Published on September 12, 2023

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University of Liverpool Medical School Guide

Overview of the Liverpool Medical School

The University of Liverpool is one of the six original red-brick universities and is one of the largest medical schools in the UK. Liverpool is known for its music, maritime heritage, and its connection to the Beatles. As well as this, there are some unique museums and eye-catching architecture.

Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements

CategoryGradeOther Information
A LevelAAAChemistry and one of Biology, Physics, or Mathematics
Scottish HigherAAAABChemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
Scottish Advanced HighersAAChemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
IB36 pointsA minimum of 6,6,6 to include Chemistry with either Biology

UCAT or BMAT for Liverpool Medical School?

Liverpool University requires the UCAT. In 2022, the interview threshold score was 2620. As well as this, a band 4 SJT score led to rejection without an interview.

Life as a University of Liverpool Medical Student

In the early years, your schedule will be at least half a day’s worth of contact hours. The rest of the time is for you to split into self-study, free time, and social activities. There are lots of societies to get involved with in Liverpool, for example, the Liverpool Guild consists of students from across Liverpool. Year 3 onwards is heavily placement focussed so your schedule will be quite different from the first two years. Placements take place in various locations in the area.

Excellent medical facilitiesLack of clinical exposure in the first year
World renowned cityNo anatomical dissection
 Teaching is quite detached with a lack of personal support

Liverpool Medical School Ranking

The Complete University Guide ranks Liverpool Medical School as the 27th Medical school in the UK. The Guardian ranks Liverpool as the 13th Medical School in the UK.

It’s important to keep in mind that university rankings are subjective and based on differing criteria. Rankings maybe a factor when deciding which medical schools you apply to, but a holistic approach is more important. Crucially, when making your decisions, consider which universities you would thrive in the most. 

Home Students and International Students

There are around 310 home students and 23 international students.


For home students, the cost is £9,250. For international students, it is £34,550.

Course Structure

The course has a spiral model where concepts are initially introduced at a basic level and then revisited later with more complexity. As well as this, there are overarching themes which guide the teaching of the curriculum. The course is 5 years, however, there is the option to intercalate.

Years 1 and 2 include lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals. All of this teaching occurs on the University of Liverpool campus. Overall, this helps students to achieve a core competency in the clinical sciences and uses an integrated systems based approach.

Clinical placements occur in Years 2-5. These are in local NHS trusts, GP practices, hospices, specialist services and community services. Students rotate through different clinical providers with the aim of preparing students for junior medical postgraduate training.

Interview Process

Liverpool University uses an MMI style of interview. Around one in four students who are invited to interview are subsequently offered a place.

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