Selection procedure in full

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At Hull York Medical School we believe fairness and transparency is of utmost importance when selecting applicants. During this process, the following criteria are considered:

  • Academic ability, judged by prior academic performance and, where appropriate, predicted academic results
  • Evidence of motivation and reasons for working in healthcare
  • Evidence of a realistic understanding of healthcare issues and practice
  • Written and oral communication skills, and suitability for an enquiry-based learning course
  • Evidence of conscientiousness, self-motivation, responsibility and appropriate maturity and confidence

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.

Our admission policy follows the Guiding Principles for the Admission of Medical Students agreed by the Council of Heads of Medical Schools (revised March 2010). We reserve the right to alter our process if considered necessary.

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Selection for interview

Applicants meeting our minimum academic requirements are ranked for interview based upon the following factors:

GCSE results (30 points)

Applications will be given an academic score based upon the best six achieved grades at GCSE or equivalent Year 11 qualifications.

UCAT Score (40 points)

We award a number of points based upon your total UCAT score; we do this once UCAT results are released to universities in November. As such the number of points that each UCAT score will receive as part of our Selection Procedure will be determined after the UCAS deadline.

UCAT Situational Judgement Test (15 points)

Points are allocated depending on the SJT Band achieved, up to a maximum of 15 points.  

Contextual data (15 points)

We are committed to selecting the best applicants based on their potential, we therefore use contextual information alongside your UCAS form to better inform decision-making. Due to the availability and comparability of data, the use of contextual information will apply to UK applicants only.

An additional 15 points will be awarded to candidates who meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Candidate’s home postcode is in an area of low participation (POLAR quintile 1 or 2)
  • No parental experience of higher education
  • Candidate is in receipt of the UCAT Bursary

We also offer eligible candidates the following:

  • Alternative offers and fast-track interviews to students who successfully complete one of the following:

* Our definition of a care leaver, in accordance with the Children Leaving Care Act (2020), is a young person (under 25) who has been in the care of, or has been given accommodation by, their local authority for a period of at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, and before the age of 16. This can be a single period of 13 weeks, or multiple periods totalling 13 weeks or more.

Personal statement 

We do not score your personal statement; however, it is an important part of your application to Hull York Medical School as it allows you to talk about your interests, achievements and ambitions.

We do read all of these and reserve the right to take them into consideration in selection decisions. We carefully examine all the information submitted on the UCAS form when making decisions about candidates who are borderline at the selection for interview or selection for offer stage.

If you are invited for interview, your statement is likely to prove useful preparation for interview questions. It is important that your statement is honest and accurate; we may check the claims that you made on your statement, and discovery of fabricated or exaggerated material may lead to the withdrawal of a future offer of a place.

Important points for you to address in your personal statement are:

  • Motivation for wanting to study Medicine
  • Realistic understanding of Medicine, including hands-on experience of caring and observing healthcare in a hospital and community settings
  • Self-motivation and responsibility
  • Written communication skills
  • Interests, activities and achievements in addition to academic interests/strengths
  • We are particularly interested in your reflections on what you have learned about yourself, or the medical profession from your experiences.


Any application submitted without a completed academic reference will be rejected. If it is a while since you were studying and you have been in a full time job for more than one year we will also require a reference from your latest employer who will be asked to comment upon your suitability to study Medicine.

Pre-application experience

There is no prescribed pre-application experience, but you should try to obtain a realistic understanding of the demands of medical training and practice. You will find it useful to get some experience in a range of caring situations, observing or working alongside healthcare staff, in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

We also advise that you explore both the positive and negative aspects of a medical career through talking to doctors and other healthcare professionals. We will expect you to demonstrate that you understand, and are committed to, teamwork and the social context of healthcare.

The following books are useful sources of information, and regularly updated:

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Please visit our webpage about interviews which explains what happens during our Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and how they are scored, as well as helpful tips and experiences from our current Medicine students.

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Selection for offer

Candidates are scored on the separate components of the interview process (up to a maximum of 80 points). In addition, candidates are allocated points depending on their UCAT SJT band achieved (up to 10 points), and their contextual data (up to 10 points). This gives a maximum possible score out of 100.

We rank applicants in order of total score and make offers. In general we make offers after all the interviews are completed.

All offers of places are conditional upon a satisfactory health check.

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If you're unsuccessful in your application, we're happy to send you feedback. In line with the recommendations of the Schwartz report (September 2004), we can only provide 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.

If you believe you have been incorrectly rejected on academic grounds please re-check our entry requirements before contacting us.

In order to request feedback you can email us at  applicantfeedback@hyms.ac.uk. Your email must come from the email address registered on your UCAS application and include your UCAS ID and date of birth in your request. 

Please note that we are unable to respond to requests for feedback until the February following the UCAS application deadline.

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