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Medicine (5 Year Programme)

A100 MB BS 5 years


Why study at Barts and The London?

  • Medicine 3rd - The Guardian University Guide 2018 – UK subject rankings
  • 1st in London for overall student satisfaction – NSS 2017

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. The programme places considerable emphasis on developing your expertise in a whole range of practical areas, including clinical, communication, observation, team work 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.

If you have not already achieved a degree prior to entry, you will have the opportunity (subject to your academic performance) to take an extra year of studies leading to a Bachelor of Science (BSc). Known as an intercalated degree, this may give you a greater choice of career opportunities.

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 2016 entry; in the NSS the School was top in London.


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.

Medicine is a tough profession: people who are unwell are not always easy to handle – they may, understandably, be scared or irritable. But you won’t find many doctors who regret their choice of career. With all its challenges, the thrill of being a doctor never leaves you: medicine is exciting and stimulating, and diagnosing and recommending treatments and helping others is intrinsically rewarding.

The five year programme leading to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery is designed to give you appropriate knowledge and understanding of medical, scientific and clinical principles so that you are able to apply them to the prevention, cure and alleviation of disease.

Key features of the curriculum include:

  • Practical approach – you study integrated modules relating to the body systems, for example cardiovascular, respiratory etc.
  • Early clinical experience – you will meet your first patient in your first term.
  • Wide-ranging clinical experience in our hospitals in London and the South East – from Year 3, you will undertake a range of clinical and GP attachments.
  • Emphasis on communication skills throughout the programme.
  • Wide choice of Student Selected Components each year where you can follow your own interests, for example: Basic Sciences (Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology), to clinical specialisms, community and public health, ethics and law. Many students organise their own SSC’s in an area of Medicine or Medical Science that interests them.
  • An element of Problem-Based Learning (PBL).
  • Staff are available to ensure you are supported throughout the programme.
  • 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.

Student support

We have a highly developed network for pastoral and academic support.

This network is a vital resource for medical students, who take much of the responsibility for their own learning during their challenging courses. At every stage you will receive support from staff who are experienced in helping and advising students.

For detailed information about the support we offer visit our student support web page.


This programme is divided into three phases (cores):

  • Phase 1 - Body in Health (Year 1 and Year 2), Mechanisms of Disease (Year 1 and Year 2)
  • Phase 2 - Clinical Basis of Medicine (Year 3 and Year 4)
  • Phase 3 - Preparation for Practice (Year 5)

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 in Tomorrow'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.

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model. For further information on this initiative please contact:
Chandra Morar c.morar@qmul.ac.uk

Phase 1 A100 (Years 1 and 2)

Phase 1 is taught via a series of systems-based modules which introduce the basic biological sciences and address key topics including normal biological structure and function of cells, organs and body systems; the effect of illness on people and their families and the impact of environmental and social factors on health. Students take five systems-based modules and three student selected components (SSCs) each 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.

Phase 2 A100 (Years 3 and 4)

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 A100 (Year 5)

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 five years of the MB BS, 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.

Postgraduate Foundation Training and Beyond

At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBS (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise.

Entry requirements

UKCAT - third decile or above

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

For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates based on a weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees compared to other applicants who apply in that same year.

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

You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile.

A/AS Levels Grades Requirements

Due to A levels changing to the linear system from 2017, we now have different A level requirements dependant on the year you achieved your A levels.

For 2017 results:

Minimum entry from 2017: 3 A levels at AAA

  • Chemistry or Biology
  • Another Science or Maths (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Maths)
  • Any A level except Critical Thinking or General Studies, or Further Maths if Maths is taken too

For 2016, or earlier, results:

Minimum Grades requirement: three A Levels and one AS level at AAAb

  • Compulsory subjects. Two Science A levels from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths. Both Chemistry and Biology at AS to a minimum of grade B. In Year 13, 3 of the accepted A levels must be taken over not more than 2 years study

For all A Level applicants:

  • If A level Maths and Further Maths are offered in the same sitting, Further Maths is acceptable at AS level only.
  • General studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted subjects at AS and A level.
  • For candidates offering four A levels, two science and two non-science subjects, our normal offer is AAAC (A grades required in two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Chemistry) if all four subjects are pursued to A2 level and no AS levels have been cashed in.
  • A levels requirements must be achieved in one sitting over no longer than a 2 year period.
  • Barts and The London does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A level year thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must make the school aware with evidence by 1st September of the year of application to ensure their application is suitable to be considered under this framework.

GCSE Grades Requirements

All eligible applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABBB (777666 for GSCEs taken from 2015) or above (in any order) to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

International Baccalaureate

The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects, including Chemistry or Biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher Level, and three subjects at Standard Level including Chemistry or Biology if not offered at the Higher Level. If English is not offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE, at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent. The minimum requirement is for 38 points in total with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher Level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher Level subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate

We require A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 or H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 at Higher Level including A1 or H1 in Chemistry and Biology.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Advanced Highers. Candidates must offer: three Scottish Highers at grades AAA, including Biology and Chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and/or Biology.

Cambridge Pre-U

The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. We require the full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including Biology and/or Chemistry. If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required. An additional Short-Course in any subject is required at grade M2. You will also be required to offer grades AAABBB, in any order, in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. The science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE. If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A level subjects you should contact the medicine admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve.

European Baccalaureate

The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer Chemistry and Biology. Minimum grades of 8.5 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall. Good passes at GCSE at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate are also required.

Other qualifications

Graduate students applying for the five-year MBBS programme

  • You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.
  • You must have achieved grades of at least BB in two science AS or A level, including Biology or Chemistry. Accepted science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. You may apply with achieved or predicted grades.
  • Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally, 3 years for Bachelors, and 4 years for integrated Masters).

Graduates with a non-UK degree

Graduates who offer a degree with at least an upper second class honours or equivalent who have graduated from a university outside the UK, must send the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk) 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 UK NARIC confirming your degree is comparable to a British bachelor (honours) degree standard: www.naric.org.uk
  • Graduates from USA/Canada must offer an honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and a UK NARIC statement is not required.

International qualifications

In general, we do not accept equivalent qualifications, however, we do accepted the following international qualifications:

Advanced Placement Program

An average of 85 per cent (A) or higher in the High School Diploma, including a minimum grade B in English Language. At least 3 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with grades of 5, 5, 4 or higher; two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry.

Australian Qualifications

Applicants are required to have a UAI/TER/ENTER/ATAR score of at least 98.00. In addition Chemistry and Biology must have been studied within year 12.

Canadian Qualifications

Entry requirements differ depending on province (please see reference table in our Admissions Policy below). In addition Year 12 must include Chemistry and one other science (Biology, Maths or Physics). The average will be calculated looking at academic subjects. Chemistry must be studied in Year 11 with a minimum score of 85 per cent.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) at AAA including Chemistry and Biology.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 5 in English Language and Mathematics and level 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies. Level 5 in 3 elective subjects. Level 5 is needed in Chemistry and Biology.

Indian Qualifications

Central Boards (CBSE, ISC) and West Bengal Board 90 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 90 per cent in these and Standard X 85 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths. State board qualifications other than West Bengal, 95 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 95 per cent in these and Standard X 90 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths.

Israel’s Bagrut Examinations

90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied Bagrut with 90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied.

Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels

Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels (SIPCAL) at AAA at H2 level including 2 science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths).

Qualifications we do not accept

We do not accept vocational or applied A levels, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 credits), the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits), the Access to HE Diploma or the Advanced Diploma, or foundation, pre-medical/dental programmes or access courses from any other institution.

Alternative routes into Medicine

There are also alternative routes into medicine including: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)/Oral Medicine; and, Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) and St Andrews applicants – please see further information below.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) / Oral Medicine – 3 Years

Entry on to year 3 of the 5 year MBBS programme is designed specifically for qualified dentists who are fully registered with the General Dental Council and members of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) or the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM). There are 5 available places each year and is only open to UK/EU applicants. Applicants must have the MFDS, at least 12 months experience of clinical pathway and clear career aims. In addition it is desirable to have some publication history or research experience.

Applicants applying for this course are not required to take the UKCAT.

Applications should be made directly to Barts and The London from October each year with an application deadline in December.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please email: smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

St Andrews Applicants – 3 Years

Students looking to join the St Andrews and Barts route should apply to St Andrews, directly. Following the 3 years at St Andrews students who are selected from this route join the Year 3 of the Barts course for a further 3 clinical years. For further information, please see our St Andrew's webpage.

Admissions Policy

Please click here to view the full Admissions Policy for Medicine and Dentistry.

Selection Criteria

admissions data 2016 admissions cycle [PDF 336KB]

Admission to medicine at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 2,500 applications for entry and interview about 800 candidates. Approximately 440 offers are made, and 253 students will be admitted in September to the five-year course (A100).

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.

A100 applicants who achieve an overall score within the third decile range or above in the UKCAT and meet our minimum academic entry criteria will be given a score for their UCAS tariff based on achieved/predicted grades for all ‘tariffable’ criteria or a weighted score for graduates based on degree classification. Candidates will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 144 or more. 144 points must be achieved from the main scoring academic acceptable criteria. 50% of the weighting will be on Tariff and 50% on the UKCAT score. 

We aim to interview approximately 800 applicants on the basis of UKCAT score and predicted UCAS tariff. It is not possible to predict what the thresholds will be in any individual year, nor to use data from previous years to predict subsequent years’ thresholds, since it is essentially competitive and depends on who applies. Hence we do not plan to make this information public.

