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How to apply to medical school

If you are thinking about studying Medicine with us, this handy step-by-step will guide you through the application process.

Introduction

Step-by-step guide to applying to medical school

If you are thinking about studying Medicine with us, you may want to find out more about how to apply.

We know that the application process for medical school can be daunting, so we have put together this handy step-by-step guide to help guide you through the application process for Hull York Medical School.

1. Check you meet our entry requirements

When: May onwards

When beginning your application process, make sure to consider the entry requirements for our Medicine or Medicine with a Gateway Year programme.

You will need to meet the entry requirements to be considered for admission onto our programmes.

If you’re not sure whether you meet the entry requirements, contact our Admissions Team (admissions@hyms.ac.uk)

If you meet the criteria, your application will then be ranked for selection for interview, based upon our selection procedure.

2. Get work experience

When: Allow enough time to get work experience before submitting your application in October

We advise applicants to have a range of experiences, either voluntary or paid, in both healthcare settings and areas that require interaction with people.

Clinical work experience is not an essential criteria for applying to medicine.

Your experience will help you to demonstrate in your application and interview that you understand, and are committed to, teamwork and the social context of healthcare. It will help you to develop some of the values, attitudes and behaviours essential to being a doctor.

Visit our guide to work experience

3. Visit us on an Open Day

When: Throughout the year

Open Days are the best way to find out more about what it is like to study with us. They are a great opportunity for you to talk to our staff and current medical students about the course, look around our outstanding facilities and ask any questions you may have.

We hold Open Days throughout the year at both the University of Hull and the University of York, so please book your place and we look forward to meeting you.

Book your place on an Open Day

4. Take the UCAT admissions test

When: Registration and bookings open in May; test dates are available July - October

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test (previously named UKCAT) and is required for entry to medical degrees at many UK universities.

You will need to take the UCAT admissions test in the same year as submitting your UCAS application.

It is essential that you prepare for your test, as your score is an important component of a successful application.

There is a fee for the test. UCAT offer a bursary scheme to cover the full test fee for eligible students. If you are eligible for the bursary, we strongly recommend that you claim it as it will be taken into consideration when we review your application.

Visit our guide to UCAT

Visit the UCAT website

Applications to universities are made through the UCAS online system, UCAS Apply.

Medicine courses receive a high number of applicants, so the admissions process takes longer than for most other courses. For this reason, the UCAS deadline for Medicine is always 15 October prior to the year of entry – which is earlier than most other university courses.

There is a lot you need to prepare for your application, so ensure you allow plenty of time to prepare the following:

Your education history, including resits

Make sure you include all of your academic history including any resits that you may be taking.

This is very important for when we review your application so that we know you are resitting an exam to meet our entry requirements.

Your employment history

If you've had any paid jobs – full-time or part-time – here's where you can enter details.

Mention any unpaid or voluntary work in your personal statement.

Your personal statement

The personal statement is the section in your UCAS application that allows you to show your personality and express your motivation for a career in medicine.

This is where we can find out more about you as a person – your interests, achievements and ambitions.

Although we do not score your personal statement, it is an important part of your application as we use all the information in your UCAS form when making decisions about candidates who are borderline for selection for interview or offer.

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

  • Your motivation and why you’re suited to a career in Medicine
  • Your understanding of what studying Medicine involves
  • The range of experiences you have gained and your reflections on what you have learned about yourself, or the medical profession from your experiences
  • Any areas of your studies that particularly interest you and why
  • Other social, leisure and sport activities and achievements and interests
  • Widening participation schemes (if applicable) and your reflections what you have learned from your experience

Allow yourself plenty of time to prepare your personal statement. Ask a teacher, careers adviser, or family member to proofread your statement and provide feedback.

Visit the Medical Schools Council website for advice about writing a personal statement.

Your reference

You will need a reference for your UCAS application. This can be a tutor at your school or college, or if you left education some time ago, ask your latest employer, volunteering supervisor or trainer.

Your referee should be someone who is aware of and can comment on your motivation and suitability for medicine.

Visit the UCAS website for more information about references for your application.

Contextual data and widening participation

You do not need to do anything to tell us if you meet our contextual data criteria, as we pull this information from your UCAS application and your UCAT result.

If you have completed one of our UKWPMED-recognised widening participation programmes, you will need to include details of these in your UCAS application form. Visit our UKWPMED page for instructions about how to add participation to your UCAS application.

1. Attend an interview

When: Varies each year, usually December and January

After the UCAS deadline has passed, we review and score all applications and invite applicants for an interview based upon our selection procedure.

We run Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). In the MMIs, we want to find out more about you, your personal characteristics and values, your ability to think critically and work as a team. You won’t be tested on your medical knowledge.

Your interview also provides you with the opportunity to meet current students and find out more about what it’s like to study with us – and find the answers to any questions you may have.

Guide to interviews

2. Receive an offer

When: Varies each year, usually in March

Congratulations – all of your hard work has paid off!

After all the interviews are finished, we rank applicants in order of total score and make offers to study with us.

Your offer will also state which campus you are allocated – Hull or York. You will be invited to visit us at your home campus to find out more about studying with us.

3. Visit us on an Offer Holder Day

You will be invited to come to one of our Offer Holder Days, where you can really get a feel for what makes us a different kind of medical school, and find out more about life as a Hull York Medic.

The Offer Holder Day is a fantastic opportunity to learn about living and studying at your allocated campus, experience taster sessions and campus tours, and ask our staff and current students any questions you may have.

4. Submit your choices on UCAS

When: The UCAS reply dates are based on when UCAS receive the last decision from your universities.

When you have received your decisions from your university applications, you will need to sign-in to UCAS Track to reply to your offers by the deadline shown in Track.

For more information about replying to offers, please visit the UCAS website.

Good luck in your exams and we look forward to seeing you!