Our Graduate Entry Medicine programme is unique in Wales and one of just a handful of similar programmes of medical study in the UK open to graduates of any discipline from the UK, EU and overseas.
This accelerated, four-year medical degree follows an innovative, integrated spiral curriculum designed to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.
You will study the basic biomedical sciences in the context of clinical medicine, public health, pathology, therapeutics, ethics, and psycho-social issues in patient management.
Together with a strong focus on clinical and communication skills, you will develop the academic, practical, and personal qualities to practise medicine competently and with confidence.
Our entry interview process is structured to take account of these qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’, and the capacity to meet the outcomes of ‘Outcomes for Graduates’. In summary:
Problem solving skills
Coping with pressure
Insight and Integrity
Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
Why Medicine at Swansea?
We are a small medical school with around 100 spaces, so you will benefit from extensive contact with teaching staff and you will have contact with patients right from the first semester.
If you speak Welsh, you can study a 50 credit ‘Doctor as Professional’ module in each year through the medium of Welsh and may be eligible for internal scholarships or financial support through Coleg Cymraeg.
If you are not a Welsh speaker but would like to gain some basic Welsh language skills geared towards healthcare settings, then you can enrol on our unique Welsh for Medicine courses.
Your Medicine Experience
You will have a high level of structured clinical contact as your studies progress, covering the following areas:
Clinical Apprenticeships, including one week of nursing practice
Specialty attachments, including acute surgery, acute medicine, women’s health, child health, mental health, sub-specialities of medicine and surgery, and frailty.
Community based learning
Senior Assistantship, shadowing F1 doctors
Medicine Employment Opportunities
On successful completion of the course, you will graduate with an MBBCh Medicine from Swansea University, allowing you to progress to Foundation 1 within a clinical environment.
The Programme consists of Phase I (Years 1 + 2) and Phase II (Years 3 + 4). Each year is mapped onto the GMC’s Outcomes for Graduates (2018) where 3 Modules reflect the outcome areas:
Scholar and Scientist
Learning Weeks (Case based, includes Integrated Clinical Method)
Community-Based Learning (CBL) in General Practice for one day every fourth or fifth week
LOCS - Learning Opportunities in the Clinical Setting
LORS – Learning Opportunities in a Research Setting
Early Apprenticeships (1-3)
Case of the Week (Case Based Learning Weeks)
Clinical Apprenticeships and Assistantships(Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care) (4-8) including 8 weeks in CBL
Specialty Attachments– Eight 5 Week placements in Medicine (at Singleton, Morriston and Prince Phillip Hospitals), Acute Surgery, Women’s Health, Child Health, Mental Health, Sub-Specialities of Medicine and Surgery, and Frailty. These include Integrated Clinical Method and simulation.
Elective in Year 4 (5 Week Clinical Placement mostly taken overseas)
Senior Assistantship / Shadowing period at end of Year 4 prior to F1 (5 Week Clinical Placement where students “shadow” F1 doctors in their allocated post in Wales or join the all-Wales ‘shadow’ programme)
Year 1 (Level 4)
FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Students choose 150 credits from the following:
Choose Exactly 50 credits from the following Modules:
NOTE : Select according to English or Welsh speaking placements.
To apply for Graduate Entry Medicine, you must have or be predicted to achieve, the following (or equivalent) by 31st July of the year of intended enrolment:
either minimum of a 2.1 in any subject
or a minimum of merit (equivalent to 2.1 or first) in an integrated undergraduate masters degree
or a 2.2 and a Postgraduate Masters or PhD
Minimum of C at GCSE Maths and English/Welsh
IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in speaking and 6.5 in listening, reading and writing (all candidates from non-English speaking countries)
We accept Swansea University approved equivalent qualifications. If you hold more than one undergraduate degree, the result from the most recent degree is considered.
At the time of application, you must have or be expecting a minimum overall GAMSAT score of 50, including a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences) in order to be considered.
