What are the Medical School Rankings for 2021?
The medical school rankings have arrived for 2021 – at last! But with so many different organisations putting together lists on which medical school is the best in the country, how do you know which ones to look at and believe?
We’ve put together a short guide to the rankings and the things to take into consideration when making your application.
What are the different tables for UK medical school rankings?
There are a number of different ranking guides which compile their lists using different measuring factors. The Guardian and The Complete University Guide are just two of the most popular organisations that compile lists of the best universities for lots of courses.
Of course, they aren’t the only league tables around for UK medical school rankings. A quick Google search can give you a lot more options if you’d like to compare and have multiple tables to back up your decision of which medical school to apply to.
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What factors are considered in Medical School Rankings?
There is no official way to rank the UK medical schools. There are roughly 36 of them in total, all varying in their teaching style, selection process, and education standard.
While many different medical school ranking tables exist, they do not all agree. This is largely because the rankings are influenced by vague or indefinable aspects, such as the reputation of the university, or the level of student satisfaction for those studying there – both are difficult to accurately measure.
The Guardian Medical School Rankings 2021
To compile their lists of medical school rankings UK, the Guardian uses these headings to rank the schools:
They then give each of these categories a score depending on the information they have collected. Finally, all medical schools are then given a Guardian Score out of 100, which determines the rank they receive in their medical school rankings UK league table.
What do The Guardian medicine university ranking results show?
The Guardian places the University of Dundee at the top position with a score of 100 and has taken the spot from Oxford last year who ranked number one in 2020. Dundee is closely followed by the University of Aberdeen and University of Edinburgh joint at number two with 99.3, Aberdeen came second in 2020 too. Scottish Universities have dominated the top five medical schools.
This is quite unusual as places 1 and 2 are often taken up by Oxford and Cambridge, not just for Medicine, but most university league tables for subjects offered by these two universities. Interestingly, Cambridge was fourth on the list in 2020 but has now dropped to sixth for 2021. The University of Buckingham takes the last position in 2021 with a score of 36.7.
The Complete University Guide Medical School Rankings 2021
The second and equally respected university league table is produced by The Complete University Guide. Their medical school rankings are based on a slightly different set of criteria, although there is a lot of overlap.
To compile their lists of UK medical school rankings, these are the headings to rank the schools:
There are also a few other factors taken into consideration that have an impact on the overall score awarded to medical schools. These aren’t displayed on the main ranking table but are as follows:
As with The Guardian, each category has a weighting attached to it, which then feeds into the final “Overall Score” achieved by a university. This overall score is what determines the medical school’s rank in the UK.
What do The Complete University Guide Medical School Rankings results show?
In The Complete University Guide’s ranking, Dundee and Glasgow take the top spot this year with an overall score of 100 with Oxford in second with a score of 99.8. This is a change from last year where Oxford and Cambridge took first and second with scores of 100 and 99.9 respectively.
Similar to the Guardian’s ranking, Scottish Medical Schools are dominating the league table with four out of the top five schools being Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Interestingly, The Complete University Guide has placed Glasgow in the first position, whereas The Guardian places Glasgow at number 12.
By considering just these two ranking tables of medical schools in the UK, we can see that there isn’t a “confirmed” rank list that everyone can agree on.
The Top 5 Medical School Rankings For 2021 (average from both ranking lists):
When looking at the averages from both ranking lists, Dundee takes first place, Aberdeen comes in a close second, Edinburgh comes in third, Oxford in fourth and Brighton Sussex comes in fifth place. Cambridge misses out and takes sixth place,
The Complete University Guide classes itself as an independent and trusted source of UK Medical School rankings. As mentioned, this guide works in a similar way to The Guardian’s but uses slightly different, simplified categories to determine an overall score.
Both guides to UK Medical School Rankings place the University of Dundee in first place for 2021. Three Scottish Universities (Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh) hold a very high position on both ranking tables, along with the University of Oxford and Cambridge.
Which Medical School ranking table should I follow?
That depends on what’s most important to you. For example, you may place more importance on ‘spend per student’ or career prospects. The Guardian have created their own way of ranking universities which is largely based on student perspective and The Complete University Guide, on the other hand, puts focus on student satisfaction.
You also need to consider that the ranking of the university as a whole is also based on the quality of research being produced by the postgraduate masters and PhD students, which has little to do with the experience of a medical undergraduate.
It can be easy to get very carried away with all these different ratings and rankings of the best medical schools in the UK. While it is true that these subtle differences may affect your experience at university, you should keep in mind that all of these medical schools are highly rated universities with excellent rankings across the board.
However, it is crucial to remember that no matter which medical school you attend, you will graduate with the future of a fully respected career which is boundless in its opportunities. So don’t get too worried if you don’t end up being able to go to the medical schools at the very top of the list!
Ultimately, it’s a matter of what you are looking for in a University when it comes to how you choose which Medical school you want to apply to.
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