When applying for medicine, please make sure you meet our academic requirements.
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy
. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
No offers are made without interview.
A in chemistry and biology, including a pass in practical assessments where are assessed separately; a third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies, critical thinking, citizenship studies and global perspectives; at least six GCSEs at grade A including chemistry, physics and biology or double science; and GCSE grade B in English language and maths. A levels must be taken within a two-year period.
During your A level years we will accept one module re-sit in each full A-level subject you are studying, over the two year period. Once you have achieved an A level grade we will not accept any further re-sits. If any adverse factors occur during your A levels, including dyslexia, ill-health or bereavement, you should ensure that the relevant examination board is aware of these so they can be taken into consideration when grading your exams.
2:1 degree in a science-related subject; A in chemistry and biology at A level; third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies, critical thinking, citizenship studies and global perspectives.
If you are holding a place on a degree course, or are not due to complete the degree prior to joining the medical programme, your application will be unsuccessful. Failure to disclose this information will result in automatic withdrawal of your application.
School leavers and applicants who are not graduates (and are not holding an offer to study a degree elsewhere)
Whilst studying the extended project is worthwhile, it does not form part of our selection process.
Offers will be made based on A grades in biology and chemistry at Advanced Highers plus AAAAB achieved at Highers (including the sciences, maths and English language, with A grade passes in biology and chemistry).
Irish leaving certificate
Pre 2017 - Higher level AAAAB including A in biology and chemistry. You must also provide a transcript for the end of the previous year.
Post 2017 – We require H1 in four subjects including biology and chemistry and H2 in one subject.
AAA is required including biology and chemistry. If the Welsh Baccalaureate Core is taken this can make up the third A grade. Otherwise the third A grade is accepted in any subject excluding general studies or critical thinking. GCSE requirement is as above.
Offers will be made on the basis of D3 (Distinction) being achieved in biology and chemistry and a third subject. GCSE requirement is as above.
Predicted or achieved 2:1 honours degree in a science based subject, AND A-levels AAA including biology and chemistry. Subjects other than general studies or critical thinking are accepted as the third subject.
Please note: If you are applying while studying a different degree, you must be in your final year or have completed the degree when you apply. Your application will not be considered if you leave a degree course before completion.
If you do not meet the A-level requirements you may be eligible to apply for the A101 4-year graduate entry programme.
International and European Union accepted qualifications
International Baccalaureate: 36 points in total with 666 at higher level, including biology and chemistry, excluding the core component. GCSE or Middle Year qualifications will also be considered.
European Baccalaureate: 85% in total with at least 85% in biology and chemistry. We also require a copy of your end of Year 10/11 academic transcript.
Baccalaureate de l’Enseignement du Second Degre – a score of at least 16 overall with at least 18 in biology and chemistry. We also require a copy of your end of Year 10/11 academic transcript.
Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB) – a score of at least 13 overall with at least 15 in biology and chemistry. We also require a copy of your end of Year 10/11 academic transcript.
International applicants are advised to contact the School of Medicine Education Centre for further information regarding other academic qualifications.
Any extenuating circumstances that occur during GCSE's and A levels should be brought to the attention of the relevant examination boards.
We will consider extenuating circumstances that occur while applicants are holding a firm offer to study medicine at Nottingham. The Admissions team must be made aware, in writing, of the circumstances within seven working days of the examination that was affected.
Becoming a doctor means more than acquiring knowledge and skills. Medical students cannot complete the undergraduate curriculum without coming into close, and sometimes intimate, contact with members of the public who may be vulnerable or distressed. It is essential that you do nothing to diminish the trust which sick people and their relatives place in you.
We have a fixed HEFCE quota of 25 international students a year (i.e. not home/EU applicants). International applications will be processed and assessed separately but using the same procedures as home and EU applications.
To find out more about being an international student, including visa requirements and living costs please visit the International Office website.
International offers are made to applicants who are classed as international for fee purposes. If an applicant who has accepted an international offer provides evidence to support a reclassification to home fee status before the student registration date in September, the offer will remain valid only if the applicants achieved a threshold score for interview and an interview score equal to, or greater than, the score home applicants had to achieve to receive an offer.
Rules after graduation
On successful completion of the BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree, students will be eligible to apply for the Foundation Programme.
English language requirements
- IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
- Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade B
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.
Candidates must sit the UKCAT test before making their application through UCAS. For more information, please refer to the UKCAT website: www.ukcat.ac.uk