University: Norwich
University: Norwich

The Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia (UEA) was formed in August 2001 and each year group has approximately 167 students. Despite being relatively new, the school is already establishing a reputation for exciting and pioneering approaches to education, as well as rapidly developing research programmes. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is involved in world-class research and takes a principal role in the scientific research community in Norwich; the fourth highest ranked city for science research in the UK. The medical school recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) higher education, in line with the principles of Athena SWAN, winning the Silver award this year.

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University: Norwich

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 167
  • N/A
  • 6 A/A*s
  • AAA
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Highly Desirable*
  • 6-year programme
  • 25
  • N/A
  • 6 Bs
  • BBB
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Highly Desirable*

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 167
  • 2.1
  • 6 A/A*s
  • ABB
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Highly Desirable*
*Although the university does not specify an exact amount or type of work experience, all applicants invited to interview will have to fill out an additional form about their work experience and should be able to demonstrate a realistic understanding of the role of a doctor. Please see the section ‘Selection Process’ for further information on what the medical school expects.

Undergraduate applicants can apply to either the standard 5-year programme, with the opportunity to intercalate, as mentioned above, or to a 6-year programme which includes a Medicine Foundation Year (A104). The 6-year programme is aimed towards UK students who are currently in Year 13 studying their A levels, or who have left school within the preceding three years. It is part of the medical school’s attempt to widen access to Medicine, especially for students who have the potential to study the degree, but have not reached the usual grade requirements, due to family circumstances, or a lack of educational opportunities. Please see under the section ‘Widening Participation’ for further details on eligibility and grade requirements.

A/AS levels and GCSEs

For the 5-year programme, A level grades AAA are required in Biology or Human Biology, another science (Chemistry or Physics), and a third A level subject of the applicant’s choice. The practical elements in each science A level must be passed.

  • Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered
  • Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, Leisure Studies, Applied Sciences, and General Studies are not considered at A level
  • Resits will be considered if a minimum of ABB was obtained in the first sitting, plus a fourth AS at grade B. Applicants who are repeating their AS year, or all or part of any A level (thus taking longer than 2 years to complete their A levels), are expected to achieve an A* in at least one subject as follows:
    • Resitting one A level, must have predicted A*
    • Resitting two A level, must have predicted A*A
    • Resitting three A levels, must have predicted A*AA
  • Candidates resitting any subject are expected to gain at least one grade higher than that originally achieved.

For the 5-year programme, applicants should have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at Grade A/A* including English, Mathematics and two Science subjects.

  • GCSE short courses are not accepted.
  • Repeat GCSEs are accepted.
  • When assessing applications, the best 8 GCSE results are reviewed.
  • If a candidate has more than one Mathematics subject at GCSE, only one will be assessed.
  • Up to two English subjects at GCSE will be assessed (e.g. English Language and English Literature), and up to three science subjects will be assessed.

IB

36 points with 6,6,6 at Higher Level; including Biology, and one other science from Chemistry or Physics. If a candidate has retaken the IB, they can be considered if they achieved 32 points with 6,5,5 at Higher Level (including Biology and one of Chemistry or Physics) on the first sitting. They would be expected to achieve 37 points overall on the repeat sitting, with 6,6,6 at Higher Level (again to include Biology plus one of Chemistry or Physics).

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT is required for both the 5-year programme and the 6-year programme and is valid for one year. Note that the SJT banding is no currently used within the selection process.

Access to Medicine courses

The medical school accepts the following Access courses for the 5-year programme only:

  • The College of West Anglia (Access to Medicine)
  • Lambeth College (Access to Medicine & Biomedical Science)
  • Lancaster University (Pre-Medical Studies)
  • City and Islington College (Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences)
  • The Manchester College (Access to Medicine)
  • Bradford University (Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine)
  • Sussex Downs University (Access to Medicine)
  • City of Liverpool University (Access to Science)

Applicants with an Access course, must also meet the minimum GCSE requirements, and take the UKCAT. If they have taken A levels previously, they should have attained ABB at the first sitting in any subject (excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking).

Other Diplomas (inc. BTEC)

OCR and BTEC Level 2 qualifications are not accepted for the 5-year programme in lieu of GCSEs.

The BTEC diploma at grades DDM can enable an eligible candidate to meet the academic requirements to apply for the 6-year programme.

