Deferred Entry Applications 2021 Entry

At Sheffield Medical School we welcome deferred entry applications; you simply need to state that you wish to defer your entry to 2021 on your UCAS form.  Students applying for deferred entry may be asked to summarise (briefly) their plans for the year ahead during the Multiple Mini-Interview.  Not only does this show that you have given considerable thought and effort into planning your gap year, but will also give you an opportunity to demonstrate relevant work experience that will enable you to become a good doctor in the future.  If you are currently planning your gap year we would suggest you refer to the previous section on Relevant Work Experience

There are many advantages to taking a gap year, including:

  • An opportunity to travel the world and meet people from different cultures. This will develop your awareness of cultural diversity, which is important in the medical profession;
  • Additional time to gain further work experience in a relevant area, such as participating in a volunteer project at home or overseas, thus reinforcing your evidence of commitment to caring and insight into the profession;
  • Lastly, the opportunity to earn some money over the coming year to help fund your studies at Sheffield. This reflects very well on you as an individual, as you are demonstrating social responsibility.

A number of students find that taking a gap year leads to increased confidence, maturity, and self-insight, all of which are relevant to a career in medicine.

If you decide you wish to defer your entry mid-way through the application cycle, we may still be able to accommodate your gap-year plans. You will need to put your request in writing (either via email or post) to the Medical Admissions Team, explaining your reasons for requesting deferment. In the majority of cases we can amend your year of entry accordingly.

Applicants must be 18 years old by the first day of the second term.  Applicants who will not have reached their 18th birthday by the first day of the second term of their first year are welcome to apply but will be required to defer their entry.  For 2020 entry, the first day of the second term is Monday 18th January 2021.  There is no upper age limit.