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Graduate Entry to Medicine in UK: Improve your chances of success Phil Clarke Senior Careers Adviser Careers, Employability and Skills.

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2 Graduate Entry to Medicine in UK: Improve your chances of success Phil Clarke Senior Careers Adviser Careers, Employability and Skills

3 Overview You can apply for a degree in Medicine as a graduate A relevant first degree in a Life Science is often required but other degrees may also be accepted Entry to Medicine is highly competitive and you need more than just a good degree to succeed in getting a place

4 How to Apply Course options in Medicine for graduates 4 year accelerated degree – available at 16 institutions in England and Wales (but not Northern Ireland or Scotland; there are also 4 graduate entry courses in Republic of Ireland – go to CAO for more details)www.cao.ie Standard 5 (or 6) year degrees eg Queens –competing with A Level applicants Applications for UK courses are via UCAS Further info - Medical Schools Online

5 How to apply for Medicine as a graduate Check which aptitude test (eg UKCAT you are required to take (not all Medical Schools use them) – the aptitude test forms part of selection processwww.ukcat.ac.uk Register for appropriate Test from May in year before entry and take by October (testing cycle normally July- Oct) Apply to UCAS from 1 September - 15 October

6 What do Schools of Medicine look for? A well-rounded, motivated individual who can demonstrate... Strong and consistent academic performance Interpersonal/ communication skills/empathy Ability to work in a team Relevant work experience in a hands-on caring role Leadership skills/ position(s) of responsibility Evidence of hobbies/interests/extra-curricular Understanding of whats required for Medical career Some idea of how the NHS works

7 Work Experience Work experience is also an essential part of your application to medical school. Getting a place at medical school is no longer just about getting the right grades. (From MedSchoolsOnline website) What could you do? Possibilities include: Voluntary or paid work in a hospice, hospital, nursing home, day centre etc and/or working with a relevant client group – eg the elderly, children, people with disabilities Work shadowing in GP surgeries (preferably not local) or a hospital – this should be in addition to hands-on care experience, not instead of Overseas summer placement eg childrens camp, voluntary work in developing nation etc in prior to final year

8 The Personal Statement Key points: The personal statement is a crucial part of the application form – it can make all the difference Make it Medicine-related, not just a list/sequence of information about yourself – its not your autobiography!

9 Areas to cover in your personal statement Introduction and why you want to study medicine – why Medicine and factors influencing your choice How your first degree relates to Medicine ie relevance/logical transition to Medicine from first degree Describe your work/voluntary experience and what you learned – focus on hands-on experience in a health/social care setting Describe other relevant life/work experiences – eg other work and extra-curricular experiences Other interests and conclusion – latter should summarise statement and be punchy/memorable

10 Funding options options Do check latest information - Money4MedStudents is a good resource NI Students should be entitled to a maintenance loan from Student Finance NI but pay own fees (4 or 5 yr courses) Other options: NHS Bursaries - students from Eng/Wales only (Scotland has own arrangements) Charitable trusts eg BMA Charities Trust Fund Access/discretionary/ other funding - check with individual Schools Professional Studies/Training Loan for Medical Students from selected banks not currently available - worth keeping an eye on for any changes

11 Get started Research Medicine as a career – use graduate career websites such as and Dont limit yourself - apply to more than one Medical School for maximum options Develop relevant work experience - register for Degree Plus Get a second opinion on your UCAS personal statement – see a Careers Adviser Investigate funding options Always have a Plan B!


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