Widening Participation – circumstances for eligibility for the 6-year programme with Foundation Year

The foundation year is focused on teaching study skills, science, and introducing social sciences within healthcare to prepare students for Year 1 of the 5-year programme (the MBBS course). This course is a special widening participation programme that aims to allow applicants with the potential to be doctors, who have not achieved the standard entry grades to due educational or socio-economic disadvantage.

This course is only open to UK applicants who are currently studying A Levels in Year 13 of their education or have left school within the last three years prior to the start of the course.

The following criteria must be met for initial eligibility to apply to this course:

  • The school at which the student studied their GCSES must be listed on the Department of Education School Performance website. The applicant’s secondary school should have 60% or less students achieving 5+ GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Maths. This data can be found here: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/.

In addition, applicants must also meet ONE of the following criteria;

  • Applicant’s household income is less than £35,000 per year, excluding Government benefits
  • Applicant has been in Local Authority Care
  • Applicant lives in the East Anglia Region (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire)

Local applicants and those whose parents/legal guardians have no Higher Education qualifications will be given particular consideration.

The minimum academic requirements for this course include:

  • BBB at A level in any subject
    • A levels must be taken over a consecutive two year period
    • Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted
  • BTEC: DDM
  • IB = 32 points
  • Access courses and candidates who have already started a degree or Foundation courses are not accepted
  • Six GCSE subjects at grade B, to include English Language, Mathematics, and a Science (or if Double Award Science taken, grades should be BB).
    • GCSE short courses, OCR and BTEC Level 2 qualifications are not accepted

International Students

There are 13 spaces on the 5-year programme for international students. The 6-year programme is only open to UK students. Candidates must prove their proficiency in English Language, for example, by achieving an overall IELTS score of 7.5 (with 7.5 in each component). This should be evidenced to the admissions team by the end of July prior to starting the course.

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 Norwich.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants to Medicine at Norwich Medical School will only be considered for two consecutive years, applicant are advised to check the university’s website before submitting their applications, as entry requirements may change.

Policy on Deferrals

Deferred entry is accepted, as long as the applicant states this on their application from the outset. Subsequent requests for deferred entry cannot be guaranteed.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications are via UCAS. For 2018/2019 entry, applications open from 1st September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Applicants invited to interview will be sent a work experience form to complete
  • Candidates applying to the 6-year programme may be requested to fill in a form about their circumstance for eligibility for this course

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants to the two undergraduate programmes will be considered with only the cohort applying to their particular programme. All applications received by the UCAS deadline will proceed to Primary Screening, where the medical school screens applications and excludes those which do not meet the minimum academic and entry exam requirements.

Eligible candidates then process to Secondary Screening. This stage involves assessing and ranking candidates based on their academic achievements (usually A levels and the best 8 GCSEs) and UKCAT scores, compared to the other applicants who are applying that year. There is no minimum cut-off for the UKCAT score, however it is unusual for the university to offer an interview to applicants with a UKCAT score lower than the 3rd decile.. Performance in each subsection of the UKCAT is reviewed. Candidates with the most highly ranked applications are then invited to an interview. Note that all personal statements are very briefly and informally reviewed during the selection process for the interview, however the personal statement is vital during the interview stations.

INTERVIEW

Interviews at Norwich follow the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format, for both the 5-year programme and the 6-year programme. Interviews are normally held between December and March. Each interview lasts 50 minutes, where the applicant spends 5 minutes at each of the 7 stations, the remaining time is used for changeover/preparation time between stations. Qualities looked for at interview include:

  • An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information
  • The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership
  • A caring and supportive attitude
  • An empathetic and caring approach
  • Insight in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession
  • Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness.

Applicants are not required to have any specific work experience; however, they are expected to be able to demonstrate an understanding of Medicine as a career. Any experience that gives the applicant an insight into the profession is valuable. Examples include, but are not limited to: healthcare work experience, regular commitment as a volunteer in a care-related setting, or paid employment as a health care assistant or similar. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of healthcare, and the skills, values, and responsibilities of a doctor. They should also be able to provide evidence of their personal suitability to life in Medicine. If offered an interview, applicants are required to fill out and bring along a work experience form, and be prepared to discuss these during the interview.

Once all the interviews are completed, applicants are ranked based on their performance at the interview and their UKCAT score. The highest ranking candidates will receive an offer. In 2015, approximately 300 offers were made.

For 2017 entry to the 5-year programme, there are 154 places for Home/EU students, and 13 places for international students. In 2016 the university received 1,400 applications, where 600 were invited to interview and 300 offered a place.

