UCAS code: A100
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 6 years full-time
Locations: South Kensington and placement locations*
The science of understanding, diagnosing, preventing and curing illness and damage to the human body and mind.
Our six-year Medicine degree is designed for those who do not yet have a first degree in a biological science subject, and leads to the award of both a BSc and an MBBS qualification.
* See Teaching and Assessment below for information on placement locations
About the course
Our Faculty of Medicine is among the largest in Europe, with a wide range of partners including NHS trusts, hospitals and clinics, both inside and outside of London.
This dual award degree is delivered through a range of innovative and traditional teaching methods, including lectures, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning. You gain clinical experience from the very beginning of your degree, giving you direct contact with a large and diverse patient population, and ensuring a broad and balanced experience throughout your studies.
Those who successfully complete the course will graduate with:
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
The Bachelor of Science component of the course allows you to develop research skills, and the award title will reflect one of our intercalated options. The MBBS component of the course is the qualification required to become eligible to practice as a doctor.
There is a strong scientific emphasis throughout the degree, allowing you to develop skills in research techniques and methodology and an ability to apply evidence-based medicine wherever you practise.
Our course is accredited by the General Medical Council, and is aimed at those who do not already have a first degree. Those who already have a first degree in a relevant discipline and achieved at least a 2:1 can apply to MBBS Graduate Medicine (A109).
The curriculum of this course reflects the values of the NHS Constitution: “Working together for patients, respect and dignity, everyone counts, commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives”. Further research of NHS Values, the NHS Constitution and how you might organise some relevant work experience are essential to making a strong application.
Your first two years are spent forming a scientific basis for medicine and covering the foundations of clinical practice.
In the third year you can expect three 10-week clinical attachments with any of the healthcare providers associated with Imperial.
The fourth year is the BSc year, where you will take up one of the Intercalated BSc options (see 'Structure' below).
In the fifth year there is a dedicated pathology module, as well as the opportunity to select six clinical specialisms. You will complete your studies in the sixth year through a range of clinical attachments, professional work experience courses, specialised study modules and an elective period. The elective period lasts for eight weeks and can take place in the UK or overseas.
Graduates with an MBBS degree have a primary medical qualification (PMQ), which is what you will need to continue your training in medicine.
For more information on how to train to become a doctor, see the ‘What our graduates do’ section below.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Years 1 and 2
During the first two weeks you will undertake an introduction and orientation to the undergraduate medical course and to the School of Medicine. This includes study skills and information technology sessions, and introductory sessions in the scientific basis of medicine and clinical practice.
You will undertake an integrated programme covering the three main elements of the core course: Scientific Basis of Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Clinical Experience.
- Molecules, Cells and Disease includes molecular and cell biology, genetics, blood and blood-forming tissues, metabolism, infection, immunity, cell pathology, and cancer.
- Life Support Systems includes the skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems, and the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum.
- Life Cycle and Regulatory Systems includes the human life cycle, neuroscience and mental health, the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems, the anatomy of the head, neck, spine and limbs, as well as pharmacology and therapeutics.
- Foundations of Clinical Practice includes communication skills, sociology, ethics, epidemiology in practice, and information technology. The initial element of clinical experience (the Patient Contact course) is also part of this theme.
- Science and the Patient integrates your learning from the first two years with the teaching of generic skills that will be particularly useful in your BSc e.g. critical appraisal and data analysis.
Teaching comprises lectures, clinical demonstrations, tutorials, seminars, computer workshops, laboratory practical and clinical skills classes, and some problem-based learning.
Doctor and patient
Doctor and Patient includes problem-based learning and personal and professional development and is taught in small groups throughout the first and second years.
Clinical experience in the first year is provided by the First Clinical Attachment. During the module, you will pay a number of visits to a patient in their home environment and in a clinic setting, in order to explore the module topics:
- illness, health and disease;
- the experience of health and social care; and
- living with a long term condition.
Patient visits are supplemented by small group work with practising GPs or hospital consultants.
