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CBMDA the Association has established partnerships with universities and their medical/dental schools across the UK. Our referral scheme will help you apply for your desired postgraduate programmes, Ph.D research positions, international exchange programmes at the top 10 UK medical and dental schools. 

CBMDA also assists its foreign candidates to prepare, participate and successfully pass PLAB exam held by General Medical Council UK and ORE exam held by General Dental Council UK, which are the ultimate tests to enable foreign qualified doctors and dentists to practise in the UK as well as in all 28 EU countries. 

Our referral scheme also assists Chinese or foreign high school candidates apply for UK Medical MBBS and Dental BDS programmes. After graduation, you will be automatically registered with General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) and will automatically be granted the licenses to practise medicine or dentistry in the UK or any of the 28 EU countries. 

CBMDA's post PLAB/ORE exam programme assists our members to start their new life and career in Europe. Membership benefits include: Finding clinical attachments; Preparing you for interviews; Assisting you with job application; Having you registered with a local agency, Recommending you to training positions, Offering you immigration advice or helping you to become an assistant lecturer at CBMDA Academy. If you are interested in developing a new career path in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry, we can certainly help you also. Our network enables us to recommend the most suitable candidates to our corporate members' required positions, and to offer our members a different but exciting career path moving forward. 

How to apply to a UK university


Follow these three steps to start your application today.


1.  Find a course: Please select CBMDA UK partnered university from the list below and visit the university website. 

2. Prepare and submit your application: The application process differs for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

  • If you wish to apply for an undergraduate degree, you will need to submit your undergraduate application via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

  • If you wish to apply for a postgraduate degree, you will need to apply directly to the university via their own online application system. Contact CBMDA with your chosen university to find out more.

3. Check you are eligible for a UK student visa. Read our information on the Tier 4 Student Visa to make sure you are        

    aware of the requirements in advance.


China Entry Requirements at UK Universities


Course application requirements can vary depending on the university and degree you choose. The information below is only a guide so be sure to check the entry requirements for your favourite courses. Remember, most undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees in the UK are usually three year courses and postgraduate master’s degrees are one year.


Undergraduate Chinese Students (First Degree)


Chinese National University Entrance exams are accepted by some universities although many of the top ranked universities will ask you to complete a foundation or access course. If you have taken A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement exams then you will be eligible for direct entry on to undergraduate courses at most universities.


Postgraduate Chinese Students (Second Degree)


Most universities will accept Chinese students who have already completed a first degree that is equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree from an established university. The grades you need depend on the course and university you are applying to.

Remember, you can contact the international office at your chosen universities via CBMDA and we will tell you if your qualifications meet the requirements of your chosen course.

Chinese Medical and Dental Candidates


UK General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) does not accept qualifications from Chinese medical or dental schools in general. However, GDC and GMC do accept individual assessment in certain cases. 

Please contact CBMDA to find out more...


CBMDA has designed a specific programme to assist Chinese medical and dental students or practising clinicians to 


- continue their study at the top UK medical or dental schools

- obtain UK university granted certificates via CBMDA Medical and Dental programmes. 

- obtain the license to practise medicine or dentistry in the UK by passing PLAB or ORE exams.


CBMDA Referral Scheme Candidates 

Study and Work Placement

UCL Eastman Dental Institute

London, United Kingdom


UCL Eastman Dental Institute is a world-leading, academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and translational research, based in London UK. Eastman offers an extensive range of high-quality, postgraduate study opportunities including Master's degrees, specialty training, certificates, diplomas, research-informed degrees and CPD courses. Its clinically-intensive programmes are led by international specialists. UCL is also a world-class, research centre offering a range of doctorates. They are continually improving systemic and oral heath through the innovative development of novel treatments, therapies, diagnostics and smart materials.


UCL Eastman Dental Institute is the largest postgraduate education centre in Europe. World ranking 6th in Dentistry. In 2018, University College London (UCL) was ranked 3rd in the UK following Cambridge and Oxford and 7th worldwide.

King's College London

London, United Kingdom

King’s College London is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious university institutions: a multi-faculty research-led university college based in the heart of London. Ranked as one of the world’s top 20 universities (QS World Rankings 2013), King’s offers an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and caring traditions, and the opportunity for students to be taught or supervised by academics who are often leaders in their field.

King's College London was ranked 23th in 2018 worldwide and was ranked 2nd in Dentistry. 

University of Central Lancashire

Preston, Lancashire


The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.

Today UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally the University of Central Lancashire has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.

University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom 

The University of Manchester (UoM) is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late-19th century.

University of Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom 


Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK and was ranked within the top 50 universities in the world in the QS World University rankings 2016.

Bristol is organised into six academic faculties composed of multiple schools and departments running over 200 undergraduate courses largely situated in the Tyndalls Park area of the city. The university had a total income of £565.8 million in 2015/16, of which £146.2 million was from research grants and contracts. It is the largest independent employer in Bristol.

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 


Newcastle University (Officially, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne) is a public research university located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North-East of England. The university can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later the College of Medicine), established in 1834, and to the College of Physical Science (later renamed Armstrong College), founded in 1871. These two colleges came to form one division of the federal University of Durham, with the Durham Colleges forming the other. The Newcastle colleges merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, following an Act of Parliament, King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Queen Mary University of London

London, United Kingdom


Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With 21,187 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £400m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges. 

We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, our main site in Mile End is one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital. 

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom 

The University of Liverpool is a public university based in the city of Liverpool, England. Founded as a college in 1881, it gained its royal charter in 1903 with the ability to award degrees and is also known to be one of the six original "red brick" civic universities. It comprises three faculties organised into 35 departments and schools. It is a founding member of the Russell Group, the N8 Group for research collaboration and the University Management school is AACSB accredited.

Nine Nobel Prize winners are amongst its alumni and past faculty and the university offers more than 230 first degree courses across 103 subjects. It was the world's first university to establish departments in Oceanography, civic design, architecture, and biochemistry at the Johnston Laboratories.

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom 

The University of Leeds is a redbrick university located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, established in 1831. Originally named the Yorkshire College of Science and later simply the Yorkshire College, it incorporated the Leeds School of Medicine and became part of the federal Victoria University alongside Owens College (which eventually became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904, a royal charter, created in 1903, was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

University of Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom 

Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.


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