Postgraduate Medicine Scotland

Last Updated on December 24, 2022

ScotGEM is a four-year graduate entry medical programme. It is designed to develop doctors interested in a career as a generalist practitioner within NHS Scotland. The programme is tailored to meet the current and future needs of the NHS in Scotland and focuses on rural medicine and healthcare improvement.

The programme is taught through a partnership between the universities of St Andrews and Dundee in collaboration with NHS Fife, NHS Tayside, NHS Highland, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and the University of the Highlands and Islands. This exciting partnership has enabled us to create a truly distinctive programme.

First and second year are led by the University of St Andrews, with third and fourth year led by the University of Dundee. In first year, students are based at the University of St Andrews and within Fife. From second year onwards, the programme includes periods of time living and studying in rural areas of the Highlands and Dumfries and Galloway. You must be prepared to live and study in this context.


The University of the Highlands and Islands is an integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.

We are not a traditional university. We are different. We are part of a new breed of tertiary institutions, the only one in Scotland and one of only a few in Europe.content

Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

Our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum – all enriched by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands and its communities.

We have 40,000 students at the heart of our university partnership and we are measured by their success. Our curriculum portfolio across both further and higher education is designed to meet current and future local and regional needs and to attract other students to the Highlands and Islands to study.

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We are a partner in the delivery of ScotGEM, a unique and innovative 4-year graduate entry medical programme tailored to meet the contemporary and future needs of NHS Scotland.

ScotGEM : Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine

ScotGEM is designed to develop doctors interested in a career as a generalist practitioner within NHS Scotland but with a focus on rural medicine and healthcare improvement.

The course capitalises on the existing strengths of medical teaching in the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews and local health boards in Fife and Tayside. In addition, collaborations with the University of the Highlands and Islands and its School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences, NHS Highland, and NHS Dumfries and Galloway enables a truly distinctive programme offering training that is ideal for those interested in a career as a generalist practitioner (GP, general surgeon etc). 

Patient and doctor

The ScotGEM programme is tailored to the specific needs of graduates, taking account of the experience acquired during their initial degree and includes extended opportunities to train in remote and rural areas. The first 55 ScotGEM students started in September 2018.

Further detailed information on the ScotGEM application process and deadlines, curriculum, teaching approaches, fees and bursaries can be found on the University of St Andrews ScotGEM course page.

Any UHI students interested in ScotGEM should please contact [email protected] in the first instance to find out how we could support you.

Accreditation information

ScotGEM is subject to approval by the General Medical Council, and the process for accreditation is well underway. This process is expected to be completed prior to the graduation of the first cohort of students in September 2022.

ScotGEM will be awarded on a joint basis by the universities of St Andrews and Dundee.

The universities of St Andrews and Dundee will notify you as soon as reasonably practicable if the degree cannot be established as intended.

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Key information

UCAS code


Course type

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: 5 September 2022
  • End date: 26 June 2026

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Number of places


Entry requirements

This programme is only open to applicants who are classed as Home or RUK (rest of UK) for fee purposes. Those who are classed as overseas for fee purposes are not eligible to apply for this course. See the fees status policy for more information.

Applicants to the ScotGEM programme must meet a number of entry requirements, including both academic and non-academic conditions. 

If you gained your qualifications outside of the UK, please email the admissions team at [email protected] to ensure that they meet the entry requirements. 

St andrews medicine entry requirements

If you are applying for any of the undergraduate programmes within the School of Medicine, you will need to meet a number of entry requirements, including achieving particular academic grades and taking the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).Academic requirementsUCAT

Non-academic requirements

You will also need to demonstrate your experience in a caring or health environment, as well as satisfy non-academic conditions for offer. These include familiarising yourself with the School’s fitness to practise criteria and undertaking a criminal record screening and an immunisation screening.Close all

  • Qualities and experiencePersonal statementYour personal statement should explain your reasons for wanting to study medicine and why you think you would make a good doctor.The School will expect you to have an insight into medicine and healthcare gained from relevant medically related work experience, general reading, attending medical careers conferences, or talking to doctors or medical students.ExperienceApplicants must have work or shadowing experience in a caring or health environment. This experience could have been gained in hospitals, GP surgeries, nursing homes or local hospices, or by working with people who have ill health or a disability.The Medical Schools Council has released guidance to help first-time applicants to medical schools gain relevant experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes information on online experience platforms, including Observe GP.QualitiesSuccessful applicants must be able to show evidence of the following:
    • personal qualities such as empathy, good communication and listening skills, leadership skills and the ability to work in a team
    • a well-informed understanding of what a career in medicine involves
    • commitment to medicine through work experience or shadowing
    • experience of working with ill or disabled people, preferably in health care settings
    • commitment to academic study, staying power, perseverance and intellectual potential.CommitmentMedicine is a profession that requires commitment. It is important that the choice to enter medicine is made with insight into where it might lead, the role of life-long learning, and with awareness that the course is a training for professional practice.

