Achieve both an MBBS and BSc qualification in this dual award degree, with direct contact with patients from the very start.
Three A-level offer: A*AA
Applications : admissions ratio
7.3 : 1
Based on 2015 application data
Saturday 16 September 2017
Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine is one of the largest in Europe, with medical campuses across north and west London and partnerships with a wide range of NHS Trusts, hospitals and clinics.
This access to a very large and diverse patient population enables you to gain clinical experience from your very first term, with placements carefully selected to give you a broad and balanced clinical learning experience.
Our teaching is enriched by our internationally competitive research and clinical expertise, so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. We deliver the course through a range of innovative and traditional teaching methods, including lectures, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning.
The first two years of the degree focus on the scientific basis of medicine and the foundations of clinical practice.
Your third year will consist of three 10-week clinical attachments, which may be at any of the hospitals or Teaching General Practices associated with Imperial. You 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.
During your fourth year you will work towards the BSc by completing a series of modules and a supervised research project or specialist course in a scientific/medical subject of your choice. This gives you the chance to develop your scientific knowledge and research skills.
Year five includes a dedicated pathology course followed by a variety of clinical specialties, while your final year will include a range of clinical attachments and work experience alongside specialised study modules and an elective period.
Exceptional students may be offered the opportunity to include a PhD as part of their course.
You will graduate with a primary medical qualification, which entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council and license to practice in approved Foundation Year 1 posts (see Careers below).
Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for 2018 entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.
Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.
Years 1 and 2
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 cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems, and the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum.
- Life Cycle and Regulatory Systems includes the reproduction, development and ageing, 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, society and health, medical ethics and law, and epidemiology in practice. The initial element of clinical experience (the First Clinical Attachment), plus problem-based learning and personal and professional development, is also part of this theme and are taught in small groups.
- Clinical Research and Innovation integrates your learning from the first two years with the development of research skills e.g. statistics, critical appraisal and data analysis. During this Theme you will undertake a research experience, collecting data that will be presented as a poster in a Festival of Science at the end of Year 2. Problem based learning is also part of this theme and taught in small groups in Year 1.
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 clinical 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 GP’s or hospital consultants.
In the second year you will have your first hospital-based clinical attachment (Second Clinical Attachment). This will allow you to apply your knowledge and skills to the care of patients, focusing on the multidisciplinary team.
- Three 10-week 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.
- 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
'BSc Medical Sciences with' one of the following:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cardiovascular Sciences
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Global Health
- Humanities, Philosophy and Law
- Immunity and Infection
- Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Reproductive and Developmental Sciences
- 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 a variety of clinical specialties:
- Critical care
- General Practice and Primary Health Care
- Infectious Diseases/GUM/HIV
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Oncology and Palliative Care
- Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal Medicine
- Teaching skills
- 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
This degree is professionally accredited by the General Medical Council.
As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM).
Find out more about Associateships.
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.
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 self-selected specialty choice module and elective period
At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.
You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.
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We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Typical offer range
As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels was A*AA, to be achieved in the same sitting.
Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)
We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:
- A* in Chemistry or Biology
- A in the remaining subject from Chemistry or Biology
- A in a third subject
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
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.
Typical offer range
As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 38 points overall.
Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)
We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:
- 6 in Biology at higher level
- 6 in Chemistry at higher level
Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:
- 5 in Biology
- 5 in Chemistry
- 5 in a Mathematics or Science subject
Admissions test (all applicants)
All candidates applying to this 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 Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing for key dates and additional information.
Please note that for 2018 entry, there will be two test dates, one in September and one in November. Details for both dates can be found at Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing – September date and November date
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 2017 entry, the minimum scores required were:
- a score of 4.5 in section 1
- a score of 4.6 in section 2
- a score of 2.5 and grade B in section 3
Assessing your application
Admission to medicine at Imperial is highly competitive. We receive well over 2,400 applications for entry and interview about 850 candidates. We make approximately 505 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 a competitive interview.
- have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in A-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 the BMAT, the candidate's application form will be considered at the next stage of the selection process.
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-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
Contextual admissions information
Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.
Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.
A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2016 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.
