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Graduate Entry Medicine (A101) - Selection Process

The following information provides guidance on our assessment process for the A101 - 4 year graduate entry medicine (GEM) course. Applications must be made through UCAS.

The University of Nottingham selection process for each medicine course assesses applicants for the common core values skills and attributes needed to study medicine as recommended by the Medical Schools Council.


Time Stages


Registration opens for the September sitting of the GAMSAT aptitude test


Sit GAMSAT test

15 October

UCAS applications deadline  
November – December

GAMSAT scores ranked


  • Applicants who do not hold a 1st/2:1/2:2 degree and who are not currently studying for a degree that will be completed by 20th July will not be considered further
  • A higher GAMSAT cut-off is usually set for applicants with a lower second class (2:2) degree

December -- January

Work experience and education questionnaires checked

Invitation to Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for those who obtain the highest scores in GAMSAT and have adequate healthcare related work experience

March – April

Interviews and Offers

  • Interviews are usually held over the Easter period (between March-April depending on the year); some applicants may be invited to interview before or following Christmas
  • We aim to send letters of offers no later than 2 weeks after the last set of interviews



 GEM course begins



Stage 1: Initial assessment

The purpose of this stage is to determine that applicants meet the initial entrance criteria (or that the criteria will be met by the deadlines outlined below).  

Applications to the graduate entry medicine (GEM) programme are open to

  • graduates of any age or discipline who hold:

    - a Bachelor’s degree at 2:2 level or above
    - an undergraduate masters degree with honours (2:2 or above)
    - a higher degree (postgraduate masters or PhD)

  • graduates of overseas institutions (provided the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) confirms that the degree is comparable to a UK Bachelor’s honours degree (at 2:2 level or above)
  • people who are currently studying a degree (provided the qualification will be obtained by 20th July of the year of entry)

NOTE: Other postgraduate or professional qualifications e.g. a diploma, will not be accepted as a substitute for a bachelor’s or higher degree as specified above


The use of GAMSAT as the course entry requirement for GEM is designed to broaden access to the course and avoid unnecessary exclusion on the grounds of distant, and sometimes irrelevant, academic results

A high score in GAMSAT shows that your academic ability and reasoning skills are sufficient to undertake the GEM course. All applicants to GEM must sit the GAMSAT.

The GAMSAT aptitude test is divided into three sections:

  1. Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences - multiple choice questions
  2. Written Communication - two, 30-minute assignments
  3. Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences - multiple choice questions (weighted biology - 40%, chemistry - 40% and physics - 20%)

You will receive a score out of 100 for each section, and from these, the GAMSAT team calculates a total score using the following formula:

Total Score = (Section 1 + Section 2+2 x Section 3)/4

We calculate total scores using a slightly different formula:

Total Score = (Section 1 + Section 2 + Section 3)/3

You will be selected for interview on the basis of the higher of your two overall scores.

For those with a first or 2:1 honours degree we usually set a slightly lower total cut-off score than for those with a 2:2 honours degree. In order to be considered for interview, you must also achieve:

  • a minimum score of 55 in Section 2
  • 55 in either Section 1 or 3
  • at least 50 in the remaining section

A high score in one section cannot compensate for a low score in another section. 

Interviews will be offered to those who achieve the highest GAMSAT scores.

GAMSAT takes place twice a year in the UK. Individuals can sit the test the year before they wish to apply for a place and scores are valid for two years. To apply in 2018 for a course commencing in 2019, ONLY the following results can be used:  March 2017, September 2017, March 2018 and September 2018.  If you sit the test more than once, we will select whichever results are higher. However, you are not permitted to submit individual section scores from different years.

