In this article, we will walk you through all the things one should
consider when it comes to moving to the United Kingdom to study medicine. By
the time you finish reading this article, you will know all about the
universities in the UK, including entrance exams, entry requirements, fees,
deadlines and more.
Medical degrees obtained in the UK are highly valued and respected
worldwide. The United Kingdom provides the recipients of such degrees with a
plethora of opportunities provided in classrooms and in professional settings.
It takes about 6 years to complete an undergraduate course in the UK, with
studies as well as professional work experience. In this article, we will
provide you with information regarding the overall requirements, deadlines,
application procedures and more when it comes to preparing for and applying to
medical school in the United Kingdom.
requirements can differ depending on what university you are applying for. In
general, the more prestigious the university the higher grades they require you
to have to be accepted.
- Overall, the
standard requirements to get into medical school in the UK include having
achieved high grades in your GCSEs and A-Levels.
- When it comes
to your GCSEs, you should have at least an A or A* in Maths and English, plus
an A or A* in three other subjects. Plus, you are also expected to get at least
a B in GCSE Science.
- For A-Levels,
you need to have at least 3. Two of these are often required to be
science-related, most often including Chemistry and Biology. Physics and/or
Mathematics are also highly valued. Other usually accepted subjects for your
third A-Level, include subjects in Arts, like History, Economics, Geography
- Keep in mind
that there is a chance that a 3rd A-Level in a critical thinking subject like
Ethics, Philosophy, Sociology, Literature or Political Science might not be
- If you didn’t
gain your earlier qualifications in the United Kingdom, the International
Baccalaureate score of 30 out of 45 is considered a good score and should be
enough to help you get into good UK universities. This needs to include
chemistry and another science subject.
- For the
University of Cambridge, you will need at least between 40 to 42 IB points. And
for the University of Oxford, you’ll need at least 39.
- When it comes
to your English skills you will need to get an overall score of 7.5 in the
IELTS, and you cannot score less than 7.0 in any of the components.
- Depending on
what university you are applying for you will also be required to take either
UCAT, BMAT or GAMSAT.
- If you are
taking the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), you should achieve 650 or
universities that require you to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT),
you will be expected to score at least 6.0 or more.
- Lastly, if
you are taking the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT),
you will need to score at least 59.
you will need to write a personal statement. This is a piece of writing which
should generally be about 550–1000 words long. In this, you should write about
yourself and explain to the reader why you are the right choice for this
degree. You should write about your past experience, your present self, as well
as your future goals and how this degree fits into those things.
- It is
incredibly important to provide the university with a very good, high-quality
personal statement. This will be their first impression of who you are. You are
given a chance to advocate for yourself and persuade whoever is reading that
you are the right choice for this course.
- At some
point, you should also gain some form of work experience. You could look into
volunteering in the medical field, or maybe doing an apprenticeship. Having
such experience makes universities way more likely to consider you as a
- After you
have applied to medical school, you will need to register for a UCAT test. This
can be done between May and late September.
- The results
of this test will be sent directly to the medical schools that you have applied
- You can take
this test at a Pearson VUE centre.
- Sitting this
test in the UK costs about £75, testing outside of the United Kingdom costs
- UCAT is a
2-hour long test that is broken down into 5 timed sections.
- It is
suggested to spend at least 40 to 70 hours preparing for this test.
- You should
spend at least 10 hours learning about test strategies, which you can learn
with the UCAS course.
- Spend at
least 25 to 50 hours practising and focusing on your weaknesses.
- Then spend at
least 10 hours doing timed mock exams.
- As mentioned
earlier, to get accepted for a medical degree you will need to score at least
- This is to
test your Mathematic and Scientific knowledge and your communication, critical
thinking and problem-solving skills.
- If you want
to take this test at the start of September, you will need to apply around the
beginning of August. The second date to take this test is late October/Early
November. For this, you will need to register by the end of September.
Fortunately, late applications are allowed until the date of the UCAS deadline
- Just like
with UCAT, the results are sent directly to the universities that you have
- As of 2021,
this test is computer-based in all countries except for Singapore and Thailand.
- It costs
about £75 for EU and UK citizens, and about £100 for applicants from outside
- This test
consists of 3 sections.
- The first
section has 17 questions on critical thinking and 16 questions on
- Section two
consists of seven questions on Chemistry, seven questions on Biology, seven
questions on Physics and six on Mathematics.
- The last
section is a writing task, you will have to choose one of three questions that
you will answer.
- You should be
aiming for at least a score of 6.0.
- This test is
to make sure you have the mental capacity to pursue education in the field of
medical and health professionals.
- You can
either take this test in March or in September.
- You will have
to take the test before you start working on your UCAS application.
- You can find
a free trial of this test on gradready.com to help you prepare for the real
- You will need
to take it at one of the GAMSAT test centres.
- As of 2022,
you can sit this test in Cardiff, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh,
Sheffield and Derry.
- If you are taking
this test in the UK, it will cost you about £268. You can also take this test
in Australia, where it would cost around $515, and in Ireland, for about €341.
- To be
accepted for a medical course in the UK you will need to score at least 59.
- Once your
application is processed, and you get shortlisted, the university will invite
you in for an MMI.
- MMI stands
for ‘Multi Mini Interviews’.
- On average
this might take about 2 hours, each section/mini-interview will take no more
than 10 minutes.
- In most
cases, there will be about 10 ‘stations’. This could either involve you being
directly interviewed by an interviewer, or you having to roleplay with an actor
while the interviewer watches.
scenarios are designed to evaluate your verbal and non-verbal communication
- You can use
the internet to look up examples of scenarios that are used in these
interviews, to help you practice.
- You will be
required to undergo this assessment when applying to study medicine at most UK
- If you have
already chosen a specific university that you are interested in, you can look
up the specific MMI procedure for said university.
students need to use UCAS to submit their applications.
- Once the
application goes through you will be invited for an interview.
- In this
interview, the interviewer will want to get to know who you are, they already
know about your academic achievements, so the focus might also be on the
non-educational aspect of who you are.
- You can
prepare by practising interviews and answering questions with your friends.
as mentioned earlier, you will most likely, also be invited for an MMI.
if all goes well, you are most likely to receive a conditional offer, which
will depend on what
- The common
deadline for applying through UCAS is late January. However, when applying for
a degree in medicine the application deadline is usually middle October.
- The registration through UCAS usually becomes
available in May.
- After this, you have until late September to
complete your UCAT test.
- You will have until October of the same year to
complete your UCAS application, as the deadline for medical school is earlier
than most other subjects.
- You have until early November to take your BMAT
- Usually, between November and April, you will be
invited in for interviews, by the universities you have applied for.
- The International Baccalaureate and A-Level results
come out around July/August time. Once you get these results you will either
have secured your place, or you’ll have to look into going through clearing.