University of East Anglia


The University of East Anglia is home to Norwich Medical School. The course focuses on relating learning to real life, using scenarios and clinical problems from patients, with an emphasis on developing practical experience and clinical skills as well as your theoretical knowledge from the very start. Students at UEA start clinical placements early in their first year, ensuring they get a solid grounding in practice before entering full-time clinical attachments.

Unlike many medical schools, UEA consider UCAT score post-interview to decide which interviewed candidates to give offers to. This means that candidates with a very strong UCAT score can compensate for a weaker interview performance and vice versa. Norwich is an ideal choice for applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements and have a strong UCAT score.

Key Points

  • UCAT
  • Integrated Teaching Style
  • Early Patient Contact
  • Optional Intercalation

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number01603 591515
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
Learning is organised in system-based modules. You'll used problem-based learning techniques in small groups as well as spending time in clinical environments.
At Norwich you'll see patients within your first month!
Course length5 years
BSCMSc intercalation optional
Intercalation between years 3 and 4 at Masters level only. This is optional.
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Medicine Standard Entry - 5 years
A104 Medicine with a Gateway Year - 6 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaNorwich, Norfolk
UEA is a campus university located in the heart of Norfolk. The campus is famous for its Brutalist architecture, but also has an abundance of green space and parklands. The campus is relatively large and houses all the amenities a student could need including food outlets, a bar and gym facilities.
Social lifeThere are plenty of societies and sports clubs to join at UEA including medic specific sports clubs and academic societies covering the various medical specialties. UEA campus is linked to Norwich City by a short bus ride. Norwich is known for thriving independent pubs, restaurants, cafes and the outdoor market so you won’t be stuck for things to do on the weekend.
Interview styleMMI
7 stations of 5 minutes each
Interview datesDec-Feb
Interview topics
  • Decision making
  • Teamwork
  • Caring and supportive attitude
  • Empathetic and caring approach
  • Insight into medicine as a career
  • Personal suitability for the profession
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    No threshold score used in the selection process.
    UCAT subsection scores are used along with GCSEs to rank applicants for interview. Overall cognitive score is used with interview ranking to select applicants to receive offers. The SJT score is included in overall interview score.
    For 2019 entry, the average UCAT of interviewed candidates was 2553. The lowest UCAT score receiving an interview was 1980. In the same year the average score of successful applicants was 2644, with the lowest score receiving an offer being 2260.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs used as part of shortlisting process
    Minimum requirements: 6 GCSEs at grade A/7 including MATHS and either two single science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or Double Science
    Subjects required: Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry
    Retake policyA Level resits can only be considered for applicants providing they achieved ABB/AAC at the first sitting. Resit applicants will usually be expected to achieve at least one A* to compensate for the additional time spent studying. This excludes those who received CAG grades in summer 2020.
    Scottish highersOnly accepted in combination with Advanced Highers
    Typical offer: AB Advanced Highers including Biology or Chemistry plus an additional Higher Level at grade A taken in S6
    Scottish advancedBBB
    Subjects required: Biology or Chemistry
    Alternatively AB including Biology or Chemistry can be offered if an additional Higher is taken at grade A in S6
    IB36 points
    Subjects required: 3 Higher Level subject at grade 6 to include Biology or Chemistry
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Subject required: Any discipline accepted
    Additional requirements: A-Levels of BBB/ABC in the first sitting, 6 GCSEs at grade B/6 including Maths, English Language and either two single science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or Double Science
    Graduates must additionally demonstrate competence in Biology or Chemistry by:
  • grade B in A Level Biology or Chemistry
  • study of Biology/Physiology or Chemistry or equivalent as part of their degree (65% requirement)
  • an approved access course
  • Statistics
    Applications in 19/201155
    Interviews in 19/20937
    Offers in 19/20460
    Success rate in 19/20approx 2 in 5


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    AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

    9 February 2021

    For the GCSE requirements, would Combined/Double Science be accepted? If so, would it meet the requirements if only one grade is 7? (e.g Combined Science grade 7/6).

    Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

    19 April 2021

    Double Science is accepted as an alternative, but should be at grade 7,7. GCSE resits are accepted too.