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Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Frequently asked questions (MBBS and BDS)

2023 Cycle



Offers No. of places

A100 - 5 year MBBS

2,017 (Home)

603 (Overseas)

1070 (Home)

137 (Overseas)

613 (Home)

33 (Overseas)

308 (Home)

24 (Overseas)

A200 - 5 year BDS

835 (Home)

95 (Overseas)

278 (Home)

29 (Overseas)

152 (Home)

10 (Overseas)

67 (Home)

4 (Overseas)

A101 - 4 year GEP MBBS






2023 cycle UCAT cut off
A100 - 5 year MBBS

2720 (Home)

2870 (Overseas)

A200 - 5 year BDS

2760 (Home)

2710 (Overseas)

A101 - 4 year GEP MBBS 2940

It is not possible to predict what the UCAT thresholds will be in any individual year, nor to use data from previous years to predict subsequent years’ thresholds. 

If I have applied previously and was unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Yes, provided you meet our minimum entry requirements, you may apply to us again for consideration without prejudice.

Do you accept re-sits?

Applicants who have taken or will take an additional year (or more) to complete their qualifications and achieve the minimum academic entry requirements (e.g. A*AA or 2.1) can only be considered if their extenuating circumstances fall within the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Extenuating circumstances can not be applied for with regards to a UCAT score. Extenuating circumstances that fall within this criteria must be approved by the EC panel prior to making a UCAS application. Further information on the process and deadline to be considered, please refer to Extenuating Circumstances for Prospective Applicants

If I do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but offer or exceed the correct tariff points, can I apply?

No, we expect applicants to be predicted/achieved at least A*AA in the correct subjects, therefore you cannot offer tariff points that add up to A*AA.  We will only consider the grades A*AA (or higher).

Is there any flexibility on the A*AA requirements?

No, Medicine and Dentistry are very competitive courses and as such there is no flexibility on the academic entry requirements. A full list of entry requirements can be found on the specific course page on our website. 

Do you offer contextual admissions?

Your eligibility for a contextual offer is made using the information provided on your UCAS application form. We review every application holistically to determine whether contextual factors apply. To determine your eligibility, please see our contextual admissions criteria.

What is the deadline for application through UCAS?

The deadline for medicine and dentistry is 15 October.

What if my predicted grade(s) change after the UCAS deadline?

We are unable to consider any changes to your predicted grades after the 15 October UCAS deadline.

What if I change my A level subject(s) after submitting my application through UCAS?

We will allow a change of subject(s) (assuming you still meet our minimum entry criteria in the required subjects with the necessary grades). However, we are unable to alter tariff points assessed on the UCAS form submitted by 15 October.

If I apply by 15 October, when can I expect to hear from you?

We receive a large number of applications for medicine and dentistry. As we assess applications throughout the cycle, some applicants will hear from us quite early in the process, while others will be contacted later. If you do not hear from us for some time it does not automatically mean that your application has been unsuccessful as we invite some applicants to interview as late as February.

I don't meet your minimum GCSE requirements because I did my secondary schooling abroad – can I still apply?

Yes, but you need to offer an acceptable English Language qualification.

Are there any scholarships or bursaries available?

Details of any available scholarships or bursaries can be found on our website

I do not meet the minimum GCSE grade requirements.  Can I re-sit?

You can only re-sit the GCSE subjects up to your AS or A-level year.

If I have completed my A-levels and have registered on a non-medical/dental degree, or are in the first or second year of a degree course while applying for medicine or dentistry, will you consider my application?

No, you must be in your final year of a degree course, or have completed a first degree, before we will consider your application.

I am studying medicine at another institution, can I transfer?

No. it is very difficult for transfers to be carried out effectively, as there are so many differences between programmes in content, sequence and teaching methods. Subjects are examined in different ways and at different points in different programmes making the appropriate placement of a transferring student difficult, if not impossible. Therefore, we unfortunately do not accept transfers from other university medical and dental schools either in the UK or abroad.

I am studying dentistry at another institution, can I transfer?

Home Transfers

Dental Schools do not accept transfers of students from other schools. This is because the requirements for graduation defined by the GDC are not taught and assessed in a similar order.  Government capped places would also be disrupted by student transfers.