Candidates that meet the GAMSAT cut-off score will be invited to interview. The cut-off is determined annually once all scores have been received. The cut-off may vary for Pathways students, please refer to the Pathways to Medicine for more information.
For international applicants we also accept the MCAT. At the time of application, you must have or be expecting the minimum MCAT score of 500 in order to be considered.
Candidates that meet the MCAT cut-off score will be invited to interview. The cut-off is determined annually once all scores have been received. The cut-off may vary for International Pathways students, please refer to the Pathways to Medicine for more information.
Our core modules are guided by the standards set out by the General Medical Council (GMC) for Medical Education. Modules build the foundation of scientific knowledge and clinical skills required for the practice of medicine.
the University calendar runs in teaching blocks. Teaching block one (TB1) runs from September until January and during this block, for this year, you will be taught in a ‘blended’ way. Your teaching will consist of both face to face, on campus clinical teaching sessions, supported by online learning in the form of real time and recorded lectures and real time small group seminars and workshops.
Your face-to-face, on campus sessions will be a mixture of:
Some anatomy practicals and clinical skills small group work
Clinical Placements in general practice and hospitals
Bookable independent study and group work
Your online learning and teaching may include:
Lectures and other activities available on our online learning platform, Canvas, conducted in real time, to allow for some interaction and ability to ask questions and discussion - Lectures will also be recorded to access for revision
Some facilitated teaching (such as workshops and seminars)
Regular cohort Zoom sessions for updates, team building, discussion and Q&A about aspects of the week’s learning
Academic Mentoring and office hours
Due to the practical, hands on nature of our Clinical Programmes you will be required to enrol and be on campus by September 1st 2020 (September 14th at the latest – please do let us know if you intend on enrolling after 1st September)
This course offers some modules taught through the medium of
Welsh or bilingually for students who consider themselves to be
fluent Welsh speakers. For more details on the provision available
see the Welsh Provision expander below.
There are opportunities for Welsh speakers to study this subject through the medium of Welsh and our dedicated academy, Academi Hywel Teifi, is here to support you throughout your time at Swansea University. We offer you:
An interview through the medium of Welsh when applying for a place.
The option to receive your personal correspondence in Welsh, English or bilingually - we will then communicate with you in your language of choice.
Access to modules taught wholly or partly in Welsh.
The option to write and submit your coursework or exams through the medium of Welsh (even if you have chosen to study in English), and your work will be marked in Welsh.
A Welsh-speaking academic tutor.
One-to-one support to improve your academic Welsh language skills.
An opportunity to gain an additional free qualification that serves as evidence of your Welsh language ability for future employers.
To see further details about the level of provision delivered in Welsh on this particular degree scheme, please see the Welsh-language course page for further information.
Since 2011, there has been a 40% increase in the number of students studying through the medium of Welsh at Swansea University and our TEF* data over the last two years shows that Welsh-medium students are high achievers in regards to employability (*Swansea University TEF return 2017 and 2018).
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.
To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.
Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.
To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's
scholarships and bursaries
Academi Hywel Teifi at Swansea University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offer a number of generous scholarships and bursaries for students who wish to study through the medium of Welsh or bilingually.
For further information about the opportunities available to you, visit the Academi Hywel Teifi Scholarships and Bursaries page.
Access to your own digital device/the appropriate IT kit will be essential during your time studying at Swansea University. Access to wifi in your accommodation will also be essential to allow you to fully engage with your programme. See our dedicated webpages for further guidance on suitable devices to purchase, and for a full guide on getting your device set up.
You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):
Travel to and from campus
Printing, photocopying, binding, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
As well as subject specific support by college teaching staff and your
personal academic mentor, the Centre for Academic
Success provides courses, workshops and one-to-one support in areas
Maths and statistics
Revision, memory and exam techniques
English language skills (if English is not your first language).