In the second year you progress to your first hospital-based clinical attachment where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills to the care of patients.
This year consists of three 10-week clinical attachments, which may be at any of the hospitals associated with the School.
You also continue to study the systems and topics component of the course via a programme of live lectures and interactive online learning delivered alongside the clinical attachments.
We emphasise the acquisition of core skills and knowledge in general medicine (including cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, neurology, oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, haematology, rheumatology and medicine for the elderly), general surgery (including gastrointestinal, breast and vascular surgery, and urology), anaesthetics, and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
Core learning is based on:
- Medical or surgical takes
- GP teaching: basic clinical skills/methods in general practice
- Patient clerking: to clerk (take the history and examine) at least two patients each week and write up these case histories – you are assessed on two of these written clerkings during each attachment, separate from the case project
- Consultant teaching: key cases relating to the attachment – you will be expected to present patients during these sessions and this forms part of your assessment
- Problem-based learning
- Lecture module: a continuation of systems and topics teaching
- Other teaching: this will depend on the nature of the clinical programme of the attachment, but should include outpatient clinic teaching, theatre sessions, endoscopy sessions, and anaesthetics sessions
- Reading and electronic resources
- You will also undertake the three-week Doctor, Patient and Disease module which will integrate all your clinical learning and introduce some pathology
You will spend this year working towards the BSc by undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project or specialist module in an area of particular scientific/medical interest, leading to one of the degrees below.
BSc courses/title of award
'Medical Science with' one of the following:
- Cardiovascular Science
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Global Health
- Immunity and Infection
- Neurosciences and Mental Health
- Reproductive and Developmental Science
- Respiratory Science
- Surgery and Anaesthesia
There is a dedicated Pathology unit at the start of the fifth year which covers essential clinical pathology followed by ten clinical specialties:
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Oncology and Palliative Care
- General Practice and Primary Health Care
- Infectious Diseases/GUM/HIV
- Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal Medicine
- Critical care
- Teaching skills
The final year consists of:
- Seven three-week clinical attachments in:
- Emergency Medicine
- General Practice Student Assistantship
- Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT)
- Renal Medicine
- Two professional work experience attachments (one in medicine and one in surgery)
- One specialty choice module
- An eight-week elective period which may be spent in the UK or overseas
- Five weeks of private study
- A practical medicine course
- An integrated course in Medicine, Surgery and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Teaching and assessment
Due to the unique nature of Medicine courses, which emphasise clinical placements, all students will be asked to sign an agreement upon entry which sets out the responsibilities of both the College and the student.
The agreement complements the College’s current policies and procedures, promoting a coherent understanding between students and the Faculty as to what is expected from each and improving the student’s learning experience.
Teaching and learning
Our course is traditional in nature for the first and second years. You will spend most of your time in lectures, tutorials and the laboratory, and also use problem-based learning. You cover the fundamentals during this time, focusing on science in a clinical context.
Patient contact begins as early as the first term, and there is an emphasis on communication skills, which are key to becoming an effective practitioner. As you progress to the third year, you will turn your focus to clinical attachments, general medicine and surgery, and building up essential clinical skills.
Your clinical attachments will take place at teaching hospitals, district general hospitals and in primary care. The essential clinical skills are history taking from patients, physical examination and ward procedures.
Your fourth year is the BSc year, where you study graded modules while working toward a separate and additional award of BSc Medical Science. Following successful completion of the year, including examinations, you receive the BSc award in your chosen area.
You will spend the fifth and sixth years on clinical placement, including the opportunity to undertake ‘speciality rotations’, which are a variety of specialised placements aimed at widening knowledge of different areas of medicine. There is also a block of pathology clinical attachments, where your focus will be diagnosis of disease from organs, tissues and bodily fluids.
Your performance will be assessed in all years. This is done through a combination of formal written and clinical examinations and continuous assessment.
Assessments contributing to the MBBS element of the programme will be pass/fail, while those which contribute to the BSc will be graded. In-course assessments and examinations relating to the science modules in Year 4 also contribute to the final classification for honours for the BSc element of the MBBS/BSc degree.
