Admissions to Medicine & Open Days
Competition for a place at Cardiff University School of Medicine is intense. For example, the University usually receives more than 3,500 applications; of these, approximately 1,500 are invited to interview.
Our aim is to attract, recruit and select the best students in order to train and produce the very best doctors for Wales, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
Our admissions processes have been developed to identify those applicants who are best suited to follow our medical programme, and who have the greatest potential to embark on a productive career in Medicine.
In this section of our site you will find up to date information on how to apply, how we handle your application, our entry requirements, the UKCAT clinical aptitude test, the GAMSAT test, and updates for current applicants.
Most importantly we have also included details about our Open Days, which are the best way for you to find out more about our courses and our admissions processes and to help you decide whether Cardiff is right for you.
Entry requirements for all applicants, whether or not you hold GCE qualifications, are described in detail in our admissions policy which is also available in Welsh Welsh - School of Medicine ADMISSIONS POLICY 2016-17.pdf . If you hold qualifications from another country, please also read our non-UK qualifications guide. . Please note the Policy for 2017/18 Entry is currently waiting approval and will be published in due course.
Please note that we do not enter Clearing for Medicine.
If you wish to enter Clearing for another course, the hotline for Cardiff University's Clearing Centre is 02920 876000.
Information for applicants
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.
Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.
Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.
There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.
In addition the GMC is currently considering whether to introduce a formal assessment that all doctors would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.