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Southampton has one of the leading medical schools in the UK, providing a broad education for the study of health and disease. Whether you choose to be a physician, surgeon, general practitioner or clinical scientist, or you follow any other path, our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor.

Planning your medical career

Planning your medical career

Each programme provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum to enable you to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that you will need as a newly qualified doctor. Our programmes are an excellent choice for anyone serious about pursuing a career in medicine.

We have four Bachelor of Medicine programmes*. BM5 is the standard five-year programme. If you already have a degree, our four-year BM4 programme will allow you to draw on your existing knowledge and experience as you begin your training as a doctor. If you are able to meet our eligibility criteria specifically designed to widen access to medicine, our BM6 six-year programme may be the right degree for you.  The fourth programme, the BM(EU), is a European programme run in partnership with a healthcare provider in Germany.  Please follow the link at the bottom of this page for further information.

You will gain practical experience from the very beginning, having contact with patients in a variety of clinical settings from the first few weeks. You will continue to build your clinical expertise through NHS placements, developing your skills in the community and in NHS trust hospitals across southern England. Each placement will allow you to gain a genuine insight into the world of healthcare.

Upon graduation from our BM5, BM(EU) and BM6 programmes, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Sciences. BM5 students also have the possibility of gaining an intercalated master's degree by taking an additional year of study.

*Our BM degrees are the equivalent of MBBS and MBChB, and are recognised by the GMC in line with all other medical qualifications from UK medical schools.

 Selection Process for 2015 Entry:

Update - 7 October 2014:  According to the latest information from UKCAT for the 2014 test, the data shows that candidates are scoring up to 200 points lower than last year.  Therefore the approximate lowest scores that gain an invitation to attend a selection day are likely to be reduced comparably.

Initially you will need to meet the minimum entry requirements as detailed in our prospectus. All applicants are required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Applicants to BM4 and BM5 will need to score at least 2500 (from the first four subtests, excluding Situational Judgement) to be considered.
For BM4 and BM5, we will then rank applicants by UKCAT score and a certain percentage will be invited to a selection day, which will include an interview and group task.

A certain percentage of applicants to BM6 will also be invited to a selection day, which will include an interview and group task. BM6 applicants must also take the UKCAT but there is no cut-off score for this programme.

As a guide, please see table below which shows the lowest UKCAT scores for those interviewed for the previous cycle:

Programme  Lowest UKCAT score of those interviewed (in the region of)
 BM4  3000
 BM5 School leavers/graduates/overseas  2800
 BM5 Mature non-graduates  2500
 BM6  Not applicable

Selection Dates:
Selection dates will run from December 2014 – March 2015. Specific dates and further information will be published nearer the time.

European BM Medicine and BMedSc (BM(EU)) (5 years)

The BM(EU), is a European programme run in partnership with a healthcare provider in Germany. Applications for this course cannot be made via UCAS. For further information and an application form go to

Develop your career in medicine

Develop your career in medicine

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To find out more please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)23 80594408 or e-mail us.

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