Graduate Entry Medicine MBChB

2025-26 entry
School of Medicine and Population Health

An alternative route into medicine for life science graduates from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education. After a six-week introduction, you will join our standard MBChB programme in phase two and graduate in four years, rather than five.

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    Course description

    A Medicine clinical skills training session at Samual Fox House.

    Our MBChB Graduate Entry Medicine programme is for life science graduates who want to become a doctor and are from a background that is under-represented in higher education. It is a shorter course, taught over four years rather than five, and covers phases two, three and four of our standard MBChB medicine programme.

    You will start phase two with a six-week recap of phase one topics such as anatomy, histology and physiology. You will then start to build up your medical science knowledge by learning about disease symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, covering topics such as pathology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology. You will continue to gain clinical skills (for example, taking blood from a patient), develop your understanding of medical law and ethics, and complete another set of ten placements in general practice.

    Later in phase two, you will learn how to take patients’ histories and conduct physical examinations, as you begin to spend most of your time in hospital wards, operating theatres and outpatient clinics. You will spend 12 weeks on a longitudinal hospital placement and become part of a clinical team, attending ward rounds, surgical operations, pathology meetings and outpatient clinics. After this, you will have the opportunity to do voluntary work with patient or community groups, to develop your understanding of healthcare issues in wider society.

    During phase three, you will continue to work in general practice during community placements, and complete hospital placements based on sub-specialities including children’s health (paediatrics), women’s health (obstetrics and gynaecology), mental health (psychiatry), critical and emergency care, and multiple other specialist areas. We also offer intercalation options that allow you to build up your research skills, develop your knowledge of surgical practice or complete a masters degree in a specialist topic.

    Phase four begins with a programme of lectures to consolidate your clinical knowledge, and includes two more longitudinal placements to fully prepare you for a final clinical examination and life as a junior doctor.

    This course is not available to international students.

    Why study this course?

    • Learn in real clinical settings - clinical teaching takes place in a wide variety of hospital wards, GP surgeries and clinics, and you’ll complete placements throughout the degree.
    • State-of-the-art training facilities - you will build up your practical knowledge at our dedicated Clinical Skills Centre, which includes simulated wards, resuscitation suites and theatres.
    • Practice with patients - on our Patients as Educators programme, students spend time with patients to practice taking histories and conducting examinations, while gaining a deeper understanding of different conditions.
    • Informed by the latest research - as well as clinicians and teachers, our medical school is home to scientists working on treatments for heart disease, neurodegenerative illnesses and cancer, as well as experts in epidemiology, public health and health economics.


    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Graduate Entry Medicine MBChB course structure
    UCAS code: A101
    Years: 2022, 2023, 2024
    Phase 1 (bypassed)

    (Sept Year 1 - June Year 1)

    Students on this course bypass phase 1 (the first year) of the A100 Medicine degree.

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Learning and assessment


    You will learn through clinical teaching in hospital wards, in hospital and general practice clinics, and through lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, practical classes and personal development sessions. You will be supported by experienced teachers and personal academic tutors.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours


    You will be assessed through written and practical examinations, coursework, and your performance in real and simulated clinical situations.

    Medical Licensing Assessment

    Medical students graduating after 2024 will need to pass the Medical Licensing Assessment before they can join the General Medical Council register. You will complete the assessment as part of your degree. It is designed to test your applied knowledge as well as your clinical and professional skills, giving patients and employers greater confidence in your ability to practise medicine.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    Make sure you also read the more detailed entry requirements below.

    For more information and frequently asked questions about the course, check the Medical School website.

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    including Chemistry or Biology + 2.1 in a life sciences degree + meet our Widening Participation criteria

    International Baccalaureate
    32 with 5 in three Higher Level subjects including Chemistry or Biology + 2.1 in a life sciences degree
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    Not accepted
    BTEC Diploma
    Not accepted
    Other requirements
    • Life science degree subjects include Biomedical Science, Clinical Science or Dentistry

    • We do not accept A Level Further Maths when determining whether an applicant meets our A Level academic threshold. However, for applicants who take four A Levels in a two-year period (typically years 12 and 13 at school) including Maths and Further Maths, we will accept the Maths A Level, even if it is taken in Year 12, irrespective of whether the A Level is certificated in Year 12 or 13. It is expected that Chemistry or Biology and a third acceptable subject will be taken in Year 13

    • Applicants for Medicine at the University of Sheffield must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) – see below for more information about how we use applicants’ UCAT scores in the Medicine selection process.

