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Medicine at University of Keele Medical School & Interview Questions 2024

Overview of Keele Medical School


An innovative, highly-integrated medical curriculum at Sunderland in partnership with Keele University Medicine. Sunderland is one of only five new medical schools, established to address the regional imbalance of medical education places across England and to widen access to ensure the profession reflects the communities it serves. Attending the Keele Medical School Open day will give you a better insight into the university.


Course Structure at Keele University School of Medicine

Medicine at Keele University involves the following phases: 

Phase 1

Years 1 and 2: Overview with early clinical exposure whilst learning the fundamentals of Medicine. 

Phase 2: 

Years 3 and 4: Learning the clinical background with clinical placements building on the foundations of clinical knowledge and skills developed in the preceding years.

Phase 3: 

Year 5: Very extensive student assistantships to prepare you for practice as a Foundation Year 1 doctor

Keele University Medicine Entry Requirements


Grade 6 (B) in Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. At least 5 subjects at 7 (A)

A Levels

A*AA or AAA + EPQ A*/A

Including Biology or Chemistry plus (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics) Resits: If AAB - resit the B subject. If <AAB - all three need to be resat at same time.

We do not use predicted A-Level grades in any way in selection for our Medicine programmes.


37 points including three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required. Higher Level subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths and a third rigorous subject. /

Scottish Higher

National 5: a minimum of 5 subjects at grade A with a minimum of grade B in Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics Higher: minimum of AAAAB, including Chemistry/Biology plus a second science both at A, to be achieved by the end of S5 (i.e. before applying)

Scottish Advanced

Scottish Advanced Higher: minimum of AB from two subjects (both sciences) sat in S6. Any additional subject sat at Higher level in S6 must be achieved at grade B or higher Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must have been passed at Standard/National 5 grade B/2


Keele Medicine Admission Tests



How Does Keele Medical School Look At The UCAT?

Keele UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 Entry: 

Single Keele UCAT cut off score. 

For the 2023 entry, the cut-off score was 2280. This equates to the bottom two UCAT deciles being rejected. 

The UCAT is then not used in any decision-making process. 

🚩  SJT Band 4 = rejection.


  • 2022 Entry: 2629

  • 2021 Entry: 2573

Keele Medicine Selection Process [2024 Entry]

**Note: the Keele process has changed for 2024 entry, the Roles & Responsibilities form is no longer used **

Shortlisting for interview is based on a combination of UCAT scores and the UCAS personal statement. 

The UCAT grade and personal statement grade will be calculated as shown below and combined to give a total on a scale of 1 to 25. This total mark will be used to rank A100 applicants for interviews.

UCAT Quintile (20%) [Total = 5 points]

  • 1st (Top 20%) = 5 points

  • 2nd = 4 points

  • 3rd = 3 points

  • 4th = 2 points

  • 5th = 1 point

SJT Band [Total = 2 points]

  • 1 = 2 points

  • 2 = 1 point

  • 3 = 0 points

Other Points [Total = 3 points]

  • UCAT Bursary = 1 point

  • Contextual Offer = 1 point

  • School in Keele region = 1 point

Keele Personal Statement Grade Calculation

UCAS personal statements will be assessed against the person specification for a Keele medical student (see below) to give a score on a scale of 0 to 15. 

Your personal statement must provide examples of ways in which you have demonstrated the characteristics listed in the person specification. 

Please see the guidance notes accompanying the person specification to help you with writing your personal statement. If you are applying directly from school/college, please make sure your head of sixth form, UCAS adviser and any other relevant member of staff is aware of the need to address these requirements.

Guidance notes on writing the personal statement for Keele

The essential characteristics are:

  • a) Awareness of the roles of a doctor within the healthcare team, community and society

  • b) Ability to engage meaningfully with people who have some need of care, support and/or help

  • c) Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people

  • d) Willingness to take on responsibility and fulfil it to the best of your ability

  • e) Ability to maintain one or more significant activities alongside your academic studies over a prolonged period

  • f) Evidence of having made a positive difference to another person’s life



How Does Keele Medical School Look At The BMAT?

Only international applicants need to sit the BMAT for A100.

With only 10 places for international applicants, all of the candidates will be ranked by their BMAT score. In 2021,  the 46 highest-scoring applicants in the BMAT were invited for interviews for 10 places. They normally receive 200 applicants for these 10 places. 



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Course Information

Graduate Entry




Keele Medicine students can opt to take a year out of their undergraduate Medicine (MBChB) studies in order to study a subject area in greater depth, before returning to complete the medical course; this is called an intercalated degree. 

Undergraduates may suspend their medical degree for a period of 12 months and depending on your individual circumstances, you may be able to undertake, after Year 2, a bachelor's degree and after Year 4 a bachelor's degree or master's degree.

Applications : Place

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International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £41000


Keele Uni Medicine Work Experience

The Medical School do not place requirements on the amount and type of work experience a prospective medical student should have. We expect candidates to: - Have a realistic understanding of medicine and what it means to be a doctor - Have had some experience of engaging with a wide range of people and understand the realities of a caring profession - Display some of the skills and attributes essential to be a successful doctor, including teamwork, leadership, good communication skills, resilience and empathy.


Personal Statement for Keele Medicine

A grade for the personal statement is combined with a grade for UCAT to produce a ranking grade to select applicants for interview.