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Becoming a doctor

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Applying to medical school is a fiercely competitive process. The main reason why students fail is because of a lack of guidance with the application. Medic Mentor offers a fantastic support network of doctors and medical students that provide detailed careers guidance to ensure that you achieve your goal of getting into medical school without compromising on your own well-being and mental health. We help students to work smart, not hard, by providing them with a range of resources that save them time, help them to stand-out, and ensure they are making the best decisions. Applying to medical school should be fun and exciting – not stressful!
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To become a doctor, you need to have a medical degree.  A standard medical degree takes 5 years. This is for students who apply successfully straight out of secondary school or college.  Some students do an undergraduate degree first (this can be in anything) and then go on to study a post-graduate medical degree which may only take 4 years.  Most new medical graduates also decide to intercalate (do an extra degree in the middle of their medical degree) which adds another year.  So you could spend a minimum of 5 years getting your medical degree at university or a maximum of 8 years (if you choose to do a 3 year undergraduate degree and then a 5-year medical degree as a post-graduate).  Most students, on average, spend 6 years at university.

Once you graduate from medical school, you can start working and earning as a junior doctor.  You are a qualified doctor at this point.  However, in order to become a Consultant (an expert) in a medical field, this will take longer.  The length of time depends on which career specialty you decide on.  All doctors have to spend 2 years rotating around various specialties first.  This is refered to as the Foundation Training Programme.  Following this, you can decide to become a GP (which usually takes 3 years), a surgeon (which takes 6-12 years) or a hospital physician (can take 5-9 years).  Many doctors take breaks during their training to start a family or do an extra degree or PhD.  This will extend the time it takes to become a Consultant.  However, it is important to note that there is no race to become a Consultant as quickly as possible. You will be working as a doctor from the moment you graduate, which will provide you with a stable income.  A medical career, is something that you can enjoy and explore as you take your time learning and developing during your training.  This is why it is an excellent career for people who want to be lifelong learners, because it is ever-evolving and you will never learn everything that there is to know!

The best place to start is by attending the ‘Get into Medicine’ conferences!

Many people believe that doctors go to the hospital, see sick patients and come home.  Although, treating patients is at the core of everything that we do, we acheive this in a variety of ways.

Caring for sick patients

For example, doctors who work in hospitals will be conducting ward rounds, which involve taking clinical histories, examining patients, requesting tests and diagnosing patients.  We also review medications and do our best to ensure that patients are making informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.  Ward rounds are fantastic for ‘in-patients’ (patients who have been admitted to hospital), because it allows doctors to monitor their progress whilst they are very unwell.  Eventually, as patients get better they are often ‘discharged’ (sent home from hospital) back into their community, where their GPs will take care of them.  Sometimes, a hospital doctor will ask to see them again in hospital at a ‘clinic’ for ‘out-patients’ (these are patients who have been sent home from the hospital).  GPs also have the opportunity to conduct ‘home-visits’, for patients who struggle to come to the GP surgery for an appointment.  This also gives the GP a chance to see what the patient’s home enviroment is like, because it might give them clues which help with the diagnosis.

Working as a Team  

All doctors require the assistance of a variety of healthcare professionals to care for patients. Therefore, excellent team-work skills are needed, to ensure that we can work together to deliver the best care for our patients.

Leadership Skills

As well as being a team player, doctors must be excellent leaders.  They are often responsible for the overall medical management of a patient, and have to effectively co-ordinate a team of healthcare professionals to provide good care.  For example, a surgeon will be responsible for leading a surgical team during a procedure.  You will have doctors in managerial roles too such as the Chief Medical Officer in a hospital or a GP Partner who is involved in running a GP practice.

Research

Doctors are also scientists and research is what drives innovation and opportunities to improve our care and treatment for patients.  All doctors are required to have excellent research skills and undertake research projects throughout their careers.  Doctors may go on to present their work at local or international conferences, in order to educate colleagues and learn from others.

Teaching

The word Doctor is a latin word which means teacher.  Teaching is absolutely essential in medicine because we are constantly teaching throughout the day.  For example, we teach and educate our patients about their conditions, we teach junior colleagues and medical students, and we also teach one another through research and publications.

Practical Skills

All doctors must have the ability to perform clinical skills.  These can range from simple things like taking blood pressure to complex surgical procedures.  Depending on what sort of doctor you are, will define how much hands-on practical work you will undertake.  So you need to have the manual dexterity to perform these tasks effectively.

