Why study at Barts and The London?
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry brings together two venerable teaching institutions: St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which dates back to 1123, and The London Hospital Medical College, founded in 1785, the oldest medical school in England and Wales. The hospitals lie in two very different parts of London, the City and the East End, exposing you to a greater diversity of people and their health problems than at almost any other medical and dental school in the UK.
You will be taught by experts in their field who are passionately engaged with their subject. This is reflected in the high satisfaction rates among our medical students: in the National Student Survey (NSS ), 94 per cent were satisfied overall with the quality of the course. The programme places considerable emphasis on developing your expertise in a whole range of practical areas, including clinical, communication, observation, teamwork and management skills.
We have also completely eliminated the traditional divide between pre-clinical studies and clinical years, which means that you will start seeing patients from the very first term. We have modern state-of-the-art buildings alongside more traditional facilities, such as our fantastic library. A major redevelopment of the Royal London Hospital is complete and includes London’s leading trauma and emergency care centre, one of Europe’s largest renal services and one of the UK’s biggest paediatric services.
We pride ourselves on being a friendly School, with excellent staff-student relationships. Our students are very sociable and committed to the local community through voluntary work and Rag Week – renowned for astounding fundraising feats! There are lots of clubs and societies, and a student association just for medical and dental students.
Finally, the overall positive experience offered to students has been reflected in recent league table positions for 2015 entry; in The Complete University Guide the School was ranked 4th for Medicine
Studying medicine is about much more than just getting your MBBS degree and becoming a doctor. Medicine is a vocation and a way of life. It’s about thinking of others and putting your patients first.
It’s a challenging and demanding course – you’ll have lots of work to do and plenty to learn, but you’ll find it highly rewarding. There’s great variety in terms of your workplaces, the patients and illnesses you’ll encounter and the people you’ll work alongside. One of the most important skills you’ll need to develop is teamwork and the ability to communicate well with colleagues, patients and relatives.
- Problem-Based Learning (PBL).
- Early patient contact: in Year 2 you will join Year 3 undergraduate students on the five year MB BS programme for clinical studies in general practices and on the wards of associated teaching hospitals.
- Practical experience: after studying the medical specialities, you will be given more clinical experience to prepare you for practice as a Foundation Year House Officer (FY1).
The programme is divided into three phases:
- Phase 1 Systems in Health and Disease (Year 1)
- Phase 2 Clinical Basis of Medicine (Year 2 and Year 3)
- Phase 3 Preparation for Practice (Year 4)
The programme has been designed to provide students with the medical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitude that are required to become a competent and safe FY1 Doctor. The curriculum closely follows the recommendations set out inTomorrow’s Doctors (General Medical Council: September 2009). The curriculum is taught in a series of modules which are based on BODY SYSTEMS which, in turn, encompass various scientific and medical THEMES. Each system is visited a minimum of three times during the programme.
Phase 1 A101 (Year 1)
Students take eight modules – six systems-based plus Human Sciences and Public Health and Infection and Immunity. Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) students do not complete an SSC programme in their first year. Students form an effective and mutually supportive community, which encourages collaborative learning through a programme of Problem Based Learning scenarios (PBLs), which involve groups of 8-10 students and a facilitator working together to tackle a problem presented as a clinical scenario. In addition, learning is facilitated by a programme of lectures, workshops and other group activities. Regular patient contact is a key feature of these early years. All Year 1 students will practise dissection in the anatomy lab.
Phase 2 A101 (Years 2 and 3)
Students regularly return to the medical school for teaching weeks and assessments as well as being introduced to clinical medicine through a series of placements in our associate teaching hospitals. Their knowledge and clinical skills are enhanced by working alongside clinical teams both in the hospital and also within community placements. This enables them to expand and apply the knowledge and skills acquired during Phase 1.
Students may visit some or all of these hospitals during their clinical years:
- The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel
- St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London
- Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone, London
- Newham University Hospital, Newham, London
- Homerton University Hospital, Homerton, London
- Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex
- Southend University Hospital, Southend, Essex
- Colchester University Hospital, Colchester, Essex
- The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex
- Queens Hospital, Romford, Essex
- King George Hospital, Romford, Essex
All students complete three SSCs a year, which are based around clinical scenarios, patient interviews and history taking and associated issues surrounding their chosen patient.
