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How to Apply

What qualifications do I need? To study at KMMS, you must possess the abilities, commitment and personal qualities that are necessary to deliver the core NHS values and become an excellent doctor.

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KMMS welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who have the potential to become good doctors, and serve the National Health Service. KMMS has pioneered ideas in selection, and our policies and procedures are different to most UK medical schools.

When selecting our students, we look for:

  • A resilient all-rounder who can demonstrate a range of skills and attributes
  • High academic achievement, particularly relative to their school background
  • Commitment to quality of care and improvement
  • An understanding of NHS core values and the ability to put those values in action
  • Compassion, and the ability to treat all people with respect and dignity
  • Communication skills and effective team working
  • Appreciation of other people’s views and willingness to accept responsibility
  • A realistic and committed understanding of medical training and clinical practice

Entry Requirements 2021                 Entry Requirements 2022

The Application Process

How to Apply

Step 1: Clinical Aptitude Test

KMMS requires all applicants to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). All tests must be completed in the year of your application. For more information, please visit www.ucat.ac.uk.

What is the UCAT and how does the process work?
The UCAT is a requirement for all applicants who wish to apply for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate programme at KMMS.  

Please use the UCAT test centre locator on the UCAT website to find your nearest test centre. UCAT offer a bursary to cover the test fee for details of eligibility and how to apply please visit the UCAT bursary page.

Your UCAT score will be used alongside our entry criteria when initially assessing applications. KMMS will operate a threshold for UCAT score, but we are unable to define this threshold in advance.   

How do I find my UCAT score?
According to the UCAT website, “When you leave the test centre you will be given a copy of your UCAT score report. Your score report will also be accessible online through your Pearson VUE account. You should allow approximately 24 hours after your test for this to be uploaded.” Please see the UCAT webpage for further details.

UCAT will provide you with the log-on details to your Pearson VUE system where your scores can be accessed at any time after this.

Should I do coaching for the UCAT? 
Whilst there are many commercial companies offering coaching for the UCAT, UCAT do not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials. These courses can cost candidates a great deal of money and UCAT would advise you to be sceptical about their claims.  

We advise all students to prepare for the UCAT by using the free OFFICIAL practice materials available on the UCAT website.

What score will you accept on Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs)? 
SJTs form part of the UCAT test. The results are graded in bands from one to four. KMMS will not consider applications from anyone with a band 4 score. 

Step 2: UCAS Application

You will need to submit your application to KMMS through UCAS. The application will include personal details, qualification information, references from your teachers or workplace, and your personal statement. For more information, please visit www.ucas.com.

If you choose to apply for KMMS, you will receive log-in details for KentVision (the University of Kent’s applicant portal that we are using), which will be sent to you via e-mail. We would advise you to both check your emails and log into KentVision regularly, as some school firewalls may automatically assign messages similar to the ones we send applicants to Junk/Spam and we’d hate you to miss any communications from us.

Step 3: Log in to KentVision

Once you have applied, you will receive an email with log-in details for KentVision. Here, you will be able to see any updates regarding your application. If you haven’t received acknowledgement of your application containing your KentVision log-in details within 48 hours, please contact us at admissions@kmms.ac.uk.

How do I accept an offer? 
If we are able to make you an offer, you will be notified through UCAS Track as well as your KentVision applicant portal. If you wish to accept a KMMS offer, you will need to go into UCAS Track and accept our offer as a firm choice or an insurance choice by the UCAS deadline. 

For further details about UCAS deadlines, please visit their website.

Step 4: The Interview

Successful candidates will be invited to interview. The first round of interviews will be held in December 2021/January 2022. KMMS uses the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and we have made two videos, which are available on our KMMS YouTube channel, about the MMIs process.

View our How to Apply graphic which displays the application process.

The KMMS MMIs will take place from January 2022 and are a mandatory part of the application process.

Details of dates, times and locations will be included in your invitation to interview. We plan to have our MMIs over several days in January in Canterbury, and there will be a system that allows you to select your date and time.

As part of the selection process, we will be looking for: 

  • A resilient all-rounder who can demonstrate a number of skills and attributes 
  • A realistic and committed attitude to medical training and clinical practice 
  • A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives 
  • An understanding of the NHS core values and the ability to reflect on their importance 
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients 
  • An appreciation of the need to treat people with dignity and respect 
  • The ability to appreciate other people’s points of view 
  • A willingness to accept responsibility 

Parents or friends are welcome to attend with you but will not be permitted to sit with you during the MMI or in the waiting room.  

We also want you to be as comfortable as possible, so we do not apply any particular dress code. Please bear in mind that the day may involve some walking across campus. 

We will endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments you require on the day of your MMI but we will need you to inform us in advance. 

Please note that the 2021 MMIs took place virtually over Microsoft Teams. We hope to carry out the MMIs face-to-face again in 2022, but this will largely depend on government guidance regarding Covid-19 any social distancing measures that are still in place.

We have an MMI-focussed question and answer session on our Instagram page (@KMMSMedschool) which took place on Monday 4th January 2021 – the highlights of this are pinned to our Instagram profile.

Please note that the selection process for Medicine can take some time.

We want to encourage aspiring doctors from all backgrounds in Kent and Medway and beyond to consider studying medicine.   

Contextualisation is a method of assessing your academic achievement within its proper educational and social context.  KMMS has innovated a Contextualise Everyone scheme and does not seek additional “contextual” information. 

We will give special consideration to applicants who are currently studying at schools in the Kent & Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) or a partner school or college of either Canterbury Christ Church University or the University of Kent. 

Students from partner schools will be considered for a lower academic offer of ABB or BBB. We do not make similar offers to any other groups of applicants.

September 07, 2021
Applications open

October 15, 2021
Applications deadline

Early March
Offers start to go out in batches until end of deadline

May 19, 2022
Decision deadline