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This profile of Hull York highlights this medical school's entry requirements, typical offers, student numbers, competition ratios, teaching and learning methods, course structure, demographics and history.

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Summary overview: 

The Universities of Hull and York came together in 2003 to create an integrated five year medical programme at Hull York Medical School (HYMS), with PBL at the heart of all teaching. With an innovative curriculum aimed at an ever-changing NHS, Hull York Medical School equips students with a strong foundation in clinical science through its integrated programme. Students have the option to intercalate after the second year (to study an undergraduate programme) or after the third year (to study either an undergraduate or a Masters programme).


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Hull York medical school establishment date:

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Yorkshire and the Humber

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (strictly required)
Chemistry (strictly required)

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IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
Integrated, PBL

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

A flexible view of work experience is taken in line with the published MSC guidelines. Healthcare-related work experience is encouraged but not mandatory.
An understanding of the reality of medicine as a career and having appropriate life experience along with personal qualities are all assessed at interview.
Applicants are encouraged to reflect upon their work experience in their personal statement and responses to interview questions.

Admissions test: UCAT

Candidates with band 4 SJT are rejected.
Candidates meeting academic requirements are ranked based on top 8 GCSE grades, UCAT, SJT, and contextual factors and invited to interview.
40% weight placed on UCAT when inviting candidates to interview.

Personal statement usage:

The personal statement is screened before offer but not scored.
All available information, including the personal statement, may be used when assessing applicants who are borderline at selection for offer or selection for interview.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Insight into a medical career, understanding of the values in the NHS Constitution, motivation for a medical career, awareness and understanding of current medical issues, communication skills, motivation to study at Hull York Medical School, empathy, tolerance of ambiguity, resilience, and your ability to think critically.
Interview consists of two five minute mini-interviews (15 points each), one five minute role play station (10 points), and a twenty minute group exercise (20 points). The UCAT SJT is also given up to 15 points, with a further 15 points available for contextual data.

Coursework subjects expected: Biology (strictly required), Chemistry (strictly required)

For more details about subjects expected by this medical school, see the notes below regarding typical offers.

Typical offers

A Level typical offer: AAA

A Levels must include Biology and Chemistry, with result obtained in the first sitting.
Third A Level subject cannot be General Studies, Applied Science, Citizenship or Critical Thinking.
They do not consider Maths and Further Maths, or Biology and Human Biology, as distinct subjects.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include six in the range of Grade 9 (A*) to 4 (C) including English Language and Maths at grade 6 (B).

Advanced Higher typical offer: AA-BBB

Advanced Highers must include Biology and Chemistry.
Standard offer is BBB, though AA may be given if AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

Scottish Higher typical offer: AAAAB
Scottish Higher subjects not specified
National 5 requirements: National 5 subjects not specified
International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB applicants must achieve 6,6,5 in three Higher level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, the selection procedures are based on commitment to 'Widening Participation' (WP).  These procedures take account educational, social, health or other personal disadvantage. 
Applicants who meet Contextual Data markers receive additional points in the selection for interview and at interview. 
Applicants who attend specified WP Residentials or listed WP programme and receive a UCAT result of Decile 3 or higher are eligible for a fast track to interview, additional points at interview and our Contextual Offer.

Total students and cohort sizes at UK medical schools

For uniform comparison of medical student admissions each year across all UK medical schools, we rely on annual reports from the Office for Students (OfS) entitled 'Medical and dental intakes'.

Total medical students: 930 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 186.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 93.9% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 6.1%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
245 students in this cohort 230 Home students 15 International students
235 students in this cohort 225 Home students 10 International students
170 students in this cohort 160 Home students 10 International students
140 students in this cohort 125 Home students 15 International students
140 students in this cohort 125 Home students 15 International students
140 students in this cohort 125 Home students 15 International students

Competition data

Competition ratio data reported here is from the 2019-20 admissions cycle, as confirmed by MedSchoolGenie Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from this period.

Please note: Due to ongoing impact of Covid-19 since March 2020, UK medical schools have not yet released competition ratio data for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Applicants should keep in mind that coronavirus-related lockdowns and other restrictions affected the entire UK education sector, so competition ratios were most likely distorted during 2020-21. MedSchoolGenie will update here when further competition data becomes available.

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Numbers of applicants competing in latest admissions cycle

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Please note: Estimates of competition factors from 2020 onwards may be less reliable than in previous years because UK medical schools have not yet reported competition ratios for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. MedSchoolGenie will update here when more recent data on competition ratios becomes available.

Total number of all applicants in latest admissions cycle: 1850
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated, PBL

Students are based at either Hull or York.
Clinical rotations begin from 3rd year. "You will predominantly use prosections and plastinated specimens to learn anatomy from donated bodies:"
As explained in its overview of teaching, this medical school keeps "problem based learning at the heart of our curriculum. The main emphasis of problem based learning (PBL) is on small group working, centred – as the name implies – around a ‘problem’ or scenario. These scenarios are hypothetical patient cases. PBL allows you to form strong relationships, learn how to communicate effectively in a group and work as part of a team to tackle problems – developing skills that will be invaluable throughout your medical career. Our PBL groups are facilitated by experienced clinicians with a passion for education, who will facilitate and guide your learning while also providing pastoral care and support."

Anatomy teaching method: Prosection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "Whilst intercalation is not a pre-requisite on our Medicine programme, we encourage all our students to consider this option to broaden your skills and knowledge and explore a new subject area.... At Hull York Medical School, you can intercalate after your second year (to study an undergraduate programme) or after your third year (to study either an undergraduate or a Masters programme)."

Overview of course structure

Phase one (years one and two):
The first phase of the course takes place in years one and two. Students are based either in Hull or York, with access to video-link lectures between the two sites. Two clinical skills sessions and PBL tutorials are offered each week. In year one students attend a half-day of placement each week, increasing to one full day each week in year two. Anatomy is taught with prosections, plastinated specimens and anatomical models.
Phase two (years three and four):
The second phase of the course, gives students full exposure to clinical placements in general practice and on hospital wards. HYMS has a Scholarship and Special Interest programme available in phase two, in which students can undertake clinically-related research.
Phase three (year five):
Phase three gives students the opportunity to undertake a seven week elective overseas. Following their elective, students return to Yorkshire to act as a junior member of a multidisciplinary team. After completing fifth year exams, students undertake an assistantship to prepare for clinical practice as a foundation doctor.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Hull York to the General Medical Council (GMC), which has compiled this information into spreadsheets as part of its medical school annual return (MSAR) data sets.

Please note this data is retrospective, and that future numbers can vary from preceding years.

Demographic data collection: 

For comparison, we also include below all demographic data reported by this medical school to General Medical Council.

Reporting year Female students Male students Students with declared disability Students without declared disability
2017-18 54.0% female students 46.0% male students 5.2% students with disability 94.8% students without disability
2016-17 54.9% female students 45.1% male students 5.0% students with disability 95.0% students without disability

Medical school history

Hull York Medical School took its first intake of students in 2003. HYMS is one of several new medical schools (along with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Peninsula Medical School, and University of East Anglia Medical School) established by the British government to train more doctors.

Medical school location

Hull York Medical School
Allam Medical Building
University of Hull
United Kingdom
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