Further information about GAMSAT, including costs and applications for special adjustments are available at

Any enquiries about GAMSAT should be directed to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Contact details for ACER are: GAMSAT Office, Private Bag 55, Camberwell, VIC 3124, AUSTRALIA. Email: Fax: +61 (0)3 9277 5757  Tel: +613 9277 5520

Fee status - Home or EU residents

Guidance on home status (in determining whether students are eligible to pay 'home' and not overseas fees) is provided by the UK Council for International Education (UKCOSA).  Generally, those applicants who are eligible for home fees include:

  • UK and EU citizens (or children of UK and EU citizens) who have been living in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the past three years for purposes other than full time education;
  • Citizens of another country who have 'indefinite leave to remain' or 'right of abode' in the UK by 1st September of the year of entry to the course, and have been living in the UK for the past three years for purposes other than full time education prior to the course start date;
  • EEA national migrant workers (or the spouse or parent of a EEA national migrant worker) who have been living in the EEA for the past three years for purposes other than full time education;
  • Refugees or those that have been refused refugee status but have been granted either 'exceptional leave to enter or remain' or 'humanitarian protection'.

All applicants should check with Admissions whether they have 'home status' BEFORE applying for a place on the GEM course.

Applications received from candidates who do not meet these basic entrance requirements will not progress to the next stage of selection.  Further information about degree and fee status is requested from candidates where the UCAS form is unclear.


Stage 2: Work related experience and education

At the next stage of selection, candidates will be invited to complete an online questionnaire which captures summary details of healthcare related work experience.  Candidates will also be asked to confirm if they are currently studying medicine, if they have studied medicine previously or if they will be studying another programme of study after the 1st September at the year of entry.

It is expected that you will have a significant amount of work experience, for example working or volunteering in a healthcare related setting, not merely shadowing a doctor.  This might include working in a care home, volunteering with disabled people, in addition to observing doctors in a general practice or hospital.

The importance of work experience should not be underestimated.  It is the only way we can ensure you are making a genuinely informed choice about a career in medicine.  We expect you to demonstrate a commitment to caring for people and a realistic idea of what working as a doctor entails.  

Applications to the GEM programme will not progress beyond this stage (or could culminate in an offer being withdrawn) if you:

  • have inadequate work or voluntary experience
  • wish to transfer from another medical course
  • have studied medicine previously and have been unable to progress
  • will be studying another degree/diploma as a full-time student after 1st September of the year of entry

Stage 3: Interview

Interviews are only offered to those candidates who receive the highest scores in the GAMSAT and have adequate healthcare related work experience.  At Derby this means we interview around 300-350 applicants each year for a total of around 103 places.

You will be asked to upload your degree certificate(s) prior to interview where available. You will also be asked to present the following at interview:

  • original copies of degree certificates
  • proof of identity/address in three forms (suitable examples include: a passport, driving license, UK birth certificate, recent utility bill or bank statement)

Failure to provide original certificates before 20th July of the year of entry will result in your place being withdrawn. 

The interview is designed to assess the personal qualities we consider essential for the practice of medicine. You will be expected to have good communication and listening skills, an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork and respect for the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine.

Interviews are conducted by a combination of medical practitioners, university academics and laypeople.  Lay members are drawn from a wide range of professions including science, health services management, education, and human resources.  All interviewers are trained using standardised examples of the structured interview process

Interviews take around an hour and currently comprise a multiple mini-interviews format.  All candidates are asked the same questions around the following themes:

  • Has the candidate demonstrated that they are fully aware of what the role of a doctor will entail?
  • What evidence is there of the candidate's interest in, and commitment to, healthcare?
  • Does the candidate display the personal attributes necessary for the study and practice of medicine?
  • Has the candidate considered the strong emphasis placed on PBL at Derby, and whether this suits their own approach to learning?

You will usually be informed as to whether your interview has been successful within two weeks of the final round of interviews.  Successful candidates need to accept or reject offers firmly by the deadline specified UCAS (this is usually the beginning of June.)


Equal opportunities

It is important that the process of student admission onto a medical course at the University of Nottingham is free from unlawful discrimination of any kind.  Our guidelines are based on those prepared by The University of Nottingham Medical School Admissions Committee.  These guidelines are consistent with the University of Nottingham Code of Practice on Admissions and Recruitment. 



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