Top Medical Schools in Scotland

July 1, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Scotland has several very prestigious medical schools. The following are considered to be the Top 5… 

University of Aberdeen, School of Medicine 

The University of Aberdeen was ranked 121st globally for Life Sciences and Medicine according to the QS World University Rankings 2010.


The School of Medical Science along with The School of Medicine and Dentistry offers a range of degree programmes in Health Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry.

Medical students at the University of Aberdeen have the opportunity to study medicine in a thriving medical school with excellent teaching and outstanding research facilities. The course students undertake is very modern, dynamic and delivered using an integrated, systems-based approach.

Dundee University Medical School 

Established in 1967, the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee has developed into one of the leading institutions for medical education and biomedical research in the UK. Undergraduate medical education at Dundee has an international reputation for excellence and innovation.

A 2003 survey showed that Dundee medical graduates are the most well prepared for their first clinical posts among newly qualified UK doctors.


University of Edinburgh

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at University of Edinburgh has a long history and an enviable reputation as one of the best medical institutions in the world. The University is one of the oldest centres for medical and veterinary medical research in the UK.

The University’s School of Clinical Sciences holds the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Centre for Inflammation Research and Centre for Reproductive Health.

The School of Biomedical Sciences hosts the Centre for Neuroregeneration, the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems the Centre for Integrative Physiology and the Division of Pathway Medicine.


University of St Andrews School of Medicine

Founded in 1413, the University of St Andrews School of Medicine is one of the first UK medical schools to have its research facilities fully integrated with the other sciences and key university disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics and psychology.

In 2010, the University opened the most modern medical school in the UK at the centre of its science campus. The new Medical School upholds the school’s reputation as one of the United Kingdom’s leading research universities..

Students who gain entry into this prestigious programme have a unique opportunity to graduate after three years, after which they can then transfer to one of the University’s partner medical schools to complete their training as a doctor.

As of 2011, the University of St Andrews has gained a spot amongst the top 5 universities in the UK according to the Times Good University Guide.

Medical internship students taking some time out at Cafe Praha.

University of Glasgow School of Medicine 

One of the largest and most prestigious medical schools in Europe, the University of Glasgow School of Medicine is renowned for its innovative teaching methods and outstanding facilities for undergraduate study in Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry.

All of these Universities are great choices for those of you wanting to study medicine. Each university offers a high quality, yet varied approach, so make sure you research the universities and courses in more detail, in relation to the type of career route you are hoping to go down. Some universities are better at certain specialisms than others, and you may prefer the teaching methods of Glasgow University, to that of Aberdeen. We advise that you find out as much information as possible before making a decision. This is a big step in your life!