Biomedical Science to Medicine
While many universities offer Graduate Entry as a route into Medicine for students, few schools offer internal transfers from Biomedical Science to Medicine early into your degree.
This transfer from Biomedical Science to Medicine is highly competitive, but it can be done. In this blog, we’ve compiled a list of the UK universities with a formal Biomedical Science to Medicine transfer scheme, those with a very competitive transfer scheme and other ways of accessing Medicine.
These are guidelines only and all information is correct at the time of writing – however, there is no guarantee of transfer to Medicine at these schools. If you’re unsure about the process, we strongly recommend contacting the universities themselves.
Biomedical Science to Medicine: Formal Transfer Schemes
The following universities have a formal transfer scheme from Biomedical Sciences to Medicine after one year of study:
Newcastle has a formal Biomedical Science to Medicine transfer scheme. The university considers applications from students who have completed Stage 1 of Biomedical Sciences to transfer to Stage 1 of the Medicine or Dentistry courses.
The university considers applications from students have completed the first year of study of any of the following programmes: BSc Honours in Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Genetics, Pharmacology or, Physiological Sciences.
This transfer scheme is highly competitive – they offer up to seven places and you’ll need to fulfil the same criteria as the other applicants to Medicine. If successful, you would start the first year of the course.
However, they state on their website that you won’t be eligible for this transfer scheme if you’re studying BSc Sports and Exercise, BSc Food and Human Nutrition, BSc Nutrition and Psychology or BSc Food Marketing and Nutrition with Placement.
The transfer scheme is a relatively new initiative at Leicester, and is available to students who have completed the first year of BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Medical Genetics BSc Medical Physiology or BSc Medical Microbiology and want to transfer into the first year of the Medicine programme.
The university also state that students applying to transfer into the first year of the Medicine programme must meet the following requirements: you must have achieved strong A-Level grades (including Chemistry) and excellent grades in the first year of your Biomedical Sciences degree; you must demonstrate a strong commitment to Medicine (in the form of work experience and a strong personal statement) and must have sat the UCAT. Leicester also stress that transfers are not guaranteed and that places are highly competitive.
The University of Bradford has a widening participation scheme which means that students who fulfil the widening participation criteria and have completed the Foundation Year or Year 1 of Clinical Sciences will be considered to transfer to Leeds Medical School.
Leeds offers 20 places on the Year 1 Medicine course at Leeds for the Foundation Year students. In order to be transferred, these students must meet strict academic criteria – but the academic section is based on performance in the Foundation year, not on A-Levels and GCSEs. Students are then ranked and shortlisted for an MMI interview.
Most students continue into Year 1 of the BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences degree at Bradford. This is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) as the equivalent of studying Year 1 Medicine at Leeds, and so Leeds Medical School also offers another 20 places in Year 2 Medicine for first year students to transfer into (still reliant on academic criteria).
The University of Manchester accepts a small number of transfer students (approximately 10) who have performed exceptionally well in the first year of their degree programmes in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. Details of this scheme are published internally to eligible students.
Students at University of Birmingham who have successfully completed a Biomedical Sciences course are eligible apply. Up to ten graduate students are considered for a guaranteed interview scheme for the medicine course. The success rate of those gaining an interview was 70%, 40%, 43% and 50% in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Cardiff University has a number of places reserved for students completing a three year course from a recognised feeder stream. If successful, students will enter the second year of the five year undergraduate medical course after completing the three year BSc.
Students choosing this option are required to complete the GAMSAT admissions exam before applying via UCAS. It should also be noted that this degree is only for students on Cardiff’s recognised feeder streams who are graduating with one of the following degrees: BMedSci Degree from the University of Bangor (B100), BSc (Hons) Medical Science Degree from the University of South Wales (B901), BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology Degree from the School of Medicine at Cardiff University (B210) or BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University.
A small number of selected students from the feeder streams also take additional modules during their first degree. This makes them eligible to apply to be accepted onto the four year course, however you must graduate with a first or upper second class degree.
