International student offer-holders in Medicine
Welcome to the School of Medicine MBBS Offer-holder Hub for International Students
Accommodation: The deadline for Firm offer holders to select their accommodation choices is 31st July 2020. Insurance offer holders will be contacted on 3rd August, and are not guaranteed a place.
Occupational Health: The deadline to return your Healthcare questionnaire is 31st July 2020.
DBS: The deadline for your DBS check in 20th August 2020.
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Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine is one of the largest in Europe, with multiple 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, small group teaching, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning.
As an International student, you may have queries that are more based on visa information, which accommodation is best, what mobile phone plan will work for you, the best places to buy food, and how to get involved in activities with your coursemates or the university more broadly, or how to find other International students on your course. Sign up to our next webinar in the box to the right to speak to current students and a chance to ask them your questions!
You can also see information provided by the College on its webpages for international students, divided by region, to see more about existing communities at the College, as well as visa advice, English language requirement information and scholarship opportunities.
A letter has now gone out to all students regarding teaching in 2020-21. You can read it here: ICSM - Offer Holder Teaching Mode Letter June 2020
We're looking forward to seeing you!
Ready to come to Imperial?
Coming to Imperial
Your first term at Imperial is fast approaching. We want to help you get ready to join us in October.
Once you have accepted your offer, our Accommodation team will be in touch in early July about your Accommodation options. Have a look at what has changed for 2020/21.
Check out the newly updated programme details for the academic year 2020-21 which includes information about our plans for teaching and the academic year ahead.
Not sure what to pack or what to bring with you for your first term? Check out this handy guide for what you'll need. If this is your first time living away from home, make sure you read our webpages on how to manage your money.
Studying during COVID-19
The shift from A-Levels or equivalent to university can be a challenge as you get used to more self-guided study. Read our current student Pylin's top tips for studying from home.
We are incredibly proud of our diverse student population and you can read more stories from our current students below, explore their journeys into medicine and explore the wide variety of activities which occur in our dedicated Students’ Union, who support and champion students from all backgrounds.
We have now updated our visa and immigration guidance for international students in respect of the current situation and this all sits in one place. You can read more about it here. Still have questions about your visa? Email: email@example.com
What's on the course?
The six-year Imperial College MBBS undergraduate curriculum has recently undergone a major review aligned with the Imperial College Learning and Teaching strategy. The reimagined curriculum commenced in October 2019 and is carefully designed to prepare you comprehensively for clinical practice and life in the NHS in an increasingly digital world, as well as in preparation for the new Medical Licensing Assessment.
You will be based at the South Kensington campus and Charing Cross campus (near Hammersmith) throughout your studies. You will also be undertaking clinical and General Practice attachments across London and further afield.
The curriculum integrates science, clinical experience, skills and professionalism through three Phases, each building on the knowledge and skills acquired in the last. Lecture-based content has been reduced with the introduction of a blended learning approach, more small-group teaching and the incorporation of innovative digital materials. You will have protected time to prepare for teaching sessions beforehand, as well as to consolidate your learning after sessions. Imperial's reputation for excellence in science and research is preserved and modernised in this curriculum, preserving the history and tradition of Imperial's sought-after MBBS programme and transforming it ready to prepare the clinicians and medical scientists of the future.
The School is focussed on student wellbeing and offers significant support outside the curriculum itself, both academically and from a welfare perspective. The curriculum now reduces the burden of high-stakes assessments, and includes modules in the curriculum to help you understand and manage your own health-related behaviours. The introduction of an Academic Tutor structure means the support network begins from your first week, and your Tutor will meet with you regularly to provide feedback and study skills advice via a coaching approach, ensuring you always have the tools and skills to manage your studies throughout your programme.
As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate your English Language Ability. All applicants need to show that they meet our English language requirement for entry. We have two levels of achievement – standard or higher level. If a language condition is included in your offer you will need to submit evidence that you have reached the required standard.
Imperial offers a pre-sessional English programme – applications now open. To find out more about the 3, 6 or 12-week course, check out the Centre for Academic English webpage.
Phase One of the programme runs over three years and comprises an integrated programme that covers the scientific basis of medicine, linked to clinical presentations as well as professional values and behaviours. These concepts will be introduced through patient narratives or cases via a facilitated team-based learning approach.