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    More detailed entry requirements

    We have fifteen places available to Home applicants from widening participation backgrounds for our four-year Graduate Entry Medicine - MBChB (A101) programme.

    Applicants for this programme will be required to demonstrate that they come from a widening participation background and that they meet our minimum academic and UCAT requirements.

    Meeting the minimum academic, UCAT and widening participation entry requirements does not guarantee an invitation to interview or the offer of a place. If you wish to also be considered for the Medicine - MBChB A100 programme you will need to apply to that course via UCAS as a separate choice.

    Widening Participation entry requirements

    Applicants for MBChB Graduate Entry Medicine are required to meet two or more of the following criteria. More information to help you find out whether you are eligible will be published soon.

    • You lived in a neighbourhood with a low rate of participation in higher education
    • You are care experienced
    • You are a care leaver
    • You have been a carer
    • You have been estranged from your family
    • You have parenting responsibilities
    • You were entitled to Free School Meals
    • You are a forced migrant
    • You are part of the first generation in your family to enter higher education
    • Your parents were unemployed or working in unskilled jobs
    • You received a 16-19 Bursary or similar grant
    • You have a disability

    You will be asked to complete a short form after you submit your application. For 2025 entry, this must be returned to us by 5pm on 30 June 2025. Applicants who receive offers will be required to provide supporting evidence that they meet these criteria at registration.

    Academic entry requirements

    In addition to meeting our Widening Participation entry criteria, applicants are required to meet both our minimum A Level and our minimum Degree academic entry requirements. (We do not consider GCSEs or AS Levels for this programme.) Applicants are also required to meet our minimum English Language requirements. We do not rank applicants on the basis of their academic attainment.

    A Level qualifications

    Applicants must have grades of at least BBB at A Level at the time of application, one of which must be Chemistry or Biology.

    Please note:

    • The requirement for BBB at A Level means at least a B grade in each of the three A Levels
    • All three A Levels must have been taken in the same first sitting
    • We do accept A Level resits.  Any and all A Level resits must be taken in the same sitting, and only one resit per A Level is permitted.  Only those A Levels that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken
    • A Levels in Further Mathematics, Critical Thinking and General studies are not accepted for the A101 programme
    • For applicants who took four A Levels in a two year period (typically years 12 and 13 at school) including Mathematics and Further Mathematics, we will accept the Mathematics A Level, even if it is taken in Year 12, and irrespective of whether the A Level is certificated in Year 12 or 13. It is expected that Chemistry or Biology and another subject (that is not Critical Thinking, Further Mathematics or General Studies) will be taken in Year 13
    • Where a graduate applicant has BBB or better at A Level but the pre-degree A Levels do not include Chemistry or Biology we will consider their application provided they have taken an A Level in either Chemistry or Biology during or after their Bachelor's degree and achieved (or are predicted to achieve) a Grade B or higher

    For applicants not holding A Levels, our usual requirement for other qualifications is:

    • Cambridge Pre-U Certificate - grades M2, M2, M2 including Chemistry or Biology
    • Scottish Highers - Advanced Highers grades BB including Chemistry or Biology
    • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma - grade B, plus grades BB in two A Levels, subjects must include Chemistry or Biology
    • Irish Leaving Certificate - H3,H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 with H3 in Chemistry or Biology
    • International Baccalaureate - 32 points overall with 5's in Higher Level subjects (to include Chemistry or Biology) and no less than 4 in each of the Standard Level subjects

    We are not able to consider the following qualifications for entry to our Graduate Entry Medicine course:

    • Access courses
    • Bachelor's degrees that are not in acceptable Life Sciences subjects
    • Bedales Examinations
    • BTECs
    • Foundation courses
    • HE Diplomas
    • International Certificate of Christian Education
    • Masters degrees
    • PhDs
    • T-Levels
    Degree qualification

    Applicants for this programme will need to have attained, or be predicted to attain, an upper second-class or first-class Bachelor's degree in an appropriate life sciences subject. We are looking for applicants whose degrees will have given them an appropriate level of understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

    Please note:

    Appropriate life sciences degrees include, but are not limited to the following degrees (this is not an exhaustive list):

