Graduate Medical Entry
Were you unsuccessful in your undergraduate attempt? Did you decide you wanted to study another subject beforehand and to further your knowledge and then apply for graduate medicine or have you done a completely different career and suddenly decided medicine was for you?
A graduate entry programme (GEP) is available for those who have already gained a degree.
A graduate entry programme for Medical school should take four years to complete as opposed to five due to your already well developed learning skills. You can however as a graduate apply for an undergraduate course for medicine as it will be less intensive. You can apply for a mixture of both four and five-year courses if you decide you want to apply for a graduate entry programme.
If you do not hold a degree in a science subject or a scientific area or unfortunately did not gain a 2:1 in your previous degree, it may be advisable to complete an access to medicine course prior to your application. It is best to check with the universities you wish to apply for, as some universities who offer a medical graduate programme do not specific that graduates should already hold a science degree, and instead hold a degree from any discipline.
It may be a requirement that students sit a GAMSAT/UKCAT examination before applying to graduate medical school; again it is advisable to check with the universities as they each have their own admission criteria.
Like with undergraduate medical schools, graduate entry programmes are very competitive and it is vital that candidates ensure their personal statement is to a high standard and they have an amount of extra curricular activities such as work experience or volunteering to improve their application.
Please see a list of universities with a graduate entry programme to medicine:
- Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- St George’s London