Medical School Application Guide

 

Newcastle University

 

Newcastle University

 

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.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

4 to 5-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
4-year
5-year
No. of places
318
25
318 (inc. undergrads)
Degree
N/A
2.1
2.1
GCSEs
*
N/A
N/A
A levels
AAA
N/A
N/A
Exam
UKCAT
UKCAT
UKCAT
Interview
Panel
Panel
Panel
Work experience
Desirable
Essential
Desirable
 
*See under requirements

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

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 the4-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.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

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.

 

GCSEs

 

There are no GCSE requirements for the 5-year programme.

 

There are no GCSE requirements for the 4-year programme.

 

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

 

For the 5-year programme, applicants offering an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine), Distinctions to be achieved in the graded credit modules. The further 15 ungraded credits can be a combination of level 2 and 3.

 

International Students

 

Non-UK/EU students can apply to the 5-year programme. 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.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

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

 

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 2016 for September 2016 entry.

 

Application Documents

 

• Completed UCAS application form .

• Secondary school examination certificates may be requested.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

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. For example, in 2014 the threshold score for interview was 2980, and in 2015 it dropped to 2300.

 

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. 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

 

Approximately 850 students (both graduates and undergraduates) are invited for interview, which is in the format of a panel-style interview, with 2 interviewers asking questions. They will be assessing you on the following:

 

• Preparation and motivation for medical school

• Effective Learning skills

• Effective Learning skills

• Team working

• Personal qualities/ resilience

• Interpersonal and communication skills

• Empathy, sensitivity and integrity

 

They will want to see if you have insight into both the positive and negative aspects of a career in Medicine, as well as your understanding of how your training will progress. They will also want to know that you have considered the teaching and learning methods on the course, and how these are compatible with the way that you learn. Although work experience is desirable, greater emphasis is placed on being able to demonstrate that you are a caring individual e.g. volunteer work in a care home, hospice or nursery.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For 2016 entry on to the 5-year programme, 2584 candidates applied to Newcastle medical course. 850 of these applicants were interviewed and 318 were offered a place (219 at Newcastle; 99 at the Durham).

RANKING

 

Medicine at the University of Newcastle is ranked 14th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 9th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is among the top 150 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

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. 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. 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/

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

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), Distinctions to be achieved in the graded credit modules. The further 15 ungraded credits can be a combination of level 2 and 3.

 

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/

 

International Students

 

If English is not your native language, the medical school normally requires IELTS scores of 7.0 across each component.

 

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.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

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

 

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 2016 for September 2016 entry.

 

Application Documents

 

• Completed UCAS application form

• Secondary school examination certificates may be requested

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

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. For example, in 2014 the threshold score for interview was 2980, and in 2015 it dropped to 2300.

 

Interview

 

Approximately 850 students are invited for interview, which is in the format of a panel-style interview, with 2 interviewers asking questions. They will be assessing you on the following:

 

• Preparation and motivation for medical school

• Effective Learning skills

• Team working

• Personal qualities/ resilience

• Interpersonal and communication skills

• Empathy, sensitivity and integrity

 

They will want to see if you have insight into both the positive and negative aspects of a career in Medicine, as well as your understanding of how your training will progress. They will also want to know that you have considered the teaching and learning methods on the course, and how these are compatible with the way that you learn. Although work experience is desirable, greater emphasis is placed on being able to demonstrate that you are a caring individual e.g. volunteer work in a care home, hospice or nursery.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For 2016 entry, 2584 candidates applied to Newcastle medical course. 850 of these applicants were interviewed and 318 were offered a place (219 at Newcastle; 99 at the Durham).

 

RANKING

 

Medicine at the University of Newcastle is ranked 14th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 9th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is among the top 150 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

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. 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. 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. 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

 

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