Medicine MBBS is open to International students only
It is our aim to open our admission to home (UK) students at the earliest opportunity.
Applicants are advised that meeting the general criteria for admission, including the minimum academic criteria is not a guarantee of invitation to interview. All applications will be ranked according to merit, and interview invitations will be sent out to top-ranking applicants until all interview slots are filled for each series of interviews.
- Fee status - International fee status
- English language – IELTS at least 7.0 in each component (or equivalent). English language requirement is one of the conditions of offer, and will be assessed once an offer has been made
- Personal statement - Satisfactory personal statement. Please visit our FAQ for more information on personal statements
- Reference - One satisfactory academic reference. Please visit our FAQ for more information on academic references
- Age - We normally require applicants to be 18 years old by time of registration
- Work experience - Brunel Medical School takes reference from the Medical School Council’s guidance on work experience, including options which may be more feasible during the Covid-19 pandemic. This guidance can be found here Work experience | Medical Schools Council (medschools.ac.uk). In addition, please refer to the Brunel Medical School guidance on personal statements in our FAQ as this includes advice about work experience.
Minimum academic requirements
- Mathematics proficiency: At least Grade B (5) in Mathematics GCSE (or equivalent)
- English language proficiency: At least Grade C (4) in English Language GCSE (or equivalent e.g. IELTS).
Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum of grades AAB at A-level, to include:
- Chemistry or Biology and
- a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) or Mathematics and
- a third subject (except General Studies).
Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a total score of 36 points with
- Higher Level 6 in Chemistry or Biology and
- Higher Level 5 in a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) or Mathematics.
International Secondary School Qualifications:
Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a pattern of grades equivalent to AAB at ‘A’ level, to include
- Chemistry or Biology at the highest level studied and
- a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) or Mathematics.
For a list of all our international high school qualifications please click here.
Upper second-class degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to Medicine.
Awarded with Merit or equivalent, in a subject relevant to Medicine.
Applicants presenting university degree qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements please email your qualifications, a transcript of your degree and evidence of High School qualifications to BMS-Admissions@brunel.ac.uk
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
UCAT is a requirement and should be taken in the year prior to planned entry.
- UCAT account registration opens on the 23 May 2022
- UCAT booking starts 20 June 2022
- UCAT booking deadline is 22 September 2022
- UCAT testing is between 11 July – 29 September 2022.
The UCAT is a 2-hour test that must be sat at a Pearson Vue test centre. It is made up of 5 separate sub-tests, each varying in length. Before each sub-test applicants are given 1-minute reading time.
Australian students can either sit the Australian UCAT or the UK UCAT exam at a Pearson test centre. Please note that the Australian UCAT test dates are not the same as the UK's test dates.
To find your closest test centre and costs please visit the UCAT website.
UCAT ranking process
- Applicants scoring in band 4 in the SJT (Situational Judgement Test) are rejected
- The remaining applications are assessed by the BMS Selection Panel who review applicants’ personal statements and references against pre-determined criteria
- Applicants with satisfactory personal statements and references are ranked according to their total UCAT score
- The highest ranked applicants are invited to register for a vMMI, and invitations are sent by email normally no later than 2 weeks before the date of the next vMMI cycle.
Applicants who have not taken UCAT in the year prior to planned entry
If places are available after the third round of MMIs, applicants who have not taken UCAT, or not taken UCAT in the year preceding that of intended entry, are reviewed by the Selection Panel and are ranked according to their predicted or achieved academic scores.
The School may run a fourth series of interviews in July to which these applicants may be invited, in rank order.
More general information about UCAT can be found on the UCAT website.
Please click here to view the MBBS admissions process pdf.
Stage 1 – Initial assessment
An initial assessment of all the applications is made by the Brunel Admissions Team. Applicants who meet, or are predicted to meet, the general requirements and minimum academic requirements advance to Stage 2.
Stage 2 – Application review
- Applications are reviewed by the Brunel Medical School Selection Panel. Personal statements and references are checked to make sure they meet the requirements. Information on what we expect from the personal statement and reference(s) can be viewed in our FAQ
- Applications are then ranked according to students’ UCAT scores. Those who so far meet the entry requirements, and, who have the highest UCAT scores will be invited to interview.
Applications without UCAT
Applicants will have their personal statements and references reviewed and will be ranked based on achieved or predicted academic grades.
The highest ranked applicants will be invited to interview once all passing UCAT applicants have been interviewed, and if there are Medicine places still available.
