International FAQs

1. HOW AND WHEN DO I APPLY?
All applications are made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service and should be submitted by 15 October for entry the following year. For further details please see visit the UCAS website
Overseas Applicants to either the 5-year medicine degree (A100) or Health Foundation year (A104)* must meet all entry requirements as follows:
•    Academic Criteria: International Entry Requirements 2017
•    English Language requirements
•    Sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the year they submit an application
Applicants with total UKCAT scores in the lowest two deciles (ie in the bottom 20% of scores), or with an SJT in Band 4, will not be considered
•    Those who are Overseas for fees must sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year they submit an application.
Applicants meeting the academic criteria will be ranked on their BMAT score for interview.
 *Those not taking the science streams may consider applying for Health Foundation Year entry (A104) All applicants to the 5-year medicine degree (A100) or the Health Foundation Year (A104) must sit the UKCAT and BMAT test in the year of application.

2. CAN I TRANSFER TO KEELE FROM ANOTHER MEDICAL SCHOOL?
Unfortunately we are unable to consider requests to transfer to our Medicine degree under any circumstances.

3. IF I DO ANOTHER DEGREE, CAN I TRANSFER TO KEELE MEDICINE?
Applicants undertaking a degree may apply during their final year through UCAS. Unfortunately we are unable to consider requests to transfer from other degree programmes. You should also check the relevant Visa advice for students wishing to take Medicine as a second degree.

4. WILL MY MEDICAL DEGREE BE VALID WHEN I RETURN TO MY COUNTRY?
Our degree is accredited through the General Medical Council. However recognition of international degrees can be country specific. We would suggest that you check the International Medical Education Directory to see if our degree is recognised in the Country you are intending to work in.

5. WHAT IS THE INTERVIEW PROCESS? WILL I HAVE TO COME TO THE UK FOR MY INTERVIEW?
Currently Keele invites international applicants to the UK to complete a Multi Mini Interview which is held in the David Weatherall Building, Keele University Campus. Typically around 30 international students are invited for interview from the 300 who apply for up to ten places.

Our interview dates in 2017 are as follows:
03 – 05 January 2017
20 – 23 February 2017
01 – 02 March 2017
13 – 16 March 2017
20 – 23 March 2017

We may host a specific interview day for international students, where we are able to offer tours of the building and a chance to meet staff, this is likely to be in March.

Our Director of Internationalisation and the Director of Admissions have a number of overseas visits planned and it may be possible to arrange a pre application meeting. The schedule of visits for 2016 is as follows:

Hong Kong 4  – 11 September
Malaysia: 12 – 14 September
Canada –  Toronto 14  – 16 September
Vancouver – 17 to 23 September

Please contact Sarah Beech in our International Office s.e.beech@keele.ac.uk

6. WHAT ARE THE INTERVIEW SELECTION CRITERIA?
Applicants are invited for interview on the basis of high academic performance, UKCAT and BMAT test results.  Applicants who do not achieve the threshold UKCAT score will not be considered.

7. IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION ON MY APPLYING TO MEDICINE?
Applicants should be 18 at the point of registration. This is due to early placements within the degree programme and child protection legislation.

8. WHEN WILL I GET A DECISION REGARDING MY APPLICATION?
Due to the complexities of the admissions process it is quite difficult to give an exact date. We do try and contact international students who have been selected for interview in advance to discuss possible interview dates. All offers should be made by 31 March.

9. DO YOU HAVE A FOUNDATION PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT THE RIGHT QUALIFICATIONS?
Our Health Foundation Year (6 year route) is for high achieving applicants who haven't taken the sciences to a higher level. See our web pages for more guidance

10. CAN I STAY IN THE UK FOR A RESIDENCY PROGRAMME AND SPECIALITY TRAINING?
Currently we would advise you to check the government websites for up to date guidance on living and working in the UK.

11. WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING AT KEELE?
You can find lots of information about Keele on our web pages

12. HOW MUCH WILL A MEDICAL DEGREE IN THE UK COST?
The tuition fee for those starting in 2017 is £27,800 per year. Therefore for five years of the programme the fee £139000.00* *Please note this is for the duration of the 5 year course and excludes living costs and any additional years taken for intercalation or academic failure

13. HOW MANY NON-UK/EU MEDICAL STUDENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
10 per year.

14. WILL THE MEDICAL SCHOOL ARRANGE ACCOMMODATION AND PARKING FOR ME WHEN I VISIT FOR INTERVIEW?
On the day of the interview we arrange for car parking for visitors, which is usually on a site near the School of Medicine. For those requiring accommodation we have a list of available accommodation contacts. Please see our applicant area on the web pages.

15. CAN I CONTACT STUDENTS FROM MY COUNTRY STUDYING AT KEELE MEDICAL SCHOOL?
If you would like to contact current medical students at Keele, please contact the Admissions Office who will endeavour to put you in touch with a current student. Email medicine.international@keele.ac.uk