Choosing your medical school

This page looks at the various factors you should consider before choosing medical schools. There are links to websites where you can find out more.

You have a choice of 33 UK medical schools but you are only allowed to put four on your UCAS application. Your fifth choice can be used for a different subject. You can’t apply for both Oxford and Cambridge unless you are applying for four-year Graduate Entry Programmes.

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One of the main things to consider is how you like to learn. Courses vary in their format and teaching style.

Teaching styles at medical school vary and there can be said to be three different types: problem-based learning (PBL), traditional (conventional) teaching and an integrated style. You should be able to tell from a  medical school’s prospectus which teaching style dominates.

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When making your choices, other factors to consider include:

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