The Medical School allows up to ten per cent of Medical Sciences students to transfer to the first year of the BMBS programme after completing their first year. Students must have attained AAB at A Level or equivalent qualifications and have averaged scores of 1st or 2:1 level throughout their first year.
Students who meet this criteria will be ranked based on their performance in an MCQ exam on a core module’s content and invited to attend a competitive selection interview. UCAT scores are not required, although further conditions may apply. For the latest details of this admissions process via this route you are advised to contact the BMBS admissions team.
The top 19 students (ranked) from any of the following programmes: Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences, Pharmacology, Innovative Therapeutics, are guaranteed interviews for the five year medical course. The ranking comprises of 50% UCAT and 50% academic ranking and is done during the second year of the course. Of these, the top five will also be considered for the four year graduate course.
Biomedical Science to Medicine: Highly Competitive Transfer Schemes
The following universities do allow transfers from Biomedical Sciences to Medicine, but these are highly competitive and not a recommended route to Medicine:
While you can transfer from Medical Sciences to first year Medicine, the university stresses that it’s highly, highly competitive – only three students have transferred in the last eight years, so it’s not a recommended route!
The university states that there is a chance of transferring from Biomedical Science to Medicine and Dentistry after completion of year one. However, they stress that this is highly competitive and there are only five places available each year.
Anglia Ruskin University offers a transfer scheme for students who complete the first year of the BSc Medical Science or BSc Biomedical Science course to an exceptionally high standard. This is a highly competitive route and there is no guarantee of a place on the MBChB Medicine course due to limited availability of places.
Applicants for this competitive option are required to apply through UCAS. You must have a minimum average mark of 75% across the first year of their degree course, with no less than 65% for any individual module (achieved by 1st September of the year of entry). You also need to provide evidence of a current UCAT score (previously known as UKCAT).
Biomedical Science to Medicine: Other Ways To Access Medicine
These universities do not offer internal transfers from Biomedical Science to Medicine early into your degree, but do provide other ways of studying Medicine after completing a Biomedical Sciences degree. This list is not exhaustive – many universities provide Graduate Entry Medicine programmes, which you can see here.
Sussex state that students who have completed the third year of their Biomedical Sciences degree are eligible for their Guaranteed Interview Scheme (not a transfer) for Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School provided they meet the following criteria: an excellent academic record in your first year of Biomedical Sciences and A-Level grades (they require three As, to include Biology and Chemistry).
Students currently studying the BSc Biomedical Sciences course can apply in the second year of their course to enter the second year of the medicine course, upon completing their three year course. UK and international students are eligible to apply for this route, however students are required to submit their second year results for consideration and then they may be invited to an MMI in July.
University of Sheffield do not currently have a formal transfer scheme, however they encourage students to complete their Biomedical Sciences degree and then apply for a traditional or graduate-level medicine course afterwards.
Students from other universities are not accepted into the second, third or fourth year of one of their Biomedical Science degree. This is because any modules you may have already studied at a different university are unlikely to match the modules Sheffield offer and this is seen as an unfair advantage.
Applicants must apply through UCAS to join one of the degree programmes in the first year. You must also meet the entry requirements, although your performance at your previous university may be taken into consideration.
If your high school qualification alone is not enough to gain entry to Aston Medical School, you will be required to complete a UK foundation programme.
You can attend one of the following foundation programmes that Aston Medical School accept but you are required to attain the following grades:
Abbey College Manchester Medicine Foundation Programme: You must achieve a score of 75% overall with 70% or above in Chemistry and Biology.
CATS Canterbury, Cambridge and London Medics Programme: You must achieve grades of AAB, which must include Chemistry and Biology.
Kings Advanced Level Foundation Course: You must achieve a score of 75% overall with at least 70% in Chemistry and Biology.
This is in addition to the other stages of the application process (such as the personal statement, reference, UCAT, interview and English Language requirements).