Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine MBBS (5 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 date. 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.


A-level (achieved in 2017 or later)

A*AA

A-level results must be achieved in one sitting over a study period of no longer than two years.

Must include

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

Excludes

General Studies
Critical Thinking
Further Maths, if Mathematics is included in your A-levels


A-level (achieved before 2017)

AAAb
A-level and AS-level results must be achieved over a study period of no longer than two years.

Must include

Two of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics
AS-level Biology and Chemistry at grade B

Excludes

General Studies
Critical Thinking
Further Maths, if Mathematics is included in your A-levels


International Baccalaureate (IB)

38 points overall with 666 in Higher Level subjects

Must include

Biology or Chemistry and a second science subject or Mathematics
Biology and Chemistry must be taken at Standard Level if not taken at Higher Level


BTEC

Not accepted


Access HE

Not accepted


GCSE

777666 or AAABBB

Must include

Biology or Human Biology
Chemistry
English Language
Mathematics or Additional Mathematics or Statistics

Science (Double Award) may substitute any individual science.


Graduate applicants

  • 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 degrees

If you graduated from a university outside the UK, you must email the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk) the following before applying:

  • A transcript of your degree (translated into English if necessary)
  • Evidence of high school qualifications
  • 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 the USA or 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.


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

Five places to enter the programme at year 3 are available to qualified dentists.

Requirements

  • Fully registered with the General Dental Council
  • Member of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) or the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM)
  • Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS)
  • From the UK or EU
  • 12 months’ clinical experience.

Desirable

Some publication history or research experience

How to apply
You are not required to take the UKCAT. Apply directly to Barts and The London from October each year -– the deadline is in December. For more information, email smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk.


Direct entry from St Andrews – 3 years

BSc Medicine students at St Andrews University can continue their clinical studies at partner medical schools, including Barts and The London.

How to apply
Apply directly to St Andrews. On successful completion of their BSc, students are selected for direct entry into Year 3 of this programme. Find out more about direct entry from St Andrews.


Selection criteria

Admission to medicine at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 2,500 applications, interview roughly 900, and make approximately 500 offers. 276 home students and up to 30 overseas students are admitted to the five-year MBBS.

Who gets an interview?

School leavers

Applicants are selected for interview based 50% on UKCAT score and 50% on UCAS tariff. You will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 152 or more.

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.

UCAS tariff

Your UCAS tariff is made up of academic and non-academic qualifications, including some that don’t count towards our minimum academic requirements, like A-level General Studies.

Make sure that all your qualifications are listed on your UCAS application so that we can take them into consideration.

As well as AS- and A-levels, tariffable qualifications include:

  • BTEC level 3
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Music examinations
  • Dance examinations.

Find out more about the UCAS tariff

Graduates

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

Interview

Interviews take place in London between January and March. We also hold interviews in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

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 you at ease while evaluating:

  • your motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
  • whether you show initiative, resilience and maturity
  • whether you work well as part of a team
  • your organisational and problem-solving abilities
  • your ability to communicate effectively.

Personal statements

Interviewers will also consider your interests, talents, and the contribution you can make to the university. Your personal statement will help us to ask you relevant questions. 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.

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-UK students

We accept the following non-UK qualifications, and no others:

Advanced Placement Program

An average of 85 per cent (A) or higher in the High School Diploma

Must include

English Language at grade B
554 in three Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, including Biology and Chemistry

Australia

UAI/TER/ENTER/ATAR score of at least 98.00

Must include

Chemistry and Biology studied in Year 12

Canada

Entry requirements differ by province – see our admissions policy (PDF)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE)

AAA

Must include

Chemistry and Biology

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Level 5 in English Language and Mathematics and level 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies
Level 5 in 3 elective subjects including Chemistry and Biology

India

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

Ireland

Leaving Certificate Higher level: A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 or H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2

Must include

A1 or H1 in Chemistry and Biology.

Israel

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

Singapore

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

 

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. If the conduct of a 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 General Medical Council 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 15 October of the year of application.

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.

A-level resits

We only consider applications from students who are resitting their A-levels 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.


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.