Medical schools around the world are amongst the most competitive programs to gain an acceptance to. You will need stellar grades combined with great standardized test scores to even be considered. Each medical school will have their own cut-offs with regards to the UCAT, BMAT, IB and A Level score that you need to meet. Scores alone, however, are not enough. Medical schools are looking to recruit aspiring doctors who demonstrate not only academic aptitude, but also the personal qualities necessary for medical professionals.
The Road to Medical/Dentistry Schools
Non-academic aspects of the application, such as personal statement and interviews, are just as important in gaining an admission offer from any medical school in the world. The personal statement – an essay of 4,000 characters for the UK, around 500 word essay for Ireland & NUS, 300 word essay for NTU – narrates your motivation for medicine as well as any academic, extracurricular, and professional experiences you had that make you a suitable and exceptional candidate for consideration.
The deadline to submit your personal statement is the same as the UCAS application deadline: October 15th!
Deadline for NUS & NTU: Mid-March
Deadline for Ireland: Throughout February
Candidates with great scores and personal statements are then shortlisted for the interview stage. Each university conducts interviews differently. Some prefer panels of admissions officers and professors, while others like MMIs (multiple mini interviews), where students rotate around different stations, each with a different question and a time limit for your answer. The questions generally test your personal motivation to study medicine at their specific university. They also care about your personal qualities such as empathy, leadership, and communication skills. Some universities ask factual, knowledge-based questions, and almost all want you to demonstrate your knowledge about current affairs in medicine and healthcare systems. Finally, interviews may test your ability to role play and analyse ethical scenarios that you may encounter as a doctor later on.
What's the general timeline for medical school applications?
If you take the UCAT (UKCAT)
If you take the BMAT
What's included in an application profile?
What schools should I apply to?
In order to practice medicine in Singapore, you need to be registered with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). Here’s a list of the SMC medical schools.
|University Name||Ranking||Known for:||Subject Requirements||Test||Length (years)|
|University of Oxford||#1||With its impeccable reputation overall, Oxford has great clinical, research experiences to offer along with a very rigorous programme academically. It offers 3 full clinical years and plentiful research involvement.||Chemistry||BMAT||5|
|University of Cambridge||#2||Cambridge is one of the most renowned medical schools in the world, offering students an extensive 3 year clinical period within their traditional course structure.||Chemistry||BMAT||6|
|University of Glasgow||#3||In Glasgow, over 91% of its medical students were satisfied with their rigorous programme. They focus on small-group and problem-based learning with plentiful collaborations with hospitals in the area.||Chemistry||UCAT||5|
|University of Edinburgh||#4||Edinburgh’s rich medical programme will enable people to have work placement, research, and problem-based experiences, along with having a personal tutor as well.||Chemistry||UCAT||6|
|University of Dundee||#5||Dundee’s relatively small medical school is advantageous to those wishing to have focused attention in their innovative, top-ranking 5 year programme.||Chemistry||UCAT||5|
|Imperial College London||#6||As a hub for medical sciences in general, Imperial offers a great medical programme with rigour, research intensity, and the ability to learn and practice in hospitals around the city of London.||Chemistry and Biology||BMAT||6|
|Queen Mary, U. of London||#7||As one of the oldest in the UK, Queen Mary Medical School will provide an enriching medical education, particularly for those seeking a less tradition, and more problem-based approach to their studies.||Chemistry or Biology||UCAT||5|
|University of Bristol||Bristol is a great school, particularly for students wishing a more hands-on approach early on. Their integrated approach is combined with working with other medical professionals makes it a unique school to study in.||Chemistry||UCAT||5|
|University College London||#9||UCL’s dedication towards natural science and medicine makes it a great destination for a medical degree. As part of Academic Health Centre in Europe, it exposes students not only to various research opportunities, but also theory and practice integration with many work attachment opportunities.||Chemistry and Biology||BMAT||6|
|University of Cardiff||#11||Cardiff’s first years prepare you for the higher-level learning required to excel in their integrated clinical years. Students get to learn via the spiral model and have most of Whales as their professional classroom.||Chemistry and Biology||UCAT||5|
|King's College London||#13||King’s medical curriculum integrates clinical teaching with medical science throughout, preparing students for future employment. With some of the most regarded partner hospitals in London, students will surely be prepared to become working professionals.||Chemistry and Biology||UCAT||5|
|University of Sheffield||#15||Sheffield’s integrated medical degree course puts the student’s desires first, and gives students early clinical exposure. Students are also exposed to professional environments and undergo placements within their years of study.||Chemistry or Biology||UCAT||5|
|University of Nottingham||#16||At Nottingham, students will begin their integrated Bachelor of Medical Sciences in the first 3 years, continuing with a Bachelor of Surgery in later years. Among the highlights are offered full-body dissections and early regular visits to hospitals.||Chemistry and Biology||UCAT||5|
|University of Manchester||#22||Manchester is the largest medical school in the UK, where they use both traditional and problem-based, small group learning methods. It allows for whole body anatomy studies, and offers many hospital placements throughout the years.||Chemistry||UCAT||5|
|University of Birmingham||#26||Pointing towards innovation and research, Birmingham prides itself in its programme that allows for extensive work opportunities in their partner hospitals during years of study.||Chemistry and Biology||UCAT||5|
|University of Leicester||#27||Leicester dedicates itself to prepare people for the dynamic workforce after studies, promising early patient exposure for those enrolled.||Chemistry||UCAT||5|
|University of Southampton||#28||Entering Southampton’s medical school, you will become part of their dedicated hospital and Life Sciences building. Besides being exposed to early clinical interactions, you will be part of a research-intense university environment.||Chemistry and Biology||UCAT||5|
|University of Liverpool||#31||Liverpool commits to a spiral model of education, ensuring repeat and in-depth instruction on core medical subjects. Students will have the chance to undertake placements around the city with NHS Trusts throughout their 2nd and 5th years.||Chemistry and Biology||UCAT||5|
|St George's, U. of London||#32||At St. George’s, you will be able to enjoy a campus integrated with one of the largest hospitals in the UK. Apart from a great curriculum, available is full body prosection, inter-professional collaborations.||Chemistry and Biology||UCAT||5|
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