University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle

Newcastle University offers courses in Medicine for both undergraduates and graduates in one of two primary locations. The first, in Newcastle City Centre, is a vibrant campus with everything you could want for extra-curricular student life – affordable accommodation, close to the shops and nightlife, and a Metro-ride away from the beach (if you can brave it, depending on the weather!). The second, is the Queen’s Campus of Durham University, to which applicants to study Medicine at Newcastle University can apply to spend their first two years of study. Queen’s Campus is situated on the waterfront of the River Tees and close to riverside parks, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Newcastle University offers two routes into becoming a doctor. The first is the undergraduate 5-year programme, with integrated teaching and early patient contact. The second is a 4-year fast-track programme for graduates, which uses problem-based learning to cover the basic clinical sciences in the first year and then merges with the 3rd year curriculum of the 5-year programme for the three remaining clinical years. The 4-year programme also has early patient contact. Both courses teach anatomy using prosections. Case-led teaching has a strong emphasis on each course, for example, a case of patient suffering from a stroke may be used to teach students about the anatomy, physiology and clinical examination of the nervous system. Student selected components are emphasised highly on the Newcastle medical courses, so it is easy to branch out in your studies to areas that most interest you. There is an assistantship period at the end of the final year in order to prepare students for working as Foundation doctors. A broad range of intercalated BSc and Master’s degrees are offered. Medicine at Newcastle was ranked in the top ten UK medical schools in the 2015 National Student Survey for student satisfaction. The medical school has a peer mentoring system in place which means that as a first year student you will be linked with a student from one of the years above, who can share their experiences of the course and give you advice about what to expect in the years ahead.

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 318
  • N/A
  • *
  • AAA
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Desirable

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 4-year programme
  • 25
  • 2:1
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Essential
  • 5-year programme
  • 318 (inc. undergrads)
  • 2:1
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Desirable
*See under requirements

Undergraduates can apply to the 5 year programme, which is split in two phases. Phase 1 (years 1-2) is spent in and around Newcastle or Durham campus and is spent studying the clinical sciences such as anatomy and physiology with patient contact from the beginning of the course. During Phase 2 of the course, there will be even more hands on clinical experience. Students are assigned to one of 4 base areas around Newcastle and rotate between different hospitals as they gain experience in the different clinical specialities. Newcastle offers a wide range of BSc and Master’s intercalated degrees.

The University of Newcastle also offers a UK medical degree programme in its campus in Malaysia:
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/numed/study/undergraduate/

A/AS levels and GCSEs

Offers will be conditional on achieving AAA at A level with Chemistry and/or Biology to at least AS level. Passes in the practical element of any science subject taken to A level are required.

If only one of Biology or Chemistry is taken to AS or A level, then the other subject must be offered at GCSE, Grade A. Alternatively Grade A in Dual Award Science is accepted.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as part of the A level criteria. It is expected that A level grades are from a first attempt, but extenuating circumstances will be considered with the appropriate supporting information from an applicant’s school or GP.

IB

Candidates should have a minimum of 38 points, including grade 6 in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level. A minimum of grade 5 should be scored in all other subjects and a combination of two science subjects, English and Mathematics is desirable.

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT is required for all applicants to the 5-year programme and 6-year programme. The test is only valid for one year.

Access to Medicine courses

For applicants offering an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine); they should have 45 Level 3 credits to Distinction level plus an additional 15 credits at Pass level. The following courses are accepted:

  • The Manchester College
  • College of West Anglia, King's Lynn
  • Sussex Downs College, Lewes.
  • Stafford College

Other Diplomas

H.E.F.C. Access to Higher Education diplomas are accepted. Distinctions in Biological Sciences or Human Biology, Chemistry & Quantitative Methods must be achieved.

The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in science-related subjects is accepted. Distinction grades should be achieved in all subjects.

Widening Participation

Applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds may be eligible to apply to Medicine at Newcastle with a lower A level offer of ABB through the PARTNERS Scheme. If your school is part of the scheme, you may be automatically eligible to apply via this scheme. Other eligibility criteria may be found here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/schools/partners/

Another way in which the medical school encourages widened participation is by allowing Newcastle BSc students to apply to Stage 1 of the 5-year Medicine programme. This is available only to those students registered on Stage 1 of one of the programmes offered by the School of Biomedical Sciences and Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. There are a small number of places available and students wishing to apply must be in good academic standing, and are required to achieve a minimum average Stage 1 mark of 75% with individual module grades of above 65%. All applicants will be required to provide UKCAT scores at the application stage. The UKCAT scores will determine whether or not an applicant applying through this route will be invited to interview.

International Students

There are 19 places for international students on the 5-year programme.

The medical school normally requires IELTS scores of 7.0 across each component for those whose native language is not English.

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 Medicine at Newcastle.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants who reapply will need to meet the updated entry requirements for that year.

