Applying To Manchester Medical School

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What this guide to applying to Manchester Medical school covers

This specific profile provides some key information needed for applying to Manchester medical school. We start by looking at the entry requirements for applying to Manchester Medical school. This includes how Manchester medical school uses applicants UKCAT scores; interviews; personal statements and other key details and statistics which will help you in applying to Manchester medical school. Then, we cover tips on how to write a Medicine personal statement for Manchester Medical school and tips on how to pass the Manchester medical school interview.

Courses on offer at Manchester Medical School:

  • Standard Entry Medicine (5 years). UCAS course code A106
  • Medicine with Foundation Year (6 years) UCAS course code A104

Course Type:

The course structure at Manchester medical school is traditionally thought of by many as being a pure PBL curriculum. This is in part due to Manchester medical school’s history as a pioneer of PBL teaching in the UK. However, Manchester medical school actually employs a wide range of teaching methods. However, a regular PBL case in a small group of medical students still forms the fundamental basis of the Manchester medical school curriculum. Manchester medical school is one of the few schools still offering full body dissection for teaching anatomy. Manchester medical school is also a leading school in the use of electronic learning; being the first European medical school to offer its students iPads as part of the course.

What is the competition for offers of a place at Manchester Medical School?

5-year Medicine Course:

Number of applicants per interview: 1.6 (home/EEA) 2.6 (international)

Number of applicants per place: 5.6 (home/EEA) 18.9 (international)

Last year approximately 850 offers were made to home/EEA students, and 90 offers were made to international students. Note: medical school make more offers than they have places as not everybody takes up the offer and some fail to meet the terms of the offer, e.g. they do not go on to achieve the necessary A-level grades.

6-year Medicine Course:

Number of applicants per interview: 5.1 (home/EEA)

Number of applicants per place: 6.6 (home/EEA)

International Applicants to Medicine at Manchester Medical School

Manchester is a fantastic city and medical school for international students to apply to study Medicine. Manchester Medical School has approximately 28 places available for international students and last year gave approximately 90 offers to international applicants to Medicine. Manchester medical school interviews international applicants in Manchester or if the candidate wishes they usually hold interviews in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius.

Graduate Entry Medicine at Manchester Medical school:

Manchester medical school does not offer a 4-year accelerated graduate programme for graduate applicants to Medicine. Graduates should apply to the standard 5 or 6-year Medicine programme. An accelerated scheme exists specifically for dental graduates applying to Medicine.

Age requirements for applying to Manchester medical school:

To apply to Manchester Medical school, candidates must be 17 by the commencement of the first year of the Medicine degree.

Entry Requirements for Manchester Medical School 5-year Medicine programme:

A-Level requirements for Manchester Medical school: AAA at A-level including Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology plus a second subject from either: Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Maths/Further Maths.

GCSE requirements for Manchester Medical school: Applicants to Manchester medical school will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A/A*/7/8/9. At least a grade B in English and Maths. Dual Science at minimum BB. If individual sciences are taken, then at least two science subjects at minimum grade C if not taken to AS/A2 level.

There are differences for widening participation applicants, graduate students, students with known A-level results and several other scenarios. Manchester medical school do accept A-level and GCSE resits with some conditions attached to this. Manchester medical school accept a wide range of equivalent qualifications from different countries.

Admissions tests – how does Manchester Medical school use the UKCAT scores?

Manchester medical school requires all applicants to its 5 and 6-year Medicine courses to take the UKCAT. Manchester medical school will not consider candidates who receive a band 4 (lowest score) in the SJT component of the UKCAT. Besides this, Manchester medical school have two primary methods of using UKCAT scores to select candidates for interview:

Method 1:  Applicants scoring in the upper third of UKCAT results nationally receive an offer for an interview at Manchester medical school as long as they meet the minimum entry requirements, e.g. minimum required grades etc. As part of Manchester medical schools widening participation efforts, the UKCAT scores from candidates of similar socio-demographic and educational backgrounds are compared against each other. Manchester Medical School interview approximately 1000 students using method 1.

