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

To apply to study Medicine in the UK students will need approximately 85% in Biology and Chemistry at high school. 

Typically a medicine course is five or six years long. Sometimes called an MBBS or MBChB, they all result in a 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.
  • Ontario high school diploma: 85% minimum in Biology and Chemistry and an average above 85% in 6 Grade 12 subjects 

Graduate entry medicine (UCAS Code: A101)

Graduate entry medicine is open to 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 some cases, but in most universities students will need to do a 5 year course as an international student.

Medicine personal statement

The 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 the 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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