Graduate Entry Medicine - a guide

This page covers applying to medicine as a graduate. 

It primarily focuses on the accelerated graduate entry programs, which are four years long. When searching for these course, bear in mind that each uni uses different terms to describe them - A101, A102 and A104 are common UCAS course codes.
Commonly known as GEP or GEM, these courses were introduced back in the early 2000's as a way of reducing the deficit of qualified doctors in the UK by rapidly training suitable graduates to achieve the standard MBBS/MBChB qualification in Medicine & Surgery.

They provide an alternative route into medicine for both those who realise later in life that they wish to become doctors and those who missed the grades for undergraduate entry.

This guide provides an outline of entry requirements for UK graduate medicine programs, demonstrating that there is a way into medicine for almost any graduate, regardless of their degree subject or prior educational achievement. The listings are split into those universities that require a science-related degree and those that will accept any degree subject.

Funding, work experience, and other tenets of entry are also covered.

Applying for graduate entry medicine

To start by clearing up one common error, GEM is not 'postgraduate medicine'. Postgrad medicine refers to what qualified doctors do. GEM is an undergraduate degree for graduates. Therefore, application is via UCAS. The usual rules apply about only being able to apply for 4 schools, and a personal statement and reference are required. Oxford and Cambridge require an additional application form sent directly.

GEM is more competitive than other routes into medicine. Therefore, it is advised that you consider your choices carefully. Most people choose to apply to a mix of 4 and 5 year programs to maximise their chances, though do look into your school's application process carefully - some will automatically consider you for their 5 year route if you are unsuccessful at graduate entry.

Entrance exams

The 2 main entrance exams for GEM are UKCAT and GAMSAT. They are very different tests and require differing amounts and types of preparation. Look carefully at which tests are required by medical school before handing over your cash to the exam centres.


  • A computer based aptitude test
  • 5 main scoring sections - Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning, Abstract reasoning, Decision analysis, Situational Judgement Test
  • Multiple choice
  • Your score is based on your average for the first 4 sections and a banding for the Situational Judgement Test. No section is weighted greater than another
  • Scores are only valid for one application cycle. If you choose not to apply, or reapply the next year, you will need to resit the UKCAT.
  • 2 hours long
  • Can be sat in many places around the UK between June and end of September.
  • Results provided immediately on finishing the exam
  • Costs either £65 or £80 depending on when you sit it - the later you book, the more you pay
  • The 600Q book is well recommended by many TSR users - an Amazon link for this book is 600 practice questions here
  • BlackStone Tutors UKCAT Course - Highly recommended by many members, but not cheap and can be difficult to secure a space on.
  • This is the UKCAT website


  • Paper based
  • 3 sections - Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Essay writing/Communication and Reasoning in the Physical Sciences
  • Multiple choice for the two reasoning sections
  • 6 hours in total
  • Each University sets minimum scores on each section, check University pages for their most up to date requirements. Universities then produce a minimum overall score cut off to select the top scoring applicants for interview. This cut off changes year on year.
  • Can only be sat at 5 places in the UK on a set day. GAMSAT UK is attempted in Sept, dates usually announced Spring of the same year.
  • Results tend to be 7 to 8 weeks later - this is after the UCAS deadline
  • Scores are valid for 2 years, so can be used in the following application cycle too
  • Costs £237.50 - correct as of 2015
  • This is the GAMSAT website
  • The Griffiths GAMSAT Review is often recommended by TSR users as a good start point and guide to studying for the GAMSAT.

List of medical schools

The following medical schools all offer the 4 year course:
Below is a list of all UK medical schools currently offering accelerated four-year graduate entry courses in medicine. For links straight to the relevant webpages for each Uni, see here 
(Updated January 2013)

  • Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary's, University of London Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8478
  • Birmingham (University of), School of Medicine Tel: +44 (0)121 4146888
  • Bristol (University of), Faculty of Medicine Tel: +44(0)117 928 7679
  • Cambridge (University of), School of Clinical Medicine Tel: +44(0)1223 336700
  • King's College London School of Medicine Tel: +44(0)20 7848 6501 Tel: +44(0)20 7848 6502
  • Liverpool (University of), Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Tel: +44(0)151 706 4266
  • Newcastle University Medical School Tel: +44(0)191 222 5594
  • Nottingham (The University of), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Tel: +44(0)1332 724622
  • Oxford (University of), Medical Sciences Division Tel: +44(0)1865 270542
  • Southampton (University of), School of Medicine Tel: +44(0)2380 594408
  • St George's, University of London Tel: +44(0)20 8725 5201
  • Swansea University, School of medicine Tel: +44(0)1792 602 618
  • Warwick (University of), Warwick Medical School Tel: +44(0)2476 523723

Individual university requirements:

Courses open to any degree subject


  • Degree classification - a 2:1 or above in any subject
  • A-level requirements - A Level Chemistry (normally passed within seven years of entry) plus AS or A level passes in two of the following: Physics, Biology, Mathematics. OU modules may be offered instead of AS/A-levels.
  • GCSE requirements: Physics, Biology and Maths at C grade or above. Double Award Science is accepted in place of Physics & Bio.
  • Entrance exam - None.
  • Work experience - Experience of a healthcare setting. No more specific advice given.
  • NB - only available at Hughes Hall, Wolfson College or Lucy Cavendish College
  • Their website is here


  • Degree classification - a 2:1 or above in any subject
  • Alternatively, applications are welcome from practising healthcare professionals with post-registration qualifications.
  • All applicants require evidence of sustained academic endeavour within the past three years, e.g. A Levels, OU, GAMSAT.
  • A-level requirements - None.
  • A level, GCSE and Masters qualifications have no bearing on application.
  • Entrance exam - UKCAT
  • Work experience - Evidence of work experience in a healthcare or social care setting would be expected from applicants who do not have prior healthcare experience.
  • Their website is here


  • Degree classification - a 2:2 or above in any subject
  • A-level requirements - None
  • Entrance exam - GAMSAT - minimum scores must be 55 in section 2 and 55 in either section 1 or 3 with 50 in the remaining section. i.e. either (55, 55, 50) or (50, 55, 55) . The overall cut off for interview will be at least 5 points higher for those only holding a 2.2 degree. For 2013 entry, the cut-off for entry was 59 points (2.1 or above) and 64 points (2.2). Cut offs for 2015 were 61 (2.1 or above) and 66 (2.2 degree)
  • Work experience - Candidates will be asked to complete a "Record of Work Experience" once they have applied to the course and met the cut off for interview. "A few days shadowing" will not suffice.
  • Interview - MMI format. 2015 entry interviews were held at the end of March. 2016 entry dates TBA.
  • NB - the course is based in Derby, not Nottingham.
  • Their website is here


  • Degree classification - 2:1 or above in any subject
  • A-level requirements - Chemistry at grade C or above. Alternatively, AS level chemistry and biology/human biology at grade C or above.
  • GCSE requirements - A minimum grade C in mathematics, English and double award science (or equivalent). You may offer qualifications which are equivalent to GCSE.
  • Entrance exam - UKCAT
  • Work experience - interacting with people in health or social care settings. This may draw on what you have learnt from your own life experiences (e.g. friends and family), or from more formalised activity (e.g. paid or voluntary work, or work shadowing).
  • Interview - applicants will be chosen for interview based solely on their UKCAT score, as long as they meet all other minimum requirements. No offers will now be made without an interview.
  • Their website is here

St. George's (London):

  • Degree classification - 2:2 or above in any subject
  • A-level requirements - None
  • Entrance exam - GAMSAT. Minimum score 50, 50, 50. 2015 interview cut off was 62
  • Work experience - experience in a medical or health related field; and an ability to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of medicine. At interview you will be required to provide letters of reference for any formal work experience you have carried out (dates, hours worked and duties undertaken).
  • Interview - MMI in January.
  • Their website is here


  • Degree classification - 2:1 or above in any subject, or a 2.2 with Masters/PhD. If you hold more than one Bachelors degree, the result of the most recent is considered.
  • A-level requirements - some experience of post-GCSE Biology and Chemistry is desirable but not essential.
  • GCSE requirements - Maths and English/Welsh at C or above.
  • Entrance exam - GAMSAT. Minimum overall 50, with minimum 50 in Section 3.
  • Work experience - relevant work experience in a health related environment.
  • Interview - January. Consisting of a written task and two 20 minute interviews with two assessors in each.
  • Their website is here


