This guide outlines the Medical Schools that accept reapplications and the steps you should follow to reapply – plus tips to help you improve your application.

Where Can I Reapply?

Certain universities allow candidates to reapply for Medicine if they were unsuccessful previously. This table lists what the university websites currently say about reapplying, where details are available. For the most accurate, up-to-date information, you should always contact the Medical School directly and check with them.

Medical SchoolCan You Reapply?
AstonYes, but they recommend asking the admissions team for more info
Anglia RuskinNot specified
BirminghamYes if you didn’t get invited to interview; No if you were rejected after an interview
Brighton & SussexYes
BristolNot specified
BuckinghamNot specified
DundeeNot specified
Edge HillYes
ExeterNot specified
Hull YorkNot specified
ImperialNot specified
KeeleNot specified
Kent and MedwayNot specified
King’s College LondonNot specified
LancasterYes if you didn’t get invited to interview; No if you were rejected after an interview
LeicesterYes if you didn’t get invited to interview or if your interview score was no more than 10% below the level that was needed for an offer
ManchesterYes, but they recommend checking with the admissions office
Norwich (UEA)Yes
PlymouthNot specified
Queen’s BelfastYes if certain criteria are met (see QUB’s Medicine Admissions Policy)
St AndrewsYes
St George’sYes
UCL (University College London)Yes
University of Central LancashireYes

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How Do I Reapply For Medicine?

If you’ve applied to Medical School before, you still need to register with UCAS again. The username and password that you previously used won’t work, so you’ll need to create a new account.

The rest of the application process is the same – you need to sit the UCAT and/or BMAT (your score from last year won’t count), submit a Personal Statement and select your Medical School choices. When making your choices, double-check which Medical Schools allow reapplications, because you don’t want to waste an application choice!

Don’t forget to update your Personal Statement from last year, e.g. with any new work experience or volunteering experience you now have and with information on how you have made the most of your gap year.

If you’re resitting any A-Levels, remember to include your new predicted A-Level grades in your application – and only apply to Medical Schools which will accept your A-Level resits.


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How Can I Improve My Application This Time?

If you didn’t get into Medical School last time, you’ll naturally want to improve your application and boost your chances of getting in this time. Some universities specifically ask that reapplicants show new evidence of improvement in their application.

Ways of improving your application could include:

  • Resit your A-levels: If you were disappointed with your A-Level results, you might want to resit them. With some subjects, you might even have the option to only retake specific units. You could also choose to revise independently, without going back to lessons, and sit the exam at your school in the summer. Speak to your teachers about which option is best for you, considering your grades – and make sure you check Medical School A-Level resit policies, because some might not consider your application if you are resitting.
  • Improve your work experience: Getting more work experience is a great way to make the most of your gap year, add more to your Personal Statement and demonstrate your enthusiasm for Medicine. You could consider a Medicine summer school, for example.
  • Do extra prep for the UCAT/BMAT: If you aren’t studying for all of your A-Levels this year, you should have some more time to prepare for admissions tests. Make the most of this time to maximise your UCAT prep and/or BMAT prep and try to boost your score!
  • Practise for interviews: Start your interview prep early (if you get an invite, you might find you only have a small window to get ready) and familiarise yourself with common interview questions and the NHS hot topics which often come up. You could book an Interview Course to learn proven strategies, and/or a Mock Interview to get some practice with live feedback.

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