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Book your place on an upcoming information event to find out more about the Graduate Entry Medicine (MBChB) course.

Our Graduate Entry Medicine (MBChB) degree is open for applications from international students who hold an undergraduate degree. You can apply directly through the University of Chester.

If you do not have a degree or you are a home student, you are not currently eligible to apply. It is our aim to offer our Graduate Entry Medicine degree to home students at the earliest opportunity. Our admission criteria are as follows:

1. Academic Qualifications

  • A minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree (or overseas equivalent) in any subject.
  • Candidates with a lower second class degree should hold either a Masters or a Doctoral qualification to be considered.
  • In the case of an Intercalated Masters eg. MEng/MPharm, the equivalent of a Pass grade or above at Masters level (minimum 2:2)


  • All applicants must take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or if appropriate, the UCATSEN
  • The total UCAT score required to secure a place at a MBChB Selection Centre varies year on year and is dependent upon the UCAT performance of all applicants.  The acceptable threshold score includes a verbal reasoning score at or above the mean for the cohort sitting UCAT in the year of application.
  • Alternatively, applicants can achieve the minimum threshold mark in either GAMSAT or MCAT.

3. Work experience

  • All applicants must complete 70 hours (the equivalent of around ten days’) of prior work experience in a healthcare or allied setting, as a volunteer, or in a paid capacity, as a helper to someone with healthcare needs. Evidence of experience working in a healthcare environment can include being a Care Assistant in a care home/hospital, a volunteer in a hospital, visiting someone in their home to care for them, and working in a hospital lab or other healthcare setting. This work experience must have taken place in the 3 years prior to the date of application.
  • Shadowing a doctor/healthcare professional can only count for a maximum of 20 hours against the minimum requirement of 70 hours
  • Applicants will be required to provide references to evidence work experience if invited to attend a selection centre

4. Reference

  • Applicants must provide one reference from a person (not a relative or friend) who holds/has held a position of responsibility and who can comment on the applicants suitability for studying medicine.
  • If the applicant has been in higher education in the last two years prior to application, an academic reference should be provided. 

5. Language test for international students

  • International applicants will be required to submit an English Language test certificate confirming a score of (or equivalent to) IELTS 7.0 with a maximum of two component scores at 6.0 or 6.5.

6. Previous medical students

  • Applicants who have previously studied medicine and have had to leave the programme of study due to academic failure without successful mitigation (in one or more subjects/modules/blocks) or due the findings of a fitness to practice hearing will not be considered
  • Applications for deferred entry or transfers from other programmes will not be considered

7. Offer of a place

  • All successful applicants will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), payable by the applicant. International applicants will need to provide evidence from the country they are residing by following the advice provided on the DBS website
  • All successful applicants must declare any and all, past or current, health, welfare and conduct issues that may affect an individual's fitness to study medicine and practise as a doctor following successful completion of the course.

No place will be offered without an interview.  Interviews will be of the "multi-mini-interview" (MMI) style and further details will be available upon shortlisting.