Exeter University


The University of Exeter is a fantastic place to study medicine, offering students a bold and innovative approach to clinical education. You will study in a world-leading, internationally recognised research-rich environment, giving you fantastic opportunities for intercalated degrees with both BSc and MSc options. Benefit from being located in the beautiful Devon and Cornwall areas, offering both city and rural medicine learning opportunities. 

The University of Exeter use both A-level grades (or equivalent) and UCAT score in their interview selection criteria. Therefore if your grades are not predicted to be 3A*s then it is imperative that you score well in the UCAT. You are unlikely to be invited to interview with grades less than A*A*A, making Exeter university to be only consider if you have both a very strong academic profile and UCAT score.

Key Points

  • Early Clinical Contact
  • A*AA
  • High UCAT
  • Very competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)1392 724837
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated and PBL
Integrated course taught with the use of PBL (problem-based learning).
Structure overview is two pre-clinical years, followed by three clinical years. Having said this, students get clinical exposure from the first month of the degree programme.
Course length5 years
5 years, with the option to intercalate between years 4 and 5.
11 BSc options and 10 MSc intercalating options. More information on which is available here. Intercalated degrees are taken at Exeter between year 4 &5 of the medicine program.
Courses offered1 course offered
5 year undergraduate entry - with optional intercalated year.
Graduate entryNo
Graduates are able to apply to the standard undergraduate entry course
Foundation or accessNo
Widening participation scheme is in place.
University Life
Local areaExeter
In your first year you will be based at St Luke’s Campus in Exeter. During your clinical years especially, you will be required to travel to Devon or Cornwall for placements. In your final year this also includes Exeter, Truro, Barnstaple and Torbay.
Social life
Interview styleMMI
7 stations which will include a role play station with an actor.
Interview dates December - March
Interviews take place between December and March.
Interview topics
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and/or leadership
  • Motivation to study medicine - and insight into a career in medicine
  • Role play station - empathy
  • Decision-making skills
  • Questions on your personal statement - assessing your ability to be reflective
Admissions Tests
UCATMinimum of 2670 with A*A*A grades
Students will be shortlisted for interview according to their academic profile and UCAT score.
The UCAT overall score is used for this.
Applicants achieving less than 2500 overall are unlikely to be invited to interview.
All students predicted A*A*A* interviewed. In addition students predicted A*A*A with a minimum of 2670 UCAT score were interviewed for 2018 entry.
This minimum fluctuates year on year, however is a good guideline to see if you are likely to be invited to interview.
BMATNot Used
Graduates or students who are applying more than two full academic years since completion of A-levels or equivalent must sit the GAMSAT.
Only the GAMSAT overall score will be considered in the interview shortlist procedure for students who are required to sit the GAMSAT. Threshold scores in each section must be met.
Applicants who achieve less than 59 overall are unlikely to be invited to attend an interview.
Academic Requirements
GSCEMinimum entry requirement only
Subjects required: English and Mathematics
Grades required: Grade C/5 minimum
A-levelAAA required
A*A*A most common predicted grades
Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry
Grades required: AAA with required subjects both at grade A minimum. A fourth AS subject to be offered with a minimum of grade B.
General Studies is not included in any offer
Retake policyYes
Exeter medical school does not discriminate against applicants who have re-taken part of, or all of a qualification and will treat an achieved or predicted qualification grade in the same way irrespective of it being a re-take or not.
Scottish highersAAAAB
Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
Grades required: required subjects must be at grade A minimum
Scottish advancedAAB
Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
Grades required: A grade in required subjects
IB36 points
Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry at Higher level
Grades required: 36 points with 6 points at higher level in required subjects
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1
Subjects required: Medical Science BSc
Grades required: 2:1 or 1st degree classification
Around 15 places available each year for graduate applicants. If too many graduate applicants are successful at passing the interview, they will be ranked based on final year academic performance. Remaining students will be placed on a reserve list.
Applications in 19/20 1853
Total number of home applicants: 1853
Interviews in 19/20 527
Total number of applicants interviewed: 527
Offers in 19/20 337
Total number of offers: 337
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 5.5
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 1.6


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