Travel

Doctors do engage in international work too.  Many doctors often volunteer abroad for a short time or travel around the world to attend conferences and present their research.  This is a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn about health systems in different countries.  You can do this as part of a 6-8 week ‘elective’ placement as part of your medical degree.  This is an opportunity for medical students to arrange their own clinical placements anywhere in the world and start building their international network of contacts.

Again, the best place to learn more about what doctors do and to speak to doctors, is by attending the ‘Get into Medicine’ conferences!

Yes.  Applying to medical school is fiercely competitive and on average there are 10 applications per place. This gives you a 1 in 10 or 10% chance of obtaining an offer from that particular institution. However, this does vary significantly and often not in the way that most people think. Ultimately, if you do want to become a doctor, and you are prepared to put in the hard work and you have access to the best advice, then you have a very good chance of getting into medical school.  Over 80% of our summer school students get an offer every year, so it is very possible to come out with multiple offers from medical schools. The hardest part of becoming a doctor is getting into medical school. The UK is in urgent need of doctors, so it is not difficult to get a job as a doctor and work in the UK, it is just difficult to get into medical school.

If you would like to get some help with this, get in touch by ringing 01530 417 299 or emailing admin@medicmentor.org

The important thing is to ensure that you are doing things that you geneuinely enjoy and not because everyone else is doing it.  Examples of this include the Duke of Edinburgh Award or EPQs.  So many students do these, so how does it help you to stand out?

The key is to undertake extra-curricular activities that you enjoy (and help you to de-stress) as well as trying to keep them as medically-relevant as possible.  For example, if you do decide to do an EPQ, then pick a medical subject to research.

You should also be trying to prove to admissions tutors that you have what it takes to be an amazing medical student and future doctor.  So make this easy for them by doing things that doctors do.  Aim to have evidence of the following:

  1. Leadership
  2. Teaching
  3. Presenting
  4. Team-work
  5. Communication
  6. Evidence of Prizes, Awards and Grants
  7. Publications
  8. Community involvement (such as volunteering or work-experience)

How Can Medic Mentor Help with this?

We have a huge range of CV boosting opportunities that tick all of these criteria.  We run a Medical Awards Programme, Leadership Programme, and give students an opportunity to present and volunteer at medical conferences, conduct research and publish in the Mentor Magazine (which is a national publication).  We also run national medical essay competitions and leadership prizes that students can apply for.  These are only available for Medic Mentor students, and in order to become a Medic Mentor student, you must attend a Get Into Medicine Conference or be enrolled onto the Medical Awards Programme.  With so many opportunities, it is no wonder that Medic Mentor students are successful with their applications to medical school.

You can enrol onto the Awards Programme here:

Yes and no.  You will be studying at university for (sometimes) double the length of time as other BSc students.  This can be expensive because that’s an extra 2-3 years where you are not earning, and instead, paying your tuition fees and living expenses. When you add up your tuition fees and living expenses it costs roughly £100,000 to study medicine at university.  However, bear in mind that the government also invests roughly £100,000 training each doctor.  Although this sounds like a lot, if you consider that the average wage of a GP working in the UK is roughly £114,000 per year, by comparison it is a worthwhile investment.

You are not expected to pay this upfront.  There are tuition fee and maintanance loans available from student finance to help you with this.  The NHS also provides a bursary to help you with your living expenses for your 5th year of study onwards.  There is also an NHS grant to cover the cost of your tuition fees from the 5th year onwards too.  These are grants that you do not have to repay.  So in terms of the tution fees, you would effectively be getting a 5 or 6 year degree for the price of 4, which is not bad.  Only doctors and dentists currently have access to this type of scheme, which is amazing.

There are also scholarships, prizes, awards and grants that are offerred by Royal Colleges and medical organisations, that savvy medical students can access.  For example, Medic Mentor offer students the opportunity to be awarded a £12,000 scholarship to study at medical school.  This is linked to the Medicine Awards Programme.

How much does it cost to apply to medical school?

