Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) was formed in 2002, with the collaboration of the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Therefore, a successful applicant to BSMS will have access to the campus facilities and extra-curricular opportunities at both universities. With only 138 students in each year, BSMS offers a close-knit community, where students feel personally supported by staff.

BSMS offers a 5 year course, with early clinical experience. Phase 1 (years 1 and 2) is based at the Falmar campus, which has modern, purpose-built teaching facilities including an anatomy laboratory, clinical science laboratories and IT suites. The majority of teaching is in small groups, along with lectures, dissection, and some clinical experience in hospital and community placements (25% of Phase 1). Anatomy teaching is delivered via a systems-based cadaver dissection experience, conducted in small groups (of around 8), supervised by an anatomy tutor and a number of doctors with clinical experience. Diverse methods of learning are supported by the provision of varied learning resources, e.g. 3D-printed models.

Phase 2 (years 3 and 4) involves varied exposure to hospital and community specialties, including a student selected module, where you can choose to focus on an area of particular interest. The final year aims to prepare students for life as a junior doctor, with a student assistantship in hospitals in different regional locations.

BSMS also encourage the application of students who have undertaken specific Access to Medicine courses.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places

  • Degree
  • GCSEs

  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • UK/EU - 128
    Non-UK/EU - 10
  • N/A
  • English – B
    Mathematics - B
  • AAA (*)
  • BMAT(**) (not necessary for international applicants)
  • MMI (panel interview for international applicants)
  • Essential

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places

  • Degree
  • GCSEs

  • A levels


  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • UK/EU - 128
    Non-UK/EU - 10
  • 2.1
  • English – B
    Mathematics - B
  • Chemistry – A
    Biology – A
    (or equivalent relevant degree modules)
  • BMAT (**) (not necessary for international applicants)
  • MMI (panel interview for international applicants)
  • Essential
* To include Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
** Must be sat in year of application

All undergraduate applicants (UK/EU/International) can apply for a 5-year programme, with the option of taking an extra year after their third year of studies to do an intercalated degree (subject to performance in previous years). The intercalated degree may be a BSc or a Master’s degree, and may be studied at another UK university. Subjects range from a BSc in Neuroscience right through to an MSc in Global Health, so there is an intercalated degree to interest everyone. To see the full list of intercalated programmes available, visit this link: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/undergraduate/our-course/intercalated-degrees.aspx. The teaching methods are varied, with a large proportion being small-group teaching. They also remain one of the few medical schools which teach anatomy through full cadaveric dissection.

A/AS LEVELS AND GCSEs

A typical offer for the 5-year programme is AAA at A level, to include Biology and Chemistry. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

The medical school will only consider resit students who have dropped only one grade for one subject – i.e. achieved AAB, A*AB at the first attempt. Students will need to be predicted an A grade in the subject they originally achieved a B in. Students who have dropped more than one grade in one subject, or dropped one grade in more than one subject will only be considered in extenuating circumstances

For GCSEs, students should have a minimum grade B in both English Literature or Language and Mathematics.

IB

Candidates applying with the International Baccalaureate should have an overall score of 36, including both Biology and Chemistry at grade 6 or above.

ADMISSIONS EXAM

The BMAT is required. Note that this test is only valid for one year.

The BMAT is not required for international students.

ACCESS TO MEDICINE COURSES

Access to Medicine diplomas are accepted.

A pass at distinction level is normally required. In addition, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) require students coming via this route to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Mathematics, both to a minimum level of GCSE grade B.

Access to Medicine Courses that BSMS recognises:

  • Sussex Downs College Access to Medicine
  • College of Wes Anglia Access to Medicine
  • Access to Medical Sciences (SWAP) Kelvin College, Glasgow (formerly Stow College)
  • Manchester (MANCAT)
  • City and Islington Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences
  • Lambeth College Medicine and Biological Sciences Access to HE
  • Stafford College/ New College Telford Access to Medicine & Health Professions

PRE-MEDICAL COURSES

Applicants entering onto a pre-medical course will be required to obtain a distinction overall as well as distinctions in each module. All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and Mathematics GCSE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Pre Medical Courses that BSMS recognises:

  • The Medipathways Cert HE in Medical Science
  • Lancaster Biomedical & Life Sciences

Foundation Courses that BSMS recognises:

  • Birkbeck College Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine Cert HE (London)
  • Bradford University, Clinical Sciences Foundation Year

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

There are 10 places available for international students applying to the undergraduate Medicine programme at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and maths GCSE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. This must have been achieved no more than two years before the date that you intend to enrol with BSMS.

