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Undergraduate Degree Subjects & applicants with 2 degrees

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Undergraduate Degree subject


There is a wide variety of policies that medical schools in the UK use when considering your undergraduate degree subject in their selection process. Barts and the London School of Medicine accept any degree if a graduate applies to their 5-year programme but require a degree in a scientific or healthcare discipline if an applicant applies to their 4-year programme. As a contrast to this, Newcastle medical school accepts a degree in any discipline for their 4 year and 5 year programmes. Even more surprising to some will be the university of Nottingham who only accepts applicants with a science undergraduate degree to their 5-year programme, but accepts students with a degree in any discipline to their 4-year programme. On top of the above, some medical schools now offer special 6 year programmes for applicants who do not have a science background.


Whatever you first degree may be, your options for medical school are varied. See below the policy in considering your degree subject for each medical programme in the UK, entry in 2017.


Medical School Accepts any degree Requires a science or health related degree
Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry For the 5-year programme, graduates should have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in any discipline For the 4-year degree graduates should have at least a 2:1 in a scientific or healthcare discipline, with a significant component of Biology and Chemistry in their modules
Brighton and Sussex Medical School For the 5-year programme a minimum 2:1 science degree is required
Cardiff University For the 6-year programme applicants are usually expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in any discipline, but a sufficient background in Chemistry and Biology. For the 5-year programme applicants are usually expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in a scientific discipline.
Hull York Medical School For the 5-year programme, applicants need to show a good grounding in Biology and Chemistry which may come from A levels, Open University course, an Access to Medicine course or their undergraduate degree.
Imperial College Graduates with a non-science degree can only apply to the 6-year programme, and must complete the integrated BSc year. Graduates with a biological science degree can apply for the 5-year programme.
Keele University For the 6-year programme applicants must achieve a 2:1 in a non-science discipline. For the 5-year programme graduates must achieve a 2:1 usually in a science discipline *
King’s College London 5-year programme – applicants should have a 2:1 (or a 2:2 & Master's) in any discipline 4-year programme – applicants should have a 2:1 (or a 2:2 & Master's) in a science discipline.
Newcastle University For both the 4-year and 5-year programme applicants should have at least a 2:1 in any discipline.
Norwich Medical School 5-year programme – at least a 2:1 in any discipline.
Plymouth University 5-year programme – no minimum degree requirements. The degree can be in any discipline.
Queens University Belfast 5-year programme - 2:1 honours degree in any discipline.
St Georges 4-year programme – minimum 2:2 in any discipline
University of Nottingham 4-year programme – 2:2 in any discipline 5-year programme – 2:1 in a science discipline
University of Sheffield For the 5-year programme, 2:1 in any discipline
University College London (UCL) 5/6-year programme – 2:1 in any discipline
University of Aberdeen 5-year programme – 2:1 in any discipline
University of Birmingham 5-year programme – minimum 2:1 in any discipline 4-year programme – minimum 2:1 in life sciences discipline
University of Bristol For the 5-year programme, 2:1 in any discipline
University of Cambridge 6-year programme - minimum 2:1 in any discipline 4-year programme – minimum 2.1 ideally in a scientific discipline
University of Dundee For the 6-year programme, at least a 2:1 in a non-science subject. 5-year programme, at least a 2:1 in a relevant Life Science subject.
University of Durham A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in any discipline.
University of Edinburgh Students are expected to have a strong scientific background evidenced from their school leaver’s qualifications if not their degree
University of Exeter 5-year programme – no minimum degree requirements and the degree may be in any discipline
University of Glasgow 5-year programme, students must have either a degree in a relevant science subject or the relevant A levels
University of Leeds 5-year programme – minimum 2:1 either in a science/medically related degree, or any other discipline with relevant A levels
University of Leicester 5-year programme -minimum 2:1 in any discipline
University of Liverpool 5-year programme -minimum 2:1 in any discipline 4-year programme at least a 2:1 degree in a biomedical/health science subject
University of Manchester 6-year programme – minimum 2:1 in a non-science discipline 5-year programme – minimum 2:1 in a science degree
University of Oxford 4-year programme & 5-year programme – at least a 2:1 in a scientific discipline.
University of Southampton 4-year programme & 5-year programme - at least a 2:1 in any discipline
University of St Andrews 6-year programme – at least a 2:1 in a scientific discipline.
University of Warwick 4-year programme – at least a 2:1 in any discipline.


Graduates with two degrees


For graduates with more than one degree applying to medicine courses can be confusing as different universities have different policies as to which degree they will consider in the admissions process. For those schools that have a policy in how they consider applicants with two degrees, in the majority of cases, this information is not published on their website. Many universities will not have a definite policy on the matter and applicants are advised to contact admissions to enquire about their specific circumstances. Find below the policies for medical schools in the UK, entry in 2017.


Medical School Degree that is counted in academic score Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry First undergraduate degree Brighton and Sussex Medical School Most recent undergraduate degree accepted Cardiff University First undergraduate degree Hull York Medical School All undergraduate degrees need to be at least a 2:1 (no additional weighting is given for a 1st) Imperial College Most recent undergraduate degree accepted King’s College London Generally, will consider the degree that is in the most relevant subject – contact admissions for specific advice. Lancaster University Will consider the application as a whole – contact admissions with specific circumstances Newcastle University Most recent undergraduate degree accepted Norwich Medical School Assessed on a case by case basis, dependent on subjects studied and motivation to study medicine. Plymouth University Graduates are assessed on the GAMSAT only prior to interview. Neither degree counts. Queens University Belfast First undergraduate degree St Georges Applicants who miss out on the minimum entry requirements can apply instead with a grade- pass at PG level. Swansea University Applicants who miss out on the minimum entry requirements can apply instead with a grade- pass at PG level. Swansea University If applicants hold multiple degrees, it will be the highest score which will be taken University of Nottingham Highest scoring undergraduate degree University of Sheffield First undergraduate degree University College London (UCL) First undergraduate degree University of Aberdeen Only the most recent degree is considered University of Birmingham First undergraduate degree University of Bristol All undergraduate degrees need to be at least a 2:1 to be considered University of Cambridge First undergraduate degree University of Dundee Most recent degree considered University of Durham Either degree may be consider University of Edinburgh No policy in place – would operate on a case by case basis University of Exeter No minimum degree requirements University of Glasgow First degree considered only University of Leeds No policy in place – would operate on a case by case basis University of Leicester First degree considered only University of Liverpool First degree considered only University of Manchester First undergraduate degree University of Oxford No policy in place – would operate on a case by case basis University of Southampton First undergraduate degree University of St Andrews 2:1 to have been achieved in the last 5 years University of Warwick Highest scoring undergraduate degree