Medicine (MBBS) programmes
Benefit from extensive clinical experience at our partner NHS Trusts, and have direct contact with patients from your very first term
MBBS/BSc in Medicine (for undergraduates)
UCAS code: A100
Duration: 6 years full-time
Start date: October
Information on tuition fees
Our Graduate Medicine degree (UCAS code A109) has been temporarily suspended for September 2020 and September 2021 entry while we update the curriculum.
Why study Medicine at Imperial?
A world-class institution
Imperial College London's Faculty of Medicine is ranked in the top 10 in the world's top 100 universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health, according to the Times Higher Education World University rankings (2020)
Quality of education
The programme is delivered through a range of innovative and traditional teaching methods.
Patient contact throughout your degree
Teaching is complemented by case-based learning and early exposure to patient care in a variety of health community settings.
Students on the six-year undergraduate programme obtain a BSc in addition to their MBBS.
You will have access to teaching with a strong scientific emphasis throughout your programme. Consequently, you will develop skills in research techniques and methodology and an ability to apply evidence-based medicine wherever you practise.
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. In response to several drivers for change, including updated GMC guidance, technological development in education and healthcare, the planned Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) and expectations of medical practice within the NHS of the future, a review and curriculum development of the MBBS programme has been undertaken.
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, small group teaching, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning.
The emphasis of our evolved MBBS programme is on the development of Professional Values and Behaviours, Professional skills, and Professional Knowledge, in line with the GMC’s recently published Outcomes for Graduates (2018). The new spiral curriculum is delivered in three phases and provides exciting new opportunities for our students and staff including:
- More opportunities for clinical skills training and patient experience.
- A case-based learning approach to facilitate integration and translation of scientific knowledge to clinical care.
- A structure to facilitate active, life-long learning, with each module building on the previous one, adding more depth and complexity.
- A Programmatic Assessment strategy, to enable you to build your knowledge throughout your studies.
- A focus on the application of science and research skills in Phase Two, expanding upon early science exposure in Phase One.
- Continued opportunities across Phase Three for reflective learning, to be recorded and reviewed by you and your Tutor.
- A tutoring programme to support your progression with a focus on Study Skills.
The evolved MBBS curriculum is aligned to the College Learning and Teaching Strategy, and our Curriculum Map (Sofia). This will enable you to study specific learning outcomes, mapped to your assessments.
In Phase One you will focus both on the scientific basis of health and disease and the foundations of clinical practice, including early clinical exposure. The course will include modules on lifestyle medicine and prevention and case-based learning, with opportunities to undertake clinical improvement and research projects.
During Phase Two, you will work towards the BSc by completing a series of modules and a supervised research project in a scientific/medical subject of your choice.
This gives you the chance to develop your scientific knowledge and research skills, as well as expose you to research at the cutting edge of the field.
In Phase Three, students will build on the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed in the first four years of the MBBS. In hospital and community settings, students will experience how clinical teams work together to deliver patient care from beginning to the end of life. Throughout Phase Three, significant emphasis will be placed on preparing students for clinical practice.
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.
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 your year of 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.
We offer two routes to an MBBS qualification - the six-year option for undergraduates, and a five-year option for those in possession of a science undergraduate degree (please note: this Graduate Medicine (A109) programme is temporarily suspended for September 2020 and September 2021 entry). Follow the links below for further information on each pathway.