• University of Glasgow

Study Medicine: Applying for Medical School and Becoming a Medical Student

Thinking about becoming a doctor? Get tips for writing your medicine application and learn what it's like to be a medical student.

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Study Medicine: Applying for Medical School and Becoming a Medical Student

Explore the prospect of a career in medicine with a leading UK medical school

Is a career in medicine right for you?

On this course, you’ll explore the process of becoming a doctor and learn what to expect from your time at medical school and beyond.

Alongside academic experts from the University of Glasgow who are well-versed in the requirements of medicine course applications, you’ll explore what personal attributes and experience will be helpful when applying to medical school.

As well as learning how to maximise your chance of getting a place on a medicine course, you’ll discover what it’s like to be a medical student, and explore the possible career path options once you’ve qualified.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to studying medicine
  • Overview of requirements for entry
  • Maximising your chances of a place
  • Studying at Medical School
  • Overview of medical careers

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the basic components of applying to medical school
  • Engage with other applicants and medical school staff
  • Explore the different styles of learning and source of support in a medical curriculum
  • Explore some of the career pathways that a doctor can pursue upon graduation

Who is the course for?

The University of Glasgow School of Medicine is one of the largest in Europe and this course offers anyone with an interest in studying medicine at university the chance to learn first-hand what to expect and how to improve their medical school application.

Who will you learn with?

My PhD was in Developmental Medicine and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Genetics at the University of Glasgow. I have also been a Senior Fellow of the HEA since 2016.

Senior Fellow of HEA (2016)
Senior lecturer in Medical Education (2006 – current)
M.Ed (Academic Practice, 2012)
PhD (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, 1993)
MSc (Medical Biochemistry, 1984)

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established

    1451
  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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