International applicants will have their personal statements assessed, and it is expected that the personal statement will be more than a list of activities and attributes and instead should show evidence of insight and authenticity. The personal statement will also be used as part of the interview process for international students.

The BMAT is not required for international students.

International applicants will be interviewed by panel interview (not MMI); interviews will take place at BSMS or via video-link

Note that The University of Brighton offers around 40 international scholarships based primarily on merit. These are currently worth a £4,000 tuition fees reduction for new, full-time entrants.

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

WIDENING PARICIPATION

Brighton and Sussex Medical School considers contextual data from UCAS to review each undergraduate candidate’s application in light of their individual circumstances.

Students who fulfil 2 or more of the following criteria will be considered separately from other applicants, and will require English and Mathematics at GCSE grade C.

  • Live in an area of low participation into higher education, or fall within the lowest 20% of the Index of Mass Deprivation*
  • Attended a 11 – 16 state school that performed below the national average at GCSE*
  • Be (or a parent or guardian) in receipt of a means-tested benefit**
  • Be in receipt of the 16 to 19 bursary**
  • Be (or have been) eligible for free school meals at any point between Year 9 and Year 13**.

* Eligibility will be identified by BSMS Admissions

** Eligibility should be self-declared after submission of application via UCAS, and evidence submitted via the BSMS website

Applicants who are (or have been) looked after in Local Authority Care for more than three months will automatically be invited for interview, subject to satisfying academic criteria.

POLICY ON REAPPLICATIONS

The university accepts reapplications.

POLICY ON DEFERRALS

Students may apply for deferred entry, with a good reason or valuable plans for a gap year. Very exceptionally BSMS will consider requests for deferral for one year from applicants who hold an offer.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Registration for BMAT opens from 1 September 2017, and standard entry closes at 5pm (BST) on 1 October. The last registration is 5pm (BST) on 15 October 2017, however late fees will apply. The BMAT takes place on 2 November 2017.

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for the 5-year programme are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2017

BSMS may consider applications from international students that are submitted after UCAS deadline, but applicants must firstly enquire by email, before submitting a late application (medadmissions@bsms.ac.uk).

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • If an applicant meets criteria outlined in ‘Widening Participation’, self-declaration and submission of evidence must be completed via the BSMS website

SELECTION PROCESS

To get through to interview stage, UK and EU candidates are ranked according to their total BMAT score (out of 28), and interviews are offered from the highest score down. For 2016 entry, applicants who scored 16.1 or higher were invited for interview (the BMAT cut-off score varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort). Those with contextual data are ranked separately, with the top 100 ranking candidates invited to interview.

Once a candidate is through to interview stage, offers will be made on interview scores only, not previous academic performance. BSMS use the mini multiple interview (MMI) style.

For international student selection process, see “international students” section above.

INTERVIEW

The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will be carried out on Wednesdays and Saturdays between January and March 2018. . Offers will be made to successful candidates in March.

During the interview, candidates will participate in 5 discussions which are ten minutes each. They will have a minute in between stations. Four stations will be with one assessor only with one station featuring two assessors who will both score the candidate. Each station will be assessed as being ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’, ‘Adequate’ or ‘Inadequate’. At the end of the interview, the scores from all five stations will be collected and the candidate will be given a global score. In order to receive an offer, applicants are expected to achieve a minimum of ‘Good’ in each station.

For UK applicants, the personal statement is not used in the admissions process

For 2017 entry, there were approximately 1357 Home/EU applicants, of which 440 were interviewed. 220 offers were made for 128 places.

There were 300 overseas applicants of which 60 were interviewed. 30 offers were made for 10 places.

Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School is ranked 16th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 22nd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

Both graduate and undergraduate applicants (UK/EU/International) can apply for a 5-year programme, with the option of taking an extra year after their third year of studies to do an intercalated degree (subject to performance in previous years). The intercalated degree may be a BSc or a Master’s degree, and may be studied at another UK university. Subjects range from a BSc in Neuroscience right through to an MSc in Global Health, so there is an intercalated degree to interest everyone. To see the full list of intercalated programmes available, visit this link: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/undergraduate/our-course/intercalated-degrees.aspx. The teaching methods are varied, with a large proportion being small-group teaching.

Degree

The minimum requirement is a BSc 2:1 honours science degree.

A/AS LEVELS AND GCSEs

Graduates must have A level Chemistry and Biology at A grade, or completion of relevant degree modules (it is advisable to contact the university admissions department in advance to determine if the modules in your degree are acceptable in lieu of A level Biology and Chemistry).