The curriculum promotes critical thinking, personal/professional development, and team working. It involves a spiral curriculum model, with alignment of learning activities and assessment strategies within each of the modules.
You will have regular clinical experience from the outset in both NHS Trust and community settings. Phase 1C (the third year of the programme) includes longer attachments in hospitals and primary care, supported by structured teaching.
The course will start with an introductory module on Principles of Medicine. Students will then engage in an integrated course where teaching on each of the body systems is complemented by case-based learning and early exposure to patient care in a variety of health community settings. Practical skills will be taught early in the course in clinical skills laboratories. There will be a focus on health and prevention of disease, specifically talking about behaviour change.
Knowledge of the human body will be delivered through Anatomy and Diagnostics via cadaveric dissection, clinical imaging and linked clinical skills. You will develop research skills through the Clinical Research and Innovation module with the opportunity to select a research experience.
By the third year, students will spend the majority of their time working in clinical practice, with 10-week attachments in primary care, medicine and surgery.
There will be opportunities to undertake clinical improvement and clinical research projects within Phase One.
Phase Two leads to the award of a BSc at the end of the fourth year of the course. You will undertake a series of modules and a research project in an area of particular scientific or medical interest. There are a wide variety of BSc options available, drawing on the strengths of the University and its associated hospitals. However, whichever option is chosen, the emphasis in Phase 2 is on the development of more generic research skills such as data analysis, team-working and presentation skills that you can use in your future careers.
You'll be awarded a 'BSc Medical Sciences with' one of the following:
- Anaesthesia and Critical Care
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cancer Frontiers
- Cardiovascular Sciences
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Global Health
- Humanities, Philosophy and Law
- Immunity and Infection
- Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Remote Medicine
- Reproductive and Developmental Sciences
- Surgical Design, Technology and Innovation
- Translational Respiratory Medicine
Phase Three covers the final two years of the course, with an emphasis on preparation for practise as a future doctor. Students will build on the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed in the first four years of the programme.
You will rotate through a wide range of clinical specialties and primary care settings and develop increasing confidence through the practise of simulation. In hospital and community settings, students will experience how clinical teams work together to deliver patient care from beginning to the end of life. You will gain experience in medicine, surgery and cancer, managing the ageing patient, child health, women’s health and psychiatry as well as in acute medicine and general practice.
After your finals examinations and the Medical Licensing Assessment, there will be an opportunity to shadow a foundation doctor in an extended student apprenticeship. You will be able pursue your own interests in two Specialty Choice Modules during Phase Three, and an 8-week elective at the end of the programme, taken either in the UK or abroad.
Throughout Phase Three, significant emphasis is placed on preparing students for clinical practice.
Student Experience Videos
Student Community at ICSM
Year 2 student Helena talks about the student community at ICSM
Studying from home
Year 2 student Helena gives her Studying from home tips
Tell us a bit about you.
I'm from Turks and Caicos Islands. I grew up on a small 37.5 square mile island in the Caribbean. I attended the British West Indies Collegiate, where did my A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. I enjoy water sports and baking (cookies especially!) and teaching students in younger years.
What sparked your journey into Medicine?
I had been interested in pursuing medicine for many years prior to applying but due to lack of opportunities to do work experience, I didn't consider it something I was capable of pursuing. However, when an immediate family member became ill, I found myself working with medical personnel for an extended period of time. This exposure is what ultimately helped me to solidify my decision.
Why did you choose to study Medicine at Imperial?
Imperial was actually suggested to me by my mentor in Sixth Form. I had no prior knowledge of Imperial before the application process - most likely due to being overseas. But after a quick Google search, it was clear that Imperial was an ideal university for me. I get to learn medicine from top lecturers with a strong research background, be surrounded by brilliant STEM students that share my passion and of course, live in London!
If you have got involved in extra-curricular activities at Imperial, what are they and why did you get involved?
I am part of the Medical Education Society, Christian Medical Fellowship and ICSM Drama. Imperial College as a university has a host of resources and staff expertise on-hand to help students - from library workshops to hackspace to career service. You just have to find them! Not to mention the new I-Explore programme which aims to facilitate cross-department communication.
