New Medical Schools Places- What You Need to Know

2020 COVID19 update

The number of places available to study medicine and dentistry is regulated by the government and controlled through intake targets operated by the OfS.

Results Day U-turn causes uncertainty

Four days after A-level results were issued, ministers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales all decided to revert to teacher assessed grades rather than the algorithm. Scotland reverted to teacher assessed grades earlier after facing a similar backlash.

The move prompted a scramble for university places as students tried to reclaim places at universities which they had last week been rejected from.

However, the top universities warned that students who now have higher grades could still be asked to defer if there is no space left on their chosen course.

Has the cap on medical students been lifted for 2020?

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What happened before the cap on medical students was lifted for 2020?

When asked about lifting the cap on medical school places Mr Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care replied, “I am absolutely looking at this issue, yes.”

Later he told BBC Radio 4: “But of course there’s now a huge number of pupils who have the grades, and so we’re working very much immediately on how we can go further than we already are.”

Universities minister Michelle Donelan said No 10 was working with universities to help “boost the capacity available” in order to “minimise the amount of students that will be looking to defer.”

What if I have accepted another choice because I thought I had missed out on Medicine?

On Tues 18th Aug 2020 Universities minister Michelle Donelan said she wanted to ensure any students who had accepted a “different course” than planned, as a result of being downgraded on A-level results day 2020, should be able to “change their mind and to reverse that decision”.

Background to this 2020 situation 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

UK Medical Schools can take on more students than ever before!

In 2016 the government committed to a 25% increase in undergraduate medical places at new and existing medical schools in the UK. 

“Setting up five new medical schools is part of the biggest ever expansion of our medical and nursing workforce; which will help us deal with the challenges of having around one million more over 75s in 10 years’ time”

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (2012-18)

2019 update

In this blog we’re talking you through everything you need to know about the new medical schools and new places at medical school in the UK. Just keep reading!

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map of new uk medical schools

We’ve previously told you about the 5 new Medical Schools which have been announced, but if you’ve missed that blog check it out here: 

5 new Medical Schools Announced

 

The 5 new Medical Schools weren’t the only institutions allocated the new places, existing Medical Schools applied for more places and some got them!

Now we can tell you how many spaces each Medical School is growing by AND when the places will be available! Just keep on reading >>>>

In total there will be 630 extra places available from 2019!

The total potential intake for 2018/19 was 6,701 this figure includes the new places made available. 

How many new places are there for students starting medical school in 2019 and beyond?

Why does this matter?

These places will continue to be available for years to come so there will be more places at medical school thanks to these changes!

Which universities were allocated the new medical school places?

Here’s a list of the UK medical schools that we know are increasing their intake for Medicine!

Aston University Aston University 

Total new places: 100

2018/19: 20 new places available

2020/21: 80 new places available

Anglia Ruskin UniversityAnglia Ruskin University

Total new places: 100

2018/19: 100 new places available

University of BirminghamUniversity of Birmingham

Total new places: 26

2018/19: 26 more places available

Brighton and Sussex Medical SchoolBrighton and Sussex Medical School

Total new places: 65

2018/19: 15 more places available

2019/20: 50 more places available

University of BristolUniversity of Bristol

Total new places: 19

2018/19: 19 more places available

University of Cambridge 

Total new places: 21

2018/19: 21 more places available

University of Central Lancashire University of Central Lancashire 

Total new places: 15

2018/19: 15 more places available

University College London (UCL) University College London (UCL) 

Total new places: 12

2018/19: 12 more places available

University of East Anglia University of East Anglia 

Total new places: 41

2018/19: 16 more places available

2020/21: 25 more places available

Edge Hill University Medical School    Edge Hill University Medical School    

Total new places: 30 new places available

2020/21: 30 more places available

University of Exeter University of Exeter 

Total new places: 88

2018/19: 15 more places available

2020/21: 73 more places available

Hull York Medical School  Hull York Medical School  

Total new places: 90

2018/19: 25 more places available

2020/21: 65 more places available

Imperial College, London Imperial College, London 

Total new places: 23

2018/19: 23 more places available

Keele University Keele University 

Total new places: 35

2018/19: 15 more places available

2020/21: 20 more places available

Kent and Medway Medical School 

Total new places: 100 new places available

Kings College London (KCL) Kings College London (KCL) 

Total new places: 27

2018/19: 27 more places available

Lancaster University Lancaster University 

Total new places: 75

2018/19: 15 more places available

2020/21: 60 more places available

University of LeedsUniversity of Leeds

Total new places: 20

2018/19: 20 more places available

University of Leicester 

Total new places: 49

2018/19: 19 more places available

2020/21: 30 more places available

University of Liverpool University of Liverpool 

Total new places: 25

2018/19: 25 more places available

University of Manchester University of Manchester 

Total new places: 26

2018/19: 26 more places available

University of Newcastle University of Newcastle 

Total new places: 24

2018/19: 24 more places available

University of Nottingham University of Nottingham 

Total new places: 44

2018/19: 24 more places available

2020/21: 20 more places available

University of Nottingham and Lincoln Medical School 

Total new places: 80

2019: 80 new places available

University of Oxford University of Oxford 

Total new places: 16

2018/19: 16 more places available

University of Plymouth University of Plymouth 

Total new places: 70

2018/19: 15 more places available

2020/21: 55 more places available

Queen Mary University London (QMUL) Queen Mary University London (QMUL) 

Total new places: 55

2018/19: 23 more places available

2020/21: 32 more places available

St George’s Hospital Medical School St George's Hospital Medical School 

Total new places: 20

2018/19: 20 more places available

University of Sheffield University of Sheffield 

Total new places: 69

2018/19: 19 more places available

2020/21: 50 more places available

University of SouthamptonUniversity of Southampton

Total new places: 19

2018/19: 19 more places available

University of SunderlandUniversity of Sunderland

Total new places: 100

2020/21: 50 new places available

University of Warwick University of Warwick 

Total new places: 16

2018/19: 16 more places available

As you can see, some universities haven’t yet confirmed with us when the Medicine places will be available – as soon as we know we will update this blog!

Not all universities made the final cut

There were far more applications from universities for Medical School spaces than were announced – many existing universities missed out on additional spaces and others missed out on establishing a Medical School at all.

One University has been very open in its disappointment of the recent new medical school spaces announcement. Which university you ask? None other than the University of Bradford

Commiserations guys – we know that the application process took a lot of work and there will be some seriously disappointed people, but we are sure the future’s bright for you in other areas! 🙂

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