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When to apply to the UK, Ireland, Australia and Singapore?

Medicine courses are notoriously competitive programmes, with very high entry requirements. A typical medical applicant is bound to have stellar grades in school, top scores on aptitude tests, diverse extracurricular experiences such as volunteering and job shadowing, and outstanding interview performance. When considering local options for undergraduate medicine, students only have two choices – Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at NTU. Each year, these programs receive over 2000 applications to fill around 250 spots. Hence, it is not surprising that most medical aspirants cast a wider net by applying to other medical schools across the world as well.  

Some of the best medical schools around the world can be found in countries such as the UK, Australia and Ireland. These are popular choices for students based in Singapore since they offer medical programs recognized by the Singapore Medical Council. This article provides a comprehensive guide on planning your medical applications timeline. Below you will find the countries organized according to their deadlines.


Application Deadline: 15 October 2021

 Intake: September 2022

The UK is home to some of the most prestigious medical schools and is one of the top destinations for international students. It has the earliest deadline of October 15th in the year preceding your entry to medical school. This means that if you are planning to start medical school in September 2022, you will need to submit your applications by October 15 in 2021. In the UK, applications to medical programs take place through a centralized platform called the UCAS. Students will be allowed to choose up to 4 medical programs and they all have the same deadline of October 15th.

Students who are in the final year of JC or high school should plan around this deadline since it usually falls right before their final A-level examinations or other important school deadlines.


Application Deadline: Mid January 2022

 Intake: September 2022

Ireland applications take place after the UK deadline, and students will apply through the Irish Universities and Medical Schools Consortium (IUMC). The IUMC comprises four of the oldest and most prestigious universities including Trinity College Dublin. These applications take place through the IUMC agency in Singapore and they accept applications until mid-January 2022 for their September 2022 intake. Mid January is the final deadline, but students are encouraged to send in applications early.


Application Deadline: End February / Mid March 2022

 Intake: August / September 2022

Local universities typically accept applications until mid-March. NUS medicine has separate application deadlines based on your school curriculum. If you are an IB student applying to the medical programs in either NUS or NTU, you will have an earlier application deadline in end-February. If you are an A-levels student, you will be allowed to apply upon the release of your A-level results all the way until the application closing date in mid-March. NTU follows a similar application deadline in mid-March for both IB and A-level students.

Do note that depending on the scheme through which you choose to apply (Standard vs Aptitude) you may have slightly differing deadlines.


Application Deadline: June – End September 2021

 Intake: February 2022

Australian university admissions take place last since they work on a different application cycle in which entry to all courses start in February, rather than September. This means that a student taking their final IB exams in May 2020 will only be starting their course in February 2022. Applications usually open at the beginning of March the year before the intake. Application deadlines range from June to the end of September the year before the intake, depending on the university.

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Anjali K

Anjali majored in Life Sciences at Yale-NUS College, Singapore and has worked as an admissions fellow at her college. Since graduation, she has helped students in their applications to top universities in the UK and US. Having secured a perfect score for the IB diploma, she also has over four years of experience in tutoring students for the same.