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 Leicester–Warwick Medical School. It’s now a popular route into Medicine, and around half of the UK’s Med Schools offer a GEM course.
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.
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.
|University||Approx Number of Places||What Aptitude Test is Required?||Do They Accept Non-Science Degrees?|
|Birmingham||Not recruiting for 2023 entry||UCAT||No|
|Cambridge||39||None required; BMAT if applying to standard course as well||Yes|
|Cardiff||Places are only available for students currently on a Feeder Stream course||GAMSAT||No|
|Chester||New course - currently open to international applicants only||UCAT||No|
|Dundee/St Andrews - ScotGEM||55||GAMSAT||Yes|
|Imperial College London||Course currently suspended while curriculum is being updated||BMAT||No|
|King's College London||28||UCAT||No|
|Sheffield||15 ( from Widening Participation backgrounds)||UCAT||No|
|Swansea||100||GAMSAT for UK applicants; GAMSAT or MCAT for international||Yes|
|Worcester||New course - currently open to international applicants only||UCAT, GAMSAT or MCAT||Yes|
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:
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.
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.
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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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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