School of Medical Education

Admissions

Admissions

Overview

As a prospective medical student, it's important you do some research into the medical school options available to you.

You should consider whether you:

  • meet the entry requirements
  • know and understand how the programme is delivered and consider whether this is compatible to the way you learn
  • know what student support systems are offered
  • are aware how existing and past students rate the programme and University
  • understand what the competition for places is like

All graduates receive an MBBS degree from Newcastle University and normally proceed to provisional registration with the GMC.

Admissions policy

Our MBBS Admissions Policy (PDF: 596KB) is updated annually. We make this available to prospective students, so you can prepare for the admission process.

Our aim is to be fair, open and transparent to all applicants who apply to us.

At Newcastle we use the UKCAT as part of our admission process, which is in keeping with the majority of medical schools in UK.

We do not accept direct applications to our medicine programmes, all applicants must apply through the UCAS system.

Personal circumstances and disability

For patient safety reasons, all medical students must meet standards laid down in the GMC’s document ‘Promoting Excellence’.

If you have a particular circumstance which may impact your study, you should discuss this with us at an early stage (prior to application).

Our programmes

Standard MBBS programme (five years)

The programmes we offer include a five-year standard MBBS programme, which is open to school leavers and graduates with the appropriate entry requirements. There are currently 318 places at Newcastle University each year.

Accelerated MBBS programme (four years)

We also offer a four-year accelerated programme (UCAS code: A101) to graduates or relevant healthcare professionals with the relevant entry requirements. There are currently 25 places available on this programme.

The accelerated option is only available to applicants who would be considered 'home' for fees purposes.

The A101 Accelerated Programme does have an extended first year which, on successful progression, means students join our Year 3 students on the A100 programme to undertake their clinical attachments.

Further information

You may find this information useful: 

Interviews

Applications which meet the academic threshold will be assessed on their UKCAT scores, and if your UKCAT score meets the threshold then you will be invited for interview.

You should be aware that the threshold may differ in each admission cycle, as it's dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply.

Multiple mini interview

The interview is structured to a multiple mini interview format.

Using the UKCAT in this way has allowed us to increase the number of interviews we conduct from approximately 600 to about 1,000.

Aptitude and qualities

The purpose of the interview is to confirm whether you have the potential aptitude, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as a medical student and of course as a doctor of the future.

Criteria

The interviews will assess and grade you on six main categories:

  • preparation and motivation for medical school
  • effective learning skills
  • team working
  • personal qualities and resilience
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • empathy, sensitivity and integrity

After interview applicants are ranked in order of merit to determine who will be made an offer.

2017/18 Interview Schedule

If invited to interview, you will be given the choice of the following dates with, in most cases, a morning or afternoon slot.

  • Wednesday 13th December (PM only)
  • Thursday 14th December (AM or PM)
  • Friday 15th December (AM or PM)
  • Monday 18th December (AM or PM)
  • Tuesday 19th December (AM or PM)
  • Wednesday 20th December (AM only)
  • Monday 29th January (PM only)
  • Tuesday 30th January (AM or PM)
  • Wednesday 31st January (AM or PM)
  • Thursday 1st February (AM or PM)
  • Friday 2nd February (AM only)

  • Thursday 8th February (PM only)
  • Friday 9th February (AM or PM)
  • Monday 12th February (AM or PM)
  • Tuesday 13th February (AM or PM)
  • Wednesday 14th February (AM or PM)
  • Thursday 15th February (AM or PM)
  • Friday 16th February (AM or PM)
  • Monday 19th February (AM or PM)
  • Tuesday 20th February (AM or PM)
  • Wednesday 21st February (AM only)

Post Offer Visit Days

Newcastle University holds two Post Offer Visit Days for the A100 programme and one for the A101 Accelerated programme. For 2018 entry, the Post Offer Visit Days for A100 applicants holding offers will be Wednesday 4th April 2018 and Wednesday 11th April 2018. The Post Offer Visit Day for the A101 applicants holding offers will be Thursday 19th April 2018.

Work Experience

Many medical schools require applicants to have had some work experience and to be able to show a commitment to caring.

For some, identifying what might be deemed as suitable work experience in a primary and/or secondary care setting is difficult.

Commitment to caring

At Newcastle our emphasis is on our applicants being able to show a commitment to caring. Aside from This can be accomplished in a number of ways. For example:

  • volunteering in an elderly care home
  • volunteering in a hospice
  • volunteering in a nursery
  • helping someone less fortunate

Do not be put off from applying to Newcastle as there are many ways you can demonstrate to us that you are a committed and caring individual.

More information

Please note that Newcastle University is unable to arrange work experience. This must be arranged through the relevant Trust:

Widening Participation

Newcastle University is committed to widening participation to higher education. That philosophy is shared by the Board of Medical Studies who govern the medicine programme.

There are a number of ways in which applicants can have access to the medicine programme at Newcastle apart from the standard application routes.

There are a number of opportunities to visit the institution to find out more about the University and medicine in particular.

PARTNERS Programme

Medicine at Newcastle welcomes applicants by way of the PARTNERS programme and the students who have been accepted through this route of entry have performed particularly well over a number of years.

Realising Opportunities

Newcastle University is the lead institution for Realising Opportunities - a unique collaboration of 12 research-intensive universities working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from under-represented groups.

International Students

Newcastle has a long history in welcoming international students to study medicine.

If you're not a national of the European Economic Area, you may need to apply for Tier 4 general entry clearance (visa) before travelling to the UK.

The University has a dedicated team to provide advice and guidance in this area. Find out more:

International Students website

Visa and immigration information