  • Degree classification - 2:1 or above in any subject. A 2:2 may be mitigated by a completed Masters or PhD degree.
  • A-level requirements - None
  • Entrance exam - UKCAT
  • Work experience - Warwick has recently updated its work experience requirements. Applicants should aim for at least 70 hours of work experience within two years of the time of their application. Care provided to close friends and family doesn't count towards that and you'll need to supply verification of your experience in the form of a letter. Warwick says: "The types of experience that we value include voluntary work in a nursing home, care home, hospice or hospital volunteer as well as employment in professional healthcare roles."
  • Interview - Selection centre now consists of a 6 station MMI held in January. No longer held alongside Barts and the London's course selection centre.
  • NB - The medical school is not actually in Warwick. Most students live either in nearby Coventry or Leamington Spa.
  • Their website is here

Courses only open to science (or related) graduates

The following medical schools will only accept science graduates. The medical schools listed above will also consider science graduates.

Barts and The London (QMUL):

  • Degree classification - 2:1 or above in a science or health-related subject. If from America/Canada, you require a GPA of 3.6 or above. Only your first degree can be considered, if you have more than one.
  • A-level requirements - if your degree did not contain an acceptable amount of Bio & Chem, you either need to have achieved BB in A level Bio & Chem prior to your degree, or be undertaking/have achieved AS Bio & Chem at grade B after your degree.
  • Entrance exam - UKCAT
  • Work experience - voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting.
  • Interview - Selection centre in February, no longer in conjunction with Warwick medical school. They used to run the interview process together but ceased to do so as of 2015
  • Their website is here


  • Degree classification - Life sciences degree, preferably with a 1st, but some students with a very high 2.1 will be considered. Preference to graduates from UK universities. A higher degree (Masters etc) cannot to used to supersede these requirements.
  • A-level requirements - BBB including Chemistry. This threshold may be raised if competition necessitates this.
  • GCSE requirements - if this is your highest qualification in English and Maths, a grade A is required.
  • Entrance exam - None.
  • Work experience - to be used for gaining insight into the demands placed on staff, the problems they encounter and the strategies that they employ to handle difficult situations as well as the benefits they obtain from caring for people and working in teams.
  • Interview - MMI, during the second semester (Spring).
  • Their website is here.


  • Degree classification - 2:1 or above in one of the following - Anatomy, BDS, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience and Health, Cancer and Immunology, Cell Pathology, Genetics, Human Biology, Immunology, Medical Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Toxicology and Vet Sciences.
  • Professional degrees such as Nursing are not acceptable.
  • A-level requirements - AAB, including A in Chemistry. New for 2014
  • Entrance exam - none
  • Work experience - 'Graduates applying for A101 (4 year course) not working full time in the health service should have at least 4 months’ experience as a health care assistant, or similar.'
  • Interview - you must be available between November and March.
  • Their website is here

King's (London):

  • Degree classification - a 2:1 or above in a science subject, or a 2:2 with a Masters at Merit level.
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing: Pass with at least two years' nursing work experience Health service professionals without an honours degree but with appropriate post-qualification experience may be considered.
  • A-level requirements - None.
  • Entrance exam - UKCAT. The top 25% of candidates based on UKCAT score are considered for interview.
  • Work experience - In a caring environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting
  • Interview: MMI. Two dates in January, not rearrangeable.
  • A number of candidates will be offered places on the 5 year course instead. If you accept one of these offers and a place subsequently becomes available on the 4 year course, you will be 'upgraded' to 4 year entry.
  • Their website is here.


