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This profile of Liverpool 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: 

Liverpool's five-year medical curriculum aims to produce doctors that are prepared for 21st century medical practice. The medical school prides itself on its use of technology to assist learning, including augmented reality, simulation, and virtual reality. Content is taught through a spiral curriculum, in which core themes are revisited each year in increasing clinical detail. Anatomy is taught through prosection.


Key information dashboard

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Liverpool medical school establishment date:

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North West

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (acceptable option)
Chemistry (strictly required)
Maths (acceptable option)
Physics (acceptable option)

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IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
CBL, Integrated

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

As explained on the website, applicants are advised to follow the Medical Schools Council's guidance on work experience in time of Covid-19.

Admissions test: UCAT

UCAT for non-graduates.
GCSE scores and UCAT scores will be used to generate a score for applications for interview, weighted 3:1 in favour of academics over UCAT.
Competitive score ~2400.
GAMSAT for graduates

Personal statement usage:

Personal statement will not be used in making the decision to invite to interview but will be assessed at interview.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: Communication skills, teamwork, ethical reasoning, learning from work experience, and numeracy.
Candidates rotate between seven six minute stations, with a one minute break in between.
Note: Interviewing to be done on-line, but format to be confirmed for 2022

Coursework subjects expected: Biology (acceptable option), Chemistry (strictly required), Maths (acceptable option), Physics (acceptable option)

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 Chemistry, together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third academic subject.

GCSE requirements: GCSE results must include 9 subjects scored. A score of 15 points from the nine including core and additional science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), English Language and Maths. In scoring system, A*= 3 points, A/8/7 = 2 points, B grade/6 = 1 point.
Advanced Higher typical offer: AA
Advanced Highers must include Biology and Chemistry.
Scottish Higher typical offer: AAAAA-AAAAB
Scottish Highers must include Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, or Maths.
National 5 requirements:

National 5 results must include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Maths and at least two other subjects attained by the end of S4.

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB applicants must achieve (at first sitting) 6,6,6 at Higher level, including Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third academic subject.
Three further subjects required at Standard level, with minimum of 5 points each.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, Liverpool medical school gives special consideration to Liverpool Scholars and students on the Realising Opportunities programme. It also  "provides a number of summer schools and school outreach activities, including Destination Medicine and the Merseyside Young Medics Programme".  

University of Liverpool uses contextual data in the admissions process

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: 1620 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 324.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 95.7% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 7.1%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
350 students in this cohort 335 Home students 25 International students
335 students in this cohort 305 Home students 30 International students
330 students in this cohort 305 Home students 25 International students
300 students in this cohort 275 Home students 25 International students
295 students in this cohort 275 Home students 20 International students
285 students in this cohort 275 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: 3306
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: CBL, Integrated

Integrated curriculum.
Encourages understanding basic science alongside clinical concepts, involving early patient contact.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, laboratory work and case-based learning.
As explained on the website overview of teaching and learning methods, "The School uses an integrated teaching model. The learning of medical sciences is enhanced by the clinical context of a systems-based approach. The development of understanding of clinical practice is supported by a ‘just in time’ model of academic weeks that relate to each clinical placement and case-based teaching within each placement."
As noted in the website description of anatomy teaching, "Students have access to anatomical models, prosected human specimens, technology-enhanced learning facilities, and dedicated demonstrators who deliver an exceptional level of teaching."

Anatomy teaching method: Prosection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "existing medical students... are able to benefit from the breadth and quality of intercalated degree courses we offer. Intercalate during your MBChB programme at Liverpool and explore a subject of interest at an advanced level... after your third year of study."

Overview of course structure

Year one:
The first year at Liverpool teaches students anatomy, physiology, pathology, and microbiology with a systems based approach. Emphasis is placed on structure and function of the body under normal conditions. Communication skills are taught with simulated patients to prepare students for clinical placements.
Year two:
Year two expands on learning in year one, with a focus on illness-related changes and pathology. Secondary care placements begin in year two, integrating students into clinical environments. Students also receive teaching in research to broaden learning in academic medicine.
Years three and four:
The third and fourth years at Liverpool give students clinical exposure through four-week clinical blocks, preceded by ‘Academic Weeks' with lectures and pre-placement teaching. Students learn to recognise health problems, diagnose illness and disease, and manage patients. Specialist placements include neurology, paediatrics, and palliative care.
Year five:
Year five aims to prepare students for clinical practice, consolidating clinical skills and professional attributes prior to graduation. Students are able to take a five week audit or Quality Improvement Project in an area of particular interest. ‘Preparation for Practice' weeks, involving interprofessional communication, prepare students for work in a multi-professional team.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Liverpool 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 57.5% female students 42.5% male students 7.5% students with disability 92.5% students without disability
2016-17 59.1% female students 40.9% male students 6.7% students with disability 93.3% students without disability

Medical school history

A medical school in Liverpool was originally established in 1834. This became attached in 1844 to the Liverpool Infirmary and was renamed in 1851 as the Liverpool Royal Infirmary School of Medicine.  From 1881 it operated as University College Liverpool.  The school used to have a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum, which was replaced in 2014 with a new 'integrated' curriculum for its five-year MBChB course.

Medical school location

University of Liverpool School of Medicine
MBChB Office
Cedar House, Ashton Street
L69 3GE
United Kingdom
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