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Summary overview: 

The University of East Anglia (UEA) at Norwich opened its doors to medical students in 2002, aiming to prepare graduates for complex needs of patients in the 21st century. Embracing early clinical contact, students at UEA have patient contact from their first month on the course. Curriculum highlights include cadaveric dissection, small group teaching, and state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities at the Bob Champion Research and Education Building. Learning is underpinned by PBL, delivered through tutorials, lectures, and seminars.


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Norwich (UEA) medical school establishment date:

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East of England

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (strictly required)
Chemistry (strictly required)

Interview format:

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Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
Integrated, PBL

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Work experience is considered at interview.
Applicanants encouraged to undertake people-focused work experience and consider how this has informed their decision to study medicine.
Candidates will need to evidence two different experiences that have informed their decision to study medicine.

Admissions test: UCAT

No cut-off score, though high score is an advantage.
Low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration.
The subsection scores may be used to rank the applicants for selection for interview.
The overall score is used alongside the interview score to rank and select applicants to whom an offer is made.
The SJT section score is included within the interview score.

Personal statement usage:

The personal statement is not scored but a commitment to studying medicine is expected.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Teamwork, empathy, probity, insight into a career in Medicine, and data interpretation.
Candidates rotate through seven five minute stations, with one and a half minutes between each station.

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 / Human Biology or Chemistry.   
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
Applicants taking longer than 2 years will normally be subject to resit policy and expected to demonstrate a higher level of achievement by achieving an A*, reflecting the longer study period, as per our resit policy.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include a minimum of six (or equivalent) passes at grade 7 (A), consisting of Maths and either two single science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or Double Science.
GCSE English Language grade 6 (B) is required.
GCSE short courses are not accepted.
GCSE resits are accepted.

Advanced Higher typical offer: AB-BBB

Advanced Highers must include Biology or Chemistry, in the first sitting.
AB in Advanced Highers including Biology or Chemistry plus an additional Higher Level at grade A taken in Secondary Six (S6), in the first sitting.

Scottish Higher typical offer: Not specified
Scottish subjects not specified
National 5 requirements:

National 5 results must include 6 subjects at grade A including Mathematics and two science subjects.
English Language required at grade B.

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB applicants must achieve at Higher level 6,6,6, including Biology or Chemistry.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, A104 Gateway programme available to students that meet eligibility criteria.  
The medical school runs the Medical Aspirations Programme, supporting Year 12 students on their path to study medicine.
This is part of the university's commitment to Widening Participation.

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: 945 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 189.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 93.6% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 6.4%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
235 students in this cohort 220 Home students 15 International students
205 students in this cohort 190 Home students 15 International students
175 students in this cohort 165 Home students 10 International students
165 students in this cohort 145 Home students 20 International students
165 students in this cohort 150 Home students 15 International students
160 students in this cohort 150 Home students 10 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: 1935
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated, PBL

Integrated, systems-based curriculum.
Early clinical exposure and scenario-based learning.
As explained on this medical school's website, "Teaching takes place over a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, using whole-body cadaveric dissection, cadaveric prosections, anatomical models, bones, surface anatomy, ultrasound, radiological imaging, screencasts, anatomy apps and workbooks."
As noted in its overview of course methods, teaching is "organised into modules based on body systems.... Working in small groups, you’ll use problem-based learning (PBL) techniques to apply your learning to virtual scenarios and will be complimented each week with teaching in primary care, where you will meet patients that can bring these scenarios to life.... Your learning will be supported by a weekly programme of lectures and seminars, and complemented by attachments in secondary care hospitals, some of which may be residential."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website: "An intercalated degree at UEA is an additional Master's level programme that you can complete in a year away from your medical studies. This can allow you to study a particular area of interest in greater depth, without the added pressures of the medical curriculum, and is usually undertaken between years three and four, or between years four and five of your undergraduate study. The timing of the intercalation option allows sufficient time for you to return to your medical studies and prepare extensively for your final MB BS".

Overview of course structure

Year one:
Year one introduces students to biomedical and social sciences, through modules such as ‘Fundamental Sciences for Medicine’ and ‘The Musculoskeletal System’. Anatomy, consultation skills, and medical research methods are also taught.
Year two:
The second year at UEA continues with systems based teaching, introducing modules such as ‘Blood and Skin’, ‘Respiration’, and ‘Circulation’. Students are taught about the mechanisms of disease, as well as their psychosocial impact on patients.
Year three:
The third year of the course gives students an insight into neurology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology through modules entitled ‘The Senses’, ‘Homeostasis and Hormones’, and ‘Digestion / Nutrition’. Most students will prepare an abstract and conference style poster based on an audit in the ‘Student Selected Study’ project.
Year four:
Year four gives teaching on more specialised medical disciplines, such as paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology, geriatrics, and oncology. Modules include ‘Reproduction’, ‘Growth and Development’, and ‘Mind and Body’. Students are taught the skills that junior doctors need to assess patients receiving end of life care. The year concludes with a period of elective study, giving students the opportunity to experience healthcare overseas.
Year five:
The fifth and final year at UEA aims to prepare students for the Foundation Programme via assistantships and a home elective. The ‘Student Assistantship’ module pairs students with their chosen FY1 specialties, with each student allocated a consultant to supervise their learning.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Norwich (UEA) 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 62.3% female students 37.7% male students 14.7% students with disability 85.3% students without disability
2016-17 59.9% female students 40.1% male students 15.1% students with disability 84.9% students without disability

Medical school history

This  medical school, based at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, was previously called University of East Anglia School of Medicine Health Policy and Practice. The first cohort of 110 students was in 2002.

Medical school location

Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom
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