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Admissions to Medicine & Open Days

Bookings open in Spring for Cardiff University's 2015 Medicine-only Open Day.

Find out more about studying medicine - come solo or with a parent, guardian or teacher. Book your place now.

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.

Entry requirements for all applicants, whether or not you hold GCE qualifications, are described in detail in our admissions policy . If you hold qualifications from another country, please also read our non-UK qualifications guide.

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, 2016 entry and Welsh, 2015 entry). (Please note that our brochure for students planning to apply in October 2015 will be available in Welsh shortly.) 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.

Thank you for visiting our website. For more information, take a look at our undergraduate medical programmes brochure (English or Welsh). (Our entry requirements are changing slightly so the relevant pages of our brochure have been revised in English. The Welsh version is currently being changed; please check back again in late November.)

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.