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Medical school entry requirements for 2024 start

Select a course type above then use the filters below to learn about the courses. This information is provided directly by the medical schools but can change. Always confirm the information on medical schools’ websites. You can see when this information was last updated under the name of each course.

This information relates to entry requirements for entry into medical school in Autumn 2024, with UCAS applications to be submitted by 16 October 2023.

A PDF version of this information can be downloaded here: Entry requirements for UK medical schools: 2024 entry.

 


Last updated: September 2023

Degree (graduate applicants)

This degree pathway is only open to applicants completing our recognised feeder streams who are due to graduate with least at upper Second Class Honours with one of the following qualifications:

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB/ABC at A-level or equivalent including Biology and Chemistry  

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade B/6 or equivalent and 8 GCSEs including grade B/6 in GCSE Maths, Biology and Chemistry, or equivalent qualifications (level, subjects and grade)

 

Personal statement

You must show an awareness of the UK healthcare system and the nature of the medical training in your personal statement and at interview.

Admissions test

You must have taken the UCAT within two-years of applying. We don’t have a minimum threshold score; however, we will use UCAT scores in our application assessment procedure in deciding who to invite to interview.

Interview method

Should you be selected, you will be invited to attend an interview. We use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, which is a series of short, carefully timed interview stations that you will rotate around in turn. All applicants must attend for interview if invited.

Work experience

No specific requirements.

Additional information

This degree pathway is only open to applicants completing our recognised feeder streams who are due to graduate with least at upper Second Class Honours with one of the following qualifications:

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: July 2023

Degree (graduate applicants)

At least a 2.1 degree in any discipline.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Academically competitive applicants will generally have at least AAA at A level or equivalent, including an A or A* at Chemistry (passed within seven years of entry), plus A level passes in two of the following: Physics, Biology, Maths.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No specific requirements.

International Baccalaureate

Academically competitive applicants will generally have at least 36 points with 6,6,6 at Higher level including Chemistry and two of the following
at Higher or Standard level: Physics, Biology, Maths. Those who do not hold these grades should be aware that their application will be in direct competition with those who do.

Personal statement

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored.

Personal statement

None

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Medical/healthcare experience as a paid or volunteer worker in the private or public healthcare industry and the shadowing of medical professionals in hospital/GP practice. Varied and consistent hands-on patient care along with experience working within an NHS environment is favoured.

Cardiff University School of Medicine

MB BCh Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: July 2023

Competition ratios

 

No data available.

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applications to A101 are only considered from applicants who are completing a selected route on one of the four Feeder Stream degree programmes listed below or from Dental Graduates who would like to undertake maxillary-facial training:

  • BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology degree, School of Medicine, Cardiff University (B210)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (BC97)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree, from the University of South Wales (B901)
  • BMedSci (Hons) Medical Sciences degree from Bangor University (B100)
  • Dental graduates

Applicants are required to achieve a 2:1 (upper second class) in first degree.

Successful applicants enter the second year of the A100 course in Cardiff as an A101 student.

Please note that these feeder stream routes are currently under review, and may change, so potential applicants must check current details.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Applicants are required to achieve a 2:1 (upper second class) in first degree and BBB/ABC at A Level. A pass in the science practical is normally required.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

9 GCSE's including GCSE Maths and English Language grade 6 (B), 66 (BB) in Double Science, or 66 (BB) in Biology and Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate

Overall 32 points excluding theory of knowledge and extended essay. Two science subjects from Chemistry, Biology, and either Mathematics or Statistics, but not Mathematical Studies at HL, with 6 being achieved in either Chemistry or Biology. Chemistry or Biology must be offered at SL with score of 7, if not at HL. If Maths and English Language are not offered within the diploma they should be offered as GCSE subjects with at least grade B.

International Baccalaureate

Evidence of: insight into a career in medicine, experience and reflection of personal responsibility, experience and reflection in a caring environment, a balanced approach to life, evidence of self-directed learning, a sense of social awareness; positive references.