  • Degree classification - 2:1 in a Biological, Biomedical, or Health Science subject
  • A-level requirements - BBBb, including BB in Bio & Chem.
  • GCSE requirements - English & Maths at C or above.
  • Entrance exam - GAMSAT - New for 2014
  • Work experience - No specific requirements, but a demonstration of healthcare career awareness/insight and a caring contribution to the local community is required
  • Their website is here


  • Degree classification - Applied or experimental science, including Engineering. A 2.1 or above is expected but not a necessity.
  • A-level requirements - At least 2 A levels, including Chemistry.
  • GCSE requirements - if your degree is not in biosciences, you should have Biology or Double Science at GCSE
  • Entrance exam - BMAT
  • Work experience - No specific requirements.
  • Interview - middle of December.
  • NB - The course is only available at 10 of the Oxford colleges. You can specify a college or make an open application.
  • Their website is here

Work experience

  • Get it sorted as early as possible.
  • It can be paid or voluntary.
  • It doesnt have to be all exclusively 'clinical experience' - even just befriending older patients or learning how to relate to child patients is valuable - but go for higher level 'medical' focus stuff wherever you can.
  • Approach any likely health-care or health related settings - hospitals, GPs, ante-natal clinics, community health, child health clinics, aged care homes, respite care, hospices, special schools, mental health units, drug/alcohol rehab, physiotherapy/sports injury, speech therapy, etc etc.
  • Shadowing can take ages to sort, especially as you'll be fighting with all the school leavers to do the same thing and you won't be eligible for school leaver work exp programmes.
  • You may find it very hard to get GP work experience/shadowing due to the confidentiality issues, but shadowing other health-care workers might be easier to arrange and is still valuable.
  • Voluntary work is well regarded by medical admissions, particularly if it is a sustained activity over a long period.
  • Health Care Assistant (HCA) work is very useful.
  • Get involved with your local community - volunteering doesn't have to be strictly in healthcare. Any work with people will come in handy.
  • There is no such thing as too much experience.
  • Don't stop doing it as soon as you've applied - you want to be able to talk about interview about what you've been doing, and the application date may be months from your interview.
  • Keep a diary on work experience of your reflections, it's useful to look back on later.


This information relates to the 4 year course only. The good news is that, even as a graduate you ARE entitled to even more Student Loans Company money and some NHS money too.
Student Finance and NHS Bursaries are operated by separate bodies, as such separate applications must be submitted for each allocation of funds.

Tuition fees: 
Following the 2012 changes to the student fees, where fees rose to £9,000pa, this is how things will operate:

First year: You will have to pay the first £3,375 towards the tuition fees. A Student Finance loan may be obtained to pay for the remaining fees charged by your University in Year 1. 
2nd to 4th years: The NHS bursary will pay for the first £3,375 towards your tuition fees. Again, the difference between the NHS bursary and your tuition fees can be paid for by a student loan, should you choose to apply for one. Otherwise the difference will be paid for by yourself, privately. Source 
Maintenance loans: 
First year - you can apply to the Student Loans Company for a maintenance loan, but not the grant. The maximum amount available is approximately £5,740 (in 2014), more if you're studying in London. 35% of this is means tested so figures will vary depending on your circumstances as it does take into account parents' income, unless you can provide proof of financial independence. Student Loans info 
Second, Third and Fourth years - you receive roughly half of the Maintenance loan you had in your first year, approximately £2,324 (in 2014). You then apply for the NHS bursary which provides a £1000 non-means tested bursary and up to £2,617 means tested. A further "Additional Weeks Allowance" £83 per week is available for courses running over 30 weeks and 3 days per year. Again, these figures are correct as of 2014. See the NHS info here 
Studying outside London

Studying in London

Graduates on the 5 year course

Graduates can also apply to 5 year undergraduate Medicine. All the universities mentioned on this page thus far offer a 5 year course, aside from Swansea & Warwick, but not all will accept graduates on the 5 year program.

In most cases, the usual A-level requirements will then apply as you're applying alongside the school leavers. Bear in mind that it might be different for some applicants, though. Medicnohoperno.9 says: "The five-year course at Durham I've just had an offer for only required a 2:1 degree classification and placed no emphasis on A-levels for graduates." 

UKCAT is usually the entrance exam of choice, but Oxford and Cambridge use BMAT and Exeter & Plymouth use GAMSAT.

Funding wise - currently, graduates have to pay their fees in the first, second, third and fourth years (with the NHS paying the fifth year). This is currently under appeal and review. You can also get some maintenance loan for the first four years, and the NHS bursary in the fifth year. Doing a 5 year course as a graduate is a massive financial undertaking and you must consider the implications of it.

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Further Info

* Statistics on graduate entry at various universities can be found here 
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