University: Exeter
University: Exeter

Exeter is a beautiful cathedral city in the equally beautiful county of Devon, which you will be able to enjoy to the full in your first two years of medical school here. Not far from the coast and surrounded by national forests and areas of outstanding natural beauty, it is an ideal location for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. There are over 165 student societies, and a host of famous alumni, including JK Rowling, Will Young and Nobel-prize winning physicist, Sir Michael Berry (who famously levitated a frog with the use of magnets). The University of Exeter offers one 5-year medical programme, with the option of doing a wide range of intercalated degrees after fourth year, including various Master’s options. Teaching is done in an integrated style with early patient contact, with a focus on small group learning. The medical school consistently ranks within the top ten universities for student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey. There is an emphasis on student-selected components throughout the programme, and the final year is focused on a series of 6-week apprenticeship attachments, to prepare students for their postgraduate Foundation training. The final year also encompasses a 2-month clinical/research elective. Two important things to note, regarding Exeter’s selection process are that they do not require work experience for applicants to apply, and they also do not discriminate against applicants who have re-taken their A level examinations.

University: Exeter

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 134 home/EU students + maximum of 34 international
  • N/A
  • Min. C in English + Maths
  • A*AA-AAA
  • UKCAT/GAMSAT*
  • MMI
  • Not required

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 134 home/EU students + maximum of 34 international
  • No minimum
  • No minimum
  • No minimum
  • GAMSAT
  • MMI
  • Not required
*See below

Undergraduates can apply to a 5-year programme, with the option of intercalating at Bachelor’s or Master’s level after fourth year. The top 20% of the year group are automatically invited to intercalate, and the next 30% compete for any remaining programmes which are available. Bachelor degree subjects include Medical Sciences with optional focus on Neuroscience or Pharmacology. Masters programmes may be either taught or research-based.

A/AS levels and GCSEs

The typical A level offer ranges between AAA and A*AA. Chemistry and Biology must be taken to A level, and General Studies is not considered as part of the A level subject offer. Applicants must have a minimum of grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics. Re-sit results are acceptable.

IB

Usually candidates will have between 36-38 points overall, with at least 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT is required for candidates who are school-leavers. The test is only valid for one year. However, note that if it has been over 2 years since an applicant completed their A levels, they may instead be required to take the GAMSAT, even if they are not graduates. This exam is valid for 2 application cycles.

Access to Medicine courses

Applicants are encouraged to contact the admissions office to find out whether a particular Access to Medicine course is accepted, since these courses are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Widening Participation

Exeter medical school runs a number of outreach programmes in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

International Students

There will be a maximum of 34 spaces for international students for 2018/19 entry on this programme. If English is not your first language, the following qualifications may be offered as proof of proficiency:

  • IELTS band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections (taken within 12 months of entry)
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language (as a first language) grade A
  • IB score of 6 at the ordinary level in English Language (as a first language)

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 Exeter.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants who reapply will need to repeat the UKCAT exam for the year of entry.

Policy on Deferrals

Candidates who wish to defer for one year are accepted, with the provison that they can demonstrate that they plan to use their year constructively.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry are open from 6th September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form

SELECTION PROCESS

For selection to interview, candidates will be tiered according to their academic performance, e.g.

Tier 1 A*A*A*
Tier 2 A*A*A
Tier 3 A*AA
Tier 4 AAA

Etc.

Applicants with achieved grades will receive a one rank advantage. The UKCAT performance will be used to select candidates within a tier where a cut-off has been made. Note that the UKCAT cut-off each year will vary depending on the scores of the applicants applying that year, but the university states that you would be unlikely to be selected for interview with scores of less than 2500.

If you have been advised to take the GAMSAT rather than the UKCAT, again the cut-off scores will vary year-to-year, but the university advises that you would be unlikely to be selected for interview with scores of less than 59.

INTERVIEW

The Exeter interview is now done by MMI-format. The aim of the interview is to assess whether the candidate has the suitable non-academic skills required to become a good doctor, for example, communication skills, empathy and an ability to reflect. The university is looking for prospective medical students who can commit to the following values:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

In previous years, there have been roughly 1800 applicants for 130 places, up to 10 of which were available for international students.

Medicine at the University of Exeter is ranked 10th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

It is ranked 9th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2017.

