International Medicine Applicants
Information for International Applicants to Medicine
We accept either GAMSAT or MCAT dated within the two years of your application. Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be ranked by their GAMSAT or MCAT scores. The cut off for 2019/20 entry for GAMSAT is 50 and for MCAT is 500. The applicants who have the highest score will then be invited to attend our Assessment Centre in Spring – please note that we can only consider one test score.
Other Entry Requirements can be found on the Medicine (Graduate Entry) Course page
Our assessment centre's strength is our personal approach so we prefer to meet candidates in person. We recognise the additional cost to attend an Assessment Centre in Swansea and therefore offer a Travel Bursary of £500 to successful applicant on completion of enrolment to the programme. You will be invited to submit evidence that you have travelled to the UK from outside of UK/EU to attend the interview i.e. your flight ticket and the bursary payment will be made to you once you have completed the enrolment process in October – further information will be sent to you together with your offer letter.
We strongly recommend you to attend in person as you will have opportunities to tour our facilities, the local area and meet our staff and current students. However if you are unable to make it in person we will arrange a remote interview. **
**Please note there may be a cost to sit the written assessment under examination conditions in your home country i.e. with the British Council.
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:
- Communication Skills
- Problem solving skills
- Coping with pressure
- Insight and Integrity
- Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
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.
In order to accept an offer of a place from us, successful candidates will be required to show proof of funds equivalent to 9 months cost of living in order to accept a place and secure a Visa. Currently, this stands at £1015/per month and must be held in the applicant’s bank account.
- Successful candidates will be required to pay a £2000 deposit within 10 days of accepting any offer of a place, which will be deducted from the first fee instalment.
- International Tuition Fees for 2018 are set at £35,700 and will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.
Upon receipt of the deposit, Swansea University will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) within 5 working days. You will need your CAS number to secure a Visa, which can take approximately 1 month.
Advice and support for International Students can be obtained from International@CampusLife.
They are the University's support network for International Students and applicants. Please find below a brief outline of Tier 4 processes and regulations more detailed information and support will need to be obtained through International@CampusLife.
Tier 4 Visas and Studying Medicine
UK Visas and Immigration limits the time you can spend studying in the UK on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Usually international students on this visa can only study five years at Bachelor Level (NQF 6) and Master Level (NQF 7) in the UK. This is called the ‘Five Year Cap’. Medicine courses are exempt from the ‘Five Year Cap’ therefore if you have studied previously in the UK at Bachelor level on a Tier 4 visa then you can progress onto Medicine (Graduate Entry) without running out of time.
If you are an international student and have completed a previous course at Bachelor degree level or above in the UK and are intending to obtain further Tier 4 leave, please provide us with a detailed personal statement demonstrating how this course benefits your career aspirations in combination with the previous course for which you had Tier 4 leave.
If you have studied in the UK previously at Master Level (NQF 7) in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa you will have to apply for your visa overseas as Graduate Entry Medicine (NQF 6) is at a lower level than your previous course on Tier 4 leave.
Please note: We may ask you for evidence to prove that you are overseas before we issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Statement to you.
When applying for a Tier 4 visa overseas, you are likely to be subject to a Credibility Interview during the Visa application process. Our International Student Advice Service (ISAS) have some detailed information about what to expect in a credibility interview.
The course starts on the first week of September.
In order to enrol students will need to pay the first instalment of their fees. (50% of Year one fee minus £2000 deposit)
The second instalment is due in the February
Placements take place across the region. Transport between sites is at the expense of the student. Please contact the Medical School Student Information and Education Office for further information.
Successful students are awarded MB BCh Medicine from Swansea University, having joined the General Medical Council’s (GMC) distinguished list of UK medical schools entitled to award UK primary medical qualifications (PMQs). This qualification allows our graduates progress to foundation level in the UK and many other countries.
All applicants are advised to ensure that Swansea University's PMQ is recognised by the medical standards authority of the country in which they wish to practise.