Admissions Criteria - MBBS

Applicants to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme must be at least 18 years of age in the year of admissions. Applicants must satisfy the relevant minimum entrance requirements, either at normal or lower level, before being considered for admission.


Academic Requirements

  • Mininum of five CXC, CSEC or GCE O-level subjects in English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics;
  • Passes in two  two-units of Biology, Chemistry and one other two-unit CAPE or A-level subject; or,
  • A Basic Sciences degree with credits obtained in Biology and Chemistry and one other subject. Applicants MUST complete both units to be considered eligible. 

Non-Academic Considerations

  • All candidates are required to submit a short (300 words or less) autobiographic sketch outlining the reasons for their career choice.
  • Candidates must also produce evidence of their involvement in relevant extra-curricular/co-curricular activities, socially-oriented projects and voluntary community service in the year prior to their application.


  1. Professional degrees (eg. MPH, Nursing, Medical Technology) are not recognised as qualifications for entry to the MBBS programme.
  2. Physics and Mathematics are compulsory at least at the CXC and CSEC level, whereas Biology and Chemistry are compulsory at the Advanced level.
  3. A triple major Associate degree majoring in Biology, Chemistry and one other subject from an approved University/Community College with a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 3.5 is considered acceptable for entry into the MBBS programme.
  4. Transfer applicants to Medical Sciences from UWI's Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences may be considered on completion of the preliminary and/or introductory years of the programme. All such applicants must complete and submit a transfer form by the second Friday in January in the year of application.
  5. Applicants holding a Masters/PhD in the Basic Sciences (eg. Biology, Physics, Biochemistry), having met the academic and non-academic requirements above, may also be considered.
  6. Persons holding first degrees from an approved university/community other than The University of the West Indies may also be considered provided that:
  • The University which granted the degree is recognised as competitive
  • Credits have been obtained in Biology and Chemistry
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent has been obtained


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