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Study Medicine at a UK University

Looking for a course in Medicine? Not sure which Medicine course is best for you? Come and meet our multilingual and experienced counsellors who can advise you about the best Medicine programs in the UK to ensure you find the best pathway into the right university for you!

Applying for Medicine in the UK

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the UK. International students every year are accepted into medical school. If your grades are of the very highest standard, and if you can prove that you have set your heart on studying and working in this field, then apply to read Medicine in the UK. 3 As at A-level or an IB of 38 or equivalent is the academic standard required for undergraduate Medicine. A strong first degree and a successful career record are required for graduate Medicine. Work experience of one day a week for six months in a hospital, care home, hospice or other caring environment is the sort of evidence of intent the medical schools are looking for. Understanding of the National Health Service and how it works is also crucial for international applicants.

Where should I study Medicine in the UK?

At SI-UK we understand that choosing the right place to study Medicine at a UK university is a very difficult decision. Our counsellors have regular training and updates from UK universities and colleges in order to have the latest information to help you find the right course to study Medicine. Please contact us for more information - come to our office or talk to us online about which university we recommend for you. Our multilingual counsellors will be happy to assist you in a wide spectrum of languages such as Arabic, Japanese, Hindi, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin/Cantonese.

What qualifications do I need to study Medicine in the UK?


English language: You need an IELTS of 7.0.

A-level: You need at least AAA including Chemistry and Biology.

International Baccalaureate: You need at least 38.

Graduate Entry

Students who have an impressive first degree can apply for an accelerated four-year graduate Medicine course even if they have no science background and have been out of education for some time. In many cases students read Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences at undergraduate level and go on to postgraduate Medicine, and that is a recognised – and well-respected – career path for strong students who narrowly missed getting onto undergraduate Medicine. Others – whether science or humanities graduates - spend some years working in a non-medical field post-university before applying for graduate entry Medicine, but only having succeeded in their career and having got under their belt an impressive healthcare volunteering portfolio. 

Foundation course

Foundation courses are for candidates who have completed at least twelve years of schooling with high grades but lack the science background and English language skills necessary for undergraduate Medicine. The International Foundation in Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences at INTO St George’s University of London is particularly recommended (and reserved) for international students. It is a year-long course, and if you get at least 75% and succeed at interview you can progress onto the 6-year International Medicine (BSc/MBBS) degree at what is one of the oldest and best Medical Schools in the country. Alternatively if you get 65% you can progress onto their 3-year Biomedical Science (International) (BSc Hons) degree and, if you excel on this course, you can progress after you have finished to year 4 of the MBBS.

If you are interested in this foundation course please contact SI-UK Education Council to arrange an appointment at our office.

When to apply

There is an early application deadline of 15th October for the receipt at UCAS of applications for all Medicine courses. This deadline is for all applicants – home, EU and international.

Admissions tests

In most case you will have to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Candidates intending to apply in 2013 for entry to a relevant course in 2014 (or for deferred entry in 2015) are required to sit the UKCAT by the 4th October 2013 deadline. Registration opens on 1st May 2013.You will have to register for this personally and you may only take the test once in any test cycle.

In some cases you will have to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). You must register from 1st September 2013 to 1st October 2013 for a 6th November two-hour test of three sections (Aptitude and Skills, Scientific Knowledge Applications and Writing Task).

Please check the Entry Profiles for your chosen course(s) on Course Search, contact your chosen universities and colleges or check their websites. More information and links to further details can be found on the admissions tests page.


You will have to succeed at interview in order to secure a place to read Medicine. Candidates invited for interview may face a traditional panel of doctor and lay person, but are increasingly likely to undergo an Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) consisting of a series of short interviews. If they decide to invite you for an interview this will usually be displayed in Track. You can accept the invitation in Track or, if you are unable to attend, you can request that the university or college offer you a different date.

Where should I study Medicine?

The following are UK universities which consistently appear highly-placed in the rankings for Medicine:

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • King’s College London
  • Imperial College London
  • St George’s University of London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Newcastle    
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Leicester
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Queen Mary, London
  • Queen’s Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Cardiff

A degree in Medicine from any of these universities will be recognised around the world and will prepare you for work in the National Health Service.


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