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About Medicine at Queen's University Belfast

Queen's is an exciting place to study medicine with our students experiencing clinical practice in a variety of hospitals, general practices and healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland from first year onwards.

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences has close bonds with the N Ireland community as part of its educational, research and outreach programmes. Our 'Patients as Partners' make a valuable contribution to the education of medical students, through their participation in the selection of medical students to the programme, teaching sessions, as well as assessments.

Queen's is the only medical school in Northern Ireland and students are welcomed in all of the hospitals within the region and in approximately 150 general practices. Students comment on the ease of access to high quality clinical teaching.

Medicine Degree highlights

Queen's is the only medical school in Northern Ireland and students are welcomed in all of the hospitals within the region and in approximately 150 general practices. Students comment on the ease of access to high quality clinical teaching.

Global Opportunities

  • Students undertake an Elective module at the start of Year 5. Many students take this opportunity to travel abroad to work in a different medical environment. Students often choose destinations in Australia, India, Canada, and several countries in Africa. In addition, opportunities in year 4 to study in Sweden, Italy, Spain and other European countries are available through the Erasmus program.

Professional Accreditations

  • The award of the MB BCh BAO degree means that you are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council.

World Class Facilities

  • Medical students at Queen's have access to excellent teaching facilities and a dedicated medical library. Two of the city's teaching hospitals and several University Research Centres are located close to the University's Health Sciences Campus.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures - one particularly notable graduate of Queen's medical school was Professor Frank Pantridge, dubbed the 'father of emergency medicine' and inventor of the portable defibrillator.

Student Experience

  • 96% of students were happy with their teaching (NSS survey, 2016). Many students are involved in the several medical based societies at Queen's, including BMSA, Scrubs, Medsin and SWOT. In addition, the University has over 190 clubs and societies run by students, offering the opportunity to medical students to develop their interests and explore new activities.
 'Studying medicine at Queen's is so interesting and rewarding. The teaching staff are excellent and the facilities, such as the Clinical Skills Education Centre, are exceptional. I particularly enjoy my GP and hospital attachments, engaging with patients and putting theory into practice.'
Anna Cullen,
Belfast, Northern Ireland 5th year Medicine student


Career Prospects

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB BAO degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

On successful completion of the first year of this training period you become a fully registered doctor; however, whichever branch of medicine you intend to pursue, you will be required to undertake further training. For example, to enter General Practice you will require a further three years' training. To become a hospital consultant you may require a further seven years of specialty training. Further information about postgraduate training is available from the General Medical Council website:

Career outcomes include:

• Consultant working in a hospital (eg Surgery, General Medicine, Pathology, Biochemistry, Dermatology, Microbiology, ENT, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anaesthetics and Oncology)
• General Practitioner
• Academic Clinician
• Consultant in Public Health Medicine

The NI Medical and Dental Training Agency has close links with the School and provides guidance on careers and the Foundation Programme Application System.

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Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250Other (non-UK) EU£4,160International£37,695

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Medicine costs

All students entering Medicine are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33. International students must provide a certificate of good conduct. It is recommended that students purchase a good quality basic stethoscope (approximately £60) and students are required to purchase a laboratory coat for practical classes in years 1 and 2 (£10). Medical textbooks are generally more expensive than those for other courses.Clinical Skills Attachment Placement: students in years 1 and 2 will be required to attend clinical skills attachments in either GP practices or hospitals once per week. Students are responsible for travel costs to and from the practice/hospital which will vary depending on the location. Student Selected Component Placement: students in years 1 - 3 are required to complete 5 Student Selected Components (SSC) in total and students will incur travel, accommodation and subsistence costs depending on the availability of SSC choices. Accommodation and subsistence costs for clinical SSCs can be reclaimed.Hospital Placement Costs: students in years 3 - 5 may, if they choose to, stay in hospital accommodation, free of charge, whilst on hospital based placements. A (refundable) deposit is normally payable. GP Placement Costs: students in years 4 and 5 may need to stay accommodation during GP attachments, depending on the location of the practice. Accommodation costs can be reclaimed up to a threshold (currently £33.75 per night).Final Year Clinical Elective: students are required to undertake a 6 week clinical elective during July/August. Students are responsible for arranging this elective themselves. Some students choose to travel overseas for this placement and some choose to travel with a commercial elective provider. It is not mandatory to undertake the clinical elective overseas. All students will incur some travel, accommodation and subsistence costs ranging from an estimated £100 - £5,000 depending on destination and whether or not a commercial elective provider is used. There are a range of competitive travel awards/scholarships available within Queen's which students undertaking electives can apply for. Students returning to the UK from a country with high prevalence TB will be required to have a chest x-ray and complete an Occupational Health questionnaire (approximately £35).Upon successful completion of the medical degree graduands must become provisionally registered with the GMC in order to take up a Foundation post in the UK. The cost of provisional registration is £90.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

All applicants will be ranked on cognitive performance, and a proportion selected for interview (Multi-mini interview). Interviews will take place between January and March in Belfast for home and EU applicants. Staff from the Medical School visit South East Asia in late January/February to interview and international applicants from other countries are encouraged to travel to Belfast for interview, as they will benefit from a tour of the Medical School and the University.