      In considering the commitment involved in becoming a doctor, the following web pages provide important guidance:
    • Medical Schools Council
    • General Medical Council
  • Fitness to practiseMedical students are expected to behave with the utmost integrity from the very start of their training.At St Andrews, you will be working within a professional environment and will be studying to obtain a university degree that automatically allows you to progress to your clinical training at a separate institution. It is therefore essential that you are able to fulfil fitness to practise criteria based on the General Medical Council’s publication of Good Medical Practice, incorporating the points outlined in duties of a doctor.At the start of each year, medical students at St Andrews are required to submit a signed declaration (Professionalism Agreement) which indicates what is expected of young professionals in training. If a student’s conduct falls below acceptable standards, this could lead to a student being referred to the Professionalism and Welfare Committee or the Fitness to Practise Committee. Included in this declaration is a requirement for students to consent to being filmed as part of their training in clinical medicine. Applicants should read the document carefully before accepting an offer from St Andrews.The School of Medicine may raise concerns about fitness to practise as part of the procedures for admitting potential students. When considering applications, concerns about health or previous conduct may be considered at the time of application or prior to entry to the medical course. Concerns will be considered by the School of Medicine Professionalism and Welfare Committee, the University’s Disability Team, or Student Support Services (see section 10 of University policy on fitness to practise).  For more information please see:
    • University policy on fitness to practise
    • Professionalism Agreement
    • Standards of fitness to train policy
    • HEOPS guidance for medical students
    • Guidance on adjustments for students training in regulated professions
    • Expectations of new applicants to Medicine.
  • Health, disability and reasonable adjustmentsA disability need not be a bar to becoming a doctor. Applicants who have a disability or health issue need to consider what effect that could have on patients and colleagues and how it would impact on their capacity to function as a medical practitioner in an effective and safe manner.If you have a disability or health condition, it is important that you declare these when you apply so that any reasonable adjustments required can be put in place by the time you enter the medicine course.More information and details of who to contact for advice can be found in the disability section of the School of Medicine’s handbook.For more general information, see:
    • HEOPS guidance for medical students
    • HEOPS guidance on adjustments for students training in regulated professions.Short films about health and disability can be found on the GMC website.See a short video about accessing support in the Medical School at St Andrews.
  • Criminal record declarationApplicants to medical degree courses at the University are required to declare any criminal involvement on their application. Applications from students who have declared a criminal conviction are subject to the same academic selection process as all applications and will be assessed using the admissions process outlined in the University’s admissions policy.Applicants must tell the School of Medicine if they have been involved in any criminal activity or convicted of a crime (even if conviction is pending). If a new crime arises, this must be disclosed as soon as possible. Where an applicant has disclosed past or pending criminal proceedings, these will be considered by the School of Medicine Professionalism and Welfare Committee. (See section 10 of University policy on fitness to practise). Entrants to Medicine will also be required to pass a criminal record screening as part of the non-academic conditions of their offer. This involves joining the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. The scheme provides the applicant and the University with a live update of your fitness to work with regulated adults or children. In addition, students will be asked to declare any minor historical offences, warnings or cautions as well as any which are still pending.For more information see PVG guidance or contact the School.
  • Occupational health and immunisationEntrants to Medicine will be subject to an occupational health check: a pre-entry questionnaire and screening on arrival.Entrants will be screened for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV infection; any necessary immunisations and antibody tests will be performed. All entrants are required to complete a course of immunisation against hepatitis B virus. There will be no financial charge to entrants for this service.Infection with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV does not mean that training to be a doctor is impossible, but applicants should consider at this stage whether or not this is the career option that they wish to pursue. Any entrant student who is found to be a carrier of hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV will require counselling as such a situation may place restrictions on the student’s clinical training or practice following qualification. Applicants who have had an infection of this nature and wish to discuss this further before making a decision should email [email protected] For more information, please see HEOPS guidance for medical students and HEOPS guidance on adjustments for students training in regulated professions.
  • AgeThere are no lower or upper restrictions on the age of applicants, but those who will be 16 at the point of entry to the University should refer to the University’s admissions policy.
  • Plagiarism or fraudAn application will not be considered if it is determined that the application contains false or purposefully misleading information or if information has been included that appears to have been copied from another source. 

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