Medical School Application Guide

 

University of Manchester

 

University of Manchester

 

 

Manchester Medical School was officially opened in 1872 by Thomas Huxley (one of the great exponents of Darwin’s theory of evolution) to become the first medical school outside of London. Since then it has undergone several expansions and has grown to become the largest medical school in the UK. In addition to this, the school became the first in the country to move to a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to medicine in 1994, helping its students to interpret clinical information and communicate effectively.

 

Teaching at Manchester Medical School features both modern and traditional methods, using lectures, clinical placements, PBL and anatomical dissection using cadavers. Students are first exposed to patient contact in Year 1, and Year 3 sees a significant increase in the amount of time spent in clinical environments. Manchester Medical School offers a 5-year and 6-year course, the latter of which contains a foundation year to help students prepare for entry to Medicine. School leavers and graduates may apply to either. In addition to this, students are able to extend their time as a student by completing an intercalated degree between Years 2, 3 or 4.

 

Manchester itself is a city of roughly half a million people (with a further 2 million in the Greater Manchester area), with a diverse range of activities available. It has a thriving music industry seeing the emergence of bands such as Oasis, The Smiths and Elbow. In addition to this, Manchester is well known for being a city of sport, featuring two top Premier League football teams, a Premiership rugby team, the National Cycle centre and much more.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

 

5-year to 6-year programme

 

  Undergraduate Applicants Graduate Applicants
  5-year 6-year 5-year 6-year
No. of places 372 20 372 20
Degree N/A N/A 2:1 2:1
GCSEs 5 A*/As (+further 2 Cs)English and Maths to grade B 4 A*/As (+further 2 Cs) English and Maths to grade B English and Maths to grade B English and Maths to grade B
A levels AAA AAA (to exclude Chemistry) BBB (first attempt) BBB (first attempt)
Exam UKCAT UKCAT UKCAT UKCAT
Interview MMI MMI MMI MMI
Work experience Voluntary caring experience* Voluntary caring experience* Voluntary caring experience* Voluntary caring experience*
* not necessarily in a clinical setting

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduates can apply to a 5-year programme, or a 6-year programme. The 6-year programme incorporates a foundation year, called Year 0, at the University of Manchester. It is aimed towards students who have not sat A level Chemistry. Year 0 aims to prepare students for entry to the 5-year programme (MBChB course) and guarantees entry to Year 1 upon successful completion. Years 1 and 2 focus on the foundations of biomedical, social, behavioural and clinical sciences underpinning Medicine. This is supported by lectures, practical classes (including anatomical dissection), clinical experience and PBL. Years 3 and 4 sees a significant increase in clinical learning based in teaching hospitals and community settings, beginning with general medical and surgical environments before approaching clinical specialties in 4th year. Year 5 involves supervised responsibility for patient care and prepares the student to practice as a graduate.

 

Intercalation is permitted for one year after Years 2, 3 or 4. An Intercalation Fair is run to provide information on the different degrees available. There are over 30 different intercalated degree options at Manchester (including both Bachelor’s programmes and Master’s programmes) – a huge variety, in keeping with the large number of students on this course.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A level

 

For the 5-year programme, Manchester Medical School requires predicted A level grades of AAA, but lower grades may be accepted if you perform exceptionally well at interview. The following subjects are required:

 

  • Chemistry
  • Plus one from Biology or Human Biology; Physics; Mathematics or Further Mathematics
  • Plus one further rigorous subject (not Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies or General Studies).

 

A combination of three sciences will be regarded as equally acceptable at A level (however only one of Biology and Human Biology will be counted; likewise for Mathematics and Further Mathematics). Two AS levels in place of one A2 level will not be accepted. Normally four AS levels are expected (again, excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking), however if a candidate’s school does not offer this option they will not be disadvantaged if written confirmation of this policy is provided by the school.

 

Achieved A level grades: Candidates applying with known A level grades (AAA with grade A in Chemistry), will be considered even if their GCSE grades do not reach the required standard. However, they must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum grades of BB; or alternatively, Biology, Chemistry and Physics can be offered at a minimum grade of C at GCSE or AS level.

 

A level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study. If an applicant has studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. Resit candidates will only be considered if they have extenuating circumstances, which must be explained to the admissions office prior to applying. They are expected to have no less than grades AAB at the first sitting and should achieve an A* in the subject that they resit.

