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Application Guide 2023: 


The Ultimate Guide To Choosing A UK Medical School

<p class="font_8"><a href=""><strong>Dr. Akash Gandhi&nbsp;</strong></a></p>
<p class="font_8">Medicine Admissions Expert</p>

Dr. Akash Gandhi 

Medicine Admissions Expert


With dozens of medical schools in the UK, many of which are world-class, it can be very difficult to decide which ones to apply to. What medical suits my academic style best? What city do I most want to live in? Which medical schools do I have the best chances of getting into?

In this guide to selecting a medical school, we walk you through some of the key factors that you ought to weigh up in your decision. UK medical school admissions statistics can be bleak, with only around 30% of candidates being made an offer. 

However, by following this guide you can not only maximise your chances of being in that group but also make sure that you’re going to the medical school that’s best for you. It’s a very personal decision, and different people will suit different schools, so it’s important to ensure that the decision is yours and yours alone.


Medical Schools by the Numbers

How many medical school places are there in the UK? Currently, there are almost 10,000 places available to study at medical schools across the country. This may seem like a lot, however, with around 30,000 applications submitted per year most of these still result in rejection.

How many medical schools are there in the UK? 

In the UK, there are 44 medical schools! This means that there is plenty to compare, and from which to select those that best suit you.

How many UK medical schools can I apply to? 

You can apply to a maximum of 4 medical schools in the UK and must do so through UCAS (the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service).

How many UK medical schools should I apply to? 

As many as you can! Generally, this means applying to four medical schools in the UK and it may also be appropriate to apply to some abroad, for instance in Ireland, if you have lower grades. This will maximise your chances in the competitive world of medical school admissions.

How long is UK medical school? 

UK medical school generally takes 5 years. However, some universities will also give you the opportunity to undertake an intercalated degree, which will extend your time in university by one year in exchange for the receipt of a second degree (often a Bachelor of Medical Sciences).