Exeter University is one of the top universities in the UK and is well renowned for its research, high-quality teaching and highly-ranked student satisfaction. 

Exeter offers undergraduate programmes that provide routes into the science and healthcare fields. The Medical School is located in a small and historic city in the coastal part of Devon and gives students the chance to study in a vibrant environment. 

About The Course

Exeter offers a BMBS Medicine course with its curriculum providing a great clinical focus. Exeter allows its students to develop the correct clinical skills throughout the course with an integrated teaching approach. 

The course is patient-centred with many hospital and community healthcare placements offered to students.

Structure Of The Course

Year 1

In the first year of the medical course, students will be placed at the St. Luke’s Campus where they will begin to learn the core modules for biomedical sciences and some aspects of clinical sciences. Students will also start clinical placement experiences to practise their skills.

Year 2

This year is dedicated to further developing the core medical sciences, health population and incorporating a more integrated clinical placement.

Year 3

In the third year of the medicine course, students will begin Clinical Pathway 1. This will be undertaken at one of Exeter’s NHS Trust Sites. Students will rotate through various specialities in medicine in both hospital settings as well as in community placements. This will be across Cornwall or Devon.

Year 4

Year 4 of the course will be the start of Clinical Pathway 2 and provide students with extensive exposure to different clinical settings. This will give students the chance to use their basic sciences and clinical learning in a ward-based setting. Clinical skills will also be enhanced throughout the year.

Year 5

In the final year, students will get a chance to be more independent as they prepare to start their job as foundation trainee. They will undertake various apprenticeships across South-West England in different hospitals and evaluate patients’ conditions and their illnesses. Students will also be given the opportunity to travel abroad for a student-selected elective to get involved in healthcare abroad.

Academic Requirements

GCSEs: Grade C/4 or higher to be achieved in English Language.

A-levels: AAA A achieved in both Chemistry and Biology.

Scottish Higher: AAAAB Chemistry and Biology at Grade A

Scottish Advanced Higher: AAB Chemistry and Biology at Grade A

International Baccalaureate: 36 points/666 Biology and Chemistry at HL6

Bachelor's Degree (Graduates only): Minimum of 2:1 in either BSc/MSci (Hons) Medical Sciences or Neuroscience at Exeter University.

Mitigating Circumstances

Resits policy: Applicants who have or need to re-sit modules are welcome to re-apply to Exeter Medical School.

Extenuating circumstances: If applicants feel that they have experienced or are currently experiencing issues that have disrupted their studies, they can complete an online extenuating circumstances form which can be found here.

Deferred entry: Deferred entry is accepted at the University of Exeter.

Transfers: Transfer requests will only be accepted from home candidates. Applications from students who are currently enrolled in a UK registered Medical School may be considered to join Year 1-4 of Exeter’s BMBS programme. Applicants will be asked to write a personal statement outlining their reasoning as to why they would like to transfer alongside a transcript of all the years of their study.

Further Entry Requirements

Work experience: Work experience is not part of Exeter’s standard entry requirements. Work experience will only enhance a student’s passion for studying medicine; however, Exeter recognises that not all students may be able to get the opportunity, so all students are welcome to apply.

Personal statement: Students are advised to bring a copy of their personal statement and know it thoroughly as it may be referred to in the interview.

Admissions Process

Applicants who meet the academic requirements for entry will be assigned a score and ranking. UCAT scores, alongside academic achievements, will be taken into consideration when sending out interview offers.

Admissions Tests:

Applications will be sorted according to academic profile and UCAT overall score to determine which applicants will receive an offer of an interview. All applicants are required to sit the UCAT in the year of application if they are applying with either predicted or achieved A-Level grades.

GAMSAT – Applicants who have completed a degree (or are applying 2 years after the completion of their A-Levels) would need to complete the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test to be considered. Applications will be ranked according to the GAMSAT overall score.

Interview Type: MMI

Interview Topics:

  • Communication and Teamwork 
  • Empathy 
  • Strengths and Weaknesses 
  • Reflectiveness 
  • Passion and Motivation to pursue Medicine 
  • Ethical Scenarios 
  • Decision Making

You can find out more about Exeter’s interviews in our guide.

Admissions Statistics

Total number of applicants: 2218
Total number of places: 255
Total number of entrants: 255
Acceptance rate: 11.50%


Home students: £9250 pa
Rest of UK: £9250 pa
International students: £45700 pa

Teaching Methods

Teaching style: Exeter focuses on an integrated course with a variety of teaching methods. Patient-centred education is vital to Exeter’s curriculum and will equip students with strong knowledge of both the basic sciences and qualities that a competent doctor possesses. Teaching will be delivered through small groups, larger groups, and placements.

Intercalation mode: Students may partake in an optional intercalated degree in another subject. This can be either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree. Exeter offers a wide range of intercalation options which may be found here.

Graduate Prospects

Graduates from the University of Exeter Medical School will receive a BMBS degree which comes under the primary medical qualification (PMQ). All students will be able to qualify to receive provisional registration with the GMC and be able to undertake foundation training. Training offers a broad range of careers possible after medicine and this can extend into research careers in science as well. 

A 100% of graduates go on to work or further study with the average earnings for graduates from the University of Exeter being around £34,000 around 15 months after finishing the course.


What is the general teaching style at Exeter?

General teaching is delivered through problem-based learning in groups of 7-9 students.

Does Exeter offer dissections?

The BMBS programme does not offer dissections as part of its course however, some activities may have an optional sign-up involving dissections.

Can I join a club or society at Exeter University?

There are over 180 clubs and societies to get involved in at Exeter University. These can either be social clubs, sports clubs or academic clubs. All students are welcome to join any society.

How do I apply to Exeter Medical School?

Applicants may submit their application through the UCAS portal online or through the Exeter Medical School website (for postgraduate courses).


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