff. They are helpful, reassuring, encouraging and always make us feel as though they are working for us.
  2. The ethos of the place – they like a lot of feedback, but this is used to make improvements. They always ask how they can do better.
  3. The curriculum – Glasgow medical school made big changes several years ago steering the course in a more Problem-Based Learning (PBL) direction. Over the past few years the course has been further developed and I found the variety of learning styles refreshing and engaging – from lectures and labs to PBL and Case-Based Learning.

What are the hardest things about your course?

  1. I came to medicine following a previous degree, so for me the most difficult thing was the fatigue of 9 years at uni!
  2. The volume and pace of information can be challenging.
  3. One of the major challenges when studying medicine is getting to the point where you feel ready to take on the responsibilities of being a doctor. I don’t think that you can ever feel totally prepared and in fact I think that a degree of anxiety helps you to become a thorough doctor. That said, I think that I’m as close as I could be to ready.

What’s the social side of your medical school like?

The opportunities are endless. From sports clubs to volunteering abroad, there are dozens of medic groups. Glasgow is a hub of nightlife and is an hour away from the highlands. Over the 5 years you spend a lot of time together and whatever you decide to do there’s always the beer bar after finals!

What tips would you give to someone applying to your medical school?

  1. It’s great to have a full CV, but one of the most important things is to show that you’ve learned from an experience. The ability to reflect and grow is really important.
  2. Don’t worry if you don’t get in at first. I’d never been knocked back from anything before I first applied to medicine. It was a real blow, but a blessing in disguise. I studied anatomy for 4 years after which I was in a much better position to take on the workload and responsibility level.


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