In addition, if you have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), disability,
mental health or medical condition, the Centre for Academic Success have
Specialist Tutors to support your learning, working alongside the Disability Office and Wellbeing Service to support all your needs and
requirements whilst studying at Swansea University.
Personal Academic Mentor:
You will be assigned an Academic Mentor from a pool of trained personnel drawn from academic staff in the Medical School, or possibly clinical staff from Health Boards for GEM and PA.
Personal Academic Mentors are your first point of contact while studying at the Medical School and can provide assistance and guidance on a range of issues that may affect your wellbeing, attendance and educational progress. Personal Academic Mentors may also help with your personal development planning and careers advice. Your mentor may also direct you to Welfare and other support services as appropriate.
Student Life Officer:
Our Student Life Officer focuses on student support and identifying students who may need to be referred to the services both within and outside of the University, and working with these students to put a plan in place to manage their welfare. This officer is trained to recognise signs of domestic abuse, hate crimes through to dealing with homesickness and any other pastoral issues.
Medical School Student Information and Education Office:
Our team of administrators and student information co-ordinators are on hand to support you with your academic queries and signpost you to additional services where required.
Your degree programme may already give you an option to study or work abroad
but in addition to this you can also consider an international summer
These programmes are open to all our undergraduate students and include
culture and study tours, volunteering programmes and internships across
destinations such as China, Zambia, South Korea, Japan, Europe and Canada.
Programmes are typically 2 – 6 weeks long and funding is available. See our
Summer Programmes for further information.
*PLEASE NOTE - All applicants MUST have sat the GAMSAT test prior to submitting an application - we are unable to consider any application that does not have either a valid GAMSAT score or proof that an applicant has test the test and is waiting for their results
Applicants, who meet the minimum entry requirements are ranked based upon their GAMSAT scores. The applicants who have scored most highly are then invited to attend our Assessment Centre in the Spring.
GAMSAT is a professionally designed and marked selection test for medical schools offering graduate-entry programmes open to graduates of any discipline. You will need to sit GAMSAT if you intend to apply for entry to the GEM Programme here in Swansea. There are no exemptions from the GAMSAT test.
GAMSAT evaluates the nature and extent of abilities and skills gained through prior experience and learning, including the mastery and use of concepts in basic science, as well as the acquisition of more general skills in problem solving, critical thinking and writing.
We accept results from GAMSAT UK, Ireland and Australia dated within the two years prior to your application.
For more information, or to apply for the GAMSAT examination, please contact GAMSAT UK directly.
All applicants are invited to complete an online test (CASPer) which assesses your non-cognitive and interpersonal skills. Applicants are being asked to voluntarily sit CASPer this year free of charge, to determine whether this test could be used in future years' selection processes. This will NOT affect your application.
Benefits to You
The test is a situational judgement test, similar to the type of test you will take at our assessment centre and is similar to tests you will take at the end of medical school to determine which foundation role you will be matched with.
This voluntary test will not be assessed, however it may be a useful experience for you for our application process and could prove useful for future applications. Information relating to your performance, will be used for research purposes only and not shared. It will not be used to assess your application to us.
The test typically takes 75-90 minutes and is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios, followed by questions to be answered under a time limit. Each response is graded by a different person, giving a robust and reliable assessment of your personal and professional characteristics.
What you need
No studying is required, although you may wish to familiarise yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com. To complete the test you will need access to a computer with audio, a webcam, a reliable internet connection, and a quiet enviroment.
When and How to book a test
To book a CASPer test you will need your UCAS number and a government-issued photo ID. You will then be given a number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available. Please use an email that you check regularly as there may be updates to the test schedule.
Tests dates for this admission cycle will be open for registration in October 2019.
How you are helping us
The aim of the CASPer test is to provide an assessment of the non-cognitive and essential communication skills of applicants. We plan to use results from this pilot test, in conjunction with our current selection process to determine whether this will provide a more holistic overview of applicants and qualities required for a career in medicine.