There are some unavoidable costs such as your UCAS application fee (£25) and UCAT or BMAT exams (usually £55-80).  The rest will depend on how much additional support you want.  There are some students who want to do the research themselves and apply to medical school, and then there are others who want as much advice and guidance as possible.  Investing in your medical application can really range from doing nothing, or attending 1 or 2 courses right the way through to paying for expensive residential summer schools which can cost over £5000.  Is it worth it?  Well, only you can decide this.  Is it worth spending a few thousand pounds to ensure that you have the best chance of applying to a medical degree that is going to cost you £100,000?  We think that investing in your education is always a good thing, and as doctors we continue to do this when we graduate, but only if the courses that you attend are actually any good.  The best thing to do is some research, read testimonials and (very importantly) look at their success rates.  If you are considering paying for a course, ask yourself, ‘is this going to get me into medical school or give me a better chance of applying?’ The best way to decide this is to look at the course programme and decide if it is worth attending.  You want to look for things which are very UCAS-specific, because ultimately, it is your UCAS application that is going to get you in.

Medic Mentor offers a range of programmes from a 1 day ‘Get into Medicine’ Conference for beginners to a 6-day UCAS Residential Summer School for serious applicants.  Students can make their own choices about how much support that they feel they need.

Is there any help with costs?

If you are from a low-income background there are a huge range of Widening Access Programmes that are run by medical schools.  We strongly encourage you to apply and access these.  We also provide funding for students to access Medic Mentor programmes too.  Please visit the funding page for more details on this.

To get into medical school you need to apply through UCAS.  Medical schools will judge your application alongside other applicants based on your UCAS application which includes:

1. Your grades

2. Some additional qualifications such as music grades, EPQ

3. Part-time Jobs

4. Summer School that you have attended

5. Your personal statement

6. Teacher Reference

7. Your prediced Grades

In addition to your UCAS application form, you will be expected to sit an entrance exam, the UCAT/BMAT or both.  You will also be invited to attend an interview.  A handful of medical schools also have additional forms that they will invite you to complete after you have submitted your UCAS application.  These are medical school specific and ask for you to provide more information on your extra-curricular, work-experience and volunteerinf activities and evidence of these.  Based on your performance in all of these tasks, you will or will not be given a medical school offer.  Given the number of applications to medical school, most applications are rejected.

You UCAS application has to be submitted by 5pm on the 15th October each year.

You can only apply to 4 medical schools.  You cannot apply to both Oxford and Cambridge medical schools, it has to be one or the other.

If you attend the ‘Get into Medicine’ conferences you will gain in-depth knowledge of the application process and how to make a successful application.

It is not compulsory for students to get clinical observational work-experience shadowing doctors and heathcare professionals.  Medical schools know that this is very challenging and that there are limited opportunities to do this.  They are very keen on students obtaining volunteering experience.

You can apply for work-experience at any of the following places:

1. hospitals

2. GP surgeries

3. Hospices

4. Pharmacies (shadowing a pharmacist is still useful)

5. Walk-in clinics

6. Community Hospitals

7. Private Hospitals (this can be very challenging).

You must not pay for work-experience and be aware that medical schools will not accept work placements abroad, unless you are an international student.  This is detailed in their info-sheet on work experience placements, that states the following:

‘Medical schools do not generally support or encourage overseas clinical work experience. They want you to have an understanding of the UK health service, either by undertaking clinical work experience or by talking to UK doctors or other health professionals.’

You can undertake volunteering placements by contacting:

1. The hospital volunteering department

2. Nursing or residential homes

3. Nurseries or schools with students who have additional needs

4. Charities (especially health or medicine related)

5. Clubs or societies like St John’s Ambulance

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to develop your skills to become a doctor, compared with work-experience where you are observing how to be a doctor.  This is why volunteering has a greater emphasis in the application compared with work-experience.  If you are able to get work-experience too that is great, but remember, that you don’t get extra points for doing the work experience. Instead, you will get points for how you have actually reflected on it in your personal statement, and how well you answer your interview questions.

We teach students how to effectively apply for work and volunteering experience at the ‘Get into Medicine’ conferences!

There are over 40 medical schools that you can choose from.  Selecting your 4 medical schools tactically is a skill in itself.  Becoming a medical student is a wonderful experience.  Although it is very challenging academically, it is also a great place to make lifelong friends and experiences new things.  As a medical student you will be expected to:

  • attend lectures and problem-based learning (PBL) learning sessions
  • undertake anatomy dissection at some medical schools
  • participate in clinical placements
  • sit written exams, complete coursework and do practical exams
  • complete research projects that could be lab-based, clinical, or a literature review
  • go on elective (usually an international placement)
  • consider intercalating (most medical students do this)
  • participate in clubs and societies (the medical societies tend to be the biggest in each university because the medical student cohorts are so big)
  • present at conferences
  • win prizes
  • meet inspirational people
  • have an amazing social life too

It is always a challenge to juggle all of these things, whilst developing your independence.  However, most doctors will agree that the years spent at medical school are often where their best memories come from too.