Stage 3 - Virtual Multiple Mini Interview (vMMI)
Information on the vMMI can he found on the Interviews web page
Our first set of interviews are taking place in December 2022. There will be further sets of interviews in February 2023, and March 2023. If required, a final set of interviews will take place in summer 2023. Interviews will be granted to the highest ranked students.
Stage 4 - Interview ranking
Candidates are ranked according to the total score obtained at vMMI (with no pre-determined requirement to pass a minimum number of stations). Candidates’ vMMI scores are presented to the Admissions Committee and a cut score is agreed, based on past and current cohort performance.
Applicants with a total score lower than the cut score are rejected.
Applicants reaching the cut score are offered a place or added to the Offer Waiting List, according to the number of available places.
Stage 5 – Making an offer
Offers are made to applicants ranked the highest in their vMMI performance, and, in the case of applicants with equal scores, UCAT scores are considered in determining offers.
For further details on offers please view the Admissions Policy 2023/24
For 2023/24 entry we will not accept Foundation qualifications. We will accept applications from candidates enrolled in Foundation Colleges who are taking, or have taken, A-levels or International Baccalaureate. Applications will be considered alongside other applicants with A-level or International Baccalaureate qualifications.
Applicants who have had to retake the matriculation qualifications required for entry onto the MBBS programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis where there have been extenuating circumstances.
Applications for deferred entry will not normally be considered, and requests for deferrals after an offer is made are also not normally considered.
Exclusion criteria for admission
Applications in the following circumstances will not be normally considered:
- Previous enrolment on a medicine course, whether completed or not
- Transfer from another undergraduate science or medicine programme
- Previously undertaken Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) at Brunel Medical School.
Other entry requirements
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
MBBS students will be in contact with children and/or vulnerable adults as part of their programme of study on a regular and sustained basis. All students must therefore undergo an extended criminal record check as a condition of acceptance of an offer. This will include an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) record and (for applicants residing overseas) a Criminal Clearance Certificate which should be completed prior to arrival in the UK. Further information about the process can be found here. The School will assist the students to undertake the DBS checks.
Occupational Health Clearance
As a condition of acceptance for a place to study on the MBBS programme, all applicants must comply with occupational health requirements. Confirmation of occupational health clearance, evidenced by a fitness certificate issued by the Brunel Occupational Health service, must be obtained before the start of clinical placements in November 2023.
The purpose of occupational health clearance is to confirm that applicants are fit to study on the programme, identify the need for any adjustments to support learning and clinical training, determine whether there is clearance for exposure-prone procedures (see paragraph 7.9) and whether, with necessary adjustments, applicants are expected to be able to meet the competencies required for graduation, as described in Outcomes for Graduates. This information will be recorded in the fitness certificate, in accordance with guidelines by the Higher Educational Occupational Practitioners (HEOPS) for medical students. The fitness certificate will be held securely, accessible only to nominated senior medical school staff and will not include any clinical information.
For immunisation requirements please visit the Immunisation Information web page.
We encourage all students to check with their home country Medical Council that the MBBS will be recognised in their country before applying if they intend to return to their home country to practise medicine. For any advice and guidance please contact BMS-Admissions@brunel.ac.uk
Information for US students
If you are planning to return to the US after graduating from Brunel Medical School, please email our Support & Well-Being team for specialist advice and guidance. Medicine.Support@brunel.ac.uk
Information for Singaporean students
The Medicine MBBS from Brunel Medical School is not currently recognised in Singapore. please email our Support & Well-Being team for further information. Medicine.Support@brunel.ac.uk
Course related expenses
Students will be expected to incur some course-related expenses, these include the cost of a stethoscope and the cost of travel to clinical placements.
- Students will need to fund their own placement travel, which will range from £500 - £2,500 per year. Travel costs will be towards the lower end in Years 1 and 2. Shared private transport may be required on occasion
- Students will need to purchase a stethoscope as part of their medical training. Costs of stethoscopes are approximately £100
- The University will supply lab coats. Students may be required to pay £15 for replacements if lost or damaged
- MDU / MPS membership: This is free and compulsory
- Students will be expected to have a laptop computer to be used for coursework, digital examinations, independent work and in class teaching sessions.
Student visa application information, including financial requirements
Please visit the Making a student visa application web page
Information on Excluded Students Database check, student visas, appeals and complaints, misconduct during the admissions process and feedback to unsuccessful applicants can be found in the Admissions Policy 2023/24.
You can find more information on how to apply, what to include in your application and the selection process in the FAQ.