Applying for medical school
Get some information, advice and resources to support your medical school application.
Preparing to apply
Your application to medical school will include a number of stages:
- you need to be aware of the different types of medical school courses available
- it’s important to be aware of a range of factors when choosing your medical school
- your UCAS application will include writing a strong personal statement
- you need to be prepared for medical school interviews
- medical schools will expect you to have found out about the role of a doctor and what it's like working in healthcare. They’ll also want evidence of your skills. Gaining experience for medical school can include shadowing, volunteering, paid work and other opportunities
- most medical schools expect you to sit admissions tests
- you need to be aware of your options if you haven’t got into medical school
Read our section about Choosing your medical school.
There are a number of books and other resources that give general advice on applying to medical school. Some also include information on what to expect when you’re there. Here is a selection, but make sure that any information you use is still up to date:
- The Studying Healthcare website which is updated by the Medical Schools Council and has detailed information, tips and resources for those applying for medicine.
- So you want to be a doctor? (Success in Medicine) – published by Oxford University Press (2021)
- 2021 entry requirements booklet by the Medical Schools Council
- how to become a doctor pages of the British Medical Association (BMA) website
- The Medic Mentor website for information about it's various activities for those considering medical school
- The Medic Portal website for information, blogs, hints and tips about getting into a career as a doctor