 

For the 6-year programme, like the 5-year programme, candidates should have grades AAA at A level. Where this differs is that candidates should not have Chemistry as one of the A level subjects. Biology, Physics and Mathematics subjects are acceptable as part of the offer, as are rigorous humanities subjects.

 

GCSEs

 

For the 5-year programme, at least seven subjects are required at grade C or above and at least five must be at A or A* grade (these five subjects cannot include Applied ICT, Applied Business, short courses or BTEC qualifications). English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE grade B or above. If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the extenuating circumstances that prompted this. Physics and Biology are required either at AS or at GCSE at a minimum of grade C. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum grade requirement is BB.

 

For the 6-year programme, at least six subjects are required at grade C or above and at least four must be at A or A* grade. The remaining criteria remains the same as for the 5-year programme.

 

International Baccalaureate

 

For the 5-year programme, major subjects must include Chemistry, plus Biology, Physics or Mathematics, plus one further academic subject. Any sciences not offered at Higher Level (HL) must be taken at Standard Level (SL) or at GCSE. A referee's statement confirming proficiency at intermediate level in one unexamined science subject is also acceptable. 37 points are required overall with at least 7,6,6 at HL including Chemistry and a minimum of 5,5,5 at SL. If Mathematics and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above. The English Language course taken/to be taken in the IB must be clarified with the Medicine Admissions Office prior to application.

 

For the 6-year programme, an overall score of 35 is required with at least 6,6,6 at HL, which must exclude Chemistry. The remaining criteria are the same as for the 5-year programme.

 

Admissions Exam

 

Applicants are required to sit the UKCAT. The result is valid for one application cycle only.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Applicants taking one of the following Access to Medicine courses in one year will be considered for the 5-year programme, but not the 6-year programme:

 

  • College of West Anglia, King's Lynn: Access to Medicine and Dentistry
  • The Manchester College: Access to Medicine
  • Sussex Downs College, Lewes: Access to Medicine
  • Stafford College and New College, Telford: Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professionals)

 

Other Diplomas

 

BTEC qualifications and the OCR National Extended Diploma are not accepted.

 

International Students

 

There are 28 spaces for international students on the 5-year programme. The university is particularly interested in receiving applications from students applying from countries without medical schools, or with insufficient training facilities and urges them to contact the admissions office prior to application. International applicants are not accepted on the 6-year programme.

 

If English is not an applicant’s native language they can demonstrate their proficiency in one of the following ways:

 

  • GCSE English at grade B or above
  • Cambridge Syndicate: grade B or above in the Certificate of Proficiency, Advanced Certificate in English or IGCSE First Language
  • IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 and with not less than 7.0 in any one component taken at the same sitting and obtained within the last 2 years
  • A score of 5 as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma

 

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 Manchester.

 

Policy on Re-Applicants

 

Applicants who have applied before may be reconsidered. Re-applicants would be expected to continue with their work experience and would also be expected to demonstrate a material improvement in their application from the previous year.

 

If you were previously offered a place and either declined the offer or were unable to meet a non-academic condition, you will not be reconsidered.

 

All applicants must retake the UKCAT.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Applicants who wish to defer entry the following year are welcomed.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/2018 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • References from voluntary work may be required
  • Personal statement
  • Non-Academic Information Form (provided by university upon application or available to download from their website – the deadline for submission is usually the end of October)

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants will initially have their applications screened to ensure that they meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to either the 5-year programme, or the 6-year programme, depending on which course they have chosen. Those that do will then be ranked according to their UKCAT result. The cut-off threshold for this exam varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort of applicants. For the 5-year programme, the UKCAT cut-off was 2660 in 2016 (2560 in 2015 and 2810 in 2014). For the 6-year programme, the UKCAT cut-off was 2510 in 2016 (2450 in 2015 and 2690 in 2014). As the UKCAT monitors contextual data, an applicant who has come from a disadvantaged background, either educationally or socioeconomically, or who has been in Local Authority care for more than 3 months, may still be invited to interview, even if they score below the cut-off threshold in their UKCAT.

