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Medicine at University of Plymouth Medical School & Interview Questions 2024

Overview of Plymouth Medical School


Plymouth’s medical school operates in clinical locations across the South West, including Derrifrod and Torbay Hospitals. Applicants compete for a relatively small number of places, around 86 per year. Plymouth University School of Medicine and Dentistry puts patient experience and student satisfaction at the heart of its approach to teaching. The medical degree programme is hands-on and forward-thinking and gives Plymouth students the knowledge, skills and confidence to become an outstanding doctor primed for tomorrow’s healthcare needs.


Plymouth University Medicine Course Structure

Plymouth Uni Medical School Course Structure: 5 years Integrated at Plymouth university Peninsula medical school, with the first 2 years focusing on scientific foundations of medicine within a clinical context. The curriculum is structured around the human life cycle. 

Year 1 

In the first two years, you’ll learn the core scientific foundations of medicine within a clinical context. 

Year 2 

In the second year, you’ll revisit the human life cycle and do a series of placements in a single general practice, enabling you to learn about long-term health issues and see teamwork in action. 

Year 3 

In your third and fourth years, you’ll learn more about clinical practice and spend more time in a patient-centred learning environment. 

Year 4 

You’ll continue working and learning in hospital and general practice settings, further developing your communication, clinical, problem-solving and analytical skills. 

Final year 

You’ll now be all set to apply the knowledge, skills and confidence you’ve acquired over the first four years by working ‘on the job’, as part of a healthcare team in action, based in either Derriford or Torbay hospital.

Plymouth Medical School Entry Requirements


Minimum of 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C which must include English Language, Mathematics and either GCSE double award science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology, or physics.

A Levels


This must include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology.

The third A level can be from any subject area and does not need to be science based. When shortlisting for interview we do not give preference to those who complete three Science A levels. General Studies is not accepted


36-38 points, including a 6 in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology at the higher level.

Scottish Higher

The typical offer to applicants studying Scottish qualifications are grades of AAA at Advanced Higher level, including Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology.

Scottish Advanced


Degree (Graduates)

Graduate Entry Students who have achieved a 1st in one of the five University of Plymouth School of Biomedical Sciences degree programmes can apply to join the BMBS programme through UCAS. The degree needs to have been awarded no more than two years preceding application. Students selecting this entry route do not need to sit the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT)."


Plymouth University Medicine Admissions Tests



How Does Plymouth Medical School Look At The UCAT?

Plymouth UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 entry

Holistic assessment based on GCSE, A Level (or predictions) and UCAT Score.

👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score Interviewed at Plymouth (ie Plymouth UCAT Cut-off score):

  • 2023 Entry: 2680 (Home),  2440 (International), 2330 (WP)

  • 2022 Entry: 2610 (Home), 2610 (International)

  • 2021 Entry: 2400

  • 2020 Entry: 2390

  • 2019 Entry: 2330

  • 2018 Entry: 2400

  • 2017 Entry: 1870

👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score Invited to INTERVIEW at Plymouth:

  • 2023 Entry: 2776 (Home), 2691 (International)

  • 2022 Entry: 2728 (Home), 2716 (International)

  • 2021 Entry: 2583 (Home), 2556 (International)

  • 2020 Entry: 2562

👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score given an OFFER at Plymouth:

  • 2022 entry: 2610

  • 2021 entry: 2400

  • 2020 entry: 2390

👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score given an OFFER at Plymouth:

  • 2022 entry: 2727

  • 2021 entry: 2590

  • 2020 entry: 2571

We do not currently include the SJT banding score (2023 Entry)

🏆 Plymouth Application Statistics

  • 2023 Entry (Home): 1367 Applications, 591 Interviews, 281 Offers

  • 2023 Entry (International): 158 Applications, 30 Interviews, 11 Offers - India x3, Canada x1, Egypt x 1, USA x 1, Germany x1, Pakistan x1, Sri Lanka x 1, Hong Kong x1, UK National (int. fee) x1.

  • 2022 Entry (Home): 2171 Applications, 649 Interviews, 196 Offers

  • 2022 Entry (International): 280 Applications, 56 Interviews, Unclear (>5) Offers

  • 2021 Entry (Home): 1567 Applications, 696 Interviews, 297 Offers

  • 2022 Entry (International): 267 Applications, 75 Interviews, 13 Offers

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

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




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Course Information

Graduate Entry




Intercalated Degrees at Plymouth are offered.

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Application Statistics (Home)

Application Statistics (International)



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International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £39500


Work Experience for Plymouth Medical School

Plymouth do not ask for any work experience. Once at the interview stage, however, they state that applicants may find some form of experience useful to draw upon when answering questions. but they do not make any specific requirements.


Personal Statement for Plymouth University Medicine

PMS will use the Personal Statement as an indicator of your motivation, commitment and enthusiasm to study medicine. The personal statement is not scored.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?



An exciting new course offering an alternative entry route into medicine for able students whose education has been impacted by adversity. 

Using a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach, this course begins the journey towards the development of the academic, personal and professional skills needed for a career in medicine.



  • GCSE - At least five GCSE passes (grades A–C/4–9) to include Maths, English Language and either Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science. 

  • A level - BBB to include Biology and at least one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psych