Overview of The University of Manchester Medical School

The University of Manchester is one of the largest single-site universities in the UK, with 40,000 students from almost every country in the world. With world-leading research and social responsibility at its heart, Manchester is a place to innovate, to lead and to make a difference.

The University of Manchester formed from the merger of Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST in 2004, which created the largest single-site university in the UK.


Course Structure of Manchester Medicine

The Manchester Medical School Curriculum is as follows:

Year 1 and Year 2
During Years 1 and 2, you will be mostly based on The University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus, with visits to centres of excellence for clinical medicine, community settings and teaching hospitals across the north north-west.

Year 3
From the beginning of Year 3 until the end of your final year, you will learn primarily though clinical placements organised around our Health Education Zones that comprise four base hospitals and their associated teaching hospitals and community placements.

Year 4
Year 4 will broaden your clinical learning across the medical specialties, offering immersion in new clinical placements with supervision and teaching by specialty experts.

Year 5
The final year of the course will prepare you for your final university exams, national assessments such as the Prescribing Safety Assessment and, for your role as a foundation year doctor in the NHS, the year is your preparation for practice.

Manchester University Medicine Entry Requirements


7 GCSEs at grade A (7) or A* (8+).
English Language, Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B (6). If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB (66).

A Levels

AAA including:

Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology; and
One of the following subjects from Chemistry; Biology/Human Biology; Physics; Psychology; Mathematics or Further Mathematics.


37 points are required overall (to include core points) with at least 766 at higher level. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B (6) or above.

University of Manchester Medical School Requirements for major subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus another science (one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics) and one further subject at higher Level. We accept both Maths options as part of the Diploma.

Scottish Higher


Scottish Advanced



Admission Tests for Medical School Manchester


Manchester University Medicine UKCAT (UCAT): Required

If your UCAT score is in approximately the top third of all results nationally and you achieve Band 1 or 2 in the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), you will likely be invited to interview based on Manchester's UKCAT threshold as long as you meet our minimum academic requirements (for example, GCSE and predicted grades).

Please note that Manchester do not consider applicants who achieve Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) element of the UCAT. Applicants with a SJT band 3 are welcome to apply. However, they will prioritise applicants who are in bands 1 and 2 in both our UCAT and holistic assessments.






Course Information

Graduate Entry




You can apply to take an intercalated degree after the second, third or fourth year of your course, but the majority of students intercalate after years three or four.

Foundation Year / Gateway 

Foundation Year at University of Manchester Medical School
The Manchester University Foundation Year Medicine course enables students without the appropriate science qualifications to prepare for their medical degree.

- Typical A-level offer: AAA (including specific subjects)
- Typical contextual A-level offer: AAB (including specific subjects)
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer: 36 points are required overall to include core points with at least 666 at higher level.


Work Experience at Faculty of Medicine University of Manchester

Manchester require applicants to undertake some relevant work experience prior to application in order that they can gain some insight into what the role of a doctor involves.

They are not looking for a particular number of hours doing a specific type of work experience. Shadowing doctors in a hospital/GP setting is not essential or considered to be a substitute for hands-on caring work experience. Applicants should be aware that the university may request confirmation of their work experience.


Personal Statement for Manchester Medical School

The personal statement is the crucial part of your application for undergraduate.
They look for:
Academic Ability
Motivation for Medicine
Work Experience
Evidence of commitment to caring
Communication skills
Understanding the nature of medicine


University of Manchester Interview


Manchester Medicine Interview Type: Each applicant to study medicine at The University of Manchester must complete an online information form with respect to non-academic activities. This is known as the ‘Non-Academic Information Form’.

Manchester Medical School expect to invite approximately 900-1000 candidates to interview based on this selection route.

Interview format
- Multiple Mini Interview
- Stations: 7 with a 2 minute gap in between


Manchester Medicine Interview Dates: December to February


Manchester University Medicine Interview Questions / Topics:
The Non-Academic Information Form and the Interview will ask for further information and detail in regards to the following areas:
- Experience in a caring role
- Hobbies and interests
- Team working
- Motivation for medicine.
- Ability to communicate
- Why do you want to be a doctor?
- Previous caring experience
- Matters of a medical interest
- Ethical and other issues


Contact Details

- Address: Academic department. Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- Email:
- Telephone: +44 (0) 161 306 6000

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