University of Buckingham
University of Buckingham Medical School

The University of Buckingham was the first private university in the UK and when the medical school opened in 2015 it too became the first of its kind. The medical school is an independent not-for-profit organisation. This means that it receives no funding from the UK government. Tuition fees for the 2018 intake will be £36,200 per annum for both EU and overseas students.

The University is based in the historic town of Buckingham, with clinical attachments based at the nearby hospitals of Milton Keynes, Bedford and St Andrew’s Healthcare Centre in Northampton as well as in the community at local GP practices.

The University of Buckingham Medical School (UBMS) offers a condensed medicine course of 4.5 years duration, available to both undergraduate and graduate applicants. With less than 100 places available per year, the university offers a small cohort course with a strong sense of community.

University of Buckingham Medical School

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 4.5-year programme
  • 88
  • N/A
  • Maths and English at grade C
  • AAB
  • None required
  • Objective Structured Selection Exam
  • Expected to be included in personal statement

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 4.5-year programme
  • 70
  • 2.1 in a related subject
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • None required
  • Objective Structured Selection Exam
  • Expected to be included in personal statement

The University of Buckingham medical school offers a 4.5 year programme available to both undergraduate and graduate applicants. The first 2 years of the course comprises ‘Phase 1’, with the final 2.5 years comprising Phase 2.

In Phase 1, the course is predominantly based in the classroom and simulated clinical environments, with an integration of basic sciences and clinical medicine. Students do gain early exposure to patients through the 'Clinical Skills Foundation Course' and the 'Narrative Medicine' course which take place throughout Phase 1. UBMS does not use problem based learning but instead utilises group work during Phase 1 to consolidate the learning of material presented in lectures and guided reading of textbooks. In groups, students tackle structured problems related to the topic that has been presented as well as addressing its relationship to other material and the application of the concepts to common patient problems. These groupwork sessions are supported by tutors, most of whom are junior doctors. Group work is followed up with self-directed study, allowing students to further their learning.

Phase 2 of the course is almost entirely based in the clinical environment with placements across the specialties as well as in primary care.

A/AS levels and GCSEs

Applicants are required to demonstrate competence in English and maths.

Native English speaker’s should have at least GCSE grade C or equivalent in English.

All applicants should have at least GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths.

A-level applicants must have a minimum of AAB to include Chemistry and at least one from Maths or Biology. If Biology is not studied at A2, applicants must have achieved at least a B at AS level. If applicants are applying with more than three A levels, the Chemistry grade as well as the two best others will be considered.

IB

Applicants who have studied the International Baccalaureate Diploma are required to achieve at least 34 total points (excluding points from theory of knowledge and extended essay). At least a 6 should be scored in higher level chemistry and biology.

Admissions Exam

Currently no admissions exams (UKCAT/BMAT) are required for application to this course

Access to Medicine courses

No access to medicine courses are accepted for this programme.

Widening Participation

There are not currently any initiatives for widening participation for this course.

International Students

As UBMS is a private medical school there is no cap on places available to international students, with all available places open to both home and international students.

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate their proficiency in English with a score of at least 7.5 overall and at least 7.0 in each component of IELTS.

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 University of Buckingham Medical School.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants who have previously undertaken an Objective Structured Selection Examination (OSSE) at UBMS and failed to gain a place are not eligible to reapply. Previously unsuccessful applicants who did not undertake an OSSE are eligible to reapply.

Policy on Deferrals

It is not possible to apply for deferred entry to this course. However, once applicants have been offered a place they may then defer entry if they are ranked in the top 30% of applicants or are unable to start the course due to medical reasons or exceptional circumstances. Applicants are able to request their ranking once they have received an offer. In order to defer entry, applicants are required to pay the standard £10K deposit within 6 weeks of receiving their offer.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Application deadline: 31st August

Term starts: Thursday 18th January 2018

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Applicants can apply either via UCAS with a completed UCAS application form or directly to the Medial school using the application form on their website.

