What are the Best Medical Schools?

The best medical schools you need to know about. So you're thinking about applying to medical school. You like the idea of helping people, saving lives and working towards a real goal to improve the world, but first things first, where should you start?

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The Best Medical Schools that You Need to Know

So, you’re thinking about applying for medicine! You like the idea of helping people, saving lives, and working towards a real goal to improve the world, but first things first, where should you even begin? There are around 36 medical schools across the UK, so it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide which are the best medical schools for you. So let’s go through them…


What makes the best medical school?

There are a variety of factors that need to be considered when thinking about the best medical schools in the UK. In short, these are:

  • Overall Ranking of the University
  • Graduate Prospects (employability of the students)
  • Student Satisfaction


So which are the best?

Because the quality of a medical school is based on vague definitions like employability and student satisfaction, there is no definitive order, but when using data from the National Student Survey and various newspaper university ranking orders, the best 13 medical schools are usually thought to be the following:


  • Oxford University
  • Cambridge University
  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • Queen Mary University London
  • Edinburgh University
  • Glasgow University
  • Newcastle University
  • Keele University
  • Bristol
  • Dundee
  • Swansea


There are a number of different rankings sites. Most prominently the Telegraph, the Times Higher Education ranking, and the Guardian medical ranking are the ones to follow. Due to there being so many various ranking organisations that look at a wide range of potential factors to prioritise their ranking, the specific order these thirteen appear in is very variable.


It is also worth considering that the ranking of the university as a whole is also based on the quality of research being produced by the post-graduate masters and PHD students. This, of course, has little to do with the experience of a medical undergraduate!


Unsurprisingly, Oxbridge universities repeatedly make the best universities across the rankings. In general, however, Oxford consistently obtains a higher score based on student satisfaction whilst Cambridge is commonly rated the worst out of these 13 in this aspect alongside Edinburgh.


If you want to narrow down your search to the London region, you may want to check out the best medical schools in London.


Deadlines and mistakes

The thought of missing the deadline for replying to your UCAS offers is pretty scary! Make sure you pay attention to your UCAS deadline – this is displayed in the ‘Track’ section. Don’t depend on friends to have the same deadline as you, because the time that you receive your UCAS offers determines your deadline.

As a general rule; if your final decision is before the end of March – your deadline for replying to UCAS offers will generally be in early May. Check your deadline in ‘Track‘ if you’re unsure.

Finally –

If you make a mistake, don’t panic! You have 14 days to rectify it by calling UCAS and providing your personal ID.

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