How To Become A Doctor In The UK – 7 Tips For International Medical School Applicants

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6. Take the UKCAT

If you’re hoping to study Medicine in the UK, you’ll probably want to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) before you apply, as the majority of UK medical schools require candidates to have completed this assessment, which includes sections like Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. There’s no actual science content to the test, so you don’t need to revise, but you do need to familiarise yourself with the test format and get some practice. You can access sample tests on the UKCAT website; you can download the UKCAT app, and a number of books are available for purchase. A smaller number of medical schools ask for the BMAT instead.

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7. Apply Through UCAS

Most medical schools in the UK require you to apply via UCAS, in which you can apply to up to five programmes in total, of which a maximum of four can be Medicine.  If you receive two or more conditional offers via UCAS, you’ll need to choose one Firm and one Insurance choice. You should choose a firm choice with higher grade requirements and an insurance choice with lower grade requirements – this is your back-up in case you don’t meet the grades required by your firm choice.  The deadlines for making a choice vary depending on when you hear back from your universities, and you won’t be put in a position where you have to make a choice before having heard back from all of them.

If you don’t receive any offers then you can use UCAS Extra (before 30 June) and Clearing (after 30 June) to make additional applications.

ANGELA KUBACKI
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ADMISSIONS 
ST GEORGE’S, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

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