Graduate Entry Medicine Application Process
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?
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