top of page
UCL (University College London)

Medicine at University College London Medical School & Interview Questions 2024

Overview of UCL Medical School

🏫

University College London Medical School has a total intake of 350 students per year. It consistently ranks in the top 3 in league tables, and its central London location is a draw for many prospective students. Teaching takes place at hospitals, including University College Hospital (Bloomsbury campus), The Royal Free Hospital (Hampstead), and the Whittington Hospital (Archway). UCL runs a 6 year traditional course with integrated BSc in the third year that is compulsory. 


Most students are part of their sports society - RUMS, which allows UCL students to represent the medical teams at a particular sport. This ends the year with a sports ball, attended by these sports members. 


The main campus is located in Bloomsbury near Euston Square. Many lectures happen at the Rockerfeller building and the Cruciform building. 

📅

UCL Medicine Course Structure

UCL Medicine Course involves: The modules in each year are themed and focus on:

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1

  • Year 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2

  • Year 3: Integrated BSc (can undertake the BSC in a wide range of disciplines across the medical sciences). 

  • Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care

  • Year 5: The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice

  • Year 6: Preparation for Practice Students - this is the final year of study, where you will shadow junior doctors to try to improve your chances of being best prepared for F1 and improve your medical practice. 

UCL Medicine Entry Requirements

GCSE

Mathematics & English Language at grade B (6). For UK-based students, a grade C (5) or equivalent in a modern foreign language is required.

A Levels

A*AA


Must include biology and chemistry

IB

39 points.


Subjects: A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, each with a minimum score of 6. No score below 5. This is declared on your UCAS application. 

Scottish Higher

-

Scottish Advanced

-

Degree (Graduates)

UCL Graduate Medicine Requirements Degree: (2.1) degree from a recognised UK university. Science and non-science graduates are considered equally. Degrees awarded by universities outside the UK are not acceptable. Graduate applicants should also offer Chemistry and Biology at A-level. UCL Graduate Entry applicants are normally expected to have achieved grades of at least ABB in A-levels taken prior to their degree. Graduates that have re-sat A-levels prior to their undergraduate degree will be considered. ABB is the UCL benchmark and they do not consider graduates who achieved lower than ABB in their pre-degree A-levels. Any A-levels taken after the degree would need to be at grade A* or A. The standard requirement for grade B at GCSE in both English Language and Mathematics also applies to all offer holders.

📖

Admission Tests UCL Entry Requirements

UCAT

Yes (new for 2025 entry)

How Does UCL University College London Medical School Look At The UCAT?


UCL UCAT Cut Off 2024 for 2025 Entry

As this is the first year that UCL are using the UCAT, no cut-off scores are currently known. 


It is likely that scores will be on the higher side. 


👉🏼 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 (as of 2025 Entry), now UCAT

** PLEASE NOTE: For 2025 Entry for Medicine at UCL - the BMAT will not be used. Instead, the UCAT will be used **



How Does UCL Medical School Look At The BMAT? UCL BMAT Cut-Off Scores (Updated for 2023 entry)


BMAT Cut-off Scores for 2023 Cycle 

(combined Section 1 and Section 2 scores, with a minimum 2.5 B in Section 3)


  • Home Applicants - 10.1

  • Access UCL Eligible Applicants - 9.9

  • Overseas Applicants - 13.1


Average BMAT scores for UCL applicants

  • 2020 entry - 4.3, 4.1, 2.9A 

  • 2021 entry - 4.8, 4.8, 3.1A

  • 2022 entry - 4.5, 4.4, 3.0A

  • 2023 entry - 4.7, 4.8, 3.0A


Average BMAT scores for UCL applicants interviewed

  • 2020 cycle - 5.2, 4.8, 3.2A

  • 2021 cycle - 5.7, 5.8, 3.4A

  • 2022 cycle - 5.8, 5.8, 3.3A


Average BMAT scores for UCL offer holders

  • 2020 cycle - 5.2, 4.8, 3.2A

  • 2021 cycle - 5.7, 5.8, 3.4A

  • 2022 cycle - 5.9, 5.8, 3.4A



There is no formal BMAT cut off score for UCL applicants, but you can use the average scores above to give you some guidance. 