What are your top tips for new students?
Tell us a bit about you:
I'm from Singapore. I studied triple science, graduated high school in 2016, did 2 years National Service and then entered university in 2019.
Why did you choose to study Medicine at Imperial?
I was strong in science and wanted to study a science-related field. I also wanted a profession where I was in the frontlines, actively helping others. Medicine combined both aspects.
What do you like about studying at Imperial?
It is a very science and research-oriented university. It was high in university rankings. It has a strong international cohort.
If you have got involved in extra-curricular activities at Imperial, what are they and why did you get involved?
I am involved in ICSM chess and squash clubs.
What are your top tips to prospective students?
1. Make full use of Fresher's Fair! Check out everything. I missed out on quite a few exciting clubs simply because I did not know they existed!
2. Studywise, allocate a certain amount of time to one lecture before moving on to the next, whether you know it well or not. Constant short revisions are better than rare long revisions.
3. Never fall back! I spent the whole of first term playing catch-up and it was very annoying.
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MBBS student Freya's story
Got more questions?
Want to know what it's like to study at one of the world's top ten universities? Got a question about one of our courses? Want to know how you can make the most of living in the best student city in the UK?
Join our international recruitment team and their guests in a series of webinars on various aspects of life at Imperial College London. Topics include:
- undergraduate and postgraduate studies
- funding your studies
- advice sessions for offer holders and their parents
You can find out more about these webinars by clicking here to visit the College's webinar webpages.
You can see past webinars, sign up to the newsletter, and access more content from the College’s Open Days on accommodation, careers and more.
You can see the recording of our last webinar on 02 April by clicking here and see the recording of our June 19th Webinar here. Download FAQs - Offer Holder Webinars from the session, which covered topics such as Accommodation, Admissions, Curriculum, DBS checks and updates on COVID-19.
Imperial College and the School of Medicine
Imperial College London is a university of world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering and medicine, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. Imperial’s School of Medicine is responsible for undergraduate teaching within the Faculty of Medicine.
In 1997, the Faculty of Medicine brought together the major West London medical schools for the first time, creating one world class institution with eight campuses across North and West London. Imperial is consistently rated among the United Kingdom's top universities, and is currently ranked joint fourth in the world's top 100 universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health, according to the Times Higher Education World University rankings by subject (2019).
The College has over 3000 academic and research staff and approximately 15,000 students from over 126 different countries, making this a dynamic environment. Within this, the School's programmes aim to produce exceptional medical practitioners, clinical and biomedical scientists and future leaders in healthcare from amongst our 2200 students. Our teaching is underpinned by clinical expertise and internationally competitive research and draws upon a wide range of academic excellence from colleagues within the Faculty of Medicine and in other departments at Imperial. In addition, we have strong links with NHS partners across North West London and with the biomedical industry. This ensures that our graduates have the fullest opportunity to acquire the scientific knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitude required for the care of patients and for research.
Meet our student blogger! Be sure to check out blog entries from Kinan, a current undergraduate MBBS student in the School of Medicine.
Funding and Scholarships
The School offers a range of scholarships. When you received your offer of a place to study medicine here at Imperial, you may also have been offered the opportunity to compete for these MBBS/BSc entrance scholarships. If you were not selected for these opportunities, you may still be eligible for a number of external scholarships. We have compiled a list of scholarship opportunities, and you can click here to view the College’s Fees and Funding webpages, where you can use the Scholarships search tool to assess the options available to you as an International student.
Also take advantage of our subscription to the Alternative Guide to Funding — a huge database of funding opportunities from charities, trusts and other lesser-known sources. There may be other sources of funding not listed above, so you should do your own research too — the British Council website for your country can be a good place to start.
Role Models in Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine has gathered together interviews with staff across the department, from doctors to scientists, teaching staff and researchers, to give a picture of the range of work that goes on in the Faculty. Click through the tabs to read more about our featured staff, their diverse career paths that can come from studying Medicine. Find out more about what brought our staff to Imperial, to Medicine, how their work has developed here, and what their plans are for the future.
You can read all the interviews with our leading staff at the Role Models webpage.