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Medicine at Brunel University Medical School & Interview Questions 2024

Overview of Medicine at Brunel

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Brunel is London's newest medical school. This is a five year degree open to both international and home students where you will gain an MBBS degree. This can then be used to train either in the UK or abroad. While it is not currently GMC Accredited, it has begun the process of gaining this recognition, which will take a number of years. 


Brunel Medical School is part of the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (CHMLS), which is a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate health professions education, including Physician Associate, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work programmes. Thus the College provides opportunities for interprofessional learning.


It was ranked 23rd in the world for International Outlook: Times Higher Education, World University Rankings (2022).


Clinical placements taken place across North West London - in places such as Hillingdon hospital, Frimley Park Hospital, Brompton Hospital, CNWL, Northwick Park Hospital, Berkshire NHS Trust. This is a diverse range of hospitals covering a large population, which will help you gain exposure to a variety of different patients from varied demographics and with exciting pathology. 


It was initially open to international medicine applicants, but has since opened to all home students in the UK. 


Applications in the following circumstances will not be normally considered:

  • Previous enrolment on a medicine course, whether completed or not

  • Transfer from another undergraduate science or medicine programme

  • Previously undertaken Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) at Brunel Medical School.

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Course Structure at Brunel Medical School

Brunel places a strong emphasis on developing teamwork skills. Teamwork takes place in all clinical settings where you will be working alongside colleagues and other healthcare professionals to care for patients.


They are among the few medical schools in the world to use Team-based Learning (TBL) as the main method of classroom instruction, replacing traditional lectures with structured team-centred activities that help learn, discuss and remember the necessary knowledge.


TBL sessions will be run by experienced TBL facilitators who will be joined by medical and health professionals (Content Experts) in the subject area being taught.  This creates a highly interactive and collaborative learning environment for our students.


In TBL, students carry out some pre-study and then come together with their team. They first assess their own knowledge before working in their team – learning together. Students collectively solve clinical problems by applying their knowledge to real-life medical situations. Students are assigned to a team of six students at the beginning of the academic year and will remain in their team for the whole year. This will allow strong bonds to be created so that peer-to-peer learning can be maximised.


They have developed a curriculum that puts people and patients first. You will learn to deliver compassionate care, and this will start in the first weeks of year 1 with communication skills sessions involving simulated patients – actors trained to role play as patients in a Communication Suite, a set of 18 on-site consultation rooms equipped with video recording and playback facilities. This is a fantastic facility for students to be able to use. 


You will gain confidence in learning how best to listen to patients, ask the right questions at the right time, show empathy and overcome language and cultural barriers. You will also learn clinical skills in our dedicated laboratory and simulated ward. Simulation technology, manikins, virtual reality and augmented reality will also feature in your educational journey, and your learning will be enhanced by frequent feedback from your peers and from our educators.


Early patient contact - In parallel with the clinical and communication skills learned on campus, from term 1 you will also learn about patient care from supervised interactions with real patients, through regular placements in General Practice clinics.


You will learn to look at healthcare and illness from the patient’s perspective and understand how teams of professionals work together and make a difference to people’s lives.

Brunel Medical School Entry Requirements

GCSE

  • Five GCSEs at Grade B (6) (or equivalent) including two science subjects, such as Double Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics

  • At least Grade C (4) in English Language GCSE (or equivalent e.g. IELTS).

  • At least Grade B (5) in Maths

A Levels

AAB. 


Must include: 

  • Chemistry or Biology at grade A

  • a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) or Mathematics at grade A and

  • a third subject (except General Studies) at grade B.


There are a wide range of international qualifications accepted.

IB

36 points overall


Higher level 6 in chemistry or biology and 

Higher level 5 in a second science or mathematics

Scottish Higher

-

Scottish Advanced

-

Degree (Graduates)

2:1 in a subject relevant to medicine or a master's degree awarded with merit related to medicine. 


GCSE:

  • Five GCSEs at Grade B (6) (or equivalent) including two science subjects, such as Double Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

  • At least Grade C (4) in English Language GCSE (or equivalent e.g. IELTS).

