Dear Magdalene College, Cambridge,
Please may I request the BMAT scores (Section 1, 2 and 3) of the current international students who have received interviews for the A100 Medicine Course.
By students who have received interviews, I mean applicants who have received an interview invitation for 2017/2018 entry during the current admissions cycle.
I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
Please may I request the BMAT scores (Section 1, 2 and 3) of the current
international students who have received interviews for the A100 Medicine
By students who have received interviews, I mean applicants who have
received an interview invitation for 2017/2018 entry during the current
There is some confusion in your question regarding the admissions cycle
you are enquiring about. We have interpreted this to mean the current
admissions cycle, for admission in 2018/19.
We are unable to provide individual BMAT scores as these are the personal
data of individuals: this information is therefore withheld under section
40(2) Data Protection of the Act. Instead we have given the mean of each
of the three scores. There were a total of six overseas applicants
Section 1 – mean 5.4
Section 2 – mean 6.9
Section 3 – mean 3.3
Please note that we have interpreted “international students” as being
those whose residency is not in the UK or EU, and so this number may
include some educated in the UK, and will not include all of those born
outside of the UK or EU.
You may like to note that the College is subject to an externally imposed
quota with regard to the numbers of overseas applicants it can admit to
read Medicine. The maximum number of Medicine offers permitted to be made
to overseas applicants across the University each year is 21, and
Magdalene’s share of that quota is ordinarily one (it may on rare
occasions be more if another college chooses not to use its allocation of
the quota). This specific quota means that there are often considerably
more applicants per overseas place than there are per Home/EU place. In
this sense, the level of competition for overseas places may be considered
to be higher.
Decisions about interviews and offers for Medicine, as for all subjects,
are made on a holistic basis. BMAT scores are just one of a number of
elements of an application that we take into account and there is no
automatic correlation between the levels of these scores and the
likelihood of receiving an interview or offer.
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