Admissions test

UCAT

Attained academic qualifications, Level 2, (and Level 3, if offered) are prioritised, but a UCAT tariff will then also be applied should we are oversubscribed with applicants with exceptional academic scores to either help select which applicants to interview or post interview in tie-break situations.
Use (or not) of the UCAT is only be determined each year after we have assessed the academic score of all the applicants.
If we need to use a UCAT cut-off score, we are unable to predict in advance what this score would be as it varies year to year and depends on the scores of applicants that year. Previous year cut-off scores are not helpful.

Interview method

Multiple Mini Interview including a verbal interview and a written paper.

Work experience

The university recognises that opportunities for work experience will vary according to individual circumstances and that not all applicants are able to gain clinical work experience. Evidence of reflection on experiences gained in a variety of circumstances are welcomed.

Work experience

The academic and non-academic attainment of a candidate will be reviewed against educational performance data and socio-economic background to provide an overview of an applicant's potential. The medical school will consider this information when deciding whether to call a candidate for interview. See website for details.

 

University of Chester Medical School

MB ChB Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: June 2022

Competition ratios

No data available.

Degree (graduate applicants)

BSc 2.1 or above.  Will accept 2.2 degree with Masters or Doctorate.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.

International Baccalaureate

We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.

Personal statement

Personal statement is required but we do not use it to decide whether to shortlist candidates for interview.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

At least 70 hours of work experience in the last 4 years in a healthcare setting in required. Should involve direct "hands-on" care of people. "Shadowing", e.g. of doctors, is acceptable but can only count for a maximum of 20 hours of the 70 hours minimum work experience.

Widening participation

We are planning a range of bursaries for UK-based widening participation students from Sept 2023 entry onwards.

King’s College London School of Medical Education

AWAITING 2024 UPDATES

Medicine Graduate, Professional Entry Programme MBBS (A102)

4 years

Last updated: June 2022

Degree (graduate applicants)

A minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject. Biomedical/life science degrees include: Biomedical Sciences; Physiology; Biochemistry; Pharmacology; Neuroscience; Pharmacy.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

There are no specific A/AS level requirements. 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

There are no specific GCSE requirements.

International Baccalaureate

There are no specific IB requirements.

Personal statement

The personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of an application.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Widening participation

Prospective applicants who have taken part in widening participation programmes within King's, are part of Realising Opportunities, or who believe they meet any other widening participation criteria should contact the admissions team for advice before making an application.

Contextual admissions

This course offers contextual admissions. See website for details.

University of Liverpool School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: September 2023

Degree (graduate applicants)

Bachelors Minimum 2:1 Honours degree in any degree subject or a minimum 2:2 degree in any subject plus Masters/PhD higher qualification. 

Dental graduates who meet the criteria to apply to the OMFS A101 route must apply for Year 2 entry to the programme. 

In exceptional circumstances it may be able to consider the professional accreditation status of applicants not offering degrees. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

No requirement.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

No requirement.

International Baccalaureate

No requirement.

Personal statement

The personal statement is not expected to be used in decision-making but the experiences that may inform a personal statement may be used at interview. Graduate applicants must read our A101 Departmental Supplement to the Admissions policy and to submit our applicant on-line form.

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Awaiting confirmation but expected to be face-to-face MMI.

Work experience

No specific requirements but our process will be weighted to prioritise those with significant work-place experience in a healthcare setting (2 years paid employment) and professionally registered healthcare staff with post qualification experience. If applying to our medical school you are advised, as a minimum, to read the ‘statement on the core values and attributes needed to study medicine’ and ‘work experience guidelines for applicants to medicine’. In response to COVID-19 ‘Guidance on gaining relevant work experience to study medicine during the pandemic’ has been created.

Newcastle University Medical School

MBBS Medicine and Surgery (Accelerated Programme) (A101)

4 years

Last updated: July 2023

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 8 | International: -

Number of applicants per place: Home: 32 | International: -

Degree (graduate applicants)

At least an upper second class Honours degree, or integrated master's degree.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Not scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

Not used prior or at interview. It is consulted prior to offers being made but is not scored.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews for home applicants and panel interviews for international applicants.

