What do I need to provide as proof of my degree qualification, for an eligibility application?
1: You must have obtained a valid medical degree, recognised by the GMC, by the start of the programme, in August. You do not need to have obtained the degree at the time of making the eligibility application.
If, at the time of application, you have not yet qualified or graduated:
At the point in the eligibility application form, where you are asked to upload your degree certificate, you must upload a copy of the Dean’s statement instead. You will also need to upload the Dean’s statement again at any other point where the application form asks you to do so.
If, at the time of application, you have already qualified, graduated and received a certificate:
At the point in the eligibility application form, where you are asked to upload your degree certificate, you must upload a copy of the certificate provided to you by your Medical School, as part of your graduation.
If, at the time of application, you have already qualified and graduated but have not yet received a certificate:
You must upload a letter from your Dean confirming your qualification with your Eligibility application. Please refer to the Eligibility Applicant Guidance for details on how to do this. This letter is not a replacement for the Dean’s statement, which will need to be uploaded at any point where the application form asks you to do so.
2: You must provide written confirmation from your medical school Dean (or the Dean’s nominated representative), of your suitability to apply for the programme. This must be provided in the form of a Dean’s statement. You can find the Dean’s statement on the Eligibility application page.
My degree certificate is not in English, can I still apply?
You can still make an eligibility application if your degree certificate is not in English, but an official English translation of the degree certificate must also be provided as part of your application.
Does the Dean’s stamp on the Dean’s Statement need to be in English?
The Dean’s stamp does not need to be in English, but the rest of the Dean’s Statement needs to be completed English.
Does the Dean’s signature need to be an ink signature?
The Dean’s signature can be signed in ink or it can be an official digital signature. We will not accept a Dean’s Statement if the signature is just the Dean’s name typed out.
Does the Dean’s Statement need to be handwritten or typed?
The content of your Dean’s statement needs to be legible and in English. It can be either handwritten or typed.
Who counts as a ‘nominated representative’ for the Dean?
You will need to contact your Medical School’s registrar’s office, because they will know who the nominated representative is for your Dean. It cannot be an administrative member of staff.
Once my Medical School Dean has completed my statement, where do I submit it?
Your completed Deans Statement needs to be scanned and uploaded onto the Oriel system as part of your eligibility application.
The UKFPO does not accept completed Deans Statements via email or post. It must be uploaded with your application onto Oriel.
What happens if my Dean cannot provide a decile score on the Dean’s Statement?
If your Dean is unable to provide a decile score for you then you will be automatically awarded the lowest decile score of 41 (the decile range for FP 2023 is now 41-50).
Can I use my Dean’s Statement as proof of English language proficiency?
You can use your Dean’s Statement as proof of your English language proficiency, but only if your Medical School is not on this list:
Do I need to upload all the pages of the Dean’s Statement to my Oriel application?
To avoid mistakes, we would encourage you to include all pages of the Dean’s Statement. However, as a minimum, you must ensure the following sections are included:
Section 1: Permission to apply
Section 2: Primary Medical Qualification
Section 3: Decile ranking
Section 4: Declaration
Does it matter if I haven’t ticked the completion checklist of the Dean’s Statement?
No, it will not affect your application if the boxes on the checklist are not ticked. You are strongly advised to use the checklist to ensure you have completed all the necessary steps; but this is for your reference only.