Policy on Deferrals

Candidates who wish to defer for one year are accepted, as long as they can demonstrate that they plan to use their year constructively. Once offers are made, requests for deferrals can no longer be guaranteed.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry are open from 6th September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

Applicants interested in the Newcastle medical degree in Malaysia should check the details of the application process on this website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/numed/study/undergraduate/mbbs/apply.htm, as applications are direct to the medical school. The deadline for international applications is June 2018 for September 2018 entry.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Secondary school examination certificates may be requested

SELECTION PROCESS

The admissions department initially looks at applicants’ academic qualifications to ensure that the minimum criteria are met. The applicant is then ranked according to their UKCAT score and this determines their progression to the interview stage. Note that the UKCAT result threshold can vary considerably year-on-year, depending on the results of the cohort of applicants in a given year.

The UKCAT cut-off scores for the last 5 years (up to and including the cut-off score for 2016 entry) for the 5-year programme:

2012 – 2660
2013 – 2780
2014 – 2980
2015 - 2300
2016 - 2730

INTERVIEW

Interviews will take the format of mini multiple interviews (MMI), during which applicants will be assessed through role play, interview questions or task driven exercises. . Approximately 850 students (including undergraduates and graduates) are invited for interview. Applicants will be assessed on the following:

  • Integrity (probity and honesty)
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy and self-awareness
  • Motivation and commitment to be a doctor
  • Compatibility with the MBBS programme
  • Teamwork (including leadership)
  • Personal organisation
  • Persistence and resilience

Following interview, applicants will be graded on the above areas with the grades being used to determine if applicants are offered a place.

For 2017 entry, there were 2060 home/EU applicants to the 5-year programme. 642 applicants were interviewed and 490 were offered a place on the course. There were 413 international applications, of which 95 were interviewed and 47 were offered a place on the course.

In the Guardian University Guide 2018 – Medicine at Newcastle University ranks 30th.

In the Complete University Guide 2018 – Medicine at Newcastle University ranks 9th.

In the QS World University Rankings 2017, Newcastle University is amongst the top 150-101 for medicine.

Graduates can apply to the 5-year programme or the 4-year programme, which is for graduates only. The 5-year programme is split in two phases. Phase 1 (years 1-2) is spent in and around Newcastle or Durham campus. You will study the clinical sciences such as anatomy and physiology and there will be patient contact from the beginning of the course. During Phase 2 of the course, there will be even more hands on clinical experience. Students are assigned to one of 4 base areas around Newcastle and rotate between different hospitals as they gain experience in the different clinical specialities. The 4-year programme is only offered at the Newcastle campus and combines the knowledge from Years 1 and 2 of the 5-year programme in one extended academic year (45 weeks). It places emphasis on problem-based and task-orientated learning within a small group environment.

Note that practicing healthcare professionals, such as nurses or physiotherapists, with a qualification recognised by a statutory body may apply to the 4-year programme.

The University of Newcastle also offers a UK medical degree programme in its campus in Malaysia:

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/numed/study/undergraduate/, to which graduates from a scientific discipline may apply.

Degree and A levels

For the 5-year programme, graduates should have a 2:1, a First Class Honours, or an Integrated Master’s degree in any discipline.

For the 4-year programme, graduates should have a 2:1, a First Class Honours, or an Integrated Master’s degree in any discipline.

For both programmes, applicants are expected to be able to show efforts of sustained academic endeavour within the last 3 years, which could include A level study, Open University courses, or sitting the GAMSAT. There are no set minimum A level or IB requirements for graduates.

GCSEs

There are no GCSE requirements for the 4-year or the 5-year programmes.

Admissions Exam

For application to either the 4-year programme or the 5-year programme, graduates need to sit the UKCAT, which is valid for 1 year and can be sat between July and October.

Access to Medicine courses

Access to Medicine courses are considered for graduates applying to the 5-year programme, but not the 4-year programme. It is advisable to contact the admissions department directly if you are a graduate applying with an Access to Medicine course. Applicants should have 45 Level 3 credits to Distinction level plus an additional 15 credits at Pass level. The following courses are accepted:

  • The Manchester College
  • College of West Anglia, King's Lynn
  • Sussex Downs College, Lewes.
  • Stafford College
International Students

Non-UK/EU students can apply to the 5-year programme. There are 19 places for international students on this programme (additionally there are 7 places at Durham University if a candidate selects to go there instead of Newcastle for the first two years). If English is not your native language, the medical school normally requires IELTS scores of 7.0 across each component.

Only UK/EU students may apply to the 4-year programme.

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 Medicine at Newcastle.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants who reapply will need to meet the updated entry requirements for that year.

