Birmingham Medical School

Overview

Birmingham Medical School is one of the largest and oldest medical schools in Britain. Where students benefit from some of the best clinical education settings in Europe. You will learn at some of the UK’s leading hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Royal Infirmary. Birmingham place heavy weighting on both academic performance and UCAT score, with the SJT score used post interview in deciding which applicants will be made offers.

Key Points

Heavy UCAT Focus
Early Clinical Focus
Very Competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email [email protected]
Phone number
Course Information
Teaching styleTraditional/Integrated
2 years of pre-clinical study followed by 3 integrated clinical years.
Course length4-5 years
Undergraduate standard entry - 5 years
Graduate entry - 4 years
BSCYes
9 intercalating options, details of which are available here. You can chose to intercalate after your second, third or fourth year of study.
Courses offered2 courses offered
Undergraduate and Graduate entry medicine
Graduate entryYes
Graduate entry course - 4 years
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaBirmingham
Social life
Interview
Interview styleMMI
7 stations, 5 of which are interview stations, plus two calculation stations. Each interview station lasts for 6 minutes with a 2 minute preparation time outside the station to read information relating to the topic. In the calculation stations you will have 8 minutes to complete the task at each station. More information about the MMI circuit at Birmingham Medical School can be found here.
Interview datesDecember - February
Interview invited are usually given out from the start of December on a rolling basis to mid February, with the last interviews being at the end of February.
Interview topics
  • Debate a medical hot topic
  • Medical ethics
  • Motivation and insight into medicine
  • Data interpretation and communication
  • Communication 1 - role play station
  • Dealing with personal and ethical issues
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATThere is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. Each decile of UCAT scores are converted to a score on a scale from 0-4. Your UCAT score is used in conjunction with academic achievements with a weighting of 60% academic to 40% UCAT score. This is then used to rank and shortlist applicants for interview. More information about conversion of UCAT scores can be found here.
    The SJT section score of the UCAT will be used at interview stage.
    GAMSATN/A
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs not used past minimum entry requirements met
    Grades required: Minimum of 32 points must be obtained where A*=7 A=6 B=5. Additionally a minimum of 5/B grade must be achieved in the Sciences, English and Maths.
    A-levelA*AA is common
    Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry
    Grades required: A*AA with AAA predicted
    Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted
    Retake policyNo
    Unless exceptional circumstances
    Scottish highersunknown
    Not listed as accepted
    Scottish advancedunknown Not listed as accepted
    IB32 points
    Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology, and one other subject for approved subjects (excluding critical thinking and general studies)
    Grades required: 7,6,6 including Chemistry and Biology and one other
    BDGA only2:1 Honours degree
    Subjects required: Life Science degree
    Grades required: 2:1 upper second class degree.
    Secondary school qualifications are also used in the assessment of graduate applications, along with the development of personal qualities.
    Statistics
    Applications in 18/192456
    Total number of home applicants: 2456
    Interviews in 18/191154
    Total number of applicants interviewed: 1154
    Offers in 18/19884
    Total number of offers: 884
    Success rate in 18/19Application success rate:
    Offers per applicant: 1 in 2.8
    Interview success rate:
    Offers per interview: 1 in 1.3

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