Study Medicine in the UK

Medicine is one of the most competitive study programmes in the UK, but, when passed, can be one of the most rewarding. As it is such a competitive option, when applying to study medicine in the UK you should expect the entry requirements to be quite high.

Entry requirements

During interviews, potential students should expect questions on previous work experience, motivation, personal interests and previous academic achievements. Studying Medicine in the UK takes dedication and passion – if you have both of these, then you will be a great candidate.

To study at an undergraduate level, student will need AAA grades, with either Chemistry or Biology being a part of that requirement.

For international students wishing to study Medicine in the UK at an undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 6.5 across all four categories (reading, writing, speaking and listening) with an overall score of 7.0 is generally required at most universities.

If you would like more information on studying medicine in the UK, contact us and we can help you along the way.

Preparation for the BMAT

A number of medical universities in the UK require successful participation in the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). This exam tests your ability to problem solve, think critically, and communicate scientific and mathematical ideas. This aims to assess the students’ ability to master university-level study programs.

An excellent score on the BMAT is essential for your entrance to a number of universities around Europe, Asia, and, most importantly, in the UK. Universities including Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the Imperial College London, Lancaster University, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Manchester Medical School, the University of Leeds, the University of Oxford, and Keele University all require successful completion of the BMAT. Each of these medical universities weighs BMAT scores differently, so it is smart to review how your university of choice will consider the results.

The BMAT is a 2 hour exam, divided into 3 sections. The first section, lasting 60 minutes, is dedicated to problem solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference. In the second section applicants have 30 minutes to prove their knowledge of scientific and mathematical subjects, and their ability to apply this knowledge in unfamiliar contexts. Section 3 doesn’t test knowledge as such, but rather the ability to develop ideas and communicate them in writing. In 30 minutes, participants must choose one of a number of different tasks and construct a written response.

London Medical Academy’s pre-med courses are designed to prepare you for a successful BMAT exam. Not only do our highly qualified lecturers prepare you for the knowledge-based portions of the exam, but they also give you the necessary tools to excel at the applied and writing portions.

Thanks to our small class sizes, our lecturers are able to offer you individualised attention and ensure that you are fully prepared for these strenuous exams. The numerous test simulations will also assist our students in practising efficient time management skills, so they are easily able to allocate their time effectively during the actual exam.

The BMAT is split into two sessions, one in August and one in October. Applicants to the University of Oxford must take the October exam, while for most other universities both dates are an option. Please inform yourself about which session you should take beforehand, as you may only take the exam once per application season. More detailed information on which test sessions are right for you and the exact process of the exam can be found on the Cambridge Assessment homepage.

Preparation for the UCAT

The UCAT, or University Clinical Aptitude Test (formerly known as the UKCAT) is an admissions test used by universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Alongside the BMAT, the UCAT test is used to assess the aptitude of applicants to medical and dental degree programmes.

Applicants will need to display good logical reasoning and critical thinking skills, with the test comprised of five distinct sections.

London Medical Academy’s pre-med course is designed to familiarise you with the various question formats used in the UCAT test, as well as providing a good understanding of the required responses, time management strategies and general test preparation.

Start Your Medical Career

Studying medicine takes dedication, time and effort – however, the payback is huge. It will feel like a incredible accomplishment at the end of each semester, as you learn more each day and get closer to your end goal. To give yourself the best shot at success, book a pre-med course to prepare you fully for your entrance exams.

If you would like more information on studying medicine in the UK, are unsure where to study, or would like more information on course fees or content, contact us today and our experienced team will be on hand to help.

To see what you can expect from a pre-med course at London Medical Academy, take a look at our testimonials page where some of our previous students discuss their experience.