University and Careers

Graduate Entry Medicine

Tests required for Graduate entry to medicine.

Some institutions require students to take the UCAT (formerly UKCAT) as part of their post graduate application process.  Other institutions require students to take the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test).



For:Students applying for entry as a graduate to Medicine.
Used by:St George's University of London, the University of Nottingham at Derby Medical School and Swansea University admit graduates to a 4-year MBBS graduate-entry programme (GEP) leading to a full medical degree.
Cardiff University all graduates applying to the A100, A101 or A104 programme.
University of Exeter A100.
Keele University A100
University of Liverpool A100 or A101
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry - A100, A206
Registration by:November or Mid May depending on your chosen test date
Test Date:The GAMSAT test is offered twice a year, in March and September.
Test location:GAMSAT Test centres are located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London,  and Sheffield.

GAMSAT is a professionally designed and marked selection test developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for medical schools offering graduate-entry programmes open to graduates of any discipline.

You will need to sit GAMSAT UK if you intend to apply for Graduate entry to any of the courses listed in the table at the top of this page.


To apply in 2021 for a course commencing in 2022 ONLY the following results can be used:May 2020, September 2020, March 2021 and September 2021
By 15 October 2021:Submit UCAS application form
Late November 2021:GAMSAT results released
December 2021 - April 2022:Interviews for admission
March - June 2022:Offers made to successful applicants
August - September 2022:Programs begin

Ulster University (March 2021 Only)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have applied for Graduate Entry Medicine into Ulster University in 2021 and have submitted a late application through UCAS by March 2021, you must log into your GAMSAT March 2021 registration and ensure that ‘UK’ has been ticked in the course application section. You must also select “YES” in the drop down field indicating that you would like your results forwarded to Ulster University, this will then prompt you to add your UCAS PID number. You must complete this step by 28 April 2021.

UK University Applications (2022 Entry Only)

In order for your results to be forwarded to the institutions of your choice, you must indicate on any of your current registrations (May 2020, September 2020, March 2021 and/or September 2021) that you are an applicant to a UK program. You must complete this step by 31 October 2021 by logging into your account and ensuring that ‘UK’ has been ticked in the course application section of your registration/s.

You must also provide your UCAS Personal ID number (UCAS PID) and indicate to which institutions/courses you are applying to (candidates will be contacted by the GAMSAT office in mid-October when this form becomes available through their account). Changes to your selections can be made at any time until 31 October 2021 via your account. Your results will then be forwarded to the universities for inclusion in your application.

If you do not indicate you are a UK applicant, provide your UCAS PID and course selection information by 31 October 2021, or if you provide incorrect information, this may affect the delivery of your GAMSAT results.

Timing of the Test

The GAMSAT test day is made up of five and a half (5.5) hours of testing time, 25 minutes of reading time, and one hour of recess time. In addition, pre-testing procedures will take some time to complete. Therefore, it is not possible to guarantee start and finish times. Candidates must report to their test centre at the time designated on their Admission Ticket, this will normally be at 8.15am local time. The test itself will start as soon as all pre-testing procedures are completed. Candidates should anticipate being at the test centre for at least nine hours.

The table below shows the structure of GAMSAT by section and time.

SectionNumber of questionsReading time in minutesWriting time in minutes
Section I, Reasoning in Humanities
Section II, Written Communication
Section III, Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences

There is no break between Section I and II. Candidates may not leave their desk or access their personal belongings at this time.

There is a lunch break of one hour between Section II and Section III. Please note: there may not be canteen facilities at the test centres. All candidates are advised to bring their own packed lunch.

GAMSAT Information Booklet

GAMSAT UK homepage.

Please note that some Graduate entry courses require either BMAT or UCAT (formerly UKCAT). See details here.