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Applying for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry

To apply for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry, you’ll have to contend with extra work, interviews and an earlier deadline.

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How do I apply for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry?

The deadline for these courses is 6pm GMT, 15 October. 

There’s also some extra work/exams and interviews to complete before you can apply. 

Medicine 

Medicine will require additional tests such as BMATs, UCATs, GAMSATs and MMIs. Each university will prefer a different one, and applicants only need to pass one of these to apply.

Check our page on Medicine admissions tests for more information. 

You may also need to attend an interview, as well as have some extra activities such as volunteering or relevant work experience. A Levels (or equivalent) in Biology and Chemistry are usually essential.

Once you’re studying, you can become a member of the British Medical Association (BMA). As a student, you’ll be eligible for reduced fees where the first year is free, and 2nd and 3rd year is £3.16 a month. 

Veterinary Medicine

Like Medicine degrees, Veterinary Medicine is a popular subject that requires discipline and academic excellence. A Levels (or equivalent) in Biology is usually essential.

Because of its competitive nature, students who want to apply for Veterinary Medicine should try to add something to their application other than grades. This can be in the form of an insightful personal statement or relevant work experience or volunteering. 

Tutors will be looking for evidence of passion for animals and care, as well as work experience with animals or in a veterinary practice. 

Once you’re studying, you can become a member of the British Veterinary Association (BVA). As a student, you’ll be eligible for reduced fees of £3.75 a month. However, check with your university as some will contribute to the cost of membership as part of your degree. 

Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?

The University of Edinburgh has a free online course designed to give A Level students an idea of what studying a veterinary course will be like. It’s designed to take 3–4 hours a week for five weeks and will give you a taster of the first year.

Dentistry

A lucrative and competitive course, Dentistry also has an early application deadline of 15 October. 

A Levels (or equivalent) in Biology and/or Chemistry are usually required by most universities. Physics and Mathematics are also considered complementary courses by tutors.

Extra tests aren’t usually necessary, but some universities will ask you to pass the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). 

Once you’re studying, you can become a member of the British Dental Association (BDA). As a student, you’ll be eligible for reduced fees of £2.50 a month. However, check with your university as some will contribute to the cost of membership as part of your degree. 

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