Graduate Entry Medicine Application Process

Tamsin Dyer

Tamsin Dyer

Senior Writer at Medic Mind

What is Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM)?

Graduate Entry Medicine describes medical courses that are taken at an accelerated pace and specifically designed for students who already have another degree. The courses take into account the knowledge and study skills you will have obtained in the years since leaving school and therefore can be completed in a shorter time.

Graduate Entry Medicine is extremely competitive as places and funding are limited. It is common for there to be over 30 applications per place for some of these GEM courses. If you’re a school-leaver considering GEM, it is worth considering these competition rates as it is usually a better option for you to take a gap year and re-apply to the standard courses.

Application Process for GEM

The GEM application process is the virtually the same as that of the undergraduate course. You apply through UCAS with a personal statement and reference in the same way that you will have applied for your first undergraduate degree. Unique to medicine courses however is the limit on universities you can apply to. You’re only allowed to apply to four medical schools instead of the usual five choices. Unlike school-leavers applicants to graduate entry medicine can apply to both Oxford and Cambridge.

You will need to sit one an aptitude exam before you apply. Which exam or exams you take will depend on which medical schools you decide to apply to. The table below lists the requirements of each medical school. You can learn more about the UCAT, BMAT and GAMSAT in our UCAS guide.

Interviews for GEM

Once you have sent your UCAS application, it becomes a waiting game for invitations to interview. The interview process will vary between each medical school. Some universities may ask for additional forms or proof of work experience/references in this time too.

An additional element of the interview that you should be prepared to discuss is your undergraduate degree. You should touch on what you learnt, what you enjoyed and give an overall reflection of your time at university. Interviewers will be interested to know why you didn’t decide to study medicine straight away. Don’t be afraid to be honest – sometimes applicants who have had a change of heart about their careers can come across as more genuine and enthusiastic as people who have always wanted to be doctors.

After this, you will hear a decision from your chosen universities about your application – fingers crossed for offers!

Where can I study Graduate Entry Medicine?

Medical SchoolNumber of PlacesAptitude TestNon-science degrees?
Barts (QMUL)39UCATYes
Birmingham40UCATNo
Cambridge40None Yes
Cardiff25GAMSATNo
ScotGEM55UCATYes
Ulster30GAMSATYes
King’s27UCATNo
Liverpool29GAMSATNo
Newcastle25UCATYes
Nottingham113GAMSATYes
Oxford25BMATNo
Southampton48UCATYes
St Georges60GAMSATYes
Swansea106GAMSATYes
Warwick193UCATYes

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AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

5 May 2021

Can I apply to GEM in third year with predicted grades?

Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

6 May 2021

Yes, you absolutely can! Your referee (usually a personal tutor or similar at your current university) will need to provide a predicted grade and universities will then make a conditional offer based on you obtaining a particular degree classification, very similar to how offers were made when you did A-Levels.

TemilolaMedic Mind Tutor

15 June 2021

Hii, the aptitude exam that we have to sit for, is it the UCAT, BMAT and GAMSAT and also you said that we can apply to four medical school and we will need to write either of these exams. How many months do we have to write these exams. Can I apply to Graduate Entry Medicine without A Levels.

Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

17 June 2021

It depends which universities you’re apply to. Some accept only GAMSAT, some accept only UCAT and only Oxford require the BMAT. If you don’t have A-Levels I’d recommend looking into Southampton, Newcastle, Warwick, St Georges and Swansea. The next sitting for UCAT is this summer and for GAMSAT is September 2021.

Anonymous 2.0Medic Mind Tutor

13 May 2021

Hi there! I have a few questions:

1) It says that we have to take an apptitude test before we can apply to GEM. Does this mean we have to have the final scores before we can apply?

I am in my final year of university, and I will be graduating with a non-science degree. I have only recently decided that I want to consider applying to GEM. The only GEM university I can apply to with non-science degree is SGUL, as they don’t require A Levels, but just GAMSAT scores and Undergrad degree classification. I am assuming the application is a year long process. i.e. you apply in the 2021 academic year, and then get admitted in the following academic year of 2022.

AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

15 June 2021

So sorry didn’t mean to click on the red arrow. You asked a brilliant question.

Anna CharlotteMedic Mind Tutor

17 June 2021

Hi, it depends which exam you take. The UCAT must be taken in the summer before you apply in which case you will have your results before you send off the application. For the GAMSAT, if you sit the exam in the September before you apply you won’t have your results but results from the prior 3 sittings will also be valid in which case you would have your results.

Take a look at our medical schools comparator as there are quite a few other GEM courses that accept non-science degrees with no A-Level requirements too. Southampton, Newcastle and Warwick are some that spring to mind.

AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

19 June 2021

Hi, I am a final year Econ student and am looking to apply for GEM – I have A-levels in Chemistry, Maths, Econ. I have only recently decided I would like to pursue GEM and as such I do not have any clinical work experience – how much of a disadvantage would this be for me?