Study Medicine at a UK University
Looking for a course in Medicine? Not sure which Medicine course is best for you? Come and meet our multilingual and experienced counsellors who can advise you about the best Medicine programs in the UK to ensure you find the best pathway into the right university for you!
Where should I study Medicine in the UK?
There are Medicine programmes offered at public and private universities and colleges throughout the UK. At SI-UK we understand that choosing the right place to study Medicine at a UK university is a very difficult decision. That is why our highly experienced counsellors at SI-UK have regular training and updates from UK universities and colleges and can help you find the right course to study Medicine at the right UK University. Please contact us for more information and come to our office or talk to us online about which university we recommend for you. Our multilingual counsellors will be happy to assist you in a wide spectrum of languages such as Arabic, Japanese, Hindi, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin/Cantonese.
What qualifications do I need to study Medicine in the UK?
Entry requirements for a Medicine course are:
Postgraduate: Completed Undergraduate Course in Medicine
English language: All applicants must have one of the following qualifications in English language:
- GCSE at Grade B or above
- Cambridge Syndicate: Grade B or above in the Certificate of Proficiency, Advanced Certificate in English or IGCSE First Language
- International English Language Testing Service IELTS 7.0
The school's normal A Level offer after a successful interview would be grades AAA or AAB, with exams taken at the same sitting after no more than two years of study.
Subjects which are usually required: Chemistry plus one from Biology, Human Biology, Physics or Mathematics, plus one further subject (not Critical Thinking or General Studies).
Achieved A Level Grades
Students applying with known A Level grades (AAA with Grade A in Chemistry), will be considered even though their GCSE grades do not reach the required standard. However, all applicants must have a minimum grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum Grade C at GCSE or AS.
Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer:Critical Thinking and General Studies.
At least seven subjects are required at Grade C or above; at least five must be an A or A*. English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE minimum grade B. If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the extenuating circumstances that prompted this.
Physics and Biology are required either at AS or at GCSE at minimum Grade C. (Chemistry is essential at A2). If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB. In Grade A requirements, the School do not currently accept Applied ICT, Applied Business or short courses.
International Baccalaureate: Higher Level grade in Chemistry plus one from Biology, Physics or Maths, plus one further subject. Any sciences not offered at Higher Level must be taken at Standard Level or at GCSE. Alternatively, a referee's statement confirming proficiency at intermediate level in one unexamined science subject is accepted. 37 points required overall, Grades 7, 6, 6 at Higher Level including Chemistry, one other science and another academic subject, plus grades of 6,6,6 at Standard Level.
Relevant work experience: Some schools require voluntary work experience in a caring capacity. Applicants should be aware that the school may request confirmation of their work experience.
If you have only 12 years of education or a low GPA you may need a Foundation Course.
What if I cannot meet the requirements?
Studying medicine is extremely competitive in the UK; international students who cannot meet the requirements and are still determined to become a doctor should contact SI-UK, and we will recommend you foundation courses or pre-medical programmes in the UK which will lead you to medical schools.
Why study Medicine at a UK University?
There are numerous reasons for choosing to study Medicine at a UK university rather than elsewhere in the world:
- Studying Medicine at a UK university will give you access to the best quality education available, with UK universities consistently ranking in the world top 100.
- Students can complete a Bachelors degree in five years and a Masters degree in one year (compared to two years in the US).
Which careers can a degree in Medicine lead to?
After graduating from a medicine course at a UK university you will have an excellent career in practising medicine. Many doctors begin their careers as employees of a medical practice before establishing their own practice when they have acquired sufficient experience. At all stages of their career, doctors are usually highly rewarded. In any country, an employer will value a UK university medicine graduate have academic and professional skills, good work ethic and patient relationship management abilities.
Where should I study Medicine?
UK institutions and universities which consistently appear highly-placed in the rankings for Medicine are:
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Newcastle
- University of St Andrews
- University of Glasgow
- University of Southampton
- University of Leicester
- Brighton and Sussex Medical School
- Queen Mary, London
- King’s college London
- Queen’s Belfast
- University of Sheffield
- University of East Anglia
- University of Bristol
- University of Warwick
- University of Cardiff
International Foundation Programmes for Medicine
University of St. Andrews:
One year foundation at university of St Andrews
Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme in Medicine allows international students to progress to a 6 year Medical programme. Phase 1 (Years 1-3) will be at the University of St Andrews, from which you will graduate with a BSc Honours degree in Medicine. You will then progress to Phase 2 (Years 4-6) at the University of Manchester Medical School and graduate as a doctor with the degree of MB ChB.
St. Georges University of London:
One year foundation with INTO college
Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme in Medicine with INTO-St George allows international students to progress to a 5 year Medical programme. Phase 1 (Years 1-3) will be at St George, University of London, from which you will graduate with a BSc Honours degree in International Medicine or Biomedical Science. You will then progress to Phase 2 (Years 4-5) in hospitals in the US and graduate as a doctor with the degree of MB ChB in America; you need then pass relative medical qualification examinations to operate in the UK or elsewhere in the world.
For more detailed information regarding the above UK universities and the courses that they offer, contact our experienced UK university counsellors.