Application Process to MBBS from UK

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Srishti Chatterjee
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Updated on Sep 2, 2022 17:16 IST

Application Process to MBBS from UK

The United Kingdom is known for being the world’s oldest and largest educational institution in the world. The state leads in many education programs like engineering, business, medicine, etc. The MBBS in UK is the best program for medical students worldwide. Medical Universities in UK attracted many students globally because of their quality research programs, diverse culture, and professional training. As an international student, you will need to carry out in-depth research on the medical colleges you want to apply to, what sores and grades you will need, how much tuition fee is required per year, and other things. Here are the basic steps to the UK MBBS Admission process for students.

STEP 1: Check Eligibility Requirements

Students must complete the age of 18 to join the MBBS program in the UK. Medicine is a very competitive discipline and requires high grades, mainly in science subjects as well as the English language. Chemistry is usually essential and biology scores are often a mandatory requirement.

UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) and BMAT (Bio Medical Admissions Test) are the popular tests accepted by medical colleges in the UK for admission. Indian students need to take the NEET exam to apply for the MBBS program in the UK.

STEP 2: Register for BMAT or UKCAT

The Bio Medical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a subject-specific admission test taken by applicants to medicine, veterinary, and other related courses. The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a part of the selection process for many UK medical and dental colleges to help them choose among the best applicants applying to the course.

You must take the BMAT in the year you are applying as BMAT scores are valid only for one year. The test is held in the first week of November, so you should register in advance.

STEP 3: Register for IELTS Exam

For MBBS admission, students need to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. The exam is required to check the communication of the students in the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You can take the IELTS exam with British Council up to once a week. The British Council for test dates is 48 days per year.

STEP 4: Documents Required

STEP 5: Complete UCAS Application

Students need to complete the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) application. This exam submits your application to the colleges of your choice. The UCAS application form should be complete and accurate, as medical colleges do not accept late applicants. You will be required to include a personal statement and an academic letter of reference.

After completing the above process, the college/university will contact you if your application is shortlisted. The university will notify you and if selected, they will send the Letter of Acceptance.

All the best!

Why study MBBS in UK?

  • Students have to spend only 30 hours a week on lectures.
  • Huge class size at UK Universities.
  • Small team size for better engagement with the students.
  • The duration of the MBBS program in the UK is 5 or 6 years.
  • A chance to study in the UK and work after completing the MBBS degree.

Top 5 Universities to Study MBBS in UK

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University College London
  4. Imperial College London
  5. Kings College London

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Q. What is the application process to study MBBS in UK?

A. The application process to study MBBS in UK is quite simple compared to the US and other foreign countries. Foreign students have to take the UCAS Exam and follow other important criteria for admission. Students have to write only one essay in the UCAS.

Q. Which are the supplementary exams required by UK Universities for MBBS?

A. Universities in the UK have mainly two supplementary exams i.e. UK CAT and B-MAT Exam. UK CAT is applicable for most of the medical schools in the UK while B-MAT Exam is selective for top universities like Oxford, Cambridge, etc.

Q. Which English Proficiency Language exam is accepted by the UK Universities for MBBS admission?

A. Foreign students who wish to study medicine from UK Universities required IELTS or TOEFL exam. These are the popular English Proficiency Language exams accepted by UK Universities.

Q. Can Indian students study MBBS in the UK without NEET Exam?

A. Yes, it is possible to study MBBS in the UK without NEET but students need to take alternative exams. NEET stands for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, it is a compulsory exam for Indian Students to study MBBS Abroad.

Q. Which foreign countries are best for MBBS Study?

A. Top Countries to study MBBS Abroad
  1. China
  2. Russia
  3. UK
  4. Nepal
  5. Germany

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Tanu Goyala

5 months ago

Hi, I would like to know if NEET is essential for applying for undergraduate medicine in UK

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Vincent V Kurian

6 months ago

Is Brunel University a good and reputed firm for studying mbbs?

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Fariha Ahsan

10 months ago

hi! this was so informative.i just wanted to know, if the top universities like (Oxford, Cambridge) accept NEET scores? if so, then is is BMAT or UKCAT necessary?

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

10 months ago

NEET is not accepted by universities. BMAT or UKCAT is necessary. You can find more info here:


saijal naini

11 months ago

I am in 12th I want to apply for uk universities but as you mentioned about UCAS do you mean the next year's October or the year you are in grade 12th October?

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Next year, after completion of class 12.


Dhanish Doshi

11 months ago

Hello I'm 12th clear now I want mbbs in uk pls suggest me how I can apply

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Hi, the process has been explained in the article itself. You can start by shortlisting colleges/universities. Then give the required exams. Accordingly, you start applying to the universities with the scores and your transcripts.

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