Internal transfer to MBChB Medicine

Year of entry - September 2022

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 2022 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 2021/2 entry a total of 52 applications for internal transfer were received. Twenty-four of these applicants were interviewed and seven were subsequently offered places for Medicine.

Notes for students who enrol onto BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science in January 2021: to internally transfer to Medicine, if you begin your degree course in January 2021, please note that the MMIs take place in December 2021 and January 2022, with offers going out to successful candidates in mid-February 2022. This means that you will 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 2022 entry to Medicine you’ll need to submit your UCAS application by 15 October 2021 and sit the UCAT test in the summer of 2021.

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 15 October 2021.

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 the 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 2021).
  • 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 2021. 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 will be selected for interview.
  • If you score highly enough in the interview, we will 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 will be allowed to enter year 1 Medicine instead of entering year 2 of your degree course.