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Applying to BSMS

We expect our students to become compassionate practitioners who are really in touch with their patients and committed to the core values of the NHS. You must possess the abilities, the commitment and the personal qualities necessary to become an excellent doctor.

In assessing your application, we will look for evidence of:

  • academic achievement and potential
  • BMAT score
  • a realistic attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • a commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
  • the ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
  • the ability to appreciate other people’s point of view
  • an appreciation of the need to treat people with respect and dignity
  • a willingness to accept responsibility.


Contextual Data

BSMS is committed to widening participation into medicine. With this in mind when assessing your academic profile, we will also be looking for any contextual data that may enhance your application.

If you are identified as having any two from the following key pieces of data, then you will be considered separately from the rest of our applicants; we will also accept English and mathematics at GCSE grade C.

Contextual data we would consider includes whether you:

  • live in a neighbourhood that has low participation into higher education or live in an area that falls within the lowest 20% of the Index of Mass Deprivation*
  • attended a 11 – 16 state school that performed below the national average at GCSE*
  • (or a parent or guardian) are in receipt of a means-tested benefit**
  • are in receipt of the 16 to 19 bursary**
  • are (or have been) eligible for free school meals at any point between Year 9 and Year 13**. 

Applicants who are (or have been) looked after in Local Authority Care for more than three months will automatically be invited for interview, subject to satisfying academic criteria.

*Eligibility will be identified by BSMS Admissions.

**Eligibility should be self-declared after application has been submitted via UCAS and evidence submitted via the BSMS website

We welcome applications from students with disabilities, and the disability and dyslexia team are available to help any students in this situation. If you meet the academic criteria for selection, and indicate on your application form that you have a disability or dyslexia, you will be contacted by a member of the disability and dyslexia team to talk about support available. You are welcome to discuss any concerns that you may have at open days and admission days.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for 2017 entry


AAA to include Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Level (excluding general studies and critical thinking).

Scottish Highers

370 points from 18 units with both Biology and Chemistry at minimum Advanced Higher A grade.

International Baccalaureate

36 points with both Biology and Chemistry at minimum grade 6 at Higher level.


All applicants must take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

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BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

We require 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 applicants for interview. We value that it is not only a test of aptitude, but also of knowledge. We believe 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 of the test.

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.  We score 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 2015 entry applicants who scored 15.1 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. We thoroughly recommend that you acquit yourself with these materials

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.

Admissions process

For 2016/17 admission cycle.

Step 1

Register for the BMAT. Registration opens from 1 September 2016 and standard entry closes at 5pm (BST) on 1 October. The last registration is 5pm (BST) on 15 October 2016, however late fees will apply. The BMAT takes place on 2 November 2016.

Step 2

Submit your application to UCAS by 15 October 2016. 

UCAS institution code name: BSMS

UCAS institution code: B74

Course code: A100

Step 3

Our admissions office will review applications. Qualifying applications who are flagged with contextual data are ranked according to their BMAT results, with the top 100 ranking candidates invited to interview. All of remaining applications are then ranked according to their BMAT results, with the highest ranking candidates invited to interview.

Step 4

Attend an Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) session. MMIs will take place during our admissions days, which we aim to run on Wednesdays and Saturdays in December, January, February and March.

Step 5

The admissions board will review MMI outcomes and offers are made to successful candidates in March.

Step 6

Qualification results are confirmed by UCAS. Candidates whose results meet their offer have their place confirmed.



International students

Applicants who are not ordinarily resident in the UK or EU are considered to be international. Applicants are advised to get in touch with the admissions team directly to see whether they are academically eligible before they apply. All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and maths GSCE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. This must have been achieved no more than two years before the date that you intend to enrol with BSMS

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Contact details

Undergraduate admissions enquiries


T: +44 (0)1273 643528 / 643529 / 641966