At certain universities, it’s possible to apply for a transfer to Medicine if you’re studying Biomedical Science or another similar degree. Some universities also offer the opportunity to be fast-tracked to interview if you apply for Medicine from another degree.

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 get in touch with the universities for their most up-to-date information.

Anglia Ruskin

Anglia Ruskin offers a 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 2021/22 entry, 52 applicants applied to transfer and 7 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

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 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. You also need to achieve the Sheffield UCAT threshold, and meet at least two of their widening participation criteria.

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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 after completing 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

University of Exeter

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.

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester’s competitive Medicine transfer scheme is available to students who have completed the first year of:

  • BSc Biological Sciences
  • BSc Medical Biochemistry
  • BSc Medical Genetics
  • BSc Medical Physiology
  • BSc Medical Microbiology

The university states that students applying to transfer into the first year of the Medicine programme must have achieved strong A-Level grades (including Chemistry) and excellent grades in the first year of your degree. You must also demonstrate a strong commitment to Medicine (in the form of work experience and a strong Personal Statement) and you need to sit the UCAT.

Newcastle University

Newcastle University has a formal Biomedical Sciences to Medicine transfer scheme. They consider applications from students who have completed Year 1 of Biomedical Sciences to transfer to Year 1 of Medicine.

There are up to 7 places available each year and there is always a lot of competition. Students must be registered at the Faculty of Medical Sciences for one of the Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degree programmes.

University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth says there is a chance of transferring from Biomedical Science to Medicine and Dentistry after completion of Year 1. However, they stress that this is highly competitive and there are only around 5 places available each year.

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 5 will also be considered for the four-year A101 MBBS Graduate Entry programme.

St. George’s

If you’re studying BSc Biomedical Sciences at St George’s, you can apply for their Clinical Transfer programme. This offers the opportunity for 25 students to fast-track to Year 2 of the university’s 4-year Graduate Entry Medicine programme. You will transfer after you’ve completed your Biomedical Sciences degree.

Places are very competitive, and eligibility is dependent on your academic performance during your degree. If you’re successful at an MMI interview, you will receive a conditional offer for a deferred place on the Graduate Entry programme.

University of Sussex

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 some different eligibility criteria for each option.

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