Record number of people apply to study medicine in September 2020

23,710 people, an increase of 6%, have applied to study medicine next year

Applications for 2020 medicine courses had to be submitted to UCAS by 18:00 on Tuesday 15 October. Dentistry and veterinary science/medicine courses, as well as all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, also use this deadline.

The growth in applications coincides with an expansion of medical school places available at English universities

There are increases in medicine applicants from all four countries of the UK (collectively up 5% to 18,500), and from international students, with EU applicants up 1% to 1,680, and non-EU applicants increasing by 10%, to 3,530. The growth in applications coincides with an expansion of medical school places available at English universities for the third year in a row.

A total of 68,680 students have applied for undergraduate courses with a 15 October deadline, marking a new record – the fifth straight year of increases, and a 4% rise on last year.

The number of applicants from the most disadvantaged backgrounds (POLAR4 quintile 1) across the UK increases by 8%

The number of applicants from the UK has also increased by 4% to reach a total of 47,660, with similar proportional increases for each country of the UK.

35,290 UK 18-year-olds have applied for a 15 October deadline course, up 5% on the 2019 cycle. This comes alongside a 1.5% fall in the overall population of young people.

Application numbers from disadvantage students increase by 6%

The number of applicants from the most disadvantaged backgrounds (POLAR4 quintile 1) across the UK increases by 8%, and is the first time the number has exceeded 2,300 for an early deadline course. The number of applicants from the most advantaged backgrounds grew by 4 per cent, to 16,010.

Clare Marchant, UCAS’ chief executive, said, ‘I’m inspired by the record number of students who are ready to take on the challenge of demonstrating they have the knowledge, skills, and potential to succeed on these ever-competitive courses.

“It’s encouraging to see so many students aim high with their applications, many of whom will have explored their options in the new UCAS Hub, which encourages them to be more aspirational with their courses. Today’s numbers are an initial temperature check, representing around a tenth of everyone who will apply by the end of the cycle. The full diagnosis will be delivered once the 15 January deadline passes.”

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