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As a graduate there are two entry routes in the UK to train as a future Doctor; 4 Year Graduate Entry Medical Programmes and 5 Year Medical Programmes.

Application Process:

The application process for Medicine is highly competitive and all potential applicants must demonstrate a high level of organisation to ensure all stages of the process are completed on time. Applications for all UK programmes of study are managed by UCAS and require a candidate to write a Personal Statement, complete their academic record and provide an Reference. In addition candidates must ensure they have sat the correct entrance exam(s) for the courses of study you are applying to.

For a summary of the application process for individual institutions, entrance requirements and assessment scores please look at the 2020 MedSchools Entry Guide.

Medic Portal also offers advice on the application process in the UK and abroad.


Each year we run a number of presentations as part of our Events Calendar aimed at those considering a career in medicine. Look out for the following:

Entrance Exams:

The Personal Statement:

Your personal statement should clearly identify and provide evidence of:

The statement should be well written, concise, original and truthful. It is also restricted in length to approximately one page of A4 (4,000 characters including spaces).

Gaining Work Experience:

Any work experience is valuable for a career in medicine as you will be working with people from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Retail, restaurant and bar work can provide fantastic opportunities to talk about customer service, handling problems in fast paced environments and demonstrating initiative etc. However if you can secure experience within the medical professions it can give a greater insight in to the career pathway ahead of you.

There are many opportunities available within the local hospitals; check out the University Hospital Southampton Volunteering webpage and their Work Experience webpage for ways to engage. You can also find vacancies away from Southampton through sites like the Royal Voluntary Service - Volunteering in Hospitals also it's worth exploring opportunities within organisations like the St John Ambulance, local care homes, hospices and overseas projects too.

Medical Selection Events & Interviews:

As part of the application process it is very likely you will be invited to attend a medical selection event and/or interview. We would strongly recommend students attending these events use our web resources on Assessment Centres and Interviews to help prepare for the activities. Additionally we have created a resource on Medical School Interviews (found below in useful resources) to help applicants gain an understanding of the formats, styles and types of questions you may be faced with.

Further Resources:

A variety of publications and resources, including books and e-books are available in our Resource Centre to assist students applying to Medical School.

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