Cardiff University (Graduate Entry)


Cardiff Medical School is one of the largest the UK with over 1000 undergraduate students. Cardiff is the only medical school in Wales available for school-leaver applicants (with the only other Welsh school, Swansea, being exclusively for graduate applicants). You’ll experience and benefit a wide range of placement locations, from cities to rural areas of Welsh countryside. A case-based approach to learning in the initial years buts all of the theory of medical sciences into a clinical context, easing the transition between pre-clinical and clinical years of study.

Cardiff only accepts graduates from one of four recognised feeder streams of specific degree courses offered at Cardiff University, the University of Bangor, or the University of South Wales.

Key Points

  • Entry from Feeder Degrees
  • Identical to Y2-5 of Cardiff Standard Course
  • Case Base Learning

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number029 2068 8113
Course Information
Teaching styleCBL
Cardiff utilises a Case-Based Learning approach. This puts all of the basic medical sciences into a clinical context during your initial pre-clinical years. Clinical placements begin in Year 3 and cover a diverse range of areas from rural cottage hospitals to large teaching hospitals in Cardiff city.
The graduate course is identical to Y2-5 of the standard-entry Cardiff course.
Course length4 years
BSCYes, optional
Intercalation is optional between Year 2 and 3 at BSc level.
Courses offered4 courses offered:
A100 Standard Entry Medicine - 5 years
A104 Medicine with a Preliminary Year - 6 years
A101 Graduate Entry Medicine- 4 years
A102 Medicine (North Wales) - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaCardiff
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, known for being quieter and friendlier than its English counterpart. The city itself is vibrant with all the benefits of a big city, with plenty of sports, museums, restaurants and coffee shops. Cardiff is also a great city if you love nature with beautiful natural landscapes a short trip outside of the city. The university is located in the heart of the city so you're never far from the action!
Social lifeCardiff is an amazing place to be a student! The city is home to multiple universities and this has shaped the city with plenty of student events always going on. Cardiff is known for its nightlife but there is also plenty to do if partying isn't your thing. The university has a huge selection of societies and the MedSoc is known for organising plenty of year-round events.
Interview styleMMI
9 stations, each lasting 9 minutes
Interview datesDec-Jan
Interview topics
  • Motivation and realistic view of a career in medicine
  • Social awareness and empathy
  • Balancing an argument
  • Ability to contribute to the student community
  • Admissions Tests
    No minimum threshold as other aspects of the application are also used for candidate shortlisting
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs scored for interview shortlisting
    Minimum requirements: 8 GCSEs including grade B/6 in GCSE Maths, Biology, Chemistry and English or Welsh Language Scoring system: 9 subjects are scored which must include Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Maths. 3 points are awarded for grade 9/8/A*, 2 points for grade 7/A and 1 point for grade 6/B
    A-levelScored for interview shortlisting
    Minimum requirement: BBB/ABC
    Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry
    Scoring system: 3 points are awarded for A* grade and 2 points are awarded for A grade
    Retake policyStudents who have failed to achieve AAA at A-level at first attempt are not usually considered
    Scottish highersN/A
    Scottish advancedN/A
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    must be from recognised feeder stream (see below)
  • BMedSci Medical Sciences at Bangor
  • BSc Medical Sciences at South Wales
  • BSc Medical Pharmacology at Cardiff
  • BSc Biomedical Science BC97 at Cardiff
  • Statistics
    Applications in 19/2060
    Interviews in 19/2018
    Offers in 19/2015
    Success rate in 19/201 in 4


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