    • BDS (Dentistry)
    • BMedSci
    • BSc Anatomical Sciences (provided this relates to Human Anatomy)
    • BSc Anatomy and Physiology
    • BSc Biomedical Science
    • BSc Clinical Science
    • BSc Healthcare Science
    • BSc Human Biology
    • BSc Human Physiology
    • BSc Medical Physiology and Therapeutics
    • BSc Medical Science
    • BSc Neuroscience
    • BSc Pharmacology
    • BSc Pharmaceutical Science
    • BSc Physiotherapy
    • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
    • BSc Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Science
    • MPharm

    We do not consider the following degrees to be appropriate life sciences degrees and they do not meet our entry requirements. Please note that it is not an exhaustive list:

    • BSc Adult Nursing
    • BSBA/BSc Ayervedic Medicine and Surgery
    • BSc Biochemistry
    • BSc Biochemistry with Human Biology
    • BSc Biology
    • BSc Biological Science (Genetics)
    • BSc Biomedical Engineering
    • BSc Biomedial Material Science
    • BSc Botany
    • BSc Cancer Biomedicine
    • BSc Chemical Engineering
    • BSc Chemistry
    • BSc Clinical Speech and Language Sciences
    • BSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
    • BSc Diagnostic Radiology
    • BSc Engineering
    • BSc Forensic Anthropology
    • BSc Forensic Psychology
    • BSc Forensic Science
    • BSc Genetics
    • BSc Global Health
    • BSc Human Genetics
    • BSc Immunology
    • BSc Marine Biology
    • BSc Medical Biochemistry
    • BSc Mental Health Nursing
    • Bsc Molecular Cell Biology
    • BSc Nursing
    • BSc Operating Department Practice
    • BSc Orthoptics
    • BSc Podiatric Medicine
    • BSc Prosthetics and Orthotics
    • Bsc Psychology
    • BSc Zoology

    Potential applicants whose degree does not appear in the lists above are strongly advised to contact the medical admissions team ( prior to submitting an application, enclosing a degree transcript, to determine whether their degree will be acceptable or not.

    We do not consider postgraduate Masters degrees (i.e. when taken as a second degree) or PhDs when determining whether you meet our academic entry requirements.

    University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) requirements

    Applicants for Medicine at the University of Sheffield must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) before they apply, in the year that they are applying. Each year, we set a minimum UCAT score threshold, which is 2430/3600 for 2025 entry.

    Some students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education will progress immediately to the interview stage of the selection process if they meet our minimum UCAT score threshold. All other applications will be ranked according to their UCAT scores and only those with the highest UCAT scores will be invited to interview.

    Applicants’ performance in the Situational Judgement Test component of the UCAT will only be reviewed if they are invited to interview.

    More information about how we use applicants’ UCAT scores, and the scores that were required to be invited to interview in recent years, can be found on the School of Medicine and Population Health website.

    Medicine selection process

    Disclosure and Barring Service check

    All applicants are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check, and will be asked in their application to declare if they have any convictions that will appear on a DBS check.

    Disrupted Studies policy

    If you have experienced issues of a personal, social or domestic nature that have affected either your post-16 studies, or any GCSE Qualifications that are cited in our course entry requirements, you can let us know by completing our Disrupted Studies form. Read the Medical School's Admissions Policy on Disrupted Studies carefully before submitting a Disrupted Studies form.

    Disrupted Studies policy

    Admissions policy

    Read our A101 admissions policy

    Health clearance

    If you are infected with hepatitis C or HIV, or if you have a disability, medical condition or learning difficulty, including dyslexia, you must disclose this on your UCAS form. All potential students with significant support needs will be individually assessed to ensure that the University is able to support them on the Medicine course.

    All new students will undergo health screenings known as an Occupational Health Check, which may require an individual assessment. This is to ensure that you meet the fitness to practise standards detailed on the Higher Education Occupational Practitioners (HEOPS) guidance and is in accordance with the Department of Health National Guidelines

    Occupational Health Checks

    We offer support to students with additional needs, for example, through the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service or Student Support Services. You can find out more about the network of support services we provide. A very small number of conditions might, on health and safety grounds, affect your registration with the appropriate regulatory body and your ability to practise in certain clinical situations.

    General Medical Council – Conditions affecting study or practice

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Graduate careers

    When you successfully complete your degree, you will be able to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council. This gives you a licence to practise medicine as part of an approved Foundation Year programme.

