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Coronavirus: Information for prospective students

Studying at Hull York Medical School in 2021

At Hull York Medical School we are committed to delivering exceptional medical education and supporting students as they realise their ambitions of becoming doctors, physician associates and clinical and academic leaders of the future.

Our values help us to create an inclusive and inspirational culture that everyone is proud to be a part of.

As a prospective student or offer holder, we understand that you might have questions about what will happen in the next academic year. We would like to reassure you that, regardless of how you begin your student journey, we will be here to support you and welcome you into our Hull York community.

Autumn Term 2021

We are very much looking forward to welcoming new students to our Hull and York campuses in Autumn 2021. We are pleased to confirm that we plan to offer in-person campus-based teaching across all of our programmes this year, and expect that all students who are able to travel to Hull or York will join us for the start of term (see term dates).

The Prime Minister has now set out a move away from (most) legal restrictions from 19 July and towards an approach which encourages people to make informed decisions under their own responsibility. The Department for Education has also said that "there will no longer be restrictions on the approach to teaching and learning in Higher Education providers as a result of Covid-19". We will continue to offer guidance to our staff and students to take precautions which support individual actions and behaviours, and through that bring collective benefit.

In light of this guidance, we are working closely with our universities and our NHS trusts to plan our teaching for the academic year 2021/22. We will be taking a cautious approach and will make any adjustments necessary in response to changing Government guidance, to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and our wider community.

Face coverings

Although the wearing of face coverings is not compulsory, we strongly recommend that you wear one on our campuses while moving around inside buildings, including in communal spaces. We also recommend you wear one in busy areas, where there are either high numbers or concentrations of people.

In line with our values we expect everyone to be supportive and respectful of others’ preferences and anxieties.

We ask that students on clinical placement, adhere to local infection prevention and control measures at their individual NHS sites, which may differ from our campus sites.

Other protective measures and Test, Trace and Isolate

Hand sanitiser, protective screens and increased ventilation will remain present on campus. It’s important to stay at home if you feel ill (whether covid or something else like a cold) to prevent transmission to others and participate in the government’s Test, Trace and Isolate scheme. We’ll confirm arrangements for testing on our campuses in due course.

Covid-19 vaccine

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is, and always will be our top priority. Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other. That’s why we are currently asking our students to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

If you're eligible, we'd strongly encourage you to get an NHS Covid-19 vaccination before you start at Hull York Medical School in September. This will help to protect you and your new university friends and support us to keep campus open.

If you’re not eligible for your vaccination before September, don’t worry. It’s not essential to your offer.

Our universities will be providing further updates to all offer holders about testing and vaccinations as we approach the start of the academic year. In the meantime, NHS England has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you might find useful.

International students

We appreciate that the travel situation remains complex and challenging. Students joining our MB BS Medicine/MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year and MSc Physician Associate programmes will need to be on campus ready to commence their in-person teaching and/or clinical placement at the start of term so should make arrangements to ensure they are here in time for their teaching to start (see term dates). We would ask that those students contact us as soon as possible if they are not able to arrive by this date. Please email the Admissions Team at

For those students joining our MSc Clinical Anatomy/Clinical Anatomy and Education; MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution, and MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development programmes we may be able to offer some online learning provision where the need arises but would urge you to contact us via the Programme Director for your programme as soon as possible, then they can discuss options with you.

Financial support for international students travelling to Hull York Medical School

On Wednesday 4 August, the UK Government announced an increase in the cost of managed hotel quarantine for travellers arriving from red list countries. The new cost will apply to those arriving in England after 4am on Thursday 12 August. The University of Hull and University of York will offer support with these quarantine costs for students joining or returning to Hull York Medical School in the academic year 2021/22.

For full details of the package of support available and how to access, as well as full terms and conditions, visit our Coronavirus: Information for students webpage.

Term dates

We are planning to commence our academic year 2021/22 on the term dates previously planned and publicised. Our Programme Delivery team will be in touch with all new students before they arrive with details of what to expect within the first few weeks including induction/welcome activity. We would encourage all students to participate in induction/welcome activity as this is a good opportunity to get to know the School, our tutors and each other.

Safety first

The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is our priority. In line with, our values, we believe everyone has a role to play in keeping ourselves, and those around us, safe.

Over the last year our universities have done lots of work to make their campus and facilities covid-secure – ensuring that students are able to study and socialise safely. You can find out more about how our universities are keeping students, staff and visitors safe on campus by following the links below.

University of Hull

University of York

Our NHS Trusts, GP and community healthcare placement providers, adhere to guidance from Public Health England and we liaise closely with them to make sure that our students are safe and supported while on clinical placement. Our local student liaison teams ensure that students are familiar with local infection prevention and control measures at their individual placement sites and are on hand to respond to any queries they may have.

Student support

Adapting to university life can be tricky for any student. At Hull York Medical School you will have access to a network of support services to help you get the best from your time at medical school. Whether you need support with your studies, guidance on how best to manage your finances, or how to access financial support, or need advice to support your mental health and wellbeing, our student support services are here to help.

Find out more about what support is available to you.

Thank you

We will continue to update applicants as to our plans for the next academic year, via these web pages and through direct communication, but would like to thank you all for your continued patience and understanding. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you into our community.