University of St Andrews (Degrees in Medicine and Dentistry) Bill

Closed 18 Nov 2020

Opened 7 Oct 2020

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We are looking for your views on the University of St Andrew (Degrees in Medicine and Dentistry) Bill.


The Bill will remove the legal prohibition that currently prevents the University of St Andrews from holding exams and awarding degrees in medicine and dentistry.

The reason for removing the prohibition at this time is to allow the University, jointly with the University of Dundee, to award undergraduate Primary UK Medical Qualifications to Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine (ScotGEM) students. The first set of students are due to graduate in 2022.

The Bill repeals paragraph 17 of schedule 6 of the Universities (Scotland) Act 1966, which prohibits the University of St Andrews from holding exams and giving degrees in medicine and dentistry.

The University is the only in the UK with this kind of legislative prohibition. The Policy Memorandum says the prohibition is unfair, anti-competitive and no longer serves a purpose.

What does the Committee want to know?

We want to know:

  1. Do you support the Bill's aim of removing the prohibition on the University of St Andrews to hold qualifying examinations and award degrees in medicine, midwifery and dentistry? Please provide reasons for your answer.

    2. How, if at all, would the Bill impact you or your organisation?


The Bill was introduced on 29 September 2020. You can read the Bill (and a Policy Memorandum, Explanatory Notes and Financial Memorandum) on the Parliament’s website.

The Health and Sport Committee will look at the Bill at stage 1.

At stage 1, committees look at the general principles of the Bill. However it’s also an opportunity to raise more specific concerns that could be looked at by amendments in stage 2 and 3.

Find out more about Bill stages on our website.

The Health and Sport Committee hopes to consider written submissions and hear from witnesses in December 2020.

How to submit your views

You can submit your views via the online submisson form, linked to below, until Wednesday 18 November 2020.

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.  If you are under 12 years of age, please read this privacy notice.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language.


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