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Graduate Entry Medicine is a course for degree-holders who want to pursue a career in Medicine. You may be considering this option for the future if you didn’t receive any Medicine offers this year and are now planning to study a different degree – or perhaps you’ve been working in another field and would like to change careers.

What is Graduate Entry Medicine?

Graduate Entry Medicine is a pathway for graduates and degree-holders who want to study Medicine. The programme is accelerated, so it usually takes 4 years to complete, instead of the 5 or 6 years that Undergraduate Medicine courses take.

Graduate Entry Medicine began over 20 years ago, with the first courses offered by St George’s in London and the joint LeicesterWarwick Medical School. It’s now a popular route into Medicine, and around half of the UK’s Med Schools offer a GEM course.

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How Competitive Are Graduate Entry Medicine Courses?

Applying for Graduate Entry Medicine is competitive. If you’re considering this pathway to Medicine, bear in mind that there is a lot of competition for a relatively small number of places.

For example, Barts say on their website that they typically receive over 1,500 applications for their GEM course, and there are only around 39 places available. Some universities, such as Swansea and Warwick, have more places available than others – so make sure you do your research before you make your application choices.

Which UK Medical Schools Offer Graduate Entry Medicine Courses?

There are currently 18 Medical Schools in the UK offering Graduate Entry Medicine courses, and 10 of these say they will consider applicants with non-science degrees. Please note that many of the courses which accept non-science degrees do specify requirements for at least one science A-Level, so make sure you check their websites for specific entry criteria.

This table outlines which universities offer Graduate Entry courses, how many places they have available each year, whether you need to have a science degree to apply, and which admissions test they require.

UniversityApprox Number of PlacesWhat Aptitude Test is Required?Do They Accept Non-Science Degrees?
Barts (QMUL)39UCATYes
BirminghamNot recruiting for 2023 entryUCATNo
Cambridge39None required; BMAT if applying to standard course as wellYes
CardiffPlaces are only available for students currently on a Feeder Stream courseGAMSATNo
ChesterNew course - currently open to international applicants onlyUCATNo
Dundee/St Andrews - ScotGEM55GAMSATYes
Imperial College LondonCourse currently suspended while curriculum is being updatedBMATNo
King's College London28UCATNo
Liverpool29GAMSATNo
Newcastle25UCATYes
Nottingham93GAMSATYes
Oxford30BMATNo
Sheffield15 ( from Widening Participation backgrounds)UCATNo
Southampton48UCATYes
St George's70GAMSATYes
Swansea100GAMSAT for UK applicants; GAMSAT or MCAT for internationalYes
WorcesterNew course - currently open to international applicants onlyUCAT, GAMSAT or MCATYes
Warwick193UCATYes
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What Are The Entry Requirements For Graduate Entry Medicine?

The entry requirements for Graduate Entry Medicine vary depending on which course you’re applying to, so you need to check with each Medical School first. In general, you need:

Do I Need To Sit GAMSAT?

Some Graduate Entry Medicine courses will require you to take the GAMSAT admissions test. Others will want you to sit the UCAT or BMAT instead.

Check out our GAMSAT guide for everything you need to know about GAMSAT and the universities that require it.

How Do I Apply For Graduate Entry Medicine?

You need to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine through UCAS, just like you would have done for your undergraduate degree. When you apply, you’ll need to submit a Personal Statement for Medicine.

How Can I Get Help With My Application?

We offer application advice and tutoring for stages of the application process including admissions tests and interviews – helping you to stand out from the crowd as a Graduate Entry Medicine candidate.

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Thank you for all the help with the Graduate Entry Medicine interviews. As well as Cambridge I got two more offers from Southampton and St. George’s.

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What Are The Alternatives To Graduate Entry Medicine?

If you don’t get a place to study Graduate Entry Medicine, you may want to consider studying Medicine abroad. A number of EU Medical Schools now teach their medical degrees in English – and these are open to UK graduates.

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