Swansea University


Why not study at one of the top UK medical schools, located in the beautiful surroundings of South West Wales. Swansea University offers its medical students the ability to collaborate with researchers and benefit from the expertise of their international researchers and educators. Further to this Swansea was ranked 2nd in the UK for excellence in research in 2014, something that they continue to thrive at doing. 

Swansea university provides a unique course that is only offered as graduate entry. The accelerated four year course follows an innovative, integrated spiral curriculum that is designed to reflect the way clinicians approach patients, and how patients present to doctors.

Key Points

  • Heavy UCAT Focus
  • Early Clinical Focus
  • Very Competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
Integrated spiral curriculum
Course length4 years
Graduate entry MBChB - 4 years
Courses offered1 course offered
Graduate entry MBChB - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Only graduate students are eligible to apply.
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaSwansea
Located in the beautiful landscapes of the South West of Wales, Swansea Medical School offers students not just a top medical education, but a fantastic location to study.
Social life
Interview styleAssessment Centre
-30 minutes written situational judgement assessment. This will not assess your academic ability but will identify applicants who have decision making skills suitable for a career in medicine
-Two separate 20 minute interviews, where you will discuss your personal statement. Note this will be conducted by pairs of interviewers who may be clinicians, academics, medical students and members of the public.
Interview datesSpring
-Assessment centres are usually conducted in the Spring.
Interview topicsThe interview is designed around the qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’ guidelines. These include:
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Coping with pressure
  • Insight and integrity
  • Passion for medicine
  • Resilience to succeed
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATInternational applicants only
    Swansea also accept the MCAT from international applicants. You must be expecting to achieve a minimum score of 500 in order to be considered.
    Once all scores of applicants have been received a cut-off score will be established. This may vary for international pathway students.
    GAMSATMinimum expected overall score on the GAMSAT of 50
    Including a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biology and Physical Sciences), in order for your application to be considered.
    GAMSAT results area accepted from GAMSAT UK, Ireland and Australia fates within the last 2 years, prior to your application.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSE’s used as minimum requirement
    Grades required: C in Mathematics and English/Welsh
    Retake policy
    Scottish highers
    Scottish advanced
    BDGA only2:1 Honours degree typically offered
    Subjects required: Any subject
    Grades required: 2:1 degree minimum
    If a Postgraduate Masters or PhD is also offered, students may offer a 2:2 in their undergraduate degree.
    Applications in 18/19Total number of home applicants: 997
    Home/EU applicants: 895
    International applicants: 102
    Interviews in 18/19Total number of applicants interviewed: 333
    Home/EU applicants interviewed: 288
    International applicants interviewed: 45
    Offers in 18/19Total number of offers made: 136
    Home/EU applicants with offers: 117
    International applicants with offers: 19
    Success rate in 18/19Application success rate:
    Offers per applicant: 1 in 7.3
    Interview success rate:
    Offers per interview: 1 in 2.4

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