Medical Schools


Medicine at University of Keele Medical School

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


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.


35 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?

Single Keele UCAT cut off score. 

For 2021 entry, the cut-off score was 2280.

SJT band 4 = rejection.



How Does Keele Medical School Look At The BMAT?

Only international students need to do the BMAT.




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.


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

Not assessed. Used at interview to discuss relevant experiences. Have to fill in a Roles & Responsibilities form.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?



Foundation Year for Medicine is available for under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a foundation year (a total of six years).

Students entering the foundation year will undertake a range of modules to bring your academic level up to an equivalent standard to that of direct entrants to year 1 of the MBChB programme. 

Progression requirements are currently 40% (45 credits) in all semester 1 modules and 70% (75 credits) in semester 2.


Keele Medicine Entry Requirements for Foundation Year:

  • GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade B/6, including double/triple-award science or three separate sciences (including a pass in practical endorsement).

  • A Levels: BBC from three A levels including chemistry or biology

  • UCAT: Required, scores <2280 or SJT Band 4 = rejection. 


  • Ordinarily resident in the UK

  • Attended a non-selective maintained school for GCSEs and A levels

  • Attended a school with an attainment 8 score below national average (level set on an annual basis). For schools without an attainment 8 score only, we will consider schools where the % of students on free school meals is above the national average OR if this is not available, we will consider POLAR 4 data, quintile 1 of the school.



  1. Parent(s) or guardian in receipt of means-tested benefit(s)

  2. Time spent in local authority care (more than three months) within the last five years (i.e. in Years 9–13)

  3. Eligibility for free school meals at any point in Years 9–13

  4. Receipt of 16–19 bursary for purpose other than meals

  5. Receipt of UCAT bursary. Bursaries are available to cover the test fee for applicants from less well-off families. We strongly advise applicants to apply for the UCAT Bursary if they are eligible. Please check the UCAT web site for details.


  • Students on the Keele Steps2Medicine scheme or those leaving local authority care will be eligible for consideration for this route and should include this information in their UCAS application.

  • Applicants from military families will be considered if they have attended a non-selective school and meet the academic criteria.


Interview at Keele Medical School


  • MMI & Mathematics Test

  • Mixture of 1-1 and multiple interviewers


January to March


Keele Medical School Interview Questions / Topics:

  • Empathy and insight

  • Responsibilities and challenges of being a doctor

  • Awareness of ethical issues in health and society

  • Resilience

  • Comprehension

  • Effective communication

  • Discussion of personal statement In addition, interviewees will complete a separate mathematics test which will assess their ability to perform clinically relevant calculations.

  • This is a pass/fail test. 

  • Interviewees who do not achieve the pass score will be unsuccessful at interview.