You can access our Medical School Directory to find details about individual medical schools.

You can also learn how to tactically select your medical school by attending  the ‘Get into Medicine’ conferences!

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In order to become a doctor you must attend medical school and get your medical degree. Our medical student scholars and doctors have worked collectively to bring you a detailed list of all of the medical courses that are available to you in the UK. Click on the University and course from the list below for more information. We do our best to keep these pages as accurate as possible, but course and application requirements are subject to change so we always recommend that you contact the university too before applying.

Under each University Heading click ‘Learn More’ in the description to be taken to the dedicated medical school’s web, where you can find detailed information on the course structure, application information and student perspectives.

Considered to be the first medical school in Scotland, founded in 1495, the Aberdeen Medical School includes its very own anatomy museum. The medical curriculum was revised significantly in 2009 and now offers a fresh, innovative approach to studying with high-class facilities and choice of study throughout the programme. The university is set close to the seaside, with neighboring mountains so your extracurricular time can be spent in a multifold of ways!  The medical school has an impressive list of famous alumni, including Sir Graeme Catto, GMC president between 2002 – 2009, John James Richard Macleod, one of the discoverers of Insulin and Nobel Prize winner, and Surgeon Major Peter Shepherd, the pioneer of First Aid, delivered to the general public.  The MedSoc is the oldest society within the student union, with over 600 members currently, for peer support and a calendar of social events to meet other medical students.

View Aberdeen Medical School Website

Medicine is a new course taught in Chelmsford; the first cohort started in 2018. It is Essexs first school of medicine. A new £20million faculty built specifically for medicine contains specialist simulation rooms including a hospital ward and a state-of-the-art anatomy suite.  Anglia Ruskin already has an impressive 25-year history as the largest provider of nursing, midwifery and allied health trusts, helping the university form an impressive placements network prior to the medical school opening.  The university works with 5 NHS trust hospitals, a large mental health trust and over 60 GP surgeries extending over both rural and urban areas, student placements can be at St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, and Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.  After opening in 2018, Professor Tony Young – Consultant Urologist and the universities Director of Medical Innovation was awarded an OBE in January 2019 for services to clinical leadership.


View Anglia Ruskin University Website

Aston is a brand-new medical school that opened in 2018, set in the inner city of Birmingham. It was originally based on an independent private model: predominantly for international students with a small number of spaces for widening access students from the local area. Government funding in 2018 has allowed spaces for home/UK students (100 places were given during 2019 where 40% of those were given to widening access students). Aston University is an established university, having received Royal Chartership by the Queen in 1966.  Today, the university is home in a 60-acre campus in the heart of a vibrant city with excellent local and national transport links.  Grand Central Train Station is a short five-minute walk from campus.

View Aston University Website

Barts and the London Medical School is situated in East London. It has 3 main sites; Charterhouse Square in Barbican, Whitechapel and Mile End. The history of the medical school goes far back; St Bartholomew’s Hospital opened in 1123 and The London Hospital Medical College is the oldest and first medical school in England and Wales and opened in 1785. In 1995, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and The London Hospital Medical College merged with Queen Mary University.
 

View Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry Website

The Birmingham medical school is one of the largest and oldest medical schools in the UK, set in the beautiful town and greenery of Edgbaston; it is a campus university which embraces diversity and welcomes a student population of 30,000. The medical school is innovative and contemporary, designed with students in mind and the school is situated next to the state of the art Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which opened its doors in 2010, hence equipped and designed for twenty first century medicine.

View University of Birmingham College of Medicine & Dental Sciences Website

A medical school formed in 1997 through the partnership of the Universities of Brighton and Sussex; the medical degree is awarded jointly by the two universities.  Brighton and Sussex offers a dynamic curriculum with a small cohort and high-quality teaching and facilities. The curriculum provides a multi-disciplinary approach to learning medicine and produces doctors adept to 21st century medicine.

