Which Universities Require the GAMSAT?

The GAMSAT is an admissions exam used to select graduate applicants for medical and dental schools. It was originally designed for use in Australian medical schools but is now being widely adopted across the world – including UK universities! UK GAMSAT universities use the GAMSAT score for shortlisting for both accelerated four-year graduate-entry medical degrees and standard five-year courses. Take a look at our medical school comparator tool to compare entry requirements and previous GAMSAT cut-off scores.

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If you’re a graduate considering applying the UK medical schools, read on to learn more about the GAMSAT universities. If you want to find out more about the exam, including all the important dates not to miss for UK GAMSAT Universities, check out our GAMSAT guide.

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    Accelerated Graduate-Entry Courses

    Graduates are eligible to apply for 4-year accelerated medical degrees. Not only do these have the benefit of taking less time to study, but they also have more funding available. The following GAMSAT universities offer accelerated medical degrees for graduates.

    St George’s, University of London

    Located in South London, St George’s gives students the chance to train right in the heart of the city! The four-year graduate-entry course requires the GAMSAT. The last GAMSAT cut-off score for 2023 entry was a total of 61.

    Swansea University

    Swansea is unique among the UK GAMSAT Universities as it is a graduate-only medical school. This means that every student will have already completed a degree before starting the course. For entry last year, the GAMSAT cut-off score to receive an interview was a total of 63. They also require a minimum score of 50 in each section.

    University of Nottingham

    The four-year graduate-entry medicine course at Nottingham is one of the only courses to accept graduates with a 2:2 degree classification. This means it’s a great option for people with a slightly weaker academic history. Nottingham requires a minimum score of 55 for Section 2, 55 in either Section 1 or 3 and 50 in the remaining section. It is also worth noting that Nottingham given an equal weighting to each section, meaning your average score will be different to the score given to you on your results slip. For 2023-entry an average score of 56 was needed to secure an interview spot.

    ScotGEM

    A unique partnership between both the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee, ScotGEM aims to meet the future needs of the NHS in rural areas of Scotland. For 2023 entry, the cut-off score was 57, with no lower than 50 on any subset.

    Ulster

    Based in Northern Ireland, Ulster Medical School took its first students in August 2021. The accelerated graduate degree will require graduate applicants to sit the GAMSAT exam. In previous years the threshold score has been around 54-55 however this may change in the coming years.

    Worcester

    This four-year graduate entry medicine course is open to international students from outside the UK who already have a first degree in any discipline, but this may change in the future. There is a very limited number of spaces for Home students who meet specific criteria. The GAMSAT requirement to be considered for interview is 50.

    Standard Courses

    Keele University

    Based in Staffordshire, Keele University welcomes graduates of any subject with a 2:1 honours degree or higher to apply for their standard medical degree. Ordinarily, applicants would take the UCAT however a sufficient score in the GAMSAT will waive the typical A-Level requirements. This means that if you’re applying from a non-science background or don’t have A-Levels in Chemistry or Biology, you can still meet the entry requirements by scoring well in the GAMSAT. Note that all applicants still need to take the UCAT regardless of GAMSAT score.

    Plymouth University

    Plymouth uses the GAMSAT for shortlisting for both their medicine and dentistry degrees. They don’t have any accelerated courses but graduates are welcome to apply for the standard-entry degrees. For 2023 medicine entry the GAMSAT cut-off score to obtain an interview was a total score of 61 with minimum subsection scores of S1: 54, S2: 47 and S3: 53.

    University of Exeter

    Exeter requires graduate applicants to sit the GAMSAT as well as any applicants who sat their A-Levels more than two years ago. This GAMSAT university historically has a cut-off score of around 60, although this differs from year-to-year.

    University of Sunderland

    Sunderland is one of the newest UK medical schools. All applicants to Sunderland are required to sit the UCAT. So while Sunderland isn’t considered to be one of the GAMSAT Universities you can use a strong GAMSAT score to compensate for not meeting GCSE and A-Level requirements. This is great for applicants from non-science backgrounds who might not have taken the required subjects at A-Level.

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      Frequently Asked Question

      โ†’Do all unis require GAMSAT?

      GAMSAT is required for graduate entry at the following universities: Liverpool, Nottingham, St George’s London, Swansea, Cardiff, Dundee.

      โ†’Who needs GAMSAT?

      UK GAMSAT universities use the GAMSAT score for shortlisting for both accelerated four-year graduate-entry medical degrees and standard five-year courses.

      โ†’How difficult is GAMSAT?

      The GAMSAT is an extremely demanding exam. An average GASMAT score ranges from 56-68. Competitive scores are between 61-64.

      โ†’Why do universities require the GAMSAT?

      Universities require the GAMSAT as part of the admissions process for graduate-level medical courses to assess the academic and critical thinking abilities of applicants, as well as their ability to perform well under pressure.

      โ†’What is the format of the GAMSAT?

      The GAMSAT consists of three sections:
      Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
      Section 2: Written Communication
      Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences

      The test is administered over a full day and takes approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes to complete.

      โ†’What is the minimum GAMSAT score required for admission?

      The minimum GAMSAT score required for admission varies depending on the university and the specific course being applied for. In general, the higher the GAMSAT score, the more competitive the applicant will be.

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      AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

      15 November 2021

      My son has scored 65and is aiming for Dundee/ St Andrews Scotland. He is doing Biosciences and in his first 2 years his score is 1:1. Hoping he should get it . What is your opinion