There are over 40 universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand that require you to sit the UCAT test. It’s important to understand how each UCAT university considers your UCAT score so that you can be strategic with your application and boost your chances of getting into Med School.

How Do UCAT Universities Use Scores?

The approach to scores varies with each UCAT university. Some will only shortlist candidates who meet a cut-off UCAT score, while others weight the score alongside other things like your Personal Statement or academic history.

The best way to understand how your UCAT score will be used is to check directly with the admissions team at each university.

But to give you a hand narrowing this down, we’ve extensively researched UCAT unis to bring you an overview of which ones require UCAT – and what they say about how your score will be used.


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UCAT Universities In The UK

In the UK, there are currently 36 Medical Schools which require the UCAT as part of their admissions criteria. Six medical schools used to require the BMAT instead. However,  the BMAT is being discontinued in 2024, and most universities previously requiring the test have now switched to the UCAT.

The UCAT universities are:

  • Aberdeen University. They shortlist candidates by considering UCAT scores alongside academic achievements. For 2023 entry, the average score invited to interview was 2,760 (UK applicants excluding Scotland) and 2,670 (Scottish applicants).
  • Anglia Ruskin University. They rank candidates by UCAT score and the cut-off was 2,640 for 2022 entry.
  • Aston University. All SJT bands are accepted and your UCAT score counts for 1/3 of the shortlisting process. Your academic qualifications account for the remaining 2/3. For 2022 entry, the average UCAT score invited to interview was 2,631.
  • Bangor University. You must sit the UCAT in the year of application. They do not have a minimum threshold score; however, they will use UCAT scores as part of our selection process.
  • Birmingham University. UCAT represents 40% of your application score. There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score, though for 2023 entry the lowest UCAT score for an interview candidate was 2,670.
  • Brighton & Sussex. For September 2025 entry and onwards, BSMS will require all applicants to sit the UCAT. They specify that the UCAT may also be used as a final discriminator if needed after interview.
  • Bristol University. After minimum academic entry requirements are met, they score applications with a 100% weighting on UCAT. For 2023 entry, the interview threshold was 2,910.
  • Brunel University. Applicants will be assessed by the BMS Selection Panel, who will review the personal statements and the references against pre-determined criteria as described below. Applicants are then ranked according to applicants’ UCAT scores. Students will the highest UCAT scores will be invited to interview until all interview slots are filled.
  • Cambridge University. Since switching from the BMAT, Cambridge is expected to have competitive entry requirements for their applicants who are now required take the UCAT to be considered.
  • Cardiff University. They will use your UCAT score as part of the selection process if they are oversubscribed with applicants who have exceptional academic scores.
  • Dundee University. Your score will be used alongside academic ability. The lowest UCAT score for an interview candidate for 2023 entry was 1940, and the average score was 2,691.
  • Edge Hill University. They rank candidates by UCAT score to shortlist for interview, once minimum eligibility and academic criteria have been met. For 2023 entry, the average UCAT score for those invited to interview was 2,748.
  • Edinburgh University. Their UCAT cut-off score for interview is 2,470 for 2024 entry. You will also be rejected if you get Band 4 in SJT.
  • Exeter University. UCAT counts for 25% of shortlisting with academic performance counting for 75%.
  • Glasgow University. Applicants who meet all screening criteria are allocated interviews based on UCAT score. For 2023 entry, the lowest score for interview was 2,690 (UK applicants excluding Scotland) and 2,440 (Scottish applicants). 2024 thresholds will be reflective of this.
  • Hull York Medical School. You’ll get scored out of 40 for your UCAT score and out of 30 for your GCSEs. Up to 15 points are allocated for your SJT banding, and they have a minimum requirement of Bands 1-3 in SJT.
  • Imperial. To be considered for Medicine, you are required to sit the UCAT as part of the application process.
  • Keele University. You need to meet a cut-off score of above 2,280 and an SJT score above band 4 to be considered.
  • Kent and Medway Medical School. You have to get at least Band 3 in SJT and meet the cut-off score (previously 2,470 in 2022-23) to be considered.
