Does BSMS offer a "fast track" for graduate entry?
BSMS is not offering this option at the present time. We offer only a standard five-year degree. There are an increasing number of four-year medical degrees on offer to graduates, but entry into these accelerated degrees can be particularly competitive. Using all four UCAS choices for four-year degrees can prove a high-risk strategy.
Can I transfer from other medicine courses or other degrees?
Entry is only into Year 1 at BSMS, on the basis of either A-level (or similar) qualifications achieved or completed degree qualifications (eg, a class 2(i) honours degree). We do not accept requests for entry with advanced standing into other years of the course due to the integrated nature of our curriculum. Partly completed degree grades will not normally be accepted as an entry qualification for BSMS.
Can I apply to BSMS if I have failed to complete a medicine degree elsewhere?
BSMS will not consider applicants who have previously failed to complete a medicine degree, unless the applicant is able to offer exceptional and acceptable mitigation.
Does BSMS use the BMAT?
BSMS requires all applicants to sit the BMAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. We feel that BMAT is a fair and transparent method for selecting for interview. We value that it is not only a test of aptitude, but also of knowledge. BSMS believes that it is important that applicants are able to demonstrate that they are able to construct a clear argument and present it using a good level of written English; this can be evidenced in Section 3.
We believe that the BMAT allows applicants to put themselves in the spotlight; if you have the ability and talent to succeed in medicine then the BMAT gives you the perfect opportunity to show us, regardless of your background. BSMS scores the BMAT out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3) we then rank all applicants according to their total score out of 28 and work down the rankings to fill our interview places. For 2019 entry, applicants without contextual data who scored 16.1 or above were invited for interview (the cut off score will vary each year).
To help you prepare for the test, BMAT have produced a number of very useful resources including guides to the content of the course and past test papers.
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You are required to register with BMAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the BMAT website for key dates and additional information. The results of the BMAT will be used to assess each application and will form part of the process to select applicants for interview. BMAT may also be used as a final discriminator if needed after interview.
If you feel that your performance on the day of the test was effected by extenuating circumstances you must apply to BMAT for Special Consideration.
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BSMS will not consider any requests for Special Consideration that have not followed the procedures detailed on the BMAT website.