University of Manchester - Foundation Year


At the University of Manchester students gain clinical experience from the very beginning of the course, in both the hospital and community settings. Students also benefit from personalised learning and learning anatomy from a full-body dissection. The university has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, with close links to the Manchester Academic Health and Science Centre. 

The University operate a UCAT cut-off score system to invite applicants to interview, therefore it is important to score well in the UCAT, as well as having achieved the minimum entry requirements. Academic entry requirements also include GCSEs so it is important that you performed well at this level if you wish to apply for the University of Manchester, as well as at A-level or equivalent.

Key Points

  • Foundation year entry
  • High A-level grades
  • Less competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)161 306 0211
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated and CBL
Focusing on themed Case-Based Learning with the integration of early clinical exposure, the course aims to teach using a wide variety of learning methods. This is further supported by lectures, practical classes which includes anatomical dissection, and clinical experience.
Course length5-6 years
A106 - Medicine MBChB - 5 years
A104 - Medicine with Foundation Year - 6 years
Offered to all students after their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study, students can opt to take an intercalated degree. Degree options include BSc, MSc and MRes, and with 41 options to choose from, there is bound to be one that takes your fancy.
Courses offered2 courses offered
A106 - Medicine
A104 - Medicine with Foundation Year
Graduate entryNo
Graduates are welcome to apply for the standard entry Medicine programme, with entry into year 1.
Dentistry graduates are also welcome to apply to the standard entry degree, but are able to enter into year 3.
Foundation or accessYes
A104 - Medicine with Foundation Year - 6 years
University Life
Local areaManchester
For years 1 and 2 you will be mostly based on the University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus before moving into later years where you will be mostly in the clinical setting within the local area, as well as across the region.
Social life
Interview styleMMI
7 stations, each lasting for 7 minutes with a 2 minute gap between stations. During the break between stations candidates will be provided with some information about the next stations so that they can begin to prepare their thoughts.
Interview datesDecember - February
Interviews will take place between December and February, with a break over the festive period. International applicants are welcome to attend their interview either at Manchester or be interviewed overseas in one of the following locations; Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius.
Interview topicsTopics covered include:
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation to become a doctor
  • Previous caring experience
  • Medical interests
  • Ethical views
Admissions Tests
UCATCut-off score 2018/19 = 2430
Applicants are grouped based on educational and socio-demographic backgrounds and ranked in each group based on their UCAT score. Top scoring applicants from each group will be invited to interview.
Applicants with SJT band 3 are welcome to apply, however applicants with SJT bands 1 and 2 are prioritised.
If your UCAT score is in the top third of national results then you should be within the cut-off and invited to interview, provided you meet the minimum academic requirements Please note the UCAT cut-off fluctuates year-on-year so this will vary.
Academic Requirements
GSCE GCSE’s not used past minimum entry requirements
Grades required: B/6 in required subjects
Subjects required: English Language, Mathematics and Sciences (either individual or dual award accepted)
Subjects required: Three humanities or arts subjects, or two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject.
Grades required: AAA
Retake policyN/A
Scottish highersAAAA
Subjects required: English Language and any science subject (Maths, Chemistry or Biology)
Grades required: AAAA
Applicants also need Scottish Advanced Highers in addition to the Scottish Highers.
Scottish advancedAAA is common
Subjects required: Chemistry or Biology and a second science subject from the following list; Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology or Physics. Plus one other rigorous academic subject.
Grades required: AA
IB36 points
Subjects required: three arts/humanities subjects or two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject
Grades required: 36 points with at least 6,6,6 at Higher Level
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)N/A
Applications in 19/20169
Total number of home applicants: 169
Number of home applicants: 113
Number of overseas applicants: 15
Interviews in 19/2015
Total number of applicants interviewed: 15
Number of home applicants: 15
Number of overseas applicants: 0
Offers in 19/2011
Total number of offers: 11
Number of home applicants: 11
Number of overseas applicants: 0
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 11.2
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 1.4


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