Placements and location of study
You complete a number of placements and clinical attachments throughout your degree.
The location of study will be our South Kensington campus, and your studies will take you off campus at various points in each academic year.
The fifth year clinical specialities, as well as other opportunities to specialise, may be located at other Imperial campuses.
You can expect to complete attachments at the below list of teaching hospitals, provided as a guide:
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
- London North West Healthcare NHS Trust – Ealing Hospital
- Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – Charing Cross, Hammersmith, St Mary's and Western Eye Hospitals
- London North West Healthcare NHS Trust – Northwick Park
- Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust
- West Middlesex University Hospital
Imperial has partnership agreements with a number of healthcare providers inside and outside of London, and the list above is given as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive.
The main clinical attachments or training away from South Kensington are in the third, fifth and sixth years:
- Year 3 – three 10 week clinical attachments
- Year 5 – dedicated pathology course and six clinical specialities
- Year 6 – range of clinical attachments, work experience and elective period
Key Information Set (KIS)
Additional details about how this course is taught and assessed are provided in the KIS (Key Information Set).
The KIS is a set of statistics which all universities use to describe how their courses are taught and assessed. This allows students to compare similar courses at different institutions.
The KIS describes the percentage of time which students typically spend in timetabled activity and in independent study for each year of their course as well the percentage of assessment which is exams, coursework or practical. An overview of the KIS is shown in the widget at the bottom of the page and further detail (including a year-by-year breakdown) is available via unistats.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are AAA overall, to be achieved in the same sitting and to include:
- A in Chemistry
- A in Biology
- A in any third subject (excluding vocational subjects, General Studies and Critical Thinking)
Please note that a standard offer is likely to be A*AA.
EPQ: Please note that an EPQ cannot be used as part of the AS and A2 Level entry requirements.
Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)
If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.
Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
All candidates applying to the six-year course must take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application in order to be considered for interview.
You are required to register with BMAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the Admissions Testing Service for key dates and additional information. Candidates who would like extenuating circumstances considered for their performance in BMAT must adhere to the procedure found here.
Invitations to an interview will be based on:
- the content of your UCAS application
- your performance in all three sections of BMAT
BMAT cut-off scores are calculated each year, as a result of ranked candidate BMAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. As a result, the absolute BMAT cut-off changes each year. However, the BMAT cut-off scores from previous admissions cycles may be used as a guide.
For 2016 entry, the minimum scores required were:
- a score of 4.5 in section 1
- a score of 4.5 in section 2
- a score of 2.5 and grade B in section 3
We no longer have a GCSE requirement for this course.
You must offer three Principal Subjects to include Biology and Chemistry; the third subject may be an additional science or mathematics, at grades of D2, D3, D3 or higher
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: email@example.com.
We require 38 points overall, including 6 in Biology and 6 in Chemistry at higher level with English, grade 5 at Standard level.
Candidates must offer Chemistry and Biology. Minimum grades of 9.0 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in English.
Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Scottish Highers, or AS-Level and Advanced Highers, or A-Levels.
You must offer:
AAA grades in Advanced Highers or A-Levels, including Chemistry and Biology and one science or mathematics subject, and one additional subject at Scottish Higher or AS-Level
Advanced placement candidates must have a minimum of 3 AP tests, with the following grades: 5 in Chemistry, 5 in Biology, and 5 in Mathematics or any other science subject.
The School of Medicine accepts various other international qualifications for admission to medicine. For further information please contact the admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
English language requirements (all candidates)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.
Foundation and access courses
We do not currently consider any foundation/access courses for entry to Medicine.
The School of Medicine welcomes applications from school leavers who wish to take a gap year. You must state in your UCAS personal statement how you propose to spend your time. Deferred entry applications from overseas applicants are not normally accepted.
We accept a small number of overseas students into the Medicine course each year. If you are offering academic qualifications other than those listed above you must supply full details direct to our Admissions Team at email@example.com.
Supplementary information should not be sent to UCAS
You must be available for interview at the School of Medicine between January and April
You are required to offer an accepted English Language qualification, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants for a list of acceptable qualifications.
Graduate students with a 2.1 or higher in an appropriate science degree should apply for the five-year Graduate Medicine MBBS, which does not include a BSc Year.
Graduate applicants will be required to commit to financing themselves for the duration of their study. See details of current fees.
Graduates not fulfilling the above entry criteria are invited to apply for the six-year course. Such graduate students will not be exempt from any section of the MBBS/BSc course or examinations, including the BSc Year (Year 4). Such candidates are required to obtain at least upper second class honours in their first degree.
Admission to medicine at Imperial is highly competitive. We receive well over 2,000 applications for entry and interview about 750 candidates. We make approximately 480 offers.
We use a range of criteria to assess candidates. Candidates must meet the minimum academic requirements outlined in the section on entrance requirements and have high marks for the three sections of BMAT. No offers are made without applicants attending for competitive interview.
- have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in A and AS-levels, International or European Baccalaureate, or other acceptable qualifications that satisfy the School of Medicine’s academic criteria (see Entry requirements section, above)
- sit the BMAT examination
- apply by the deadline
If a candidate fulfils the minimum entry requirements and has scores in the top rankings for all three sections of BMAT, his or her application form will be passed to an experienced member of the selection panel.
The selection panel comprises teachers in undergraduate education with experience in the admissions process, who will decide whether to offer the candidate an interview. These decisions are ratified by one of the admissions tutors. The panel members look at the following criteria when assessing applications:
- A/AS-level or equivalent predicted (or achieved) grades
- BMAT scores
- Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
- Motivation and understanding of medicine as a career
- Community activities
- Leadership and teamwork
- Extracurricular interests
- Referee’s report
If selected, you will be required to attend a 15-minute interview. This will take place at the South Kensington Campus between December and March. The interview includes time for the panel to make its decision.
Normally interview panels consist of a chairperson, two other members of the selection panel, a senior medical student and frequently a lay observer. Before your interview you will have a chance to take a tour of the South Kensington Campus organised by medical students.
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
- Capacity to deal with stressful situations
- Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
- Evidence of working as both a leader and a team member
- Ability to multitask
- Likely contribution to university life
- Communication skills and maturity of character
There will be three possible outcomes from the interview:
- An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications
- Reserve list – meaning that if you remain unplaced at any other medical school, we may be able to reconsider you later in the admissions cycle should a vacancy occur
Following the interview candidates should normally receive a written response from the School of Medicine within two weeks of interview. The formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS at the same time.
Candidates who are rejected 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.
Oxford and Cambridge (direct entry) applicants
If you will be a pre-clinical medicine graduate from Oxford or Cambridge, you may apply to join the course. You will join Imperial at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the Imperial course not covered at your previous university. You will not study for the BSc.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme.
A clinical open day specifically for Direct Entry students is held in November.
Additional arrangements for you to see the facilities and meet students and staff are made between the Students' Union and medical societies, and visits usually take place in November or December. All Direct Entry applicants will be interviewed as part of the admissions process.
For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All candidates offered a place must complete a health assessment with the College’s Occupational Health Service. You will be sent a confidential health questionnaire along with your offer. You should complete this and return it to the Occupational Health Service as soon as possible.
The primary aim of the assessment is to learn about any health problems or disabilities you may have which may require special support, so that we can plan for this before you begin your course.
We are also required by the General Medical Council (GMC) to ensure that you are not affected by a condition that would make it impossible for you to acquire the skills necessary to qualify and work safely as a doctor before accepting you onto the course.
You can read the GMC requirements in their booklet Tomorrow’s Doctors.
The School of Medicine welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities and, wherever possible, seeks to provide any extra support that may be necessary. Most disabilities or health problems, even if substantial, can be accommodated.
