So you are here for 1 of 2 reasons, either you are looking to go to medical school and are just not sure where to apply and want to maximise your chances. Maybe you just couldn’t resist knowing what the easiest UK medical school to get into is! Please note we are using data from the 2016 academic year applications.
Is it as simple as the easiest and the hardest? Well that is really for you to decide and also will depend on the individual. Each university has its own set of requirements and takes students of different styles. You will often for example find that each university will often churn out a lot of doctors who end up doing the same speciality. This is because that university attracts and likes the personality type that makes good doctors of that speciality.
Cambridge is the easiest UK Medical school to get into!
When you look at likelihood of getting into medical school Cambridge and UCL are the 2 easiest UK medical schools. I say that because for every place in those medical schools there is only 6 applicants. That compared to an average of 9 (8.8 to be precise) across all medical schools.
Brighton and Sussex is the Hardest UK Medical school to get into!
If you are looking at who would not be the easiest UK medical school then go to the south coast. The most over subscribed medical school, Brighton and Sussex had a whopping 14.3 applicants for each place. The prestigious University of Bristol Medical School came in second with a ridiculous 13.9 applications for each place. These 2 medical schools by far beat the next closest medical school was Aberdeen with a hefty 10.9 applications.
And that is only UK/EEA applicants!
When you consider that is only the UK and EEA applicants. There was over 38,000 UK applicants applying for UK medical schools with a further 8,000 applicants from within the EEA (European Economic Area). On top of this there is then a further 11,000 international students.
For international students the hardest medical school by far is University of Bristol Medical School, with a scary 37.4 applicants for each place. In contrast Aberdeen while very over subscribed for UK/EEA applicants, has a very easy 2 applicants for each place making it the easiest uk medical school for international students.
Daily Mail anger time!
After that last paragraph your blood may be boiling, you may be thinking those places should be going to British students and not out to international students. Maybe you are thinking of contacting your favourite newspaper the Daily Mail and make them aware of this travesty! Before you do, please just consider this: Medical school is VERY expensive to run. Even with the current £9k a year that students pay it doesn’t even scratch the surface of the actual cost of training these doctors. International students therefore pay massive fee’s to study at these universities. This means the university is then able to use those funds to make more places available for UK students.
So international students = more UK students?
Yes, that is right. If we blocked international students from coming to our universities then we would actually end up with less places in UK Medical Schools. If anything we should expand the number of international spaces available. That would also allow us to train more UK students.
So how can I get into medical school?
If you are looking to get into medical school then we have a number of resources that are helpful.
- Check out our articles on how to get into medical school
- Online courses:
- A course in anatomy, Not strictly for the application itself but the extra knowledge would be beneficial. This course will help you with anatomy during your studies. Anatomy at medical school course.