Published on October 7, 2023

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University of Leicester Medical School Guide

Overview of Leicester Medical School

The famous George Davies Centre was opened in September 2016 with a £42 million investment, the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by any UK university in the last decade. Leicester Medical School was one of the first to adopt one-iPad-per- student and is one of the few to still offer full-body cadaveric dissection.

Academic Requirements

CategoryGradesOther information
A LevelAAAIncluding Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology  
Scottish HighersA minimum score of 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, or Psychology    34 points
Scottish Advanced HighersAAAChemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. They will also consider the two sciences at Advanced Higher (grade AA) plus three other subjects at Highers Level (grades AAB)
IBA minimum score of 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology    34 points 

N.B Leicester offers a Medicine course with a foundation year which requires a BBB offer

UCAT/BMAT

UCAT or BMAT for University of Leicester Medical School?

The UCAT is required 

It is used as a significant part of the selection for an interview. Those with a lower score will have their application holistically considered. Applicants with Band 4 in SJT will be automatically rejected.

For 2023 entry the average UCAT score of those given an offer was 2730 and the lowest score of those given an offer was 2360.

Course Structure

The Medicine course at the University of Leicester is integrated and is always clinically relevant where it can be. Phase 1 lasts two years and involves learning the basics of Medicine and starting to develop consultation and examination skills in preparation for Phase 2. Phase 2 involves full-time hospital, general practice, and community placements.

Life as a University of Leicester Medical School Student

Medical school starts with an induction week where there is a chance to meet everyone, you get your free iPad and gain a more clear understanding of the course. You also have a 1 or 2-week placement on GP. You are placed in a group of 8 people who you will be with to complete your group work for the whole of Phase 1. In Phase 1 there is a lot of group work along with a few one-hour long lectures.

The timetable during Phase 1 will often be full mornings of lectures and/or group work but the afternoons will be free for self-study and any other extra-curricular activities.

ProsCons
Balance between clinical focus and academiaRanking after exams
Students and staff very approachable 
Students and staff are very approachable 

University of Leicester Medical School Ranking

The Guardian ranks Leicester as the 16th Medical School in the UK. The Complete University Guide ranks Leicester as the 10th Medical School in the UK. 

It’s important to keep in mind that university rankings are subjective and can be based on different criteria. Rankings can be a factor when deciding which medical schools you apply to, but make sure to have a holistic approach when making your decisions and consider which universities you would thrive in the most.

Home Students and International Students

290 students with 18 international students.

University of Leicester Medical School Fees

Home students pay £9250 whilst international students pay £23,000 in Years 1 and 2 and $41,140 in Years 3,4 and 5

Interview Process

Leicester conducts MMI interviews. The interviews will last around an hour. The areas that will be assessed include communication, motivation, empathy and comprehension.

Some example questions you may find in a Leicester interview are given below, with a brief answer guide underneath each.

What experiences have you undertaken to develop your interest in Medicine?

Work experience is a commonly assessed topic at interview. Medicine is a big commitment, and interviewers want to see that you have taken steps to see what medicine is actually like as a career. When discussing your work experience, make sure to reflect on what you saw – what specifically interests you about a career in medicine? Did you witness anything that you may find challenging, and how will you tackle these challenges?

Scenario: You are a medical student, and witness a doctor shouting at her nursing colleague. What would you do?

Communication and empathy are key values for doctors, and this question tests both of these. It is important to recognise that although you may not yet be a medical professional, if you witness something like this as a medical student you should still speak up. Demonstrate good empathy by discussing the feelings of both the doctor and the nurse. In this situation, if you feel that you are out of your depth as a medical student you are well within your rights to escalate to a more senior member of staff.

Tell me about a time where you demonstrated effective communication.

This question tests both how you communicate and how you reflect on your own abilities. Try to split your answer up to cover both what you did to demonstrate good communication and how you know you succeeded. What were your goals, and how can you measure the strength of your communication skills? Would you do anything differently in the future?

Can you be a good doctor without getting high A-Level grades?

A good academic record is not the only requirement to being a doctor – many people with very strong academic abilities may not make good doctors because of other qualities that are required. Communication, empathy, and teamwork (just to name a few!) are all very important skills that a doctor must possess, which aren’t examined by A-Levels or other similar exams. However, it is also important that a doctor has strong academic abilities, as medicine is a very challenging degree with a lot to learn.


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