Overview of University of Bristol Medical School
Bristol was voted as the best city life from a survey of 20,000 university students in recent years. This city life means that students are in a fantastic position; university buildings sit next to restaurants and shops and are therefore able to experience day-to-day city life, ideally preparing them for life after university.
The Medical Bristol course you will learn about the art, science and craft of medicine through:
- Early clinical exposure in hospital, community and primary care settings;
- A blend of lectures, case-based learning and practical work;
- State-of-the-art anatomy facilities including cadaveric pro-sections and
- Inter-professional working with students of nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy.
Course Structure at University of Bristol Medical School
This year will help you to explore the concepts of health and wellbeing from multiple perspectives.
This year will allow you to explore disease processes and construct a list of differential diagnoses for common symptoms.
You will work in a hospital and primary care setting in our clinical academies, where you will meet patients presenting for scheduled (elective) and unscheduled (emergency) care and learn about how common conditions are managed in the NHS.
You will learn about hospital and primary care of patients across the life course, from birth to old age.
You will prepare for your Foundation programme posts by working alongside clinical teams, which will give you experience of teamwork and decision-making in primary and secondary care clinical practice. You will be supported to deal with the uncertainties inherent in the practice of medicine and will be equipped to provide safe and effective care in medical emergencies.
Bristol Medical School Entry Requirements
Advanced numeracy requirement (7 or A in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent)
There are many Bristol Medicine Requirements when applying for Bristol Medical School:
AAA including Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Graduates are required to obtain a 2:1 in their degree plus ABB at A-level, including A in Chemistry and B in either Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
AAC including AA in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics, or ABB including A in Chemistry and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)
Bristol University Medicine Admission Tests
Required. The combined score from all subtests, with the exception of Situational Judgement, will be used to select applicants for interview. Bristol Medical School UKCAT (UCAT) scores are used to select applicants for interview once all academic requirements have been met, there is no cut-off score for the UCAT.
Bristol medicine UKCAT (UCAT) scores are at utmost importance. As Bristol do not weight A Levels or GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications), applicants who are predicted to, or have already achieved our minimum academic entry requirements will then have their application scored with a 100% weighting on the UCAT result, which will be used to select candidates for interview,
Yes. Between years three and four, there is an opportunity to spend an additional year studying for an intercalated degree in a medical science or humanities subject.
Foundation Year / Gateway
Course length: 6 years
Eligibility: From specific schools and colleges in the UK +/- spent 3months+ in care
Gateway to Medicine is aimed at students with the potential to become doctors but who do not meet the standard academic entry criteria to apply directly to our five-year Medicine course.
The Gateway course will deepen existing knowledge of core basic sciences underpinning clinical subjects and places emphasis on the development of personal and professional skills, attributes and behaviours that enable successful transition to university study. Successful completion of the Gateway year allows automatic progression onto the five-year MB ChB Medicine.
Bristol Medicine Work Experience Requirements
Work experience is not a requirement for this course, but it is encouraged. Whilst not a requirement for the course, Bristol encourage applicants to obtain a minimum of two weeks’ work experience.
Personal Statement for Bristol Medical School
Bristol no longer use the personal statement as a weighted component of our selection criteria.
Should they need to differentiate between applicants that have identical scores at interview when making offers, the personal statement may be used to do so. UCAT scores will be used as our primary differentiator.
Bristol Medicine Interview
- Multiple Mini Interview
- Number: 7 - 10 Stations
- Length: One MMI lasts six minutes with one minute for reading instructions and five minutes for completing the task.
- Interviewers: 1 or 2 interviewers per station
January to March
- Motivation and Insight into Medicine
- Role Play station
- Calculation Station
- Case / Article Reviews
- Ethical Dilemma
- Science/Medicine Station
- Observation Tasks
- Teamwork Station
- Dexterity Task
- Prioritisation Tasks:
- Undergraduate admissions email:
- General enquiries email:
- General enquiries phone number: 0117 428 3333