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Graduate Entry Medicine

Graduate Entry Medicine is an increasingly popular option, both for those coming to the end of a different degree and for slightly older candidates seeking a change in career.

Given the increased demand for Graduate Entry Medicine, The Medic Portal has created a comprehensive source of information.

This page provides the headline information on Graduate Entry Medicine, before offering a step-by-step guide on what you need to do. Don’t forget to use all the subpages to make the most of the section. You may also find it useful to read our blog, Deciding On Graduate Entry Medicine.

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Last updated: 12/02/18.


Which UK Medical Schools Offer Graduate Entry Medicine Courses?

The first Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) courses started in 2000. Below is a list of Medical Schools who, at time of writing, accept Graduate Entry Candidates. The number next to the school is the number of places available in 2018. Most schools take applications from applicants from the UK and EU.

UniversityNumber of PlacesWhat Aptitude Test is Required?Do They Accept Non-Science Degrees?
Barts (QMUL)40UKCATYes
Birmingham60NoneNo
Cambridge41BMAT - if applying to standard course as well. Otherwise, none.Yes
CardiffN/A - Places are only available for those currently on a Feeder Stream course.GAMSATNo
Dundee / St Andrews55UKCAT - Situational Judgement TestYes
Imperial (temporarily suspended for 2019 entry) 45BMATNo
King's College London28UKCATNo
Liverpool29GAMSATNo
Newcastle25UKCATYes
Nottingham93GAMSATYes
Oxford30BMATNo
Southampton48UKCATYes
St George's50 - 70GAMSATYes
Swansea70GAMSATYes
Warwick193UKCATYes

Within these schools, some courses hold places for students studying specific degree subjects at their university who achieve a high level degree.

Some schools with Graduate Entry Medicine have a few places on the traditional 5 year course for those students they feel are suitable for studying medicine but where they have no place for them on the GEM course.

Prospective students should always check the webpages of the medical school for the specific requirements for GEM and also if there are any places reserved on the 5-year undergraduate course for graduate entrants.

Schools which accept non-Science degrees have different A-Level requirements, entrance exams and teaching styles but all ensure that the graduate entrants have the necessary scientific knowledge to ensure that they can understand and enjoy their medical course.

How Competitive Are Graduate Entry Medicine Courses?

Competition for places on Graduate Entry Medicine courses is increasing every year.

The ratio of applicants to places ranged from 11:1 (Nottingham) to 50:1 (Leicester) for entrance to courses starting in October 2014 – compared to more favourable  for A-Level entry courses.

What Are The Alternatives To Graduate Entry Medicine?

A number of EU medical schools now give their medical degree course in English and these are open to UK graduates. Read more in our dedicated section on Studying Medicine Abroad.

How Can You Help With My Graduate Entry Medicine Application?

We offer bespoke private Interview Tutoring sessions to provide expert help with your Graduate Entry Medicine interview. Find out more on our Interview Tutoring page!

“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.”

Sophie, Graduate Entry Medicine Tutoring Attendee

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