University of Warwick
University of Warwick

The University of Warwick offers the largest medical programme exclusively for graduates, with around 177 places per year. The medical school has newly built facilities, as well as 4 hospital sites and around 50 GP practices, in order to facilitate teaching throughout the course. Students at the medical school receive early clinical experience and have close 1-1 supervision on any clinical placements. Learning is mainly through small groups working through a case, helping to develop both team work and clinical problem solving skills. Furthermore, it is the only medical school to teach anatomy via Gunther von Hagen’s plastinated prosections – where preparing a whole body plastinate takes around 1000-1500 man hours to produce!

University of Warwick

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • A levels
  • GCSEs
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • Graduate applicants only
  • 177
  • Minimum of 2:1 in any subject (Master’s/PhD can supplement a 2:2 degree)
  • No requirements
  • No requirements
  • UKCAT
  • MMI – 6 stations
  • 70 hours/2 weeks’ full time work experience for the past 3 years

Graduates can apply to the 4-year fast-track programme for Medicine. Teaching at the medical school initially occurs in small groups consisting of around 10 students who work through a clinical case based on a body system each week. As well as the small group learning, teaching is also delivered via lectures and clinical exposure which gradually increases throughout the first two years. In the first two years, students have the opportunity to explore areas of particular interest, through a Student Selected Component (SSC), where they can choose a topic from a number of options. In the third year, there is further opportunity to explore a topic of interest through an 8 week SSC period.

In the final 2 years of the course, students spend the majority of their time in clinical placements, rotating through various specialities where they receive one to one supervision. Clinical placements are based in partner hospitals which are University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Warwick, George Eliot, Rugby St Cross and Redditch. In the final year of the course, students also have a 5-6 week elective which some students decide to spend abroad, as well as an assistantship which ensures the transition from final year to junior doctor goes as smoothly as possible.

Degree

Applicants must have or be predicted a minimum of 2:1 degree in any subject.

If applicants hold a lower classification (2:2), they should have either a Master’s degree or a Doctoral qualification to be considered for entry.

For those who possess an Integrated Masters eg MEng/MPharm, a Pass grade or above is required at Masters level.

The highest achieved academic qualification will be awarded points – note that candidates will only receive points for qualifications which have been completed and awarded by the closing date.

A/AS levels and GCSEs

A levels or GCSE results are not considered for entry on the course.

Work experience:

The minimum amount of work experience required by applicants is at least 2 weeks full time (70 hours) or equivalent across the last 3 years. However the university recognises that what the applicant has learnt from their experiences is more important than the time spent. The work experience undertaken should provide the applicant with:

  • Evidence of providing personal hands-on care to individuals (excluding close friends or family)
  • Discovering what it means to be a member of the medical profession
  • Experience of a healthcare environment; ideally the NHS
  • A named contact – to provide references and evidence of the work experience

The university values time spent carrying out voluntary work in a nursing home, care home, hospice or hospital as well as employment in professional healthcare roles and community based healthcare.

For 2018 entry, the following requirements for work experience are as follows:

  • Applicants must have experience of direct hands-on care of people/patients with healthcare needs. This excludes friends and family members and must be within a healthcare environment, ideally within the NHS.
  • Applicants must demonstrate at least two relevant experiences. The experiences must be different roles to each other or demonstrate different aspects of patient care. Importantly, no single experience can count for more than 50 hours. Whilst shadowing is an acceptable experience, it can only count for a maximum of 20 hours out of the minimum 70 hours requirement. Therefore other work experiences must be roles with direct hands on care of people/patients with a wide variety of healthcare needs.

Work experience should be seen as an opportunity to fully explore whether a medical career is appropriate for the applicant and should not be seen as a box ticking exercise. The university provides a list of examples of what constitutes as acceptable and unacceptable experiences which can be found at: www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/study/ugr/applying/entryreqs/.

Applicants are expected to provide details of work experience placements if shortlisted and will also be expected to reflect upon those experiences at Selection Centre. Verification of work experience placements must be on the official headed paper of the organisation and must include details of the number of hours, dates and the role held by the applicant. Similarly, email verification must come directly from the named employer and the university will not accept forwarded messages.

