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Buckingham

About The Course

The University of Buckingham offers a 4,5-year MB ChB Medicine degree. The course focuses on developing highly ethical, compassionate and honest doctors.

Based in Milton Keynes or Crewe, Buckingham Medical School offers a close-knit, supportive community due to their relatively small cohort sizes. In addition, Buckingham has a rich and culturally diverse atmosphere with staff and students from over 90 countries!


Buckingham split their course into two different phases. Phase one is spent primarily on campus, either in Buckingham or Crewe. Phase two is primarily based in partner hospitals near Buckingham and Crewe.

Structure Of The Course

Year 1-2

Phase one focuses on preclinical knowledge based around the systems of the body. You will also get plenty of clinical contact and interaction with patients.

Year 3-5

Phase two builds on phase one knowledge and is primarily clinically based. You will be exposed to all aspects of Medicine during placements within hospitals, the community and general practice.


Academic Requirements

GCSEs: At least Grade 4 in Maths GCSE (or equivalent).

A-levels: ABB Chemistry or Biology.

Scottish Higher: AABBB

Scottish Advanced Higher: BB 2 Advanced Highers to include Chemistry and one of Biology or Maths

International Baccalaureate: 34 points Higher Level 6 in Chemistry & Biology.

IELTs (International applicants only): If English is not your native language, you must hold an IELTS UKVI or IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7 overall and a minimum score of 6.5 in each component. Alternatives and exceptions to this qualification can be found on Buckingham’s website.

Bachelor's Degree (Graduates only): 2:1



Admissions Process

Candidates can apply via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) or directly through the university as it is independent. The deadline for UCAS applications is in October whereas applications directly through the university are due in September. This application will include information such as your academic history, personal statement and any other qualifications/achievements.

Admissions Tests:

UCAT
Unlike most Medical Schools in the UK, you are not required to take an admissions test (for example, UCAT or BMAT) in order to apply to Buckingham.

Interview Type: MMI

Interview Topics: Following the submission of your application, there are two stages of selection.

If you meet the initial entry criteria in your application, you will be invited to complete a Multiple Mini Assessment, a computer-based test designed to assess applicants’ analysis, interpretation and judgement skills.

If you are successful with the first assessment, you will be invited to attend an interview. Buckingham interviews their students in the format of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI’s). In Buckingham, these are a series of short tasks designed to analyse candidates’ abilities related to the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice’ guide. Buckingham interviews typically assess key skills required for medicine such as communication and time management but topics such as ethics, topical issues within medicine and problem solving are also often included.

You can find out about typical MMIs in our MMI guide.

It is possible to receive an offer after only the first assessment, if you score exceptionally highly.

The dates for the two selection days range from February to May.


Admissions Statistics

Total number of applicants: 461
Total number of places: 83
Total number of entrants: 83
Acceptance rate: 18.00%

Fees

Home students: £40000 pa
Rest of UK: £40000 pa
International students: £45000 pa

Teaching Methods

Teaching style: Buckingham delivers an integrated curriculum, meaning that you will learn through a mixture of lectures, group works, clinical work and self-directed learning.


Graduate Prospects

Unfortunately because Buckingham is private, there is no specific graduate data available. However, The University of Buckingham Medical School achieved 100% graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2024.


FAQs

Is Buckingham a private Medical School?

Yes, Buckingham Medical School is the first independent not-for-profit Medical School in the UK.

How hard is it to get into Buckingham Medical School?

Due to the course being relatively new, there are no admissions statistics for the Medical School. However, the typical A-level offer is ABB and graduates require at least a 2:1 in their first degree.

What is the University of Buckingham Medical School ranked?

Buckingham Medical School is currently ranked 33rd in the UK in the Guardian 2024 and 32nd in the Complete University Guide 2024.

Is Buckingham Medical School accredited?

Yes, Buckingham was accredited by the GMC in May 2019.

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