University: Southampton
University: Southampton

The University of Southampton is a really popular place to study Medicine, not least because of its beautiful location and mild climate (the mildest in the UK at least!). Situated by the coast and near New Forest National Park, it offers lots of opportunities for water sports and outdoor activities. The medical school opened its doors in 1971, and from the beginning espoused the value of early patient contact and multi-disciplinary learning. As a medical student you will come into contact with allied healthcare students, such as nursing students and physiotherapy students. Four medical programmes are offered. The traditional 5-year programme is taught with a systems-based integrated approach and both graduates and undergraduates can apply. The second year also incorporates some interesting elements, such as a placement as a Healthcare Support Worker (very valuable for getting to know how the wards work on a day-to-day basis), student selected components in medical humanities and public health, as well as a research project. In your third year, you will undertake a research project alongside your clinical placements, which will earn you the extra degree; BMedSci. There is also an opportunity to take an integrated Master’s degree in one additional year. The 6-year programme offered includes a ‘Year 0’, which facilitates transition onto the 5-year programme, by looking at the structure and function of the human body, as well introducing students into healthcare Psychology and Sociology. It is aimed towards UK students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as part of the medical school’s widening participation initiative. On the 4-year graduate programme the initial 18 months are focused on small group learning in Graduate Groups, which is somewhat similar to problem-based learning. There are 2-3 clinical placements per week for these first 18 months, which is an impressive amount of early patient contact. The rest of the degree programme is akin to the clinical years on the usual 5-year undergraduate programme. Home and EU students can also apply for a bilingual medical programme in English and German, which is divided between Southampton and Kassel Medical School in Germany. This partnership with the Kassel Medical School also means that students from other medical degree programmes can study for certain modules in Germany.

University: Southampton

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 202
  • N/A
  • 6As
  • AAA
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Desirable
  • 6-year programme
  • 30
  • N/A
  • 5Cs
  • BBB
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Desirable

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 4-year programme
  • 40
  • 2:1
  • Min. C English, Maths, Science
  • C in Chemistry
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Desirable
  • 5-year programme
  • 202
  • 2:1
  • Min. C English, Maths, Science
  • C in Chemistry
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Desirable

Undergraduates can apply to the 5-year programme, the 6-year programme, or the bilingual 5-year programme (between Germany and Southampton).

Note that for the 6-year programme there are certain criteria candidates must fulfil to be eligible for this course.

Note also for the bilingual programme, candidates must speak English and German fluently. If German is not your native language, the university requires a German language test regarding to “Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmen für Sprache (GER)”. They prefer successful completion of the “Test für Deutsch als Fremdsprache” (TestDaF). The minimum requirement is a level of “TDN 4” or successful completion of the “B1 Zertifikat des Goethe-Instituts”. For those applicants, in whom English is not their first language, the IELTS (academic) to level 7.0 is accepted as proof of proficiency.

Each programme results in a BMBS and a BMedSci, and there is the option to complete an integrated Master’s degree.

A/AS levels and GCSEs

The typical offer for the 5-year programme is AAA, to include A level Biology and Chemistry. Note that General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable as part of the A level offer, and subjects which overlap, such as Physical Education and Human Biology will only count as one A level. A levels should be taken within the standard two years and at one sitting.

Candidates should have a minimum of 6 GCSEs to grade A, to include English, Mathematics and Double Award Science (or equivalent).

Note that mature learners (those over 21 at the start of the degree) without a primary degree can apply to the 5-year programme with AAA at A level, A level subjects must include Chemistry and Biology, and mature applicants are also required to have a minimum of C in their GCSE English, Mathematics and Double Award Science (or equivalent). Note that mature learners who have had to retake any A levels, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For the 6-year programme, the typical A level offer is BBB, to include A level Biology and Chemistry. Note that General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable as part of the A level offer, and subjects which overlap, such as Physical Education and Human Biology will only count as one A level. There is a minimum of 5 Cs at GCSE, to include English, Mathematics and Double Award Science (or equivalent).

For the 5-year bilingual programme, if you are offering the German Abitur the university requires an average overall mark of 1.6. Chemistry must be included as a main subject and passed with at least good results over the last two years (at least 11 of 15 points). Chemistry should be taken until at least 10th grade (G8) or 11th grade (G9) and passed with at least good results (at least 11 of 15 points).

IB

You should have 36 points overall with a total of 18 points at Higher Level. Chemistry and Biology should be offered to at least grade 6 at Higher Level.

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.

