Applications to medical schools are made through UCAS and the closing date is 15th October for entry the following autumn.
When investigating which medical schools to apply to, there are a number of factors to take into consideration. Medical schools vary in entry requirements (most fast track courses have admission tests), in the number of places for graduates and in fees. To have a reasonable chance of success you would usually have to meet the following criteria: minimum 2:1 with good academic references, written guarantee of your ability to fund yourself through the training (via various methods outlined below), relevant personal qualities, evidence of motivation and knowledge of medicine (preferably with relevant work experience) and an understanding of the demands of the course.
Fast track graduate courses
With an overall shortage of doctors, some medical schools offer four-year fast track training specifically for graduates which are listed below. Check out whether specific science A'levels are required (see also FAQs below) and be sure to look for other entry requirements, for example, Birmingham only accept applications from students who have already graduated.
For scientists (mainly biology-related subjects)
- University of Birmingham - you must have already graduated at the time of application, so you can't apply in the final year of your undergraduate studies. Please note that their graduate medicine course has been suspended for 2023/24 entry but they are continuing to offer their 5 year medicine degree.
- King's College London
- Oxford University - open to applied and experimental science graduates; additional application form required alongside the UCAS form
- Sheffield University - open to applicants from a widening participation background
Cardiff University also run a graduate entry course but it is only available to applicants who are currently enrolled on one of Cardiff University’s officiated feeder courses.
Some medical schools also require specific subjects at A-Level; check individual websites.
For any degree discipline
- Cambridge University - additional application form required alongside the UCAS form
- University of Chester - only open to international students, first intake will be 2024
- Newcastle University
- Nottingham University
- Queen Mary, University of London (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry)
- Universities of St Andrews and Dundee (ScotGEM)
- St George's Hospital Medical School
- University of Southampton
- University of Surrey - only open to international students, first intake will be 2024
- Swansea University
- Warwick Medical School
- University of Worcester - first intake will start in 2023
Some of these courses still require you to have some science A-Levels. Most of these medical schools arrange open days, which are an excellent way to find out more about the course and meet current graduate medical students. Visit their websites for information.
Conventional medical courses
Apart from the fast track courses, you can choose an undergraduate medical course and most of these are for five years. The majority of medical schools look for three good A-Level results, including chemistry and one other science (this could be maths). Some medical schools (e.g. Cardiff, Dundee, Manchester and Nottingham) offer a one-year pre-medical course which gives non-science graduates a way into the medicine degree course as an alternative to taking additional science A-Levels.
Medical schools vary considerably in their ethos, atmosphere and also in the structure of their course, e.g. some incorporate clinical teaching in the early years. It is essential that you research courses thoroughly and check your eligibility to apply. Most medical schools are happy to respond to informed queries.