Medicine (5 Year Programme)
Study an innovative curriculum at a top medical school, and work with a diverse range of patients and clinical issues at some of London’s greatest hospitals.
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is one of the oldest medical schools in the UK. We draw on our long experience to provide the best in modern medical training, with high-tech teaching facilities, and aim to prepare you for life as a qualified doctor.
Our strong core curriculum will equip you with clinical, communication, observation, teamwork and management skills. The curriculum is underpinned by research, linking your learning to the work of the faculty, from the laboratory bench to new drugs to public health interventions.
With less emphasis on traditional lectures, problem-based learning in small groups encourages you to take an independent approach to clinical scenarios. You’ll start seeing patients from your very first term, and progress to hospital and community placements.
You can follow your own interests by choosing student-selected components, from basic sciences to clinical specialities, community and public health, medical ethics and law.
Programme changes for 2020
At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.
Years 1 - 2
Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2)
You’ll take five systems-based modules and three student-selected components in each of the two years of Phase 1.
Modules 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.
We 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
- the impact of environmental and social factors on health.
Student-selected components (SSCs)
SSCs allow you to build a portfolio of core competencies while focusing on topics of particular interest. Some are carried out in blocks of two to five weeks, while others run throughout the year.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Years 3 - 4
Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4)
You’ll undertake a series of placements in our associate teaching hospitals and in the community, returning regularly to the medical school for teaching weeks and assessments. Working alongside clinical teams, you’ll expand and apply the knowledge and skills acquired during Phase 1.
You’ll also complete three SSCs over the two years, based around clinical scenarios, patient interviews and history taking.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Phase 3 (Year 5)
The final year of the programme provides you with clinical and community placements, including in a GP surgery.
Throughout the year you’ll return to the medical school for a teaching programme, which incorporates individual sessions in communication skills and simulated patient scenarios.
You’ll complete your SSC programme, which may include spending time in a specialism not previously experienced or gaining a deeper understanding in an area that already interests you.
You will also complete your Intermediate Life Support qualification.
After your final examinations, you’ll complete a six-week elective in the UK or overseas. For many students, this is one of the most eagerly anticipated and memorable experiences at medical school – an opportunity to explore medicine in an entirely new environment, both socially and culturally.
Following your elective, you’ll spend three weeks shadowing a current Foundation Year (FY1) doctor in the hospital where you’ll be based for your own FY1 training.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Take a year out of your medical studies to earn a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. You might choose this route to gain a deeper understanding of the scientific basis of medicine, demonstrate your commitment to a particular area, or simply broaden your career options.
You can apply for an intercalated BSc to start after your second, third or fourth years. Selection is based on your exam results and performance at interview. Browse our intercalated degrees.
A small number of students also take intercalated degrees at other institutions.
We also offer Master of Science (MSc) degrees for intercalation, taken after your third or fourth years.
The elective period in your final year is self-funded.
For some electives the host institution charges up to £6,000, while others incur no additional expense. You’ll also need to factor in the cost of flights and accommodation. Placements taken within the UK can be a more financially viable option for students on a limited budget.
I chose to study medicine at Queen Mary because of the early patient contact, the excellent research facilities and the fact that Barts and The London will open many doors for me in the future.
Teaching and learning
You’ll learn through:
- lab work
- lectures and symposia
- independent projects
- practical workshops covering clinical skills and patient communication.
Throughout your first two years you’ll apply your theoretical knowledge in problem-based learning sessions. Small groups of students and a facilitator work together to understand and explain a clinical scenario through teamwork and independent research.
You’ll have access to an extensive online medical knowledge base, which includes lecture notes from across the programme, papers and research.
Your progress is monitored through a combination of continuous assessment and regular examinations, with final exams each year.
A scheme of merits and distinctions recognises excellent or outstanding performance across each sector of the curriculum. Prizes reward special ability both in the main examinations and in specialist subjects.
Resources and facilities
As a medical student you’ll learn across three Queen Mary campuses, benefitting from the excellent resources of each to aid your studies:
- the Blizard Building, which houses state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff, including open-plan research laboratories, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a café
- dedicated teaching room equipped with anatomical specimens, medical images, videos and specialised computer imaging
- extensive library facilities – the Queen Mary Library at Mile End, large medical archives at the Royal London and Barts hospitals, and access to the University of London library
- multi-user labs with computers and CCTV for practical classes
- a purpose-built Clinical and Communications Centre, where you can practise methods on mannequins and models, and develop your communication skills with the help of specially trained actors.
A new campus for medical students is planned for 2019. The site will be a part of the King George Hospital in Ilford. Students may be required to visit the campus for teaching over the duration of the course.
Third decile or above.
A*AA (results must be achieved in one sitting over a study period of no longer than two years)
38 points overall with 666 in Higher Level subjects.
BTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
2:1 or above in any subject (achieved or predicted) with supporting science qualifications where necessary. Please see our degree title checker for subject specific information.
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.
We will take into account some of your personal circumstances and background when considering your application. Find out more about contextualised admissions.
To see a list of the international qualifications we accept, please see our full entry requirements.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
We will take into account some of your personal circumstances and background when considering your application.
Loans and grants
Years 1-4: you can apply for the same package of student finance as students on other courses. Graduate students are not eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government.
Year 5 and beyond: the NHS will pay your tuition fees. Grants, loans and bursaries are available to cover living costs for UK and EU students, including graduate students.
Read more about financial support for medical students.
Scholarships and bursaries
The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarship of £5,000 per year is available to two new medical students and one new dental student each year, on the basis of household income and academic achievement. All first degree home students who enrol in the School of Medicine and Dentistry are considered for the scholarships – you do not need to enter a separate application.
Find out about other bursaries and scholarships.
Find out more about fees and funding.
Support from Queen Mary
We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
- additional sources of funding
- planning your budget and cutting costs
- part-time and vacation work
- money for lone parents.
Most graduates work as doctors within the NHS, following training programmes in general practice or hospital medicine. Some of our overseas students return home to work.
A small number defer starting work as a doctor to pursue a specialist postgraduate degree.
Recent graduates have been hired by:
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital
- King's College Hospital
- NHS Tayside
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
- South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals of Leicester.
You will have access to a bespoke careers programme, which includes a medical careers fair, talks by consultants and the opportunity to rotate through many different medical specialisms, covering both hospital and primary care.
In your final year we give you specific support in applying for foundation training.
The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:
- support with finding work experience, internships and volunteering services
- feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
- interview coaching.
Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.
About the School
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is one of the oldest medical schools in the UK.
We’re in an unrivalled position to offer you the very best student experience. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionately engaged with their subject, and our degrees have extremely high satisfaction rates – in the most recent National Student Survey, 92 per cent of our students were satisfied overall with the quality of their programme.
You'll also get exceptional support throughout your degree and as you transition into employment: we pride ourselves on being a friendly School, with excellent staff–student relationships and a General Medical Council-commended student support and mentoring programme.