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Rise in international applicants to medical schools and Oxbridge

Domicile of applicant

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

England

35,350

35,970

36,120

34,370

34,040

Northern Ireland

1,110

1,130

1,020

1,010

980

Scotland

2,100

2,080

2,120

1,930

1,940

Wales

1,470

1,410

1,480

1,400

1,370

--UK

40,030

40,600

40,740

38,720

38,330

EU (excluding UK)

5,870

5,970

6,230

6,340

6,860

Not EU

9,770

10,240

11,230

11,310

11,440

--All

55,670

56,810

58,200

56,360

56,630

There has been a 1 per cent year-on-year increase in applications to UK university medical, dentistry and veterinary schools and to Oxbridge, early data from UCAS has shown.

The admissions body has released figures on applications made by 15 October – the deadline for most medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses as well as for Oxford and Cambridge universities.

There was a 1 per cent fall in total applicants from the UK – down from 38,720 in 2015 to 38,330, although the number of total applicants rose from 56,360 to 56,630. But this was more than compensated for by a big rise in applications from overseas – an 8 per cent increase from the European Union (from 6,340 at this point in 2015 to 6,860) and a 1 per cent increase from outside the EU (from 11,310 to 11,440).

Applications from England fell by 1 per cent, those from Wales by 2 per cent and those from Northern Ireland by 3 per cent, while there was no change from Scotland. 

There were 20,100 applications for medicine – a similar number to last year; 14,820 are from the UK.

According to UCAS, there was a marked fall in those re-applying and a 1 per cent rise in applications from British 18-year-olds at a time when the population of that age-group has shrunk by 2 per cent “indicating that application rates have risen”.

Chief Executive of UCAS, Mary Curnock-Cook, said applications were similar to last year, but the true picture would not emerge until the main deadline in January.

"October deadline courses are attracting more overseas applicants each year with a notable increase this year in demand from EU applicants,” she said.

She added that “high demand for applicants with top grades” last year meant fewer had needed to re-apply.

 

Applicants for courses with 15 October deadline by domicile group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First time applicants for courses with 15 October deadline by domicile group

 

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