The UCAT Consortium

The UCAT Consortium is the operating name of the UKCAT Consortium.  The UCAT Consortium is committed to fairness in selection to medicine and dentistry and to the widening participation in medical and dental training of under-represented social groups.  Through an ongoing programme of research UCAT is seeking to identify the characteristics in applicants which will make them good clinicians and thus to improve the quality of those who enter the professions with the ultimate aim of improving patient care.

We are a charity and limited company managed by a Consortium of UK Universities who require the UCAT for entry to their medical/dental programmes.

We were established in 2006 by admission tutors in response to University concerns about the difficulties of selecting fairly from increasing numbers of high achieving applicants.  Our aims are to:

  • achieve greater fairness in selection by helping schools discriminate between candidates with equivalent qualifications

  • widen participation in medical, dental and clinical sciences training of under-represented social groups

  • identify the characteristics in applicants which will make them good dentists, doctors and clinicians

We are also used by a number of international universities for entry to their medical / dental programmes, and from 2019 are part of an exciting collaboration with a similar group of universities in Australia and New Zealand.  Known previously as the UMAT Consortium, this group of leading universities have made the decision to adopt our test for entry to their medical/dental/clinical sciences courses and programmes.

We partner with Pearson VUE to deliver our test around the world each year. 

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