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Ever wondered what Medical Schools look for in a candidate?  Here at Swansea University Medical School, there are 5 key competencies that we believe make a good doctor…

Requirements - Communication Can you communicate clearly and appropriately with people from all walks of life? 

How would you tell someone something life-changing?

What about your written communication? 

Communication is absolutely key to success in medicine, both as a doctor and for the patient.  

Requirements - coping  

How would you cope with balancing conflicting pressures without compromising patient safety? 

How would you also make sure you look after your own wellbeing?

Having someone else's life in your hands is a great responsibility and you need to be ready for that.  

Requirements - Insights

 

Diagnosing conditions is often like working out a riddle or a 1000-piece jigsaw. 

Have you got the skills to work through complex information?

Requirements - problem solving

 

 

 

Honesty is the best policy. 

How would you react if something had gone wrong? 

Can you learn from your mistakes?

Requirements - passion

   

 

A career in Medicine is not for the faint-hearted. 

What is driving you to become a doctor? 

If you were unsuccessful, would you pick yourself up and dust yourself off?

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Application timeline

Applying for Graduate Entry Medicine will take more than a year, with lots or hurdles along the way.  Be sure you know what to expect and when...

June-August:

Register to sit GAMSAT (UK)

Mid-September:

It's GAMSAT time.  The test takes place on a single date in test centres around the UK and in selected centres internationally.  You can use results from this sitting for applications the same year and for two years to follow.  

September-October:

The UCAS window for Home/EU candidates closes on 15th October each year...even if this is on a weekend.  Be sure to have all the information you need, including a good personal statement, a relevant academic or professional reference and all of your qualifications (pending and complete) from GCSE/High School onwards.  

**If you want GAMSAT to send us your results directly, make sure you give them your UCAS number and permission by logging into your GAMSAT account**

November:

GAMSAT results are released and we begin to select candidates for interview.  We can interview up to 4 times the number of spaces available on our course and will select eligible candidates by applying a cut-off to overall GAMSAT scores.  Typically, this is between 57 and 59 at Swansea University.  

November-February:

Register to sit GAMSAT (Australia and Ireland).  

December:

We'll update you on your application and invite the first batch of candidates to interview at our Selection Centre.  We will often keep a reserve list for interview in case spaces become available closer to the time.

September-January:

The UCAS window for International candidates closes on 15th January each year...even if this is on a weekend.  Be sure to have all the information you need, including a good personal statement, a relevant academic or professional reference and all of your qualifications (pending and complete) from GCSE/High School onwards.  You will also need to have completed IELTS or equivalent and achieved 7.0 overall with no less than 7.0 in speaking and 6.5 in listening, reading and writing if you have not been educated in the English language.  

**You will need to send us your GAMSAT results directly.  We can only accept the official PDF**

February:

Deadline for invited candidates to accept our invitation to interview and register for our Selection Centre.  We understand that it's not easy to juggle coming to interviews with work or study so we let you select your own date (subject to availability).  

Mid-March:

It's GAMSAT time again.  The test takes place on a single date in test centres around the Australia and Ireland as well as in selected centres in the UK internationally.  You can use results from this sitting for applications for the following two years.

March:

Our Selection Centre takes place at the Medical School's Education Centre in Morriston Hospital.  It's a day-long event starting with a warm welcome from our Admissions Directors.  You'll then sit a written assessment, which is similar to a situational judgement test.  In the afternoon, you will have 2 oral interviews: one with a practising clinician and a lay-member of the community; the other with an academic and a medical student.  The interviews are not tests of your scientific or medical knowledge; they are conversations that aim to bring out the best in you.  While you wait for your interviews, you will be accompanied by student ambassadors from the medical school who can show you the hospital and facilities and answer any questions you may have.  

April-August:

We begin making offers as soon as we can after the Selection Centre closes.  Due to strict numbers on the course, we can only release the exact number of offers at any one time but as offer-holders make their choices places will continue to become available over the summer months.  Keep an eye on your emails because you'll be hearing from us!

May:

GAMSAT (Australia and Ireland) results are released.  Hold on to these results ready to apply in October.