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Jello J7
09-07-2007, 04:56 AM
I am a canadian graduate with modest MCAT scores and GPA. What british (not Irish or scottish) schools will be receptive to applicants like me? I checked a few websites.....not much help. The admission requirements seem to be for local students. Not much information for north american graduates is available. Are there any british schools that offer a 4 years program if u have a bachelors? ur help and comments are greatly appreciated.

09-07-2007, 08:08 AM
Be warned that if your scores are too "modest" you are unlikely to gain entry: med. school here is also fiercely competitive.
A simple Google search for uk med. school graduate entry progs. should give you what you need by way of 4-year courses. Alternatively, go to UCAS course search (http://search.ucas.co.uk/cgi-bin/hsrun/search/search/StateId/RtXVQoDdi8xDK6c8tRnrA2l6VboJ--VSxo/HAHTpage/search.HsSearch.submitForm?txtSubject=medicine&cmbQual=DEG&cmbAttend=FT&cmbInst=&button1.x=0&button1.y=0)
If you proceed with your quest avoid the suggestion (or ambiguity) that you don't know that Scotland is a part of Great Britain - it would be akin to suggesting that Newfoundland and Labrador is not really a part of Canada;)

09-07-2007, 09:33 AM
I think that you will find admissions information for north american students on most of the medical school websites. As an international student you are probably better phoning up the schools you are interested in and speaking with a member of staff from admissions. I know that for 2008 entry, home students applications have to be submitted by mid/early October 2007.

Also if you do a search on 'The Guardian good university guide', and select medicine from the drop down course list, you will get a list of UK medical schools by rank (i.e. 'best' to 'worst' so to speak).
The same table will also tell you which schools have a lower admissions standard (e.g. average number of points per accepted home student - which may give anybody interested a rough guide of what the home standard is like - as international places are much more limited therefore a higher standard is usually required)

I would expect that to be competitive you would be looking at a GPA and MCAT which would be competitive in the US or Canadian medical schools.

RE: 4 year programmes, yes sure they are going on here in the UK too, but gaining a place on a grad course in the UK is very very difficult indeed. Most graduate entry programmes in the UK have 15-20+ applications per place (on average), and I know some universities in the UK only accept applications from students with a 1st class degree.

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