A-level: AAA including Chemistry or Biology. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken.
We welcome general studies and critical thinking as a fourth A2, but they do not typically form part of our offer. Certain combinations are not acceptable, typically:
Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage to those taking three. We do not rate A* as being higher than A, so we will not accept A*A*B instead of AAA.
Applications from applicants re-sitting exams are only likely to be successful in exceptional circumstances. Well-supported documentary evidence of any extenuating circumstances is required. Applications will not normally be considered from those undertaking a third attempt at an academic entry qualification.
These are the minimum entry requirements for Leeds. Please be aware that admission is highly competitive and the majority of applicants will have qualifications well above this standard.
GCSE: 6 A*- B or 9 - 5 including Chemistry and Biology (or Dual Science/Double Science), English Language and Mathematics.
Other course specific tests:
BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
All applicants for the MBChB course are required to take BMAT in either September or November each year. The result from first sitting only will be accepted. We do not accept other aptitude tests instead, e.g. the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).
The BMAT is a 2-hour paper-based test administered by the Admissions Testing Service in schools, colleges and accredited testing centres world-wide.
We strongly recommend you prepare for the test. There are many materials to help you, including on the BMAT website. Find out more about BMAT on the Admissions Service website, including advice, practice tests and past papers.
Health and criminal record screening
Before starting the course all successful applicants will also need to pass health and criminal record screening.
The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. Find out more about the current Criminal Records policy and Guidance for Applicants with Criminal Convictions. For the vast majority of students who are resident in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service.
For international students: The DBS check can only include background checks on your time in the UK. If you have been resident in the UK for less than 3 years, then a criminal record check from your home country is required in addition to the UK DBS check. This may be referred to as a "Certificate of Good Conduct" (CoGC), but the name varies.
Any offer of a place to study medicine is conditional upon a satisfactory confidential occupational health assessment, which will include a health questionnaire, and if necessary further telephone consultation and/or an appointment with an occupational health clinician. Screening for serious communicable disease, (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and a review of immunisation needs will also be arranged before beginning medical studies.
Alternative qualifications and routes
3 Distinctions (D3) in 3 Principal subjects including Chemistry and/or Biology. If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required.
Overall score of 35 points with a mark of 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects one of which must be Chemistry or Biology. Two subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics must also be offered at either Higher or Standard Level if not offered at GCSE. If English not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard level.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
AAAAAA, including Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AAAAB at Higher including Biology and Chemistry, and AB at Advanced Higher, including A in Chemistry or Biology.
Foundation courses and access courses
University of Leeds Interdisciplinary Science Foundation programme
The full-time, one-year Interdisciplinary Science Foundation programme enables you to prepare for degree-level study and gain the necessary academic competences for entry to the degree programme. Students who successfully complete the year can apply through UCAS to our MBChB. Admission is not guaranteed and applicants are selected on academic and non-academic criteria. Successful completion of the year, with an overall score of at least 70% and a minimum score of 70% in Chemistry 1 and 2, is required.
Other access courses
The Access to HE Diploma is a qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). It is an academic, credit-based qualification, comprising units of assessment expressed as learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
From 2022 entry onwards we will accept Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) courses that conform to the QAA subject descriptor.
These must be studied in a face to face full time educational setting over one year.
As the purpose of the Diploma is to provide academic preparation for higher education study for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications, we will NOT accept applications from people who have:
- achieved below 2i in a previous degree unless there is evidence of substantial subsequent experience in a healthcare-based or academically and/or professionally demanding career
- commenced an Access diploma less than 3 years after completing A levels, other qualifications or a degree
Non-medicine Access to HE diplomas (e.g. Access to HE Science) will not be considered.
The credit requirement for the achievement of an Access to HE Diploma is 60 credits, with 45 of these credits coming from units which are concerned with academic subject content at Level 3 and graded; the remaining 15 credits come from ungraded Level 2 or Level 3 units. All units (60 credits) must be passed, with all graded level 3 units at distinction.
A minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A* to C (9-4) are also required including English Language, Maths and 2 science subjects. This is in line with other widening participation route entry requirements.
Bradford Collaborative Programme
Information for applicants wishing to join our MBChB programme from the Bradford Clinical Sciences Foundation course can find out more information including entry requirements on our Widening access page, or read our most recent Bradford Transfer Policy.
A 2i or greater in an undergraduate degree which contains the equivalent of level 3 Biology or Chemistry plus 3 A levels at grade C or above. A 2i or greater in a degree without level 3 Biology or Chemistry will require a B or above in Chemistry or Biology, and C or above in 2 other subjects. If Chemistry is not offered then Physics or Maths must also be offered to grade B or above. Candidates offering postgraduate degrees must also meet the requirements with their first undergraduate degree.
For further information regarding Acceptable Qualifications please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A partly completed degree course is not acceptable in place of any of the above.
