Deciding what medical school to choose as a graduate…..

So one of the purposes of this blog was to help graduates get into Medicine. I found that there was not a lot of information about graduate medics like me so I had to go off undergraduate information adjusting for the graduate route…

The first step in the process is to decide where to go. You have 4 choices despite being a graduate and therefore only applying to medicine courses, unlike the undergraduates. So you have to choose those 4 wisely.

Firstly, do you have science A Levels? If the answer is YES then you will find that you can apply to most medical schools ( depending on grades), if your answer is NO ( or like me you have shocking results) then you will find yourself limited to what you can apply to.

I’ve compiled a list (thanks to UCAS) and the copy and paste function on my keyboard of what each university requires. I’ll write more posts on the UKCAT, personal statements and interviews.




University of Birmingham

  • Life science degree at the time of application.
  • Applicants according to the quality of their degree result, giving preference to those with a 1st class mark, but we expect also to consider those who have achieved a result at the upper end of the 2:1 range.
  • A level threshold requirements are BBB, though these grades may be raised through competition. Where the highest qualification in English or Maths is at GCSE, grade A is normally required.

Cardiff University

  • Only from recognised feeder degrees
  • 1.BMedSci Degree from the University of Bangor (B100)
    2.BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree from the University of South Wales (B901)
    3.BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology Degree School of Medicine Cardiff University (B210)
    4.BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Degree School of Biosciences Cardiff University ( BC97)
  • Selected students must graduate with a first or upper second class degree.

King’s College London, University of London

  • A levels are not considered
  • Honours-degree biomedical/life science graduates
  • Minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject.
  • 2:2 (lower second class honours) undergraduate degree with a postgraduate degree (with at least a Merit) in a Bioscience subject.
  • All applicants must take the UKCAT.

University of Liverpool

  • Achieve at least a good 2:1 Honours d
  • Minimum of BBB at A level (to include Chemistry and Biology) and a fourth independent AS subject at a minimum of grade B. Further Mathematics is not accepted as a fourth A/AS level when offered with Mathematics A level. Minimum GCSE requirements of a grade C in English and Mathematics apply.egree in a Biological, Biomedical or Health Science subject.
  • The University of Liverpool requires a GAMSAT

Newcastle University

  • A Level and GCSE results for graduate applicants will have no direct bearing on the decision to interview or offer a place. This also applies to Masters qualifications.
  • Applicants must have achieved, or expect to achieve, at least an upper second class Honours degree
  • UKCAT is required

University of Nottingham

  • 2.2 degree in any discipline.
  • Candidates must achieve a minimum score of 55 in Section 2; 55 in Section 1 or 3 and at least 50 in the remaining section in order to be invited for interview. If you have sat the GAMSAT for 2 consecutive years the highest GAMSAT score will be taken.

University of Oxford

  • There are 11 options here depending on what college you are looking at, these are the requirements for Pembroke College.
  • A*AA in three A-levels (excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies) taken in the same academic year. Candidates are required to achieve at least a grade A in both Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
  • BMAT

Queen Mary University of London

  • You must be predicted/have achieved grades of at least BB at AS/A level in two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Chemistry. Accepted science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology.
  • The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
  • Predicted/have achieved at least an upper second-class Honours degree in any subject.

University of St Andrews

  • Chemistry Higher or A level (Grade B), Mathematics Standard Grade (Credit 2) or Intermediate 2 (grade B) or National 5 (Grade B) or GCSE (Grade B) or equivalent.
  • All applicants must have a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Arts or Science.

St George’s, University of London

  • Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
  • Required A Levels TBC

Swansea University

  • In order to be eligible to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine, you must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the following (or equivalent) by 31st July of the year in which you wish to start:*either an upper second (2.1) or first class degree in any subject
    *or a merit or distinction (equivalent to 2.1 or first) in an integrated undergraduate masters degree
    *or a lower second (2.2) PLUS a Postgraduate Masters or PhD
    *GCSE Mathematics and English/Welsh at grade C or above
  • You must achieve a minimum overall GAMSAT score of 50, together with a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences) in order to be considered.

University of Warwick

  • To apply, you should have, or be predicted to gain, a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree (or overseas equivalent) in any subject. Candidates with a lower second class degree should hold either a Masters or a Doctoral qualification to be considered for entry to the MB ChB.
  • We do not consider your A-level or GCSE examination results. Please note that any pending postgraduate qualifications must be fully completed prior to the course start date, with no exceptions.

University of Cambridge

  • Applicants must have A Level Chemistry (normally passed at grade A or above within seven years of entry) and one of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics (at A or AS level).
  • At least an upper second-class honours degree in any discipline.

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