Phase 3 A101 (Year 4)
The final year of the programme provides students with clinical and community placements, practical skills and first-hand experience of the working life of a first year Foundation Year (FY1) doctor. Students are placed in the hospital and firm where they will be based for their FY1 training. During this time, they shadow the current FY1 doctor. Community placements include GP surgeries. Students complete their SSC programme, which may include spending time in a specialty not previously experienced or may allow them to gain a deeper understanding in an area that already interests them.
Throughout the year, students return to the medical school for a teaching programme; in addition, there are individual sessions in communication skills teaching and simulated patient scenarios. Students also complete their Intermediate Life Support qualification.
On successful completion of final examinations, students complete a four-week elective and this is followed by a further four-week hospital placement shadowing the FY1 doctor they will be replacing following graduation.
Student Selected Components (SSCs)
There are 13 separate SSCs spread across the four years of the MBBS, comprising around 20 per cent of the total programme. Some are carried out in blocks, lasting from two to five weeks, while others run throughout the year. They are an integral part of the curriculum enabling students to demonstrate mandatory competences while allowing a degree of choice in studying an area of particular interest to them.
SSCs range from basic sciences (biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology), to clinical specialities, community and public health, ethics and law as applied to medicine and understanding the importance of research in the development of medicine. You are encouraged to pursue any area related to medicine or medical sciences that has particularly interested you. Students are also encouraged to organise their own SSCs.
One of the most interesting areas of the programme is the elective period in your final year, in which you will spend time studying one or more topics in the UK or abroad. This is a vital and challenging aspect of the programme enabling you to gain experience invaluable to your future career and personal development.
All candidates for medicine must undertake the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Your overall UKCAT score will be used in our selection for interview in conjunction with your academic performance to date. To register, and for further information please see: www.ukcat.ac.uk.
You will not be offered a interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third percentile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered a interview if you score above the third percentile.
Graduates who apply for four-year GEP programme who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked against the other graduate applicants applying in that year according to 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured using a points weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees.
MBBS Graduate Entry Programme (4 year) A101
You may apply in the final year of your degree and be predicted/have achieved at least an upper second class honours degree in a science/health related subject. There must have been a significant component of Biology and Chemistry in your degree programme, at least equivalent to AS-level.
Alternatively, to see if we have previously assessed your degree title, please use our degree title checker which will let you know if you need additional AS-levels to support your application. You must have achieved grades of at least BB in A-level Biology and Chemistry prior to starting your degree or you must be completing or have completed AS-levels in Chemistry and Biology and be predicted/have achieved B grades in both.
Graduates with a non-UK degree
Graduates who offer a science/health-related degree with at least an upper second class honours or equivalent who have graduated from a university outside the UK, must send the Admissions Office (email@example.com) the following prior to application to ensure your eligibility to apply:
- A transcript of your degree (translated into English if necessary)
- A statement of comparability from NARIC confirming your degree is comparable to a British Bachelor (Honours) degree standard: www.naric.org.uk
- Graduates from America/Canada must offer an Honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Admission to medicine at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 1,500 applications for entry and interview about 200 candidates. Approximately 60 offers are made, and 39 students will be admitted in September to the four-year course (A101).
A range of criteria is used to assess candidates in order to be considered for an interview:
Applications are firstly reviewed within the Admissions Office to check that they meet the minimum academic requirements. Any applications which do not meet the minimum academic requirements will be rejected at this point.
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) helps universities to make more informed choices from the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programmes. It is also intended that using the results of UKCAT will widen participation and increase the diversity of successful applicants. The test contains neither any curriculum nor science content, nor can it be revised for. It will focus on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates, and other attributes considered to be valuable for healthcare professionals. The UKCAT lasts two hours and consists of five sub-sections:
- Verbal reasoning
- Quantitative reasoning
- Abstract reasoning
- Decision analysis test
- Situational judgement test
The situational judgement test measures perspective taking, integrity and team involvement and was part of the UKCAT test in 2013. This sub test score may form part of the assessment at the interview.
