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Medical School Applications

Discover solutions to common queries regarding medical school applications. Find advice for completing your application form and personal statement.

When to apply

NHS Careers states you need to apply for medical school between 1 September and 15 October. This is the year before the course starts.

The deadline for completing your application form is 15 October 18:00 (UK time). This includes the form, payment, and reference. However, you will need to submit well before this date to give your referee time to add their reference.

Applications received after this, but before 30 June are late applications. They will be subject to clearing.

Where to apply

Applications for degrees in medicine are completed through UCAS. Search their website for courses. If you are unable to apply online, then contact UCAS.


Transferring to medicine during first year at Newcastle

Stage one Newcastle University students on selected Biomedical Science courses can apply to transfer to stage one of Newcastle University’s undergraduate Medicine course. You make your application in January.

There are a limited number of places available each year. Students are selected on the basis of their academic performance in stage one, UCAT score, personal statement and panel interview performance.

Our School of Biomedical Science hosts talks from Medical School Admissions on the transfer process. These take place in the autumn with dates/times advertised in the school.

Entry requirements

Most medical schools require a 2:1 or above.

Some will accept a 2:2, but this is uncommon due to high levels of competition. All applicants to medicine need specific health and background checks for clinical courses.

Completing the application

Follow our steps and see an explanation of each section of the application.

Creating a strong personal statement

Alongside showing academic ability, your personal statement allows you to reflect on work experience. It should show you have the skills required for medicine.

It is important to create a strong personal statement that stands out. This is because at some stage, your suitability for the course will be assessed using it. Some medical schools will use your personal statement as the basis of your interview. Whereas others put less emphasis on its importance.

Focus on your reasons for applying. Show how your work experience has prepared you for the course and career. Include supporting information, such as extra-curricular activities.

You have a limit of 47 lines or 4,000 characters (including spaces). The form will cut off if you go over the limit. Leave room for breaks between paragraphs if possible.

Feedback on personal statements

As a Newcastle University student or recent graduate, you can get Careers Service feedback on your personal statement. You might also get feedback from your personal tutor, if they’re willing.

All our careers consultants have experience of personal statements for medicine. The Careers Service does not check grammar or proof read.

Please see the Academic Skills Team for advice on using grammar and punctuation. They do not offer a proof reading service.

After applying

When to accept an offer and what to do if you are unsuccessful.