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This profile of Exeter 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: 

Exeter’s five-year medical degree is delivered in partnership with NHS in Devon and Cornwall to provide a unique learning experience in healthcare, emphasising the importance of multi-professional patient care in clinical practice. With clinical placements throughout the curriculum, Exeter showcases the importance of both community and hospital healthcare.


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Exeter medical school establishment date:

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Average year cohort:

South West

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (strictly required)
Chemistry (strictly required)

Interview format:

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A Level typical offer:

Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
Integrated, PBL

Anatomy teaching:
Not specified

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Not considered as part of the entry requirements.
Applicants encouraged to understand the attributes and the responsibilities required to be a great doctor.

Admissions test: GAMSAT, UCAT

UCAT required for direct school leavers.
Applications are sorted according to academic profile and UCAT results in order to decide which applicants will receive an interview offer.
GAMSAT required for applicants who took their A Levels more than 2 full academic years previously.

Personal statement usage:

The personal statement is evaluated for details regarding mitigating circumstances.
The statement is not ranked or scored as part of the selection process.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Communication skills, reflection, empathy, and general qualities required to become a successful doctor.
Seven stations are offered, lasting 3 minutes each.

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
General Studies is not included in any offer
GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include a minimum grade 4 (C) in English Language and Maths

Advanced Higher typical offer: AAB

Advanced Higher coursework must include Biology and Chemistry.
General Studies is not included in any offer

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 6,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects, of which Biology and Chemistry are required.
General Studies is not included in any offer

Notes about Widening Access:

Factors considered for 'Contextual offers' include the following: 
Care experienced.
School or college where A Levels were taken.
Completion of progression scheme.
AABBB in Scottish Highers and BBB in Scottish Advanced Highers are typical offers for Widening Participation applicants.
As explained in discussion of 'Widening Participation' on the website, Exeter "is committed to enabling social mobility through education" and has detailed 'Access and Participation' plans. See explanations of 'Contextual offers' for full details of criteria used when making adjusted offers.

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: 885 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 177.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 98.0% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 2.0%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
255 students in this cohort 250 Home students 5 International students
220 students in this cohort 210 Home students 10 International students
145 students in this cohort 135 Home students 10 International students
130 students in this cohort 115 Home students 15 International students
135 students in this cohort 115 Home students 20 International students
125 students in this cohort 115 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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Applicant percentages of success

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Numbers of applicants competing in latest admissions cycle

Based on reported numbers of applicants securing places, we can use competition ratios to estimate how many applicants have been competing at each stage of the most recent admissions cycle.

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: 1970
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated, PBL

PBL style teaching, with focus on small group work.
First 2 years pre-clinical, final 3 years clinical.
No dissection or prosections (see explanation of using after 2018 only plastinated human tissue in teaching anatomy)
As explained in its overview of teaching, this medical school uses PBL in "small groups for teaching ... where you’ll be taught to challenge, stretch, reward and empower yourself. This small group approach also means you’ll be prepared for working in a multi-professional clinical team in the NHS.... Ways of learning [include] lectures, which focus on specific subjects relevant to the cases you are studying and often involve external experts; Problem based learning (PBL) where you discuss case units and develop learning objectives; community placements..."

Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

Between fourth and fifth year, students are able to gain an intercalated degree at the Bachelor's or Master's level.  As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "An intercalated degree provides the opportunity to explore another discipline at degree level, bringing added breadth and depth to your study. You may have the opportunity to intercalate and study 120 credits from another Bachelor’s degree (usually the final year) or a one-year Masters degree from a wide range of options available at the University of Exeter."

Overview of course structure

Year one:
The first year at Exeter is based at St Luke’s campus, with a focus on biomedical and psychosocial concepts in Medicine. Students learn clinical skills alongside classroom teaching, with clinical placements interspersed throughout the year.
Year two:
In their second year, students consolidate learning from their first year, integrating content through clinical skills teaching and clinical placements.
Years three and four:
The clinical phase of Exeter’s curriculum begins in year three, in which students attend clinical rotations in Devon or Cornwall, encompassing community and hospital Medicine. Year four builds on learning from year three with further clinical placements. Between fourth and fifth year, students are able to gain an intercalated degree at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level.
Year five:
The fifth and final year at Exeter aims to prepare graduates for FY1 through a series of clinical apprenticeships. Students can undertake elective placements in year five, giving them the opportunity to see clinical practice in another part of the world.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Exeter 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 53.3% female students 46.7% male students 12.0% students with disability 88.0% students without disability
2016-17 53.3% female students 46.7% male students 11.0% students with disability 89.0% students without disability

Medical school history

Exeter Medical School was established in 2013 after the split of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (founded 2000).

Medical school location

University of Exeter Medical School
South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
United Kingdom
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