All candidates applying to the four-year course must take the UKCAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with the UKCAT assessment centres prior to the test. Bursaries are available under which the UKCAT test fee is waived. Candidates must prove eligibility and apply online for a bursary before registering for the UKCAT. Please refer to the UKCAT website for key dates and additional information.
How we use the UKCAT
- You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third percentile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered a interview if you score above the third percentile.
- Graduates who apply for the five-year programmes and four-year GEP programme who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked against the other graduate applicants applying in that year according to 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured using a points weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees.
Selectors strongly recommend that candidates have explored what a career in medicine entails and that this is reinforced by work experience. The interview will explore your understanding of the realities of a career in medicine. We recognise the challenge of obtaining work experience and a period of volunteering in a caring role can be equally as valuable.
If selected, you will be required to attend an interview at a selection centre which lasts half a day and takes place in January. Trained assessors will observe you completing tasks including a group-based task and a structured interview, and will score you on a set of predetermined criteria.
There will be three possible outcomes from the interview:
- An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non-academic clearance checks
- Waiting list – candidates who are unplaced elsewhere may be reconsidered after the summer examination results
Decisions are made when all the interviews have been completed. The formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS at the same time.
Candidates who are unsuccessful cannot be reconsidered for entry within the same cycle but may reapply the following year (if they obtain the relevant qualifications at the first attempt) without prejudice to the new application.
Selection to our courses follows the principles of values-based recruitment and the core values of the NHS.
Non-academic Entry Requirements – GEP (4 years)
Fitness to practise
Training to be a doctor, and practising medicine, requires more than just the acquisition of knowledge and skills. As a medical student, you will have certain responsibilities that differ from those of other students. Consequently, we expect high standards of professional behaviour from you.
Graduates are entitled to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a licence to practise, subject to demonstrating to the GMC that their fitness to practise is not impaired.
The School is responsible for ensuring that students who graduate are fit to practise, according to principles laid down by the GMC. If the conduct of a medical student calls into question their fitness to practise, they may be required to appear before the Fitness to Practise Committee and could be removed from the course.
Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the CRB)
All offers of a place on the medical courses are made subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring and health checks. The School implements strict deadlines for the submission of this information. These deadlines are conditions of the offers we make, and students who fail to meet them will be rejected, even if they have fulfilled the academic conditions of their offer.
The Disclosure and Barring check will disclose convictions, cautions and reprimands that do not meet the new filtering rules. The cost of the checks and registration process must be paid by you. Once you have been offered a place at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office will send you further information on how to obtain disclosure clearance.
Further details are available on the Disclosure and Barring service website.
Where there is a delay in the processing of your police clearance, you will be asked to sign a full declaration of any spent or unspent criminal record you have received prior to full enrolment. If you think you might have received a conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning from the police, you must declare it.
You should check the Disclosure website as above and tick ‘Yes’ if appropriate on your UCAS application so that we can discuss with you whether it may affect your ability to practise. Failure to inform the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office of matters that subsequently appear on a Disclosure and Barring check may well result in your application being withdrawn. If you know in advance of your application that you will have a positive Disclosure and Barring check, you should tick the relevant box on the UCAS form. In addition, you must contact the admissions department to be sent our current policy with respect to this.
The School welcomes and accommodates people with health conditions and disabilities. However, medical students must be fit to practise and the safety of patients will always be the primary consideration. We have a strong system of student support and anyone with a health condition or disability will be offered the appropriate adjustments and support to help them succeed. However, in some cases, an impairment or health condition may make it impossible for a student to meet the outcomes required by the GMC at the point of graduation. Where all possible options to help the student have been explored and are still unsuccessful, the student may have to leave the course or be reviewed by the Professional Capability Committee.