It is among the top 300 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

Graduates can apply to the 5-year programme along with undergraduate applicants. Graduates entering the BMBS programme with a Bachelor’s degree are still able to intercalate after fourth year, but will only be able to intercalate in a Master’s level programme.

Degree and A levels

There is no minimum degree or A level criteria for application as a graduate – selection for interview rests primarily on the GAMSAT results.

GCSEs

GCSEs are not taken into account when selecting graduates for this programme.

IB Eligibility

IB scores are not taken into account when selecting graduates for this programme.

Admissions Exam

The GAMSAT is required and is valid for two years.

Access to Medicine courses

Access courses do not contribute to the selection for interview, but if you are considering doing one of these courses to help to prepare for medical school, it is a good idea to contact the admissions department for their recommendations.

International Students

There are a maximum of 34 spaces for international students on this programme for 2018/19. If English is not your first language, the following qualifications may be offered as proof of proficiency:

  • IELTS band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections (taken within 12 months of entry)
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language (as a first language) grade A
  • IB score of 6 at the ordinary level in English Language (as a first language)

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 Exeter.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants who reapply will need to ensure that their GAMSAT result is up-to-date.

Policy on Deferrals

Candidates who wish to defer for one year are accepted, with the provison that they can demonstrate that they plan to use their year constructively.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 6th September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants are selected for interview based primarily on their GAMSAT scores, though the UCAS form will be read and may be considered. The cut-off GAMSAT scores will vary year-to-year, but the university advises that you would be unlikely to be selected for interview with scores of less than 59.

INTERVIEW

The Exeter interview is now done by MMI-format. The aim of the interview is to assess whether the candidate has the suitable non-academic skills required to become a good doctor, for example, communication skills, empathy and an ability to reflect. The university is looking for prospective medical students who can commit to the following values:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

In previous years, there have been roughly 1800 applicants for 130 places, up to 10 of which were available for international students.

Medicine at the University of Exeter is ranked 10th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

It is ranked 9th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2017.

It is among the top 300 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings.

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

    “Exeter focuses on key skills such as patient communication and clinical skills which means that you are able to go out into the workplace and interact with patients in a professional and competent manner.” Year 1 student

    “From your first couple of weeks in first year, you are meeting clinicians and patients in a clinical environment which is invaluable for learning. The Clinical Skills Resource Department (CSRC) is also great – they have so many resources we can use and there are always members of staff available to help. The University of Exeter Medical School is a happy and friendly place to learn.” Year 3 student

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

    “There is less of a focus on anatomy in our medical school, and we don’t do dissection. However, the medical school are in the process of updating our course for a greater focus on anatomy and pathology and there’s always the opportunity to join the pathologists at a post mortem.” Year 4 student

    “Students spend their first two years on St Luke’s campus, separate to the main Exeter University campus. There are pros and cons to this living arrangement. On one hand you get loads of medic friends who are with you for the whole five years and you can really relate to. However, it can sometimes be difficult to escape the “medic bubble” and you don’t get the same campus experience as other students. Its also a little bit more difficult to join university societies, although there are several medic societies including academic and sports” Year 4 student

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

    "Make sure you've had a good think about how you would learn best. If you know you're not going to be able to organise your time properly, then perhaps somewhere which uses self-directed learning isn't for you. But it's also worth thinking about what you want to improve. I knew I wasn't brilliant at working in a team but PBL meant I'd have to learn- and learn fast! Definitely come and look around if you're considering Exeter. That way you'll get a good insight into how we study and what the university and city is like." Year 3 student

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

    “At interview it’s all about your communication skills, compassion and ability to reflect - don't be afraid to show some self-doubt and reflect honestly on your weaknesses” Year 3 student

    “The biggest piece of advice I can give is just be yourself! Exeter focuses massively on how doctors communicate with patients and looking at the patient as a whole not just an illness. This requires empathy which they will certainly look for at interview. By just being honest about how you'd feel in situations and being yourself, they'll get a clear idea of if you're right for the medical school. Getting work experience is vital but it's even more important for you to be able to talk about what you've gained from it and how you could apply what you've learnt. You're not expected to know everything- that's why you're going to university! You just need to have a good insight and be curious to learn more!” – Year 2 student