Overview of the Medical School

  • The early history of medical education in Hull and York goes back to the three following institutions: Hull Medical School (1831), York Medical Society(1832) and the York Medical School (1834). But neither of them survived the changes wrought by the Medical Acts and the foundation of the General Medical Council in 1858.
  • The University of Hull had aspirations for a new medical school from the mid-1970s, but it was only when the decision was taken to found four new medical schools in the UK that this became a reality with the opportunity to combine the strengths of both Hull and York.
  • The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) took its first intake of students in 2003 under the leadership of the founding Dean Bill Gillespie.

Campus and Facilities:

  • Campus: partnership between the Universities of Hull and York with learning facilities on the main campuses of both universities.
  • Facilities:
    • Facilities of both Universities
    • IT and Library facilities
    • Research Centres:
      • Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences
      • Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research
      • Centre for Education Development
      • Centre for Health and Population Sciences
      • Centre for Immunology and Infection
      • Centre for Neuroscience
      • Joint Centre for Cancer Studies
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 16 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 22 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 201-250 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • The A100 programme at the Hull-York Medical School offers notable features:
    • Clinical placements from the start of the course, in a variety of different settings
    • A blended learning approach, with clinician-led problem-based learning supported by lectures, clinical placements and Scholarship and Special Interest Programmes (SSIPs).
    • Teaching in small groups, led by clinicians, throughout the course.
    • Close student support from peers, educational facilitators and clinical learning tutors.
    • A balance of teaching across all parts of the health service. A large share of our clinical learning is in primary care, fully supported and integrated with learning centres across a range of hospital sites.
    • Clinical rotations across a diverse range of settings.
    • Intercalated programmes available.

Number of students on this course:

The School offers 141 places each year on the full five-year MB BS course, A100.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The five-year course is divided into three phases:
    • Phase I covers the first two years
    • Phase II is years 3 and 4
    • Phase III is the fifth and final year.
  • Four themes are woven through the HYMS curriculum, which is structured around six groups of body systems.
  • It is a spiral curriculum: you keep returning to these body systems and exploring the same themes, to refresh and deepen your understanding of every topic as the course progresses.
  • The four themes threading through the course are:
    • Applied life sciences
    • Clinical skills and reasoning
    • Health and society
    • Professionalism
  • The six groups of body systems, relating to each block of learning, are:
    • Pathology, immunology and cancer
    • Respiration, cardiovascular
    • medicine and dermatology
    • Gastrointestinal medicine, metabolic
    • and renal medicine
    • Reproduction and child health
    • Mental health
    • Musculoskeletal and nervous systems, special senses and elderly persons’ medicine

Course Content:

  • Phase 1: years 1 and 2
    • Based at either the University of Hull or the University of York
    • Based on problem-based learning (PBL) sessions. Working in groups of eight or nine, alongside an experienced clinical tutor. The PBL sessions are supported by lectures, resource sessions and workshops.
    • In the first year, you’ll spend half a day each week on clinical placement, alternating between general practice and hospital sites.
    • In the second year, you’ll spend a full day on placement each week.
    • Attend clinical skills sessions twice a week, on the same afternoon as your PBL sessions
  • Phase 2: years 3 and 4
    • Five locality sites in Hull, York, Grimsby, Scarborough and Scunthorpe
    • Full exposure to clinical medicine
    • You’ll work each week both in general practice, where new and existing patients first make contact, and on the hospital wards.
    • Practice your examination, history-taking and problem-solving skills on real patients.
    • Essential clinical skills such as taking blood, inserting intravenous cannulas and bladder catherisation
    • Formal teaching sessions in pharmacology, therapeutics, evidence-based medicine, illness, and communication masterclasses.
  • Phase 3: year 5
    • Seven week Elective period
    • Assistant intern of a medical team
    • Rotate through general medicine, general surgery and general practice.
    • Surgical attachments: opportunity to take part in pre-operative and post-operative care.

Teaching locations:

  • University of Hull
  • University of York
  • Castle Hill Hospital, Hull
  • Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
  • Hull Royal Infirmary
  • Scarborough Hospital
  • Scunthorpe General Hospital
  • York Hospital

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • Opportunity to take a year’s leave of absence from your regular medical programme to undertake separate studies, leading to a further qualification at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • Undergraduate degrees in:
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences
    • Applied Ethics
    • Sports, Health and Exercise Science
  • Postgraduates degrees in:
    • Health Professions Education
    • Clinical Anatomy
    • Clinical Anatomy and Education
    • Human Anatomy and Evolution
    • Public Health
    • MSc by Thesis

Open day dates:

HYMS holds several open days a year alongside those of our parent universities.