 

Non-academic criteria is then considered. This is assessed by a non-academic information form, which the university will supply on their website. The following criteria are scored:

 

  • Experience in a caring/volunteering role
  • Hobbies & interests/extracurricular activities
  • Team working
  • Motivation for a career in Medicine

 

Personal statements are no longer as highly weighted in selecting candidates for interview, but may be reviewed in a small number of candidates for short-listing purposes. Questions regarding the personal statement may be asked at interview.

 

Interview

 

The interview will take the form of a mini multiple interview (MMI), which includes 7 stations. The following criteria will be assessed:

 

  • details in your non-academic information form or personal statement
  • motivation to study Medicine as a career
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • capacity for self-reflection
  • capacity for logical thinking
  • understanding of professional responsibility
  • capacity for team working
  • ability to discuss issues of a wider nature in the field of Medicine

 

There may be questions regarding ethical dilemmas, to assess your ability to coherently summarise the issues at stake.

 

For international students, interviews are offered in Singapore and Mauritius, as well as Manchester itself.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For 2016 entry to the 5-year programme, there were 372 places for 2200 applicants – 344 for UK and EU students and 28 for international students. 900 applicants were interviewed; 590 home/EU offers and 60 international offers were made.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Manchester University is ranked 17th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 17th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is among the top 50 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Graduates can apply to a 5-year programme, or a 6-year programme, however, the latter is not suitable for graduates with a science degree. The 6-year course incorporates a foundation year, called Year 0, at the University of Manchester. Year 0 aims to prepare students for entry to the 5-year MBChB course (and guarantees entry to Year 1 upon successful completion). Years 1 and 2 focus on the foundations of biomedical, social, behavioural and clinical sciences underpinning Medicine. This is supported by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection), clinical experience and PBL. Years 3 and 4 sees a significant increase in clinical learning based in teaching hospitals and community settings, beginning with general medical and surgical environments before approaching clinical specialties in 4th year. Year 5 involves supervised responsibility for patient care and prepares the student to practice as a graduate.

 

A fast track course is not offered for graduates but students are accepted onto Year 3 of the five year course from:

 

  • St Andrews University
    • Around 90 graduates annually from the 3-year Bachelor of Medical Science Honours degree.
    • Application is via St Andrews University
  • International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia
    • A small number of graduates annually from their 2-year & 6-month Phase 1 programme in medical sciences
    • Applications via IMU

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree Requirements

 

Applicants should have achieved or be predicted to achieve at least a 2:1 degree. If this is a non-science degree they are eligible to apply for the 6-year programme. Candidates with an appropriate science degree should apply to the 5-year programme.

 

A level

 

Manchester Medical School requires graduates to have obtained BBB at A level. These grades should be obtained at the first attempt and for the 5-year programme should include Chemistry and a second science (Mathematics, Physics or Biology). Those who do not have these subjects should apply to the 6-year programme.

 

GCSE

 

Candidates should have GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade B or above. In addition, sciences (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) would be expected to be offered at either GCSE or AS level (if not at A level).

 

Admissions Exam

 

Applicants are required to sit the UKCAT. The result is valid for one application cycle only.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Applicants taking one of the following Access to Medicine courses in one year will be considered for the 5-year programme, but not the 6-year programme:

 

  • College of West Anglia, King's Lynn: Access to Medicine and Dentistry
  • The Manchester College: Access to Medicine
  • Sussex Downs College, Lewes: Access to Medicine
  • Stafford College and New College, Telford: Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professionals)

 

Other Diplomas

 

BTEC qualifications and the OCR National Extended Diploma are not accepted.

 

International Students

 

There are 28 spaces for international students on the 5-year programme. The university is particularly interested in receiving applications from students applying from countries without medical schools, or with insufficient training facilities and urges them to contact the admissions office prior to application. International applicants are not accepted on the 6-year programme.

 

If English is not an applicant’s native language they can demonstrate their proficiency in one of the following ways:

 

  • GCSE English at grade B or above
  • Cambridge Syndicate: grade B or above in the Certificate of Proficiency, Advanced Certificate in English or IGCSE First Language
  • IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 and with not less than 7.0 in any one component taken at the same sitting and obtained within the last 2 years
  • A score of 5 as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma

 

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 Manchester.

