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Four-year Graduate entry programs have a smaller intake in general, and are thus harder to get into. Most have selection ratios of above 10:1, with some as high as 30:1 or even 60:1, because of large applicant pools. You can find below the admissions ratio statistics for a few selected medical schools in 2010. You can find the full list in the MSAG Graduate Entry Medicine 2012-2013 guidebook.
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|University||Applicant number to the 4 year programs||Total class size||Calculated admission Ratio|
King's College London
|St. George's Medical School||980||118||8:1|
|University of Bristol||513||19||27:1|
|University of Leicester||619||64||10:1|
|University of Nottingham||over 1000||93||>10:1|
|University of Warwick||1818||178||10:1|
Interpreting Admissions Ratios
Note that schools offer more places than their class size, since not everyone accepts the offers. For example, the true “admissions ratio” at King’s College is roughly 45:1, rather than 66:1, since more students are offered admission than the 24 who eventually accept.
Five and six year programs tend to have slightly better admissions ratios, and can be easier to get into for graduate applicants in certain circumstances. At the University of Leeds 5 year program, mature students and graduate applicants make up approximately 10% of the intake each year.
Overall, In 2008 there were roughly 19,000 applicants for approximately 8,000 places to study medicine in the UK, including 4, 5 and 6 year programs. This means that approximately 42% of applicants are offered a place at at least one medical school.
Considering admissions ratios
Admissions ratios are important to consider, but it is also very important to know how favorable your profile is based on each school's selection formula. For example, although St. George's, University of London has one of best admissions ratios (8:1), the medical school's selection for interview is based entirely on a GAMSAT cutoff set each year, once students meet the minimum academic criteria. Thus, a student with an excellent academic and extra-curricular profile and a GAMSAT score of 58 would only have been interviewed in 2009, but would have been rejected in 2010 and 2011 (the GAMSAT cutoffs have been 56, 60, and 60 over the past 3 years).
This applicant would have a better chance at Swansea University, even though Swansea University has a 10:1 selection ratio, because the selection for interview at Swansea University is based on academic achievement and the UCAS application fom. The GAMSAT is only considered after the interview, and still it is only weighted as one component in addition to the interview performance and all other aspects of the applicant's file. This example illustrates how important it is to know not only the competitiveness of the medical courses, but also their detailed selection formulae, which are not always available online. All of this information is provided in detail in the MSAG Graduate Entry Medicine 2012-2013 guidebook. The guidebook also containts a special section entitled "What are your chances", which provides information on which schools have the most favorable admissions policies toward students with certain profiles (high grades or low grades, high GAMSAT or low GAMSAT scores, etc.)
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