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: 

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 the October application deadline as set by UCAS. 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. 

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. 

Personal statement

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, we reserve the right to use any information we may hold on your application(s). The sorts of areas that medical schools would typically 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;
  • interests/hobbies;
  • team working;
  • communication skills;
  • determination;
  • conscientiousness;
  • intellectual potential.

Any personal statements which we are notified by UCAS as having been identified by the similarity detection service will result in an unsuccessful decision, irrespective of the percentage of similarity detected, or whether we have used your personal statement in the selection process.

Reference

This is likely to be written by one of your teachers. 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. However, you should also let us know by email, as we do not routinely read the reference until after interview.

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.