UCAS tariff is made up of a number of academic and non-academic qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to review the list of ‘tariffable’ qualifications and must ensure that all qualifications they have taken and/or are taking are listed on their UCAS application in order to be taken into consideration. As well as AS and A2 Levels, other examples of academic tariffable qualifications include the Cambridge Pre-U, the International Baccalaureate, the Irish Leaving Certificate, and the non-academic qualifications Extended Project, BTEC level 3, Music Examinations. We will calculate your tariff for all tariffable qualifications you list on your UCAS application including those that are not taken into consideration for meeting our minimum academic requirements e.g. An AS or A Level in General Studies or Critical Thinking.

An overview of tariff scores can be found at http://www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff/

Extenuating Circumstances for Prospective Applicants

Barts and The London does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A Level year (or any other undergraduate course accepted by Barts and The London) thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must make the school aware with evidence by September 1st of the year of application to ensure their application is suitable to be considered under this framework.

How we use the UCAS Tariff

For school-leavers/gap year students, you must be predicted to achieve a UCAS Tariff of at least 144 from the minimum academic subjects we allow. We expect you to take all exams for which we have been given a predicted result.

  • We are not able to give you advice on the minimum score we require to be shortlisted for interview, since it varies from year to year. The tariff score makes up 50% of the weighting and the other 50% is from the UKCAT score. You are advised to check last year admissions cycle data before applying.
  • UCAS Tariff is not relevant for graduates who apply for either the 5 year or 4 year programme.

In summary, the School of Medicine has a comprehensive admissions policy that ensures that all applications are dealt with in the same way. When applications are received, they are assessed to make sure that candidates fulfil the minimum requirements. Candidates must:

  • have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in GCSE and A/AS Levels, International or European Baccalaureate, or other acceptable qualifications that satisfy the School’s academic criteria (see Entry Requirements section)
  • sit the UKCAT examination each year of the application
  • apply by the deadline

Candidates who do not fulfil the above requirements will be rejected without interview.


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 three assessed cognitive sub-sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the former Decision Analysis section. Candidates will not receive a score for this section, nor will this section be used by Barts and The London. Further information about this new section can be found here: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

All candidates will also take a Situational Judgement Test (SJT). The SJT measures perspective taking, integrity and team involvement and was introduced as part of the UKCAT test in 2013. This section score may form part of the assessment at the interview.

All candidates applying to the five-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

  • For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates (based on a weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees) compared to other applicants who apply in that same year.
  • You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile.

Changes to UKCAT Exemptions

This year, requests for UKCAT Exemptions will be considered by Barts and The London, rather than by the UKCAT Consortium.

Appropriate reasons to request a UKCAT Exemption are listed below:

  • Illness or personal circumstances
  • Geographical circumstances
  • Requiring adjustments to the test that UKCAT are unable to offer

In order to apply for a UKCAT Exemption, please email us with the reasons for your request and appropriate evidence. In most cases our advice will be to defer your application until the next application cycle.

Requests should be made via email to smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk. Please include your full name, applicant ID (if already applied), and course you wish to be considered for. We strongly advise candidates to make their request as early as possible.

Work Experience

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 a short interview. This will take place at the Whitechapel campus between January and March.

We will be holding interviews in Hong Kong and Singapore late February and early March.

Normally interview panels consist of two members of senior academic or clinical staff, a medical student and sometimes a lay selector. The interview is not intended to be an intimidating experience and staff will try to put candidates at ease while evaluating the following:

  • Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
  • Show initiative, resilience and maturity
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Be well organised and demonstrate problem solving abilities
  • Likely contribution to university life
  • Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations

The personal statement does not form part of the assessment to reach interview and is there to support the candidate during the interview process. The personal statement does not form part of the scoring at interview, however, in addition to your academic ability, your interviewers will consider your interests, talents, and the contribution you can make to our School. They will also bear in mind your suitability as a future member of the medical profession. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, and who have also contributed in some way to the outside community - so we will take into account all your achievements in both academic and other activities.

After your interview, you will have a chance to take a tour of the Whitechapel campus organised by medical students.

There will be three possible outcomes from the interview:

  • An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non-academic clearance checks
  • Rejection
  • 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 - MBBS (5 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

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.

Health checks

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.

Visit: dds.qmul.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2756

Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5223

Equal opportunities

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 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:

  • Lectures
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL) – this is a central 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 funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £34,300



MBBS and BDS as a first degree

Years 1-4: you will be able to apply for the same package of Student Finance and Queen Mary Bursaries as students on other courses.

Year 5 and beyond: the NHS will pay the tuition fee (non income assessed). For your living costs you can get a £1000 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 £3392 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 £2498 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

Confidential advice

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: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk 

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.

Hardship funds 
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. 

Part-time jobs 
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 £5.03 if 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  

Further advice 

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 

Graduate employment

Graduates from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry go on to work as Doctors within the NHS – unless they choose to follow other career pathways such as medical research.

The national 2014 destination survey confirmed that 99.2% of Queen Mary's MBBS graduates were working as Foundation Doctors six months after graduation – earning a median salary of £29,000.

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 QMUL Careers pages.


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