  • No. of Applicants per Interview
  • No. of Applicants per Place
  • Home/EU Students
  • 2.4
  • 9.8
  • International Students
  • 1.4
  • 11

A100 – Medicine MBBS

For the foundation course, in 2016 there were only 25 places. In 2015, the university received 220 applications and invited 94 candidates for interview.

Medicine at Norwich is ranked 15th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 16th by The Complete University Guide for 2018.

The QS World University Rankings have ranked the University of East Anglia (UEA) as being in the top 250-300 medical schools in the world in 2017.

Graduate applicants can apply to the 5-year programme, to study alongside undergraduate students. They have the opportunity to intercalate to gain another Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree.

Degree and A levels

Graduate applicants should hold, or be in their final year of their undergraduate degree, and predicted to achieve a First Class or a 2.1. Postgraduate degrees such as Master’s degree or PhDs will not make up for not having a 2:1/First in the candidate’s original undergraduate degree. Any postgraduate degrees should be complete by the time the candidate goes to start the Medicine course. All applicants should show evidence of academic study within the past 3 years.

Graduates are also required to have achieved the minimum of ABB at A levels, including Biology/Human Biology, and one other science subject from Chemistry or Physics.

  • Graduates who repeated A levels prior to university entry will not be considered.
GCSEs

Graduates are expected to have the same GCSE requirements as undergraduates: i.e. they should have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at Grade A/A* including English, Mathematics and two Science subjects.

  • GCSE short courses are not accepted.
  • Repeat GCSEs are accepted.
  • When assessing applications, the best 8 GCSE results are reviewed.
  • If a candidate has more than one Mathematics subject at GCSE, only one will be assessed.
  • Up to two English subjects at GCSE will be assessed (e.g. English Language and English Literature), and up to three science subjects will be assessed.
IB Eligibility

32 points are required overall for graduates with 6,5,5 at Higher Level to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry or Physics.

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT exam is required and is valid for one application cycle. Note that applicants with a score below the third decile are unlikely to be invited for interview. The SJT banding is not currently used within the selection process.

Access to Medicine courses

The medical school accepts the following Access courses for the 5-year programme:

  • The College of West Anglia (Access to Medicine)
  • Lambeth College (Access to Medicine & Biomedical Science)
  • Lancaster University (Pre-Medical Studies)
  • City and Islington College (Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences)
  • The Manchester College (Access to Medicine)
  • Bradford University (Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine)
  • Sussex Downs University (Access to Medicine)
  • City of Liverpool University (Access to Science)

Graduate applicants with an Access course, must also meet the minimum degree and GCSE requirements, and take the UKCAT. If they have taken A levels previously, they should have attained ABB at the first sitting in any subject (excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking).

International Students

There are 13 spaces overall on the 5-year programme for international students. Candidates must prove their proficiency in English Language, for example, by achieving an overall IELTS score of 7.5 (with 7.5 in each component). This should be evidenced to the admissions team by the end of July prior to starting the course.

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 Norwich.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants to Medicine at Norwich Medical School will only be considered for two consecutive years, applicant are advised to check the university’s website before submitting their applications, as entry requirements may change.

Policy on Deferrals

Deferred entry is accepted, as long as the applicant states this on their application from the outset. Subsequent requests for deferred entry cannot be guaranteed.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications are via UCAS. For 2018/2019 entry, applications open from 1st September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Applicants invited to interview will be sent a work experience form to complete

SELECTION PROCESS

All applications received by the UCAS deadline will proceed to Primary Screening, where the medical school screens applications and excludes those which do not meet the minimum academic and entry exam requirements.

Eligible candidates then process to Secondary Screening. This stage involves assessing and ranking candidates based on their academic achievements (usually their degree(s), A levels and the eight best GCSEs) and UKCAT scores compared to the other applicants who are applying that year. There is no minimum cut-off for the UKCAT score, however it is unusual for the university to offer an interview to applicants with a score of less than 2400. Performance in each subsection of the UKCAT is reviewed. Candidates with the most highly ranked applications are then invited to an interview. Note that all personal statements are very briefly and informally reviewed during the selection process for the interview, however the personal statement is vital during the interview stations.

INTERVIEW

Interviews at Norwich follow the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. Interviews are normally held between December and March. Each interview lasts 50 minutes, where the applicant spends 5 minutes at each of the 7 stations, the remaining time is used for changeover/preparation time between stations. Qualities looked for at interview include:

  • An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information
  • The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership
  • A caring and supportive attitude
  • An empathetic and caring approach
  • Insight in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession
  • Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness.

