Cardiff University School of Medicine


Cardiff University School of Medicine is one of the largest medical schools in the UK, where you will benefit from internationally-renowned researchers. Cardiff University has also made up to 73% of the course available to be taught through the medium of Welsh. Furthermore, you will benefit from being at one of the largest medical schools in the UK, with a range of placement options from cities to rural areas. 

Cardiff do not use a UCAT threshold score, however, they do use the score as part of their overall assessment of each candidate. Therefore it is important that your overall application is strong in all areas.

Key Points

  • Heavy UCAT Focus
  • Early Clinical Focus
  • Very Competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)29 2068 8113
Course Information
Teaching styleCBL
Case-Based Learning is a modernised curriculum that takes a similar format to PBL teaching styles, but focuses on specific patient cases to focus learning outcomes.
Along with this students benefit from early clinical exposure
Course length4-6 years
Graduate entry - 4 years
Undergraduate entry - 5 years
Access course to undergraduate entry - 6 years
Around 100 students choose to intercalate each year in one of the 13 intercalated degrees offered. With 3 of these options being offered by Bangor University. A full list of intercalating options is available here.
Courses offeredUndergraduate entry medicine - 5 year
Undergraduate entry medicine with Preliminary Year - 6 years
Graduate entry medicine - 4 years
Undergraduate entry medicine: North Wales - 5 years
Graduate entryYes
Graduate entry medicine - 4 years
Foundation or accessYes
Undergraduate entry medicine with preliminary year - 6 years
University Life
Local areaWales
Cardiff, or available in North Wales through Bangor University and the University of South Wales.
Social life
Interview styleMMI
9 stations, each lasting 9 minutes with a short break between each station.
Interview datesDecember and January
Interviews will take place over the months of December and January, with a short break over the festive period. Invites to interview usually begin to be sent out in November.
Interview topics Focus on exploring a candidate's personal qualities and attributes that are important in developing good doctors of the future:
  • Motivation and realistic view of a career in medicine
  • Social awareness and empathy
  • Balancing an argument
  • Self-directed learning and Extra-curricular activities (your ability to contribute to the student community)
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATAll undergraduate applicants (A100 and A104) are required to sit the UCAT. Graduates applying for the A104 course are also required to site the UCAT too.
    There is no minimum threshold score for the UCAT, however it is used as part of the assessment process.
    GAMSATGraduate applicants (apart from those applying to A104) are required to sit the GASMAT.
    There is no minimum threshold core for the GAMSAT, however candidate’s achieved scores are used as part of the assessment procedure.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSE’s used as a minimum requirement only
    Grades required: 9 GCSEs including Mathematics, English Language, Chemistry and Biology at grade B/6 or above. Where double science is offered candidates must have achieved grade BB/66 minimum.
    A-levelAAA is common
    Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
    Grades required: AAA
    General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Mathematics are not acceptable A-level subjects.
    Retake policyNo
    Students who have failed to achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) at first attempt are not usually considered. Exceptions are made where extenuating circumstances have occurred.
    Scottish highersN/A
    Scottish advancedAAA
    Subjects required:Biology and Chemistry
    Grades required: AAA
    General Studier and Critical Thinking are excluded.
    IB36 points
    Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry
    Grades required: 36+ points overall with a minimum of 18 at higher level. Including 6 in Biology and Chemistry.
    Other variations in point combinations are acceptable where Biology or Chemistry are only offered at standard level. Information on this is available on the university website here.
    Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay are excluded from overall points.
    BDGA only2:1 Honours degree
    Subjects required: Degree recognised feeder stream is required:
    -BMedSci Medical Sciences Degree (Bangor)
    -BSc Medical Sciences Degree (South Wales)
    -BSc Medical Pharmacology Degree (Cardiff)
    -BSc Biomedical Science Degree (Cardiff)
    -Grades required: 2:1 degree classification
    A-Level requirements are BBB (or ABC), which must include Biology and Chemistry.
    Applications in 18/19Total number of home applicants: 2437
    Home/EU applicants: 1990
    Overseas applicants: 4471990
    Interviews in 18/19Total number of applicants interviewed: 1203
    Home/EU applicants interviewed: 1109
    Overseas applicants interviewed: 94
    Offers in 18/19Total number of offers: 726
    Home/EU applicants offers made: 669
    Overseas applicants offers made: 57
    Success rate in 18/19Application success rate:
    Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.4
    Interview success rate:
    Offers per interview: 1 in 1.7

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