International entry requirements for the MBChB in Medicine

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 MBChB (A100) 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.

Life as an international student at Keele

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

  • Medicine Overseas Qualifications for Entry
  • English Language requirements
  • BMAT: Those who are Overseas for fees must also sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year they submit an application.

    Important information about BMAT – September 2021

    Due to the ongoing challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic, BMAT – September will not go ahead in 2021.

    For details about an alternative test session and all of the latest information, visit the BMAT Covid pages.

Aptitude tests

All international applicants must take BMAT in the year of application. For 2022 entry, the test must be taken in November 2021. Please note that there is no September BMAT sitting in 2021.
We expect to have 10 places available for international students in 2022. Applicants will be ranked on BMAT scores and the highest ranked will be invited for interview. For 2021 entry we interviewed 46 international applicants.

We use the marks from all three sections of BMAT, with the numerical mark for section 3 scaled to reflect the alphabetical mark (see The selection process)

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

Exempting/licensing exams

Please note that our degree may not give any exemptions from examinations required to practise medicine in other countries.

IMPORTANT

Following the decision of the UK to leave the EU, nationals from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland are no longer eligible for home fee status or financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22 and beyond. This does not affect EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It also does not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services are preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
This means we expect that EU students starting in 2022 will be charged international fees and will not be eligible for tuition-fee or maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company. These students will be required to take BMAT, rather than UCAT, if applying to study medicine at Keele.

EU/EEA/Swiss students who want to study in the UK

Government advice for EU/EEA/Swiss students who want to study in the UK

UK nationals living in the EU/EEA/Switzerland

Government advice for UK nationals living in the EU

If you are unsure of your fee status, please check the guidance on the university website and the UKCISA website for updates.

Applicants with EU qualifications

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

  • EU country requirements
  • Please give us as much detail as you can on your UCAS form about exams that you have taken in other countries: applicants invited to interview will be expected to provide evidence of their qualifications
  • English language requirements
  • BMAT: Those who are Overseas for fees must also sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year they submit an application.
Aptitude tests

All international applicants must take BMAT in the year of application. For 2022 entry, the test must be taken in November 2021. Please note that there is no September BMAT sitting in 2021.
We expect to have 10 places available for international students in 2022. Applicants will be ranked on BMAT scores and the highest ranked will be invited for interview. For 2021 entry we interviewed 46 international applicants.

We use the marks from all three sections of BMAT, with the numerical mark for section 3 scaled to reflect the alphabetical mark (see The selection process)

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

Exempting/licensing exams

Please note that our degree may not give any exemptions from examinations required to practise medicine in other countries.

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).

Selection and interviews

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

See our main page for guidance about interviews.

Multiple Mini Interviews at Keele School of Medicine