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MBChB Medicine / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2021
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Advice to applicants
We do not expect the number of places available to applicants in the 2021 intake to be substantially lower than in 2020. As a result of changes to A-Level results from the use of centre assessed grades, appeals and autumn examinations, we are working with the UK Government and Health Education England to try and provide additional capacity for clinical training. We will update this page with further information as and when it becomes available.
Please note:If you have been awarded centre assessed grades that you are not happy with and have the option of sitting in the autumn exam series (students in England only) at a UK centre but choose to take the summer 2021 exam series instead, we'll then apply our standard re-sit criteria. The offer would be conditional on achieving our A-level re-sit grade requirement (A*AA). This is because you had an opportunity to sit the autumn exams but chose not to and you wouldn't have fulfilled our requirement to complete A-level study over two years. If you take the autumn exam series, the standard requirements will apply.
How your application is considered
Those applications that do not meet the appropriate academic criteria will not progress to the next phase of the screening process, and will receive notification that their application has been unsuccessful through UCAS in due course.
See more information about the application process and how we consider your application .
Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests
Returning to education
Aptitude test requirement
Applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the year they wish to make their application. Please note that the result is valid for one application cycle only. If applicants are reapplying, they must re-sit the UCAT.
Further information specific to The University of Manchester is detailed on our UCAT page.
Please note that we do not consider applicants who achieve Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) element of the UCAT. Applicants with a SJT band 3 are welcome to apply. However, we will prioritise applicants who are in bands 1 and 2 in both our UCAT and holistic assessments.
Fitness to practise / health requirements
All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. The health screening is based upon the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) standards of medical fitness to train for medical students [PDF, 71KB].
A potential student may be concerned that their health or disability may affect their ability to fulfil the competency standards of the course. Any such applicants are encouraged to contact the Occupational Health Service and/or The Disability Advisory and Support Service at an early stage in order to explore the situation in depth and consider the feasibility of making reasonable adjustments. Hopefully the process will prove helpful to the student in deciding whether to pursue an application.
The health screening requires the completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and a possible appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department. In order to be admitted and continue on the programme, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. You will be required to comply with any viral screening as requested by the Department of Health.
General enquiries about health screening should be addressed to Student Occupational Health, Tel +44 (0)161 275 2858, Fax +44 (0)161 275 3137
Please see also the Procedure for Admission to Courses Requiring Medical Fitness Assessment [Word, 59KB].
Disclosure and Barring Service check
You will be required, as part of the non-academic conditions of your offer, to provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In the UK, this takes the form of an Enhanced Level search by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will reveal any criminal convictions, spent or unspent, as well as any police cautions, warnings or reprimands.
Regulations and record systems in other countries vary. Overseas applicants are encouraged to contact our Admissions Team.
Anyone who considers it possible that a criminal record or other disclosure may reveal any offence must contact the Admissions Team before applying.
We welcome applications from students who wish to defer their entry to the following year, but we prefer this to be indicated at the point of application.
It may not be possible to defer entry once an offer has been made and we are unlikely to be able to consider any requests after the release of A-level results.
We do not have any specific requirements for how you use your gap year, but we would expect it to have been used constructively.
Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications
We welcome applications from those re-sitting their A-levels, though applicants may only re-sit one of either Year 12 or Year 13.
Where A-levels have been attempted in Year 13, applicants are expected to have obtained a minimum of grade B in each subject at the first sitting for the re-sit grades to be considered.
All re-sitting applicants are required to achieve Grades A*AA in the A-level subjects specified above, and the A* is expected to be achieved in the final examinations in one of the dropped subjects at the discretion of the School.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful we may permit one further application. You must contact us in advance to determine the suitability of a re-application. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.
We require re-applicants to continue with their work experience in their year out and would also expect to see a material difference in their application from the previous year. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.
All re-applicants must retake the UCAT and provide updated information that refers to the initial application and chronicles subsequent events.
Applicants applying with achieved qualifications must explain in their personal statement what they are doing during the gap year.
Due to the highly integrated structure of the degree course, we do not grant exemptions from subjects. Transfers from other institutions are not considered. If you feel that you have embarked on the wrong course elsewhere, and who wish to be considered for entry to study medicine and The University of Manchester, you should first complete your current programme of study, or be in the final year before you apply to us.
We do not consider applications from students who have started a clinical programme elsewhere.