Medical School Rankings UK [2022] – The Results Are In!

Deciphering the different Medical School rankings can be confusing, we will go over everything you need to know to help you understand what they mean.

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What are the Medical School Rankings for 2022?

The Medical School rankings have arrived for 2022 – 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.

Who makes the 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?

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

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.

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What does The Guardian results show?

The Guardian places the University of Edinburgh at the top position with a score of 100 and has taken the spot from Dundee who ranked number one in 2021. Closely following is the University of Aberdeen and Brighton Sussex Medical School in second and third. Aberdeen came second in 2021 too. 

It is usual to not see Oxford and Cambridge topping rankings, for any subject let alone Medicine. For 2022, Oxford has been ranked in fifth place, with Cambridge close behind in seventh. 

Anglia Ruskin takes the last position in 2022 with a score of 38.3. 

Guardian UK Medical School Rankings 2022

The Complete University Guide Medical School Rankings

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.

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What does The Complete University Guide results show?

In The Complete University Guide’s ranking, Swansea takes the top spot. Oxford, Dundee and Cambridge each also have an overall score of 100% but Swansea just edges them.

It is interesting to see the differences between the two tables, with just three Medical Schools featuring in the top five for both of them but in vastly different positions. 

The University of Buckingham takes the last position in 2022.  

The Complete University Guide Medical School Rankings 2022

By considering just these two ranking tables of Medical Schools in the UK, we can see that there isn’t a “confirmed” ranking list that everyone can agree on.

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Which 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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