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Sheffield Medical School: Medical School Guide – Week 11

Sheffield Medical School

Sheffield Medical School

Are you applying to medicine? Each week we look at a different medical school and tell you everything you need to know about applying to that particular medical school. This week, we look at Sheffield Medical School.

Sheffield Medical School dates back to 1828 but formerly became part of the University of Sheffield in 1905. The University is a red brick university and is part of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. It has approximately 28,000 students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, making it the twelfth largest university in the UK according to numbers of students. The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey ranked the University of Sheffield first for student experience, university facilities, accommodation and social life.


The place

Sheffield is the largest city in South Yorkshire, with a population of 569,000 people. During the industrial revolution the city’s population swelled with a world famous reputation for steel manufacturing. The steel industry has declined to almost non-existence but a large amount of regeneration has occurred in the city in recent years. Sheffield has the greatest ratio of trees to people compared to any other European city (with 2.5 million trees) and also boasts the first ever football club known then as Sheffield F.C. having been formed in 1857.


The Course

The course takes a systems-based approach like many modern medical curriculums nowadays. The course includes lectures, seminars and some PBL style tutorials. Anatomy is taught through full-body dissection. First year students have a chance to undertake a two week clinical placement in the initial year and a research attachment in the second year. There is the opportunity to intercalate, spending an additional year studying; usually Master’s in Law (LLM), Public Health Masters (MPH) or perform research leading to a BMedSci. Years three to five are mainly clinical, the highlight for many students being the two electives, lasting six and seven weeks in the fourth and final year respectively.



GCSE 6A’s minimum and at least a C grade in Science, Maths and English. A-Level grades of AAA and has to include Chemistry and at least one more of Maths, Biology, Physics or Psychology. Scottish Highers AAAAB, again including Chemistry and at least one more of Maths, Biology, Physics or Psychology. For graduate entry medicine or people applying with international baccalaureate or other qualifications should check the University of Sheffield medical school website at


Application Process

Hopeful students will apply through the UCAS portal before the October 15th deadline. Students must initially meet the minimum academic requirements as listed above and if they manage to do so then they will be ranked according to their UKCAT score. Candidates must score a minimum of 2460/3600 to be ranked. Those that are successful and have scored well on the UCKAT will be invited to interview. Sheffield runs a MMI (multiple mini interviews) format and interviews take place between 11-15 December and 23-26 January 2018 and students will find out if they have been successful in March of 2018. The MMI consists of eight 8-minute interviews, with questions based around communication skills, academic interests, motivation to study medicine, evidence of a caring personality, medical work experience and values and attitudes. Each candidate receives a score from 1-5 for each station. In addition to the eight stations, an applicant’s score in the situational judgement test (SJT) from the UKCAT will also count as a ninth/virtual station, meaning each candidate can get a maximum score of 45.


Contact Details

The Medical School, University of Shieffield, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield. S10 2RX.

+44 (0)114 222 5531


Complete University Guide Medical School Ranking – 12th

Times Higher Education UK University Ranking – 13th

Applicants – 1,700

Interviews – 900

Offers – 434

Year size – 255

Average UCAS entry tariff – 509

Course Length – 5 years

Students satisfied with course – 92%

Student to staff ratio – 9

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