View University of Brighton & Sussex Medical School Website

Bristol is a renowned and well-established medical school, offering excellent teaching. The medical school is contemporary and modern and provides a diverse array of learning opportunities. The city of Bristol is a hub for music and arts and is not too far from the coast; it is very popular with the student population.
View University of Bristol Medical School Website

Buckingham was the first independent not-for-profit medical school in the UK and is open to UK and international students. The first cohort started in 2015. The medical school received GMC accreditation in 2019. The 4.5 year programme is specially designed to train doctors for the demands of 21st century medicine. You can apply directly through the website, or through UCAS (currently UCAS can be slightly difficult as it has different deadlines to the medical school due to the January start date). You are eligible to apply for Student Finance; however, it is capped at £6,100 and the rest is self-funded (please check with Student Finance for any changes to this).

View University of Buckingham Medical School Website

Cambridge is a world leading scientific institute represented by its rank as the third best medical school in the world in 2020. Cambridge offers outstanding teaching in the beautiful setting of the cobbled streets and historic architecture of the city. With top-class research facilities, its teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is located within the city and is where the clinical years of the medical degree are taught.  The course at Cambridge is academically rigorous and provides a strong foundation of the science behind medicine in a fun yet demanding environment.

View University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Website

Cardiff is the oldest of the two medical schools in Wales dating back to 1893. The Cardiff medical school takes a large cohort and implements a case-based learning curriculum. The school is contemporary, focusing on international collaborations, whilst attaining a community approach with early clinical exposure as early as year 1. Its vast variety of teaching equipment and new C21 course allow students to learn in various stimulating environments such that they can provide the best quality of care to patients in the future.

View Cardiff University School of Medicine Website

Dundee medical school opened 50 years ago but has become popular with students very quickly, given its innovative and patient-centred approach to studying medicine. Dundee medical school is relatively small and is set alongside a modern clinical teaching hospital and the focus throughout is on the provision of high-quality teaching and producing excellent graduates.

View University of Dundee School of Medicine Website

Edge Hill Medical School is very new with the first intake planned for 2020. It also offers a Foundation Year: the first intake is planned for 2019. There is a new £14m building for health and social care students which includes clinical skills facilities and simulation suites. It is one of three free-standing medical schools.

View Edge Hill University Medical School  Website

Edinburgh medical school was established in 1726, but medicine was taught in Edinburgh long before this formal establishment, with the Barber surgeons! As one of the first English speaking medical schools, the school arose out of the Scottish enlightenment’ period. With excellent teaching, Edinburgh is a highly regarded medical school, set in a city of culture and arts that is vibrant and historic.

View University of Edinburgh Medical School Website

Set in beautiful, tranquil Exeter, the campus university is green and idyllic. Exeter was previously called Peninsula medical school and was joined with Plymouth but both medical schools are now separate schools. The medical school has clinical placements across Cornwall, giving students a far-reaching scope of experience.

View University of Exeter Medical School Website

Glasgow is an evolving city and the medical school is one of the largest in Europe. The medical school has an impressive history dating back to the 17th century and being renowned for Joseph Lister and William Hunter to name a few! A purpose-built medical school was opened in 2002.

View University of Glasgow School of Medicine Website

Hull York Medical School opened in 2003 and consists of a unique partnership between the University of York and University of Hull. Hull York medical school has quickly gained its reputation for innovative teaching. 

View Hull York Medical School Website

Imperial College Medical School was established in the nineties and today reflects a world-class institute with campuses based across North and West London; medicine is taught at six campuses around London. It is one of the largest medical schools and is internationally renowned for its programme, which has a distinct research focus. Set in the hub of London, there is an array of culture, diversity and social life.

View Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine Website

Keele University is campus-based and set in the beautiful heart of Staffordshire. Having Britain’s largest campus, Keele remains a popular choice with students given the universities’ scenic setting and the innovative teaching curriculum that is based upon student feedback. Their consistently high student satisfaction rating, alongside a course that incorporates various different teaching styles makes it an attractive place to study medicine.  

View Keel University School of Medicine Website

A joint course offered by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. The first cohort will be starting in 2020. Both universities are based in Canterbury, with the University of Kent based on the outskirts and in parkland, and Canterbury Christ Church University based in the city centre. The programme is based on Brighton and Sussex Medical Schools integrated curriculum.