For the 5-year bilingual programme, candidates must register for the Test for Medical Studies (TMS) which takes place between April and mid-May; registration is from December until mid-January. If you have missed the deadline for registration, you can still apply to this course, but candidates who have sat the test will be considered first.

Access to Medicine courses

Certain Access courses are acceptable with an appropriate science content. Applicants are advised to contact the university directly to check if their course is acceptable. 60 credits are required with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent), of which at all 45 must be at distinction for entry into the 5-year programme and 24 for the 6-year programme (and 21 credits at Merit).

The College has accepted access courses in the past from the following universities:

  • The College of West Anglia
  • The Manchester College
  • Sussex Downs Adult College
  • Lambeth College
  • Stafford College

Widening Participation

The 6-year programme leading to a BMBS and BmedSc degree. To be eligible to apply to this course, you must meet three of the following criteria:

  • First generation applicant to higher education
  • Parents, guardian or self in receipt of a means-tested benefit
  • Young people looked after by a Local Authority
  • In receipt of a 16-19 bursary or similar grant
  • In receipt of free school meals at any point in Years 10-13
  • Living in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (authenticated by the University), or a member of a travelling family

International Students

International students may apply to the 5-year programme (roughly 18 places available). International students cannot apply to the 6-year programme or the 4-year programme, and non-EU students cannot apply to the 5-year bilingual programme. For those applicants, in whom English is not their first language, the IELTS to level 7.0 (with 7.0 in each component) is accepted as proof of proficiency.

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 Southampton.

Policy on Deferrals

Applicants considering a gap year may apply for deferred entry. As with most other medical schools, it is a good idea to have a plan for a constructive use of your gap year.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry for the 6-year and 5-year programme in English are open from 6th September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

Applicants interested in the 5-year bilingual programme should download the application form from the Kassel School of Medicine website: http://www.klinikum-kassel.de/index.php?parent=8338. Applications are open from May 1 – June 14 in the year of entry.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • If you are applying to the 6-year programme, you will need to complete an eligibility form. Further information can be found at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/undergraduate/courses/bm6_a102.page?#entry
  • Applicants to the 5-year bilingual programme will need to download their application from the Kassel School of Medicine website, and will also need to fill out a letter of motivation, like a personal statement, looking particularly at the following criteria:
    • self -motivation and resilience
    • reflection on and learning from life experiences (this may include, work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings)
    • can communicate effectively
    • able to interact successfully with others
    • can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution

SELECTION PROCESS

For the 5-year programme, candidates are initially screened on the academic requirements and then ranked by their UKCAT from which a cut-off is used to invite applicants to interview (the cut-off changes each year, depending on the results of the pool of applicants that year). The following non-academic criteria is also considered before inviting candidates to interview:

  • self -motivation and resilience
  • reflection on and learning from life experiences (this may include, work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings)
  • can communicate effectively
  • able to interact successfully with others
  • can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution

Candidates who are invited to the selection days, will be made offers based on their performances that day.

For the 6-year programme, although applicants have to sit the UKCAT, they are initially considered for interview, based on meeting the academic and eligibility criteria, as well as the non-academic criteria (listed above). If the number meeting the criteria exceeds Selection Day places, applicants are reviewed again against the non-academic criteria (listed above). Candidates who are invited to the selection days, will be made offers based on their performances that day.

For the 5-year bilingual programme, academic criteria, non-academic criteria and the results of the TMS exam are also considered when choosing applicants to invite to the selection day. Note that you will be expected to complete 8 full weeks of work experience in nursing prior to commencing the course.

INTERVIEW

Each programme has a panel interview and a group task during the selection days. The 5-year bilingual programme also has a written assignment. Past interview questions have included:

  1. What did you learn/how were you affected by this experience (referring to an experience described in the personal statement)?
  2. How did you arrange this work experience?
  3. Questions on extra-curricular activities that you do now/have done and anything you hope to continue carrying on during university.
  4. Can you talk to us about a medically-related book or article that you read recently? Then further questions on that book/topic.
  5. What did you learn about yourself by volunteering? How much time do you spend volunteering on that placement?
  6. Why would you like to study at Southampton?

As you can see, the questions are very much geared towards reflection and what you have learned, rather than just a list of activities/qualities. The group task lasts approximately 30 minutes and is composed of 8 candidates in total. In a previous year, candidates were presented with an ethical issue summarized on a piece of paper and instructions. 2 assessors were in the room. One ethical scenario used was on the Welsh Organ Donation system. Candidates were instructed to think of the pros and cons of organ donation; given about 2 minutes to think in silence; and then discuss this among themselves. At the end of the task, each candidate was given the opportunity to summarise their personal conclusion regarding the issue.