Applications via either route must include:

  • Personal information
  • Information about qualifications already gained including copies of certificates and transcripts if available.
  • Information about qualifications the applicant is currently working towards
  • An academic reference to include predicted grades if qualifications are not already gained
  • A personal statement describing why the applicant wishes to study medicine
  • Information about any disability which may require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process or course itself.

SELECTION PROCESS

Regardless of whether applicants have applied via UCAS or directly to the medical school their application is processed in the same way.

The selection process is divided into two stages. The first stage assesses the candidates’ “intellectual suitability” for the course based upon their written application and qualifications. Those candidates’ who meet the academic threshold move to the second stage of selection which assesses their “personal attributes”. Those candidates who already meet the entry requirements, or whom the selectors judge as having a better than 75% chance of meeting the requirements based on their predicted grades and previous academic performance, will be invited for the second stage.

INTERVIEW

Personal attributes are assessed via an Objective Structured Selection Examination (OSSE). Three OSSE sessions occur in the year prior to admission; usually taking place in February, April and September. The OSSE consists of a series of stations testing attributes from the GMC document ‘Good Medical Practice’. There are 1-12 stations, each lasting 7 minutes, testing skills which normally include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Capacity to arrive at the venue on time (with due allowance for validated travel disruption), with all the required documents.
  2. Ability to communicate and empathise with simulated patients.
  3. Capacity to reflect upon own life events, which may include those described in their ‘personal statement’.
  4. Comprehension and verbal explanation of written ideas
  5. Numerical skills relating to common tasks in the practice of medicine
  6. Ability to observe and summarise information from a video recorded interview between a doctor and a simulated patient
  7. Ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of communication skills exhibited during a simulated consultation between doctor and patient
  8. Ability to follow instructions for a practical task involving physical interaction with a simulated patient, and of capacity to interact sensitively and safely with the patient when undertaking the task.
  9. Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with colleagues through set collaborative tasks.
  10. Capacity to negotiate to establish partnership with individuals.

For each station the applicant will be marked by an examiner. The total score will be calculated from all stations and applicants will be ranked based on this total score. Applicants’ ranking from the OSSE will be the major factor determining who is offered a place. However selectors will also consider their whole application including their personal statement.

UBMS usually receives 600 applications for approximately 88 places. Approximately 60% of these applications and places are taken up by home students and approximately 40% by international students.

Whilst the UBMS does not appear in medicine specific league tables, the University as a whole is ranked 78th in the UK by the Complete University Guide, and ranked 1st for student satisfaction.

The University of Buckingham medical school offers a 4.5 year programme available to both undergraduate and graduate applicants. The first 2 years of the course comprises ‘Phase 1’, with the final 2.5 years comprising Phase 2.

In Phase 1, the course is predominantly based in the classroom and simulated clinical environments, with an integration of basic sciences and clinical medicine. Students do gain early exposure to patients through the 'Clinical Skills Foundation Course' and the 'Narrative Medicine' course which take place throughout Phase 1. UBMS does not use problem based learning but instead utilises group work during Phase 1 to consolidate the learning of material presented in lectures and guided reading of textbooks. In groups, students tackle structured problems related to the topic that has been presented as well as addressing its relationship to other material and the application of the concepts to common patient problems. These groupwork sessions are supported by tutors, most of whom are junior doctors. Group work is followed up with self-directed study, allowing students to further their learning.

Phase 2 of the course is almost entirely based in the clinical environment with placements across the specialties as well as in primary care.

Degree

Aplicants applying with a degree should have at least a 2.1 in a subject related to medicine.

Otherwise they are required to meet the undergraduate criteria.

Admissions Exam

Currently no admissions exams (UKCAT/BMAT) are required for application to this course.

International Students

As UBMS is a private medical school there is no cap on places available to international students, with all available places open to both home and international students.

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate their proficiency in English with a score of at least 7.5 overall and at least 7.0 in each component of IELTS.

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 University of Buckingham Medical School.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants who have previously undertaken an Objective Structured Selection Examination (OSSE) at UBMS and failed to gain a place are not eligible to reapply. Previously unsuccessful applicants who did not undertake an OSSE are eligible to reapply.

