Queen’s University Belfast


At Queen’s students benefit from early clinical contact, with placements in first year, as well as anatomy teaching using a whole body dissection. You will also benefit from the Medical Schools close links to the Northern Ireland community as part of its educational, research and outreach programmes. Learn from internationally renowned experts in their fields, and join many of their former graduates who have reached the top of their fields. Notable including Professor Frank Pantridge, the inventor of the portable defibrillator. 

Queen’s University Belfast use GCSE scores, and UCAT results to rank applicants for interview. Therefore, it is imperative that applicants have performed well in both their UCAT and their GCSEs. For candidates who are borderline in gaining an interview, the university may also use the number of A and A* GCSE grades achieved to distinguish candidates with the same overall scores.

Key Points

  • Ireland
  • UCAT Focus
  • GCSE Focused

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)2890 9772215
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated and CBL
Case-based learning that integrates clinical, biomedical and behavioural sciences with the integration of clinical placements into the teaching.
Course length5 years
MB BCh - Medicine Standard Entry - A100 - 5 years
Intercalated study options are available at Masters level.
Courses offered1 course offered
MB BCh - Medicine Standard Entry - A100
Graduate entryNo
Graduate applicants are able to apply to the standard entry medicine degree A100.
Foundation or accessNot offered
University Life
Local areaBelfast
Social life
Interview styleMMI
Interview datesJanuary - March
Interviews for Home and EU applicants will take place between January and March.
Interviews from South East Asia are encouraged to travel to Belfast for interview, however, staff travel to the region in January/February to conduct interviews.
Interview topicsThe interview is designed to test key non-cognitive competencies for Medicine:
  • Empathy
  • Problem-solving
  • Moral reasoning
  • Communication skills
Admissions Tests
UCATScores will be used in conjunction with GCSE results (or equivalent) to rank students for interviews.
UCAT scores are awarded points, and added to GCSE scored points to rank students.
BMAT Not used
GAMSAT Not used
Academic Requirements
GSCEGCSE’s are used with UCAT results to invite applicants to interview
Subjects required: Mathematics and Physics (Where individual sciences not offered, grades CC are required in Double Award Science)
Grades required: Minimum of Grade C required in required Subjects
Best 9 GCSEs taken and given points on the following scale:
A* (grade 8 and 9) = 3 points
A (grade 7) = 2 points
B (grade 6) = 2 points
C (grade 4 and 5) = 1 point
The number of A grades or above at GCSE level may be taken into account in applicants who are borderline for interview.
A-levelAAAa is common
Subjects required: Chemistry plus one other subject from; Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Grades required: AAA at A-level plus 4th AS at A grade.
Alternative offers including:
A*AA including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology
A*AA including Chemistry and either Mathematics or Physics + AS level Biology at grade B
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Retake policyUnknown
Scottish highersAAAAB
Grades required: AAAAB or AAAAA
Scottish advancedAAA
Subjects required: Chemistry plus one other subject from; Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Grades required: AAA or AA where AAAAA is offered at Scottish Higher Level.
IB36-38 points
Subjects required: Chemistry, plus another from; Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Grades required: 36-38 points, with 6,6,6 at Higher Level
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
Subjects required: Related Science Degree. Non-Science degree graduates are accepted.
Grades required: 2:1 degree plus ABB in first attempt at A-levels prior to commencing degree studies.
For students who achieve a 1st or a PhD can offer lower A-level grades at BBB at first attempt.
Applications in 19/201431
Total number of home applicants: 1431
Interviews in 19/20774
Total number of applicants interviewed: 774
Offers in 19/20400
Total number of offers: 400
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.6
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview:1 in 1.9


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