Founded in 2004, Swansea University Medical School offers a 4-year graduate only programme, which accepts applicants from any discipline, providing they meet the minimum academic and GAMSAT requirements. Interestingly, the medical school also offers a scheme which aims to inspire students to consider practicing in rural and remote areas in the future – this is known as the Rural and Remote Health in Medical Education (RRHIME) Track. Through this scheme, selected students have the opportunity to have placements in rural General Practice and secondary care settings in Aberysthwyth and Haverfordwest. Furthermore, non-Welsh speakers can even undergo a Welsh for Medicine Beginners course in order to improve their language skills!
At a Glance
4 year programme
Swansea University Medical School offers a 4-year programme exclusively for graduate applicants. The course itself is split into two phases: Phase 1 (years one and two) and Phase 2 (years three and four). The curriculum is taught in an integrated fashion and mainly delivered through 96 clinical cases. Instead of being structured in body ‘systems’, clinical cases and other teaching are based around 6 key themes which last throughout the whole course.
The key themes are:
During Phase 1, students spend most of their time (65 weeks) on ‘learning weeks’ where learning is delivered through cases. They also spend time in a community setting with one day every third week in General Practice.
Students spend the majority of their time on clinical placement in Phase 2, gaining experience in a variety of medical and surgical specialties, as well as specialty attachments such as Child Health and Psychiatry. However, there is still some element of case-based learning through ‘Case of the Week’ topics. Electives are undertaken during the third year of the course and students often spend these abroad.
Overall, students gain a lot of clinical experience:
- 39 weeks Clinical Apprenticeships
- 35 weeks Specialty Attachments
- 11 weeks Community-based Learning
- 6 weeks Elective and 6 weeks Foundation doctor shadowing
The medical school also has a Rural and Remote Health in Medical Education (RRHIME) scheme which aims to increase awareness about working in rural and remote areas. Students who choose to pursue this are able to gain experience in rural areas – for example undertaking rural General Practice attachments or secondary care placements in Aberysthwyth and Haverfordwest. Students also take their third year elective in a rural and remote area, usually overseas. Students can join the RRHIME programme in first year (though some can join in year two) by submitting a reflective application on why they would like to get involved. Those who show commitment to working in rural and remote healthcare environments after graduating will be given preference.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY
Applicants are expected to be predicted or have achieved:
- At least an upper second class (2:1) in a degree from any subject
- OR a lower second class degree (2:2) AND a post graduate Master’s or PhD
- Merit/Distinction in an integrated Master’s degree
There are no minimum A level requirements for this course.
Applicants are expected to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics AND English or Welsh or its equivalent.
The medical school does not take results in these into consideration. Applicants are expected to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics AND English or Welsh (or equivalent).
Applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT Exam, and are required to achieve the minimum threshold for their application to be considered:
• Minimum overall score of 50
• Minimum score of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences)
The GAMSAT score will be used to determine whether the candidate will be offered an interview and depending on the results of the applicants applying, the score required to reach interview stage may be more than the minimum score for consideration
Access to Medicine courses
Access to Medicine courses are not accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma
The medical school does not take results in these into consideration. Applicants are expected to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics AND English or Welsh or equivalent.
For 2016 entry, for the first time, international applicants were able to apply between the 1st-22nd of May 2016 via UCAS.
They are required to be predicted or have achieved the equivalent of:
• An upper class (2:1) degree or above in any subject
• A merit/distinction in an integrated Masters
• A lower class (2:2) degree AND a postgraduate masters/PhD
• GCSE mathematics achieved at grade C or above
If applicants hold multiple degrees, it will be the most recent score which will be taken.
International applicants are also expected to sit the GAMSAT where they must achieve a minimum score of 59 (note that this is a higher minimum threshold than that required of UK/EU students) overall AND a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences). Once receiving their GAMSAT results, applicants must forward it to the medical school.
If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (email@example.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at Swansea.
POLICY ON re-applicants:
The university accepts re-applicants.
POLICY ON DEFERRALS
The university does not accept deferred entry applications.
For 2017 entry, applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016 for home applicants. Interviews are held in January 2017.
International applicants apply in May 2017 and have interviews in June 2017 (for 2017 entry).
- Completed UCAS application form which must include confirmation that applicants have not already pursued a previous medical degree
- References must be either from an academic tutor or a work experience reference.
SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW
A candidate’s academic achievements, GAMSAT score and performance at the selection centre will be taken into account during the selection process.
First applicants are screened to ensure they meet the minimum academic requirements. Those who do, are then ranked based on their GAMSAT scores. The candidates with the highest scores are offered a place at the selection centre which runs interviews in January for UK/EU applicants (June for international applicants).
In 2015, the cut-off GAMSAT score for those invited to the selection centre was 58.
The interviews aim to assess candidates in the following domains:
- Problem solving
- Coping with pressure
- Insight and integrity
- Passion for medicine/ resilience to succeed.
At the selection centre, candidates will first undergo a 30-minute written assessment, followed by a tour of the university. The written assessment will not test an applicant’s academic skills.
Following the tour, candidates will then have two further interviews which are 20 minutes each. These interviews will be conducted by two trained interviewers, chosen from a group of doctors, academics, students and members of the public. During these interviews, the personal statement will be discussed.
Following the interviews, the overall performance of each candidate will be taken into account. Those who score the highest will be given an offer – usually in March for UK/EU students.
1000 candidates applied to the Swansea University Medical School in 2015. 250 of these applicants were invited to interview and 90 offers were made for 72 places.
Medicine at Swansea University is ranked 18th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.
It is ranked 6th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.