All students that have declared a disability will receive a letter from the Head of Admissions prior to interview to ensure we can accommodate any specific needs. If you are offered a place on the course, we will send information regarding the requirement for prior assessment. This will be in the form of a confidential health questionnaire which follows the HEOPS guidance, but also we will ask you to make contact with our Disability and Dyslexia Service. This is so that a discussion of reasonable adjustment or discussion of your assessment of needs report can be made prior to the 31 July. We also have to be assured that we can help you practise safely in training and employment. Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has implemented the guidance from the Department of Health on health clearance for new healthcare workers (Health clearance for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV: new healthcare workers) www.gov.uk/government/publications
Hepatitis B status and vaccination
Immunising medical students against hepatitis B and testing their response protects both them and their patients against the risk of contracting hepatitis B in the healthcare setting. We strongly recommend that all medical students are vaccinated against hepatitis B before entry.
Carriers of blood-borne virus.
If you are a known carrier of a blood-borne virus (BBV), you should contact the Occupational Health Service (OHS) for further advice. All medical students are offered BBV testing, and, if appropriate, hepatitis B vaccination, on entry to medical school. Students declining testing or found to test positive for a BBV are not cleared to undertake Exposure-Prone Procedures (EPPs) and will be required to follow an EPP-free curriculum. There may be additional requirements relating to other blood-borne viruses as advice is continuously updated and published by advisory bodies.
Should you have any queries about the health requirements for either the medical or dental programmes, please contact the university Occupational Health Service for advice on:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8700
Students with disabilities and health problems
You should read the following paragraphs carefully with regard to personal circumstances that might make it difficult or impossible for you to practise.
Students with disabilities
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from disabled students. We do, however, have a duty to ensure that candidates admitted to our programmes will be eligible for registration by the GMC on graduation. For this reason, students with disabilities should seek advice from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office before the deadline for UCAS applications so that each case can be given individual attention and consideration.
This advice should be sought well in advance of the 15 October deadline and no less than four weeks before this date to ensure time for a response.
Disability and Dyslexia Service
The Disability and Dyslexia Service can offer advice, guidance and practical support to students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. This support may include screening students for dyslexia and organising formal educational psychologists’ assessments, arranging individual tutorials from specialist dyslexia tutors, additional time in exams and assisting disabled and dyslexic students to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. More details are available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. Students are encouraged to contact the Service before starting their programmes to discuss any specific needs.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2756
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5223
The school of Medicine and Dentistry firmly and actively supports an equal opportunities policy. In the case of a specific learning disorder or disability, we would assess any student meeting the required academic standard in accordance with the prescribed professional standards and the Equality Act (2010).
Applicants for Medicine can make up to four choices for medical courses on the UCAS form. Your remaining choices can be used for alternative subjects without prejudice to the commitment to medicine. All applications which include choices for medicine must be submitted to UCAS by 15 October for entry in September the following year. No offers are given without an interview.
Learning and teachingLearning and Teaching:
With support from tutors, you are encouraged to develop an independent attitude to learning. This approach prepares you well for life as a qualified doctor. The teaching methods ensure that you can understand the principles of medicine and apply your knowledge in the same way when treating a patient. Important features of our teaching include:
• Problem-Based Learning (PBL) – this is an element of the medical curriculum. It is an active
way of learning that teaches students problem solving skills and teamwork while at the same time allowing them to acquire basic knowledge.
• Practical sessions – these take place in our laboratories, IT labs, clinical skills labs and/or wards.
• Communication skills – we provide practical training in interviewing techniques with special sessions devoted to communication between doctors or dentists and their patients.
• Project work will bring you in to contact with the local community.
• E-learning – this allows you to have access to a large amount of teaching material via ‘Blackboard’ – an intranet-based facility. You can revisit lectures and review other teaching materials at your convenience.
The pattern of assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and regular examinations throughout the programme, with final exams each year. A scheme of merits and distinctions rewards excellent or outstanding performance across each sector of the curriculum. There is also a comprehensive scheme of prizes to recognise special ability both in the main examinations and in specialist subjects.