Work experience

Emphasis on applicants being able to show a commitment to caring which can be accomplished in a number of ways other than in a hospital or general practice setting, such as volunteering in an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or helping someone less fortunate. The medical school is also interested in individuals who have shown commitment to working as part of a team over a prolonged period of time in any area, including voluntary, sports, other extra-curricular activities.

This course is designed for graduates of any discipline, and for others who have relevant experience which includes a substantial amount of contact with patients gained as an established health care professional within the NHS or equivalent body (eg RGN, RMN, Physiotherapist) with a qualification recognised by a statutory body.

University of Nottingham Medical School

Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS (A101)

4 years

Last updated: July 2023

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2.2 expected in previous degree in any subject. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Not scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

The personal statement is not used to determine selection for interview. The personal statement is checked following the interview, but very rarely has an impact on the selection process.

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews. Currently, panel interviews are being held remotely via MS Teams.

Work experience

Work/volunteering experience requirements have been adjusted due to the pandemic, as the admissions team is aware that many applicants will have found it more difficult to arrange visits since Spring 2020. Applicants are invited to complete a brief questionnaire following submission of the UCAS application form.

University of Oxford Medical School

BM BCh Medicine (Graduate Entry) (A101)

4 years

Last updated: July 2023

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 2.5 | International: 2.5

Degree (graduate applicants)

A degree in applied or experimental science with a degree class of 2.1 or above (or a GPA above 3.5). Graduates in subjects other than bioscience must also have biology or dual-award science at GCSE or O-level, or an equivalent qualification.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Passes at A-level of at least AAB with an A or A* in Chemistry (grade requirements apply if A-levels were taken within the last 5 years; applicants whose exams were taken more than 5 years prior to the year of application are not required to have AAB, although their grades will be assessed carefully at the shortlisting stage).

Scottish applicants must have AAB with an A in Scottish Advanced Higher Chemistry if taken within last 5 years. Applicants with a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry (2.1 or above) are exempt from this requirement. Applicants must also have one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics at Scottish Advanced Higher Level.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Applicants with a degree in a subject other than bioscience must have a qualification in biology at GCSE or equivalent level.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants must have an overall score of 36 (including core points) and scores of 6 in subjects taken at Higher Level. Applicants are required to offer the following subjects at Higher Level: i) Chemistry (unless applicants have a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry with a 2.1 or above) ii) At least one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

Personal statement

Considered alongside other application materials including the course- specific online Oxford Application Form, UCAS application, and references.

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interviews at two colleges.

Work experience

All applicants must show evidence of their genuine commitment and personal suitability to medicine, which may be demonstrated through relevant work experience in a health or social care setting.

Widening participation

Queen Mary University, Barts and the London School of Medicine

MBBS Medicine Graduate Entry Programme (A101)

4 years

Last updated: July 2023

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home: 3 | International: -

Number of applicants per place: Home: 27 | International: -

Degree (graduate applicants)

Applicants may apply in the final year of their degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Degrees are divided into three categories.

  • Bioscience degrees which contain sufficient Biology and Chemistry – no further A or AS level requirements.
  • For science degrees which lack Biology or Chemistry, candidates must have a minimum A or AS level grade C for Biology and/or Chemistry (depending on what is missing in the degree).
  • For non-science degrees, candidates must have a minimum B grade in A or AS level Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science also at grade B. Accepted science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. You may apply with achieved or predicted grades.

Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally three years for Bachelors and four years for integrated Masters).

A Levels and Scottish Highers

We will consider school leaving qualifications for applicants who do not have a biological sciences degree.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

 

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

Personal statements are not given a score but will be assessed to see a genuine interest in medicine and outline any work experience undertaken.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Structured panel interviews

Work experience

Work experience is assessed as part of the short-listing process but is not scored. Interview panellists will ask about work experience and candidates will be expected to draw on their experiences to answer competency based questions.