Medicine Courses in the UK

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Here are some of the best universities in the UK to study Medicine

The top ten ranking universities from the Guardian University Guide 2020 league table for Medicine are:

  1. Swansea University

  2. Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Almost all medical degrees use either the UCAT or BMAT admissions test as part of their entry requirements.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

The UCAT is an admissions test used by a range of UK Universities for medicine degree programmes, to select the applicants with the most suited attitudes, professional behaviours and mental abilities. The test is taken at a local centre to you, and is a compulsory entry requirement for the universities listed below:

• University of Aberdeen
• Cardiff University
• University of Dundee
• Durham University
• University of East Anglia
• University of Edinburgh
• University of Exeter
• University of Glasgow
• Keele University
• King’s College London
• University of Leicester
• University of Manchester
• Newcastle University
• University of Nottingham
• University of Sheffield
• University of Southampton
• University of St Andrews
• Queen’s University Belfast
• University of Warwick

It is a two-hour computer-based test with separately timed subsets containing some multiple-choice questions in the following format:

Verbal Reasoning – 44 questions, 11 passages to read and 21 minutes test time. Assesses critical reasoning skills, as candidates have to make inferences and draw conclusions from the information presented.

Decision making – 29 questions and 31 minutes test time. Assesses candidates ability to evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information by applying logic. An on-screen calculator is provided for this section.

Quantitative Reasoning – 36 questions and 24 minutes test time. Assesses candidates ability to use numerical skills to solve problems.

Abstract Reasoning – 55 questions and 13 minutes test time. Assesses candidates ability to identify patterns, critically evaluate and produce hypotheses.

Situational Judgement – 69 questions, 22 scenarios and 26 minutes test time. Measures candidates capacity to identify appropriate behaviour in real world situations.

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BMAT is a two-hour aptitude test that assesses your aptitude and knowledge across three sections in the following format:

Section 1 – 35 multiple choice questions in 60 minutes. Assesses your problem solving skills, understanding of arguments and data analysis.

Section 2 – 27 multiple choice questions in 30 minutes. Assesses your ability to apply scientific knowledge.

Section 3 – One writing task from a choice of three questions in 30 minutes. Assesses your capacity to develop and organise ideas, as well as communicate concisely and effectively in a written format.

Entry Requirements

It is important to note that entry requirements differ for each UK university. The usual requirements are:

A-level: AAA including Chemistry or Biology.
International Baccalaureate: 38 points or higher.
IELTS: An overall score of 7.0 and no less than 6.5 in any element.

Foundation – After graduating from medical school you will go on to complete your foundation training. It is a two-year programme that will allow you to practise as a doctor in the UK upon successful completion.

Specialty and general practice training – Once the foundation training has been successfully completed, doctors can train a specialist area of medicine or in general practice. There are 60 specialties to choose from and the length of training to become a fully qualified doctor depends on the area of medicine.

Reasons to study Medicinee

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the UK, and all 33 medical schools are members of the Medical Schools Council, considered to be some of the top areas of study for medicine worldwide. A British Medicine degree is a highly transferable qualification, which will enable you to be a doctor in many countries without additional qualifications or tests required.

Students will develop the knowledge, aptitude and skills needed to train as a doctor, through clinical experience, practical sessions and problem-based-learning. Learning from experts and gaining world-class training, students will be prepared for a career in the NHS, academia or associated industries.

Prospective students must expect to be questioned in interviews on their work experience, motivation, interests and demonstrate an understanding of the National Health Service. The course many have different abbreviations such as MBChB or MBBS, but every course results in a bachelor’s degree in medicine. A Medicine degree typically takes four to six years.

Medicine Career Prospects

Doctors can specialise in 60 areas of medicine, such as cardiology, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, pathology, neurology, psychiatry, surgery, radiology and anaesthetics, or work in general practice.

There are also many other alternative career paths for Medicine graduates in areas such as aviation medicine, medical research charities, medical sales, complementary medicine, diving medicine, forensic pathology, health economics, health policy, insurance medicine, and international aid and development.

Average graduate salaries for Medicine

Average professional starting salary: £27,689 to £32,050
Average non-professional starting salary: £37,935 to £48,075

Published by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

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