Graduate entry medicine


You can apply for the traditional five year undergraduate course, or some providers allow graduate entry onto an accelerated (fast track) four year medical degree. The four year graduate medicine degree is extremely competitive, and please note that Bristol does not offer such a course.

For further information on graduate entry programmes and admissions policies, check the Medical Careers GEP courses information.

If you are thinking about applying for medicine, do your research and gain as much experience as possible. You can do this through shadowing a range of different doctors and working in care giving roles. Most courses require an appropriate life sciences degree, although some institutions will also accept non-science graduates. A good place to start is the BMA website.

Note that some medical schools accept graduates onto the standard length undergraduate courses only (including, as noted above, the University of Bristol).

Many medical schools require you to take an additional test, such as UKCATBMAT or GAMSAT. Up to date information for admission requirements can be found on each medical school's website.

Choosing a course

All medical schools are different so it’s important to do thorough research to see which schools offer training to suit your own preferred learning style. Many of the fast track courses use problem-based learning.

How to become a doctor by the British Medical Association (BMA) has lots of information and advice for getting started when choosing a medical school.


NHS Careers provides some introductory information on financial support for students on degree courses in medicine. Take a look at the following links for additional information: