Newcastle School of Medical Education

This highly regarded medical programme will prepare you for a career as a compassionate and skilled practitioner – able to provide safe, individualised care based on a sound knowledge of health, disease and society:

Quality and Ranking

Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly regarded medical programmes in the UK. The excellence of our programmes has been confirmed by the General Medical Council (GMC). We are ranked:

  • top 10 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • top 150 – Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 100 – Medicine category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • 91% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
  • 9th in the UK – Research Excellence Framework 2014 (Clinical Medicine category)

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2

In Years 1 and 2 you’ll study key subject areas including medical sciences, clinical skills, ethics and professionalism. You’ll be based primarily on campus in Newcastle with frequent visits to hospitals and general practices around the regional medical school. You’ll cover a series of twenty-four clinical cases to put your learning into context and provide you with the essentials of medical practice.

Years 3 to 5

In years 3 to 5 you’ll gain clinical experience through placements in our clinical base units across the region. You’ll undergo a series of rotations, clerkships, assistantships and placements that cover all relevant areas of medicine and surgery. We’ll place further emphasis on professional development, student choice, and hospital- and community-based medicine. This develops your specialist knowledge, skills and professional behaviour, preparing you for your future career as a doctor.

Throughout the final three years of the programme, there will be opportunities for student choice. This includes two four-week student selected components and an eight-week elective.

Study abroad

During Year 2 there is an opportunity to spend a semester at our branch campus in Malaysia. At the end of Year 4 you undertake an eight-week elective placement. This gives you the opportunity to study medicine, either at home or abroad and gain hands-on experience of a different healthcare system.

Intercalated study

Enrich personal and professional development

Our medical students have the opportunity to enrich their personal and professional development further by taking time out of their medical studies to pursue an intercalated degree.

Intercalation provides an opportunity to study a subject that interests and excites you as well as develop new perspectives on healthcare delivery, research and education.

We offer a broad range of Biomedical Science BSc degrees and master’s degrees that cover all aspects of medical practice.

Entry Requirements


AAA excluding General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, we require a pass in the practical element.

Once the academic criteria have been met, academic achievement is not considered further in subsequent parts of the application process eg additional A Levels or A* results or additional GCSE results are not considered.

Applicants ideally should have achieved the necessary A Level grades at the first attempt as an indicator that they will be able to manage the intensity of the course. Newcastle University recognises that sometimes circumstances mean that students underperform. As a result, we allow a subject to be repeated once. If a subject is being undertaken for a second time after further study the expectation is of a higher level of performance, the grade requirement from the University will also increase by a grade eg A to A*.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

All applicants applying to study the 5 year A100 programme or the 4 year A101 Medicine programme at Newcastle University will be required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

The UCAT threshold may differ in each admissions cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current cycle.

Full admissions policy can be found here.

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