We are a thriving national leader in medical education, with an outstanding reputation for multidisciplinary research and teaching.
Our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor. You will gain practical experience from the very beginning, having contact with patients in a variety of clinical settings. Once you have successfully completed your programme, you can progress to employment in the NHS and the Foundation Programme (a two-year training programme for newly qualified doctors).
We have three Bachelor of Medicine programmes. BM5 is the standard five-year programme.
If you already have a degree, our four-year programme (BM4) 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 (see the Medicine website for details), our six-year programme (BM6) may be the right degree for you.
Upon graduation from our BM5 and BM6 programmes, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine degree, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science degree. BM5 and BM6 students also have the possibility of gaining an intercalated master’s degree by taking an additional year of study.
A Southampton student talks about the BM6 programme
The selection process
No more than four choices from the possible five available through UCAS should be used for medicine programmes. The remaining choices can be used for alternative courses (without prejudice to your application) when applying to Southampton. You may apply for more than one of our BM programmes (e.g. BM5 and BM6, or BM4 and BM5), but these would count as two choices for medicine.
For 2014 entry the selection process has changed:
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.
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. Applicants to BM6 must also take the UKCAT but there is no cut-off score for this programme.
Typical entry requirements
A levels: AAA, to include chemistry and biology
AS level: A, at a subject not taken to A2
IB: 36 points, 18 at higher level, with a minimum of 6 in chemistry and biology at higher or standard level
Intake: 206 (BM5), 40 (BM4), 30 (BM6)
Average applicants per place: 14 (BM5), 36 (BM4), 22 (BM6)
Selection process: UCAS application; UKCAT; enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and satisfactory health screening are required. Selected applicants may be interviewed and/or may take part in an interactive activity.
Degree | UCAS code | Duration
- Clinical experience from year one State-of-the-art facilities and extensive NHS infrastructure investment
- Residential attachments in the south of England
- Upon graduation from our BM5 and BM6 programmes, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine degree, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science degree
- For BM5 and BM6 students, the possibility of gaining an intercalated masters degree by taking an additional year of study
- Widening access programme (BM6) identified as an example of good practice by the Department of Health.
Following provisional registration with the General Medical Council, graduates have the option of a range of medical careers. Our stimulating, open and supportive environment will prepare you to become a competent practitioner in a modern, changing health service, with the capability to follow a career in a wide range of specialities.
For information on scholarships, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/scholarships.