UK medical school entry requirements for international students

Medicine Entry Requirements

Entry requirements to study medicine in the UK.

UK Medical School Entry Requirements

Undergraduate medicine entry requirements

Students applying to a medical school in the UK broadly have two main course choices; the A100 medicine programme or the A104 medicine with foundation year.

UCAS medicine courses

Standard entry medicine (UCAS code: A100)

Standard entry medicine is usually five years long, but can be six. It can have different abbreviations, such as MBBS or MBChB, but all result in the bachelor’s degree in medicine.

  • International Baccalaureate: 37 points including chemistry and another science subject.
  • A-level: AAA including chemistry and one other science, such as maths, physics biology or psychology.
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

Graduate entry medicine (UCAS Code: A101)

Graduate entry medicine is open to application from those who already have a bachelor’s degree. Many universities require the previous degree to be health-related, but not all. It is a four-year accelerated degree in most cases, but in some universities it is a five-year course. 

  • International Baccalaureate: 37 points.
  • A-level: AAA.
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

Medicine with a preliminary year (UCAS code: A104)

This course takes the form of either a five-year Standard Entry Medicine with an additional year at the start, making a six-year course, or sometimes the preliminary year is taken as a standalone one-year course. It is also known as Medicine with a Foundation Year, or similar.

  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points.
  • A-level: AAA.
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

Medicine with a gateway year (UCAS code: A108)

  • International Baccalaureate: 32 points.
  • A-level: BBC at A level to include Chemistry. Grade B must be achieved in a science subject.
  • IELTS: 7.5 overall, with no lower than 7.0 in any one component.

Medicine personal statement

Your personal statement is a crucial part of the application process when wishing to study in the UK and, because of the competitive nature and limited number of medical school spaces, it is vital that your medicine personal statement is of an extremely high standard. Important topics to cover include:

  • What you wish to achieve as a doctor
  • Work experience at any GP or medical institution and what you achieved
  • Your commitment to medicine and the NHS
  • Your achievements academically
  • Why you will succeed on the course
  • Hobbies and interests

Medical work experience

Work experience is valued extremely highly by medical school admission boards as it showcases the relevant skills and strength of character needed to becoming a doctor. Practical work experience also recognises a student’s ability to work independently or in a team, as well as communication skills, enthusiasm and responsibility.

Many medicine programmes require a student to have completed work experience, but if you missed out on a placement, there are still a number of medical schools which will accept your initial application.

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