University of Birmingham

Birmingham Medical School has been training doctors since 1900 and has continued to be a world-class medical school ever since. At Birmingham you have the opportunity to learn at some of the UK’s leading hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which is situated just next door to the medical school campus. You’ll learn alongside students studying other healthcare disciplines, mirroring how these disciplines work together in real life to care for patients.

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. This makes it an ideal choice for strong all-round candidates, as well as candidates with particularly high UCAT or GCSEs.

Key Points

  • UCAT
  • City Based
  • Optional Intercalation
  • Integrated Course

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Key Information
Email [email protected]
Phone number0121 414 7258
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
The first two years are pre-clinical, where you'll learn about each body system as well as the psychology and sociology of health. Anatomy is taught in small groups using prosections. Years 3-5 are spent in partner hospitals and general practices as clinical medical students.
Course length5 years
BSCYes, optional
Options to intercalate at BMedSc, BSc, MSc or MRes
Courses offered2 courses offered
A100 Standard Entry Medicine - 5 years
A101 Graduate Entry Medicine - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaBirmingham
Birmingham City Centre is a great place to live and study! The city is large (the biggest outside of London in the UK) and full of life. There are a total of 6 universities in Birmingham so it is a a great place for students with plenty of student events always going on. Despite the city being big, the city centre is easy to navigate with great public transport. The university is located a short-way outside of the city centre so is also surrounded by plenty of green space, giving it a quieter feel too.
Social lifeFirst year accommodation tends to be in the Vale Village which is approximately 15 minutes away from the Medical School. It's a really nice area, with a large central lake and plenty of parks to relax in. Everything you need is closeby including student pubs and a small local shop.
Birmingham MedSoc runs a range of societies just for medical students - everything from academic specialty-based to sports groups. The MedSoc also organises big social events such as the Med Ball each year.
Interview
Interview styleMMI
7 stations each 6 minutes long, including calculation stations and roleplay
Interview datesDec-Jan
Interview topics
  • Calculation stations
  • Critical thinking
  • Roleplay
  • Motivation and insight into medicine
  • Dealing with personal and ethical challenges
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    UCAT score is used in conjunction with academic achievements with a weighting of 45% academic to 30% UCAT score and 25% contextual. This is then used to rank and shortlist applicants for interview.
    The SJT section score of the UCAT will be used at interview stage.
    BMATN/A
    GAMSATN/A
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs scored for interview selection
    Subjects scored: English (both Language and Literature), Maths, Biology and Chemistry (or dual science) plus any two additional requirements
    A score of 4 points is awarded for grades 8/9 or A*, 2 points for 7/A and 1 point for 6/B. The two unspecified subjects will only be scored if an 8/9/A* is obtained and will receive 2 points only.
    Minimum requirements: English Language (grade 6/B), Maths (grade 6/B), Biology (grade 6/B) and Chemistry (grade 6/B) or dual award science
    all applicants must meet the minimum requirements regardless of overall GCSE score
    A-levelAAA
    Subjects required: Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry
    Retake policyA Level threshold must be achieved in first sitting for these qualifications, even if they are in unrelated subjects.
    Scottish highersAAAAA
    Subjects required: Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English
    Scottish advancedAA
    Subject requirements: Chemistry and Biology
    IB32 points
    6,6,6 at HL HL subjects required: Chemistry and Biology, and one other subject for approved subjects
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    No degree subject requirements
    GCSE requirements: grade A/B in Science, English and Maths
    A-Level requirements: ABB including Biology and Chemistry
    if your degree has sufficient Biology and Chemistry, only one of these subjects is required at A-Level
    Statistics
    Applications in 19/203339
    Interviews in 19/201369
    Offers in 19/201009
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 3

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