For GCSEs, graduate students should have a minimum grade B in both English and Mathematics.

ADMISSIONS EXAM

The BMAT is required. Note that this test is only valid for one year.

The BMAT is not required for international students.

ACCESS TO MEDICINE COURSES

Access to Medicine diplomas are accepted. It is suggested that graduate applicants who do not meet the criteria for A level-equivalent knowledge in Biology and Chemistry should consider this route.

A pass at distinction level is normally required. In addition, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) require students coming via this route to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Mathematics, both to a minimum level of GCSE grade B.

Access to Medicine Courses that BSMS recognises:

  • Sussex Downs College Access to Medicine
  • College of Wes Anglia Access to Medicine
  • Access to Medical Sciences (SWAP) Kelvin College, Glasgow (formerly Stow College)
  • Manchester (MANCAT)
  • City and Islington Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences
  • Lambeth College Medicine and Biological Sciences Access to HE

Stafford College/ New College Telford Access to Medicine & Health Professions

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

There are 10 places available for international students applying to the undergraduate Medicine programme at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and maths GCSE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. This must have been achieved no more than two years before the date that you intend to enrol with BSMS.

International applicants will have their personal statements assessed, and it is expected that the personal statement will be more than a list of activities and attributes and instead should show evidence of insight and authenticity. The personal statement will also be used as part of the interview process for international students.

The BMAT is not required for international students.

International applicants will be interviewed by panel interview (not MMI); interviews will take place at BSMS or via video-link.

Note that The University of Brighton offers around 40 international scholarships based primarily on merit. These are currently worth a £4,000 tuition fees reduction for new, full-time entrants.

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

POLICY ON REAPPLICATIONS

The university accepts reapplications.

POLICY ON DEFERRALS

Students may apply for deferred entry, with a good reason, or valuable plans for a gap year. Very exceptionally BSMS will consider requests for deferral for one year from applicants who hold an offer.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Register for the BMAT. Registration opens from 1 September 2017 and standard entry closes at 5pm (BST) on 1 October. The last registration is 5pm (BST) on 15 October 2017, however late fees will apply. The BMAT takes place on 2 November 2017.

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry for the 5-year programme are open from 1st September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

BSMS may consider applications from international students that are submitted after UCAS deadline, but applicants must first enquire by email before submitting a late application (medadmissions@bsms.ac.uk).

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • A transcript of the applicant’s degree may be requested

SELECTION PROCESS

To get through to interview stage, candidates are ranked according to their total BMAT score (out of 28), and interviews are offered from the highest score down. For 2016 entry, applicants who scored 16.1 or higher were invited for interview (the BMAT cut-off score varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort). Those with contextual data are ranked separately, with the top 100 ranking candidates invited to interview.

Once a candidate is through to interview stage, offers will be made on interview scores only, not previous academic performance. BSMS use the mini multiple interview (MMI) style.

INTERVIEW

The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will be carried out on Wednesdays and Saturdays between January and March 2018. . Offers will be made to successful candidates in March.

During the interview, candidates will participate in 5 discussions which are ten minutes each. They will have a minute in between stations. Four stations will be with one assessor only with one station featuring two assessors who will both score the candidate. Each station will be assessed as being ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’, ‘Adequate’ or ‘Inadequate’. At the end of the interview, the scores from all five stations will be collected and the candidate will be given a global score. In order to receive an offer, applicants are expected to achieve a minimum of ‘Good’ in each station.

For 2017 entry, there were approximately 1357 Home/EU applicants, of which 440 were interviewed. 220 offers were made for 128 places.

There were 300 overseas applicants of which 60 were interviewed. 30 offers were made for 10 places.

Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School is ranked 16th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 22nd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

  1. 1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

    “We have quite a small year group, so everyone knows each other, which is nice. Also, Brighton is an amazing city - such a great location to go to university! My favourite part about the course at Brighton is the opportunity to do full cadaver dissection in small groups, with excellent teaching from an anatomy tutor, and foundation year 2 doctors as demonstrators. It’s a really useful learning experience!”

  2. 2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

    “As it is quite small, you see the same people every day, so there is not a lot of variation in the pre-clinical years. Also, I have found that my accommodation is expensive compared to friends at other universities.”

  3. 3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

    “Go for it! I love it here! We also get an opportunity to do an intercalated degree, and can choose to complete it in another university – there are so many options!”

  4. 4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

    “Be calm in the interview. Try to tailor your personal statement to their criteria.” (listed in selection process and interview)