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. Once you find the course and medical school you’re interested you should get in touch with them or attend an open day.

For more information about courses 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.

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

Students have to demonstrate they meet the same curricular outcomes to the same standards as students completing more traditional medical degrees. As the holders of a UK medical degree, these doctors have the same career prospects as other UK medical graduates.

For details of courses and entry requirements please contact the medical schools directly or the Medical Schools Council – after medical school.

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 UK medical degree is equal and allows 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. For more information about the differences between courses 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: