Record numbers applying to study medicine at university, figures show

New UCAS figures show a six per cent increase on the number of people applying to take a degree in the subject, compared to last year

This is an edited version of an article first published by the Independent

The deadline for applications to begin medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses next autumn, was October 15. This is also the deadline for potential students to apply for degree courses at Oxford and Cambridge.

UCAS figures show that:

  • 23,710 people have applied to study medicine, with increases in applicants from all four countries of the UK – a total of 18,500 UK applicants, up five per cent from last year;
  • applications from EU students for medicine degrees are up one per cent to 1,680, while applications from students outside the EU have risen 10% to 3,530;
  • there has been an expansion in the number of medical school places available at English universities for the third year in a row, UCAS said.

Overall, 68,680 students applied for all degree courses with an October 15 deadline – a four per cent on last year, the admissions service added.

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.”

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