Southampton Medical School

About the University

Our five-year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree course (BM5) is our standard direct entry programme for home/EU and international students who generally do not already have an undergraduate degree. An increasing number of graduate students are also applying and successfully completing this course. It is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) and, following graduation, allows you to provisionally register with the GMC and apply for Foundation Training posts which on completion will lead to you gaining full registration with the GMC. You will study a range of science and social sciences disciplines, giving you the knowledge, understanding and clinical practice that will underpin a huge variety of possible medical careers including a physician, surgeon, general practitioner or clinical scientist. Our stimulating, open and supportive environment will prepare you for becoming a competent practitioner in a modern, changing health service, with the capability to follow your chosen career in a range of healthcare settings including the NHS. World-leading academics inform our research-led education programme that will help you develop the skills, professional attitudes and behaviours that you will need as a newly qualified doctor, scholar, professional and practitioner. Clinical contact with patients gets underway from the start of your course, and over the five years you will gain insight and experience of working with a variety of health professional teams, both in the community and across the NHS. You will undertake a research project in year three, leading to a final award of a BMedSc (Honours) degree in addition to your BMBS primary medical qualification. You also have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated Masters degree here in Southampton, or a BSc or Masters degree elsewhere, after successful completion of year 3. Applicants will need to meet the minimum entry requirements as detailed on our website, and all applicants are required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

Application Procedure

Once you’ve chosen a course, the next step is to make an application through UCAS, the central processing body for higher education courses.

  • Our Undergraduate Applications page has a full explanation of the application process.
  • We strongly encourage you to come to one of our Open Days to get a feel for the University and its facilities.
  • Faculty application requirements
  • Each programme has their own entry requirements. Find out what we require from applicants below.
  • The selection process
  • You are advised to refer to the Guidance Page/FAQs before completing your UCAS form.
  • All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by 15th October in the year prior to entry.

No more than four choices from the possible five available through UCAS should be used for medicine programmes. The remaining choices can be used for alternative courses (without prejudice to your application) when applying to Southampton. You may apply for more than one of our BMBS programmes (e.g. BM5 and BM6, or BM4 and BM5), but these would count as two choices for medicine.

For full details of the UCAS application process please visit Please note that there is an application fee

For BM(EU), all applications must be made through the Kassel School of Medicine at

BM(IT) students transfer into Year 3 having successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Medical Sciences at the International Medical University in Malaysia.

Application stages

BM4 and BM5

Stage 1 Applicants are ranked by University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) score.
Stage 2 Applicants pre-screened against academic criteria.
Stage 3  Number of places available at Selection Day set. Candidates meeting the academic criteria, and with an appropriate UCAT score, invited for the number of places set.
Stage 4  Applicants attend Selection Day. 
Stage 5  Performance at Selection Days reviewed alongside UCAT score and offers made. 


Stage 1 Applicants pre-screened against academic and eligibility criteria.
Stage 2 Number of places available at Selection Day set. Candidates meeting the academic criteria and eligibility criteria, invited. (If number meeting the criteria exceeds Selection Day places, applications reviewed by BM6 Programme Team who will assess each application against the non-academic criteria to determine who will be called for Selection Day).
Stage 3 Applicants attend Selection Day.
Stage 4 Scores from Selection Days compiled and offers made.