On this page we have our  medical school information guide which tells you a lot of the info you need to know about each uni -is it PBL, is it integrated etc - and also a direct link to the University medical school website.  Information is for 2013 entry. Always check course information directly with the University.

Which four medical schools you apply to is extremely important. We also have information on the foundation, standard and graduate entry medicine courses available at each university. Candidates should always check the entry requirements for each course directly with the University. 

It is a good idea to familarise yourself with the variables you should consider, and the definition of the terms on this page first. 

Things to consider and some definitions

Lecture-based learning - the classical approach to university teaching. You sit in a lecture room with all your medical classmates and you listen to usually one lecturer teach you from the front of the lecture hall. You take notes, listen and some have been known to occasionally drift off to sleep.

Problem-based learning (PBL) -a more modern approach: Instead of lectures  filled with hundreds of medical students all being taught by the powerpoint presentation of one lecturer, PBL uses small group teaching sessions, often around 20 students, and you learn not through lectures but through problems which are based in a clinical setting. Much less "Hypotension can be due to a reduction in circulating blood volume" and more "Mrs. J has been admitted to the hospital after falling, a few hours after taking her bendrofluemethiazide tablets". Often medical schools will combine the two approaches.

Non-clinical/clinical split - basically you spend the first few years of medical school with your nose in a book and hanging out at the library. You don't see any real patients and are not allowed on the wards until you hit the clinical part of the course, often in year 3. During clinical there is no or very little organised teaching time or lectures.

Integrated - a bit of both clinical and non-clinical running together. You may have community GP placements once or twice a week and then lectures all the other days. Generally the course becomes more clinical as you progress, and eventually you may have no lectures or very few, with the rest of the time on placement. Very good if you just can't wait to drape your stethoscope around your neck and see real patients.

UKCAT - UK Clinical Admissions Test -a particular type of medical school entrance exam, find out more about here, find out what medical schools currently require it for entry here

BMAT - Biomedical Admissions Test - another type of medical school entrance exam, find out about it here, and what medical schools need you to have it for entry here

Medical school Interview - some universities require that you be interviewed as part of the admissions criteria...some do not. Check if the uni you want to go to interviews here and then get some top tips on doing well in medical school interviews here

Medical School - there are over 30 in the UK - and you want to get into at least one of them! All have their own unique set of characteristics as set out clearly in our medical school information guide

Some things to consider

Do you like the medical school style? Basically do you want PBL or not, integrated or not?

Which entry tests will you have to do? Are you better at the UKCAT than the BMAT?

Do you like the city your prospective medical school is in? Is it big enough, too big, too far from home, too close to home? Sort all this out at the open day by having a good walk about. Remember you could be spending 5 years in this city - its a big commitment.

Do they interview? It's a big thing - some people would rather not go through an interview and while most medical schools have interviews, some don't. Check our guide to see which.

Money - money matters and generally living costs are higher in the South of England and London than they will be in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Note: While we make every effort to make sure all information is up to date we cannot guarantee this, and we cannot be responsible for the content of external sites.

 Information last updated for 2013 entry 

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