Policy on Deferrals

It is not possible to apply for deferred entry to this course. However, once applicants have been offered a place they may then defer entry if they are ranked in the top 30% of applicants or are unable to start the course due to medical reasons or exceptional circumstances. Applicants are able to request their ranking once they have received an offer. In order to defer entry, applicants are required to pay the standard £10K deposit within 6 weeks of receiving their offer.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Application deadline: 31st August

Term starts: Thursday 18th January 2018

Application Documents

Applicants can apply either via UCAS with a completed UCAS application form or directly to the Medical school using the application form on their website.

Applications via either route must include:

  • Personal information
  • Information about qualifications already gained including copies of certificates and transcripts if available.
  • Information about qualifications the applicant is currently working towards
  • An academic reference to include predicted grades if qualifications are not already gained
  • A personal statement describing why the applicant wishes to study medicine
  • Information about any disability which may require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process or course itself.

SELECTION PROCESS

Regardless of whether applicants have applied via UCAS or directly to the medical school their application is processed in the same way.

The selection process is divided into two stages. The first stage assesses the candidates’ “intellectual suitability” for the course based upon their written application and qualifications. Those candidates’ who meet the academic threshold move to the second stage of selection which assesses their “personal attributes”. Those candidates who already meet the entry requirements, or whom the selectors judge as having a better than 75% chance of meeting the requirements based on their predicted grades and previous academic performance, will be invited for the second stage.

INTERVIEW

Personal attributes are assessed via an Objective Structured Selection Examination (OSSE). Three OSSE sessions occur in the year prior to admission; usually taking place in February, April and September. The OSSE consists of a series of stations testing attributes from the GMC document ‘Good Medical Practice’. There are 1-12 stations, each lasting 7 minutes, testing skills which normally include but are not limited to the following:

  • Capacity to arrive at the venue on time (with due allowance for validated travel disruption), with all the required documents.
  • Ability to communicate and empathise with simulated patients.
  • Capacity to reflect upon own life events, which may include those described in their ‘personal statement’.
  • Comprehension and verbal explanation of written ideas
  • Numerical skills relating to common tasks in the practice of medicine
  • Ability to observe and summarise information from a video recorded interview between a doctor and a simulated patient
  • Ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of communication skills exhibited during a simulated consultation between doctor and patient
  • Ability to follow instructions for a practical task involving physical interaction with a simulated patient, and of capacity to interact sensitively and safely with the patient when undertaking the task.
  • Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with colleagues through set collaborative tasks.
  • Capacity to negotiate to establish partnership with individuals.

For each station the applicant will be marked by an examiner. The total score will be calculated from all stations and applicants will be ranked based on this total score. Applicants’ ranking from the OSSE will be the major factor determining who is offered a place. However selectors will also consider their whole application including their personal statement.

UBMS usually receives 600 applications for approximately 88 places. Approximately 60% of these applications and places are taken up by home students and approximately 40% by international students.

Whilst the UBMS does not appear in medicine specific league tables, the University as a whole is ranked 78th in the UK by the Complete University Guide, and ranked 1st for student satisfaction.

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

    • Very intimate learning environment, as we are relatively small cohorts.
    • given a lot of guidance and help with work.
    • a lot of preparation for exams and OSCE
    • very early patient contact approximately week 6 into first term
    • hospital placement start in term 2 of first year
    • excellent student support in case you get stressed/ depressed with work
    • very close to London - 30 min on the train


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

    Its a new university so there are teething problems, however they are always asking for feedback to improve some of the issues that need working on.
    Not yet GMC accredited but the feedback from the GMC apon recent visits has been overwhelmingly positive.
    We get assessed more often than most medical students, we have 4 written exams a year plus coursework and presentations.
    The town of Buckingham is really quiet, some people find this as a disadvantage and some like the quietness

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

    Be prepared to work harder than you ever have in your life!

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

    Focus on communication skills and read as much material as you can on MMI and practice with someone so you can be comfortable with answering questions and doing tasks.