Questions and Answers
Here you will find answers to the most pertinent questions relating to the Graduate Entry Medicine programme.
View our flow chart which helps to explain the admissions process for September 2021/22 entry.
How can I apply for the Graduate Entry Medicine programme?
The course code is A101.
What is the application deadline?
We welcome applications up to, and including, 31 March 2021.
If you would like to be interviewed in February 2021, you must submit your UCAS application by the normal 15 October 2020 deadline for medicine.
If you would like to be interviewed in May/June 2021, you must submit your UCAS application by 31 March 2021.
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 2020 and March 2021 sittings.
When can I sit the GAMSAT test?
For 2021 entry only, applicants will have the following choice*:
- Take the GAMSAT in September 2020, at the Magee campus of Ulster University or any other test centre of your choice and submit your UCAS application by 15 October 2020 deadline. Successful candidates will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview session in early February 2021, or
- Take the GAMSAT in March 2021, at the Magee campus of Ulster University or any other test centre of your choice and submit your UCAS application by 31 March 2021 deadline. Successful candidates will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview session in May/June 2021.
*If you intend to sit both the September 2020 and March 2021 GAMSATs, submit your UCAS application after 15 October 2020 but by 31 March 2021.
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.
If I sit both GAMSAT tests in September 2020 and March 2021, how can I ensure my best result is used?
If you already hold a GAMSAT score from a previous test sitting, that would be used to determine your eligibility to attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) session in February 2021.
If you sit the test in September 2020 and achieve a high enough score you will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview session in February 2021.
If you sit the GAMSAT in March 2021 and achieve a high enough score, you will be invited to attend the MMI session in May/June 2021. If you wish to sit the GAMSAT on both occasions, then we would use your higher score to determine if you met the standard to be invited to the May/June MMI session.
However, if you attend for an interview in February and are not successful in gaining a place you will not have a second opportunity in the current admissions cycle, even if you opt to sit the GAMSAT again in March.
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.