Questions and Answers
Here you will find answers to the most pertinent questions relating to the Graduate Entry Medicine programme.
How can I apply for the Graduate Entry Medicine programme?
The course code is A101.
- What is the application deadline?
What are the entry requirements for the programme?
Full details on entry requirements and the admissions process are available on the course page.
Can I study Graduate Entry Medicine part-time?
No, this programme is only available in full-time study mode.
My undergraduate degree is not from a health or science background. Can I still apply?
The programme is open to anyone with a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in any subject area.
I don’t have a 2:1, can I still apply?
Studying medicine is academically demanding, and to make sure that you will be able to cope with the academic challenge, you are required to have a minimum of a 2.1 Honours Degree in any subject.
However, if you do not have a 2:1 but have a postgraduate Masters Degree, with an overall pass of at least 60%, you will still be eligible to apply.
Fees and Funding
What are the tuition fees for Graduate Entry Medicine?
Tuition fees for 2021/2022 entry are detailed below.
2021/22 Tuition Fee
International students (non-EU)
*Normally resident in England, Wales, Scotland and the Islands (Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
**Includes the mandatory clinical placement levy to cover access to clinical placements in the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care system.
Further information on tuition fees is available at our Student Finance section.
What funding is available to support my studies?
Our Medical Education Scholarships are open to eligible students on the Graduate Entry Medical Programme, commencing August 2021. We are also currently working with local banks to explore favourable loan arrangements for students.
The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund provides a list of charitable trusts that assist medical students.
Admissions and Testing
What admissions tests do I need to take?
There is a ‘three-step’ admissions process.
- An assessment of your prior academic qualification (minimum 2:1 Honours Degree in any subject).
- You must sit the GAMSAT test and achieve a satisfactory score.
- If you meet the first two requirements, you will be invited to participate in our Multiple Mini Interview process, following which an admissions decision will be made.
Where is my nearest GAMSAT test centre?
View the list of the GAMSAT test centres, including Derry~Londonderry, that offer the September 2022 sitting.
- When can I sit the GAMSAT test?
What is the minimum GAMSAT score required?
The GAMSAT does not have an established pre-set minimum score. The standard set for the required score is unique for each GAMSAT test and will take place on receipt of the results for the cohort of applicants.
What is the GAMSAT threshold that guarantees me a place for an interview at UU?
The School will take a slightly different GAMSAT cut off score each year to determine how many students to invite for interview, and this depends on the overall number of applicants and the overall GAMSAT result profile nationally.
Medical schools will usually provide applicants with a mean GAMSAT threshold based on the preceding three years’ cohorts. We will do this in due course.
In the meantime, we can confirm that applicants must score a minimum of 50 for each element of the GAMSAT in order to be considered for interview. There is no compensation between the three elements, and we currently double weight the Science component
How is the course structured?
The MBBS programme is a 4-year course, with clinical placements throughout all four years.
Where will clinical placements take place?
Clinical placements will take place across a wide range of General Practices and in all Health and Social Care Trusts, throughout Northern Ireland.
Can I choose where to do my clinical placements?
We expect students to attend a wide variety of placement locations, as this is the best way to ensure you gain the breadth of experience you will need as a future doctor.
Sometimes students are limited to placement locations because of health or caring responsibilities and any such specific requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What specialisms will the clinical placements include?
You will undertake placement activity within General Practice and Secondary Care (usually hospitals) to enable you to cover the core areas you will need to work as a Foundation Doctor, to include Medicine, Surgery, General Practice, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, and specialities such as ENT, Ophthalmology and Musculoskeletal medicine.
You will also cover clinical activities such as radiology and pathology, and Palliative care.
You will have the opportunity to undertake Student Selected Components, which can provide more in-depth placement in areas such as radiology, oncology, clinical genetics and many others, which students find helpful as they start to explore future career options.
Once graduated, will I be eligible to carry out my Foundation Training in the Republic of Ireland?
Our current understanding is that you will be entitled to enter the Republic of Ireland Internship programme.
UK graduates are not beholden to undertake the UK Foundation Programme, although at present to gain full registration with the GMC they have to successfully complete FY1. If you wish to apply for IMC registration rather than GMC registration, this is fine.