International Applicants (defined by fee status)
The following principles apply and all applicants must:
- Provide a strong personal statement
- Offer acceptable academic qualifications
- Sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in year of application
- Attend an interview if invited
All applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. The university’s standard English requirements are minimum standards, which may be raised through competition. As a minimum the English language IELTS must be 7.0 in each component.
We have up to 28 places available for students who are assessed as international for fee-paying purposes. For more information on fee status, please visit www.ukcisa.org.uk.
Please note that where there is doubt over your fee status (for example, you are a UK national living outside the EU), the university will investigate your fee status before your application for medicine is considered. If your fee status cannot be defined in time you may lose out on the opportunity for an interview.
The school-leaving qualification must be equivalent to A Levels. We are flexible for those international applicants studying in an educational system with no qualification equivalent to GCSE. But, it must be recognised that it is difficult to make an effective judgment of academic potential based on predicted grades alone. School results must be provided as an absolute minimum.
Selection process for international applicants:
Please note that we do not calculate an application score for international applicants.
- Academic results will be studied to ensure minimum academic standards are met (see below for specified qualifications). Graduates must offer a 2:1 (equivalent) degree. These minimum standards may be raised through competition.
- All applicants who meet the threshold academic standards will go forward to the next stage of selection
- Applicants will be ranked according to total UCAT score from the four subtests. For entry in 2020, the threshold total score for selection for interview was 2640.
- The final stage of selection for interview is an assessment of your non-academic qualities, which will be made based on the evidence provided in your personal statement (see 'Preparing to Apply for Medicine')
- Higher level: 6,6,6 from Chemistry and Biology and one other approved subject.
- Standard level: The subjects must include English and Mathematics if not offered at the higher level (Maths Studies is acceptable)
- Minimum of 32 points must be attained
- If you have studied the Middle Years' Programme, please provide these results
- United Kingdom: Many applicants offer UK qualifications. Our standard A-Level/IB requirements will apply. For GCSE/IGCSEs, a minimum of grade A must be offered in Science, English and Maths
- Australia. Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER), or equivalent: An overall score of 96. Relevant subjects must be offered at excellent grades
- Canada. Grade 12 High School Diploma: The exact requirement depends on the Province/Territory. For Ontario, for example, a minimum of 90% in each of six Grade 12 subjects, including Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English, to include a minimum of 90% in Biology and Chemistry. We will expect that the same performance has been achieved in Year 11
- Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination CAPE): Grade 1 in three subjects, including Chemistry and Biology. Top grades in Secondary School Certificate must have been achieved also
- Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education: The grade requirements are: 5, 5 in Chemistry and Biology; 5 in Mathematics and English; Minimum of 4 in all other subjects (except Chinese)
- India*: Standard XII: Overall score 85%, including Biology and Chemistry with 85% in one of these (minimum requirements). Standard X: 85% in Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics (minimum requirements). (*ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra Boards)
- Malaysia: SPM (GCSE-equivalent) – minimum of A/A+ in Science, English and Maths. STPM (A Level-equivalent) – grade A in each subject, including Biology and Chemistry
- Mauritius: Both O and A Levels are equivalent to UK qualifications. We will expect a minimum of grade A in Science, English and Maths
- Singapore: NUS High School Diploma – 3.8/5.0, with minimum of 3.8 in Biology and Chemistry; Polytechnic Diploma – 3.4/4.0, to include Biology and Chemistry
- United States: Combined SAT1 score of 1380 or ACT score of 29. Three AP subjects at grade 5, including Biology and Chemistry or three SAT subject test scores of 700, 700 and 700, including Biology and Chemistry. We will also accept appropriate combinations of SAT and AP scores
- West Africa Examinations Council: Senior School Certificate – Min of B2 in Science, English and Maths. A Levels or the IB must also be offered
Please note that the following qualifications are not accepted: Iran – Pre-University Certificate or Kuncur; Kuwait – Al Thanawaya; Pakistan - Higher Secondary Certificate; Saudi Arabia – Thanawiyan.
More information about international entry requirements are provided here. Please be aware that the academic qualifications described within these pages may not be acceptable for medicine entry. You must contact the Admissions Tutor by email to ask about qualifications not listed above.
European Union (EU) applicants/Home applicants who offer non-UK qualifications
There are a number of factors that determine fee status but EU Nationals may be considered as ‘home’ students for fee-paying purposes. If your fee status is in doubt we will need to resolve this before we can consider an application further. UK-based applicants are selected on the basis of results in the UCAT and in each of two national qualifications (for example, A levels and GCSEs). Therefore, home/EU applicants with non-UK qualifications must offer results that are or will be achieved following national examinations that are equivalent to both of these. You must also offer UCAT. Some examples are below:
Irish Leaving Certificate
Minimum of grade H1 in four subjects including Biology and Chemistry. For the Junior Certificate, Grade A must be achieved in six subjects including Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics.
Overall score of 85%, with a minimum of 85% in the sciences, to include Chemistry and Biology as full options. Evidence of meeting this standard must be provided for interim results.
We require that both GCSE and A Level equivalent qualifications are not broad-based and are obtained through assessment of performance in formal, national examinations. The following qualifications are not acceptable on their own without, for example, A-levels. These include:
Austrian Matura; Bulgarian Diploma; French Baccalaureate (including OIB); German Abitur; Greek (including Cypriot) Apolytirion; Italian Esame Di Stato; Lithuanian Brandos Atestats; Netherlands "Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs" (VWO) Diploma; Norway “Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring “; Polish Matura; Portugese Diploma de Ensino Secundario; Romanian Baccalaureate; Spanish Título de Graduado en Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO) and Título de Bachiller; Swedish Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan (School Leaving Certificate).