Medicine summer course, by St Andrews University.

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Course Summary

Subject content
  • Information on studying medicine in the UK, and career options.
  • Introductions/taster lectures on important subjects and topics within medicine.
  • Practical sessions exploring the scientific principles of medicine and practical
  • clinical skills.

Topic examples
  • Clinically applied anatomy and physiology.
  • Clinical medicine and diagnoses.
  • Experimental design and data interpretation.

These examples are merely a sample and are based on previous years. Topics may change based on the curriculum chosen by the department in any given year.

Academic skills

Aside from the study of specific content, students will learn to improve their academic writing, learning to shape arguments and developing an academic writing style, whilst also improving their subject-specific vocabulary.

Learning experience

Students will experience a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work and independent study on this course. Lecture content is taught by staff of the University of St Andrews.

The course also offers students the opportunity to practice medical communication with the help of qualified GPs and our simulated patients.

Additional information

Aside from the social activities and cultural excursions open to all course participants, Medicine students will complete a poster-project on a medical topic and enjoy a special visit to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Course outcomes

In order to aid potential applicants to Medicine, students will:

  • Become familiar with the application process to study Medicine in the UK.
  • Learn about the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).
  • Practise for Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).
  • Students will receive an official certificate from the University of St Andrews to confirm their successful completion of the course.
  • Age range: 16-18
  • Full-board accommodation in St Andrews University
  • All-inclusive course fee
  • Tuition from St Andrews University academics
  • Live and study with students from all over the world
  • Explore this historic university and town!

What's Included?

  • tuition and instruction
  • reading material
  • lab equipment and sports equipment
  • accommodation
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • transportation to and from the airport on the specified arrival and departure dates
  • extracurricular programme including guest presentations
  • field trips
  • all cultural and social activities organised
  • Sports Centre membership.


SAEC students will be staying at Andrew Melville Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall. All SAEC students have guaranteed accommodation, however, en-suite rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Agnes Blackadder Hall, named after the first female graduate of the University, is a four-storey building situated on North Haugh near the various science buildings. It is also located near to the sports centre and is only a 15-minute walk from the centre of town. Agnes Blackadder Hall offers en-suite accommodation. Andrew Melville Hall is also situated on the North Haugh. Easily recognisable for its ship-like appearance. Every room looks out over surrounding parkland as well as towards the renowned West Sands beach. Students staying at Andrew Melville Hall will have their own room and shared bathrooms. Boys and girls are grouped, usually on separate floors within the building. Dedicated staff are on duty day and night to provide pastoral care and emergency first aid response, and to ensure students’ safety and well-being.


All of the courses on offer feature teaching from current academic staff from the University and offer students the opportunity to experience academic life in one of the UK’s oldest and highest-ranking institutions.

Extracurricular Activities

All courses are complemented by a vast array of extracurricular activities. Students can participate in a number of cultural excursions to places of historic importance or scientific interest, including a full day trip to the city of Edinburgh. There is also an ongoing programme of informal activities provided in the evening and on weekends.

Key Details
  • Available from: June - August
  • Provider: St Andrews University
  • Ages: 16-18
  • Fees: £4,800.00 / 3 Weeks

St Andrews University

A summer school at a prestigious university that sits proudly alongside Oxford and Cambridge as one of the top three oldest UK universities.