  • At least Grade B (5) in Maths


Brunel Biomedical Science students

Brunel Biomedical Science students can apply for Medicine MBBS at Brunel Medical School if they:

  • Are final year students

  • Meet the GCSE requirements

  • Have completed the UCAT in the summer prior to applying

  • Are amongst the highest performing students according to their GPA at the end of Year 2. Up to 10 students will be offered an automatic Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), bypassing the UCAT ranking exercise. Other students will go through the normal selection process i.e. ranked according to UCAT performance.


How to apply as a Brunel Biomedical Science student

International students can apply directly to the University.

Home/UK students need to apply through UCAS.

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Brunel Medical School International Admission Tests

UCAT

Yes

How does a Brunel Medical School Look At The UCAT?


Brunel Medical School UCAT Cut-Off 2024 for 2025 Entry


Applicants are ranked according to their UCAT Score. No prior data is available. There is no Brunel UCAT Cut Off Score.


Selection Criteria for a Brunel Medicine Interview:


Interviews are scheduled in accordance with UCAT score, academic ranking, personal statement and reference. The timing of the interview will not influence the likelihood of being offered a place.


IELTS :7.0 overall (min 7.0 in all areas)


SJT Band 4 = Rejection.


You may still apply if you have not taken UCAT/GAMSAT, but your invitation to interview may be delayed, or you may not receive an invitation, depending on the availability of interview slots. If places are still available, applicants who have not taken UCAT/GAMSAT are reviewed by the Selection Panel and are ranked according to their predicted or achieved academic scores.


Applications in the following circumstances will not be normally considered:

  • Previous enrolment on a medicine course, whether completed or not

  • Transfer from another undergraduate science or medicine programme

  • Previously undertaken Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) at Brunel Medical School.


👉🏼 Latest UCAT Cut Off Scores Per Medical School (Updated for 2024 Entry)

👉🏼 Where to apply with a low UCAT score in 2024 (2025 Entry)
 

BMAT

No

GAMSAT

Yes

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Course Information

Graduate Entry

GAMSAT should be taken the year prior to entry and is for graduates only, i.e. those with an undergraduate degree.

Intercalation

No

No


Applications : Place

Application Statistics (Home)

Application Statistics (International)

NA

NA


Applications : Interview

NA

NA

International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £44905

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Work Experience for Brunel Medical School

Work experience information is not provided by Brunel explicitly


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Personal Statement for Medicine at Brunel University

Personal statements and references are reviewed by the Brunel Medical School Selection Panel. Applicants with satisfactory personal statements and references are ranked using pre-determined criteria including their University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) score. The highest-ranked applicants are invited to register for an interview. The remaining applicants are placed on an interview waiting list and may be invited to an interview at a later date.


Your personal statement should be a maximum of 750 words (more than the normal Personal Statement Limit) and include the following: 


Why you want to become a doctor and how your experiences have motivated you to study medicine. 


Work experience, with dates; this should include a caring or service role, such as paid employment for a healthcare organisation, volunteering for a community organisation or caring for a family member. Focus on what you have gained from these activities in terms of your personal development and insights into a caring profession.


Demonstration of a realistic understanding of the role of a doctor; this may be achieved through reflection on direct observation of healthcare, with dates (also referred to as ‘shadowing’ or ‘clinical work experience’). We recognise that the opportunities for this type of work experience may be limited, and particularly challenging during the Covid pandemic. As an alternative, you may give an account of your exploration of available information and how this has contributed to your understanding of the role of a doctor.


Evidence of your leadership, teamwork and communication skills. You should provide examples of activities and roles you have undertaken (this may be at school, college or in your local community), with dates.


Interests and achievements beyond your studies - life is not just about studying. These could include enterprise, socialising, travel, sports, the arts or any other activities that are important to you. Reflect upon the impact of these activities on your personal development and work/life balance and consider how they may enhance your contribution to medical school and/or university life.


Evidence that you have a realistic understanding of the demands of medical school, and a medical career, in particular the physical, organisational and emotional demands.


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