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 check 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 2022/23 entry, 59 applicants applied to transfer and 5 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 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

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.

Leicester University

Leicester University’s competitive Medicine transfer scheme is available to a small number of students who have completed the first year of Biological Science, any of the Medical Science degrees, Chemistry, Natural Sciences or Psychology. 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. (Certain programmes are not eligible.)

There are up to 7 places available each year and there is always a lot of competition. 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 says there is a chance of transferring from Biomedical Science or Human Biosciences to Medicine and Dentistry after completion of Year 1. Applicants must meet A-Level requirements and achieve a minimum of 70% average across all Year 1 degree modules.

They say: “This is a competitive route into our medical degree and is not guaranteed to any candidate. We are able to interview 20 candidates between Medicine and Dentistry and offer places to a total of 10 individuals across the programmes.”

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 University

St George’s had a clinical transfer programme, but their website now states: “The clinical transfer scheme will no longer be available to students entering the course from 2023/24 onwards.”

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 some different eligibility criteria for each option.

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