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There are an increasing number of BMAT universities that expect you to sit the BMAT, instead of UCAT, when you apply.

This guide to BMAT universities highlights which unis require BMAT, and how they will use your score alongside your other grades and personal statement.

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How many BMAT universities are there?

There are eight  BMAT universities in the UK that use the exam as a standard entry requirement for aspiring medics:

BMAT UniversitiesCourse
Brighton and Sussex Medical SchoolA100 Medicine
ImperialA100 Medicine
Lancaster UniversityA100 Medicine & Surgery
A104 Medicine & Surgery with a Gateway Year
University College London (UCL)A100 Medicine
University of CambridgeA100 Medicine
University of LeedsA100 Medicine
A101 Gateway Year to Medicine
A200 Dentistry
University of OxfordA100 Medicine
A101 Graduate Medicine
KeeleA100 Medicine (international students only)

How do BMAT universities use BMAT scores?

Each medical school will utilise your BMAT score differently.

Generally, the results are used alongside your GCSE grades and UCAS points to decide who proceeds to the interview stage. Some universities may place more emphasis on BMAT scores than others.

Below is a list of how each BMAT university uses your scores

UniversityHow do they use the BMAT?
Brighton and SussexBSMS scores the BMAT out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3) BSMS then rank all applicants according to their total score out of 28 and work down the rankings to fill interview places. The cut off score will vary each year.
ImperialBMAT cut-off scores are calculated each year, as a result of ranked candidate BMAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. As a result, the absolute BMAT cut-off changes each year. However, the BMAT cut-off scores from previous admissions cycles may be used as a guide.
Lancaster Lancaster Medical School calculates the total BMAT score by combining the individual scores for Sections 1, 2 and 3. Section 1 is scored out of 9; Section 2 is scored out of 9; and Section 3 is scored out of 5 (for quality of content). They do not use the quality of English score (A-E).
UCLBMAT scores used alongside UCAS application. No cut-off but high scores in each section will strengthen an application; Section 3 essay used as discussion in interview.
CambridgeBMAT score used alongside Personal Statement and grades.
LeedsLeeds use the total score offered by each candidate which will be compared with all the other applicants to Leeds scores. Those in the top 20% will receive the full mark available for this part of their application and those in the bottom 20% will receive the lowest mark available for this part of their application. There is no pre-determined cut-off threshold. The BMAT total score will be calculated from a sum of the scores achieved in section 1, 2 and 3 although section 3 will have half the weighting of the other sections as it will be revisited during the interview stage of the selection process.
OxfordThe same number of applicants are shortlisted every year, and we use two variables (which carry the same weight), there is no actual cut-off. How well you need to do in BMAT will be entirely dependent on how well every other applicant does, and how well you have done in GCSEs (if you have taken them). A slightly weaker performance at GCSE may be compensated for by a very good BMAT score, and vice-versa.
KeeleApplicants will be assessed only on the information provided in the UCAS application and your BMAT score.

Please note that this is only a guide – we try to keep this as updated as possible, but we recommend visiting each individual university’s website for the most up to date information.


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