The BMAT Universities
BMAT Universities: The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is required by several universities across the UK, some countries in Europe, and even as far reaching as Malaysia. The test is an entry requirement at these universities for a medical, veterinary or dentistry course.Expert BMAT Tuition
But which universities require BMAT for medicine?
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford Medical School
- Imperial College London
- University College London
- Leeds’ School of Medicine
- Brighton & Sussex Medical School
- Keele University (overseas applicants only, home applicants sit the UCAT)
- Lancaster University
Let’s take a look at 5 highly contested universities that use the BMAT:
University of Cambridge
Cambridge generally interview roughly 90% of candidates, so your BMAT score isn’t necessarily a deciding factor of getting to the interview stage. Your BMAT score is, however, taken into consideration for final acceptance, along with other factors such as your GCSEs and interview performance. The weight of each factor varies for each college so asking the admissions office or contacts at the university is a great idea!
University of Oxford
Oxford differs greatly from Cambridge. Oxford University tend to interview just 30% of candidates and place a 50/50 weight on GCSEs and BMAT. This can be a relief for some who graded fantastically on their GCSEs since this can counterbalance a sub-par BMAT score. Oxford University place a higher weight on Section 1 & 2, 40% each, and 20% on Section 3; the tougher essay section.
Imperial College London
Imperial College differs from other universities in that it requires a candidate to hit a minimum score on every section. If a minimum threshold is not hit in Section 1, 2 or 3, then you will not secure an interview. This means consistency and ability across every section is equally important. The cut-off scores differ each year, but 2017 saw 4.5, 4.6 and 2.5 for Section 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
UCL is similar to Cambridge in its usage of the BMAT score. UCL place a fair weight on each part of the application process e.g. personal statement, GCSE scores and predicted grades.
UCL have stated that “Candidates with scores that are below the average for their cohort are less likely to be successful”, meaning if you don’t do so well on your BMAT test then you still have a fighting chance, provided the rest of your application was stellar.
University of Leeds
University of Leeds only began to use the BMAT test in 2014 so there isn’t a wealth of information available to share. It is stated on their website the BMAT test is given a score based on the average score of Section 1, 2 and 3, with 3 given half the weight of Section 1 and 2.