University of Birmingham (GEM)


Birmingham Medical School is one of the largest and oldest medical schools in Britain. Where students benefit from some of the best clinical education settings in Europe. You will learn at some of the UK’s leading hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Royal Infirmary. Birmingham place heavy weighting on both academic performance and UCAT score, with the SJT score used post interview in deciding which applicants will be made offers.

Key Points

  • Graduate entry
  • Average UCAT
  • Points system

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
Integrated clinical teaching with lecture based teaching
Course length4 years
Graduate entry - 4 years
Courses offered1 course offered
Graduate entry medicine
Graduate entryYes
Graduate entry course - 4 years
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaBirmingham
Social life
Interview styleMMI
7 stations, 5 of which are interview stations, plus two calculation stations. Each interview station lasts for 6 minutes with a 2 minute preparation time outside the station to read information relating to the topic. In the calculation stations you will have 8 minutes to complete the task at each station. More information about the MMI circuit at Birmingham Medical School can be found here.
Interview dates December - February
Interview invited are usually given out from the start of December on a rolling basis to mid February, with the last interviews being at the end of February.
Interview topics
  • Debate a medical hot topic
  • Medical ethics
  • Motivation and insight into medicine
  • Data interpretation and communication
  • Communication 1 - role play station
  • Dealing with personal and ethical issues
Admissions Tests
UCATPrevious threshold score: 2550 (2018/19)
Scores from all four subtests are used for selection for interviews with applicants ranked in score order and segregated into deciles.
UCAT 2019/20 Decile points awarded:
2770 and above - 10th Decile = 4 points
2680-2760 - 9th Decile = 3.556 points
2610-2670 - 8th Decile = 3.111 points
2540-2600 - 7th Decile = 2.667 points
2480-2530 - 6th Decile = 2.222 points
2430-2470 - 5th Decile = 1.788 points
2380-2420 - 4th Decile = 1.333 points
2310-2370 - 3rd Decile = 0.889 points
2210-2300 - 2nd Decile = 0.444 points
2200 and below - 1st Decile = 0 points
(These will change with the UCAT decile variation each year, please use for guidance only).
SJT band scores are used as a component at interview stage.
Academic Requirements
GSCEEnglish and Maths at grade A/7
Grades required: English and Maths required at GCSE (if not offered at higher level) are required at grade A/7. Equivalent qualifications are accepted.
A-levelNo requirements
Subjects expected: Chemistry and Biology
Points awarded:
AAA+ = 4 points
BBB+ = 2 points
BBC = 1 point
Contextual A-level points awarded:
ABB+ = 4 points
BBC+ = 2 points
CCC+ = 1 point
Retake policyN/A
Scottish highersN/A
Scottish advancedN/A
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
Subjects required: Life Science degree
Grades required:
2:1 upper second class degree.
Points awarded:
Degree classification 1st = 8 points
Degree classification 2:1 = 4 points
Predicted 1st or borderline 1st = 2 points
If you do not offer an acceptable first degree you will only be considered if you offer a taught Masters qualification in a biomedical science discipline (only), and must be completed and a Merit result achieved. In addition to this the result of your first degree will also be factored into the application process.
Suitable first degree areas include:
- Biochemistry / Medical biochemistry
- Biomedical science
- Dentistry
- Human biology / Physiology / Pharmacology
- Adult Nursing
- Pharmacy
- Physiotherapy
- Psychology (BPS accredited programme)
Other degrees may be suitable but variations between different degree programmes will be looked at individually and their syllabus assessed.
Applications in 19/20800
Total number of home applicants: 800
Interviews in 19/20100
Total number of applicants interviewed: 100
Offers in 19/2060
Total number of offers: 60
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 13.3
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 2.5


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