 

Policy on re-applicants:

 

Applicants who have applied before may be reconsidered. Re-applicants would be expected to continue with their work experience and would also be expected to provide a material improvement in their application from the previous year.

 

If you were offered a place and either declined the offer or were unable to meet a non-academic condition, you will not be considered.

 

All applicants must retake the UKCAT.

 

Policy on Deferrals:

 

Applicants who wish to defer entry the following year are welcomed.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/2018 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • References from voluntary work may be required
  • Personal statement
  • Non-Academic Information Form (provided by university upon application or available to download from their website – the deadline for submission is usually the end of October)

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

Applicants will initially have their applications screened to ensure that they meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to either the 5-year programme, or the 6-year programme, depending on which course they have chosen. Those that do will then be ranked according to their UKCAT result. The cut-off threshold for this exam varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort of applicants. For the 5-year programme, the UKCAT cut-off was 2660 in 2016 (2560 in 2015 and 2810 in 2014). For the 6-year programme, the UKCAT cut-off was 2510 in 2016 (2450 in 2015 and 2690 in 2014). As the UKCAT monitors contextual data, an applicant who has come from a disadvantaged background, either educationally or socioeconomically, or who has been in Local Authority care for more than 3 months, may still be invited to interview, even if they score below the cut-off threshold in their UKCAT.

 

Non-academic criteria is then considered. This is assessed by a non-academic information form, which the university will supply on their website. The following criteria are scored:

 

  • Experience in a caring/volunteering role
  • Hobbies & interests/extracurricular activities
  • Team working
  • Motivation for a career in Medicine

 

Personal statements are no longer as highly weighted in selecting candidates for interview, but may be reviewed in a small number of candidates for short-listing purposes. Questions regarding the personal statement may be asked at interview.

 

Interview

 

The interview will take the form of a mini multiple interview (MMI), which includes 7 stations. The following criteria will be assessed:

 

  • details in your non-academic information form or personal statement
  • motivation to study Medicine as a career
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • capacity for self-reflection
  • capacity for logical thinking
  • understanding of professional responsibility
  • capacity for team working
  • ability to discuss issues of a wider nature in the field of Medicine

 

There may be questions regarding ethical dilemmas, to assess your ability to coherently summarise the issues at stake.

 

For international students, interviews are offered in Singapore and Mauritius, as well as Manchester itself.

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For 2016 entry to the 5-year programme, there were 372 places for 2200 applicants – 344 for UK and EU students and 28 for international students. 900 applicants were interviewed; 590 home/EU offers and 60 international offers were made.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Manchester University is ranked 17th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 17th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

It is among the top 50 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

 

James Carmichael, year 2 student

 

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

 

"As a whole I have been impressed with how much the medical school is always trying to make things better for its medical students. It is always asking for feedback and I feel they do listen.

 

One of the areas Manchester considers important is the doctor patient relationship, a subject that in the past has been neglected in favour of core scientific subjects. In years one and two we regularly meet with actors (simulated patients) and practice different scenarios. In these sessions we get individual feedback about what went well and what we should have done differently. Even in our first clinical visit in semester one it becomes apparent how useful this training is and it is something I shall take with me to clinical years.

 

Another area unique to Manchester that I have enjoyed is the European Languages option. This allows students who speak a certain level of Spanish, French, or German (A-level) to study the medical language which includes a three-month placement abroad in an European hospital."

 

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

 

" The main area of complaint amongst medical students is PBL. This suits me as a graduate, however it requires a large amount of independent learning which would have been a shock if I had come straight from school. There is support available from the PBL tutor, however you have to be proactive and seek help.

 

Another area of complaint is the portfolio journal that you have to keep from day one. This is something that they are quite proud of and say it prepares you for foundation year onwards. I have found it to be a useful process at times to reflect more deeply on my time at university and how I can improve my life. I think it will be very helpful in the future however it is something I would rather not have to do!"

 

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

 

"My advice for someone applying is to visit the city and get to know the different areas from the town centre, the University, Victoria park, and Fallowfield. Manchester is a big place and it will help you decide where to live and give you a better idea of what its going to be like. Most people end up living in Fallowfield."

 

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

 

"My tips for getting in are to get a really strong UKCAT score, Manchester loves it! Also to think about before the interview the ways in which a medical student is different from a normal student e.g. behaviour on a night out."

 

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