Overview of Sunderland Medical School

The MBChB honours degree is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and professionalism that all new doctors should have as they embark on further training. You will study alongside pharmacists, nurses, paramedics, biomedical, sport and physiological scientists offering opportunities for inter-disciplinary working. More can be seen at the Sunderland Medical School open day.


Course Structure at Sunderland University Medicine

Phase 1: Years 1 and 2: Overview with early clinical exposure. You will learn the fundamentals of biomedical, behavioural and social science with a focus on sciences, research, study and communication skills, basic clinical skills and professionalism.

Phase 2: Years 3 and 4: You get a second run through of many aspects of biomedical, behavioural and social science with an increased emphasis on complexity and pathology, combined with learning fundamental clinical skills and knowledge.

Phase 3: Preparation for Professional Practice: Year 5: Very extensive student assistantships to prepare you for practice as a Foundation Year 1 doctor.

Sunderland Medical School Entry Requirements


5 subjects at grade A (7) with a minimum of grade B (6) in Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A Levels

AAA are required, including Biology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics) and a third academic subject.
Only one subject from a combination of Maths or Further Maths or Statistics will be considered within the three A Levels. A Level grades must be achieved in one sitting.

They accept A Level re-sits under certain circumstances


35 points including three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required.

Scottish Higher

Minimum of AAAAB, including Chemistry/Biology plus a second science both at A, to be achieved by the end of S5 (i.e. before applying)

Scottish Advanced

Minimum of AB from two subjects (both sciences) sat in S6. Any additional subject sat at Higher level in S6 must be achieved at grade B or higher


Admission Tests for University of Sunderland Medicine


Required. Scores must be within top 8 deciles of the cohort and situational judgement test (SJT) must be within bands 1-3.




Required for some.

Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements in A-level subjects or grades or Science GCSEs may be considered for Medicine if they have taken the GAMSAT prior to application.

Our minimum requirement is either(a) 55 overall with a minimum of 58 in section III or (b) 58 overall with a minimum of 55 in section III - no section score below 50 accepted.


Course Information

Graduate Entry



Intercalation is available as an option after Year 2 as a BSc degree or Year 4 as an MSc degree. You will have the opportunity to undertake a course at the University of Sunderland, or at another University, subject to approval by the School of Medicine.

Foundation Year / Gateway 



Work Experience at Sunderland University School of Medicine

They want to see that you understand what a career in medicine involves.

Work experience, and other related experiences, are only as valuable as the way you talk about them. Needs to show that you are people-focused, attitudes towards being a doctor and a realistic understanding of Medicine.


Personal Statement for Sunderland Medical School


There is a Roles and Responsibilities form that needs to be filled out as part of the application process which enables us to make an initial assessment of your non-academic achievements and aptitude for a career in medicine.


Sunderland University Medicine Interview


Interviews take the form of multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) and a numeracy test.


December and January


- Motivation for Medicine.
- Work experience.
- Empathy and caring nature
- Responsibilities and challenges of being a doctor.
- Resilience.
- Communication.


Contact Details

- Address: The University of Sunderland, Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD
- Telephone: +44 (0)191 515 2000

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