Additional Entry Requirements

Further details about our entry requirements can be found below:

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

Candidates applying with predicted or achieved A levels (or equivalent) will also be required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). This is a non-science based aptitude test which will measure your critical thinking, problem-solving skills, empathy and learning techniques. Applications will be sorted according to academic profile and overall UKCAT score in order to determine which applicants will receive an offer of an interview.

Kindly note that the University of Exeter will be selecting candidates according to the overall score only. Further information regarding the UKCAT can be found at:


All shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview between December and March. The interview style will be Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), and the day will also include tours and presentations relating to our research activity and a short period for discussion with a member of staff, during which details of programmes can be explained and any queries answered. Assistance for travel is available to those who meet certain eligibility criteria. All applications are considered on an individual basis and offers will be made at the end of March in line with the UCAS deadline. Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not attend an interview. For further information please contact the Medical School Admissions Team via our enquiry form.

As you may be working with vulnerable people in a variety of clinical settings throughout the degree programme, all offers are conditional upon a Criminal Conviction Self Declaration and an enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau). We will review all significant reports of convictions, cautions and verbal warnings and decide on a candidate’s suitability to enter the programme.

Values Based Recruitment

We look for students who are both academically capable and who demonstrate the personal skills and qualities that are required to make a successful doctor. It is this combination that helps to create successful multidisciplinary healthcare teams who deliver excellent patient care. The qualities and values we look for in students align with those within the NHS Constitution.

Through the recruitment process and our degree programme, we aim to produce doctors that demonstrate the following values:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

Health assessments

All applicants invited to interview will be required to complete a health questionnaire and those accepting an offer will be screened by the Occupational Health Department. Students may be required to attend a medical examination as part of the admissions process. In addition, all medical students will be required to have tests to determine their Hepatitis B surface antigen, TB and HIV status.

Criminal record checks

As you may be working with vulnerable people in a variety of clinical settings throughout the degree programme, all offers are conditional upon a Criminal Conviction Self Declaration and an enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.  We will review all significant reports of convictions, cautions and verbal warnings and decide on a candidate's suitability to enter the programme.


As a student we are able to provide you with individual support through our AccessAbility team who are able to help with screening for dyslexia and dyspraxia, and diagnostic and support needs assessments. You will be able to receive support and reasonable adjustments will be made both during time spent within the University or whilst on placement. However, it is important to note that all students must satisfactorily pass a Health Assessment as part of the admission procedure and be able to meet the ‘outcomes for graduates’ as defined by the GMC. We endeavour to comply fully with the advice and expectations contained with the GMC's Gateways to the Professions (2010) guidance.

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and do all we can to ensure that your participation in both the academic and social life of the University is as successful as that of other students. For more information please refer to our prospective students with a disability page.

Non-direct school leavers

If you are applying with an existing degree, or if it will be more than two full academic years (September to August) since you completed your A levels or equivalent qualifications when you enter the BMBS programme, you will be required to sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). GAMSAT assesses a candidate’s academic aptitude for the study of medicine. Results from the test will be used alongside the other information contained on your UCAS form to select non-direct school leavers for interview. Only the overall score will be considered.

International applicants

We welcome and encourage applications from suitably-qualified international students who are either self-funded, supported by scholarships from their respective governments, or sponsored by scholarship programmes operated by the British Council and similar funding bodies.

If you are an international applicant you must meet same the admissions criteria as Home/EU students, including the UKCAT test (or GAMSAT for non-direct school leavers). You must be able to fully demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All teaching is in English, so if English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections (taken within 12 months of entry)
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language (as a first language) grade A
  • IB score of 6 at the ordinary level in English Language (as a first language)

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for international students. We have a nominated Academic Tutor to coordinate your induction and academic support to ensure that your transition from school to university is a seamless one. Our International Student Advisers act as a focal point for help and advice with any matters relating to your welfare throughout your studies. They are able to assist with immigration issues including the renewal of student visas, provide advice about schooling for children and produce a termly e-newsletter packed with cultural tips, event news and useful information.

Find out more on our international web pages.

Widening access to medicine

As part of our commitment to widening access to medicine, we undertake outreach activities with local schools in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

Workshops introduce pupils to a range of healthcare scenarios designed to demonstrate the roles of the medic, nurse, surgeon and wider healthcare team. These sessions are available through the Outreach Team who can be requested by contacting Please note that all requests must be from the hosting school and not individual pupils.

As well as the opportunity of talking face-to-face with University of Exeter Medical School staff at our Open Days, the University and the Medical School are represented at most of the UCAS Fairs in the UK.

For more information, please visit our widening participation web page.