A-levels resits or taken over three or more years
Applications from applicants resitting exams are only likely to be successful in exceptional circumstances. Well-supported documentary evidence of any extenuating circumstances is required. Applications will not normally be considered from those undertaking a third attempt at an academic entry qualificaiton.
Candidates who are required to withdraw from another programme will not be considered. We will not accept transfers from an overseas institution.
Transfer requests from other medical schools will only be considered in the following circumstances:
- evidence of exceptional extenuating circumstances:
- excellent academic record at current institution
- support for transfer from current institution
If these areas are met course compatibility and availability of places on the MBChB would be explored. Any initial appraoch regarding this should be directly from the student’s current institution.
We do not consider requests for transfers from students studying other degree courses, apart from the entry route through the Clinical Sciences BSc at University of Bradford (see above). Students who have transferred to the University of Bradford BSc in Clinical Sciences from another medical course will not be considered.
Entry to the third year of the course may be possible for dentists who have:
- gained a registered qualification with the General Dental Council
- obtained Part 1 of the MJDF or MFDS
- been in an approved hospital post for at least one year
Applications for this route via UCAS and applicants are required to take BMAT at the first sitting after submission of application.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds Offer
A minimum of GCSE 6 grade C or above (or 4 or above) required in Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry or Dual Science/Double Science).
ABB including A in Chemistry or Biology. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken.
We welcome general studies and critical thinking as a fourth A2, but they do not typically form part of our offer. Certain combinations are not acceptable, specifically:
Chemistry with Biology and Human Biology
Chemistry with Mathematics and Further Mathematics
AABBB at Higher level and BB at Advanced Higher level including B in Chemistry or Biology
B at Advanced Higher level and AAABB at Higher level including B in Chemistry or Biology.
Irish Highers (leaving certificate)
AABBBB, including Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
Overall score of 34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5, one of which must be Chemistry or Biology. Two subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics must also be offered at either Higher or Standard Level if not offered at GCSE. If English not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard level.
Three Merits (M1) in 3 Principal Subjects, including Chemistry and/or Biology.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.5 overall, with no less than 7.5 in Spoken English. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
The application closing date for medicine is earlier than for many other courses – all full-time undergraduate applications must be made through the UCAS website by 15 October of the year preceding entry. The School of Medicine does not normally accept applications after the initial UCAS closing date and nor does it typically participate in the UCAS Extra scheme or in clearing.
Applying for the MBChB course is very competitive. You need to make sure your application does you justice. Read advice on personal statement and reference, non-academic achievements and personal qualities in the MBChB selection process.
We welcome applications from applicants who are intending to undertake a gap year. Please use the personal statement section of the UCAS application form to explain your reasons for taking a gap year. You may normally apply for deferred entry for one academic year only.
Please see the latest School of Medicine Admissions Appeals and Complaints Procedure.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
A successful application passes through several stages before we make an offer:
We assesses your application form against academic criteria, considering your past and predicted grades, and your BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) score. We take into account any issues regarding mitigating circumstances raised in your personal statements and academic reference. Read more about BMAT on the Admissions Service website.
The top-ranked applicants are invited for interview. We expect to invite about 1,000 candidates to interview. Interviews are through multiple mini interviews, where we further assess applicants’ non-academic qualities. There are currently eight interview stations, which applicants progress around. Each station currently lasts 7 minutes, with 1 minute to move between stations and read the next task. The format of stations varies. At the end of each station the examiners award marks, according to a pre-determined standardised scale. After the completion of all stations we calculate a ranked score.
Offers are made on the basis of merit and the ability of each applicant to meet the academic and non-academic criteria for admission. The decision to make an offer after interview depends entirely on your performance at interview, not on your predicted or achieved academic performance, or other scores.
School of Medicine undergraduate admissions policy 2021
UK: See fees section below
International: £36,500 (per year)
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the UK government and may vary if policy changes.
EU students starting in 2021/22
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2022 entry
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. In other years, the government has confirmed fee levels in the summer. When the fee is confirmed we will publish an update on all course pages.
Tuition fees for new international students for 2022 entry
Tuition fees for international students are published on each individual course page. These are usually published a year in advance, so 2022 course fees should be available from September 2021.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.
Additional cost information
<p>For the medical course you will need to purchase books and equipment, such as white coats, stethoscopes and pass cards. You may also have to meet some travel costs whilst on placement.</p>
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Leeds Alumni Annual Fund
The Leeds Alumni Annual Fund aims to ensure that every suitably qualified student has the chance to come to Leeds to study Medicine, or to take advantage of the valuable opportunity to complete an intercalated year.
School of Medicine scholarship
EXSEL at Leeds (Excellence in Scholarship, Enterprise and Leadership) is a unique scholarship scheme which nurtures undergraduate medical students with research ambitions to become academic clinicians.
Students selected to be scholars are given a bursary to conduct research during vacations. They then meet monthly with the two EXSEL directors to review their development. Under the supervision of their academic mentor, the students develop valuable skills for their future clinical posts. In return, they act as ambassadors for the Medical School at Leeds.