• Continuous assessment provides you with regular opportunities to consolidate your learning. You can monitor your own progress and teaching staff can identify students who may need additional help with their studies. Continuous assessment takes many forms: short in-course examinations, written accounts of problems or cases studied, poster or clinical or other presentations, log-books, work-books, direct observation or clinical firm grades. This approach results in less end of year cramming and examination stress for students.
• End-of-year examinations measure progression through the core curriculum and use a range of innovative assessment methods. Written papers test knowledge and its application to problem solving with extended matching questions, short answer and modified essay questions, often used in conjunction with clinical scenarios. In addition, computer-based exams for anatomy, histology and data interpretation are used in the first two phases of the programme.
• Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are used from the first year of the programme to assess competence in clinical, communication and practical skills. Students move through a series of stations, where they have a specific time to perform a task with a real or simulated patient or a mannequin.
• Formative assessment workshops (where scores do not count) and informal feedback in small group teaching sessions help you develop your knowledge, personal and group skills throughout the programme.
• Assessment of Student Selected Components, (SSCs,) are assessed individually on a simple grading system, which build into a portfolio covering many aspects of medicine. They must be successfully completed at the end of each year in order to progress to the next year and can help inform the award of merit in other parts of the programme.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) for Medicine or Dentistry
Year 1: you will have to pay the first £3,375 of the tuition fee to Queen Mary yourself. To pay the remaining £5,625 of tuition fee, you will be able to take a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England. For your living costs you will be able to apply for a Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England (but no Maintenance Grant due to your previous degree). You will also be eligible for an income assessed Queen Mary Bursary.
Years 2-4: The NHS will pay £3,375 per year towards your tuition fees on a non income assessed basis. To pay the remaining £5,625 of tuition fee, you will be able to take a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England.
For your living costs you can get a £1,000 NHS grant (non income assessed), and you can apply for an income assessed NHS Bursary for living costs (in 2012/13 this was up to £3,392 for students living away from home).
You will also be able to apply to Student Finance England for a non income assessed reduced rate Maintenance Loan. In 2013/14 this is £2,498 for final year students living away from home. You will not be eligible for a Queen Mary Bursary.
MBBS and BDS as a second degree
Years 1-4: you will be able to get a Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England towards your living costs, and subject to income assessment, a Queen Mary Bursary. However, you will not be entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan due to your previous study, so you will need to pay the £9,000 a year tuition fee yourself (2012/13 rate), in each of the first 4 years of the course. You are not eligible to apply for a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance due to your previous study.
Year 5: you will come under the NHS funding arrangements. The NHS will pay the £9,000 tuition fee for you, on a non-income assessed basis.
For your living costs you can get a £1,000 NHS grant (non-income assessed), and you can apply for an income assessed NHS Bursary for living costs (in 2012/13 this was up to £3,392 for students living away from home).
You will also be able to apply to Student Finance England for a non-income assessed reduced rate Maintenance Loan. In 2013/14 this is £2,498 for final year students living away from home. You will not be eligible for a Queen Mary Bursary.
Living and other costs
On top of your tuition fees, you will have several other major expenses to budget for. The largest and most essential of these costs is probably your accommodation. On the plus side, our location in the east of London means cheaper rents than elsewhere in London. Other expenses to take into consideration are: travel, food and drink, phone bills, social activities, course books and clothes.
UCAS provides a useful budget calculator.
You can download a guide to planning a personal budget, including a guide to living costs.
It is important for you to balance your income and expenditure in advance. Depending on your lifestyle, living in London for a year will normally cost you on average £9,500 (excluding tuition fees) at 2010-11 prices. You should allow at least an additional £1,500 for each dependant. Bear in mind that a full 52-week year will cost more.
International students can find more detailed information on the cost of living in London and how to plan finances.
Financial support for Home and EU students
Students who are UK residents should apply as early as possible to Student Finance England (or equivalent in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), who will determine your eligibility for a:
- tuition fee loan
- maintenance loan
- maintenance grant.
If you are a non-UK national of the European Union you can apply to the Student Finance EU Team for a loan to pay your tuition fees.
