Degree Qualification and Dean’s Statement FAQs

1: You must have obtained a valid medical degree, recognised by the GMC, by the start of the programme, i.e. by 4th August 2021.  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:

 At the point in the eligibility application form, where you are asked to upload your degree certificate, you must upload a letter from your Dean confirming your qualification.  This letter must be laid out as described in appendix 2 of the Eligibility Guidance (which can be found on the Eligibility application page).  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.

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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 in English (or translated into 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 however 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.

What does the eligibility guidance mean when it says: “You must upload the original completed Dean’s Statement form with your Dean’s signature (or signature of nominated representative) and medical school seal / stamp.”

You need to follow one of the following two processes:

Your Medical School Dean completes, signs, and stamps the form, sends it to you electronically, and then you upload this as part of your eligibility application.

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Your Medical School Dean completes, signs, and stamps the form, sends you the physical copy in the post and you scan this and upload it as part of your eligibility application.

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 then you will be given a score of 34. Further information on decile scores is in the Applicant’s Handbook.


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, so long as your Medical School is not on this list:

http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_applications/23567.asp