All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.
|UK entry requirements
||28 (5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry, excluding core component) and GCSEs requirements (or equivalent)
This course is only open to students who are living in the UK and have UK home status, indefinite leave to remain or refugee status (with a letter from the home office as evidence) at the time you make your application.
You must also meet the following criteria:
You cannot apply to both the five year Medicine course and the Medicine with a Foundation Year course.
If you meet the entry requirements for the five-year Medicine course, you must only apply for the five-year Medicine course.
If you achieve ABB at A Level, choose to resit one or both of your B grades and then achieve all standard or contextual entry requirements for the five-year Medicine course, you must only apply for the five-year Medicine course.
A level offer
We do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements.
BBC: must include a B in both biology (or human biology) and chemistry.
A pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately.
We will not accept citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies, or global perspectives.
You must study three A levels for two years and meet the entry requirements, however, you can take an extra A level a year earlier or later if needed to meet the entry requirements or recommended by your school or college.
Please note we do not usually accept A levels which have taken three years to complete.
We do not accept A Level resits for this course.
28 (5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry, excluding core component) and GCSE requirements (or equivalent)
We will accept either of the maths qualifications for the IB at standard level (SL) or higher level (HL).
We do not score the IB and we do not require predicted IB grades as part of our selection process. However, you will still need to achieve the IB grades required to meet your offer.
Minimum entry requirements
We require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Level 6 (B).
These must include maths; English language; and chemistry and biology or double science if you have not taken the individual science subjects.
You will need a minimum of Level 6 in both maths and English language.
You will also need a minimum of Level 6 in both chemistry and biology or Level 6,6 in double science
When selecting for interview, GCSE grades are scored and allocated points. We score a maximum of 6 GCSEs including the required subject grades.
Find out more about the selection process
We do not accept any GCSE resits for this course.
We do not accept applied science, short course GCSEs or functional skills for English and maths.
GCSEs taken over multiple years may be accepted for home schooled students as long as they meet the entry requirements.
If your home country is not the UK, but you moved to the UK (with indefinite leave to remain) within two years before taking GCSE English language or equivalent and did not achieve Level 6 then we will accept one of the following qualifications:
- IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 79 (minimum 76)
- Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced test (from January 2015) 191 with no element below 185
Applicants are usually expected to complete regular work experience when applying for medicine.
This can be:
- Volunteering in a care related setting
- Volunteering with disadvantaged groups
- Paid employment in a job working with the general public
As part of your application we usually ask for evidence of your work experience. This may include a description of the experience, dates for when it took place, and a reference contact.
Please note, we are not expecting any NHS work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Your application for 2023 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete any NHS work experience you had planned. We will however be looking for knowledge of the profession and an understanding of the scope of the role and we may ask about this during your interview.
If possible we'd advise that you speak to someone working in the NHS to ensure you are making an informed choice about your 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.
Any students considering a gap year should use their time constructively either by working or further preparing yourself for a future career in medicine.
You must also complete the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the same year you are applying. We do not accept the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) for entry.
Find out more about the UCAT
We do not have a fixed UCAT threshold score when selecting for interview.
We do not accept applicants who achieve Band 4 on the Situational Judgement Test on the UCAT.
Find out more about how we use the UCAT in the selection process for interviews
You will be required to have an interview. For 2023 entry, all interviews are likely to be online using Microsoft Teams.
Interviews are offered to candidates based on scores as calculated by our selection process. The percentage threshold varies from year to year based on the number of applicants.
If you meet the entry requirements for the course and have completed the Nottingham Pathways to Medicine Programme, the Nottingham Potential Summer School, the Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School, or the Lincoln Medical School Summer School, you will be considered for the interview stage without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process. However, you will still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band 1 to 3 on the Situational Judgement Test.
Find out more about the selection process for interviews
Fitness to practise
We must be confident in your conduct, health and ability to be professional and interact safely with patients.
As part of your application you will be required to have an occupational health assessment and a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check. This usually takes place around May or June for offer holders.
We are able to accept pre-existing DBS checks as long as they meet the enhanced criteria check and are registered on the Update Service.
If we have any serious concerns we will not offer you a place, and reserve the right to revoke offers should serious concerns arise before starting the course.
Find out more about fitness to practise
Excluded students database
When offering places to students we check the MSC Excluded Students Database as part of our commitment to professionalism and fitness to practise. We may also ask if you have encountered 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.
All offers are made subject to being successful at interview, and having an occupational health assessment, DBS clearance, and no fitness to practise issues.
If you are still studying for the required qualifications and your predicted grades meet the entry requirements, offers will be conditional on you achieving those grades.
If you have already met the offer requirements, offers will be unconditional subject to having an occupational health assessment, DBS clearance, and no fitness to practise issues.
Find out more about the undergraduate selection process.