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Medicine - Graduate Entry Programme (4 year)

Entry Year: 2024

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September 2024
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Medicine - Graduate Entry Programme (4 year)


Already have a science or health-related degree? Fast-track your MBBS at one of the UK’s top medical schools.

Fascinated by the human body? Driven to shape the future of healthcare? Ready to make a difference to countless lives? Prepare for a rewarding career as a qualified doctor by studying at one of the oldest medical schools in the UK.  

Clinical, communication, observation, teamwork, and management skills are at the heart of our curriculum. To provide top medical training, we combine years of experience and high-tech teaching facilities Every module is underpinned by the latest research, linking your learning to the work of the faculty. Get insight into a range of areas, from the latest drug discoveries to innovative public health interventions. 

Because you already have a degree, you’ll be able to complete this programme in four years, rather than the standard five years. This means you’ll be able to finish sooner and kickstart your career in medicine.  

We're excited to announce that Health Education England have funded a project for the Graduate Entry Programme to enhance content delivery with a blended approach, utilising bespoke premium digital content alongside active and social learning principles. 

Confident in clinical scenarios 

Expect less traditional lectures and more problem-based learning. In small groups, you’ll learn how to handle clinical scenarios. You’ll see patients from your very first term, soon progressing to hands-on hospital and community placements. 

Whether you’re interested in medical ethics and law, public health, or another area of medicine, you can follow your interests by choosing modules covering basic sciences and clinical specialities. 

Join us at Queen Mary University London to become part of the next generation of doctors and enter the world of medicine with confidence. 

Discover more about the programme including entry requirements and selection criteria.

Remember, the UCAS application deadline is 16 October for this course. 


Year 1

Phase 1 (Year 1)

You will undertake seven modules in Year 1, covering themes including Digestion, Metabolism and Growth, Infection and Immunity, Human Sciences and Public Health.

You will be introduced to applied 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.

Our teaching methods have been chosen to help to prepare you for your working lives as doctors.  You will have lectures, practical anatomy teaching, small group work including PBL, clinical and communication skills teaching, and group projects. 

Clinical placements 

Clinical placements are an essential part of your development as a medical student and you will have have patient contact in every year. You will learn theory and skills through your training and be able to apply those in your clinical placements. 

Clinical placements for GEP MBBS students at Queen Mary start in September and you will spend every Thursday on clinical placement or learning clinical skills.   

You will be allocated as a group of 8 to a primary care setting where you will work with a GP tutor on a fortnightly basis through the year.  You will be introduced to the practice team, the practice area and most importantly the patients.  You will learn about the impact of ill health on the patient, their family and their community.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Years 2 - 3

Phase 2 (Years 2 and 3)

Clinical placements

On successful completion of your first year you will join with Year 3 of the MBBS cohort. The amount of time spent in clinical placement is increased, you will be allocated to one of our partner trusts for placement blocks lasting from 6 – 10 weeks.  You will return at regular intervals to the university for teaching blocks to support your learning in the clinical environment. 

Clinical placements will be in a variety of locations including inner city hospitals such as the Royal London, Homerton, Newham, Whipps Cross,  Queens.  Placement at these sites are classified as in-firms and you would commute there every day.  

You will also be placed at out-firms including Southend, Colchester and Princess Alexandra Hospitals. Most students will stay in hospital accommodation while on out-firms. 

In year 4 you will have a placement in one of our mental health trusts as one of your blocks.  You will also have primary care placements where you will build your clinical and consultation skills so that by year 5 you will be seeing patients independently under the supervision of your GP tutor. 

Each site will offer a different experience, with different patient demographics and different specialist services. 

Student Selected Components (SSCs)

You will also have the opportunity to explore clinical topics of particular interest to you in your Phase 2 Student Selected Components (SSCs) 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Phase 3 (Year 4)

The final year of the programme provides you with emergency medicine, intensive care, surgical and anaesthetics placements and an eight-week GP apprenticeship where you will see patients independently under the supervision of your GP tutor. 

Throughout the year you’ll return to the medical school for teaching blocks. 

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. 

Student assistantship 

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.

Additional Costs

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.

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It is such a privilege to be able to talk to patients of all backgrounds who live in East London – I have learned so much about medicine and people that cannot be captured in a textbook. I love how hands-on everything is – getting to see everything I learn happening in real life. The anatomy teaching I had in GEP year was also beyond excellent, and doing dissection was one of the most valuable and powerful experiences I have ever had.

Bruna Giribaldi Cunha, Medicine - Graduate Entry Programme MBBS (2025)


Teaching and learning

We're excited to announce that Health Education England have funded a project for the Graduate Entry Programme to enhance content delivery with a blended approach, utilising bespoke premium digital content alongside active and social learning principles.

You’ll learn through:

  • lectures and symposia
  • lab work
  • independent projects
  • practical workshops covering clinical skills and patient communication.

Throughout the 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 - Whitechapel, Mile End and West Smithfield, benefitting from the excellent resources of each to aid your studies:

  • the Blizard Building, housing state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff, including open-plan
    research laboratories, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a café
  • a 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 with 1.4 million volumes
  • multi-user labs with computers and CCTV for practical classes
  • a purpose-built Clinical and Communications Centre, where you can practise clinical methods on mannequins and models, and develop your communication skills with the help of specially trained actors

We have recently opened a new satellite campus in the heart of Ilford. The space will be used for education purposes, enabling medical students to learn both in the classroom and mock ward environment.

Watch this video which showcases the facilities at Lynton House. 

Entry requirements

Below is a brief overview – please look at our full entry requirements.


Fourth decile or above, SJT Bands 1- 3


A minimum 2:1 (upper second-class honours) undergraduate bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in a Molecular or Biomedical Sciences related degree. No further qualifications required.

Molecular or Biomedical Sciences related degrees 
Biomedical Sciences
Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Human Anatomy
Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Chemistry

To meet the subject requirements, the degree must be in a Molecular or Biomedical Sciences. We are unable to review transcripts prior to you making an application, and if your degree meets our entry criteria, then we would encourage you to make an application.


A minimum 2:1 (upper second-class honours) undergraduate bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in any other degree subject.

In addition to your degree, you must also have passes at A-level of at least BB in Chemistry and Biology (or acceptable international equivalent).

English language

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.

Further information

Candidates must be aged 18 or over by the start of the course (mid-September). Applicants who will be under the age of 18 by the start of the programme can apply for deferred entry so that they will meet the minimum age requirement by the start of the course the following year.


Loans and grants

Home and EU students will need to self-fund the first £3,465 of your tuition fees in the first year. In subsequent years, you’ll receive a £3,465 bursary from the NHS.

Loans to cover the balance of your fees and your living costs are available to home and EU students from Student Finance England.

Read more about financial support for medical students.


Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Find out what bursaries and scholarships are available to you. 

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 a range of NHS Trusts and hospitals in London including:

•    Bart’s Health NHS Trust
•    Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
•    Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
•    Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
•    St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Our graduates also work across the UK and beyond from Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, and States of Jersey. Other destinations include the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Department of Health, and Health Education England (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20). 

Career support

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

The Faculty 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.

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