International entry requirements

The following information is for applicants with Overseas qualifications and/or classed as Overseas for fees. If you are unsure of your fee status, please check our guidance.

Applications for the 5-year A100 MbChB are welcomed from students resident outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland for tuition fees purposes.

We normally receive around 200 applications for our quota of 10 overseas students per year.

All applications must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The deadline for submissions is 15 October for entry in September the following year or deferred one year after.

Please note that our degree may not give any exemptions to those examinations required to practise medicine overseas.

Overseas applicants to the 5-year medicine degree (A100) must meet all entry requirements as follows:

Applicants meeting the academic criteria will be ranked on their BMAT score for interview.

If you're unsure whether you meet our criteria, please contact the admissions office with a full academic history on medicine@keele.ac.uk

All applications must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The deadline for submissions is 15 October for entry in the following September or deferred entry the year after.

The UCAS form

Please give us as much detail as you can about exams that you have taken overseas. 

Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of the equivalence of their qualifications; this should be sent directly to the Admissions Office after submitting a UCAS application.

We advise you to contact the Admissions Office before applying, giving as much detail as you can about exams that you have taken and are due to take overseas to ensure that they are acceptable.

Please note that our degree may not give any exemptions to those examinations required to practise medicine overseas.

We reserve the right to reject applications that are either incomplete or completed incorrectly. Applicants are reminded that they are required to declare all qualifications that have been completed, including those that were failed, in their UCAS application. If you are found to have withheld information on qualifications we shall cancel your application and inform UCAS.

Your application will be assessed on the information provided in the UCAS application and your BMAT score.

We will not accept any additional supporting material (e.g. CVs, work portfolios, letters of recommendation) unless we have specifically requested it from the individual applicant. We will not alter decisions on the basis of telephone calls, e-mails, or letters providing details that were not included in the original application. We will not discuss individual applications with anybody other than the applicant unless we have express written authorisation from the applicant to do so (see Feedback after application).

We recommend you also check our main Medicine website for details of our policies and selection procedures.

All interviews are currently held at Keele University in the UK. Applicants should therefore expect to travel to interview.

Overseas applicants not offering GCSE or Level 1/2 Certificate (first language) English Language at the required grade must have one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, academic) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component taken at the same sitting
  • Grade C1 (Advanced) or C2 (Proficiency) in the Cambridge English Assessments system (https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/)
  • ToEFL internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum overall score of 100 with minimum subtest scores of reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23 and listening 25
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) minimum overall score of 65 with a minimum of 65 in each communicative skill
  • Grade B in International GCSE (IGCSE) First Language English, with a minimum of grade 2 in Paper 5 (optional speaking & listening component)
  • Grade 5 English language at standard level (SL) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) paper A1 or A2, or grade 6 in paper B

Students with other English language qualifications may be required to undertake IELTS to fulfil the requirements of both the School of Medicine and UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

Multiple Mini Interviews at Keele School of Medicine