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No: around 40% of our applicants are still undergraduates at the time of application. However, the degree result is one of the factors we use in shortlisting and so, if you don’t have a degree at the time you apply, then other factors (referees’ reports, BMAT score) will carry more weight than they otherwise might; we might be inclined to look more closely at your earlier academic record particularly (A-levels or equivalent).

Although we are very happy to take graduates straight from their first degree (and in practice between a third and a half of places available are offered to applicants in the final year of their first degree), we do encourage applicants to think carefully about whether continuing to Medicine immediately is the best step for them. Many people benefit from a year or two of something different between the first degree and the medical course and so please don’t feel that you have to rush to start this course as soon as you have finished your first degree.