Another increase in applications to UK medical schools

UK Medical Schools. Applications for 2022 are up 54% on the numbers from five-years ago.

Applications for 2022 are up 54% on the numbers from five-years ago.

Data released recently from UCAS has shown another increase in applications to study medicine in the UK. On top of the unprecedented increases for 2021, application numbers are up again in 2022. In fact, the increase in applications over the past five years is truly staggering. Applications for enrolment in September 2022 (29710) are up 54% on the equivalent numbers in 2017 (19210). The picture is similar for international fee-paying students with a 44% increase across the same period. With no equivalent increase in the number of seats available it is more competitive than ever to secure a seat to study medicine in the UK.

Given this competitive back-drop we are strongly advising aspiring doctors to develop a back-up strategy now. Several the opportunities outside of UCAS have also become increasingly popular and application deadlines have been shortening in recent years. If you are one of the applicants chasing a seat though UCAS you will find some of the options below offer you reassurance of enrolling at medical school in September 2022.

UK programmes

Brunel University in London – Five-year medicine (international students only)
Swansea University – Three-year BSc. leading to four-year medicine (international students only)

Mediterranean programmes

University of Nicosia in Cyprus – Six-year MD
Queen Mary University of London Malta – Five-year UK MBBS

Continental Europe

Czech Republic: Seven medical schools – Entrance exams in UK, USA, Hong Kong and Kenya.

Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland – Online entrance exams and interviews


St. George’s University in Grenada – Five-year MD with up to two years in the UK.

These and the other options available through Medical Doorway are becoming increasing popular for students who first applied to the UK. In many cases the tuition fees and living costs are also much lower than the UK.

Study Medicine in the UK, Europe and Caribbean with Medical Doorway.

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