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Navigating the admissions process for medical school can feel like deciphering a complex puzzle, especially for Home/EU students aspiring to study at the University of Birmingham Medical School. From understanding the intricate weightage of academic achievements and UCAT scores to mastering the art of interview techniques, each step plays a pivotal role in determining one's candidacy. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the intricacies of the selection process, shedding light on key components such as the application criteria, interview format, essential qualifications, and statistical insights. Whether you're a prospective applicant or simply curious about the journey to medical school acceptance, join us as we unravel the mysteries behind securing a coveted spot in one of the country's leading medical institutions.

The Process – Applications of Home/EU students receive an overall score: 60% academic and 40% UCAT. There is no minimum UCAT score. The score you are given for the UCAT depends on the decile you fall into. The score out of 4 for your UCAT is added to a score out of 6 for your academics to rank you for an interview offer. Ranking by application score (45% Academic: 35% UCAT and 20% contextual score)

The Interview – Type

- Length: 6 minute stations.

There is a 2 minute preparation time outside the station to read prior to entering each station.


Birmingham Medicine Interview Dates 2018-2021 change yearly. Invitations to Birmingham Medicine interview are usually sent between December and January, with interviews taking place in January and February (with one dedicated date for extra-time and A101 candidates).


  • Role Play (Social Setting)
  • Calculation Stations: e.g. Simple mathematical calculations with clinical relevance
  • Critical Thinking: Identify issues presented relevant to health care and present rational arguments.

Exams? – GCSE

Minimum of grade B in Science, English Language and Maths

A Levels


Must include Chemistry & Biology Predicted grades must be AAB

Work Experience - To study at The University of Birmingham Medical School you will need to have a minimum 2 weeks work experience. At interview we will assess the values held by an applicant, their motivation towards a career in medicine and their understanding of the medical profession

Statistics –

  • Applicants- 2850
  • Interview invites- 1122
  • Offers given- 800
  • Chance of success post-interview- 72%

How Important is the Personal Statement? – Not scored, but expected to show commitment to medicine.

UCAT Scores – In 2020, the mean UCAT score of all offer holders was 2770. In 2019, the mean UCAT score of all offer holders was 2756

Entry Requirements - Medicine and Surgery (five-year) - University of Birmingham