School of Medicine

Applying to Medicine at Nottingham

Applying to study medicine can be complex. This guide aims to cover the main steps you need to know about before beginning your application. 

Watch our short video from Dr Mandy Hampshire, who explains some of our application processes.

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You'll need to complete your application through UCAS by 16 October.

If after you've applied you want to change your application 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

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Medicine BMedSci and BMBS - A100, A108, A10L Usually take place between December and February Typically during March Usually sent after the UCAS offer-holder deadline View our 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 about the differences.

Course codes

Our medicine courses have the following course code:

  • Medicine BMedSci and BMBS - A100
  • Medicine at Lincoln BMedSci and BMBS - A10L
  • Medicine BMedSci and BMBS with a Foundation Year - A108
  • Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) - 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.

Medicine at the University of Lincoln

You can study a University of Nottingham medical degree at the University of Lincoln. In partnership with the University of Lincoln, we offer a course at the Lincoln Medical School:

Applications for this course will come through the University of Nottingham and the application process is the same. 

If you apply for both a Lincoln Medical School course and a University of Nottingham course, you’ll only be interviewed once. It is possible to get offers for both courses, or a single offer from the University of Nottingham or the University of Lincoln. 

Medicine with a Foundation Year

We also offer a foundation route to medicine. This six-year course gives you an extra year to develop the skills you need to go on to study the five-year medicine course.

You cannot 

  • apply for both a foundation and one of our five-year Medicine BMedSci and BMBS courses 
  • transfer onto one of our medicine courses from any other foundation or medical course

Additional criteria

To be eligible for these courses, you must meet our contextual offers criteria. Learn more about our contextual admissions policy.

Our foundation courses are not open to international/EU applicants, or those who have already studied at university.

Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS (GEM) (A101)

Our four-year accelerated course is designed for graduates of any subject area who want to pursue a career in medicine. Find out more about Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS.

If you’re applying for this course, visit our applying to GEM guide.


UCAT helps us identify applicants who have the most appropriate abilities, attitudes and skills required of doctors.

It's expected that you'll take the UCAT in the year that you're applying.

More information about UCAT and our threshold scores can be found on our undergraduate selection process webpage.

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Phases of our admissions cycle

We will send important information to you during the early stages of your application, and reminders to the email address that you’ve provided in your UCAS application. Your application to the university may be affected if you do not respond.

We will contact you from time to time using the following email addresses:


Please add these addresses to your contact list so that emails sent from the university aren’t rejected or filtered into your junk or spam folder by your email provider.

All correspondence should be between the applicant and the University. We do not discuss applications with third parties, for example, parents and careers advisors.

The following reviews take place simultaneously from October until November:

  • Academic Review - once we receive your application through UCAS, we will review it to check you meet the academic requirements of the course you’ve applied for. We will look at your GCSEs, A levels and degree (where applicable) subjects and results. We no longer consider predicted A level grades. You cannot apply if you're awaiting a GCSE result that you're reliant on for entry.
  • Widening Participation and Summer School attendance checking - we will check whether you meet our contextual criteria or have attended a Summer School.
  • UCAT scoring - we will also check that you have sat a UCAT test in the year that you’re applying and progress those that have achieved an SJT between 1 and 3. Full information on UCAT and how we select for interview can be found on our selection process webpage.

Fee status

It’s not always possible for us to accurately determine your fee status 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 2023 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.

Over the past few years, the Medicine BMedSci and BMBS (A100) course has:

  • had 1,905 to 2,314 home applicants meet the entry criteria
  • had 190 to 327 international applicants meet the entry criteria
  • interviewed 823 to 1219 home applicants
  • interviewed 60 to 96 international applicants
  • made 595 to 642 home offers
  • made 39 to 60 international offers

While the Medicine with a Foundation Year (A108) has: 

  • had 187 to 345 applicants meet the entry criteria
  • interviewed 100 to 125 applicants
  • made 53 to 65 offers
  • about 27 places for home students

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 have studied a medicine course previously as we cannot accept applications in this situation.

Previous University of Nottingham 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 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 don’t 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.

Deferred entry (gap year)

  • If you don't apply for deferred entry initially, but decide to defer after receiving an offer, you must make your request by 1 May.
  • Any requests received after the deadline will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • If you decide you no longer wish to defer your studies, you must change your deferral request by 1 May.
  • Due to the limited number of places on the courses, we also reserve the right to refuse deferral requests.


Our students do not usually take a year out to study a second degree because the BMedSci is integrated into our course structure. This means that at the end of year three you’ll graduate with a BMedSci degree.

There is an option to suspend your studies after the BMedSci to take a Masters or PhD degree before completing your BMBS. This can be studied at The University of Nottingham or at another university.

Elite athletes

We welcome applications from elite athletes for our A100 and A108 courses. Please visit our sports scholarships webpage for more information and full eligibility criteria.  

To ensure your elite athlete status is recognised, please fill out the expression of interest in UoN Sport form before 15 October 2023, the UCAS deadline. This must be identified and confirmed to the Admissions Team by 15 December 2023. 

If you’re identified and confirmed as an elite athlete and you meet the minimum entry requirements, you may be able to fast track to interview. You’ll still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band 1 to 3 on the Situational Judgement Test.


Due to the popularity of our courses, we do not usually go into Clearing. 

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 about Welcome and Valued

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 appropriately while studying with us. Please be assured that no applicant 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

For our undergraduate courses, you must be 17 or older by 1 September of the year you’ll begin your course to be considered. If you’re an international applicant and under 18, you’ll need a guardian in the UK. Read our guidance for those under 18.

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 are 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

Contacts: Call 0115 748 4098 ext.30031 or please see our 'contact us' page for further details