The loan for tuition fees is not available to undergraduate students from outside the EU. Some EU nationals are entitled to the full package of Student Finance that is available to UK students, and which includes funding for living costs in additional to a tuition fee loan. For more information, see: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/documents/leaflets/funding/39689.pdf
You start to pay your tuition fee loan back after completing your degree, once you are earning more than £21,000 a year. You should apply for Student Finance once you have applied to university – you do not need to wait until you have an offer or have decided where to study. Entitlement to Student Finance is subject to residence, immigration status and previous study criteria. Contact the Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary for advice about your eligibility.
For detailed information about all the different elements of Student Finance you can receive, additional sources of funding, information for graduates and information about NHS-funded years of study, see: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/documents/leaflets/funding/39689.pdf.
You may also find it helpful to visit: https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
If you would like individual confidential advice about your eligibility for funding, planning your budget or any other financial or practical issue, please contact the Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary. You are welcome to use this service if you are considering applying to Queen Mary.
Queen Mary bursaries
Queen Mary offers student bursaries to help with the costs of higher education. These bursaries are aimed at students from lower-income households. The amount of the bursary you receive each year will depend on your household income which is assessed during your application for UK Government Financial Support. Please note that all international students and those EU nationals who are only eligible for a tuition fee loan will not be eligible for a Queen Mary bursary. To find out if you are eligible, see: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/
Queen Mary and Westfield Alumni student bursaries
We offer two annual student bursaries worth £3,000 (£1,000 for each of the three years) to eligible students who have received their secondary education in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney or the City of London.
Barts and The London Alumni Association student bursary
The Geoffrey Flavell Student Bursary of £2,000 over three years is awarded annually to one eligible student studying for an MBBS medical qualification. The award provides £1,000 in the first year and two subsequent instalments of £500 each.
Aldgate and Allhallows foundation scholarships
The Aldgate and Allhallows foundation provides scholarships over the duration of the course to undergraduate entrants who are permanent residents of either the City of London or the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Candidates must also meet other specific eligibility criteria regarding age and means of support.
The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarship
To encourage applications from students in financial hardship who would benefit from the MBBS programme, the trustees of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College Trust are pleased to offer these new scholarships to two new medical students and one new dental student each year. The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarships, named after the founder of the Barts Medical College, will be worth £3,500 for each of the five years of the course – subject to the holders’ satisfactory progress each year. The scholarships have been designed to assist students who, despite exceptional academic ability and their aptitude for a medical or dental career, might not be able to undertake the course for financial reasons. All students who enrol in the School of Medicine and Dentistry are considered for the scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of household income (which is reviewed annually) and the attainment of at least three grade ‘A’ A-levels taken in the same sitting. Students’ performance in their Fundamentals of Medicine / Dental Module (at the end of their first term) will also be a major criterion.
You do not have to apply formally to be considered for one of these prestigious scholarships. Instead, the School of Medicine and Dentistry will receive the relevant financial and academic information after you have enrolled and, depending on the Fundamentals of Medicine / Dental results, will recommend the two best medical students and one best dental student who also meet the financial requirements to the trustees for their approval. Additionally, the School will report annually to the trustees on the scholarship holders’ academic performance.
For further details and eligibility criteria, visit: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/tuitionfees/bursaries/index.html
Access to Learning Fund (ALF)
Each year the government gives the College money to help students in financial hardship. To apply to the ALF you must have taken out your maximum maintenance loan entitlement. You can apply to the ALF for help towards the difference between your income and basic expenses. You can also apply for help if you have a sudden financial emergency or special circumstances or costs that other students might not have. You do not normally have to repay a payment from the ALF. The amounts available to students through the ALF are strictly limited, and the Fund can in no way be regarded as a substitute for other finance.
The Barts and The London Alumni Association Benevolent Funds also offer grants and loans to medical and dental students in financial hardship, and bursaries to students undertaking final-year electives, on the recommendation of the appropriate committees of the School. Donations from generations of former students have made it possible to offer such assistance.