Admissions Exam:

Applicants are required to sit the UKCAT which can be sat from July to October with results being valid for 1 year only.

Access to Medicine courses:

Access to Medicine courses are not used to assess candidates.

International Students:

The University of Warwick can admit up to 13 international medical students every year. The medical school’s English Language requirements can be met by attaining an overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS, with component scores of a minimum of two sections at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+.

Students at International Medical University, Malaysia

Students studying at the International Medical University are able to transfer to the University of Warwick after 2 and a half years if they hold a first degree. If students do not hold a first degree, they are required to spend another year and complete the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) before being eligible to transfer. Students who have transferred from IMU will join the Warwick programme for a final 2 and a half years of clinical studies before graduating with a medical degree.

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 Warwick Medicine.

Policy on re-applicants:

The university accepts re-applicants.

Policy on Deferrals:

The university does not accept deferred entry applications.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applicants for 2018/2019 can apply via UCAS from the 6th of September 2017 – 15th October 2017.

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Work experience placement verification documents

SELECTION PROCESS

Warwick medical school considers the verbal reasoning score as a predictor of success in certain examinations at medical school. Therefore, those who score below the mean for the cohort in the Verbal Reasoning section of the UKCAT during the year of application will not be considered further. Those who score above the cohort mean will then have points awarded for their total UKCAT score, with higher total UKCAT scores receiving higher points.

For 2016 entry, the lowest UKCAT score required for a graduate applicant to be invited to selection centre was 2770. For 2015 entry it was 2800 and for 2014 entry it was 2940.

Note that for 2018 entry, candidates will receive a total score for the sum of all 4 subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning. The Situational Judgement section will not be considered for 2018 entry.

SELECTION CENTRE/INTERVIEW

There are around 380 places for interview which run in January each year and last for approximately 2 hours. Interviews at Warwick take the format of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), which consist of 6 stations which look at:

  • Team working
  • Insight
  • Resilience
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Probity
  • Respect and dignity

At each station, applicants will be scored, with those achieving the highest total score being made an offer. Offers are usually made within 1 month of attending the Selection Centre.

The university does not publish their admissions statistics but approximately 380 applicants will be invited each year for interview for 177 places.

In the Guardian University Guide 2018, Medicine at the University of Warwick ranks 32nd.

In the Complete University Guide 2018, Medicine at the University of Warwick ranks 29th.

In the QS World Rankings 2017, the University of Warwick is ranked within the top 151-200 universities for Medicine.

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

    Warwick is graduate entry only which means that everyone on the course has previously completed a degree. This means that everyone comes from different backgrounds and you can feel accepted no matter what you've previously studied.

    Some of the lecturers are very passionate about teaching and are very popular with the students. One of our lecturers, Jamie, is great in our anatomy labs and explains everything so well (students will rush to join his group!) 

    We also have Peer Support sessions which is where students in other years will teach the students in years below. I've found that it's been so helpful in going over difficult topics and understanding hard concepts in a small amount of time. Everyone is very supportive and make good resources to help with exams.

  2. 2. What is not so good?

    It is a large course and I find that everyone is very competitive. It's difficult not to compare yourself to other people. 

    We also do Case Based Learning (CBL) as well as lectures which most people I've spoken to dislike. (Although there are some people who love it!) it takes up a lot of hours in the week and sometimes the sessions feel like they drag on and on. Personally, I benefit more from studying and attending lectures, but obviously it depends on the person! 

    Also, the medical school is separate from the main campus so it is easy to feel isolated and only interact with other medical students. I avoid spending time in the medical school as much as possible!

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

    As this course is only 4 years, the first year is condensed and can be very stressful trying to learn in one year what other schools are learning over 2 years. Be prepared! Nobody told me how difficult it would be. 

    Also, you have to travel to different places quite a lot for community days, and in first year we are at UHCW on a Friday. I found that having a car was a lifesaver.

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

    Study UKCAT! I personally went through every book and online resource to try and get a high enough score for an interview.