Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Leeds

 

King’s College London

 

 

Founded in 1831, the School of Medicine at Leeds University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the 24 leading research universities in the UK and is among the top 100 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

The five-year medical course is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Teaching is offered in an integrated style, with early patient contact through regular hospital and community placements, alongside body systems lectures and tutorials. The School of Medicine offers the chance to learn via ‘wet anatomy’ dissection in the first two pre-clinical years. During their clinical years, students work on an 18-month Research Evaluation and Special Studies (RESS) project to promote quality improvement and develop research skills. Students will partake in a medical elective in their penultimate year. A foundation assistantship period is offered in the final year.

 

The competition ratio between applicants (including graduates) and places is estimated to be 8:1. Approximately 1 in 3 applicants will be offered an interview in the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
5-year
No. of places
188
31
Degree
N/A
2:1
GCSEs
Min. of 6 GCSEs at grade B inc. Maths, English, Dual/double science (or Biology and Chemistry)
N/A
A levels
AAA (inc. Chemistry)
N/A*
Exam
BMAT
BMAT
Interview
MMI
MMI
Work experience
Desirable
Desirable
 
* Those graduates offering a non-science degree will need relevant A levels as detailed below or an approved Access to Medicine course

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

UK and EU undergraduate applicants can apply for a 5-year programme, with the option of taking an extra year after their second, third or fourth year of studies to do an intercalated degree. There are 19 undergraduate (BA, BSc) and 6 postgraduate (MSc, MA, MRes) intercalated courses which cover a range of topics delivered by several different Faculties and Schools. The course involves systems-based learning, early clinical contact and provides a spiral method of curriculum delivery, which reinforces key topics but prevents repetition. Essentially knowledge is developed and built upon as the course progresses.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

Undergraduates must have AAA at A Level, including Chemistry. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. Students who have taken 4 A2 Levels have no advantage over those who have taken 3. Note that similar subjects such as Mathematics and Further Mathematics, or Biology and Human Biology, will only have one of the two subjects considered as part of the A level offer. A* grades at A level are not yet being taken into account when assessing applications. Candidates should have minimum B in 6 GCSEs including English, Mathematics and either Dual Award Science or Chemistry and Biology.

 

IB

 

An overall score of 35 points with a mark of 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects one of which must be Chemistry. Two subjects from Biology, Maths and Physics must also be offered at either Higher or Standard Level if not offered at GCSE. If English not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard level.

 

Admissions Exam

 

Applicants will be required to take the Bio Medical Admissions Test (BMAT). The BMAT score is added to the score derived from your academic achievements, therefore, it does not carry a larger weight than the A-level results. The BMAT is valid for one year.

 

International Students

 

There are approximately 20 spaces available for international students. They will be considered in line with the standard undergraduate entrance requirements looking at academic achievement (expressed as English A level qualifications) (see above). Proof of English Language proficiency will be also required. Leeds medical school requires at least English GCSE grade B or one of the following:

 

• International English Language Test System (IELTS): 7.5 score

• Cambridge proficiency of English: Grade B

• Tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based (iBT) minimum of 25 in 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 UCL.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access to Medicine courses are accepted. The following Access courses with an overall mark of 70% with at least 70% in Chemistry:

 

• College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn

• Sussex Downs Adult College

 

Widening Participation

 

The University of Leeds and University of Bradford have a collaborative partnership where up to 20 students are admitted from the University of Bradford Foundation in Clinical Sciences beginning at the first year of the MBChB and a further 20 from the Clinical Sciences BSc course are admitted at the beginning of second year. A successful transfer applicant must have been academically successful on the course, have strong personal and referee’s statements and perform well at interview. Applicants who have successfully completed the Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO) at Leeds with an overall score of at least 70% and a minimum score of 70% in Chemistry 1 and 2 may also apply. There is also an Access to Leeds programme, that allows candidates applying via UCAS who meet two or more of the following eligibility criteria, to receive a lower A level offer in addition to the standard offer:

 

• be from a household with an annual income of £25,000 or below or in receipt of 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support with an income threshold of £25,000, or in receipt of free school meals during your GCSE studies

• be in the first generation of your immediate family to go to university

• attend a  school achieving below the national average at GCSE (5A*-C passes including English and Maths)

• your only option is to attend a local university

• your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life

• you live in a geographical area with low progression to higher education (see our online postcode checker)

• you live or grew up in public care

 

Please see this web link for further details: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/128005/applying/33/alternative_admissions/2

 

Other Diplomas

 

The Cambridge Pre-U is accepted in lieu of A-levels with three grades of Distinctions (D3) in 3 Principal subjects, one of which must be Chemistry.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Leeds medical school does not refer to an applicant’s previous performance (including the interview) therefore you may apply as many times as you like.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Leeds medical school will accept applicants who wish to defer, provided that the personal statement section of the UCAS application form is used to explain their reasons for taking a Gap Year.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

For the 5-year undergraduate entry programme for UK students, applications via UCAS for 2017 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016.

