Medical Schools


Medicine at University of Birmingham Medical School

Overview of The University of Birmingham Medical School


Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city, offers a fantastic array of diverse culture, history and modern development. The University of Birmingham Medicine is actually located just outside of the city centre, but most students (medical and non-medical) live in this area. Birmingham University Medical School became part of the University of Birmingham in 1900. Birmingham is also home to some of the UK's leading hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital right next door, offering outstanding placement opportunities to many of our students.


Course Structure at the University of Birmingham Medicine

Years 1 and 2

During your first two years of Medicine Birmingham course you will learn about the structure and function of the human body. All medical students can expect plenty of patient contact, but in Birmingham you’ll start this from as early as week 2 to quickly build up your skills and confidence when communicating with patients. In each year you will spend eight days in the community with GPs and patients, linking biological and behavioural theoretical learning to clinical situations with real patients. You will visit GP surgeries throughout your studies at a mix of inner city, suburban and some rural settings to gain maximum exposure to a range of patients and conditions. 

Year 3 

From your third year onwards, most of your teaching will take place in our partner Teaching Hospital Trusts. Teaching in hospitals and general practices will ensure students receive excellent training in each speciality. You will further develop your basic clinical skills in taking a good clinical history and examining patients, as well as studying the communication skills needed to deliver effective consultations. 

Years 4 and 5 

During your final two years at Birmingham Medical School on the course you will undertake clinical attachments in a wide range of specialities as well as a composite attachment in emergency medicine, intensive care, general hospital medicine and surgery will prepare you for the range of problems that you will encounter as a Foundation Doctor. Many of our students choose to undertake their elective abroad to experience a healthcare system in a different cultural context.

University of Birmingham Medicine Entry Requirements


Minimum of grade B in Science, English Language and Maths

A Levels


Must include Chemistry & Biology Predicted grades must be AAB


Higher level: 6,6,6 from Chemistry and Biology and one other approved subject

Standard level: The subjects must include English and Mathematics if not offered at the higher level (Maths Studies is acceptable). - Minimum of 32 points must be attained

Scottish Higher


Scottish Advanced



Birmingham University Medicine Admissions Tests



How Does Birmingham Medical School Look At The UCAT?

Used in combination with academics (see Birmingham Application Score Calculator). 

No Birmingham UCAT cutoff score. 

SJT contributes to the interview score






Course Information

Graduate Entry

Birmingham Graduate Entry Medicine Requirements: Applicants must offer an Undergraduate Degree in a Life Science subject at a 2:1 classification or above.



Intercalated Programmes within Medicine Degree: Birmingham If you attain a good standard in examinations you may wish to take advantage of the excellent breadth of internationally competitive research within the University of Birmingham Medical School through an in-depth study of chosen topics for one year, leading to the award of a Bachelor’s degree. You then return to complete the MBChB programme.


Work Experience - University of Birmingham Medical School

To study at The University of Birmingham Medical School you will need to have a minimum 2 weeks work experience


Personal Statement for Birmingham Medicine

Not scored, but expected to show commitment to medicine.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?





University of Birmingham Medicine Interview


- Length: 6 minute stations.

There is a 2 minute preparation time outside the station to read prior to entering each station.


Birmingham Medicine Interview Dates 2018-2021 change yearly. Invitations to Birmingham Medicine interview are usually sent between December and January, with interviews taking place in January and February (with one dedicated date for extra-time and A101 candidates).


  • Role Play (Social Setting)

  • Calculation Stations: e.g. Simple mathematical calculations with clinical relevance

  • Critical Thinking: Identify issues presented relevant to health care and present rational arguments.


Contact Details

Medical School
The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tel:  0121 414 3858


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