Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine MBBS (Graduate Entry, 4 Years) 2019 entry requirements

UKCAT

All candidates for medicine must undertake the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). We use UKCAT scores to select applicants for interview, in conjunction with academic performance. To register and for further information, visit ukcat.ac.uk.

You will not be considered for interview if your total UKCAT score falls below the third decile.

UK degree

  • 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. Degrees are divided into three categories.
  • Bioscience degrees which DO contain sufficient biology and chemistry - no further A or AS level requirements
  • Science degrees which lack biology or chemistry then candidates must have a minimum A or AS level grade C for biology and/or chemistry (depending on what is missing in your degree).
  • Non-science degrees. Candidates must have a minimum B grade A or AS level in chemistry or biology, plus one other science also at grade B. 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).
  • If you are unsure that you degree is acceptable, or what A/AS requirements you may need then please contact us and we will be happy to advise. We may request you provide us with evidence as to why you believe your degree should be exempted for the A or AS level requirement.

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) and evidence of high School qualifications (e.g. IB etc.)
  • 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.

A-level

BB at A-level or AS-level

Must include

Biology or Chemistry, and a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology).


Selection criteria

Admission to medicine at Barts and The London is highly competitive. For the four-year graduate entry route we receive well over 1,500 applications, interview roughly 200, and make approximately 60 offers. 39 students start the course in September.

Who gets an interview?

You will be given points based on the classification of your first degree, and whether you have a masters or PhD. Selection for interview is based equally on academic points and your UKCAT score.

The exact score needed to secure an interview will vary from year to year, depending on who applies. You may wish to review the recent admission statistics.

Interview

If selected, you will be required to attend an assessment 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.

Work experience

We strongly recommend that applicants explore what a career in medicine entails, and this is reinforced by work experience. We recognise the challenge of obtaining medical work experience – a period of volunteering in a caring role can be equally valuable.

Outcomes

There are three possible outcomes from the interview:

  • a conditional offer upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non-academic clearance checks
  • rejection
  • waiting list – you may be reconsidered after the summer examination results.

Non-academic entry requirements

Fitness to practise

As a medical student, you will have responsibilities that differ from those of other students. We expect high standards of professional behaviour from you.

The School is responsible for ensuring that students who graduate are fit to practise, according to principles laid down by the General Medical Council (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 CRB)

All offers of a place on our medical courses are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring check. The check will disclose any convictions, cautions and reprimands. You must pay the costs of carrying out the check.

The School has strict deadlines for submitting the necessary information. These deadlines are conditions of the offers we make, and applicants who do not meet them will be rejected.

Once you have been offered a place at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, we’ll send you full information on how to obtain disclosure clearance.

For more information, see the Disclosure and Barring service

Declaring police matters

If you have received a conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning from the police, you must tick the relevant box on your UCAS form. You should also contact the admissions department to find out how the matter will affect your application.

Failure to tell us about something that subsequently appears on a Disclosure and Barring check may result in your application being withdrawn.

Health conditions and disabilities

The School welcomes applications from people with health conditions and disabilities. We have a strong system of student support and anyone with a health condition or disability will be offered appropriate adjustments to help them succeed.

However, we have a duty to ensure that candidates admitted to our programmes will be eligible for registration by the GMC on graduation, and that they can practise safely in training and employment.

If you have a disability or health condition, you should seek advice from us as early as possible and at least four weeks before the 15th October deadline.

Blood-borne viruses

All medical students are offered blood-borne virus (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.

If you know you are a carrier of hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV, contact the Occupational Health Service for advice. Advice on BBVs is frequently updated, and requirements may change.

Check the current government guidance


Individual circumstances

We will take into account some of your personal circumstances and background when considering your application. Find out more about contextualised admissions.

Degree resits

We only consider applications from students who are resitting a year of their degree course if they are protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010.

Email smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk as early as possible and no later than 1 September of the year of application, with the reasons for your request and appropriate evidence.

UKCAT exemptions

Appropriate reasons to request a UKCAT exemption are:

  • illness or personal circumstances
  • geographical circumstances
  • requiring adjustments to the test that UKCAT are unable to offer.

Email smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk as early as possible, 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.


Non-UK students

English language

If you are not from a majority English-speaking country, you need to achieve International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 7.0, including a 6.5 in writing.

You may be accepted at a lower level of IELTS if you attend a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Find out more about English language entry requirements for all degree programmes.


Further information

See our general admission undergraduate entry requirements

 

Admissions Policy

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

From year three of the programme students will require an iOS or Android mobile device in order to complete the logbooks of Assessment.