  • King’s College London. The overall UCAT score is averaged out across the four subtests, rather than using individual subtest scores, and SJT is also taken into account. For 2023 entry, the mean score for interviewees was 2,930.
  • Lancaster University. From 2025 Lancaster Medical School will be using UCAT as part of its application process.
  • Leeds University. Leeds previously used the BMAT, but they have switched to UCAT for 2024 entry onwards.
  • Leicester University. They give 50:50 weighting to UCAT score and academic ability. The cut off for 2023 entry was 2,250.
  • Liverpool University. They rank candidates by UCAT score to shortlist for interview. For 2023 entry, they considered 2,660 to be a competitive score.
  • Manchester University. They apply a threshold, which was 2,750 in 2022-23. They say that if you meet that year’s threshold and achieve Band 1/2 in SJT, you will likely be invited to interview.
  • Newcastle University. They rank applicants for interview based on UCAT scores. For 2023 entry, the threshold was 2,820.
  • Norwich Medical School (UEA). They use UCAT scores to rank applicants for interview selection. They say: “A high score is advantageous; a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration.” The minimum UCAT score invited to interview in 2022 was 1890.
  • Nottingham University. You’ll be given points for your score, with Verbal Reasoning getting double points. SJT is scored separately and given the same weight as all cognitive elements of the UCAT combined.
  • Oxford University. Oxford has switched to the UCAT from the BMAT and will use it as part of their shortlisting process.
  • Plymouth University. They consider UCAT results alongside GCSEs and A-Levels. The cut-off score was 2,680 for 2023 entry.
  • Queen Mary University of London (Barts). Your UCAT score and UCAS tariff are given 50:50 weighting. For 2023, the lowest UCAT score for interview selection was 2,720.
  • Queen’s University Belfast. UCAT will be scored (out of 6) and used in conjunction with a GCSE score to rank for interview.
  • Sheffield University. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are ranked by their UCAT score for interview selection. In 2022-23, the lowest score for an interview invite was 2,850 and the threshold was 2,440.
  • Southampton University. Applicants are ranked by UCAT score to determine who will be invited to a Selection Day. The UCAT score is reviewed again alongside Selection Day performance to decide who will receive an offer.
  • St Andrews University. This UCAT uni ranks you by score and you must be within the top 500 or so to get shortlisted for interview. In recent years, the lowest score for applicants invited to interview has been around 2,400.
  • St George’s, University of London. You’ll be ranked by score and their standard requirement is 500 in each section. For 2023, the cut-off score was 2,630.
  • Sunderland University. You must be within the top 8 deciles and SJT Band 3 or above to be considered. For 2023 scores, that meant 2,760 or better.
  • Surrey University. The UCAT is used in stage 2 of the application process to decide who is invited to interview.
  • UCL. Since the BMAT is now scrapped, UCL will require its applicants to sit the UCAT.
  • Warwick University. The UCAT score required to secure a place at their Selection Centre varies year on year. You need to achieve at least the overall mean score in Verbal Reasoning. For 2023 entry, the minimum UCAT score for invitation to the Selection Centre was 2,580.
  • Woucester University. They don’t have hard cut off score, it depends on the shape of the curve of all applicants. However most shortlisted applicant scored more 2500 on UCAT (maximum 3020).

The above information is what UCAT universities are currently saying on their websites about the UCAT – but as always, please check individual university websites for the most up-to-date information before you apply.

UCAT Universities In ANZ

A number of universities in Australia and New Zealand require you to sit the UCAT ANZ. These are:


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Which UCAT Unis Should I Apply To?

Luckily, you’ll get your UCAT results before the application deadline. This means you’ll know how your score compares to other applicants, so you’ll know whether you should apply to universities that require a high score or ones that place less emphasis on that one aspect of your application.

If you scored highly, it might be a good idea to apply to universities that place a lot of emphasis on the UCAT. Many of these have a UCAT cut-off score and rank their applicants this way – so the higher your score, the higher your chance of getting an interview.

If you didn’t get the score you were hoping for, it’s a good idea to apply to universities that place more emphasis on other admissions criteria. Some Medical Schools put more weighting on academic achievements.

Find out more: Where To Apply With A High UCAT Score; Where To Apply With An Average UCAT Score; Where To Apply With A Low UCAT Score


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