Medical universities admission requirements in the UK

Medicine/MBBS in the UK

Medicine stands as one of the most competitive courses in the UK and hence, quite popular. If you have got that zeal and the strong urge to heal and treat people scientifically, you should consider studying medicine in the UK. In the UK, the course is designed in such a way as to give the students maximum exposure by placing their hands on the latest equipment and studying from the experts’ faculty.

Apart from that, the average lump sum salary of a doctor is 65% more than that of other professions. The top medical universities in the UK are Cambridge University, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, and Queen Mary University.

Course structure

  • Year 1-3 – Theoretical education and laboratory work
  • Year 4-5 – Clinical rotations (Working in clinics to get a feel of the medical environment. The clinics are recognized by NHS i.e. National Health Services)
  • Doctor Foundation Year 1 & 2 – Paid internship after the completion of the course

Admission requirements

​1. Education eligibility – A student should have completed his schooling in order to be qualified for a UK medicine program. The minimum score should be 85 % with not less than 85% in Chemistry & Biology. The minimum age of a student should be 17 at the time of admission.

​2. Language test – Appearing for an IELTS is a mandate. The acceptable score is 7.5 bands, not less than 7 bands in every section.

​3. Entrance test – Universities in the UK have set entry criteria for students wishing to study MBBS abroad. University Clinical Aptitude test (UCAT) & BioMedical Admissions test (BMAT) are conducted to evaluate the skills and caliber of a candidate.

However, you can apply to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) & the University of Buckingham without appearing for these tests. 

* There is also a backup option of a medicine foundation program for the students who don’t fit in these categories. The course is completed within 8-9 months.

​4. Application form – You need to have certain documents and experiences before the application deadline which include:

  • UCAT and IELTS
  • Doctor shadowing experience
  • Community service
  • Educational CV and Academic letters of recommendation (2)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Online courses

​5. MMI Interview –MMI, referred to as the Multi mini interview, is a 7 to 10-station interview, conducted by the university once they approve your application. For MMI Preparation services, feel free to reach out to our overseas education consultants.

*UCAT and BMAT applications are processed through the portal of UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service).

Structure of UCAT exam

The following sections are marked out of 900 each:

  • Abstract reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Decision-making (DM)

There’s another module of Situational judgment which is scored between 1-4 bands. The ideal passing score is 2.


Q. Why are scholarships not offered for UK medicine?

A. Because of the academic benchmark of the universities and the cost incurred on infrastructure

Q. Is it possible to work after the internship?

A. If you pursue a PG specialty in the UK itself, then you are provided a Junior Dr. License with which you can work alongside your PG.

Q. Can you apply for a medicine course while you are in class 11th or 12th?

A. You can apply with your 11th class score or 12th class predicted score, on the submission of which a conditional acceptance letter will be sent by the university.

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