A List of Medical Schools in the UK
There are a total of 29 universities that offer medicine as a single subject.
The University of Aberdeen
The University of Birmingham
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
University of Bristol
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
The University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Hull York Medical School
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (University of London)
King's College London (University of London)
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
The University of Liverpool
The University of Manchester
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
The University of Nottingham
Peninsula Medical School
Queen Mary (University of London)
Queen's University Belfast
The University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
St George's Hospital Medical School (University of London)
University College London (University of London)
University of Wales College of Medicine
The University of Warwick
However, there are a total of 311 courses in medicine and its related fields offered at various universities around the country. Related fields would include but not be limited to Forensic Medicine, Medical Chemistry, Medical Electronics and Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, etc...
All of these courses can be further researched on the UCAS website: http://www.ucas.ac.uk
Admissions Procedure to Medical Schools in the UK
All applications to medical schools for undergraduates in the UK will be administered by the University & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS, www.ucas.ac.uk ) This means that you will only have to fill out one application form and once it has been approved by UCAS, it will automatically be forwarded to the universities entered on your form. A maximum of six universities may be entered on the form.
UCAS application forms can be received year round either via the post or the internet. You can also apply electronically if you have Acrobat Reader on your computer. The cost for application amounts to 15 £. All application forms must be completed and sent in to UCAS no later than the middle of October (exact dates vary year to year) one year before planned entry.
For more information: http://www.ucas.ac.uk/getting/index.html
What do Medical Schools look for?
In the United Kingdom, the Council of Heads of Medical Schools and Deans of UK Faculties of Medicine came together in order to write a document, which defines the criteria and guidelines by which students interested in medicine are selected during the admissions process. This document consists of 9 guidelines and can be viewed in greater detail by visiting the link given below. A small excerpt of this document has been provided:
"First among these is the recognition that patient care is the prime duty of a doctor. Honesty, integrity and an ability to recognise one's own limitations and those of others are central to the practice of medicine. In addition, medical students should be expected to have good communication and listening skills, an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork and respect for the contribution of other professions. Curiosity, creativity, initiative, flexibility, and leadership are all desirable characteristics for the aspiring doctor."
Prior Academic Requirements
Medical schools in the United Kingdom want to be sure that you are well-suited and well-prepared for the study of medicine. The list of requirements that is necessary to be completed prior to admission is very similar for all medical schools in the UK. Generally, they look for any combination of the courses listed below at A-level or higher level in the International Baccalaureate:
Because you will have already completed a bachelor's degree in a life science before attending medical school in the UK, you will have (or at least should have) completed all of the above requirements.
Prior Medical Experience
Similar to what was already mentioned above, medical schools in the UK are eager to hear about any prior experience you may have gathered in the field of medicine. Again, your internship the summer after your second year at IUB is the perfect time to take advantage of this opportunity.
A personal statement is very similar to the essays you will be asked to write if you have decided to apply to an American Medical School. Here, however, the statement is not university specific; instead, the same copy will be forwarded to all institutions you have applied to.
In a personal statement, you are asked not only to mention the hands-on experience you might have had either as charity work or as shadowing a physician in a hospital but also to mention the other interests you enjoy outside of your academic environment. Talking about a recent sports competition or musical performance are just two examples. For more information, a link has been added below: