Admissions to Medicine & Open Days
Each year we receive over 2,500 applications for just over 300 places to study Medicine at Cardiff.
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.
Therefore, 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.
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.
UKCAT score query? GCSE requirements? For instant answers to the most common questions our applicants ask take a quick look at our Entry Requirements, FAQs and Application Process pages or our Cardiff University School of Medicine brochure ( English and Welsh ). If you don't find your answer here, please email us. We are managing an extremely high volume of enquiries right now but promise to get back to you as soon as we can.
- March 2014
Cardiff unveils radical new approach to training and retaining doctors in Wales
31st March 2014New patient-focused curriculum transforms how doctors are trained in Wales’ largest medical school.
Revamped Cardiff University medical degree 'valuable' for medics
6th March 2014A medical student at Cardiff University says a revamped course has left her wanting to work in Wales after graduating.
- Cardiff unveils radical new approach to training and retaining doctors in Wales
- January 2014
New Dean of Medicine
7th January 2014Professor John Bligh, formerly Dean of Medical Education at the Cardiff University School of Medicine, takes up a new role as Dean of Medicine.
- New Dean of Medicine Cardiff University
- November 2013
Excellence in Teaching and Medical Student Achievement Awards
22nd November 2013Awards recognise outstanding students and staff from across Wales
- Excellence in Teaching and Medical Student Achievement Awards
Outcome of the Course
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBBCh degree, which is a primary Medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entities you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practice concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practice 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 competition of the Foundation Year 1 Programme is normally achieved in 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 practice 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 regulation in this area may change from time to time.