Graduate Entry Medicine - Course Overview


The 4-year course is open to graduates from a wide range of science and non-science backgrounds.

You will be part of a cohort of students that have a wide range of experience and skills, making this an exciting and stimulating entry route into the medical profession.

Upon graduation you will be awarded a primary medical qualification, an MBBS degree, which enables you to start work as a medical practitioner in the UK.*

Entry onto this course will require you to make a substantial commitment to study medicine but with commitment, motivation and hard work comes a lifetime’s reward!

Doctors must take a broad approach to their patients, which requires a sound understanding of biomedical, psychological and social sciences; and the ability to apply these holistically to patient care.

Therefore, applicants with non-science backgrounds bring unique and important skills and experience to bear both to their studies and their eventual care of patients, and therefore we welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.

*The award of the final degree by Ulster University will be subject to satisfying the GMC’s rigorous quality assurance programme.  In the unlikely event that Ulster did not satisfy the GMC’s rigorous quality assurance programme the final degree would be awarded by our partner Medical School, St George’s, University of London.


Key Course Facts

MBBS Medicine Key Facts
UCAS Code A101
Award MBBS Medicine
Mode of Study Full-time
Study Level Undergraduate
Location Magee campus
Duration 4 years
Application Deadline31 March 2021
Start Date 23 August 2021
Tuition Fee 2020/21

£4,395*

*Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and EU countries only.  Excluding England, Scotland and Wales.


Course Highlights

  • Contact with patients from the second week of year one
  • Learn anatomy with an emphasis on technology and live imaging.
  • Patient-focused education with a strong emphasis on communicating with patients from a range of backgrounds
  • Opportunities to undertake student selected component (SSC) of study in areas of interest to you including a “remote and rural medicine” pathway.
  • Interprofessional education: Learning opportunities exist for our nursing and allied health professions students to learn alongside one another reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the healthcare workplace environment.
  • Careers advice embedded into our teaching
  • Teaching is informed by our world-class research, which informs practice
  • Many lecturers are working clinicians

Full details on MBBS Medicine are available here.


Entry Conditions

To be eligible for this programme you must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements or demonstrate your ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

Academic entry requirements

  • Have a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard.
  • Sit the entrance examination GAMSAT
  • Pass Multiple Mini Interview assessments
  • Have an Enhanced Disclosure for AccessNI or other relevant authority

We welcome applications from individuals with health problems and/ or disabilities, as recommended by the General Medical Council in their publication  Welcomed and Valued.

If you have a diagnosed disability or long-term medical condition (including mental health conditions, ASD and/or Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia) we encourage you to disclose this to us, so that our Student Wellbeing team can recommend reasonable adjustments and opportunities for Disabled Students’ Allowance funded support to help you in your studies.

This is a valuable and important first step towards becoming a doctor, which the GMC explains in Achieving Good Medical Practice.

English language entry requirements

  • If English is not your first language, the minimum requirement for this programme is IELTS 7.5 with no band score less than 7.0.  We accept a wide range of alternative English language examinations and tests so please check the list of other accepted tests.

Career Options

On successful completion you will have gained an MBBS primary medical qualification, with both practical and clinical skills specific to medicine and the professional and personal attributes necessary to become a doctor.

There are a wide variety of professional roles that you can choose to specialise in upon completion of your Foundation Training.

Further information on career options can be found at:


Student Support

Studying medicine with us will provide you with an intensely practical medical education.  Our MBBS programme will have a problem-based and interdisciplinary learning focus to enable you to graduate not only demonstrating that you meet all the GMC ‘Outcomes for Graduates’; but that you are fully prepared to work as a member of an integrated health and social care team with a strong community focus.

You will benefit from access to practice learning placements across the full range of medical and surgical specialist subjects, significant opportunities for primary care-based experience and knowledge and appreciation of the interconnectivity between primary, secondary, social and community-based healthcare.

In addition, you will have access to all other student support services available at Ulster.

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