University of Birmingham (Graduate Entry)

Birmingham Medical School has been training doctors since 1900 and has continued to be a world-class medical school ever since. At Birmingham you have the opportunity to learn at some of the UK’s leading hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which is situated just next door to the medical school campus. You’ll learn alongside students studying other healthcare disciplines, mirroring how these disciplines work together in real life to care for patients.

Birmingham uses a points based scoring system for interview selection including A-Levels, UCAT, degree classification and years in full-time employment. This makes it a good choice for strong all-round applicants who have already graduated at the time of application and have worked or studied for a few years since.

Key Points

  • Integrated Course
  • Life Sciences Graduates
  • UCAT

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number0121 414 7258
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
The first year covers the basic biological science, anatomy and psychosocial aspects of medicine. This is taught in supervised small-groups of around eight students where you'll get to learn from the wide variety of backgrounds of your fellow graduate students. The cases are grouped into four six-week themed blocks. The second year joins the third-year students of the A100 course with teaching on pharmacology and clinical sciences. You'll also continue case-base learning with other graduates into your second year. Years 3 and 4 are clinical attachments, joint with the final two years of A100.
Course length4 years
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Medicine Standard-Entry - 5 years
A101 Medicine Graduate-Entry - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaBirmingham
Birmingham City Centre is a great place to live and study! The city is large (the biggest outside of London in the UK) and full of life. There are a total of 6 universities in Birmingham so it is a a great place for students with plenty of student events always going on. Despite the city being big, the city centre is easy to navigate with great public transport. The university is located a short-way outside of the city centre so is also surrounded by plenty of green space, giving it a quieter feel too.
Social lifeFirst year accommodation tends to be in the Vale Village which is approximately 15 minutes away from the Medical School. It's a really nice area, with a large central lake and plenty of parks to relax in. Everything you need is closeby including student pubs and a small local shop.
Birmingham MedSoc runs a range of societies just for medical students - everything from academic specialty-based to sports groups. The MedSoc also organises big social events such as the Med Ball each year.
Interview styleMMI
7 stations each 6 minutes long, including calculation stations and roleplay
Interview datesDec-Jan
Interview topics
  • Calculation stations
  • Critical thinking
  • Roleplay
  • Motivation and insight into medicine
  • Dealing with personal and ethical challenges
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    Scores from all four subtests are used for selection for interviews with applicants ranked in score order and segregated into deciles.
    For 2020 entry, a score of >2770 would have received the maximum possible points for UCAT. This is combined with points from other aspects of the application (such as degree classification and employment) to decide who to interview.
    SJT band scores are used as a component at interview stage.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEEnglish and Maths at grade A/7
    If not offered at a higher level, English and Maths required at grade A/7. Equivalent qualifications are accepted.
    A-levelA-Levels scored for interview selection
    A maximum of 4 points is awarded for grades AAA+, 2 points are awarded for ABB+ and 1 point is awarded for BBC.
    Subjects required: Chemistry or Biology
    Minimum grades: BBC
    Retake policy3 A Levels must have been obtained in the last year of secondary school
    Scottish highersSecondary school qualifications are scored for interview selection
    Scottish advancedSecondary school qualifications are scored for interview selection
    IBSecondary school qualifications are scored for interview selection
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Subjects requires: Life sciences subject, a list of degree titles generally deemed acceptable is available on their website
    Degree classification is scored as part of interview selection process, with an obtained 1st class being worth the maximum 8 points, an obtained 2:1 worth 4 points and a predicted 1st class worth 2 points.
    Applications in 19/20917
    Interviews in 19/2093
    Offers in 19/2048
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 20


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