Are you considering studying Medicine at a university in the UK?
Do you need more information about British medical schools, the application process, and how to get into them?
Then, you have come to the right place. We at The Future Medic enjoy helping students with their medical school applications, so that they can enter the universities of their dreams and begin their journey as a doctor.
We hope you find our resources helpful.
Who can apply for medical school in the UK?
Applicants from the UK and international students can apply to study Medicine at UK universities.
To get into medical school, there are eligibility criteria, which vary across each university.
You should look up the entry requirements at each university you apply to, to ensure the best chances of success for your application.
As a general rule, UK applicants for Medicine need to demonstrate that they have:
- Good GCSE grades in Maths, Science and English
- Good A Level grades in Biology and Chemistry.
- A third A Level in an arts or humanities subject (such as History or a modern language) will usually be accepted.
Which A-Level subjects won’t help you get into medical schools in the UK?
- General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies and Global Perspectives may not be accepted by all UK medical schools.
- Combinations of very similar subjects will not be accepted- e.g. Biology and Human Biology; or Maths and Further Maths.
- Two AS-Levels will not be accepted in place of one A2-Level.
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What are the entry routes to getting into medical school?
There are various routes to studying Medicine in the UK, which are:
Undergraduate Medicine marks the first phase of training to be a doctor for medical students who join straight after taking their A-Levels. The standard Medicine degree course is 5 years long.
In this 6-year programme, during the first year, students learn scientific knowledge and clinical skills needed for Medicine. They then progress onto the five-year Medicine programme. It is aimed at students who have the potential to become a doctor but don’t yet have the academic entry requirements needed.
Graduate Entry Medicine
This programme is for students who already have an undergraduate degree, and are now ready to study Medicine. It generally takes four years to complete. Some schemes are open to students from non-science backgrounds.
Transfer to Medicine
Certain UK universities allow students to transfer to Medicine if they are already studying relevant subjects such as Biological Sciences, Neuroscience or Medical Genetics.
UK students can study Medicine overseas if they wish to gain an internationally recognised qualification. There are countries in Europe which offer medical degrees that are recognised all over the European Union, such as Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
Click here to read our blog articles on ‘How to Study Medicine in Europe’ and ‘Top 3 Best Countries to Study Medicine.’
Which are the best medical schools in the UK?
The UK boasts some of the best and most prestigious medical schools in the world, which are renowned for their excellent teaching, high-quality research and for producing graduates of the finest calibre.
Every year, over 28,000 international students apply to the top medical schools in the UK, showing how in-demand UK medical degrees are.
Here is a list of the best medical schools in the UK, ranked by data from The Times Higher Education:
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- Imperial College London
- University College London
- King’s College London
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- University of Manchester
- University of Bristol
- University of Birmingham
Why study Medicine in the UK?
There are various benefits to studying Medicine in the UK. Students who graduate from medical schools in the UK are never short of job opportunities and career progression, whether they return to their home country, or stay on in the UK to practice as a doctor.
Here are several reasons why studying Medicine in the UK will lead to success and career satisfaction:
- The UK is home to some of the leading medical schools in the world, such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.
- UK medical degrees are widely recognised around the world and looked favourably on by employers. There is a huge demand all over the world for English-speaking doctors.
- Medicine is available at undergraduate level in the UK, whereas in other countries, students can only begin studying Medicine at postgraduate level.
- There is a high quality of teaching at UK medical schools. Some of the world’s most distinguished professors and lecturers teach Medicine courses across the UK.
- Medical students in the UK get lots of hands-on experience, practical learning and clinical placements- especially in NHS institutions.
- The UK attracts some of the finest academic researchers in the world. Many universities offer excellent research opportunities, so students can go on to complete post-doctoral training and become researchers or medical lecturers.
Click here to read our blog article on ‘Why Study Medicine? A Beginners Guide to a Career in Medicine’.
What skills are needed to get into medical school?
Medical schools only have a limited number of places on their courses, so they can only select a small handful of applicants with every intake. That is why medical school recruiters and interviewers have a tough admissions process, as they want to select the very best candidates to take on the programmes.
The core skills that candidates need to enter medical school are:
- Excellent communication skills – to show that you can adequately interact with patients, provide them with good care, and work well in a team with colleagues.
- Academic competence – you will spend a lot of time studying, so you should be an excellent student, who is not thrown by the number of exams and assignments.
- A strong interest in the human body – to show that Medicine is the right pathway for you, as opposed to dentistry or any other scientific subject.
- Genuine ambition to become a doctor – you must justify your passion to become a doctor and illustrate the steps you are already taking to get there.
- Conscientiousness – to show that you can take responsibility for your own actions and do your job well.
- Empathy – to display your level of understanding of the large diversity of circumstances that befall your patients. A lack of empathy will cause a person to not treat patients with the level of care they deserve.
- Leadership – to show that you can set goals, delegate effectively, and help others develop their skills.
- Managing risk and solving problems – to show that you are level-headed when problems arise and you know how to deal with them effectively.
- Flexibility – to show that you can adapt to the pressures and challenges of working as a doctor.
How do you prepare for a medical school interview?
Attending an interview for medical school can be a daunting process for students. It is not easy to convince a university admissions team that you belong on their Medicine course.
That is why we at The Future Medic enjoy sharing our secrets to successfully nail a medical school interview.
Remember the following tips and tricks:
- Explain your motivation to study Medicine, as opposed to dentistry, nursing, midwifery, veterinary sciences, or any other scientific subject.
- Justify your passion for Medicine.
- Pick out aspects of the Medicine programme that appeal to you and explain why they excite you.
- Illustrate your desire to treat patients and care for them when they are at their most vulnerable.
- Demonstrate your relevant work experience and outline how they have helped stimulate your desire to become a doctor.
- Show that you understand the challenges and pressures of being a doctor.
- Outline how you are expanding your knowledge of the medical and healthcare industry, e.g. by doing wider reading.
- Be prepared to answer questions on your views about different medical issues, such as euthanasia or prescription cannabis.
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Where can I get help with my medical school interview?
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About The Future Medic
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