Applicants are not required to have any specific work experience; however, they are expected to be able to demonstrate an understanding of Medicine as a career. Any experience that gives the applicant an insight into the profession is valuable. Examples include, but are not limited to: healthcare work experience, regular commitment as a volunteer in a care-related setting, or paid employment as a health care assistant or similar. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of healthcare, and the skills, values, and responsibilities of a doctor. They should also be able to provide evidence of their personal suitability to life in Medicine. If offered an interview, applicants are required to fill out and bring along a work experience form, and be prepared to discuss these during the interview.

Once all the interviews are completed, applicants are ranked based on their performance at the interview and their UKCAT score. The highest ranking candidates will receive an offer. In 2015, approximately 300 offers were made.

For 2017 entry to the 5-year programme, there are 154 places for Home/EU students, and 13 places for international students. In 2016 the university received 1,400 applications, where 600 were invited to interview and 300 offered a place.

  • No. of Applicants per Interview
  • No. of Applicants per Place
  • Home/EU Students
  • 2.4
  • 9.8
  • International Students
  • 1.4
  • 11

A100 – Medicine MBBS

Medicine at Norwich is ranked 15th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 16th by The Complete University Guide for 2018.

The QS World University Rankings have ranked the University of East Anglia (UEA) as being in the top 250-300 medical schools in the world in 2017.

  1. Kim - Medicine MBBS

    I am loving it! I would definitely recommend UEA to other prospective students as it has everything you need in one place (a campus uni cannot be beaten) with beautiful grounds and a great, friendly atmosphere. Definitely stay in halls in your first year as it's where you'll meet your closest friends....and uni isn't uni without the 'halls experience'!!

    It is very 'hands on' - we are one of the medical schools in the UK where you will meet patients from the start (some other medical schools only do this in 3rd/4th year and in my opinion, it hinders your patient skills). Medicine at UEA is at the forefront of modern teaching and I feel confident in the excellent teaching we receive. My advice for Medicine is to always stay on top of your work and enjoy every new learning experience! I spend a lot of time in the union - during the day it is a hubub of social activity with a cafe/juice bar upstairs and two bars downstairs. There are pool tables and live sports on large screens all day/evening and there is pretty much a gig/event/theme night every single night...as well as the pub quiz weekly! It also has a graduate bar for older/experienced students.

    UEA library is on 5 floors and has just been refurbished and if there is a book they don't have, that you need, they will order it for you - though this has never happened to me. The staff are amazing and include a range of specialists too. There are hundreds of computers in the library, printers, photocopiers etc. The union bar comprises of 2 bars downstairs and two upstairs and always has an array of functions/nights out...it is open every day of every week! One of the biggest sports centres in Norfolk is located on site and students can become members at student rates - there is everything from a pool and squash courts to a full climbing wall!

    Norwich has just about everything you could need - the city has hundreds of night spots and the night life and club scene are huge. There are also swanky bars, loads of pubs, 2 cinemas and countless restaurants. There is a castle for those who want some culture, and shopping choices are extensive. If you're interested in outdoor activities, there are at least 3 large parks in the city and countless sports clubs to join. There is a diverse cultural vibe in different parts of the city.

  2. Edwina - Medicine MBBS

    My uni experience so far has been amazing, I would recommend it for anyone; there is room for every type of person! Make sure to have an open mind about university and you will enjoy so many new experiences! The course is continually assessed throughout the year. I am not planning a post-grad degree but a lot of students stay at UEA to do this. My course is group-based so we have to work as a team around 90% of the time. We focus more on clinical skills and modern methods of teaching rather than the traditional lectures based 9-5pm, until you're bored to tears! You need to be a self-motivated person to complete work not covered in lectures or group work and be able to direct your own studying needs. There are absolutely endless amounts of clubs and societies; something to interest everyone! Sports, dance, theatre/music, games, ethnic, cultural societies as well as societies which have particular interests- geology, rock-climbing, surfing etc… I am a member of Street Jazz, the rugby club, the snow-sports club, the Irish society, the wine and cheese society, and the cocktail society. There are lots of nightclubs to choose from and cinemas in city; lots of art exhibitions, theatre productions, dance shows, gigs, festivals etc. Very kooky city with lots of individual things to do.