What we know is that in 2022 the average student interviewed by UCL had a BMAT score of 5.8 in sections 1 and 2, and 3A in section 3 of the BMAT. 


  • BMAT Section 3 is no longer used at interviews.

  • The BMAT result is used in conjunction with predicted grades, a review of the content of the personal statement and reference recommendations 

  • A priority score is allocated for the application as a whole. 


What is the lowest BMAT score for UCL?

Unfortunately, UCL do not publish the lowest score that gets you an interview, but you can look at the average BMAT scores invited to interview to give some idea about what BMAT scores you should be aiming for. 


Numbers of Applicants to UCL

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students to read Medicine. Applications typically exceed 3800 for a total of 334 places. We do not have the capacity to interview all eligible applicants.


Selection for Interview at UCL

All applications are read and assessed carefully by several people.


The following factors are taken into account when deciding which candidates to interview:

  • Predicted and actual grades. Although there is no simple relationship between academic performance and whether or not a student will make a ‘good’ doctor, there is evidence that those with low grades or those who need to re-sit examinations are more likely to have academic problems with the programme. Predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed must meet our published entry requirements.

  • For applications received for 2023 entry onwards, we will no longer be using the Personal Statement as part of the selection procedure. We encourage applicants to use the opportunity of writing their personal statements to think reflectively about their skills and experiences, and how they have helped to prepare them for a career in medicine. This includes evidencing attributes, skills, behaviours and values needed to work within the healthcare service.

  • From 2023 entry onwards, we will be using BMAT scores alone to select eligible students for interviews. Selection will be based upon the ranked sum score of Section 1 and Section 2, plus meeting a minimum of 2.5B in Section 3.  Candidates with special considerations as assessed by Cambridge Assessment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who are eligible for Access UCL, our contextual offer scheme, will be automatically flagged to us, and their BMAT scores will be reviewed separately. We have 24 places for Overseas applicants, and for these places, Overseas applicants will be selected separately to our Home applicants.

  • Average scores for our applicants over the last 3 cycles are available on our website. Scores for each section do vary each year and we advise candidates to use the averages as an indicator only.


Re-applicants: If an applicant remains unplaced in the UCAS cycle, they are welcome to reapply. This includes those who have been unsuccessful following interview at UCL Medical School. Re-applicants must sit the BMAT again in the year that they apply.

GAMSAT

No

❓ Applying in 2024 or 2025 Entry?

✅ Join our incredibly successful Ultimate Package programme

✅ Receive 1-1 mentoring from qualified doctors & dentists
✅ Advice on work experience, volunteering, wider reading & universities
✅ Expert UCAT Tutoring, PS Editing & Interview Tutoring

✅ 100s of successful students

📄

Course Information

Graduate Entry

UCL Medicine Graduate Entry: nil. Graduates must apply for the undergraduate program but are exempt from the intercalated year.

Intercalation

Compulsory

UCL Scientific Method in Depth (integrated BSc) A wide range of integrated BSc degree programmes are available, for example, Cardiovascular Science; Global Health; Mathematics, Computers and Medicine; Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering; Neuroscience; Oncology; Paediatrics and Child Health; Pharmacology; Physiology; Primary Healthcare; Surgical Sciences and Women's Health.


Applications : Place

Application Statistics (Home)

Application Statistics (International)

9

49


Applications : Interview

4

30

International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £47000

🩺

Work Experience for Medicine UCL

We recommend that applicants have an understanding of what a career in medicine involves. Your reflections on what you learned from your work experience may be assessed at interview and we may request that a small selection of candidates provide evidence of the work experience that they have done. Please also refer to the work experience guidance provided by Medical Schools Council.

📝

Personal Statement for UCL Medical School

UCL does not use personal statements as part of the selection procedure. We encourage applicants to use the opportunity of writing their personal statement to think reflectively about their skills and experiences, and how they have helped to prepare them for a career in medicine. This includes evidencing attributes, skills, behaviours and values needed to work within the healthcare service.