Access to Medical Studies (SWAP) - Springburn Campus

The SWAPWest Access to medical studies, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Science programme provides an entrance qualification to the University of Glasgow to study degrees in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. In addition the programme provides progression routes to Pharmacy at Strathclyde University, Biomedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University and a wide range of science degrees with the University partners mentioned as well as University of the West of Scotland, Stirling University and SRUC (the Agricultural College).

The programme has been developed for adults returning to higher education and who have not previously studied to university degree level. Candidates should have experience in their related field of study. Prior study of chemistry and biology is required due to the intense nature of the study on this SWAP programme. Applicants should detail their experience on their application form; a relevant reference detailing experience will be required prior to interview. Entry on to the programme is decided after interview(s) in partnership with the Scottish Wider Access Programme. Please note places are restricted and early application is strongly advised.

The programme is not suitable for graduates who should contact medical schools to consider graduate entry programmes.


Further information on the programme is available form Kenneth Anderson, Scottish Wider Access Programme – 0141 553 2471, 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic prerequisites however applicants should preferably have a gap in their formal education. Appropriate work experience useful. Applicants should be able to demonstrate career progression and be in a responsible position.

Successful applicants progressing to university in health related areas will need to satisfy criteria outlined by the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) (Scotland) Act 2007.

Admission is by informal panel interview.

Course Content

Core Units

     Communications; Biology; Algebra; Chemistry; Statistics; Biochemistry; Literature; Human Body; Preparation for Higher Education;Biomedical Investigations


The closing date for this course will be Friday the 25th of April 2014.  Applications will not be accepted after this date.

You will be able to apply online for this course from 26 January 2015.

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1 academic year
August - June
20 hours per week

Can lead to:
BDS Dentistry, MBChB Medicine, BVMS Veterinary Medicine all at the University of Glasgow, M.Pharm Pharmacy at the University of Strathclyde or BSc Clinical Physics at the University of the West of Scotland. Can also lead to any Degree, HND or HNC courses in Biological, Environmental Health and Life Sciences in Colleges and Universities in the West of Scotland.

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