  • At York:
    • Friday 24th June 2016
    • Saturday 25th June 2016
    • Saturday 17th September 2016
    • Sunday 18th September 2016
  • At Hull:
    • Saturday 9th July 2016
    • Saturday 8th October 2016
    • Saturday 22nd October 2016
  • In September and October representatives from the HYMS admissions team and current students will be present to answer any questions

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 26 Sep 2016 – 14 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 05 Jan 2017 – 07 Apr 2017
  • Summer Term: 27 Apr 2017 – 16 Jun 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • The school offers Taught and Research Programmes.
  • Courses Available:
    • MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution
    • Certificate, Diploma / MSc (part-time) in Health Professions Education
    • MSc in Health Professions Education (full-time)
    • MSc in Clinical Anatomy
    • MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education
    • Masters in Public Health
    • MSc in Physician Associate Studies
  • The research programmes are awarded jointly by the parent universities of Hull and York.
    • MD in Medical Sciences
    • PhD in Medical or Human Sciences
    • MPhil in Medical Sciences
    • MSc by thesis
    • PhD or MD by published work

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • Institution code is H75
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)

Entry requirements:

  • A Levels: AAA at A2, achieved in a single sitting, including Biology and Chemistry.
  • International Baccalaureate: 6,6,5 in three Higher-level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry. You must also have an overall total of 36 points for the diploma, including bonus points for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE).
  • Access courses: taking one of the following Access to Medicine courses in one year:
    • Lancaster University: Pre-medical studies certificate of Higher Education. Achieve an aggregation score of 15 or higher in each of your three units plus a score of 12 or higher in ten out of your fifteen exam answers.
    • College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn: Access to Medicine and Dentistry.
    • Sussex Downs College, Lewes: Access to Medicine.
    • Stafford College and New College, Telford: Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professions).
    • University of Bradford: Foundation Course in Clinical Sciences/Medicine.
    • The Manchester College: Access to Higher Education Diploma in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Science.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3/D3 in Chemistry and Biology as Principal subjects, and a D3 in your third Principal subject or Global perspectives.
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB at Higher level (H), including Biology and Chemistry at grade A, taken in a single attempt in Secondary Five, and either:
    • AA in Advanced Higher level (AH) Biology and Chemistry plus an additional Higher (H) at grade A, taken in Secondary Six,
    • AA in Advanced Higher level (AH) Biology and Chemistry, plus an additional Advanced Higher (AH) at grade B, taken in Secondary Six.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: grade B Pass in the WBQ Core. You will also need AA grades in GCE A-level Biology and Chemistry, and any third A-level subject at grade B.
  • European Baccalaureate: 85% (8.5) overall, including 85% (8.5) in both Chemistry and Biology.
  • Graduate Entry: 2:1 degree, plus 8 GCSEs at grade A*-C, or equivalent or grades 4-9 in the reformed GCSEs.

Candidate Selection:

  • On average 1000 applications are received each year, all applicants who meet the Entry Requirements are ranked and the top 560 candidates being invited to interview. Following interview, they normally make around 300 offers.
  • Applications will be given an academic score based upon the best 8 achieved grades at GCSE or equivalent Year 11 qualifications.
  • For applicants who have taken qualifications other than GCSEs, an assessment of equivalence will be made.
  • We will award you a number of points based upon your total UCAT score.
  • GCSE and UCAT performance data are predominantly used initially to determine whether or not you are short-listed for interview.
  • Personal statement is not formally score but we will read it carefully and may use the information it contains as part of our short-listing process at any point.

Interview procedure:

  • Interviews take place during December and January.
  • There are in MMI format (multiple mini interview):
    • A semi-structured interview, with two interviewers, lasting 10 minutes: each interviewer will score your responses separately using a prescribed set of grade descriptors.
    • A second, semi-structured personal interview, also with two interviewers and lasting 10 minutes: interviewers will ask you to expand your responses.
    • A ‘Scenario Station’ lasting 5 minutes: An actor will be present playing a character and you will need to interact with that person in the same way as you would in real life.
    • A group interview lasting 20 minutes: allows a ‘live’ assessment of your ability to work effectively with your peers.
  • During interview, they will score in the following areas:
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a group
    • How you contribute relevant information to the group discussion
    • How effectively and clearly you articulate your own thoughts in a group setting
    • Insight into a medical career
    • Your understanding of the values in the NHS Constitution
    • Motivation for a medical career
    • Your awareness and understanding of current medical issues
    • Your communication skills
    • Your understanding of and motivation for the HYMS MBBS course
    • Your personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience
    • Your ability to think critically

Extra important information for candidates:

  • The scores from the three separate components of the interview process are collated in addition to points awarded for you UCAT Situational Judgement Test Band.
  • We then rank applicants in order of total score and make offers to around the top 300 students.
  • The only feedback we can provide is your numerical ranking in our scoring system.

Admissions contacts:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • All HYMS students have the option to study for an intercalated Bachelor’s degree for a year between Years 2 – 3 or Years 3 – 4, either at HYMS or at another institution.


Other MBBS extras relevant to UK medical students: NA

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  1. AS 26/09/2018 at 09:03

    Hi would you know what was the cut off score for a international student to qualify for an interview.


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