The Queen's University of Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast, Medical School in Northern Ireland provides the Medicine (A100) and Dentistry (A200) courses


UCAT and academic grades grades are used to rank for interviews. SJT will not be considered except for borderline applicants.

Personal Statement

Personal Statements are not scored as part of the selection process. There should be evidence of commitment and motivation in the personal statement and it should state explicitly that Medicine is their career choice.

Academic Requirements

GCSE Requirements

GCSE Requirements for Queen’s University Belfast, Medical School are:

  • Maths - Grade 4 minimum if not offered at A level
  • English - No requirements
  • Science - Grade 4 minimum in Physics or Double Award Science if not offered at A level
  • Other requirements - GCSE Short Courses attract 2 points for an A*, 1.5 for an A grade, 1 for a B grade and 0.5 for a C. A maximum of one BTEC/OCR Level 2 qualification will be considered equivalent to one or two GCSEs as appropriate, and taken into account

9 best GCSEs are scored with 9 =4, 7/8 = 3, 6 = 2, 4/5 = 1, for 36 out of a total 42 points. 32 points were required for interview in 2019. GCSEs make up 86% of the weighting in scoring for interview

A-levels or Scottish Higher requirements.

AAA at A level and A in a fourth AS level subject including Chemistry plus at least one other from Biology/Maths/Physics or A*AA at A level including Chemistry and Biology/ Human Biology or A*AA at A level including Chemistry and either Maths/Physics and AS level Biology grade B.

Advanced Highers required varies from AA–AAA, Chemistry (Grade A) plus a grade A in at least one from Physics, Biology and Maths are required. The grade required is dependent on the Scottish highers achieved, the table shows what grades are required:

   Scottish Highers        Advanced Highers 
International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, including 6,6,6 at Higher level. Higher level Chemistry and Biology required. If Physics and Maths is not offered as part of the IB then a pass in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science, or equivalent, is required.

Graduate Applicant Degree Requirements

Full academic background is taken into account. The minimum A level threshold (or equivalent in other qualifications) is ABB at first attempt with 2.1 honours degree, or BBB for those with a First Class Honours degree or PhD.

Widening Participation

Applicants who have been educated at a secondary school in Northern Ireland to at least Year 12 will be short-listed on the basis of AS level grades (rather than GCSE performance) plus UCAT results and predicted A level performance.

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences: Pathway Opportunity Programme. Throughout Years 13 and 14, students accepted onto the pathway will benefit from a structured series of events designed to prepare them for the transition to undergraduate study at Queen’s, including insight into academic and extracurricular aspects of student life, admissions guidance and support and a one-week residential summer school. Students will complete assessed work and those who are successful will receive a guaranteed interview and a possible offer of one A Level grade below the normal target. Specific details of the eligibility criteria used for selection for this pathway are on the Pathway Opportunity Programme website. This programme is only open to applicants with a BT postcode and attending a school within Northern Ireland.

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