Schools may consider transfers for students in unforeseen exceptional circumstances with approval of both the sending and receiving programmes. In most cases the student would need to re-start from year one for the reasons described previously.

DSC encourages prospective students to consider the intensity of oral healthcare courses and their potential geographical distance from their support networks, when applying for dental school.

International transfers

Students from a dental school outside the UK are unable to transfer into a programme in a UK dental school. This is because international programmes follow their local regulatory requirements which are likely to differ from those in the UK. 

I will not be 18 by the start of the course, can I still apply?

All students for the undergraduate medical and dental degree programmes must be 18 years old or over by the start of the course (mid-September). Applicants who will be under the age of 18 by the start of the course can apply for deferred entry so that they will meet the minimum age requirement by the start of the course.

Do you consider gap year students?

Yes. We consider applicants who are either on a gap year or wish to take one before they join the course. We would expect time in the gap year to be used constructively to gain more work experience, either paid or unpaid, but we don’t have any specific requirements.

I have not taken the UCAT, can I still be considered for entry?

No, all applicants must take the UCAT in the year of application.

I have taken the UCAT but I have extenuating circumstances that affected my performance

Circumstances relating to illness, injury or other personal circumstances affecting performance will not be considered, refer to the UCAT 'fit to test' policy.

Can I drop qualifications that I listed on my UCAS application after I have applied?

We are unable to consider any changes to academic qualifications in subjects that would count towards your required grades.

Why must I get a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check?

When admitting students to study and practise on healthcare courses, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has an obligation to provide a safe environment for both the patients that you will encounter and to you as a student.

Can I do a campus tour?

You can register for an in-person campus tour around our Mile End campus and view our Whitechapel campus video.

Can I attend an open day?

You can find out more about the programmes on offer, chat to our students and staff and discover student life at our open day

When will I be invited to an interview?

All our interviews take place online in January and February. 

I have an interview. What should I expect?

The pre-interview screening process conducted by the admissions team will already have ensured that all candidates called to interview appear to have sufficient academic potential. The purpose of the interview is to take a wider view of the applicant.

The interview itself is a formal, though friendly, process. The majority of the interviewers are drawn from both the University and clinical environments and all have undergone specific training for interviewing applicants including issues relating to equality and diversity. In addition, we also draw on the expertise of lay selectors and current students.

Why has my application been rejected before interview?

We can assure you that in order to be fair to our candidates; all applications follow the same selection process. We receive an extremely high standard of application; so many candidates will be rejected before the interview stage.

There are some key reasons why your application may have been rejected at this stage:

  • In the first shortlisting, you did not meet the minimum academic entry requirements

  • In the first shortlisting, your UCAT was below the fourth decile or you scored Band 4 in the UCATSJT

  • In the second shortlisting, your weighted score was not above the threshold determined by the strength of the cohort in the year you applied in

  • You did not meet the minimum age requirement

  • You are registered on a degree programme but are not in your final year

Why has my application been rejected (after interview)?

Whilst we are aware that it is very disappointing for your application to be rejected at this stage, we would like to reassure you that this decision is undertaken according to a process designed to judge all candidates equally. Our interviewers are trained members of staff and are chosen for their experience in selecting candidates as well as representing many different areas of the University.

My application was unsuccessful and I would like feedback

If your application was rejected without interview, it is likely that this was due to one of the factors outlined in the ‘why have I been rejected' question.  We are unable to provide written feedback to applicants who are rejected prior to interview.

We are able to provide brief feedback to applicants who were unsuccessful after the interview stage but this will not be personal feedback. Please be aware that we need this request in writing, and that due to the busy nature of the admissions office it can take up to 20 working days to respond.

How does the Waiting List after interview work?

Candidates who are just below our interview cut off score will be placed on our waiting list and will be notified by a separate email. The waiting list is still to be viewed as an official rejection by UCAS. There is no need to send us any further supporting documents and we contact you if we have places available. We cannot guarantee we will be able to offer you a place on the course so if you receive an offer from any other University you should accept it.

My offer letter says that I will be considered as a ‘home’ student, what does this mean?

This refers to your fee status, as International and Home students pay different fees. Please see the tuition fee guidance for more information.

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