Medical Schools and their UCAT Requirements

UCAT

2021-03-23

What are the minimum scores that you need for each medical school? What's your medical or dental school plan B? Medical school requirements to tailor your applications.

What are the 2021 UCAT requirements for medical and dental schools?

The UCAT requirements vary quite drastically between medical schools:

  • Some simply state that it only contributes toward the application while others provide more detailed information.
  • Some use the UCAT only for interview selection while others also use it for final selection.
  • Some have strict minimum overall cut-off scores that vary from year to year while others consider all UCAT scores.
  • Some don't look at the SJT, while others have a minimum SJT band requirement or include it as part of the interview score.

Let’s take a look at each UK medical school’s requirements. Feel free to scroll through the list or use Control + F (Windows) or Command + F (Mac) to find the medical school of interest to you.

Medical School

UCAT Requirements

University of Aberdeen

Considered in selection for interview (alongside academic achievement). There is no minimum cut-off score. The SJT may be used in comparing candidates with similar scores.

Anglia Ruskin University

Used for interview shortlisting.

Aston University

Considered alongside other required qualifications.

University of Birmingham

For domestic students: A score is allocated based on the total scaled score ranking. For international students: total score ranked to define a threshold. SJT contributes to interview scoring.

University of Bristol

Applicants with a total scaled score with 2730 or above were invited to interview in 2019. Subject to change year-to-year.

Cardiff University

There is no minimum score, but UCAT used as part of the overall assessment.

University of Dundee

There is no minimum cut-off score.

Edge Hill University

UCAT threshold will be set for interview selection. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected.

University of East Anglia

There is no minimum cut-off score. Subsection scores may be used for interview selection. Total scaled score is used alongside the interview score for final selection. SJT is included in the interview score.

University of Edinburgh

There is no minimum cut-off score. SJT is considered separately.

University of Exeter

Total scaled score used alongside academic profile for interview selection.

University of Glasgow

Used for interview selection.

Hull York Medical School

Considered as part of interview selection. Specifically, candidates are allocated up to 40 points for total scaled score and up to 15 points for SJT. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected.

Keele University

In 2021, the minimum cut-off score is 2280. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected. UCAT results are also used in borderline cases pre-interview and post-interview.

Kent and Medway Medical School

A "generous" total UCAT score threshold used.

King's College London

Considered as part of interview selection. There is no minimum cut-off score. Total scaled score is given more consideration compared to individual section scores. SJT score is also considered.

University of Leicester

Considered as part of interview selection. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected.

University of Liverpool

Total scaled score considered as part of interview selection. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected.

University of Manchester

Interview is typically offered to applicants in top third of the UCAT 2020 cohort who score SJT Band 1 or 2. Applicants with a low UCAT score may still be considered based on a holistic assessment. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected.

University of Newcastle

Interview selection based on ranking of applicants’ total scaled scores. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected.

University of Nottingham

There is no minimum cut-off score. Band 4 SJT candidates will be rejected.

Plymouth University

In 2021, the minimum cut-off score is 2400.

Queen Mary University of London

Considered as part of interview selection. Total scaled score must be in the third decile or above.

Queen's University Belfast

Considered as part of interview selection.

University of Sheffield

Minimum cut-off score of 2420. SJT considered for applicants who are invited to MMI.

University of Southampton

UCAT required.

University of St Andrews

Top 400 ranked applicants (based on total scaled score) selected for interview. Total scaled score also used as a tiebreaker for applicants with the same interview score.

St George's University of London

Ranked by total scaled score for selection to interview.

University of Sunderland

Applicants in the bottom two deciles (based on total scaled score) or in Band 4 for SJT will be rejected.

University of Warwick

VR score below national mean rejected. Points awarded based on the total score.

Think tactically. If your score is not so great, look for the medical schools that do not use it for the interview selection alone.  If you have a high score, maximise your chance of success by applying to medical schools that value it highly. 

If you want to improve your UCAT scores take a look at our blog posts on UCAT Revision and UCAT Section Advice.

Good luck!

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