School of Medicine

Applying to Graduate Entry Medicine at Nottingham

Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) is a four-year course designed for graduates of any subject who want to pursue a career in medicine.

As part of the application process, there are several steps you'll need to complete to ensure you're able to demonstrate your aptitude for becoming a doctor.

This guide aims to cover the main steps you need to know about before beginning your application. 

View our admissions policy for 2023 entry

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We use the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). This helps us find applicants who have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required of doctors.

You must complete the GAMSAT within two years of applying.

Also, please make Acer aware that they can share previous results. You will not be penalised or viewed less favourably if you have up to eight sets of GAMSAT results. It just helps us ensure we use your highest overall score.

Find out more and register to take the GAMSAT.


You'll need to complete your application through UCAS by 15 October.

If you want to change from another medicine course to a University of Nottingham medicine course, you have 14 days after submitting your choices to update your UCAS. All changes must be made before 15 October, or your application will be unsuccessful.

Application timeline

If you meet the preliminary entry requirements, you may be invited to an interview.

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Graduate Entry Medicine Usually take place between December and February Typically during March Usually sent around May/June View our GEM selection process page


What's the difference between the medicine courses?

We've developed a guide to help you understand the differences between the medicine courses. Learn more.

Course code

GEM has the course code of A101. 

You'll see these referenced throughout our website and on your UCAS track. They help us identify the course we are talking about. To avoid confusion, we recommend making a note of your course code as you’ll use this throughout your whole application.


You’ll need to provide a reference when you apply. This is usually an academic reference from your most recent university. If you completed your degree over five years ago, we’d expect your reference to be your current line manager or Head of Department. The reference needs to be independent, and should not be written by a relative, family friend or peer. References will not be accepted from a private email address.

If you’re struggling to find a suitable reference, please get in touch with us.

Follow-up questionnaire

If you meet the preliminary entry requirements, you’ll be asked to complete a short follow-up questionnaire about your previous and current studies and your work experience. If you do not respond to any requests for further information (at any stage in the process and within the timeframe requested), we may not be able to proceed with your application.

Fee status

It’s not always possible for us to determine this accurately through UCAS applications. If this is the case, we’ll ask you to complete a Fee Status Questionnaire, which will be sent to you by email. You must complete this by 30 November 2022, unless advised differently, otherwise your application will be withdrawn.

Competition for places

Medicine is a competitive course across the UK.

We don’t recommend basing your decision to apply on application data from previous years as the numbers of applicants, interviews and offers change every year, so this may not provide an accurate picture of this year’s competition for course places. We understand that this information might influence your decision-making and want to make sure you have all the information available to help.

Over the past few years, the GEM course has:

  • had 1,000 to 1,300 applicants
  • interviewed 3 or 4 candidates for each place available

Excluded students database

When offering places, we’ll check the MSC Excluded Students Database as part of our commitment to professionalism and fitness to practice. We may ask if you have encountered any professionalism issues with other professional bodies such as the Pharmacy Council or the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

If either we, or another medical school, have terminated your studies, your details are shared with regulatory bodies and other medical schools through this database. It is important that you inform us if you studied a medicine course previously as we cannot accept applications in this situation.

Previous medicine applicants

Most applicants who have previously applied for any of our medicine courses are welcome to re-apply. Your new application will be assessed through the selection process for the year of entry. Due to the number of applications, there is no guarantee that you’ll be invited to interview, even if you reached the interview stage before.

  • We only interview candidates a maximum of three times for any combination of our four, five or six-year medicine courses.
  • If you’ve already been interviewed twice, you may be able to apply and be considered for any one of our medicine courses, for one final time. However you must wait a minimum of three years after your last interview before applying again.
  • If significant reservations were raised during a previous admissions cycle, you will not be shortlisted for an interview.
  • We do not accept applications from students who have studied medicine previously at the University of Nottingham or at any other medical school.
  • Students from medical courses at other Universities will not be able to transfer to any University of Nottingham medicine course.

Access and support

At the University of Nottingham, we are committed to supporting all students who meet the entry requirements to have the opportunity to study medicine. Read more

From applying, through to graduation, we can offer personalised support and guidance to help you have a successful university experience.

It is important that you let us know about any health conditions or disabilities you may have to enable us to support you appropriate while studying with us. Please be assured that no application will be disadvantaged. Take a look at the support we can offer you

Please make sure you tick the relevant boxes to notify us on your UCAS application. For example, the disability declaration or the ‘in-care’ box if you have been in care for three months or more. 

If you know of any reason that may affect your ability to study medicine, you can seek advice from us before applying. 

Minimum age requirements

You must be 18 or older by 1 September of the year you’ll begin your course to be considered.

Further advice on applying to medicine

Medicine is a challenging career and if possible, you should try and speak to someone working in the NHS to ensure you're making an informed choice.

We expect you to demonstrate a commitment to caring for people and have a realistic idea of what working as a doctor entails.

Below are a few resources we would recommend if you require further information. You can also contact our enquiries team if you have any specific questions about your application.


School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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