A number of universities expect you to sit the BMAT, instead of the UCAT, when you apply to study Medicine. Find out which ones, and how they’ll use your score.

How Do Universities Use BMAT Scores?

Each BMAT uni 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.

UK BMAT Universities

There are seven universities in the UK that use the BMAT exam as a standard entry requirement for UK-based applicants.

BMAT UniversitiesHow Do They Use BMAT Scores?Scores Needed
Brighton and Sussex Medical SchoolThey score the BMAT out of 37 (9 marks for Section 1, 18 marks for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3). Then they rank all applicants according to their total score for interview selection.For 2022 entry, home applicants who scored 17.3 and above were invited to interview.
ImperialYour BMAT score is assessed alongside the content of your UCAS application. Cut-off scores are used, but they change each year. For 2022 entry, the thresholds for home applicants were Section 1: 3.5, Section 2: 3.5, Section 3: 2.5C. They say that if a candidate fulfils the minimum entry requirements and has scores in the top rankings for all three sections of the BMAT, their application form will be considered at the next stage of the selection process.
Lancaster UniversityApplicants will be ranked according to their BMAT score (a sum of the scores for Sections 1-3) and the top-ranking applicants will progress to the next stage.Their website doesn't mention a specific cut-off.
University College London (UCL)From 2023 entry onwards, they will be using BMAT scores alone to select eligible students for interview.Selection for interview will be based on the ranked sum score of Section 1 and Section 2, plus meeting a minimum of 2.5B in Section 3.
University of CambridgeYour BMAT score will be used alongside the rest of your application and reviewed by a Tutor. There are no specific cut-off scores.Cambridge doesn't share data on previous BMAT scores.
University of LeedsThey assess your application form against academic criteria, considering your past & predicted grades, and your BMAT score. Top ranked applicants are invited to interview.For 2022 entry, there were no specific cut-off scores.
University of OxfordThey rely heavily on BMAT scores during shortlisting, but there is no specific cut-off.As a rough guide, they suggest that the typical applicant should be working towards a 6 in Sections 1/2. These receive greater weighting (40% each) than Section 3 (20%).

The BMAT is also required by certain Medical Schools, such as Keele University, for international students in some cases. As always, make sure you check each university’s admissions policy and entry requirements for more detail.


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International BMAT Universities

A number of international universities list BMAT as an admissions requirement for international students.

In Europe, the BMAT unis include:

  • Universidad de Navarra
  • CEU Cardenal Herrera University
  • University of Pécs
  • University of Rijeka
  • University of Zagreb
  • Medical University of Gdańsk
  • Medical University of Warsaw
  • Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
  • University of Tartu

Get the full list on the BMAT website.

Where Should I Apply?

You won’t get your BMAT score before you apply to Medical School, which means you can’t strategically apply with your score like you can with your UCAT score.

However, before the UCAS deadline, you should have completed some BMAT mocks and have a good sense of how your score is likely to compare to other test-takers – and whether you’re on track for a high score or not.

If you’re likely to get a high BMAT score, you may want to consider universities that will rank you by your score. Alternatively, if you think you’ll get an average or low score, you should look at the universities that don’t rank by score and place a greater emphasis on your academic grades instead.

We always advise that you don’t focus on BMAT universities alone, because there are just seven Medical Schools that require this and you don’t know what score you’ll get on the day. Make sure you’re also preparing for the UCAT, so you can broaden your chances of getting into Medical School.

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