All applicants are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and the results achieved will be used as part of the selection process prior to interview. Further information on UKCAT is available at:

A level requirements
AAA at A-level + A in a fourth AS-level subject including A-level Chemistry plus at least one other A-level from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If not offered at A-level then Biology/Human Biology grade A as a 4th AS-level or grade B as a 5th AS-level. GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC are required if these subjects are not offered at AS-level or A-level.

Grade A in the EPQ or Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate or a grade B in a 4th A-level will be acceptable in lieu of the 4th AS-level.

A maximum of either one Applied A-level or one Applied AS-level will be counted. Please also note that only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level (the other would be acceptable as the fourth AS-level). A-level Critical Thinking and both AS-level and A-level General Studies are not acceptable.

In considering applications, GCSE performance in the best 9 subjects will be scored with 4 points awarded for an A* (grades 8 and 9 on the new 9-1 grading scale) and 3 for an A (grade 7). Points are not awarded for B and C grades (grades 6, 5 and 4 in the new grading scale). For those who have not undertaken GCSE or equivalent level qualifications, then an academic score will be calculated on the basis of school reports.

UKCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with the GCSE score to rank for interview. AS-level performance, additional GCSE A grades and other factors may also be taken into account in borderline cases.

Evidence of commitment to medicine, motivation, communication skills and initiative are important.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H1H1H1H1H2H2 including Higher Level grade H1 in Biology and Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics. Students not offering Physics as part of their Leaving Certificate must have an A grade in Junior Certificate Science.

Applications from graduates or those in the final year of their degree are considered and the full academic background is taken into account. The minimum A-level threshold (or equivalent in other qualifications) is either ABB at first attempt, ie prior to commencing degree studies for those with an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or BBB at first attempt for those with a First Class Honours degree or PhD and an Upper Second Class Honours degree. Averaging out to these grades is not permitted. Applicants must have an appropriate science background at GCSE and AS-level/A-level or equivalent (see below) and at least a 2.1 Honours classification in their primary (first) degree, which can be from a wide range of different subjects. A-level Chemistry and at least one from A-level Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics, plus, if not offered at A-level, then Biology/ Human Biology to at least AS-level (or equivalent) are required. In addition, GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC are required if not offered at AS-level or A-level. Graduate applicants who fulfil these criteria are then scored with their UKCAT.

Graduate applicants from a non-science background but who fulfil the conditions in terms of grades achieved at the first attempt (ie in their original choice of A-level subjects) and degree performance will be considered if they undertake the appropriate Science qualifications on completion of their degree.

Transfers from other Medical Schools
Applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and entry will be to first year only. All normal entry requirements must be satisfied.

All applicants
1. All students admitted to this degree will be required to complete a Hepatitis B vaccination programme at the Occupational Health Service of the University.

2. Medicine welcomes applications from people with disabilities. All applications will be treated on an individual case basis to ensure that the applicant has the potential to fulfil the demands of professional fitness to practise. Disability will not be considered as part of the selection process, however, it is strongly advised that applicants disclose their disability on their UCAS form and contact the School to obtain further advice. Applicants may also be required to provide relevant information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence. It is important that the University has an understanding of your support requirements to implement reasonable adjustments.

3. As a result of current legislative requirements any offer made will be conditional on a satisfactory criminal history check (Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check). To enable the University to request this check you will be required to provide some personal information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence and in line with Data Protection Principles. The current cost of an Enhanced Disclosure Check is £33. At the time of printing changes are due to be implemented and relevant procedures and/or costs may change. Applicants will be advised of the relevant requirements at the appropriate time. For international students, a Certificate of Good Conduct or equivalent will be required in lieu of an Access NI check. Additional checks may be required depending on the applicants address history.

4. The degree is subject to the University's regulations on Fitness to Practise.

5. Applicants will be required to give permission for a check against the Excluded Student Database prior to offers being made. This is a national database which records those who have previously been excluded from professional programmes because of fitness to practise concerns.

6. Selection criteria for Medicine are reviewed annually and therefore you should read the 'How we choose our student' PDF which is available from the link below under Selection Criteria.

More detailed information on applying to Medicine at Queen's is also available from the School website at

Please note for 2019 entry the deadline for applications to this degree is 6.00 pm on 15 October 2018 and arrangements should be made to undertake UKCAT in advance of this.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Download "How we choose our students" PDF


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 7.5 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and 6.5 in Reading and Writing, or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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