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Frequently asked questions

We've given the answers to a number of frequently asked questions about our admissions processes below.

If your question is not answered here or elsewhere on our website, please contact us at ug.medicine@manchester.ac.uk.

Applications

How many places do you have for Medicine?

We have almost 400 places available for A106 (five-year MBChB) – the majority for home and EU students and 28 for international students.

How many applications do you receive?

Last year, we received around 2,900 applications. We will interview around 1,500 applicants in the UK and make approximately 850 offers to Home/EU applicants and approximately 90 international offers.

When is the deadline for applications to Medicine?

The deadline for all applications through UCAS is 15 October each year. An application can be made for entry to Medicine in the September of the following year or for a deferred place in September the year after that. We are not able to consider late applications.

Do you consider gap year students?

Yes. We consider applicants who are either on a gap year or wish to take one before they join the course. We would expect time in the gap year to be used constructively to gain more work experience, either paid or unpaid, but we don’t have any specific requirements. Gap year applicants are considered in the same way as applicants applying straight from sixth form.

If I have started another degree course and I want to apply for Medicine, would I be considered?

No, we will only consider students who are in their final year, or have completed their degree course before they apply.

If I have completed my A-levels and have registered on a different degree, or I am in the first or second year of a degree course while applying for medicine, will you consider my application?

No, if you have registered to start a degree course in the year you make your application for medicine, or are on a degree course that will not be completed by the September of the year you want to start a medical degree, your application will not be considered.

You must be in your final year of a degree course, or have completed a first degree, before we will consider your application.

Our requirement for graduates is an achievement of a minimum Upper Second (2:1) degree and A-levels at a minimum of BBB at first attempt. Please see the MBChB course page for full entry requirements.

Would you consider my application if I had previously been unsuccessful on a medicine course at another medical school?

No, we do not consider students who have started a medicine course elsewhere.

Do you accept transfers onto the Medicine course?

No. We don't accept transfers. If you are in the first year of another degree, you should wait until you are in your final year of the degree before applying.

I was interviewed at Manchester last year, but was unsuccessful. Can I re-apply?

You can usually re-apply, but please contact us at ug.medicine@manchester.ac.uk to check.

I applied to Manchester last year but wasn't offered an interview. Can I re-apply?

Yes, we will consider a further application. We will treat the new application as if it was the first.

I will be under 18 if I joined the Medicine course. Will I still be considered?

Yes, we accept students who are 17 years old or above onto the course. We do not consider applications from students who would be 16 on the start day of the course.

Can a parent, teacher or friend discuss my application with you?

We will only correspond directly with you about the status of your application (including the outcome of your application, your offer and your examination results).

This is because medical students and all applicants to medicine must demonstrate a number of core professional values and behaviours. We value traits such as resilience and the ability to engage in independent enquiry because these are essential qualities that doctors must possess.

We know that it can seem a bit daunting at first, but our admissions team is very friendly and we will always be willing to help where we can, so please do pick up the phone and speak to us in person or contact us directly by email rather than asking someone else to do it for you. We will not normally speak to anyone else about your application, other than to verify references qualifications and work experience.

Qualifications

Is there an advantage to studying four A-levels?

We warmly welcome applicants with four A-levels, but we only require three to satisfy our basic entry requirements.

The majority of applicants are invited to interview based on having met the UCAT threshold where a fourth A-level would be of no particular advantage. For those applicants who are shortlisted on a holistic basis, we will look for high levels of sustained academic achievement, among other things, and so an additional A-level may be advantageous.

If you are studying four A-levels and we make you an offer, the offer would be AAA, to include A in Chemistry or Biology, a second science and A in either your third or fourth subject, not including General Studies or Critical Thinking. If you have been invited to interview via our holistic route, we may include the fourth A-level in your offer.

Does it make any difference if I am predicted to obtain an A* at A-level?

No, it doesn't make any difference in terms of satisfying the basic entry requirements. For those applicants who are shortlisted on a holistic basis (where additional qualifications are compensating for a lower UCAT score) we will look for, among other things, high levels of sustained academic achievement, and so an A* may be advantageous.

You ask for AAA predicted or achieved, but I have A*AB. Can I still be considered?

No, we would not consider an application.

I have more A*/A grades at GCSE than you require. Do I have an advantage in your assessment?

This would not give you an advantage in terms of satisfying the basic entry requirements. For those applicants who are shortlisted on a holistic basis, we will look for, among other things, high levels of sustained academic achievement, and so more A*/A grades than required may be advantageous.

If I study four subjects at AS level, but only take three to full A-level, what grade should I achieve in the fourth AS-level?

The fourth AS-level does not form part of any offer we make. Our minimum requirement is AAA at A-level, and we ask for the fourth AS-level so you can demonstrate a rigorous and varied qualification profile.

If I haven't studied four subjects in Year 12, would I still be considered?

We are aware that the change to linear A-levels means that some students are unable to study a fourth AS-level. Applicants who find themselves in this position are expected to offer an alternative qualification or activity to demonstrate a commitment to a rigorous and balanced educational profile.

What extra qualifications might be considered to demonstrate a commitment towards achieving a broad and balanced education?

