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Reapplying to Medicine after getting kicked out

I was a first year medical student who failed my resits by a very small margin.

I have now transferred to another degree.

Is it still possible for me to do postgraduate medicine?

Which universities will allow this?

Thanks!
Hi! Where abouts were you?
(edited 4 years ago)
Reply 2
Difficult to say without more context tbh. Depends why you failed the exams. If it was because you struggled with the topics, how do you know you would be able to pass 1st year next time round if you do get into Medicine again? If it was because you struggled with motivation, maybe Medicine isn’t the best career option for you. I’m not discouraging you from applying again but after being kicked out, it’s a good time to ask yourself whether Medicine is still what you want to do. Are you prepared to give up more years of your life to do another degree AND 5 years of medical school?

Having said that, being kicked out of medical school in the UK puts your next application at risk. I won’t lie to you: it’s unlikely you will be accepted for Medicine again in the UK. The system is closed to students who have previously withdrawn from any UK medical school due to failing exams.

My advice to you would be to look at your options for studying Medicine abroad. If Medicine is still what you want to do, you can save yourself a couple of years and the high competition of Graduate Entry by studying in another country. There are plenty of places in Eastern Europe taking on British students who either don’t get into Medicine in the UK or have failed somewhere already. I would consider this if I was in your position.
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Original post by asif007
Difficult to say without more context tbh. Depends why you failed the exams. If it was because you struggled with the topics, how do you know you would be able to pass 1st year next time round if you do get into Medicine again? If it was because you struggled with motivation, maybe Medicine isn’t the best career option for you. I’m not discouraging you from applying again but after being kicked out, it’s a good time to ask yourself whether Medicine is still what you want to do. Are you prepared to give up more years of your life to do another degree AND 5 years of medical school?

Having said that, being kicked out of medical school in the UK puts your next application at risk. I won’t lie to you: it’s unlikely you will be accepted for Medicine again in the UK. The system is closed to students who have previously withdrawn from any UK medical school due to failing exams.

My advice to you would be to look at your options for studying Medicine abroad. If Medicine is still what you want to do, you can save yourself a couple of years and the high competition of Graduate Entry by studying in another country. There are plenty of places in Eastern Europe taking on British students who either don’t get into Medicine in the UK or have failed somewhere already. I would consider this if I was in your position.

I did have extenuating circumstances that I did not file before the exam hence why it was not considered.

I was told however that doing another degree and then postgrad med in the uk is possible?
Original post by ziadmanny
I did have extenuating circumstances that I did not file before the exam hence why it was not considered.

I was told however that doing another degree and then postgrad med in the uk is possible?


You will still have to declare the fact that you were enrolled on a medical degree previously and not all GEPs will consider former medical students.

I think this is something you need to directly email admissions departments about. You need to give them all the details about your personal circumstances and academic history and ask for their advice.
Reply 5
Original post by ziadmanny
I did have extenuating circumstances that I did not file before the exam hence why it was not considered.

I was told however that doing another degree and then postgrad med in the uk is possible?


No, unfortunately your chances of getting into Medicine a second time are virtually zero. In the UK, once you’re out, you’re out. You won’t be considered for medical school in the UK a second time if you have already failed exams and withdrawn from one institution. The system is more concerned about reputation, standards and taxpayer money etc rather than letting students repeat attempts at medical school. Your best bet is to go into another career with the degree you’re doing now, or look further afield into starting Medicine again from the beginning in another country. You’ll lose less time with the latter.
Reply 6
Original post by asif007
No, unfortunately your chances of getting into Medicine a second time are virtually zero. In the UK, once you’re out, you’re out. You won’t be considered for medical school in the UK a second time if you have already failed exams and withdrawn from one institution. The system is more concerned about reputation, standards and taxpayer money etc rather than letting students repeat attempts at medical school. Your best bet is to go into another career with the degree you’re doing now, or look further afield into starting Medicine again from the beginning in another country. You’ll lose less time with the latter.

I’ve emailed other med schools and most of them said they’ll accept me based on my current scenario. I would just need a 2:1 or a first in the degree that im now doing.

Thanks for your help anyways :smile:
Reply 7
Original post by ziadmanny
I’ve emailed other med schools and most of them said they’ll accept me based on my current scenario. I would just need a 2:1 or a first in the degree that im now doing.

Thanks for your help anyways :smile:



That’s a risk you’ll have to take. Good Luck.
Which medical schools said they would accept you??
Original post by ziadmanny
I’ve emailed other med schools and most of them said they’ll accept me based on my current scenario. I would just need a 2:1 or a first in the degree that im now doing.
Thanks for your help anyways :smile:

Hi! What med schools said they would accept you?
Hey! Sorry to hear about your situation, but it's great you're looking into your options. Yes, you can still pursue postgraduate medicine even after transferring to another degree. Many universities actually consider candidates with diverse academic backgrounds, especially if you can demonstrate growth and a strong commitment to medicine since your previous challenges.

As for which universities would allow this, it really depends on their specific entry requirements and whether they accept students with previous medical school experience. You’ll need to check directly with each university you're interested in. Some might be more flexible than others, especially if you can explain your situation and show how you've improved academically and personally.

Good luck! Stay focused and keep pushing towards your goal of becoming a doctor.

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