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • If an applicant receives an offer for interview, a questionnaire will be sent out asking for further details on work and voluntary placements including contact details.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applications are initially assessed to ensure that candidates meet the minimum academic criteria. They are then given a score based on either their GCSE grades or their AS level grades (if ‘cashed-in’), whichever results are better. In 2015, the highest academic score was given to candidates with either 9A*s or AAA at AS. There is no advance to having 4 AS levels rather than 3. The applicants will then have their BMAT result reviewed. There is no cut-off result, but candidates will receive a score for the BMAT which will be added to their academic score and also to a score for their personal statement. The BMAT score is weighted (15% of the weight given to the GCSE/AS results, and 50% of the weight given to the personal statement). The medical school states that most of their applicants who receive interview offers, are distinguished on the basis of their non-academic qualities, as so many candidates meet the academic threshold for invitation to interview. These are assessed via the personal statement and evidence of the following is looked for:

 

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Insight into a career in Medicine
  • Social and cultural awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Non-academic achievements

 

For further information on these criteria and how to demonstrate that you have them, please see this web link on the university page: http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/202/applying_for_the_mbchb/84/the_selection_process/6, as well as the Medical Schools Council document: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Publications/Pages/Statement-on-the-core-values-and-attributes-needed-to-study-medicine.aspx

 

After assessment of academic and non-academic criteria, short-listed applicants will receive a written invitation from the medical school to attend an interview on a specific day.

 

The decision whether to make an offer on not after interview depended entirely on the candidate’s performance on the day; the previous scores (predicted/achieved academic performance etc.) are not taken into account.

 

Interview

 

The interview will take the format of 8 Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) stations, lasting 7 minutes each, designed to gain further insight into the applicants’ personal qualities and some cognitive skills. Scores from each station in the MMI are collated to achieve an overall rating. Some will ask you to discuss information that is on your UCAS form, or discuss a scenario or question that you will be presented with. Most stations involve discussion with the examiner but the station may require you to write down some information or to interact with an actor who will be playing a role. The skills that we will be assessing will include:

 

  • Ethical reasoning
  • Self-evaluation
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving

 

You can find an example of a Leeds MMI station here: http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/202/applying_for_the_mbchb/107/interviews/3

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

In the 2015-2016 application cycle, there were over 1800 applicants for 219 places, including approximately 20 places for non-EU students. Approximately 600 students are interviewed each year and 400 offers made. The university tries to take approximately 10% of its UK/EU intake from graduates, mature students and those from a dental background.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Leeds University is ranked 16th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 19th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the 24 leading research universities in the UK and is among the top 100 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

PROGRAMMES

 

UK and EU graduate applicants can apply for a 5-year programme, with the option of taking an extra year after their second, third or fourth year of studies to do an intercalated degree. There are 19 undergraduate (BA, BSc) and 6 postgraduate (MSc, MA, MRes) intercalated courses which cover a range of topics delivered by several different Faculties and Schools. The course involves systems-based learning, early clinical contact and provides a spiral method of curriculum delivery, which reinforces key topics but prevents repetition. Essentially knowledge is developed and built upon as the course progresses.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree and A levelss

 

A pass at 2:1 or higher in a science or medically-related subject is acceptable in place of A levels. Those graduates offering a non-science degree will need relevant A levels (as detailed in the Undergraduate section) or an approved Access to Medicine course. For applicants not offering Chemistry grade B at A-level, evidence must be provided that they have studied Chemistry to this level. This can be:

 

• Approved courses from the Open University

• A minimum of at least one year of university Chemistry

• An Access to Medicine Course

 

Note that most Biomedical Science degrees do not contain enough Chemistry to compensate for not having a B in A level Chemistry, so one of the alternatives to this should be demonstrated.

 

GCSEss

 

There is no minimum GCSE requirement for degree level entry

 

Admissions Exam

 

Applicants will be required to take the Bio Medical Admissions Test (BMAT). The BMAT score is added to the score derived from your academic achievements, therefore, it does not carry a larger weight than a degree. The BMAT is valid for one year.

