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Need help picking a medical school! Med student insight appreciated

Hi, I'm a scottish applicant who would love some insight into what medical school to choose (especially from students who are currently studying at the medical schools I have offers from!)

I've somehow managed to get into aberdeen, edinburgh, st andrews and dundee and I'm stuck as to where to firm.

I'm from aberdeen, and dundee wasn't my favourite of those I applied to so I'm kind of between edinburgh and st andrews. Obviously edinburgh is no 1 in the UK so has it regarding rankings and 'prestige', but I've heard amazing things about the medicine course at st andrews- in particular the student support. They also have the highest student satisfaction in the UK.

My main concern with edinburgh is that if I am really struggling I won't be able to get the academic support I need at such a large university vs the more cosy and supportive st andrews community. There's also the heavy emphasis placed on academic medicine at edinburgh compared to more practical approaches in dundee and aberdeen. In terms of location, I love Edinburgh but the traditions at st andrews are so quaint and lovely as well so I am well and truly stuck.

If anyone has any opinions feel free to drop them below, it would be much appreciated!
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Hi, I'm a scottish applicant who would love some insight into what medical school to choose (especially from students who are currently studying at the medical schools I have offers from!)

I've somehow managed to get into aberdeen, edinburgh, st andrews and dundee and I'm stuck as to where to firm.

I'm from aberdeen, and dundee wasn't my favourite of those I applied to so I'm kind of between edinburgh and st andrews. Obviously edinburgh is no 1 in the UK so has it regarding rankings and 'prestige', but I've heard amazing things about the medicine course at st andrews- in particular the student support. They also have the highest student satisfaction in the UK.

My main concern with edinburgh is that if I am really struggling I won't be able to get the academic support I need at such a large university vs the more cosy and supportive st andrews community. There's also the heavy emphasis placed on academic medicine at edinburgh compared to more practical approaches in dundee and aberdeen. In terms of location, I love Edinburgh but the traditions at st andrews are so quaint and lovely as well so I am well and truly stuck.

If anyone has any opinions feel free to drop them below, it would be much appreciated!


Hey, I've gotten offers from Edinburgh, St Andrews and Dundee and am waitlisted at Aberdeen. I had the same questions about where I ended up but I decided to firm Edinburgh because the community there is lovely, they offer MB/PhDs in two subjects and I live there so I couldn't imagine leaving. I also would like to graduate without student loans, especially since the interest rate has gone from 1.5% to 4.5% in the span of a year. Academic support wise, Edinburgh has academic mentors assigned to you in the first year, you get academic families and it is relatively easy to pass once you're there. They also do PBL in smaller groups which may be a way you learn.

St Andrews on the other hand are known for their anatomy and research-focused environment. It is smaller, yes but you'll have to move back to the city for clinical years. The thing with St Andrews is you'll have quite limited contact with patients for the first 3 years and you'll most likely end up at either Edinburgh or Glasgow for the last 3 years although other Scottish universities are also an option. You get GP partners and FY mentors assigned to you which is always a plus.

Firming wherever is your decision - I, nor anyone could make that for you. I'd suggest going to the unis and seeing what it would be like to live there, what there is to do etc.

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