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If I already hold a degree, would you consider my application?

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We do consider applicants onto our standard 5-year MBChB (honours) who already hold an existing UK degree qualification or are in their final year of study and will graduate in the year of entry.

If you hold an International Baccalaureate qualification please email medicineapplications@sunderland.ac.uk 

Qualifications not accepted for Medicine:

  • BTEC qualifications
  • Foundation Medicine Courses or Access to Medicine Courses
  • Irish Leaving Certificate

The academic qualifications required are detailed below:


Minimum of 2:1 in any subject; masters' degrees/doctorates not accepted in compensation for bachelor's degree below 2:1 (we are interested in ability to succeed at undergraduate study). The degree will have been completed within 5 years of application and gained at point of entry onto the course.

A Level

Minimum of BBB in required A levels (Biology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject [Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics] and a third academic subject). Grade compensation is not permitted. A Level grades must be achieved in one sitting, and meet our resit requirements: where an applicant has been awarded BBC, the applicant is only required to re-sit the C grade subject (one attempt only, in the same subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers

We require a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers BB (both sciences).


Maths, English Language and Sciences – double-award/ triple-award/combined (trilogy) or 3 separate – at a minimum of grade B/6; reformed English language GCSE in England must include pass in speaking and listening endorsement.


Must be within top 8 deciles of the cohort; SJT must be within bands 1-3.


Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements in A-level subjects or grades or Science GCSEs may be considered for Medicine if they have taken the GAMSAT prior to application (GAMSAT is offered twice a year, in March and September. GAMSAT results obtained from different sittings are directly comparable and can be used when applying to universities for up to two consecutive years);

Our minimum requirement is either(a) 55 overall with a minimum of 58 in section III or (b) 58 overall with a minimum of 55 in section III - no section score below 50 accepted.

GAMSAT can only be used to compensate for either the GCSE Science requirement or the A Level requirements (grades or subjects) not both.

Published: 17 October 2023

To find if you need to take the GAMSAT fill in the form below:

GAMSAT Calculator

Do you already hold a 2:1 degree? (Must have been completed within the last 5 years)

Do you hold A Levels in at least two science subjects? (Biology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics)

Do you have a minimum of BBB at A Level? (Including science and non-science subjects)

Do you hold GCSE English and Maths at grade B/6 or above?

Do you hold GCSE Sciences at grade B/6 or above?

If you are unsure whether you need GAMSAT or want further clarification on your GAMSAT results, please contact: medicineapplications@sunderland.ac.uk.