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Minimum Age Requirements for Medicine

Wondering what the minimum age requirements for Medicine are?

Policies vary between different medical schools, so it’s a good idea to check with each school before applying. Some universities are particularly strict – for example, Imperial state that all students must be 18 by the start of the course without exception, while others, like Dundee, have no minimum age requirement.

Below, you can find a table of different policies on minimum age requirements for medicine at every school in the UK.

Please note that while we’ve done our best to ensure that the information given in this table is as accurate and up to date as possible, information may change as universities update their requirements. We recommend checking with each individual medical school if you are unsure about their policies.

UniversityAge requirement
AberdeenNo minimum age requirement.
BartsCandidates MUST be 18 or over by the start of the course, if not, you are unable to apply for that year's entry but you can apply for deferred entry if you will meet the age requirement the following year. Even if you are a few days or weeks under the age requirement by the start of the course, you will be automatically rejected if you do not intend to defer entry. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they will be 18 or over at the start of the course.
BirminghamTheir current policy is that a student must be at least 17 years old when they begin the Medicine course. However, the student must turn 18 years old within their first year of study.
Brighton and SussexBrighton state that they have had applicants aged 17 apply and start the course. However, they are not able to accept applicants who are 16 at the time of entry.
BristolApplicants are not discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, religion, disability (other than the nationally set requirements of ‘fitness to practise’) or age (although it is unlikely that applicants who will be under 17 on entry would be able to demonstrate sufficient life experience to fulfil the selection criteria).
CambridgeStudents under the age of 18 cannot undertake any clinical elements of the Medicine course, which start in the second term of first year at the latest. Therefore, students must have reached the age of 18 by the start of the second term of Year 1 to be eligible to apply for Medicine.
CardiffAs students are in a clinical environment from the first year, Cardiff University School of Medicine requires all applicants to be 18 years of age or older by the beginning of the academic year, normally around the 20th of September each year.
DundeeNo age minimum.
EdinburghThere is no minimum or maximum age for entry. Admissions selectors will not normally consider applications from Scottish S5 applicants for either immediate or deferred entry.
ExeterExeter will not admit students under 17 years old.
GlasgowAny applicant is welcome to apply at any stage providing they meet their minimum entry requirements. Given the rigours of the programme and the application process they would advise any applicant to consider their experience and maturity prior to applying.
Hull YorkYou must be aged 18 or over on 1st October in the year you start the course.
ImperialThey have a very strict age limit and all students must be 18 by the start of the course without exception.
KeeleBecause of the clinical work which students will be involved in from an early stage in the course, applicants need to be at least 18 by the start of the course in the year in which they join Year 1 of the MBChB programme. Usually a deferred entry place for the following year may be offered to students who will not be old enough at that time. There are no upper age limits.
King'sThey accept applications from students who are 17 years old, however all students must be 18 years old at the time of their first clinical placements.
LancasterThey accept applications from school leavers, graduates and those returning to higher education via specified Access courses providing they meet minimum entry requirements.
LeedsApplicants must be at least 17 at the start of the course in September, and be 18 by the start of January for the hospital placements in the 2nd term of the course.
LeicesterApplicants must be 18 years old by 1 October of their entry year. This is due to patient contact from Semester 1. Applicants who will not be 18 years old by the above date may still apply and they will consider their application in the normal way. However, we will ask such applicants to defer starting until the age requirement has been met.
LiverpoolThey have no age minimum or maximum for the Medicine programme. If a student was below the age of 18 at the time the programme starts then they would require the consent of a parent/guardian.
ManchesterThey accept students who are 17 years old or above onto the course, but do not consider applications from students who would be 16 on the start day of the course.
NewcastleWhilst Newcastle do not impose an upper or lower age limit, they state that applicants will be expected to have an insight into a career in medicine.
NorwichThere is not a minimum age limit to apply for the course. However, the course at Norwich Medical school involves considerable patient contact within year one. In view of this, students who will not be 18 years old at the time that they are projected to start the course may wish to consider applying for deferred entry.
NottinghamAn applicant should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. For the purposes of this regulation the date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year.
OxfordStudents must be 18 years of age by 1st November in the year they start this degree course. The clinical contact in the programme starts in the first term and means that younger students would not be able to take part in required elements of the course. Your application will not be shortlisted unless you will be at least 18 years old on 1st November in the year you are applying to start the course.
PlymouthThey require all applicants to be aged 18 on or before the 1st of September during the year of entry due to the early patient contact contained within the Medicine programme.
Queen'sPotential applicants should be aware that under the Medical Act, the minimum age for inclusion on the GMC Medical Register on graduation is 21. This means that it is not possible to admit students on to the five-year programme under the age of 16.
SheffieldThey require students to be 18 years old by the January following the September start.
SouthamptonDue to early clinical contact, students must be a minimum of 18 years of age when they start their medical degree.
St AndrewsIf students are not 18 by the time they begin their medicine studies, they would expect them to turn 18 soon after beginning the programme.
St George'sThey do not have a minimum age as such, however, they do typically want students to be turning 18 during their first year. There are also certain areas of the hospital that cannot be accessed under the age of 18.
UCLStudents must be 18 years of age at the time they start the medical degree programme. Applicants who apply but would be under 18 at the start of that year's programme will be considered for a deferred place or advised to reapply. The early clinical contact in the programme means that younger students cannot be admitted as they would not be able to fully participate in the course.
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