Any of the following qualifications would be considered:

  • General Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Critical Thinking
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Key Skills (eg ASDN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)
  • Level 3 BTEC
  • Music examinations (grade 6 and above)
  • Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE)
  • National Citizen Service (NCS)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • any other qualifications listed in the UCAS tariff tables (PDF, 1.8MB).

Do you have a preference for the third subject taken?

No, provided it isn't one of the non-accepted subjects listed on our website, then we will accept any other subject. 

I completed three A-levels at A grade, but did not take Chemistry/Biology or a second science. Can I take the subjects a year later and still apply?

Yes, providing you are predicted to achieve a grade A in both and they are taken in one year only.

Do you accept A-level re-sits?

We welcome applications from those re-sitting their A-levels, though you may only re-sit one of either Year 12 or Year 13.

Where A-levels have been attempted in Year 13, you are expected to have obtained a minimum of grade B in each subject at the first sitting for the re-sit grades to be considered.

All re-sitting applicants are required to achieve Grades A*AA in the A-level subjects specified above, and the A* is expected to be achieved in the final examinations in either of the two required sciences.

I've taken Maths A-level a year early. Will this affect my application?

No, it will not affect your application, but it would not be taken into account in any offer made. If you achieved a grade A in the Maths A-level, we would still expect you to offer three A2 subjects to include Chemistry or Biology, a second science plus a third subject at the end of Year 13. Our requirements from those subjects would be AAA.

Will it be acceptable if I take three years to complete my A-levels?

We are aware that some schools actively encourage their students to start studying for A-levels early, i.e. in Year 11. If a student started one A-level in Year 11 and completed it in Year 12, and then went on to complete three A-levels at the end of Year 13, this would be acceptable.

We would appreciate clarification from your school before we make a decision. Please contact ug.medicine@manchester.ac.uk for guidance.

I do not have GCSE subjects, only equivalents. Would you accept my application taking A-levels?

Please see our country-specific entry requirements section for information pertinent to your qualifications.

Do you accept GCSE resits?

Yes we do.

What are the relevant degrees for graduates applying to medicine?

Any degree within biomedical or biological sciences or professions allied to medicine would be relevant.

UCAT

What is the UCAT and do I have to take it?

The UCAT is an aptitude test used by many medical schools to assist in their selection procedures. All applicants to Manchester must take the UCAT test in the year of application. The test is valid for a year. More information can be found on the UCAT page.

Do you operate a threshold for UCAT?

See the UCAT page for further information.

Where I can find out more about UCAT?

You can visit the main UCAT website. You can also download an official guide from the website, which contains definitive information regarding the test and its content, as well as free practice tests and other practice tools.

What if I usually require extra time for exams?

Check the UCAT website for information on the extended test (UCATSEN). Please note that you will be required to provide the University with the appropriate evidence.

Online Non-Academic Information Form

What is the Non-Academic Information Form?

The Non-Academic Information Form can be thought of as an expanded personal statement where you can provide more information and tell us why you chose to apply to Manchester.

See the Non-Academic Information Form page for more information.

What work experience do you need?

We are not looking for a particular number of hours doing a specific type of work experience. We are trying to ascertain that you have a clear idea of what it is like to study medicine and what the role of a doctor entails.

We will look to see that you can demonstrate a genuine and sustained commitment to wanting to enter a caring profession, and you are able to reflect on what you have gained from the work experience you have undertaken.

See the Non-Academic Information Form page for more information on work experience.

Do I need to have done any shadowing?

No. Although shadowing is valuable experience, there is no substitute for participating rather than just observing. We are also aware that shadowing experience can be difficult to come by, particularly if you are under the age of 18.

Why do you use the Non-Academic Information Form?

We introduced this online form several years ago. It allows you to expand on your personal statement and provides an opportunity to talk about your work experience in more detail.

The structure of the form also makes it clear to you exactly what we are looking for with respect to non-academic information. This minimises the possibility of you omitting any of the essential information that we require.

Is this not just the personal statement?

It's a more structured version of the personal statement that is designed to help you get the information we need to see across to us efficiently and succinctly.

While we expect it to contain much of the information we would ordinarily expect to see in a personal statement, we ask you to not copy chunks of your personal statement word for word.

We may read a small number of personal statements in certain circumstances.

Interviews

Where and when will interviews take place?

Please see the interviews page for more information.

International students

Can international students apply?

Yes - we have a fixed HEFCE quota of 28 international students per year (i.e. not home/EU applicants).

International applications will be processed and assessed separately, but using the same processes as home and EU applications.

What qualifications do I need as an international applicant?

Please see our international entry requirements page for country-specific information.

If I am selected for interview, where will my interview be held?

You can choose to be interviewed in Manchester or overseas. We usually interview in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius, and dates will be advertised in due course.

What are your English language requirements?

If English is not your first language, we require a Secure English Language Test to demonstrate your English proficiency. See the international entry requirements page for more information.

About the course

Is the Medicine MBChB a problem-based learning course?

Manchester uses a mixed methods approach to teaching and learning. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used, but the key Manchester approach is the study of clinical cases in small groups.

See the teaching and learning page for more information.

What does a typical week look like?

See the teaching and learning page for an indicative Year 1 weekly timetable.