At certain universities, it’s possible to apply for a transfer to Medicine if you’re studying a related degree, such as Biomedical Sciences. Some universities also offer the opportunity to be fast-tracked to interview if you apply from another degree or enter year one of Medicine, the next corresponding academic year or even go straight into the Graduate Entry (GEM) programme.

Which Courses Allow Students To Transfer To Medicine?

You can’t transfer to Medicine from any degree. Only certain universities have transfer schemes in place – and at these universities, you will need to be studying a specific course(s) to be considered for a transfer.

Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences are commonly accepted transfer courses. Some universities also consider transfers from courses including Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Optometry and Pharmacology. You will need to check the specific requirements of each transfer scheme to find out if you are eligible.

Transfer Schemes

The following universities are known to have Medicine transfer schemes in place – or other similar schemes. Make sure you look into these opportunities thoroughly before making any decisions, and bear in mind that they are very competitive.

Some schemes change from year to year, so always check with the universities for their most up-to-date information.

Anglia Ruskin

Anglia Ruskin offers an internal transfer scheme for students who complete the first year of BSc Medical Science, BSc Biomedical Science or BOptom Optometry to an exceptionally high standard.

This is a competitive route and there is a limited number of places. For 2022/23 entry, 59 applicants applied to transfer and five were offered places on the Medicine course.

Students are required to apply through UCAS and must have:

  • A minimum average mark of 75% across the first year of your degree course.
  • No less than 65% for any individual module.
  • Evidence of a current UCAT score.
  • GCSEs that meet the requirements for Medicine.
  • A Personal Statement with reasons why you are applying to transfer.

Bradford University

Bradford University has a widening participation scheme which helps students transfer to Medicine at Sheffield University after completing a one-year Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine course at Bradford, or after completing Year 1 of BSc Clinical Sciences at Bradford.

Students can apply to Sheffield via UCAS once they have received their end-of-year results. To be considered, applicants must have an average for the year of at least 70% (including 70% in Chemistry) and no failed assessments. A-Level requirements are 104 UCAS tariff points from three full A-Levels. You also need to achieve the Sheffield UCAT threshold, and meet at least two of their widening participation criteria.

The Foundation programme at Bradford is also recognised by Leeds, Hull, York, Brighton & Sussex and Norwich Medical Schools.


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Brighton University

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) has a guaranteed interview scheme in which well-performing Biomedical, Biological and Pharmacy students from Brighton University can apply to transfer to Medicine.

Two versions of this scheme are available – one for transfer after first year and one after third year, with some different eligibility criteria. Both versions of the scheme offer applicants the chance to interview for a place at BSMS and start from the first year of the Medicine degree.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University has a number of Medicine places reserved for students who are doing a three-year degree from a recognised feeder stream. If successful, students can transfer to Year 2 of the five-year Undergraduate Medicine course in Cardiff or in Bangor after the completion of their degree.

The Medicine transfer scheme at Cardiff University is open to students graduating with the following degrees:

  • BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology degree, Cardiff University
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree,  Cardiff University
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree, University of South Wales
  • BMedSci (Hons) Medical Sciences degree, Bangor University

Exeter University

BSc Medical Sciences and BSc Neuroscience students at Exeter University can apply for Medicine in the final year of their degree – and if you are predicted to achieve a 2:1 or 1st, you will be shortlisted for interview as long as there have been no significant issues during your degree. Each individual student will be reviewed by a panel.

Students are required to submit an application to UCAS by the deadline – however, there is no requirement for UCAT, BMAT or GAMSAT.

Leicester University

Leicester University’s Medicine transfer scheme usually allows 3-4 students who have completed the first year of Biological Science, any of the Medical Science degrees, Chemistry, Natural Sciences or Psychology to join Year 1 of their MBChB course. There is also a competitive transfer route from Clinical Sciences to Year 2 of Medicine.

They take into consideration:

  • First year academic achievement
  • A-Level or equivalent qualifications
  • UCAT in year of transfer
  • Personal Statement
  • Ongoing commitment to Medicine
  • References

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Newcastle University

Newcastle University has a formal Biomedical Sciences to Medicine transfer scheme. They consider applications from students who have completed Stage 1 of an undergraduate Bioscience degree programme offered by the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The following programmes are not eligible: BSc Food and Human Nutrition, BSc Food and Human Nutrition with Placement, BSc Nutrition with Food Marketing, BSc Nutrition with Food Marketing with Placement, BSc Psychology and Nutrition, BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Dietetics MDiet Honours.

There are up to seven places available each year, making the process extremely competitive. You need to have:

  • A minimum average mark of 75% across Stage 1 – Semester 1 modules.
  • No less than 65% for any one module.
  • A minimum average mark of 75% across all Stage 1 modules.
  • Evidence of a current UCAT score.

Plymouth University

Plymouth University offers two routes for transferring to Medicine and Dentistry from Biomedical Science or Human Biosciences, after either completing Year 1 or the full degree.

Route 1: Applicants must meet A-Level requirements and achieve a minimum of 70% average across all Year 1 modules. Plymouth conducts interviews for around 20 candidates between Medicine and Dentistry and offers places to a total of 10 individuals across the programmes. Year 1 of degrees from other universities will not be considered.

Route 2: Graduate Entry – Applicants must be predicted or have achieved a first (70% or higher) in a Plymouth University Biomedical Sciences programme to apply for the transfer scheme. Degrees outside of Plymouth are not considered but students are encouraged to apply with GAMSAT. Route 2 is valid for two years post-graduation and application is through the UCAS portal.

Queen Mary, University of London

The 19 highest-ranking students from Queen Mary’s Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and Pharmacology & Innovative Therapeutics programmes are guaranteed an interview for the five-year A100 Medicine MBBS at Barts.

Students are selected at the end of the second year on the basis of an aggregate of academic ranking (50%) and UCAT score (50%). Of these students, the top five will also be considered for the four-year A101 MBBS Graduate Entry programme.

Sussex University

If you’re a Biomedical Science or Medical Neuroscience student at the University of Sussex, there is a guaranteed interview scheme for Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. You can apply in your first year or your third year, with different eligibility criteria for each option.

Entry after Year 1 requirements:

  • 70% average across Term 1 modules
  • High attendance record
  • AAA or higher at A-Level obtained in one sitting inclusive of Chemistry and Biology
  • GCSE grade B or higher in English and Mathematics
  • If English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in all sections
  • International Baccalaureate (for international students): 36 overall with grade 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

Entry after Year 3 requirements:

  • 70% average across Year 2
  • High attendance record
  • GCSE grade B or higher in English and Mathematics
  • BBB or higher at A-Level obtained in one sitting
  • if English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in all sections

International Transfer Schemes

Some non-UK universities also offer transfer schemes if you are interested in travelling abroad.

  • Nicosia – For those with Biomedical degrees or similar, there is an opportunity to apply for entry to year 2 of the programme subject to meet any country-specific requirements, thus reducing the study duration to four years.
  • Humanitas – The requirements are that the incoming degree must be in Medicine and Surgery, a specific number of credits for each discipline must be achieved in order to transfer to the second, third or fourth year, and a working knowledge of Italian is required from the beginning of the third year.
  • AUC – AUC considers students on a case-by-case basis. Eligible applicants must have attended another accredited medical school program, provide official transcripts from their current and previous schools, provide 2 letters of recommendation, and provide a personal essay.

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