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InformationCompetition Ratios for A100 Undergraduate Entry

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What is this page?

This page is a consolidation of all the most up-to-date information we have regarding the pure numbers of applying to medical school. Information includes the number of applications, the number of places, the number of interviews and the number of offers handed out. The ratios have also been calculated to make comparison between medical schools easier. The following ratios have been calculated:

Applications:Place is the standard ratio that is quoted most often, although it is slightly misleading and not very useful.

Applications:Offer Is a better ratio as it is linked to chances of an offer rather than just places, but is still limited in its use as it includes everybody that applied - i.e. even if people had missed the basic entry requirements, or had not sat the UKCAT for a UKCAT university. You've also got the substantial year-to-year variation to contend with.

Applications:Interview is useful in that it gives you a very approximate "chance of interview" at the medical school. It also suffers from limitations mentioned above.

Interviews:Offer is arguably one of the most interesting ratios, broadly reflecting the chance of an offer once and interview has been obtained.

How is this information useful?

Bearing in mind the problems with the ratios previously discussed, it is quite useful to be able to compare them between medical schools. For example, a medical school with a low application:interview ratio but a high interview:offer ratio shows that they interview lots and lots of applicants, but only give offers to a few of them. This manipulation and analysis of ratios can give an applicant a good idea of how important the interview process is for a medical school, and also can be used to gauge their own chances for example when they reach the interview stage.

It is important to remember that these numbers can vary greatly year-on-year so there is no point trying to "play the numbers" and apply for a medical school with a low applicants:place or applicants:interview ratio. It's pointless - thousands of other applicants would have also seen these numbers and may think the same thing, thus turning the previously thought "less competitive" medical school into one of the most difficult to gain an offer at. Do not apply to a medical school that you think is going to be "uncompetitive".

Is this information up to date?

As up to date as possible. Remember, medical schools only release this information after a cycle has finished - this means that all these numbers are at least a year behind, mainly because medical schools can't predict the future and tell you how many people will apply before people have actually applied! The most current information will be tagged in green, while information that is one year out of date will be tagged as yellow. Information that is two or more years out of date will be tagged as red.

Table of Competition Ratios for A100 Undergraduate Entry

Medical School Last Updated Applications Places Interviews Offers Applications:Place Applications:Offer Applications:Interview Interviews:Offer
Aberdeen 2013 entry 2301 168 712 331 13.7 7.0 3.2 2.2
Barts and The London 2013 entry 2370 276 900 532 8.6 4.5 2.6 1.7
Birmingham 2013 entry 2499 334 1136 747 7.5 3.3 2.2 1.5
Brighton and Sussex 2012 entry 2514 138 647 260 18.2 9.7 3.9 2.5
Bristol 2013 entry 3840 222 926 384 17.3 10.0 4.1 2.4
Cambridge 2013 entry 1535 272 x 270 5.6 5.7 x x
Cardiff 2013 entry 2290 309 1123 402 7.4 5.7 2.0 2.8
Dundee 2012 entry 1794 134 611 279 13.4 6.4 2.9 2.2
Durham 2013 entry 641 99 248 185 6.5 3.5 2.6 1.3
East Anglia 2013 entry 1392 142 699 312 9.8 4.5 2.0 2.2
Edinburgh 2013 entry 2863 207 50 345 13.8 8.3 x x
Exeter 2013 entry 1792 130 511 225 13.8 8.0 3.5 2.3
Glasgow 2013 entry 1759 228 549 396 7.7 4.4 3.2 1.4
Hull York 2012 entry 1093 140 485 316 7.8 3.5 2.3 1.5
Imperial 2013 entry 2256 277 572 401 8.1 5.6 3.9 1.4
Keele 2013 entry 2016 129 534 285 15.6 7.1 3.8 1.9
King's College London 2013 entry 2978 320 910 584 9.3 5.1 3.3 1.6
Lancaster 2013 entry 551 54 196 102 10.2 5.4 2.8 1.9
Leeds 2013 entry 3515 238 512 275 14.8 12.8 6.9 1.9
Leicester 2013 entry home/EU only 2470 162 809 347 15.2 7.1 3.1 2.3
Liverpool 2013 entry 3091 267 1087 508 11.6 6.1 2.8 2.1
Manchester 2013 entry 2058 365 964 571 5.6 3.6 2.1 1.7
Newcastle 2013 entry 2151 219 844 342 9.8 6.3 2.5 2.5
Nottingham 2013 entry 2762 240 743 379 11.5 7.3 3.7 2.0
Oxford 2014 entry 1431 150 425 159 9.5 9.0 3.4 2.6
Plymouth 2013 entry 1022 86 295 166 11.9 6.2 3.5 1.8
Queen's Belfast 2013 entry 982 262 677 421 3.7 2.3 1.5 1.6
Sheffield 2013 entry 2873 237 542 376 12.1 7.6 5.3 1.4
Southampton 2012 entry 3066 246 x 349 12.5 8.8 x x
St. Andrews 2013 entry 1037 98 470 241 10.6 4.3 2.2 2.0
St Georges 2013 entry 1109 105 479 186 10.6 6.0 2.3 2.6
UCL 2013 entry 2412 322 718 490 7.5 4.9 3.4 1.5
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