You will first sit a 30-minute written situational judgement assessment. This will not assess your academic ability, but try and identify those applicants who have decision making skills suitable to a career in medicine.
You will then attend two separate 20-minute interviews, where your personal statement will be considered and discussed. These are conducted by pairs of interviewers taken from our highly trained panel of clinicians, academics, medical students and members of the public.
The interview process is designed to take account of the personal and academic qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’, and the capacity to meet the outcomes of ‘Outcomes for Graduates’. In summary these are:
Problem solving skills
Coping with pressure
Insight and Integrity
Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
For more information on what we are looking for at interview please see our interview tips page:
Once the interviews are completed, we will assess the overall performance of each candidate. Due to the very competitive nature of the selection process, only candidates who scored highest will be offered a place at Swansea.
PLEASE NOTE: all UK/EU candidates must attend in person and that we do not have the capacity to offer remote interviews, for example via Skype.
The General Medical Council (GMC) has introduced a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) to demonstrate those who obtain registration with a licence to practice medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practice, all medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practice. This will apply to all UK medical students graduating in and after the 2023-24 academic year.
Medical schools have to consider the impact of health conditions and disabilities on students’ fitness to practise as a doctor. This is because they have a responsibility to ensure that students are eligible to be registered by the General Medical Council. All offers are subject to occupational health and fitness to practise clearance. The details you provide will also help us consider what reasonable adjustments are possible in order to assist with specific health challenges and disabilities.
If you have a disability, ensure you declare it on the UCAS form by ticking the relevant box. Disclosure will not affect screening of your application. If an offer is made you will be contacted by the Occupational Health Department to discuss your situation.
If you are unsure of how a disability will fit in to the application process or you need more information, contact occupational health team. You should also inform the admissions team if you are eligible for any special considerations during the written tests or interviews on the basis of your disability.
Health Screening and DBS Checks
All successful applicants accepting a place will be required to complete health declaration and immunisation forms. Your General Practitioner will have access to details of your immunisation history and should be able to share with you on request. These will be screened by our Occupational Health Department. Some students will be contacted by an Occupational Health Physician for further information where appropriate. Occupational health review could involve blood tests and immunisations to ensure your safety as well as safety of patients.
Students will be required to complete a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the course. The offer of a place is dependent on successful check of the Medical Schools’ Council Excluded Students Database.
In the interests of patient and public safety, and to prevent fraudulent applications to courses which lead to entry to a registered profession in the UK, Swansea University Medical School will share some of the information provided in your application form with the Medical Schools Council in order to verify your fitness to practise. If a fitness to practise outcome is made against you in the future, your information and a copy of the decision against you will also be stored on a central database which is accessible only to other schools with courses leading to entry to a registered profession in the UK. It is used only for proper fitness to practise purposes to protect patients and the public, and to prevent fraudulent applications. Any offer of a place on the programme is conditional on you having disclosed any previous fitness to practise outcomes against you, and your consent being given to this use of information. You have a right of access to any information held about you on the database and to correct any errors.’
Swansea University is an equal opportunities institution and actively encourages applications from persons of all ability. For Medicine, each application is assessed on an individual basis, on the candidate’s ability to fulfil the learning outcomes and skills and competencies required to complete the MB programme and as required by the GMCs Outcomes for Graduates. The GMC requires all medical schools to ensure that the applicant is able to complete in full the medical curriculum, and when considering applicants with disabilities, the School follows the advisory guidelines set out by the GMC in their document ‘Gateways to the Professions’ (this can be accessed on the GMC website). The University monitors carefully the selection process, in order to ensure that no applicants are disadvantaged.
There is no fixed upper age limit for entry onto the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme. However, we do advise that all applicants carefully consider not only the length of the programme, but the subsequent demanding nature and intensity of a career in medicine, and the long term commitment that is required after successfully completing the course.