University of Manchester


The University of Manchester is home to the largest medical school in the UK with over 2200 future doctors training here. Manchester pride themselves on providing an innovative curriculum that utilises the latest developments in medical education to deliver a modern curriculum. Teaching in early years is focused around a series of clinical cases with a problem based learning approach so, despite being such a large school, a large proportion of teaching is delivered in small groups.

Manchester place emphasis on UCAT score when shortlisting applicants for interview. Therefore applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements and also have a strong UCAT score (top 30% approx) stand a very good chance of receiving an interview invitation. There is also a “holistic assessment” route, whereby the entirety of application is considered providing an opportunity for strong, dedicated candidates to receive an interview despite slightly lower UCAT scores.

Key Points

  • Integrated Course
  • UCAT
  • Large Medical School
  • Optional Intercalation

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number0161 306 0211
Course Information
Teaching stylePBL/CBL
The key Manchester approach is the study of themed case discussions in small groups, where students are proactive learners. This is supported throughout the course by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection) and clinical experience.
Course length5 years
BSCYes, optional
Offered to all students after their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study, students can opt to take an intercalated degree. Options include BSc, MSc and MRes.
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A106 Standard-Entry Medicine - 5 years
A104 Medicine with Foundation Year - 6 years
Graduate entryNo
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaManchester
Manchester is a large, vibrant and multicultural city. The first stages of the course are based at the University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus. Oxford Road has an array of shops with everything you’d ever need as a student in close reach including grocery stores, bars and coffee shops. The city centre is a short bus ride or walk away and providing a huge choice of bars, clubs and restaurants.
Social lifeManchester is renowned for being a perfect student city. It is home to several universities but also attracts many recent graduates, giving the entire city a vibrant, youthful energy. Prices are relatively cheap and there is ample things to do. You can find everything from nightclubs, classy bars, gigs and fancy restaurants.
The students union is large with a huge array of sports clubs and societies to join. The MedSoc is one of the largest societies on campus, and has lots of other medical themed societies under it for multiple different specialties.
Interview styleMMI
Interview datesDec-Feb
Interview topics
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation for wanting to study medicine
  • Previous care experience
  • Personal interests within medicine
  • Medical ethics
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    Manchester say that if you score in the third decile (top 30%) with a SJT band 1 or 2, you will likely be invited to interview.
    In 2020, the UCAT threshold was 2610.
    However, they also state they use a holistic system and applicants with strong overall applications but lower UCAT scores can also be invited to interview after a "holistic assessment".
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs not used for selection beyond minimum requirements
    Subject requirements: 7 GCSEs at grade A/7. English Language, Maths and at least two science subjects are required at grade B/6
    A-level AAA
    Subject requirements: Chemistry or Biology plus one of: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Maths or Further Maths
    Retake policyApplications from those re-sitting their A-levels are welcome, though you may only re-sit one of either Year 12 or Year 13. Where A-levels have been attempted in Year 13, you are expected to have obtained a minimum of grade B in each subject at the first sitting for the re-sit grades to be considered.All re-sitting applicants are required to achieve Grades A*AA in the A-level subjects specified above, and the A* is expected to be achieved in the final examinations in either of the two required sciences.
    Scottish highersAAAA
    Note that Highers are only accepted in combination with Advanced Highers
    English language and any science subject (Maths, Chemistry or Biology) not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at National 5.
    Scottish advancedAcceptable combinations include:
  • AAA including Chemistry or Biology, a second science (from Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Psychology or Physics) plus one other rigorous academic subject
  • AA, plus one A2-level subject at grade A with subject requirements as above
  • AA, plus one new Higher at grade A (subjects to include Chemistry or Biology at Advanced Higher, plus one other science at Advanced Higher, and a further subject at Higher level)
  • IB37 points
    Subjects required: 3 Higher Level subjects at grade 7,6,6 including Chemistry or Biology, plus one of: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology or Maths.
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree
    Additional requirements: A-Levels of BBB including Biology or Chemistry
    Applicants with relevant degrees (biological/biomedical sciences) are exempt from A-Level subject requirements but must have BBB grades at A-Level
    Applications in 19/202469
    Interviews in 19/201557
    Offers in 19/20979
    Success rate in 19/20approx 2 in 5


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