Overview of Cardiff Medical School

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest city. It has a distinctive character with an excellent quality of life and an international reputation. Cardiff University is the only university in Wales to offer a Medicine course.

Cardiff have 31,935 students enrolled, representing over 100 countries.
- 23,480 undergraduates
- 8,455 postgraduates
- 9,195 international students (non-UK EU included)
- 83% overall satisfaction in National Student Survey 2018
- 1,000 students volunteer in the local community each year.


Course Structure for Cardiff University Medicine

Your course is divided into three distinct phases.
- During Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) you will learn the core science and clinical practice.
- Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4) you learn to care by integrated contemporary clinical experience
- Phase 3 you will be learning from and at work, consolidating your preparation for practice.

By Year 5 you will be ready to take a more active role within clinical teams. The emphasis is on consolidating knowledge and skills to prepare you for work as a doctor in the NHS, ensuring your smooth transition from student to Foundation Doctor

Cardiff Medicine Entry Requirements


Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.
IELTS (academic)
At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking and a minimum of 6.5 in all other subskills.

Cardiff medical school GCSE cut off is below the below:
9 GCSE's including GCSE Maths and English Language grade 6 (B), 66 (BB) in Double Science, or 66 (BB) in Biology and Chemistry.

A Levels

AAA grades at A2 level.
Students applying for Cardiff University Medicine must offer three A2 level subjects which should include Chemistry and Biology. Applicants undertaking Science GCE A levels where a separate practical endorsement is reported will require a pass in this element.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Mathematics are not acceptable at A2 Level.


36 points excluding Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay

Scottish Higher


Scottish Advanced



Cardiff Medical School Admission Tests


Required. For Cardiff Medical School UKCAT (UCAT) scores are important and used in choosing the correct candidate for the university.

Cardiff University School UKCAT cut off changes every year - please check website for latest information




Yes for graduate entry


Course Information

Graduate Entry

Cardiff Medical School Requirements for graduates:

All graduates would need to take the GAMSAT and the UCAT before applying.


Cardiff Medicine University offers a number of intercalated degree opportunities in health related disciplines.

This intercalated degree provides students with interest in a research or academic career the chance to pursue an area of medicine in depth and further develop their research skills.

Foundation Year / Gateway 

Gateway to Medicine
Cardiff offers Medicine with a preliminary year (MBBCh). This course is appropriate for students who have been unable to meet the requirements for entry into the five year course, for example if you have demonstrated high academic potential, but have taken non-science subjects or no more than one of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Cardiff Foundation Year Medicine
The International Foundation Year (Medicine) provides an alternative route to medicine for international students who have not studied A Levels or IB. It is accepted for entry to a medical degree at Cardiff University, subject to grades and other conditions. Please note this international programme does not accept UK students.


Work Experience for Cardiff Medicine

Successful year 12 applicants have the opportunity to participate in laboratory-based work experience and will be given an extended taste of the research environment within the School of Medicine.


Personal Statement for Cardiff University Medicine

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career.


Cardiff Uni Medicine Interview


- Multiple Mini Interviews
- Length of each station: 8 minutes


For Medicine, Cardiff sends invites to applicants in November and holds its interview in December and January.


The interviews focus on exploring the personal qualities and attributes important in developing good doctors in the future. Cardiff Medicine Interview questions vary yearly however mainly focus on medical knowledge, work experience and ethical issue


Contact Details

- Address: School of Medicine, UHW Main Building, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
- Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 8113
- Email:

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"Doing 1-1 medicine interview practice with Akash provided me with the content, structure and confidence to succeed at my interview. Breaking up what I needed to do with helpful pointers to direct my practice proved invaluable when it came to medical interviews. I would recommend him to anybody wanting to secure their place at Medical School"

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"Akash went through my medicine personal statement in immense detail, offering suggestions that none of my teachers had even thought of. He knew exactly what was needed to enhance my personal statement, and went through the tips logically."

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"I travelled from Dublin to London for the UKCAT course run by Sonal from The UKCAT People, and it was definitely worthwhile! I'm now looking to continue with some UKCAT Skype lessons closer to my exam."

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We will support you throughout your applications during the 2021-2022 cycle. 


Phone: 0203 488 5468

Post: Flat 2, Lafone Street SE1 1LT

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