Completing the UCAS form
All applications are coordinated by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
There is lots of helpful information about submitting your application available on the UCAS website. You may also find the Medical Schools Council website a useful source of information about applying for medicine.
Our UCAS codes are:
- Five-year Medicine (MBChB) course: A106
- Six-year Medicine (MBChB) course with a foundation year: A104
Completing your UCAS form
For applicants who are applying to Medicine and Dentistry courses (as well as Oxbridge), the deadline for submitting the UCAS form is 18:00 (UK time) on 15 October every year. The deadline is set by UCAS and we are not able to accept late applications.
The UCAS form is your opportunity to tell us about your current qualifications and how you match up to our published entry criteria. The form needs to be complete and accurate at the point of submission and is assessed as it is received.
All qualifications, including those which are pending and any in which you have been unsuccessful, must be declared. For pending qualifications, a predicted grade from an appropriate educational professional at your current institution of study should be provided. Unfortunately, we cannot progress an application without predicted grades, so if none are present, the application will be rejected.
Please note that we do not normally accept subsequent declarations of additional qualifications or revised predicted grades that are provided to us after the UCAS deadline, so it is important that your form is accurate at the point of submission.
Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements for medicine at The University of Manchester progress to the next stage of the selection process.
You will be required to write a personal statement as part of your UCAS application, and this will be seen by the admissions departments for each of your course choices.
At Manchester, we do not usually read the personal statement that comes to us via UCAS; instead, we ask applicants to complete a Non-Academic Information Form.
There are some circumstances where we will look at the personal statement, however, so it is important that you complete it. The sorts of areas we would expect to see covered in the personal statement are as follows:
- reasons for choosing/changing to medicine;
- amount of work experience in a caring role;
- knowledge/experience of the UK healthcare system;
- team working;
- communication skills;
- intellectual potential.
This is likely to be written by your head teacher, college principal or the head of your year/form tutor. If you are not at school, you should approach an academic supervisor whenever possible. A 'character reference' is not sufficient.
We do, however, want to know what the writer of the reference thinks about you as a person, not just about your academic achievements and potential.
We strongly recommend that any mitigating circumstances that may have affected your academic performance or any other aspect of the information contained in the UCAS form should be included in the referee's report. Once we have received an application, we would also expect to be informed of any mitigating circumstances that might occur during the application process. Please contact us for further information on mitigating circumstances.