Updated: Jun 11, 2020
We are lucky that in the UK, there are many medical schools - 34 to be exact! - to choose from, each with their own attributes and individual appeal. Choosing which medical schools to apply for is a big decision to make, both in terms of giving your medical application the best chance of success, and having a positive experience at university. Here’s a list of key things to consider when you apply:
1. GCSE and A Level requirements
This should be the first thing you check - make sure you meet all requirements and predicted grades before making an application, otherwise it will be wasted as this is the first criteria medical schools will tend to filter out.
2. UCAT/BMAT requirements
Different medical schools require different UCAT/BMAT scores so, again, apply only to those for whom you meet the requirements. If your UCAT score is not what you had hoped for, there are some universities who will accept lower scores so this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t apply - see our Universities Section for some good options if this is relevant to you.
Medical universities may be situated in a variety of environments - ranging from the city or town centre, to suburbs to more rural areas. Think carefully about what would suit you best. If you would prefer a wider variety of social and cultural activities then a city may be better for you. Alternatively, a more rural location is likely to provide less in the way of distractions and overall a quieter way of life. Also consider whether you are comfortable moving far away from home, or would prefer it to be more easily accessible?
4. Course structure
There are a variety of different ways in which a medical university may choose to structure its course, so think about which style of teaching is most likely to suit you. These include traditional courses, integrated courses, PBL (problem based learning) and CBL (case based learning).