 

International Students

 

There are approximately 20 spaces available for international students. They will be considered in line with the standard undergraduate entrance requirements looking at academic achievement (expressed as English A level qualifications) (see above). Proof of English Language proficiency will be also required. Leeds medical school requires at least English GCSE grade B or one of the following:

 

  • International English Language Test System (IELTS): 7.5 score
  • Cambridge proficiency of English: Grade B
  • Tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based (iBT) minimum of 25 in 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 Leeds Medicine.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

For mature graduates or graduates with an Art degree, A2 and GCSE requirements (as detailed in the Undergraduate section) or the following Access courses with an overall mark of 70% with at least 70% in Chemistry would be expected.

 

• College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn

• Sussex Downs Adult College

 

Graduates who have undertaken Access to Medicine courses would be expected to offer at least a 2:1 class of degree

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Leeds medical school does not refer to an applicant’s previous performance (including the interview) therefore you may apply as many times as you like.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Leeds medical school will accept applicants who wish to defer, provided that the personal statement section of the UCAS application form is used to explain their reasons for taking a Gap Year.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

For the 5-year graduate entry programme for UK students, applications via UCAS for 2017 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016.

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • If an applicant receives an offer for interview, a questionnaire will be sent out asking for further details on work and voluntary placements including contact details.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Applications are initially assessed to ensure that candidates meet the minimum academic criteria. They are given a score based on their academic qualifications. The applicants will then have their BMAT result reviewed. There is no cut-off result, but candidates will receive a score for the BMAT which will be added to their academic score and also to a score for their personal statement. The BMAT score is weighted (15% of the weight given to the academic score, and 50% of the weight given to the personal statement). The medical school states that most of their applicants who receive interview offers, are distinguished on the basis of their non-academic qualities, as so many candidates meet the academic threshold for invitation to interview. These are assessed via the personal statement and evidence of the following is looked for:

 

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Insight into a career in Medicine
  • Social and cultural awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Non-academic achievements

 

For further information on these criteria and how to demonstrate that you have them, please see this web link on the university page: http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/202/applying_for_the_mbchb/84/the_selection_process/6, as well as the Medical Schools Council document: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Publications/Pages/Statement-on-the-core-values-and-attributes-needed-to-study-medicine.aspx

 

After assessment of academic and non-academic criteria, short-listed applicants will receive a written invitation from the medical school to attend an interview on a specific day.

 

The decision whether to make an offer on not after interview depended entirely on the candidate’s performance on the day; the previous scores (predicted/achieved academic performance etc.) are not taken into account.

 

Interview

 

The interview will take the format of 8 Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) stations, lasting 7 minutes each, designed to gain further insight into the applicants’ personal qualities and some cognitive skills. Scores from each station in the MMI are collated to achieve an overall rating. Some will ask you to discuss information that is on your UCAS form, or discuss a scenario or question that you will be presented with. Most stations involve discussion with the examiner but the station may require you to write down some information or to interact with an actor who will be playing a role. The skills that we will be assessing will include:

 

  • Ethical reasoning
  • Self-evaluation
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving

 

You can find an example of a Leeds MMI station here: http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/202/applying_for_the_mbchb/107/interviews/3

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

In the 2015-2016 application cycle, there were over 1800 applicants for 219 places, including approximately 20 places for non-EU students. Approximately 600 students are interviewed each year and 400 offers made. The university tries to take approximately 10% of its UK/EU intake from graduates, mature students and those from a dental background. Graduates are considered in competition with all other applicants, that is, there are no pre-allocated places.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Leeds University is ranked 16th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 19th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the 24 leading research universities in the UK and is among the top 100 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

Nishi Gupta, Final year medical student

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

 

"At Leeds, the course, over 5 years, is well structured with 2 lecture years and 3 clinical years focusing on general and speciality medicine. Also, anatomy involves real cadavers between a group of 5-6 students which few medical schools now offer."

 

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

 

"I cannot identify a specific bad point about studying Medicine at Leeds. The Medical school is working to improve feedback from students and so implement changes we want to see within the course. The university is very good at listening to its students and holds regular meetings to see how things are going."

 

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

 

"My advice would be to keep up with the workload - spread the work over the year rather than leaving it to the last few months. You are never going to know everything but it's good to read up on the subject before a clinical placement in in for example! Also, make the most time of you time at university! Despite undertaking a course that involves a relatively high number of contact hours, do join as many clubs and activities as you can because the socials and new people you meet will make your university experience extremely special."

 

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

 

"Be confident but not arrogant - they are not expecting you to know every answer in the MMI stations. Consider how others react to you and practice your general communication skills."

 

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