Swansea University Medical School offers a 4-year programme exclusively for graduate applicants. The course itself is split into two phases: Phase 1 (years one and two) and Phase 2 (years three and four). The curriculum is taught in an integrated fashion and mainly delivered through 96 clinical cases. Instead of being structured in body ‘systems’, clinical cases and other teaching are based on 6 key themes which last throughout the whole course.
The key themes are:
During Phase 1, students spend most of their time (65 weeks) on ‘learning weeks’ where learning is delivered through cases. They also spend time in a community setting with one day every third week in General Practice.
Students spend the majority of their time on clinical placement in Phase 2, gaining experience in a variety of medical and surgical specialties, as well as specialty attachments such as Child Health and Psychiatry. However, there is still some element of case-based learning through ‘Case of the Week’ topics. Electives are undertaken during the third year of the course and students often spend these abroad.
Overall, students gain a lot of clinical experience:
The medical school also has a Rural and Remote Health in Medical Education (RRHIME) scheme which aims to increase awareness about working in rural and remote areas. Students who choose to pursue this are able to gain experience in rural areas – for example undertaking rural General Practice attachments or secondary care placements in Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest. Students also take their third-year elective in a rural and remote area, usually overseas. Students can join the RRHIME programme in first-year (though some can join in year two) by submitting a reflective application on why they would like to get involved. Those who show commitment to working in rural and remote healthcare environments after graduating will be given preference.
Swansea also runs a Pathways to Medicine scheme where Swansea graduates from the following courses are guaranteed an interview for the Graduate Entry Medicine programme, provided the minimum entry requirements are met:
Applicants are expected to be predicted or have achieved:
There are no minimum A-level requirements for this course.GCSEs
Applicants are expected to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics AND English or Welsh or its equivalent.IB Eligibility
The medical school does not take results in these into consideration. Applicants are expected to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics AND English or Welsh (or equivalent).Admissions Exam
Applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT Exam, and are required to achieve the minimum threshold for their application to be considered:
The GAMSAT score will be used to determine whether the candidate will be offered an interview and depending on the results of the applicants applying, the score required to reach interview stage may be more than the minimum score for consideration.Access to Medicine courses
Access to Medicine courses are not accepted.BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma The medical school does not take results in these into consideration. Applicants are expected to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics AND English or Welsh or equivalent. International Students
There are currently 5 places available for international students.
International applicants are required to be predicted or have achieved the equivalent of:
If applicants hold multiple degrees, it will be the most recent score which will be taken.
International applicants are also expected to sit the GAMSAT where they must achieve a minimum score of 59 (note that this is a higher minimum threshold than that required of UK/EU students) overall AND a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences). Once receiving their GAMSAT results, applicants must forward it to the medical school.
If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email ([email protected]) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at Swansea.Policy on Re-applicants
The university accepts re-applicants.Policy on Deferrals
The medical school does not accept deferred applications.
For 2017 entry, applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry are open from 1st September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017 for home applicants. Interviews are held in January 2018.
International applicants apply in May 2018 and have interviews in June 2018.
A candidate’s academic achievements, GAMSAT score, and performance at the selection centre will be taken into account during the selection process.
First applicants are screened to ensure they meet the minimum academic requirements. Those who do, are then ranked based on their GAMSAT scores. The candidates with the highest scores are offered a place at the selection centre which runs interviews in January for UK/EU applicants (June for international applicants).
The cut-off GAMSAT score varies each year depending on the quality and quantity of applications. However, it is usually around 58.
The interviews aim to assess candidates in the following domains:
At the selection centre, candidates will first undergo a 30-minute written assessment, followed by a tour of the university. The written assessment will not test an applicant’s academic skills but will determine if applicants’ personal and academic qualities are suitable for a medical career.
Following the tour, candidates will then have two further interviews which are 20 minutes each. These interviews will be conducted by two trained interviewers, chosen from a group of doctors, academics, students and members of the public. During these interviews, the personal statement will be discussed.
Following the interviews, the overall performance of each candidate will be taken into account. Those who score the highest will be given an offer – usually in March for UK/EU students.
In 2016, there were 967 Home/EU applications of which 251 were invited for an interview. 101 offers were made for 72 places.
There were 18 overseas applicants of which 5 were interviewed and 4 were offered places.
In the Guardian University Guide 2018, Medicine at Swansea University ranks 9th.
In the Complete University Guide 2018, Medicine at Swansea University ranks 3rd.
In the QS World Rankings 2017, Swansea University is within the top 450-401st universities for Medicine.