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Choosing a UK Medical School

How to choose the right medical school

Deciding which UK medical school to apply to can be a difficult decision for an international student. Factors such as course type, ranking, reputation, location, and cost all need to be considered.

Choosing a medical school: Course type

- Traditional

For the first two years, traditional courses are taught through lectures, seminars, and tutorials before students move into practical and clinical work for the following three years. For pre-clinical study, teaching covers areas such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, and each block is taught as a separate course. The clinical stage will see students work at hospitals as student doctors.

- Integrated

An integrated medical degree typically refers to a course that combines undergraduate and graduate medical education into a single course. This means that students enter the course directly and complete both their undergraduate degree and medical training within the same program, typically over five to six years. The General Medical Council recommends this type of course.

- Problem Based

Problem-based learning courses are unique, and fewer UK medical schools offer them. Small groups of no more than ten students are presented with a problem and a virtual patient as the case study. A facilitator will then guide the group and have to present their hypothesis at a later date.

Choosing a medical school: Competitive entry

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the world for securing a place, and according to UCAS, there were over 25,000 applicants for 2023 entry, with only 7,600 places available. Looking into each programme and medical school is of huge importance when selecting the right place to study, and some schools are less competitive than others.

Faultless academic records are required, while experience is highly regarded by the applications board. If your grades fall short of the medicine entry requirements, many medical schools provide foundation programmes if they believe you have the ability to succeed.

List of Medical Schools in the UK

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If you need help choosing the right UK medical school, arrange your free consultation at SI-UK online or in-person today.

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