Method 2: Applicants with scores too low for an automatic interview at Manchester medical school will have their UKCAT scores evaluated alongside their entire Medicine application, e.g. academic achievements, work experience, etc. Manchester Medical School interview approximately 300-500 applicants using this method.

For more information about the UKCAT and how to prepare for the UKCAT, see our free UKCAT overview guide.

What type of interview does Manchester Medical school use?

For 2019 entry, Manchester medical school will interview candidates using multiple mini interviews (MMI) stations. Manchester medical school will use seven MMI stations for 2019 entry. Each MMI station will be 7 minutes long with a two-minute gap between MMI stations. In this gap, information about the next MMI station will be given so candidates can start to plan what they will do in the next MMI station.

Manchester medical school will not offer any candidates a place without a Medicine interview. International applicants to Manchester Medical School can be interviewed in Manchester or if they prefer usually in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius.

Tips for passing a Manchester Medical school MMI interview

Success in Medicine interviews is not random. It involves a tried and tested set of steps that you can emulate:

  • An intelligent plan on how to prepare – This is covered in our free guide on how to prepare for your Medicine interview in seven steps. Read More
  • Learning key Medicine interview strategies – We have plenty of free articles covering interview strategies as well as a free database of real Medicine interview questions with examples of full competent answers, analysis, and advice on how to approach these Medicine interview questions. Read More
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How Does Manchester Medical School use the Medicine personal statement?

Manchester medical school are unique in how they use the Medicine personal statement. Manchester medical school no longer use the Medicine personal statement in the application process for most candidates. Instead, they ask applicants to complete a non-academic information form which applicants send directly to Manchester medical school after they have submitted their UCAS form. Manchester medical school’s non-academic information form is very similar to a Medicine personal statement. However, it is more structured, and candidates should not merely copy and paste their personal statement into this form. The form asks candidates to discuss the following topics briefly:

  • Experience in a caring role
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Team working
  • Motivation for Medicine

Tips on how to write a successful Medicine personal statement/ non-academic information form for Manchester medical school.

  • Remember that you still need to write a Medicine Personal statement for your UCAS form and for the other medical schools even if Manchester use the non-academic form.
  • Do not merely copy and paste your Medicine personal statement into the non-academic information form. You will use many of the same examples and likely even the same sentences as your Medicine personal statement, but you still need to treat Manchester Medical School’s non-academic information form as an independent piece of writing separate to you Medicine personal statement.
  • Remember that the meaning and insight that you gain from activities such as your work experience or hobbies are the most critical thing that admissions tutors are looking for, even more so then what you actually did. Merely making long lists of achievements or diary accounts of activities is not what admissions tutors are looking for. Our free article: How to show the attributes of self-reflection and personal insight in your Medicine application will help you to write in the manner that admissions tutors are looking for in your non-academic information form and your Medicine personal statement. Also, consider that Manchester medical school focus on making medical applications fairer and they do consider that many candidates will have more opportunities for certain experiences. It is up to you to make the most of what you have done and show the Manchester medical school admissions panel as much meaning and insight that you have gained as possible.
  • Our free guide on how to write a Medicine personal statement in 10 steps will also help you write your non-academic information form for Manchester medical school. Although this guide is about writing a Medicine personal statement, the advice applies equally to the non-academic form for Manchester Medical school. This free guide will take you from stage 1 with no plan or anything written down all the way to step 10, an excellent non-academic form ready for submission.
  • If you need further inspiration you can also read our blog on a successful medicine personal statement and our analysis of it. This will provide you with information on the strengths of a successful Medicine personal statement and how we helped to improve it.
  • We also offer a superb Medicine personal statement review service where we can also review your non-academic information form for Manchester medical school. A professional editor and then a doctor (who received all four offers to study Medicine) will examine the personal statement line by line and make the appropriate corrections. After making sure the grammar and writing are flawless, they will also comment on the overall strength of the application and make suggestions of things which may be asked at your Medicine interview based on your medical school personal statement.