Queen's University Belfast
Queen's University Belfast Overview
Founded in 1849, QUB Medical School has been training medical students for over 150 years, itself accepting between 250 and 300 students per year. Queen’s provides an intellectually stimulating course through a variety of teaching styles in lectures, tutorials and clinical experience and is the only medical school in Northern Ireland.
Having four major teaching hospitals across Belfast alone, Queen’s is an exciting place to study medicine with students experiencing clinical practice in a variety of hospitals, general practice and healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland from first year onwards.
Queen's University Belfast Course Structure
Queen’s is an exciting place to study medicine with our students experiencing clinical practice in a variety of hospitals, general practices and healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland from first year onwards.
During the first two years of the degree you learn about the scientific basis of medical practice. Teaching of basic science subjects is integrated with clinical skills training which you acquire through clinical simulation and practice with patients.
The third year has a greater clinical focus. Classroom-based and clinical teaching takes place in each of the medical and surgical disciplines, which is integrated with therapeutic, pathological and microbiological principles relevant to clinical medical practice in longitudinal clerkships in hospitals and general practices all over Northern Ireland.
During the fourth and fifth years you gain further experience in child health, women's health, mental health, cancer, Ageing and Health.
Belfast Medical School Entry Requirements
GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C/4 and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC/44 are required if these subjects are not offered at AS-level or A-level.
In considering applications, GCSE performance in the best 9 subjects will be scored with 4 points awarded for an A* (grade 9 on the new 9-1 grading scale), 3 points for an A (grades 7 and 8), 2 points for a B (grade 6) and 1 point for a C*/C (grades 4 and 5).
For those who have not undertaken GCSE or equivalent level qualifications, then an academic score will be calculated on the basis of school reports.
AAA at A-level + A in a fourth AS-level subject including A-level Chemistry plus at least one other A-level from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
A*AA at A-level including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology.
A*AA at A-level including Chemistry and either Mathematics or Physics + AS-level Biology grade B.
Subject requirements: 3 Higher Level subjects are grade 6 include Chemistry and Biology
Subject requirements: any subjects are accepted
Typical offer: AA (for AAAAA Highers),AAB (for AAAAB Highers), AAA (for ABBBB-AAABB Highers)
Subjects required: Chemistry plus one other subject from; Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Admission Tests
UCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with the GCSE score to rank for interview. AS-level performance, additional GCSE A grades and other factors may also be taken into account in borderline cases.
There is no Graduate Entry Program at Queen's University Belfast for Medicine
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Intercalation Year
Yes, at the end of second or third year, students may apply to take a year out of their medical degree to study for an intercalated degree. This extra research focused year will lead to either a qualification at Bachelor or Master’s level.
Foundation Year / Gateway
Work Experience for Queen's University Belfast Medicine
It is accepted that it can be difficult for candidates to have equal access to clinical work experience and therefore it is not specified as a requirement for admission. Applicants are encouraged to obtain caring experience whether through volunteering or in paid employment as this is valuable in making informed decisions on career options.
Personal Statement for Queen's University Belfast Medicine
Personal Statements are not scored as part of the selection process. Candidates are expected to state explicitly that Medicine is their career choice. (Please note that an applicant cannot normally be considered for both Medicine and Dentistry).
There should be evidence of commitment and motivation in the personal statement. This should include evidence of what the candidate has done to find out about Medicine as a career.
Participation in activities within or outside School demonstrating transferable skills such as leadership, empathy, teamwork and communication skills is also important information for you to include.
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Interview
Queen's Belfast Medicine Interviews Type: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Interview Dates: January-March
- Belfast Medical School Interview Questions /Topics:
- Moral reasoning
- Communication skills
- Queens Medical School Contact Details:
- Address: Centre for Medical Education, 97 Lisburn Road Belfast BT9 7BL
- Telephone: +44 (0)2890 972450