Durham University Medicine Entry Requirements

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Durham University Medicine Entry Requirements

Both Durham and Newcastle Universities have agreed that Durham University’s School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Queen’s Campus, Stockton is to relocate to Newcastle University therefore from 2017 there will be a Newcastle only intake for MBBS Medicine and Surgery.

Health Requirements for Admission

Durham University Phase I Medicine programme, leading to the Newcastle University MBBS degree, has an overriding duty of care to the public with whom students come into close contact from the first term of their studies and follows Department of Health guidance on health clearance for medical students. Detailed immunisation requirements will be sent to every applicant following their acceptance of an offer however applicants are also encouraged to monitor this website for any changes in requirements.


All successful applicants must produce evidence required for standard health clearance: this includes evidence of immunisation against (or immunity to) diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, as well as non-infectivity to tuberculosis. Further information about requirements is included in the Appendix at the bottom of this page.

As a future medical student, you are also advised for your own protection to commence a schedule of Hepatitis B immunisation long before coming to University. The immunisation schedule that we recommend is a basic course of three doses of vaccine at 0, 1 month and 2 months. Antibody titres should be checked 1-4 months after completion of the course.

It is very strongly recommended that these vaccinations begin long before you leave home for university as the course of Hepatitis B immunisation is lengthy, consists of several appointments and is required for a small number of optional placements in Year 1.

The Medical School follows the Department of Health regulations on this subject and requires that all medical students provide proof that they have completed a full course of immunisation against hepatitis B and have developed a protective antibody response or, in the case of those who fail to respond to the vaccine, that they are not infectious carriers of the virus.