Policy on Deferrals

Candidates who wish to defer for one year are accepted, with the provison that they can demonstrate that they plan to use their year constructively. Once offers are made, requests for deferrals can no longer be guaranteed.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry are open from 6th September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

Applicants interested in the Newcastle medical degree in Malaysia should check the details of the application process on this website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/numed/study/undergraduate/mbbs/apply.htm, as applications are direct to the medical school. The deadline for international applications is June 2018 for September 2018 entry.

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Secondary school examination certificates may be requested

SELECTION PROCESS

For the 5-year programme, the admissions department initially looks at applicants’ academic qualifications to ensure that the minimum criteria are met. The applicant is then ranked according to their UKCAT score and this determines their progression to the interview stage. Note that the UKCAT result threshold can vary considerably year-on-year, depending on the results of the cohort of applicants in a given year. Here are the UKCAT cut-off scores for the 5-year programme:

2013 – 2780
2014 – 2980
2015 - 2300
2016 – 2730

For the 4-year programme, the admissions department initially looks at applicants’ academic qualifications to ensure that the minimum criteria are met. The applicant is then ranked according to their UKCAT score, as for the 5-year programme, and progression to interview is determined on UKCAT score and the quality of the UCAS application overall, including the personal statement. Note that the UKCAT cut-off scores for the 4-year programme are different to those for the 5-year programme. Here are the UKCAT cut-off scores for the 4-year programme:

2013 – 2900
2014 – 3070
2015 - 2910
2016 - 2880

Applicants who do not currently work in a healthcare setting would be expected to have had some work experience in a health or social care environment.

INTERVIEW

Interviews will take the format of mini multiple interviews (MMI), during which applicants will be assessed through role play, interview questions or task driven exercises. Approximately 850 students (including undergraduates and graduates) are invited for interview. Applicants will be assessed on the following:

  • Integrity (probity and honesty)
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy and self-awareness
  • Motivation and commitment to be a doctor
  • Compatibility with the MBBS programme
  • Teamwork (including leadership)
  • Personal organisation
  • Persistence and resilience

Following interview, applicants will be graded on the above areas with the grades being used to determine if applicants are offered a place.

For 2017 entry, there were 1083 applications to the 4-year programme. 93 applicants were interviewed and 35 were offered a place. For 2017 entry, there were 2060 home/EU applicants to the 5-year programme. 642 applicants were interviewed and 490 were offered a place on the course. There were 413 international applications, of which 95 were interviewed and 47 were offered a place on the course.

In the Guardian University Guide 2018 – Medicine at Newcastle University ranks 30th.

In the Complete University Guide 2018 – Medicine at Newcastle University ranks 9th.

In the QS World University Rankings 2017, Newcastle University is amongst the top 150-101 for medicine.

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

    Newcastle is an amazing city with really friendly people and great, cheap nights out! Jesmond is a great student area and the Med School is close to the city centre, located next to Castle Leazes Halls and Richardson Road Flats (where many students stay in their first year). The curriculum is only partly problem-based learning, so there is still a lot of taught content on the course. The teaching is nicely structured and there is a good clinical skills and anatomy lab. Plenty of opportunities to intercalate and get involved in research. (Dr Alice Peasley, graduated 2012)

    Early clinical experience in the first 2 years including hospital visits and patient home visits. There aren’t tones of essays/academic work but instead more of a focus on communication skills which I think is vital. There are lots of hospitals nearby including those which have world leading services and research. This allows you to gain a great deal of experience as a student and also pursue your own interests in specialist areas of medicine eg Transplant medicine and cardiothoracics. 4th year provides you with an opportunity to do your own student selected components and go on an 8-week elective. Full clinical years in 3rd and 5th year. Newcastle is also a fantastic university and place to live with tonnes to do and great social opportunities. Fiona Richardson

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

    Hospitals for clinical placements can be spread quite far and wide, and in a few situations, students may have to move out of Newcastle while away on placements in their 3rd and 5th years. The weather is quite chilly, yet the medical school is still very competitive to get into! (Dr Alice Peasley, graduated 2012)

    Newcastle medical school covers a huge geographical area meaning some students have to commute in their clinical years or move to Carlisle/Middlesbrough. Fiona Richardson

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

    Overall I loved my time at Newcastle and I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else in retrospect. My whole adult friendship group is from my time as a student in Newcastle and it is where I met my boyfriend. (Dr Alice Peasley, graduated 2012)

    Do it, you won’t regret it! Fiona Richardson

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

    It is good to have a balance of science and ‘other stuff’, for example, I had a keen interest in ethics and had continued Religious Studies to AS level, which they quite liked. Wear something smart but bright to the interview – make them remember you! (I wore a smart red polka dot pencil dress!) Smile and enjoy your interview – they aren’t out to get you! Interviews may have changed since my time, but I was never shown an X-ray or anything scary like that. (Dr Alice Peasley, graduated 2012)

    Newcastle seem to look for well-rounded individuals with good communication skills. Make sure you know the course well as they all differ greatly and they will want to know why Newcastle and why this particular medicine course. Fiona Richardson