View Kent & Medway Medical School Website

Kings College London is a renowned university set in the center of London on a beautiful campus and is one of the largest medical schools. An integral component of the Kings medical curriculum is interprofessional learning and teaching. Kings offers a variety of elective opportunities with partner institutions across the world. Medicine is based at Guys and Waterloo Campus.

View King’s College London GKT School of Medicine Education Website

Lancaster medical school is not only one of the newest medical schools to establish, but also one of has one of the smallest intakes. There is a brand-new Faculty of Health and Medicine, which provides modern facilities. Although an emerging institution, Lancaster aspires for great quality teaching, resources and research. There is a collaborative research approach with the University and the NHS, the voluntary sector and health-related industries.

View Lancaster University Medical School Website

Founded in 1831 Leeds medical school was created so that students could study in the North of England without having to travel to London, Scotland or abroad to study. It has a longstanding reputation and is situated centrally in a city packed full of culture. There is an emphasis on technology to support learning; they are national leaders in mobile learning and members of staff and medical students have created impressive apps.

View University of Leeds School of Medicine Website

Leicester medical school has been around for 40 years. A brand-new dissection room opened in 2016 and the George Davies Centre is a new £42 million, state-of-the-art medical teaching building. A new curriculum was implemented in 2016. The foundation year programme is relatively new: the first cohort started in September 2017. Doctors who graduate from Leicester have one of the highest levels of progression in the UK. 

View Leicester Medical School Website

Liverpool University has been teaching medicine for over 180 years and there are over 1800 medical undergraduate students studying at the university at any one time. Alongside the medical school, there is the School of Tropical Medicine, School of Cancer Studies and world-leading life science research institutes. There is currently a £7 million investment programme into the School of Medicine called Project LIVE designed to: recruit new clinical staff, transform Cedar House (School of Medicine), IT project and many communications and engagement projects.        

View University of Liverpool School of Medicine Website

Medicine in Manchester started in 1814 with the opening of a school of anatomy. From 1824 multiple medical schools opened in Manchester which eventually ended up joining in 1836. Victoria University formed from Manchester Royal College of Medicine and Surgery with Owens College (life sciences) in 1800. Victoria University was one of the institutions that formed the new University of Manchester in 2004. Most recently in 2016  the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health was formed bringing together the department of Life Sciences (draws in international funding and offers a large number of courses from BSc to PhD) and the department of Medical and Human Sciences.  The aim is to integrate biology, clinical application and patient care in one faculty to improve peoples lives.

View University of Manchester Medical School Website

 

Medicine has been taught at Newcastle since 1834: it was the founding department of the University. There is a longstanding relationship with the University of Durham; a joint established organisation was formed in 1970 called The Durham University College of Medicine-Newcastle upon Tyne. The University of Newcastle upon Tyne was actually established in 1963. A high number of graduates from the course choose to work in the region after. The University in 2011 built a medical campus in Malaysia (not open to UK/EU applicants) and prides itself on taking an international approach.

View Newcastle University School of Education Website

The medical school campus is part of the Queens Medical Centre and opened in 1970; it is also used by other healthcare professionals such as midwifery, nursing and life science courses. The main campus called University Park is linked to the medical school via a pedestrian footbridge. A new campus was opened in Derby in 2003, which is used by graduate medical students and foundation medical students (A108) in their first year. An exciting collaboration between the Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln has allowed for the creation of new courses and formation of the new Lincoln Medical Schools (Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln). A10L which is based at the University of Lincoln has the same curriculum and teaching methods as Nottingham A100 course but offers different BMedSci and SSCs and it is a smaller cohort. The A18L Foundation Course is also based at the University of Lincoln and successful progression allows students to join the A10L course. You can apply for both the A100 and A10L OR the A108 and A18L course and would only have one MMI interview: you may get offers for both or only one depending on rankings after interview for the individual courses.

View University of Nottingham School of Medicine Website

Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and so brings with it a whole lot of history. It runs as a collegiate university. Medicine was added to the courses taught during the 20th and early 21st century when sciences were added to the humanistic teaching. The medical school places a specific emphasis on research with an incorporated BA in Medical Sciences in the third year for undergraduates. Many of the students on the graduate course progress to careers within academic medicine. The course is very distinct with three years in pre-clinical medicine and then three years for clinical medicine.

