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This profile of Nottingham 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: 

Nottingham offers a five-year medical programme, with students taught by world leaders in fields such as cancer research, mental health technology, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Course highlights include acquisition of a BMedSci degree within the five-year course, meaning no intercalating year is necessary, as well as the teaching of anatomy through full-body dissection. Case-based learning, in which students learn from real patient scenarios, forms the backbone of teaching at Nottingham.


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Nottingham medical school establishment date:

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Average year cohort:

East Midlands

Subject prerequisites:

Biology (strictly required)
Chemistry (strictly required)

Interview format:

Admissions test:

A Level typical offer:

Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
36 points

General teaching method:
CBL, Integrated

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Note: Work experience not expected from March 2020, due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Work experience normally is reviewed after interview and before offers are made.
Applicants should have ongoing voluntary experience in a caring setting and should try to get some NHS work experience or talk to a doctor about what a career in medicine would be like.
Valuable experience can be gained from paid or unpaid jobs that involve working with people.

Admissions test: UCAT

No fixed UCAT threshold score when selecting for interview as scores vary from year to year.
The UCAT threshold is set in combination with GCSE scores.
40 points available based on each section of UCAT, 16 points based on top 8 GCSEs.
Applicants with SJT band 4 are automatically rejected.

Personal statement usage:

The personal statement is not scored.
Personal statements and references are assessed post-interview before issuing offers.

Interview type: MMI

Candidates are assessed on: communication skills, understanding of professional issues such as teamwork, and an understanding of allied health professions.
Candidates normally rotate through eight stations.
Note: for 2021 entry, an online four-station interview was used.

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 Level results must include Biology /  Human Biology and Chemistry.
A pass is required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must include 6 subjects at grade 7 (A), studied together over a two-year period.
Subjects must include Biology, Chemistry and Physics as either individual subjects, Triple Science or Double Science.
Subjects may include Maths and English.

Advanced Higher typical offer: AA

Advanced Higher results must include Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish Higher typical offer: AAAAB

Scottish Higher results must include Biology and Chemistry, Maths and English Language.
Grade A must be achieved in Biology and Chemistry.

National 5 requirements:

National 5 results must include AAAAAA including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and English Language.

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 36 points

IB applicants must achieve (excluding core component) 6,6,6 at Higher level, including Biology and Chemistry, excluding core component.
English language is required at either Standard level grade 6 or Higher level grade 5.
At least subjects with grade A in IB Middle Years, or GCSE results including the Sciences, Maths and English Language.

Notes about Widening Access:

As explained on the website, Nottingham has an active Widening Participation initiative for medicine applicants.  If an applicant is eligible for the University of Nottingham Widenind Participation flag, allowance made for predicated grades of AAB with at least one A in either Biology or Chemistry or IB - 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either Biology or Chemistry, excluding core component) and applicant may be given a corresponding lower contextual offer following interview.
To qualify for a contextual offer, you must have Home/UK fee status and have attended a state school.
You live in an area where people are less likely to go to university (see Postcode checker)
You have taken part in a summer school with Sutton Trust, UNIQ, Realising Opportunities or Nottingham Potential
You have refugee status from the Home Office
You have spent more than three months in care. In this situation, you do not need to have attended a state school.

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: 1790 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 358.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 94.9% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 5.1%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
395 students in this cohort 375 Home students 20 International students
390 students in this cohort 360 Home students 30 International students
355 students in this cohort 325 Home students 30 International students
325 students in this cohort 305 Home students 20 International students
325 students in this cohort 300 Home students 25 International students
320 students in this cohort 300 Home students 20 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

From reported competition ratios, it's possible to calculate percentages of success at various stages of the application process.

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: 3950
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: CBL, Integrated

Multiple different medical courses available.
All students on the five- and six-year courses obtain a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) degree.
As explained on this medical school's website, Nottingham medical students "benefit from early clinical experience integrated with case-based teaching on the five and six year courses... and are taught by clinicians who work in a diverse range of disciplines and provide excellent care to patients using the latest technology."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "We do not offer intercalating as part of this course (where a student takes a year out of their medical studies to complete a second degree) as the BMedSci is integrated into the course structure. However students do have an option to suspend their studies after their BMedSci to take a Masters or PhD degree before completing their BMBS."

Overview of course structure

Years one and two:
Years one and two at Nottingham deliver content in a systems-based manner, meaning that each body system is covered in its own module. These modules include ‘Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Cancer, Musculoskeletal, and Haematology' and ‘Gastrointestinal Diseases, Endocrine Physiology, Reproductive Systems and Kidneys'. Learning is consolidated through early GP and hospital placements. Students can undertake optional modules to develop areas of special interest.
Year three:
The third year begins with a supervised research project, accompanied by a module in research methods, leading to a BMedSci. Following this, students transition to the clinical phase of the course, undertaking placements across NHS trusts and general practices in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Years four and five:
Years four and five deliver teaching through six week placements in hospital and primary care environments. Emphasis is placed on development of professional knowledge, skills, and values. Nottingham helps medical students prepare for foundation training with an organised medical assistantship.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Nottingham 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 56.7% female students 43.3% male students 13.9% students with disability 86.1% students without disability
2016-17 56.4% female students 43.6% male students 10.5% students with disability 89.5% students without disability

Medical school history

Established in 1970, this school was formed following the 1968 recommendations of the Royal Commission on Medical Educationreport, popularly known as the Todd Report, that new medical schools should be established at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Southampton. Its first cohort of 48 students graduated in 1975.

Medical school location

University of Nottingham Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
United Kingdom
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