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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 2015 entry 2436 168 749 416 14.5 5.9 3.3 2.5
Barts and The London 2014 entry 2629 276 1025 413 9.5 6.4 2.6 2.5
Birmingham 2015 entry 3017 334 1132 725 9.0 4.2 2.7 1.6
Brighton and Sussex 2012 entry 2514 138 647 260 18.2 9.7 3.9 2.5
Bristol 2015 entry 3389 222 867 321 15.3 10.6 3.9 2.7
Cambridge 2015 entry 1300 265 x 284 4.9 4.6 x x
Cardiff 2015 entry 2579 309 1106 513 8.3 5.0 2.3 1.7
Dundee 2015 entry 1839 147 565 281 12.5 6.5 3.3 2.0
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 2015 entry 2674 210 x 360 12.7 7.4 x x
Exeter 2015 entry 1273 130 410 219 9.8 5.8 3.1 1.7
Glasgow 2015 entry 1888 228 710 pending 8.3 pending 2.7 pending
Hull York 2012 entry 1093 140 485 316 7.8 3.5 2.3 1.5
Imperial 2014 entry 2267 277 614 423 8.2 5.4 3.7 1.5
Keele 2013 entry 2016 129 534 285 15.6 7.1 3.8 1.9
King's College London 2014 entry 3352 321 962 577 10.4 5.8 3.5 1.7
Lancaster 2013 entry 551 54 196 102 10.2 5.4 2.8 1.9
Leeds 2014 entry 1858 237 549 265 7.8 7.0 3.4 2.1
Leicester 2015 entry 2335 241 693 503 9.7 4.6 3.4 1.4
Liverpool 2013 entry 3091 267 1087 508 11.6 6.1 2.8 2.1
Manchester 2014 entry 2572 371 956 612 6.9 4.2 2.7 1.6
Newcastle 2013 entry 2151 219 844 342 9.8 6.3 2.5 2.5
Nottingham 2015 entry 2326 240 654 403 9.7 5.8 3.6 1.6
Oxford 2015 entry 1372 150 425 157 9.5 9.0 3.4 2.6
Plymouth 2014 entry 1006 86 314 173 11.7 5.8 3.2 1.8
Queen's Belfast 2015 entry 977 262 677 375 3.7 2.6 1.4 1.8
Sheffield 2015 entry 1866 237 574 pending 7.9 pending 3.3 pending
Southampton 2012 entry 3066 246 x 349 12.5 8.8 x x
St. Andrews 2014 entry 1071 134 450 269 8.0 4.0 2.4 1.7
St Georges 2013 entry 1109 105 479 186 10.6 6.0 2.3 2.6
UCL 2015 entry 2413 322 706 481 7.5 5.0 3.4 1.5
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