Each year, Warwick students from a range of degree programmes apply for a second degree in medicine. The majority come from Biomedical and Biological Sciences, but Arts and Humanities graduates are successful as well.
Candidates may apply for the 4 year shortened “graduate entry” degrees, but 5 year standard entry programmes are also popular, as they are less competitive. All applications for Graduate Entry Medicine must go through UCAS, meeting a deadline of 15 October.
It is important to meet the varied entry requirements for medical school entry, which include entrance tests, work experience and an insight into the UK health sector.
A key element of a successful application to medicine is work experience. Volunteering to feed patients on a hospital ward, working shifts in a care home for the elderly and supporting disabled children are all examples of learning the caring skills and empathy needed to demonstrate your suitability as a doctor. If you can also bring insight into the workings of the healthcare system and some structured thinking about where your own strengths and challenges lay, you will be well on your way. Look up your local NHS Trust, use recruitment agencies which specialise in social care or contact residential homes directly, or check out Warwick Volunteers to find suitable opportunities.
The following reference books are available in Student Careers and Skills, in the Learning Grid at University House or in the Biomed Grid at Gibbet Hill:
- 'Get into Medical School: Write the perfect personal statement’ – Olivier Picard and Dominique Pizzingrilli.
- 'Medical School Interviews: A Practical Guide to Help You Get That Place at Medical School’ – George Lee & Olivier Picard.
Please note, Student Careers and Skills do not offer mock interviews for medical school. Instead we offer workshops on 'Preparing for Interviews and Assessment Centres for Medical School' in November/December/January each year, which give you a more rounded and appropriate preparation. Check on myAdvantage during these times for more detail.
You can ask our Help desk staff to add a label to your myAdvantage record to tell us you are interested in graduate entry medicine. This will ensure you are kept up to date with relevant information.
- The Medic Portal - created by docotors for aspiring medics, information on medical school applications.
- Medical Careers - NHS website with a career planning guide to assist your options as a doctor in the future.
- Academic office: Student funding - update on student finance arrangements applies to 2012/13 intake.
- BMJ Careers - online journal with a focus on careers related topics.
- Medschoolsonline - information resource for those considering studying medicine in the UK.
- Medlink - Graduate Entry to Medicine 2 day workshop run annually at the University of Nottingham.
- UCAS - all applications to Graduate Entry Medicine must go through UCAS. Search A101 to find courses (A102 for Kings). Up to 4 selections can be made.
- BMAT - subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants to medical degrees at specific institutions.
- GAMSAT – widely used selection test for entry to UK graduate entry medical schools open to graduates of any discipline.
- UKCAT - used in the selection process by a consortium of UK university medical schools.
- Gradmed - independent educational organisation which provides preparatory courses for tests such as GAMSAT and BMAT.
- A star future - useful guide for studying medicine abroad.