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Studying medicine is about more than getting an MBBS degree and becoming a doctor. Medicine

is a vocation and a way of life. It is about putting the patient first and caring for others.

In UK to train as a doctor, the first stage is to take a degree at medical school. Depending on the university or course, you will be awarded an MB, BMBS, MB ChB, MB BS or similar, but they are generally called ‘first MB’.

Studying medicine in UK is one of the best options in the world for accept international students with high grades and well-motivated. The admission to medical schools in UK is very competitive and student advise to make application well in advance .  

There are various types of  courses:

  • standard, five-year programmes
  • programmes that include a foundation year ( usually 6 years)
  • courses for graduates eg four-year accelerated programmes
  • overseas programmes ( 5 or 6 years )

All the available bachelor medicines program can be found through course finder of NHS or below listed university list .

 Application Deadline : 15th October 2017 for Sept 2018 intake . This deadline is for all applicants – home, EU and international.

Standard, five-year programmes

 Entry Requirements :  Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the UK and demands very high level of grades. 3 As at A-level, including chemistry or biology, an IB of 38 or IELTS score of 7.0 is the academic standard required for undergraduate Medicine.

Medical School council Website is another resource to see exact grades requirement for individual schools .

Other admissions requirements are as below  

 Further following skills are need to be proven that

  • You have the capacity to learn and retain lots of information
  • You have a genuine understanding of, interest in and commitment to medicine
  • You have the necessary analytical and reasoning skills, the ability to think quickly and have an enquiring mind
  • You have excellent people skills
  • You have other skills such as time management and leadership skills
  • You are a well-rounded person (eg by having some non-academic interests)

Below is the list of universities those offers standard medical program in the UK.

 Aberdeen (University of), School of Medicine

Medicine (5 years)

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary's, University of London

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years)

Birmingham (University of), School of Medicine

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate Entry (4 years)

 Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Medicine (5 years)

 Bristol (University of), Faculty of Medicine

Medicine, Gateway to Medicine (6 years)

Medicine, Standard entry (5 years)

Cambridge (University of), School of Clinical Medicine

Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine (4 years)

Medicine (6 years)

 Cardiff University, School of Medicine

Medicine, first year entry (5 years)

Medicine, Foundation course (6 years)

Exeter (University of) Medical School

Medicine (5 years)

Dundee (University of), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Pre-medical year (6 years)

Durham (University of), School of Medicine and Health

Medicine, Phase I Stockton Campus (2 years), Phase II University of Newcastle (3 years)

Edinburgh (The University of), College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Medicine (5 years)

Glasgow (University of), College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Medicine (5 years)

Hull York Medical School

Medicine (5 years)

Imperial College School of Medicine, London

Medicine (6 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years) 

Keele University, School of Medicine

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years)

Medicine with Health Foundation Year (6 years) 

King's College London School of Medicine (at Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospital)

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme (4 years)

Extended Medical Degree Programme (6 years) 

Lancaster University, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Medicine (5 years) 

Leeds (University of), School of Medicine

Medicine (5 years) 

Leicester (University of), Leicester Medical School

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years) 

Liverpool (University of), Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years) 

Manchester (University of), Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, including foundation year (6 years) 

Newcastle University Medical School

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years)

Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine with a foundation year (1 year + 5 years) 

Nottingham (The University of), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years) 

Oxford (University of), Medical Sciences Division

Medicine (6 years)

Medicine, Fast-track, Graduate entry only (4 years) 

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine (5 years) 

Queen's University Belfast, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Medicine (5 years) 

Sheffield (The University of), School of Medicine

Medicine, Foundation year (6 years)

Medicine, Phase One (5 years) 

Southampton (University of), School of Medicine

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years)

Medicine - Widening access (6 years) including Foundation year 

St Andrews (University of), Faculty of Medical Sciences

Medicine (6 years – 3 years BSc, 3 years MBChB)

International Foundation Programme for Medicine (1 year, +3 years BSc, +3 years MBChB) 

St George's, University of London

Medicine (5 years)

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years)

Foundation for Medicine (1 year) 

Swansea University, School of Medicine

Medicine (4 years) 

University College London, University College Medical School

Medicine (6 years) 

University of Central Lancashire

Medicines (5 Years)

Foundation - 1 Year

University of Warwick (University of), Warwick Medical School

Medicine, Graduate entry (4 years)

Foundation Program in Medicines  or Medicine with a Preliminary Year :- 

Foundation courses in UK are for home/International student 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. 

These courses take the form of either a five-year standard entry medicine course 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.

 Foundation courses programs in UK are one-year courses, and students who pass foundation  exams with at least 70%,  can get into the 5 or 6-year Medicine degree.

Students with at least 65% can progress onto their 3-year Biomedical Science degree. Those students with very good results into Bachelor of Biomedical science can apply for 4 years accelerated medical study (MBBS).

Bradford (University of), School of Life Sciences (in partnership with Leeds (University of), School of Medicine)

Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine 

Cardiff University, School of Medicine

Medicine with a Preliminary Year 

Dundee (University of), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

Premedical Year for Non-science background

Widening Access Premedical Option 

Durham (University of), Queens Campus, Stockton, Phase 1 Medicine

Durham Foundation Programme

The Gateway to Medicine Programme 

Keele University

Health Foundation Year for Medicine

King's College London, University of London

Extended Medical Degree Programme 

Liverpool (University of), Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Year 0) Programme 

Manchester (University of), Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences

Medicine (6 years including foundation year) 

Norwich Medical School (UEA)

Medicine with a Foundation Year 

Nottingham (University of), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Medicine with a Foundation Year MBBS 

Sheffield (The University of), School of Medicine

Medicine with a Foundation Year 

Southampton (University of), School of Medicine

BM Medicine & BMedSc (BM6, widening access) 

St Andrews (University of), Centre for International Foundation Programmes

International Foundation Programme for Medicine

St George's, University of London

International Foundation in Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences

University of Central Lancashire

Medicines Undergraduate Foundation Program

Courses for graduates eg four-year accelerated programmes 

There are following routes for graduates to get admission in medical school. 

  • apply for four-year 'accelerated' Graduate Entry Programmes (GEPs), available at some medical schools.
  • apply for standard, five-year programmes. This would give you more choice as not all medical schools offer four-year courses 

Entry Requirements :

As a graduate entrant, most medical schools expect you to have at least a 2:1 degree, but if you have a postgraduate qualification, this might be less important. There may also be GCSE and AS/A level (or equivalent) requirements. 

Normally your degree should be in a science subject, but some courses accept non-science subjects. If you don’t have the necessary degree grade or subject, you could consider taking an Access to Medicine programme before applying. 

Below is a list of all UK medical schools currently offering accelerated four-year graduate entry courses in medicine. 

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary's, University of London 

Birmingham (University of), School of Medicine 

Bristol (University of), Faculty of Medicine 

Cambridge (University of), School of Clinical Medicine 

Imperial College School of Medicine, London 

King's College London School of Medicine 

Liverpool (University of), Faculty of Health and Life Sciences 

Newcastle University Medical School 

Nottingham (The University of), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 

Oxford (University of), Medical Sciences Division 

Southampton (University of), School of Medicine 

St George's, University of London 

Swansea University, School of medicine 

Warwick (University of), Warwick Medical School

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