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Keele Medical School: Medical School Guide – Week 10

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Keele University is located in rural Staffordshire, occupying 620 acres of land near the village of Keele, making it the largest campus university in the UK. It was established as a university in 1949 is located around 3 miles from Newcastle under-Lyme. The teaching of medicine as an undergraduate programme began in 2001 in partnership with Manchester University with some Manchester University medical students moving over to Keele for teaching. Keele Medical School became completely independent in 2007.


The Course

Students are taught at the modern, purpose built medical school building in the rural campus setting. For the clinical years, students will spend two of their three years at the University Hospital of North Staffodhsire in Stoke-on-Trent and the other year at either the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Stafford General hospital.

The course is a systems based, spiral curriculum, meaning that each body system is studied in turn and that each topic is revisited over the years in more and more depth.  The Medical School uses lecture based, seminar based and problem based teaching approaches. Students have the opportunity to have early clinical contact as is now the case with most medical schools. Anatomy is taught through full body dissection and prosections. During the clinical years, although students are based at one of the three before mentioned hospitals, students often return to the university one day per week for lecture based teaching.



A minimum of 5A’s at GCSE are required to meet Keele Universities academic requirements, with minimum of grade B in maths, science and English language. A-Level grades.Applicants should have obtained or should be predicted A*AA at A-Level. Scottish Highers AAAA and to include two science based subjects. See the Keele University School of Medicine website for more information on academic requirements for post graduates and those applying to the 6 year programme with the health foundation year.


Application Process

All students hopeful of studying medicine will apply through the UCAS portal. Keele Medical School like most others, uses the UCKAT in helping them determine who should be shortlisted for interview. Candidates will have to sit the UKCAT in the summer, one year prior to commencing university. Every institution uses the UKCAT score differently. Keele University disregard all hopeful applicants who score in the bottom 20%.

As with all universities that offer Medicine, the cut of date for submitting the UCAS personal statement is October 15th. Keele University also ask for students to submit a roles and responsibilities form which has to be submitted before October 31st and provides the candidate with another opportunity to highlight their experiences and responsibilities they have had.

Those that have met the basic academic requirements, that have a positive personal reference, a well written personal statement and roles and responsibilities form who and who have scored ell on the UKCAT will be shortlisted for interview. Keele University receives approximately 2000 applicants each years, with around 500 shortlisted for interview with a subsequent 180 being made offers.

The interview takes the form of a MMI (mini multiple interviews). The interviews will cover your own personal statement, and will assess you cross a range of skills and aptitudes including your motivation to study medicine, ethical awareness, empathy and insight and effective communication.


Contact Details

School of Medicine, David Weatherall building, Keele University, Staffordshire. ST5 5BG

Tel: +44 (0)1782 733937



Complete University Guide Ranking For Medicine – 27th

Times Higher Education UK University Ranking – 52nd

Applicants – 2000

Interviews – 500

Offers – 180

Year size – 129

Average entry tariff – 464

Course Length – 5 years

Students satisfied with course –  87%

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