Our selection procedure aims to be fair, open and transparent to all applicants. For 2014 entry we have made extensive changes and this page describes the new procedure in detail. For a clear overview, download our selection flowchart (pdf).
Applying to medical school is highly competitive, and we always receive more suitable applications than we can accept. So success of any application depends on its strength relative to all the other applications in that academic year.
We give all applications full consideration, irrespective of the applicant's age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital or parental status, religion, social class, nationality, ethnic origin, or area of UK residence.
We and our parent universities are committed to a programme of widening access to higher education. Our admissions process selects applicants on the basis of their potential, and we take account of evidence of educational, social, health or other personal disadvantage.
Selection for medical school implies selection for the medical profession. All medical school admissions teams are tasked with selecting those applicants with the potential to be the best doctors. We are guided by current thinking on what makes a good doctor; for example, The Role of the Doctor Consensus Statement, agreed in 2008, outlines the unique combination of attributes and abilities doctors require. We recognise the importance of a transparent selection process, and we agree with the Medical Schools Council's guiding principles for the admission of medical students (pdf), revised in 2010.
When you decide to embark on a career in medicine, you shouold consider the range of different careers available within the medical profession, and the education and training these involve. The majority of UK medical graduates will go on to work as hospital doctors or in primary care for the NHS. Significantly, up to 50% will become general practitioners, providing comprehensive health care for the local community. There is a broad spectrum of careers across medical, surgical and other specialties, and it should be noted that whilst many of these specialties have historically been hospital-based, healthcare is moving towards a more community-centred model of delivery, so doctors will increasingly be expecting to deliver healthcare in a range of settings.
Our selection procedure ensures that any declared disability or criminal conviction is not allowed to influence your assessment.
If we find out, at any stage of the process, that any of the information in your application is untrue or misleading, you may forfeit your offer or place at HYMS.
You must take the UKCAT in the year you apply. For 2014 entry, if you meet our academic entry requirements, score above 2800 in UKCAT with at least 450 in each subtest, we invite you to interview. Otherwise, we award you a number of points depending on your UKCAT score, and add this to the points from your UCAS form to give the total score which we use to rank you against other applicants.
If you have a total UKCAT score of less than 2400, we won't normally consider your application. Furthermore, if you scored less than 450 in any subtest, we won't normally consider your application. If you meet these minimum requirements, your UKCAT score contributes to your application as follows:
If you meet our minimum academic requirements, but you don't score 2800 or more in your UKCAT, your UCAS form and reference are then read and scored by a trained HYMS assessor. We consider your personal statement and your reference together as one document. We don't consider unsolicited references or any additional information, except for evidence of mitigating circumstances.
We assess the level of evidence you provide for each of the following personal attributes:
When we assess what you've written about your work experience, we're particularly interested in your reflections on what you learned about yourself, or the medical profession, from that experience.
We award you a score of between 0 and 15 points from your UCAS form and reference. We then add this score to your UKCAT score for a total out of 35. We rank all applicants by this total and call them to interview in order of ranked score.
Our interviews for 2014 entry will take place during December 2013 and January 2014. We will interview about 550 candidates, which includes those with UKCAT scores of 2800 and above, plus the highest-ranking candidates from assessing UCAS forms and UKCAT scores.
The interview process has three components, which can happen in any order:
In total, you will be assessed by six different people during the interview process.
Your scores from the three separate components of the interview process are collated to give a composite score out of 60. We add this to your original UKCAT score to give a total out of 85. We then rank applicants in order and make offers to about the top 300 students.
In general, we wait until we've completed all our interviews before making offers.
HYMS is a very popular medical school. We had 933 applications in 2013 for just 130 places, plus 123 applications from overseas applicants for just 10 places. So we will inevitably disappoint many people.
If you're unsuccessful in your application, we're happy to send you feedback. However, in line with the recommendations of the Schwartz report (September 2004), the only feedback we can provide is your numerical ranking in our scoring system. This is because our many excellent applicants are in fact competing against each other, and so we score applicants' relative strengths rather than their weaknesses. This also means we're usually not able to give specific advice on individual applications, except when the interviewers ask us to pass on specific feedback comments.
We will only be able to send feedback after February 2014, because of time pressures. To request it, you'll need to send us a letter, signed by you (not anyone else). We will write back only to your UCAS-registered address. We don't provide feedback in response to email or telephone enquiries. This is because of data protection issues -- we have to make sure that the information reaches only you and not any third party.
Please include your UCAS number in the letter and post it to the Admissions Office, Hull York Medical School, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD.
We are unlikely to enter Adjustment or Clearing.