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Entry requirements

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.

For a downloadable version of this information, see Entry requirements for UK medical schools


University of Birmingham Medical School

MBChB Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 9.8 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 21.4 | International: N/A

Only open to applicants from the European Economic Area, which includes the UK.

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2.1 in a Life Sciences subject. The degree result is scored and contributes to an application score. The other elements that are scored are indicated.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Biology or Chemistry is required. Results are scored. 

Higher Level results are scored using an equivalency to A Level grades.

If the school the applicant attended is classified as contextual based on their criteria, the threshold grades for each score band are adjusted.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Where the highest qualification in English or Maths is at GCSE, grade 7 (A) is normally required. Results are not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Biology or Chemistry, must be offered at Higher Level. Results are scored.

Personal statement

Personal statement is not scored but should provide evidence of commitment to study medicine.

Admissions test

UCAT. A score is allocated based on ranking the total of the scores for the four subtests. The result for the Situational Judgement Test contributes to the scoring at the interview stage.

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Medical-related work experience does not factor into process of selection for interview. However, the understanding gained from work experience will be invaluable in enabling applicants to address the issues presented to them at interview.

Birmingham Medical School wishes to recognise the development of personal qualities that take place after graduation. They allocate a score to the amount of time spent in full-time activity (employment or postgraduate degree/research). 

Widening participation

When scoring an application contextual data is taken into account relating to secondary school performance. Care leavers will receive compensatory adjustments for both secondary school and degree results.

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MB BChir Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Home: Number of applicants per place: 11

Only open to applicants from the European Economic Area, which includes the UK.

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 or 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: May 2020

Competition ratios

 Data unavailable.

This degree is open to those on recognised feeder streams based in Wales.

Degree (graduate applicants)

This is a specific four-year programme for applicants enrolled on one of the four Feeder Stream degree courses in Wales. Applicants must achieve at least a 2.1 Honours degree. See website for 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 GCSEs including GCSE Maths and English Language grade 6 (B), 66 (BB) in Double Science, or 66 (BB) in Biology and Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall. Two science subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Physics and either Mathematics or Statistics at HL, with 6 being achieved in either Chemistry or Biology.

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

GAMSAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

The university recognises that opportunities for work experience will vary according to individual circumstances. Applicants are to showcase an appreciation of the length of the training programme and the career structure.

Work experience

The Feeder Stream accelerated entry programmes have been developed as part of Cardiff University’s commitment to widening access to medicine, enabling a small number of selected students within specific programmes to join the feeder stream, taking on additional modules and graduating from these programmes with a first or 2.1 honours degree, to enter the second year of the five-year A100 medical programme.

Applicants applying from these routes will need to have fulfilled all the minimum requirements as outlined for graduate entry.

See website for details.

Last updated: May 2020

Additional information

The C21 North Wales/ Gogledd Cymru course has been developed as part of Cardiff University’s commitment to widen access to Medicine in collaboration with Bangor University and Welsh Government. It provides students with the opportunity to undertake their medical degree in North Wales.

The C21 North Wales/ Gogledd Cymru course accepts high performing students from recognised feeder stream courses linked to the School of Medicines Graduate Entry Programme and also students already accepted onto A100 programme who wish to transfer after successful completion of their first year.

Degree (graduate applicants)

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. Applications are only accepted from one of the following feeder courses:

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

Please note that all graduates with a Bachelor in Dental Surgery who are applying to study medicine will be considered for either A101 or A102 only.

A Levels and Welsh Baccalaureate

Alongside the degree requirements, you must have BBB/ABC at A Level. A pass in the science practical is normally required. 

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants should hold the following grades in lieu of A Levels, alongside the degree requirements:

  • Overall of 32 points excluding theory of knowledge and extended essay
  • 2 science subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Physics 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. Physics must be offered at GCSE if not at HL or Subsidiary Level. 
  • If Maths and English Language are not offered within the diploma they should be offered as GCSE subjects with at least grade B.

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.

Admissions test

All graduates would need to take the GAMSAT before applying. 

Interview method

Multiple mini-interview 

King’s College London School of Medical Education

Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme MBBS (A102)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

Either a minimum 2.1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject, or a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in Nursing and A level Chemistry at grade A, subject to the degree in nursing covering sufficient life sciences. 

A Levels and Scottish Highers

There are no specific GCSE or A/AS level requirements (except for nursing graduates). 

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

There are no specific GCSE requirements.

International Baccalaureate

There are no specific IB requirements.

Personal statement

Evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. Personal statements are used as part of the interview shortlisting process. They are not able to consider applicants whose personal statements are not focused on Medicine.

Admissions test

UCAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

They would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Widening participation

WP information is considered. See website for details.

University of Liverpool School of Medicine

MB ChB Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview : Home/EU: 2.9 | International: N/A

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 12 | International: N/A

Degree (graduate applicants)

A minimum upper second class honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical, or Health Science subject.

Dental graduates must already hold MJDF (Portfolio plus Part 1 and Part 2 exams). Dental graduates who hold a BDS degree from outside the EU will need ORE/LDS. BDS degrees will need to be registered with the General Dental Council.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

BBB at A level including Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

GCSEs/Scottish Nationals English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade C/grade 4 equivalent        

International Baccalaureate

32 points to include 3 subjects at higher level; at least 5 in both Higher level Chemistry and one other higher level science to include ( Biology, Maths or Physics).  

Personal statement

The personal statement will not be used in making the decision to invite to interview but will be assessed at interview.

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Usually multiple mini-interviews - yet to be confirmed for entry in 2021

Work experience

No specific work experience is stated but applicants must be able to demonstrate our non-academic criteria which will be assessed at interview.

Newcastle University Medical School

MBBS Medicine and Surgery (Accelerated Programme) (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 9 | International: 7

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 34 | International: 2.3

Degree (graduate applicants)

2.1 achieved in any previous honours degree, or integrated Master’s or be a practising healthcare professional with a post-registration qualification.

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

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, for example by volunteering in an elderly care home, hospice, nursery or helping someone less fortunate.

Widening participation

University of Nottingham Medical School

BMBS Medicine and Surgery (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

Minimum 2.2 expected in previous degree in any subject. Students are able to apply during the final year of study and conditional offers are made if successful.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

Not scored.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

Not scored.

International Baccalaureate

Not scored.

Personal statement

Personal statements are not scored, ranked or used to determine who is invited to interview. Personal statements are read routinely following the interview cycle. 

Admissions test

GAMSAT

Interview method

Multiple mini-interviews

Work experience

Applicants are expected to obtain some relevant work experience in a caring role that involves people who are unwell, disabled and/or disadvantaged. The experience does not need to be gained in a hospital setting and can be voluntary/paid and part or full-time. Although it is useful to have shadowed doctors, this is not essential, as a great deal can be learnt about the role by talking to doctors and other members of the multidisciplinary team. Applicants will be expected to complete a questionnaire.

Widening participation

University of Oxford Medical School

BM BCh Medicine (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

 Data unavailable. 

Degree (graduate applicants)

Previous degree in applied or experimental science, including Engineering. A 2.1 or above is expected.

A Levels and Scottish Highers

At least two sciences at A levels including Chemistry.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

If degree is not in Biosciences, then Biology or Double Science at GCSE is required.

International Baccalaureate

At least two sciences at Higher level including Chemistry.

Personal statement

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

Admissions test

BMAT

Interview method

Panel interviews

Work experience

The admissions tutors will look for significant experience of health or social care settings either in the NHS or elsewhere. This may include work experience placements or voluntary work. The admissions tutors will also look for engagement in activities either within or outside of medicine where communication, relationships and empathy are evidently required.

Queen Mary University, Barts and the London School of Medicine

MBBS Medicine Graduate Entry Programme (A101)

4 years

Last updated: May 2020

Competition ratios

Number of applicants per interview: Home/EU: 7 | International: 15

Number of applicants per place: Home/EU: 34 | International: 45

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

High school qualifications are required when a degree is not in a bioscience or science subject. Use the degree title checker to see what you will require.

GCSEs and Scottish Nationals

N/A 

International Baccalaureate

N/A

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. It is used in the interview process for panelists to ask more detailed questions regarding work experience.

Admissions test

UCAT - Applicants must score within the third decile or higher 

Interview method

Assessment centre including a panel interview 

Work experience

Selectors strongly recommend that candidates have explored what a career in medicine entails and that this is reinforced by work experience. The interview will explore your understanding of the realities of a career in medicine. They recognise the challenge of obtaining work experience and a period of volunteering in a caring role can be equally as valuable.