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Now that you’ve narrowed down your Medical School choices, you need to commit them to paper and submit your application to study Medicine. In the UK, you have to do this through The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Your UCAS Medicine application includes your grades, a personal statement and a teacher reference. The personal statement can really make you stand out. That’s why it has its own dedicated page on The Medic Portal.

We also provide a guide for teachers: How To Write A Teacher Reference.

This page provides the headline information on the rest of UCAS Medicine, before offering a step-by-step guide on what you need to do. Don’t forget to use all the subpages to make the most of the section.

UCAS Medicine: How Competitive Is Applying To Medicine?

Lots of people apply to study medicine every year — but only about 9.5% are successful. It’s very competitive. However, we have all the information you need to put together a winning application.


UCAS Medicine: How Many Medical Schools Can I Apply To?

You can select up to 4 medical schools on your UCAS form. You also have a fifth slot to apply for something different.

Some universities allow you to write a different personal statement for the fifth choice. But many won’t. So it’s normal to use it for something science-related.

UCAS Medicine: How Do I Apply?

Most of you will have help navigating the UCAS form from your schools. They will often walk you through the process and make you aware of key deadlines.

But we recommend that you also take personal responsibility and make sure you are as clued-up as possible about your application.

The closing date for applications to medical school is usually earlier than for other courses, so it is important that you check the UCAS website for deadlines.

The final submission will be made online, and will incur a small administration fee.

UCAS Medicine: Is the Process Different for International Candidates?

Yes, it is. You can read more on that here.

Can I Apply to Medicine if I Am Disabled?

Yes, as long as you are going to be fit to practice Medicine by the end of the course. You can read more on that here.

What Does UCAS Stand for?

UCAS stands for The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Not to be confused with UCAT, which is a specific exam used by some medical schools. Everyone applying to medicine needs to apply via UCAS, but not everyone will be required to take the UCAT. 

 What You Need to Do

  1. Consider the cost of studying Medicine. Make sure you understand the financial aspects of applying to Medical School before you submit your application.
  2. Choose the four Medicine courses you want to apply for using the information in our ‘Choosing a Medical School’ section.
  3. Write a strong personal statement. This is important, so take your time and use The Medic Portal’s dedicated  section.
  4. Help your teacher write their reference. Keep them up to date with everything you are doing so that they can include all the positive things in your form.
  5. Got everything? It’s time to submit your application through UCAS. The website will guide you through the process.

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