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.
In the first two years, you’ll learn the core scientific foundations of medicine within a clinical context.
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.
In your third and fourth years, you’ll learn more about clinical practice and spend more time in a patient-centred learning environment.
You’ll continue working and learning in hospital and general practice settings, further developing your communication, clinical, problem-solving and analytical skills.
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*AA to AAA
Must include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. General Studies at GCE A/AS level is not included within any offer.
36-38 points, including a 6 in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology at the higher level.
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.
Plymouth University Medicine Admissions Tests
Required for graduate entry
Yes, Intercalated Degrees at Plymouth are offered.
Foundation Year / Gateway
Plymouth University Foundation Medicine (Year 0)
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, Psychology and Maths.
- Scottish Qualifications Authority - Advanced Higher grades BBB to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Maths.
- IB - IB Diploma score – 28–32 minimum including 5 at higher level in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.
- UCAT - Not Required
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.
Plymouth University Medicine Interview
- Interview Type: Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) structure.
- Number of stations: 7
- Length of whole interview: 50minutes
Plymouth Medical School Interview Dates from December
The interview is structured and aims to assess a candidate’s characteristics suited to medicine:
- Awareness of self and one’s limitations
- Pro social attitudes e.g. non-judgmental, empathetic
- Communication and listening skills
- Insight into profession
- Ability to be a team player
- Deals with stress appropriately
- Problem solving skills
- Potential for leadership
- Address: University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA
- Telephone: +44 1752 437333