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School Selection Procedures - Medical Pharmacology

Method of Application

All applications must be made through the UCAS scheme, details of which can be found at Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. Cardiff University is not made aware of applicants’ other chosen universities, but are aware of an individual’s application for other courses at Cardiff University. Applications for such other courses in Cardiff University do not affect the way that an application for Medical Pharmacology is considered in any way.

The Selection Process

Academic requirements

Applications are reviewed by the admission tutors. The initial assessment consists of vetting applications according to whether the specific minimum academic requirements have been met. In the absence of documented extenuating circumstances, applications that do not meet these minimum requirements are usually unsuccessful and notified through the standard UCAS procedure. Applicants who satisfy the initial academic criteria will then be ranked according to their previous academic qualifications, eg GCSE, A and AS Level grades, Baccalaureate points, or degree classifications. Predicted grades for qualifications yet to be assessed will also be taken into account.

Non-academic requirements

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements and are sufficiently ranked academically are then selected based on the information provided in their Personal Statement and the Referee’s Report. Each application is reviewed independently. The Personal Statement should indicate the potential to cope with the academic requirements of the course and to complete the course.

The admissions tutor would expect the Referee’s report to provide evidence of the applicants;

  • Academic ability;
  • Interpersonal/communication skills;
  • The applicant’s suitability for the applied course;
  • Confirmation of the applicant’s commitment to higher education.
Professional Judgement

The admissions tutor will use the criteria as guidance during the decision-making process. However, places are keenly sought and there is a high level of competition. Places cannot be guaranteed purely on the basis of possession of the criteria and qualities required. The whole selection process draws upon academic and non-academic criteria, and there must also be a certain degree of professional judgement before an offer can be offered.

Feedback for Rejected Applicants

Following Cardiff University guidelines, feedback on the Selection Process will be appropriately provided to unsuccessful applicants.

School Selection Criteria

In the personal statement, the admissions tutor will be looking for the following attributes:

The ability to demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in Medical Pharmacology;

  • Evidence of motivation and determination;
  • Any work experience that has been undertaken;
  • The ability to construct a coherent and concise statement;
  • Non-academic interests, which may highlight other significant personal qualities.

Opportunities for certain types of work experience and participation in some non-academic activities may vary according to individual circumstances. This may be due to an applicant’s cultural or socio-economic background or for other reasons. The admissions tutor is therefore willing to be flexible about an applicant’s demonstration of non-academic selection criteria. It should be noted that additional information from school or the applicant will be considered particularly in the case of extenuating circumstances.

Use of Contextual Data

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades ABC-BBB will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Medicine's Medical Pharmacology undergraduate courses. Typical offers can be found here

For details of University policy on the use of Contextual Data, please click here.

Admissions Tests

Cardiff School of Medicine does not have any standardised admissions test requirements for the Pharmacology programme.

Selection Interviews

Cardiff School of Medicine may interview applicants for its Pharmacology programme.

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