St. Andrew’s/Edinburgh/Alberta Medical Program


The St Andrew’s/Edinburgh/Alberta International Medical Program:  An exciting new program is now available which allows applicants hoping to practise medicine in Canada to study medicine at two of Scotland’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Students will gain a BSc (Honours) Medicine from the University of St Andrew’s and from the University of Edinburgh students will graduate as Bachelors of medicine and surgery (MB ChB), — a UK qualification equivalent to the Canadian MD degree. Students will sit during the final year of the six-year program, for the MCCEE and the MCCQE (Pt1) as part of the program. Students will be offered guidance to return to Canada for their Residency Program although it should be understood that the program does not guarantee a residency placement.

This route towards medicine allows able students to qualify potentially earlier than if they had studied in the US or Canada as well as gaining two degrees from internationally renowned institutions. Students will spend about 16 weeks at the University of Alberta during the last years of the six-year program. This will include: an extended period of clinical training in disciplines expected to enhance the students’ learning, an enhanced orientation to the Canadian healthcare system, and guidance on the process of application for a residency place.

Intake to the program is limited, with the first cohort of 12 students presently established in St. Andrew’s. Application to the program is undertaken through the usual UCAS route.


  1. The comment regarding the program completion not guaranteeing Canadian residency placement is important to keep in mind. No residency program in Canada can place a Canadian graduate of a foreign medical school ahead of a foreign citizen from the same school, and the Graduate of the Canadian medical school trumps them both when it comes to post graduate opportunities. Whilst the training is likely to be very good, those undertaking this opportunity should be willing to consider both training and practice outside Canada as a likely endpoint (opportunities in the USA remain very possible with this program). Discussion between a prospective student of this program and provincial licensing authorities/university postgraduate residency programs would be well advised BEFORE making application.


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