If you have a disability or health problem that you think may affect your fitness to practise, or which you think may be difficult to accommodate, then you can contact the College Occupational Health Physician for advice, in confidence, before applying.
Vaccinations for medical school
If you are offered a place, you will need to be immunised against a range of infections to meet health and safety standards necessary for work with patients. You will be sent details of the vaccination programme along with your offer. As soon as you receive this information you should arrange with your doctor or a health clinic to begin this programme, as it can take eight months to complete.
Chronic viral infections that are carried in the blood can be transmitted during surgery to patients from an infected healthcare worker. When you come to Imperial, in order to comply with NHS requirements, you will be offered blood tests to check that you are not infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and/or HIV, before you can be cleared for hands-on surgical experience.
If you are infected, you will be allowed to continue your course but not allowed to assist with or undertake surgery or other ‘exposure-prone’ procedures on patients. It will not prevent you from qualifying or practising as a doctor, except for the restriction on exposure-prone procedures.
Criminal record/disclosure and barring service check
Admission is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and police checks.
As a condition of acceptance, all applicants will be required to have completed an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check by the given deadline. When you are offered a place you will be advised of the procedures as part of the admissions process.
Tuition fees and funding
Home and EU students
£9,250 per year
The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.
The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time.
Islands and overseas students
£38,500 per year
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.
Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.
Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.
Bursaries and scholarships
Funding from the NHS
For information on funding for medical students from the NHS, the UK government and Imperial please see our Fees and Funding website.
The Imperial Bursary is available to any Imperial Home undergraduate student (except Graduate Medicine students) whose household income falls below £60,000 per year.
It is designed to ease the cost of London living by providing support on a sliding scale, from £2,000 up to £5,000 per year.
As long as your household income remains below £60,000 you will automatically qualify for a bursary for every year of undergraduate study.
The bursary is paid on top of any government loans to which you are entitled and does not need to be paid back. Find out more about the Imperial Bursary.
Various scholarships may be available to you. For more information on funding available for undergraduate study at Imperial, visit our student finance website.
Our President’s Undergraduate scholarships are available to all undergraduate applicants studying an undergraduate degree for the first time who have applied to the College by 15 October.
They’re worth £1,000 for each undergraduate year of study. There are up to 112 awards available for students starting their studies in 2017–18.
A wide range of other scholarships is also available. Find out which scholarships you may be eligible for by using our scholarships search tool.
Candidates will be invited to compete for a scholarship based on their performance at interview. There is a limited number of entrance scholarships available funded by:
- College Endowments
- St Mary’s Association
- St Mary’s Development Trust
- New Victoria Medical Foundation.
Please note that these scholarships are only open to home/EU students.
Application for a scholarship is normally in the form of an essay. Awards are restricted to students whose place at Imperial is confirmed and who enrol on the MBBS/BSc or the MBBS course.
How to apply
UCAS Apply system
To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.
All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017.
The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.
Students at a school/college registered with UCAS
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.
To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.
See our How to apply section for further guidance.
Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS
If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.
See our How to apply section for further guidance.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.
Tracking your application
Once you’ve completed your application and it’s been submitted through UCAS’s Apply system, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.
Professional accreditation and associateship
All MBBS degrees based at Imperial College London are professionally accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC).
Additionally, all MBBS degrees lead to the award of the Associateship of Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM).
What our graduates do
Graduates from the School of Medicine enter a wide and diverse range of careers, including medical practice, biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, scientific journalism and healthcare management.
Achieving an MBBS degree from Imperial provides you with a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and license to practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts, subject only to acceptance by the GMC that there are no fitness to practise concerns that need consideration.
You will need to apply for a Foundation Year 1 post during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed.
On successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC before entering Foundation Year 2. Doctors need full registration with a license to practise for unsupervised medical practise in the NHS or UK private practice.*
Job profilesThere are several careers you can pursue as the graduate of an MBBS degree recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC), below are some job profiles from the National Careers Service which describe the process to qualifying for these roles.
*This information is correct as of January 2016 but please be aware that regulations in this area are subject to change.