Internal transfer to MBChB Medicine

Year of entry - September 2021

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 2021 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.

In 2019/20 a total of 55 applications for internal transfer were received. Twenty-one of these applicants were interviewed and nine were subsequently offered places for Medicine.

If you enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree in January 2020, please note that the MMI interviews take place in December 2020 and January 2021 with offers going out to successful candidates in mid-February 2021. This means that you won't 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 2021 entry to Medicine you’ll need to submit your UCAS application by 15 October 2020 and sit the UCAT test in the summer of 2020.

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.

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 2020.

What happens next?


  • 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:<.p>

  • 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.