UCAT Medical Schools: A Complete Guide


The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as the UKCAT, is an admissions test required by the majority of medical schools in the UK, as well as a few medical schools abroad, too. If you are intending to apply to study medicine, you likely already know that the UCAT is an exam that tests your mental abilities across a wide variety of topics, but it is important to know what universities require it in order to help you narrowing down your choice. Making an informed decision and strategically planning where you would want to apply will increase your chances of a successful application and an invitation to interview. Below you will find a table with all universities currently accepting the UCAT, as well as the courses that the exam is required for.


Please note that the information in this blog post reflects UK and non-UK Associate Member universities, which require the UCAT as part of their selection process. For UCAT medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, you would be sitting the UCAT ANZ, for which you can find further information on the  UCAT ANZ official website


University  UCAS Course Code
University of Aberdeen A100, A201
Anglia Ruskin University A100
Aston University A100
University of Birmingham A100, A101, A200
University of Bristol A100, A108, A206, A208
Cardiff University A100*, A104, A200, A204
University of Dundee A100, A104, A200, A204
University of East Anglia A100, A104
Edge Hill University A100, A110
University of Edinburgh A100
University of Exeter A100*
University of Glasgow A100, A200
Hull York Medical School A100, A101
Keele University A100*, A104
Kent and Medway Medical School A100
King’s College London A100, A101, A102, A205, A206
University of Leicester A100, A106*, A199
University of Liverpool A100*, A200
University of Manchester A104, A106, A204, A206
University of Newcastle A100, A101, A206
University of Nottingham A100, A10L, A108, A18L
Plymouth University A100*, A206*
Queen Mary University of London A100, A101, A110, A120, A130, A200
Queen’s University Belfast A100, A200*
University of Sheffield A100, A101, A200
University of Southampton A100, A101, A102
University of St Andrews A100, A990
St George’s, University of London A100
University of Sunderland A100
University of Warwick A101


*Alternative requirements may apply to certain groups of students for these courses, so make sure you have checked the university website for further information. 

As you may be aware, the UCAT Consortium recently changed the exam name from UKCAT to UCAT to reflect the fact that certain non-UK universities now also require the UCAT for entry to their medical programme. For a full list of those universities, have a look at the table below:

University  Course
American University of the Caribbean Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program
Poznan University of Medical Sciences Advanced MD Program in English for University Graduates
UniCamillus - Saint Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences Degrees: Medicine & Surgery; Obstetrics; Nursing Sciences; Physiotherapy; Biomedical Laboratory Techniques; Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging & Radiotherapy Techniques
St George’s University (Grenada) Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program
University of Kurdistan Hewler Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
This is the full list of all UK and non-UK Associate Member Universities that currently require the UCAT, as per the UCAT Consortium official website latest information. If you have had your eyes set on a certain medical school and are surprised that it isn’t on this list, they are likely to require another admissions test, namely the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) or Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). If your university of choice requires on of these other admissions test, it is important that you familiarise yourself in detail with their requirements as well as registration deadlines and test structure, as they are very different from the UCAT. 

Also note that not every single course offered at a particular medical school will require the same entry exam and it is possible that one university will require the UCAT for its undergraduate course but the GAMSAT or the BMAT for its graduate course. Therefore, it is imperative that you always check not only the university, but the course as well in order to have the most accurate information at hand. 


Once you have an idea of which universities take the UCAT and you have decided that you will sit the test, you will have to register for the exam, book a test centre and a preferred test date. You can find all the necessary information for registering and book the exam here. Your UCAT results are an important component of a successful application and a high score can be the door to many medical schools, so make sure you check theMSAG UCAT Courses, covering all UCAT topics extensively and including a UCAT question bank and plenty of UCAT practice tests for an excellent preparation. 

We hope this information was useful in your preparation for choosing a UCAT Medical School. Don’t forget that if you have any questions about your UCAT prep or medical schools in general, you can send us an email at hello@theMSAG.com.


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