The selection process

Selection Criteria Overview

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2016 Application (See also 'Pages in the document' below)

The MBChB course is very popular and for 2016 entry we received over of 2,000 applications (around 8 applications for each of the 218 direct-entry home student places available). Most of our applicants have an excellent academic record, typically offering AAA at A2 Level, or equivalent, and a good range of subjects at GCSE in addition to impressive non-academic achievements. 

The forms are initially assessed for academic criteria by our admissions team. This process looks at your past and predicted grades along with your BMAT score. We have no "cut off" for the BMAT. All personal statements and head teachers' references are screened for mitigating circumstances or access issues.

Once these forms have been ranked 1000 forms are assessed for non-academic criteria independently by two senior medical staff using explicit criteria that are reviewed annually by the Admissions Committee.

We anticipate that around 550 candidates will be invited to interview. In 2013, we changed from traditional panel-based interviews to Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).


2015 Application (See also 'Pages in the document' below)

The MBChB course is very popular and for 2015 entry we received in excess of 1,800 applications (around 8 applications for each of the 218 direct-entry home student places available). Most of our applicants have an excellent academic record, typically offering AAA at A2 Level, or equivalent, and a good range of subjects at GCSE in addition to impressive non-academic achievements. 

The forms are initially assessed for academic criteria by our admissions team. This process looks at your past and predicted grades along with your BMAT score. We have no "cut off" for the BMAT. All personal statements and head teachers' references are screened for mitigating circumstances or access issues.

Once these forms have been ranked 1000 forms are assessed for non-academic criteria independently by two senior medical staff using explicit criteria that are reviewed annually by the Admissions Committee.

We anticipate that around 550 candidates will be invited to interview. In 2013, we changed from traditional panel-based interviews to Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).

Pages in this document

  1. Selection Criteria Overview
  2. Academic Qualifications
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Referees
  5. Aptitude Tests
  6. Personal Qualities