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FAQ Medicine admissions entry

When do I have to apply for entry to Medicine in September 2023 (or deferred entry in September 2024)?

All applications must be submitted via UCAS ( by 6.00 pm on 15 October 2022 and in advance of this arrangements should be made to complete UCAT ( Late applications will not be considered.

When will interviews take place for September 2023 entry (or deferred entry in September 2024)?

Interviews will be held online on the following dates:

12, 13 and 14 December 2022
10, 11 and 12 January 2023
7 and 9 February 2023
15 March 2023

How many places are there for Home (UK and RoI) students on the medical course at QUB?

The University has 236 places for Home (UK and RoI) students. 236 has been our normal intake for Home students for the last several years.

How many places are there for N Ireland students?

The medical school does not have a quota for any group of students within the Home category of student. Selection for interview is based on the scoring system outlined in the pdf document ‘How we choose our students - 2023 entry’ at

How many places are there for GB students?

We do not have a quota for any group of students within the Home category of student. Selection for interview is based on the scoring system outlined in the pdf document ‘How we choose our students - 2023 entry’ at

How many places for EU students?

In light of the UK’s departure from the European Union the assessment of EU applicants for fee status will follow the guidance provided from the UK and N Ireland Governments. This means that some EU applicants fall within the category of international fee status (and are competing for the 26 international places) whilst others may be entitled to the same fee status as N Ireland students.

In keeping with the special status between the ROI and N Ireland regulations mean ROI applicants will normally be treated the same as N Ireland students for fee status and therefore are competing within the 236 places for home students.

How many places are there for international  students?

There are normally 26 places for students in the international fee status category.

When will I get my offer?

The final ranking for offers cannot be made until all interviews are completed. Normally a small number of offers are given before the last interview date. However, the majority of offers will not be made available until early April 2023.

Will there be any early offers made this year?

This year there will be a small number of offers made early. These offers will be released in early-March. There will be no further offers until early April 2023.

What is the final date for decisions?

The final deadline for universities to make a decision about your UCAS application is the 18 May 2023. You will then have until 8 June 2023 to reply to your offers.

How many offers will be made this year?

The final number of offers and the lowest ranked applicant to be made an offer by the UCAS decision deadline in May are published below. For the 2021 Application Cycle the number accepted from the Reserve List in August/September and the lowest ranked applicant to be admitted from the Reserve List are also provided.

Application Cycle Number of offers made by UCAS decision deadline in May* Lowest ranked applicant made an offer by UCAS decision deadline in May* Number accepted from Reserve List in August/September Lowest ranked applicant accepted from Reserve List in August/September
2021 288 296 52 421
2022 305 310 40 409

* The reason for the difference between the number of offers and the lowest rank to be made an offer is that some applicants had withdrawn their application before an offer was processed for them. 

The number of places available to home applicants for 2023 entry is the normal 236 places. This number is fixed by the Department of Health and clinical placements. The Medical school are not allowed to exceed that number of entrants to first year. Normally the medical school would give more offers than there are places in the expectation that a number of those applicants would decline their offer or unfortunately not reach the final entry grades. 

At all times we will award offers based on a candidate’s ranking after interview to ensure fairness in the process.

What is the ratio of offers to interview for home student places?

Normally we state that when you come for interview we anticipate at least a 1 in 3 chance of an offer. 

How are offers awarded after interview?

After interview all candidates are placed in rank order. Offers are made based on that ranking alone.

IF two applicants have the same ranking after interview how is an offer awarded?

If two candidates have the same rank order but there was only one place then the offer is made to the candidate with the highest SJT score in the UCAT. This situation is explained in the Admissions policy at

I have not yet received a decision on my application.

We wish to be open with candidates as to whether they have received an offer, or unfortunately been unsuccessful, as early in the admissions process as we can. This is to help you make your decisions about all your medical school offers. However, if your rank order is close to the initial offer cut off we may ask candidates to allow us to delay our decision until the UCAS decision deadline on 18 May 2023. We are then able to monitor applicant replies and determine if any further offers can be made. A letter from the admissions office in early April will let you know if you are in this group. Please contact or if you are in this group and are seeking further information.

I received an offer and want feedback on my performance at interview.

We do not provide feedback on rank order to those candidates who have received an offer.

I received a rejection and was not offered an interview. Am I likely to get an offer in August 2023?

We are sorry that you have been disappointed with your application to QUB Medical School this year. All applicants for medicine must go through the interview process. It is unlikely that the medical school will run interviews for admissions to medicine in August 2023. This document includes details for those candidates who wish to consider applying for entry again. This document will be updated in the summer 2023 for those applying for 2024 entry.

I have received a rejection from the medical school after my interview. Is there a possibility of a place becoming available in August 2023?

We are sorry you have been disappointed by your result following the interview. There are many good applicants who may, unfortunately not receive an offer because of the competition for places. As we state in our admissions policy should any spaces become available after results are released in August/September 2023 then we return to the rank order made after interview. We make offers, in rank order, to those candidates who have fulfilled the entry requirements and do not already hold a place at another medical school.

I have been rejected by QUB this year but have a place at another medical school. Should I decline that place in the hope of spaces becoming available in QUB in August 2023?

Only you can make this decision. We can never predict how many, if any, places become available in August/September each year. We would strongly advise you to consider accepting the offer you already hold. You may end up with no medical place at all if you turn down an offer your hold.

Will the medical school defer some applicants to entry in 2024?

There is no plan to defer any applicants to 2024 entry. However, in the unlikely event that more candidates meet their entry requirements than there are places the medical school will not exceed the 236 places for home applicants for entry this year. In that situation there may be a need to defer some candidates. Places would be allocated on the basis of rank order following interviews. In addition, applicants who were initially unsuccessful but following appeal have now satisfied the requirements would be offered deferred entry.

What happens if I decline my offer at Queens and then change my mind later in the admissions cycle?

After you reply to your offers you have a cooling off period (14 days) and if you change your mind you should contact UCAS regarding amending your replies. If you replied to your offers more than 14 days ago you will need to contact the university(s) and UCAS but there is no guarantee this will be possible.  Further information is available at

How are DBS (criminal record) checks being done this year?

Information will be sent to offer holders in June/July 2023 with information on what they need to do.

I have been rejected before interview can I apply again next year?

We welcome applications from candidates on a second occasion with certain criteria. Please read the admissions policy on repeat applications

Where will I get feedback ?

Please contact the admissions for medicine team at if you are a home student and if you are an international student.

Do you have a waiting list for offers?

If places do become available later in the admissions cycle in August or September we return to the rank order list made after interviews and the place will be offered to the next candidate on that list who has satisfied the normal entry requirements and does not hold a place at another medical school.

We do not consider applications from applicants who did not initally apply to QUB Medicine when submitting their UCAS application.

If you do not find an answer to your question 

If your question is not answered in the above or you have any other queries then please contact the admissions for medicine team at if you are a home applicant  and of you are applying under the international fees ruling.