What does the drop in applications to UK medical schools mean for future applicants?
Will getting a place at a UK medical school remain competitive? Or will factors such as Brexit and the junior doctors’ strike have a long term effect on applications?
Applications to study medicine in the United Kingdom for entry in 2017 have fallen by 4% compared with the previous year, according to figures released by the University and Colleges Admissions Service.1
The average number of applications to all undergraduate degrees in the UK has fallen by 5%, with a 7% drop in applicants from the European Union (EU). Applications to medical school from the UK, EU, and the rest of the world have fallen by 2%, 16%, and 6%, respectively. Although there is a marked percentage difference between these applicant groups, the difference in the absolute numbers of people not applying was comparatively closer (370, 330, and 200 fewer applications, respectively).
The number of people who do not reapply to medical school after previous failed attempts continues to plummet, with a further fall of 11% (330) this year. In some applicant subgroups, however, applications have risen: applications from 18