For the 5-year English programme, there were 1480 applications for 186 places in 2017. Of these, there were 200 international applicants of which 11 were successful.

For the 6-year programme, there were 600 applications for 30 places in 2017.

For the 5-year bilingual programme, there are 24 spaces available.

Medicine at the University of Southampton is ranked 24th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 31st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

It is among the top 100 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

Graduates can apply to the traditional 5-year programme, or the 4-year programme. The 5-year programme results in the BMBS and a BMedSci, and offers the opportunity of completing an integrated Master’s degree. The 4-year fast-track programme for graduates results in the BMBS award.

Degree and A levels

For both programmes, applicants should have at least a 2:1 degree in any discipline. They should also have A level Chemistry at grade C or above (or if Chemistry not taken to A2 level, AS level Biology and Chemistry at grade C or above can compensate).

GCSEs

Graduates should have grade C in English, Mathematics and Double Award Science (or equivalent).

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT is required for all applicants. The test is only valid for one year.

Access to Medicine courses

Certain Access courses are acceptable with an appropriate science content. Applicants are advised to contact the university directly to check if their course is acceptable. 60 credits are required with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent), of which at all 45 must be at distinction for entry into the 5-year programme and 24 for the 6-year programme (and 21 credits at Merit).

International Students

International students may only apply to the 5-year programme (roughly 18 spaces in total for international students). For those applicants, in whom English is not their first language, the IELTS to level 7.0 (with 7.0 in each component) is accepted as proof of proficiency.

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 Southampton.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form

SELECTION PROCESS

For both the 5-year and the 4-year programme, candidates are initially screened on the academic requirements and then ranked by their UKCAT from which a cut-off is used to invite applicants to interview (the cut-off changes each year, depending on the results of the pool of applicants that year). The following non-academic criteria is also considered before inviting candidates to interview:

  • self -motivation and resilience
  • reflection on and learning from life experiences (this may include, work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings)
  • can communicate effectively
  • able to interact successfully with others
  • can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution

Candidates who are invited to the selection days, will be made offers based on their performances that day.

INTERVIEW

Each programme has a panel interview and a group task during the selection days. Past interview questions have included:

  1. What did you learn/how were you affected by this experience (referring to an experience described in the personal statement)?
  2. How did you arrange this work experience?
  3. Questions on extra-curricular activities that you do now/have done and anything you hope to continue carrying on during university.
  4. Can you talk to us about a medically-related book or article that you read recently? Then further questions on that book/topic.
  5. What did you learn about yourself by volunteering? How much time do you spend volunteering on that placement?
  6. Why would you like to study at Southampton?

As you can see, the questions are very much geared towards reflection and what you have learned, rather than just a list of activities/qualities. The group task lasts approximately 30 minutes and is composed of 8 candidates in total. In a previous year, candidates were presented with an ethical issue summarized on a piece of paper and instructions. 2 assessors were in the room. One ethical scenario used was on the Welsh Organ Donation system. Candidates were instructed to think of the pros and cons of organ donation; given about 2 minutes to think in silence; and then discuss this among themselves. At the end of the task, each candidate was given the opportunity to summarise their personal conclusion regarding the issue.

For the 5-year English programme, there were 1480 applications for 186 places in 2017. Of these there were 250 graduate applicants of which 20 were successful in gaining a place. In 2017, there were 200 international applicants of which 11 were successful.

For the 4-year programme, there were 1100 applications for 40 places in 2017.

Medicine at the University of Southampton is ranked 24th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 31st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

It is among the top 100 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

  1. 1. What are the good points about studying in Southampton?

    Southampton offers early clinical contact from as early as the second week of study. This allows you to constantly touch base with the reason you wanted to come to medical school and apply the theory to actual cases.

  2. 2. What's not so good?

    Lectures are not always the best way to learn and we do tend to spend a lot of time in them at Southampton. If you don't like sitting and listening, then studying here probably isn't for you.

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

    Enjoy it and be curious. Make sure you keep on top of the things that you get taught but the more you explore concepts and relate it back to patient cases the better you will understand everything!

  4. 4. Any tips on how to get in?

    In your personal statement talk about things that might separate you from other applicants rather than just writing loads on the work experience that everyone will have done. Show your passion and enthusiasm at interview.