East London will provide you with plenty of opportunities to work and earn extra money during your studies. However, the School would not recommend that you spend more than 15 hours a week in paid employment, so as not to have a detrimental impact on your studies. International students may also be eligible to work in the UK. If you are registered on a full-time course of six months or longer, then you will be eligible to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. Queen Mary’s comprehensive Careers team provides information, advice and guidance on searching for part-time jobs. Many part-time jobs are paid close to the minimum wage, which from October 2013 is £6.31 per hour if you are 21 or over, and £5.03if you are aged 18-20. Many employers pay more than the minimum wage. If you work 15 hours per week and are aged 18, this would generate an income of at least £75.45per week, which could cover food and/or social activities (although there will be deductions for income tax if you work during term time). Do not forget, you also have a summer break, a portion of which you could spend in full-time employment and give your Student Finance a significant boost.
For information about part-time work, including income tax rules for students, see : www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/documents/leaflets/working/5002.pdf
For details of the minimum wage, see: https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/tax-minimum-wage
The Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary offers detailed advice and guidance on all the aspects of student finance, and more. It also offers advice to international students about all the financial, practical and immigration related aspects of studying at Queen Mary. Contact the Advice and Counselling Service on:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Medicine go on to work as Doctors within the NHS – unless they choose to follow other career pathways such as medical research.
Throughout the course, students have access to a bespoke careers programme which includes a medical careers fair, a series of talks by consultants from a variety of specialties and a range of preparatory workshops prior to assessment processes for their first job as a medical professional.
Opportunities for extra-curricular work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study, through, for example, our QM Projects work experience scheme (which places students on challenging projects in local community organisations), QM Temps job agency, Experience Works events and QMSU Provide volunteering services. Over 800 vacancies are available to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.
Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1,200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from Hospital Volunteer to Gym Instructor and from Science Ambassador to Student Mentor.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages.
ProfilesName: Safeena Afzal
Studied: Medicine MB BS and Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience
Currently: A&E Senior House Officer at The Royal London and Homerton Hospitals (Salary bracket: £35-55,000)
Why did you choose Queen Mary?
"I loved east London. It’s the best place in the UK to do medicine – it’s multicultural, and full of people from all social classes. This helped me to develop specialist skills and to become more open-minded. There was a definite and unique ‘friendliness’ and open, energetic atmosphere which put students' needs first. I first experienced this when I visited Queen Mary on campus tours prior to applying. I knew then that this was somewhere it would be easy to settle in, enjoy my degree and have a great work-life balance... and I did!"
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
"Lifelong friendships, a solid educational foundation and launch-pad upon which I now base my clinical career. Also, a love for east London and its people and a clinical/ communication skills base that is unique but applicable to anywhere I work now and in the future."
What are your career plans in the next five years?
"I aim to apply for specialist training to become either an Intensive Care Consultant or an Anaesthetist. I also hope to continue undergraduate teaching and continue working with the Admissions Department."
Name: Sanjay Shroff
Studying: MBBS Medicine (A101), second year
“Barts and The London’s location in east London means that you are exposed to a unique variety of medical conditions, with ailments affecting the rich, the poor, and patients from various
ethnicities and backgrounds. The course encourages early clinical exposure helping you to understand how theory fits into practice. Early on in my first year, for example, I was able to observe an angiography of the coronary arteries – it made me realise the great responsibility on the shoulders of doctors and how lucky I am to be studying medicine. Since then I have also observed a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)."
“The University pay great attention to student feedback and always listen to us and then try to implement changes. This ensures that the course meets the needs of the students. The hospital at
Whitechapel is brand new, with an emergency helicopter service and one of the largest A&E departments in Europe – this makes it a very exciting and fast-paced place to be."
“I’ve also benefitted from Queen Mary’s support for student entrepreneurs, winning a £1,500 award to help me develop an idea to simplify the process for issuing prescription medicine in pharmacies.”
Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
“What I enjoy most is living in a hugely diverse and up-and-coming part of London. This exposes me to a wide variety of patients that other London medical students don’t have the chance to treat – and I’m right in the thick of what London has to offer!”