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Getting into medical school

What are the criteria for admission to medical school?

Medical schools across the UK set their own admissions criteria, which can differ, based on experience and other factors. So once you find the course and medical school that you’re interested in it is worth getting in touch with them or attending an open day.

For more information about the courses offered by medical schools and entry requirements visit the Medical Schools Council.

I have a degree already – are there any graduate entry programmes available?

Yes. Graduate entry programmes (usually four year medical courses) are offered by some UK medical schools and universities.

The graduate entry courses offered by recognised UK medical schools are approved by us. The degree awarded at the end of the course will be the same as all other primary medical qualifications leading to GMC registration and a licence to practise in the UK.

To achieve this, students will have to demonstrate they meet the same curricular outcomes, to the same standards as students completing more traditional degree courses. As the holders of a UK primary medical qualification, these doctors would have the same career prospects as other UK medical graduates.

For details of these courses and entry requirements please contact the medical schools or university directly, or see the after medical school area of the Medical Schools Council.

Does it matter what medical school I go to? Which are the best?

We don’t hold a league table of medical schools in the UK. In legal terms every primary UK qualification is equal, in that all allow graduates to apply for provisional registration with a licence to practise.

For a UK medical school to be able to issue a medical degree in the UK, they must be listed in the Medical Act 1983. The structure of courses and how they are delivered vary from school to school. Applicants wanting information about the differences between the medical courses should contact the schools directly.

Where can I get help with funding for my medical degree?

Check with the medical school you wish to apply to, as funding and support differs by school. You can find out about options for financial support from:

GOV.UK

National Union of Students

The British Medical Association Charities Office