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The Admissions requirements are very different from one medical course to another in the UK. The different categories of requirements are:
The MSAG Graduate Entry Medicine UK 2012-2013 guidebook includes a great deal of information on all those requirements in general but also specific for each medical program.
Approximately 50% of medical schools require applicants to have completed a degree in a scientific field to be eligible for their 4 year program, while the other half will consider applicants from any background. Which scientific degrees are accepted vary with some courses accepting any science degree but others requiring a science degree in a health related discipline. The 5 year program at the University of Dundee also requires applicants to have completed a degree in a scientific discipline, but all other 5 year programs will consider applicants with an undergraduate degree in any field.
Here is a list of the degree requirements of some medical schools in the UK. The full list can be found in the MSAG Graduate Entry Medicine 2012-2013 guidebook.
|University||Accepts any degree||Requires a science of health related degree|
|University of Birmingham||For the 5 year program, a degree in any discipline is accepted||For the 4 year program, applicants require a degree in a life science discipline|
|University of Bristol||For the 5 year and 6 year programs, any degree is accepted||For the 4 year program, applicants require a degree in a bio-medical science|
|University of Cambridge||For the 4 year and 5/6 year programs, a degree in any discipline is accepted|
|University of East Anglia||For the 5 year program, a degree in any discipline is accepted|
|University of Dundee||For the 6 year program, only applicants with a non-scientific background are eligible to apply||For the 5 year program, applicants require a degree in a scientific discipline|
|University of Glasgow||For he 5 year program, a degree in any discipline is accepted|
|University College London||For the 6 year program, applicants can apply with any degree provided they have satisfactory A-levels||For the 4 year program, applicants require a degree in a biological subject|
Most medical schools in the UK require an upper second class honours degree, with some schools like the University of Birmingham stating that the competition in recent years for their Graduate Entry Medicine course has been such that they have only considered applicants with first-class honours degrees. On the other hand, there are some programs that are open to students with lower second class honours degrees and sometimes third class honours degrees, provided they qualify based on the other selection criteria the universities use. The grade policies and selection formulas of schools are very important to consider when deciding where to apply, whether one has a first class honours degree or third class honours degree.
Two of the medical schools that do not require upper second class honours degrees are Peninsula Medical School, where students who meet the GAMSAT score each year are given an automatic interview, regardless of the grades they received in their first degree, and St. George's, University of London, which is also open to sudents with lower second class honours degrees, and students with third class honours degrees who have completed masters degrees or other higher degrees. More details on grade requirements for each of the 53 programs is available from the MSAG Graduate Entry Medicine 2012-2013 guidebook.
Medical school have higher expectations regarding work experience from graduate applicants than they do from undergraduate applicants. To be competitive, you will need to demonstrate a strong interest in healthcare and measurable steps and efforts made to learn more about what a career in medicine entails. Your work experience and motivation will show through in your personal statement and your reference letter. Apart from 3 programs, all medical schools place a significant weight on your UCAS application. We have selected below a few extracts from the medical schools that illustrate what they expect, or how they select candidates for admission. You can find the selection formulae of all the medical programs in MSAG Graduate Entry Medicine 2012-2013 guidebook.
“As a general rule, an application will not be accepted without relevant work experience. Selectors strongly recommend that candidates have explored what a career in Medicine entails and this includes some work experience....We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in School or College life, and who have also contributed in some way to the outside community.”
This medical school scores the UCAS application out of 50 points. Academics are an important part of the application, but there are 6 additional factors they look at relating to personal experience and motivation.
1 - Motivation for medicine; 2 - A realistic understanding of medicine, including hands-on experience of caring and observing healthcare in hospital and community settings; 3 - Self-motivation and responsibility; 4 - Communication skills ; 5 - Ability to work with others; 6 - Other unusual qualities or life-experience
In the MSAG Graduate Entry Medicine 2012-2013 guidebook, you will find expert advice helping you write your personal statement in an engaging and effective manner. We have compiled good advice with sample extracts of personal statements from students who have successfully gotten into medical school. Each extract is commented on to highlight the good aspects, the effective style of writing as well as the elements that can be improved, in order to help applicants evaluate their own personal statement drafts. Some of the extracts have a first version and then an improved version to help you improve your writing skills.
There are 5 medical courses open to graduate applicants that require the GAMSAT, 34 that require the UKCAT, 4 that require the BMAT and 10 that do not require an admissions exam. To view the full list of the programs that use the GAMSAT exam, the UKCAT exam, the BMAT exam or no entrance exam, click on the following link: List of medical programs for graduates
1. The GAMSAT
To learn about the basics of the GAMSAT including test structure, how medical schools use the test and costs of writing the exam, visit Introduction to the GAMSAT.
2. The UKCAT
For information about the UKCAT including test structure, scoring and how the medical schools use the examination, visit Introduction to the UKCAT.
3. The BMAT
To find out more about the BMAT, what is its structure, how is the test scored, and how do medical schools use the examination, visit Introduction to the BMAT.
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