View University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division Website

Plymouth University founded its own medical and dental school.  The core of research activity is organised within the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine.The university is also the largest provider of healthcare education in the South East. There is a strong partnership between Plymouth University and the NHS in Devon and Cornwall (Derriford Hospital and Torbay Hospital). The first two years are spent in Plymonth and then for the clinical years, students spend at least one year in Torbay, Taunton or Plymouth and rotate around them. The university has set up a new foundation year course with the first cohort of students starting in 2019.

View Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry Website

A medical school in Belfast opened in 1835; the college could not award degrees so medical students had to sit their finals and graduate from the University of Glasgow or Edinburgh until 1849. Queens College Belfast opened in 1849 and received its Charter as The Queens University of Belfast in 1908. There is a specific University Health Science Campus with two teaching hospitals and several University research centres located close by. It is the only medical school in Northern Ireland. There is a focus towards interprofessional working: a dedicated simulation suite will be ready in 2020 to be used for medical, nursing, pharmacy and other healthcare students to work together in simulated scenarios.

View Queens University Belfast School of Medicine Website

Sheffield Medical School was founded in 1828, but the school has been recently refurbished to suit students of the 21st century and there is a brand new Health Science library. The medical school has a longstanding history of providing their students with good education, with engaged educators and plenty of research exposure.

View University of Sheffield Medical School Website

Medicine has been taught at the university for over 40 years. There are six campuses. As an undergraduate (A100 and A102), most of your time in the early years will be spent at Highfield Campus (where most of the academic courses are located) and Southampton General Hospital. Students on the graduate programme as well as spending time at Southampton General and Highfield campus, will also spend time at North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke and the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. 

View University of Southampton School of Medicine Website

Medicine has been taught at St Andrews since 1413. The facilities were updated in 2010 including a fully fitted medical ward where students can practice clinically early on in the course. Students study for three years and graduate from St. Andrews with a BSc in Medicine before continuing with their studies at one of the Partner Medical Schools. There are three possible routes after St Andrews: Scotland Route (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow; England Route (Manchester, Queen Mary University of London); and no preference route, overseas students for fee purposes will progress to the University of Manchester Medical School. You will have to state your route when applying. ScotGEM is the new graduate programme with the first cohort starting in 2018: it is a joint programme between St Andrews and Dundee university and is in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands. Applications and decisions will be through St Andrews. The first two years at taught at the University of St Andrews and the last two years are taught at the University of Dundee. The degree is ideal for those interested in a generalist career working in underserved areas, including opportunities to train in remote and rural areas.

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St George’s has a history of teaching medicine for more than 250 years. St George’s Hospital was opened in 1733 with formal registration of apprentice doctors in 1751.In 2000 it was the first University to launch the graduate entry programme, the MBBS 4 year fast-track medical course, to graduates who had studied any degree. In 1958 the first pacemaker operation was carried out at St George’s Hospital. St George’s alumni include pioneers in medicine, John Hunter, Edward Jenner, Henry Grey and Patrick Steptoe.

St George’s shares its campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

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The University has existed since 1901 and has always taught science. It has a new medical school with the first cohort starting in 2019. They are in partnership with Keele University to help implement the new curriculum. There is a significant General Practise focus.

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The graduate medical school was developed from the clinical school in 2004 and in 2009 the graduate programme started to be taught entirely at Swansea University. Within the graduate curriculum there is a scheme called Rural and Remote Health in Medical Education where selected students spend more time in rural health environments including their elective (rural and remote area abroad).

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a private university set up to offer a UK medical qualification for international (non-EU) students. The university was set up in 1828, but the medical school is extremely new and was opened in 2014. 

General UK Applications are only excepted from residents in the North West of England or from students currently taking the UCLan BSc Medical Sciences Foundation Entry programme. 

There are 2 scholarships available for UK students and the scholarship covers the tuition fees for the entire course, clinical placement costs and a bursary that is equal to what would be offered from Student Finance England for living costs. They are only offered to students living in the North West of England that fit Widening Participation criteria.

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UCL formed from the joining of several medical schools; Middlesex Hospital and University College Hospital medical schools merged in 1987 and then joined the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in 1998. The medical school is linked with Great Ormond Street Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. There are three main campuses: Royal Free, Bloomsbury and Whittington.

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Warwick Medical School started in 2000 as a joint programme between Leicester and Warwick Universities. In 2007, Warwick Medical School stopped the joint programme with Leicester as it was awarded independent degree-awarding status. Warwick medical school runs the largest graduate medicine programme in the UK.

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