Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: B32
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
Applicants: 3017
Interviews: 1100
Offers: 700
Places: 334
Academic entry requirement:

A*AA. Candidates should have predicted AAA including Biology and Chemistry (NB. Human Biology is acceptable as an alternative to Biology).

General Studies: not accepted.



·Contextual measure: QCA points per A level subject

·Threshold (maximum): 230 points (used for 2015 and 2014 entry)

·AS level requirements: AABB (minimum)

The thresholds for each aspect of contextual data may change according to the level of competition. 

Alternative Academic Qualifications 

Cambridge Pre-University Diploma

· D3, D2, D2 from three subjects, including Biology and Chemistry

· If Global Perspectives and Research is not offered, a fourth subject at AS level must be studied in Year 12.

Scottish Certificate of Education

· Highers: Five subjects at grade A including, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English.

· Advanced Highers: Three subjects including Chemistry and Biology must be offered (grade requirements: AAB)

International Baccalaureate

· Higher level: 766 from Chemistry and Biology and one other approved subject (in any order)

· Subsidiary level: The subjects must include English and Mathematics if not offered at the higher level (Maths Studies is acceptable).

· Minimum of 32 points must be attained

· You must provide results from the Middle Years' Programme if available, or a GCSE-equivalent qualification. MYP results will be scored according to the following equivalencies to GCSEs: 7 = A*; 6 = A; 5 = B. A minimum of 5 must have been achieved in Science, English and Mathematics


· Achieved or predicted first or upper second class degree from a UK-based institution (normally).

· School qualifications: GCSE – minimum of grade A in Science, English and Mathematics; A Levels – minimum of AAA (including, normally, Biology and Chemistry).

· Academic results will not be scored. Applicants who meet the threshold academic requirements described above will be ranked according to UKCAT score.

· Life Science graduates may be eligible for our graduate-entry course. Qualified dentists who have completed MJDF/MFDS and who wish to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery may be admitted to the second year of this course if spaces are available.

Access Courses or Foundation Programmes

We do not consider either of these qualifications. 

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: The Medical School
Vincent Drive
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
Telephone: 0121 414 6914
Key attribute of medical institute: The Medical Schools Council has produced a statement on the core values and attributes needed to study medicine:

Some of these are assessed in the mechanisms used to identify applicants for interview (described below). Our interview process will address many more of these, including: self-insight, reflection, problem-solving, dealing with uncertainty, communication, teamwork, resilience, empathy and honesty. In common with all organisations selecting people to work in the NHS, our recruitment is values-based.
Interview style format: MMI
Course Structure:

First and second years

Your first two years are largely taken up with modules on the structure and function of the human body. You will learn how each system is controlled and is able to respond to the demands of everyday life and how they are affected by disease and medical treatments. Much of the anatomy is learned in small-group sessions, including substantial experience of prosection.

You will learn about the psychology and sociology of health and illness and how the health of whole populations, as well as of individual patients, is assessed. You will also be introduced to some of the key issues in biomedical ethics, for example genetic engineering.

In each year, you will spend ten days in the community with GPs and patients, linking biological and behavioural theoretical learning to clinical situations with real patients. Plus, you will have the opportunity to select areas of study for yourself so that you can pursue topics that interest you.  

Third year

You will be based in our partner Teaching Hospital Trusts to further develop your basic clinical skills in taking a good clinical history and examining patients, as well as studying the communication skills needed for effective patient-doctor relations. You'll also learn about common diseases and how to diagnose and manage them, and continue your theoretical work on pathology, pharmacology, public health and epidemiology.   

Fourth and fifth years

You will now move onto clinical attachments in medical, surgical and other specialities such as Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Bone and Joint Disease, Oncology, Ear, Nose and Throat and Peri-Operative Care. You will also do further attachments in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and General Practice. During the Final year, you will be able to bring all of your learning and skills together through the Acutely Ill Patient attachment, as you prepare to become a medical practitioner. 

Elective studies: Two months in the spring of the fourth year are allotted to full-time studies of your own choice, either in a department of the Medical School or at another centre in Britain or, as the majority of students choose to do, abroad. You may choose to consolidate your knowledge in a subject you’ve already studied, gain further experience of clinical practice or perhaps undertake your own clinical research project. 

These are a selection of the various locations that our students have visited as part of their electives. 

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