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Internal transfer to MBChB Medicine

Year of entry – September 2024

The School of Medicine will consider applications to transfer to the first year of our MBChB degree programme from students registered on the first year of our undergraduate programmes.

Students may have the possibility of transferring to Medicine from the following courses:

Entry to the MBChB degree programme will be from September 2024 onwards.

This is a highly competitive option and there is limited availability, so applicants must fulfil the same criteria as all other applicants to the course before being made an offer.

For 2022/3 entry a total of 59 applications for internal transfer were received. Fourteen of these applicants were interviewed and five were subsequently offered places for Medicine.

Notes for students who enrolled onto BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science in January 2023: to internally transfer to Medicine, if you began your degree course in January 2023, please note that the MMIs take place in December 2023 and January 2024, with offers going out to successful candidates in mid-February 2024. This means that you’ll not know if you have been offered a place until after you have started the second year of your course. Depending on when you receive an offer, it may well be too late to withdraw from your course without still being liable for fees. We strongly advise any January starters who are interested in an internal transfer to Medicine to speak to the ARU Money Advice Service team to discuss your options.

If you wish to apply for 2024 entry to Medicine you’ll need to submit your UCAS application by 16 October 2023 and sit the UCAT test in the summer of 2023.

Requirements for applying

Students applying through this route must fulfil the following academic requirements:

  • a minimum average mark of 75% across the first year of their degree course with no less than 65% for any one module (achieved by 1 September of the year of entry)
  • at the point of application, provide evidence of a current UCAT score
  • applicants must also meet the GCSE requirements for the Medicine degree, which are 5 GCSEs at grades 9-6 (A*-B) including English language, maths and two sciences.

As part of the admissions process the MBChB selectors cannot consider extenuating circumstances which may have affected performance. Any extenuating circumstances must be raised by students in a timely fashion through the appropriate process in their faculty.

How to apply

Applications must be made on the MBChB application form through UCAS by 16 October 2023.

What happens next?


  • Applicants must meet our GCSE requirements; we do not check A-level grades for internal transfer applicants.
  • Your personal statement must include reasons why you are applying for a transfer to the MBChB Medicine degree programme.
  • You must have a UCAT score prior to application.


Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be held in December and January and will consist of scenarios and tasks, typically assessing:

  • interpersonal and communication skills (including empathy)
  • teamwork and leadership
  • preparation and motivation
  • critical thinking, problem solving
  • ethical/moral reasoning
  • 'integrity'.

Following the multiple MMIs applicants will be notified of the outcome. Find out more about MMIs.

Conditional offer

  • Offers will be conditional on applicants achieving a minimum average overall first year mark of 75% across all Year 1 modules with no less than 65% for any one module.
  • Applicants will be required to obtain satisfactory Occupational Health and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
  • For applicants who do not have English as a first language, we require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). IELTS: 7.5 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component) taken within two academic years prior to the time of application.
  • A shortlist of reserve applicants will be drawn up after the interviews and reservists may be offered a place if they become available.
  • Feedback on this internal process will not be available.

Timeline of internal transfer application

  • You'll start on one of the three degree courses listed above and simultaneously make a UCAS application for Medicine (by deadline of 15 October).
  • Admissions will review your application to ensure you meets GCSE requirements (at least 5 GCSEs graded A*-B or 9-6, including maths, English language and two science subjects) and have a valid UCAT score from a test taken in summer 2023. If you meet these requirements, you'll be ranked alongside all other applicants that meet the academic entry requirements.
  • If you score highly enough in UCAT, you’ll be selected for interview.
  • If you score highly enough in the interview, we’ll make you a conditional offer for Medicine. The conditions would be to achieve at least 65% in each of your Year 1 modules and at least 75% overall average grade for Year 1 of the degree course.
  • If you meet these conditions, you’ll be allowed to enter Year 1 Medicine instead of entering Year 2 of your degree course.