The Medical Schools Council aims to respond to queries as soon as possible. Please note, we are not directly involved in admissions to study medicine. We hope that you will find the questions and answers below useful.
You should find most of the information you need on these students pages – particularly the applying to medical school section. If you still have any questions once you have read this information please contact us.
How do I apply to study medicine in the UK?
You can find out how to apply to medicine in the UK on our applying to medical school pages.
When are the deadlines for applying to study medicine?
The deadline for applying to study medicine in autumn 2015 is 15 October 2014. Please see the UCAS website for current and future deadline information.
What are the requirements to study medicine in the UK?
You can find information on the requirements for studying medicine in the UK on our applying to medical school pages
What foundation courses are available?
A limited number of places are offered on pre-medical courses at certain medical schools to those students offering high grade passes in arts subjects. This extra year makes the total course a minimum of six years. A list of all UK medical schools, including those running foundation courses, can be found on the UK schools page.
I already have a degree - Is it possible to take an accelerated degree in medicine?
Sixteen UK medical schools offer accelerated four-year programmes to graduates. The entry requirements for such programmes will vary; many schools will require a first degree in a relevant subject, e.g. biological sciences. However, others may simply require an upper second class degree or above in any subject – this also applies to schools still requiring entrants with a degree to undergo a five-year course. A list of all UK medical schools, including those running graduate entry courses, can be found on the UK schools page.
Is there an upper age limit to study medicine?
There is no upper age limit for applications to study medicine in the UK. However, given the number of years in study and subsequent training, you may wish to consider the length of time that you would be able to practise medicine upon qualification.
I am an international student wishing to study medicine in the UK. What do I need to think about?
Our international student pages will tell you all the things you need to think about when you are considering applying to study medicine in the UK.
I have already completed part of a degree in medicine at another university. Is it possible to transfer to the UK?
It is extremely unlikely that a UK medical school will count part of a medicine degree studied at another university towards a UK Primary Medical Qualification. However, all schools handle this matter individually and you are advised to contact the admissions department of the school you are interested in. Contact details for all schools can be found on the UK schools page.
I have completed a degree in medicine outside the EU. Is it possible for me to apply for the Foundation Programme in the UK?
All information on the Foundation Programme can be found on the UK Foundation Programme Office website.
What funding is available?
Useful information about financial help for overseas students can be accessed from the UKCISA and British Council websites. School-specific scholarships or bursaries may be available through the medical school itself.
The Medical Schools Council does not have access to any other funding for students.
I want to gain work experience in medicine. How can I organise this?
Information on work experience can be found on our work experience page.
I have had an offer to study medicine but I didn't get the required grades. What can I do?
Contact the admissions department at your intended medical school immediately and ask for advice. The contact details for each medical school can be found on our UK Schools page.
I have clinical experience in a non-medical profession, but not the required academic qualifications/grades, and now wish to train as a Doctor. What can I do?
If you already have a degree refer to the list of medical schools offering four-year graduate entry programmes, then contact your chosen medical school to ask what its admissions policy is for applicants with previous clinical experience. Some schools offer the opportunity to take the GAMSAT as a means of proving a basic understanding of science in place of science A Levels.