Medicine has long been one of the most popular degree subjects for students to apply for, making the application process highly competitive.
Unlike other degree subjects there is also a slightly difference application process that you’ll need to be prepared for well in advance if you want to be successful.
Allowing yourself plenty of time to make the right choices and complete the application form is the key being accepted to study Medicine.
As well as the application form applying to study Medicine also involves attending an interview and the majority of medical schools also ask applicants to take an admissions test as part of the application process.
If you’re applying for a non-medical degree subject you’ll have the option to apply for up to five universities.
However, you only have four options if you want to study Medicine and it’s important to be sure that you’re making the right choice. After all, you’ll be studying Medicine for five or six years so you need to ensure you choose the course that is right for you.
The UCAS website will have a list of all medical schools, further information about their course, and a link to their website so you can do additional research before making your choices.
Unlike the majority of other degree subjects, if you’re applying for Medicine there are earlier application deadline dates involved.
For students wanting to start their Medicine degree in 2016 the application deadline date was 15 October 2015.
For students wanting to start their Medicine degree in September 2017 the application deadline date will be in mid-October 2016.
All applications to study Medicine need to be made via the UCAS website and there are six sections to the application form:
Take your time when filling in the application forms. Forms generally take longer to complete than you think they will so leave yourself with plenty of time and don’t rush.
Once you have completed your application on the UCAS website copies will be sent to the medical schools you wish to be considered for.
You’ll then need to take either the BMAT or UKCAT admissions test and take part in an interview so the medical schools can assess you fully.
If you are made an offer after this you’ll be asked whether you would like to hold it or not. You can only hold a maximum of two offers, so think carefully about which universities you’d really like to attend.
The majority of medical schools use an admissions test to assess potential students. This is to ensure that as well as having the academic ability you also have aptitude and the correct attitude for a career in medicine.
Medical schools usually use either the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) or UK Clinical Admissions Test (UKCAT) to assess applicants.
The BMAT takes two hours and consists of three sections:
The UKCAT takes two hours and is a computer based exam. All questions are multiple choice and divided into the below sections:
Further information, detailed advice, and practice tests for both forms of aptitude test can be found online. Depending on the assessment method used you might find you need to take a different test for each medical school you apply to.
As well as taking an aptitude test most medical schools will also want to interview you. This is to find out what motivates you and your reasons behind wanting to study Medicine.
Questions are usually about topics including your teamwork abilities, your medical knowledge (including current affairs), your work experience, and your future career plans.