*MEGATHREAD* The "Which Medical School Should I Apply To?" Uberthread [part 2]Watch
As it's getting closer to the medicine deadline, more and more of these threads are appearing in the forum and people are getting a little frustrated with the them so this thread is for all of those queries (the x uni or y uni questions, the where should I apply with these grades etc).
I'll start with some useful links:
- What you might like to consider when deciding where to apply
- The pros and cons of various universities
- For all your where CAN I apply questions, have a look at the main medicine wiki page which contains links to the GCSE/A Level/UKCAT requirements of each university, allowing you to exclude those medical schools where you don't meet the requirements.
- You can use the spreadsheet attached to the first post of this thread to input your data and find out at a glance where you are able to apply.
A couple of FAQs
- Which medical schools are easier to get into?
The simple answer here is none of them, all medical schools are very competitive and those with a lower applicant to offer ratio one year are likely to have a much higher one the next year.
However, it is possible to apply smart - for example getting into Birmingham if you don't have the requisite number of A*s would be very difficult where the same number of A*s at another medical school are fine. Similarly, if your UKCAT is not brilliant, applying for medical schools which love the UKCAT might not be very sensible. You can make it easier for yourself by doing some research into the medical schools (using the links I posted earlier).
- Should I apply to X university or Y university?
This is a very personal decision you have to make on your own as it is where you may be studying for 5 or 6 years. Do you have a gut instinct over which to go to? What is it you like about each? What don't you like? Have you visited both, if so, which did you feel more 'at home' at? Some people find it helpful to draw up a list of pros and cons for each if they're really struggling to decide. You can also have a look at what current students say about their medical schools in the link I posted earlier.
Any further threads on this topic will be merged with this one and hopefully someone (@meddad or @GANFYD) will respond to each giving advice, however, try to do some research on your own first! I'll add FAQs as and when they come up.
GCSE: 6A* 5As
A-Levels achieved: AAB
UKCAT: 610 Band 3
Participated in K + programme and meet all other eligibility criteria for the 6 year course.
Btw, I plan on applying to 3 BMAT universities so I just need help with my 4th choice
You have said nothing on your GCSE scores or equivalent, nor predicted A levels or IB grades, nothing on personal statements or medical work experience. Entry to med schools is not only UKCAT scores for Internationals. Belfast for example predicts on GCSE's and UKCAT for interview. St Andrews needs a very high UKCAT for Internationals much more than yours. Good day.
Hi! I am an international student and my UKCAT score is on the 59th percentile (2540). I am intending to apply for Queens University Belfast and St Andrews for medicine. Any recommendations on which 2 other medical schools I should apply to in order to stand a good chance? Would applying to Queens Unuversity Belfast and St Andrews be a good option?
My 10th grade scores are as follows- (I’m from India so I’m not sure how you convert this into A’s/A*s)
Computer Applications: 98
Is it a good choice for me to apply to University of Liverpool for MBChb? Do I have good chances of getting an interview?
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to do that. Medicine clearing is really only supposed to be for people who got four rejections for that year's cycle. Also, you need to have sat the required admissions exams for that year's cycle. The BMAT wouldn't be an option because of the timing, and if you wanted to sit the UKCAT next summer it would be for 2020 entry unless there's an ARU situation again next year.