    UK Foundation Programme

    Most of our students apply to the UK Foundation Programme during their final year. This is a two-year training programme for newly qualified doctors, which bridges the gap between medical school and speciality or general practice training. You will build on your existing clinical and professional skills by working as a doctor on rotation in different areas of medicine. After the first year, you can apply for full registration with the General Medical Council, and once you have completed the programme, you will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence so that you can apply for speciality training.

    As well as the standard Foundation Programme, there is a Specialised Foundation Programme that focuses on research, teaching and leadership, a Foundation Priority Programme to support areas that have faced difficulties in attracting and retaining doctors, and a Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship.

    Speciality training

    After you have completed the Foundation Programme, there are many different specialities you can train in – from general practice to paediatrics, gynaecology, cardiology or radiology. The time you will spend in speciality training ranges from three to eight years, depending on the speciality you choose.

    Other careers for medicine graduates

    Rather than becoming a GP or consultant, some graduates go on to do a masters degree or PhD and pursue a career in research. Others become medical educators, health service managers or work in the pharmaceutical industry.

    School of Medicine and Population Health

    100% of medicine graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after completing their course

    Graduate Outcomes 2020/21

    Medicine students listen to lecture in Clinical Skills setting

    The University of Sheffield’s medical school dates back to 1828 and was a founding part of the University itself.

    Today, medicine students are based in the School of Medicine and Population Health, and study alongside practising clinicians and expert researchers who are working on topics that range from neurodegeneration to public health. Everything we do is about improving people’s health.

    The Medical School building is connected to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and is close to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Students’ Union, and the wider University campus.


    You will also spend time at our Clinical Skills Centre, based within the Northern General Hospital, one of the largest hospital campuses in the country. Your placements will take you to primary and secondary care providers across the region.

    School of Medicine and Population Health

    University rankings

      Number one in the Russell Group
    National Student Survey 2023 (based on aggregate responses)

      University of the Year and best for Student Life 
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2024

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2024, 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      Number one for teaching quality, Students' Union and clubs/societies
    StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards

      A top 20 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report

    Student profiles

    Andrew Maud, an undergraduate student of Medicine

    Sheffield is training me to be a doctor where the patient is at the heart of everything I learn

    Andrew Maud MBChB Medicine

    Born and bred in Yorkshire, Medical Society president Andrew explains why he chose to stay local and study in Sheffield for its vibrant and friendly community.

    Catherine Jesson, an undergraduate medical student.

    I wanted to do something that had a real, immediate, positive effect on people’s lives

    Catherine Jesson MBChB Medicine

    Catherine shares why it's important to get a feel for the city you choose to study in and what makes the Medicine undergraduate school at Sheffield special.

    A woman sits by a window

    “My journey as a mature medical student has been great so far”

    Visitation Lesterpearson MBChB Medicine

    After graduating with a degree in Biomedical Science, Visitation knew she wanted to translate her academic interests into a way of helping people directly. She spent some time exploring her interest in medicine, working in different fields, and gaining transferable skills, and is now thriving as a mature medical student at the University of Sheffield.

    Fees and funding


    Students entering the A101 Graduate Entry Medicine programme all come from widening participation backgrounds. While you can apply for a loan to part-cover your tuition fee, you must pay the first £3,465 of your first-year fees yourself.

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

    Additional funding

    See above for information on our scholarships to cover part of the course funding.


    University open days

    We host five open days each year, usually in June, July, September, October and November. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

    Open days: book your place

    Subject tasters

    If you’re considering your post-16 options, our interactive subject tasters are for you. There are a wide range of subjects to choose from and you can attend sessions online or on campus.

    Upcoming taster sessions

    Offer holder days

    If you've made an application to study with us, we may invite you for an interview. If you are then successful in receiving an offer, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

    Campus tours

    Our weekly guided tours show you what Sheffield has to offer - both on campus and beyond. You can extend your visit with tours of our city, accommodation or sport facilities.

    Campus tour: book your place


    Make sure you've done everything you need to do before you apply.

    How we process applications and select applicants for offers

    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:

    The awarding body for this course is the University of Sheffield.

    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

    Our student protection plan

    Terms and Conditions upon Acceptance of an Offer


    Make sure you've done everything you need to do before you apply.

    How we process applications and select applicants for offers

    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:

    An alternative route into medicine for life science graduates from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education. After a six-week introduction, you will join our standard MBChB programme in phase two and graduate in four years, rather than five.

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