If selected, you will be required to attend a 15-minute interview. This will take place at the South Kensington Campus between November 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 two possible outcomes from the interview:
- An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications
Following the interview candidates should normally receive notification through UCAS track of the outcome of their application within two weeks of interview, although in some cases this can take longer.
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.
Resit examinations are not normally accepted as we expect candidates to achieve their qualifications in a single sitting. If you plan to undertake resit examinations, please contact the admissions team by 20 September to determine whether we would accept an application from you.
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.
Transferring from another medical school
The College does not accept students for transfer from other Imperial courses or from other institutions onto the course.
Mitigating circumstances are unforeseen, unpreventable circumstances that significantly disrupt your academic performance, such as an illness or bereavement. If you feel you have mitigating circumstances that should be taken into consideration when we make decisions about your exam results, please contact us by Friday 14 July, ideally through your school or GP.
You must provide appropriate, supportive and independent evidence, not a letter from a family member or friend. The evidence must explain:
- what the circumstance is
- exactly how it affected you in relation to your studies/assessment
- precisely when it occurred (i.e. identifying which assessments were affected)
It is essential that you apply for mitigating circumstances as soon as you are aware of the problem. Late claims will not be considered without clear supporting evidence of why an application was not made on or before the deadline.
Health requirements (all applicants)
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.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You will need to successfully obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before you can study the course and go out to placements.
The DBS is designed to ensure candidates are suited to working with vulnerable groups including children.
You will need to have completed an enhanced DBS check, and will be notified of the procedures should you receive an offer of a place on the course.
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.
English language qualifications (all applicants)
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.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students who apply for this course.
For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.
Tuition fees and funding
We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
|£9,250 per year|
The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only.
The fee for Home/EU students is controlled by the UK government. The regulations around fees for 2018–19 have not yet been announced. We will update this page as soon as this information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.
Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually in line with UK government policy on fee increases.
The UK government has confirmed that funding arrangements for EU students starting a course in 2018 means they will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition for the duration of their course.
If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course. You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.
The government has confirmed that EU students entering university in the UK in 2017 and 2018 also have access to the Tuition Fee Loan for the duration of their course. This will remain the case even if their course finishes after the UK's exit from the European Union.
Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)
|To be confirmed|
You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing annually by an inflationary amount. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.
Additional course costs
This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.
Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.
This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.
|Description||Mandatory/optional||Guide to cost|
|Clinical attachments||Mandatory||See below|
|Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (x2)||Mandatory||Provided|
|Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.|
You will complete mandatory clinical attachments in the third, fifth and sixth years of study.
Clinical attachments last between three and ten weeks, during which time you will be attached to a certain department within a hospital.
The clinical attachments will be in a hospital in the Greater London area. You will need to budget for travel to and from your placement. The location will vary according to clinical speciality. Depending on the distances involved, you may also need to budget for accommodation.
Some NHS Trusts offer over-night accommodation. This is usually on a case-by-case basis for clinical attachments that are further outside the centre of London.
Read more about clinical attachment locations in the teaching and assessment section of this page.
Disclosure and Barring Service
You will need to successfully obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before you can enrol on this course. You will need to undergo a second DBS check before starting the final two years of clinical attachments.
The DBS checking process is designed to ensure candidates are suited to working with vulnerable groups such as children.
The School of Medicine covers the cost of your two DBS checks.
You will be provided with the following equipment free of charge:
- iPad/ tablet computer
- Laboratory coat
- Protective goggles
The School of Medicine and/or NHS Trust will always provide free of charge any necessary personal protective equipment required for this course.
Final year elective
You are required to take part in an elective in your final year. You must have organised your elective by the end of January of your final year. The elective takes place in the elective period, which begins in April of that year.
You can choose to complete your elective in the UK or abroad. Locations are approved following a risk assessment, which considers factors including the nature of the elective, health risks, accommodation and travel.
You will need to budget for the travel and accommodation costs associated with this final-year elective.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
Bursaries and scholarships
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*.
* This information is correct as of December 2016 but please be aware that regulations in this area are subject to change.
How to apply
UCAS key information
- UCAS course code: A100
- UCAS institution code: I50
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).
All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2017 for entry in October 2018.
The deadline for other courses starting in 2018 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2018.
Tracking your application
Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.
See our How to apply section for further guidance.
You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:
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