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 A A
Applications : admissions ratio
9 : 1
Based on 2018 entry data
Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21
This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.
Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year. Find out what changes we’ll be making to this course for 2020–21 to ensure that your programme of study can be delivered safely.
For more information about your learning experience and other aspects of your Imperial student experience if you are able to join us, please see our COVID-19 information for applicants and offer holders.
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 of the MBBS programme has been undertaken and a new curriculum developed.
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 new 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 new tutoring programme to support your progression with a focus on Study Skills.
The new MBBS curriculum is aligned to the College's 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 (see Careers below).
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 them.
Phase one (years 1-3)
Due to the global pandemic, for the 2020-2021 academic year, we will use a combination of on-campus and online learning. If government guidance (either national or local requirements) means that it is necessary to reschedule any activities, we will move them to the most appropriate point during your studies to ensure these experiences are undertaken.
The new phase one curriculum will promote 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.
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. 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 (year 4)
You will spend this year working towards the BSc by undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project in an area of particular scientific/medical interest.
BSc courses/ title of award
'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 (years 5-6)
In phase three, students will build on the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed in the first 4 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. 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. There will be opportunities for you to focus on your own interests in specialty choice placements and in a medical elective. Towards the end of the course, you will spend time in an apprenticeship role. Throughout phase three, significant emphasis will be placed on preparing students for clinical practice.
Download the programme specification [PDF] – this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. If/when changes to this course are approved by the College, we will update this document and the information on this course page.
Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.
All of our undergraduate courses will include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and will count as credit towards your degree.
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
The new spiral curriculum provides integrated teaching across the scientific basis of health and disease and clinical practice.
Our two-week timetable
Due to the global pandemic, the schedule noted may be subject to amendment or alteration.
To support your learning we will be using a two-week repeating schedule. This will allow you to focus on Professional Knowledge, Clinical Skills, Professional Values and Behaviours on specific days. You will find a shift towards deep and active learning methods e.g: flipped classrooms and Team-Based Learning. We aim to allow you the opportunity to practise the application of knowledge and critical thinking. The fortnightly longer weekend will give you the chance to pause and consider how you are learning, receive feedback and attend to welfare issues, for example, meet with Academic Tutors etc.
Subject to the global pandemic, the process noted may be subject to amendment or alteration. However, the School of Medicine has the infrastructure and experience to utilise remote assessment in 2020/21 if additional lockdowns or social distancing measures mean we cannot hold in-person exams and assessments as is currently planned.
All your assessments will be directly mapped to programme-level and module-level intended learning outcomes as part of a centrally coordinated programme of assessment for learning. Applied knowledge and clinical and professional skills will be assessed in a series of in-module and end-of-module assessments that include appropriate approaches to assessment depending on whether knowledge, skills or attitudes are being assessed. You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
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.
Medical Licensing Assessment
The General Medical Council (GMC) is introducing a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA - from 2022 to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice.
Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.
The MLA will be in two parts: there will be a knowledge test, which will be set and run by the GMC, and an assessment, delivered by medical schools, that will evaluate students’ clinical and professional skills.
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.
Placements and location of study
You will complete a number of placements and clinical attachments throughout your degree.
During phase one, students will undertake community-based experiences at General Practices across London. These will typically be within London Boroughs that require no more than one hour’s travel time from the College. Practices will be accessible by either bus or train.
The location of study will be at our South Kensington campus, however, your studies will also 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 and Charing Cross are in the third, fifth and sixth years:
- Year 3 – three 8-10 week clinical attachments
- Year 5 – dedicated pathology course and a range of clinical specialities
- Year 6 – range of clinical attachments 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.
Minimum entry standards
Our minimum entry standard for 2020 entry is AAA overall, to include:
- A in Biology
- A in Chemistry
- A in a third subject
The minimum entry requirements must be met in one examination sitting.
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Typical offer range
As a guide, here are the typical offers made in 2018 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels:
Three A-level offer: A*AA (including an A* in either Biology or Chemistry).
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.
Additional Mathematics support
Our new A-level Mathematics online course covers a range of key topic areas to help you gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to succeed in your A-level Mathematics exams.
This optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus with the aim of developing your thinking skills, fluency and confidence.
Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is available free of charge via the EdX website. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.
Minimum entry standards
Our minimum entry standard for 2020 entry is 38 points overall, to include:
- 6 in Biology at higher level
- 6 in Chemistry at higher level
The minimum entry requirements must be met in one examination sitting.
Typical offer range
39 points (grade 7 and 6 in Biology and Chemistry at higher level – grades in any order).
The IB typical offer for all other departments is based on the offer made to at least 80% of IB applicants in 2017–18. From 2019, Medicine intends to raise its typical IB offer from 38 to 39 points so this is not based on past applicant data.
Mathematics Higher Level for award in 2021
For entry in 2021, the Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or the Applications and Interpretation syllabi will be accepted at higher level with no preference.
Additional Mathematics support
We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.
Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.
Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.
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
Additional Mathematics support
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.
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.
In 2019, the minimum requirements for interview included a minimum score in each of the BMAT sections 1, 2 and 3 and a minimum sum of scores across sections 1 and 2.
For Home/EU candidates: Candidates were required to score a minimum of 3.5 in Section 1 and Section 2, with the sum of scores in these two Sections being at least 8.6. They were required to score a minimum of 2.5C in Section 3.
For OS candidates: Candidates were required to score a minimum of 4.0 in Section 1 and Section 2, with the sum of scores in these two Sections being at least 10.0 They were required to score a minimum of 3C in Section 3.
A contextualised adjustment was made to the sum of scores of Section 1 and Section 2 for candidates identified with the College’s widening participation flag. The adjustment reflected the overall difference in performance between flagged and non-flagged candidates.
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 600 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 of 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 following criteria may be considered 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
Pilot admissions schemes (Home students)
From 2020 entry, we will be using information about our applicants in a number of new pilot admissions schemes, to consider the wider context of Home students from groups underrepresented at the College.
Fitness to Practise policy
All UK Medical schools have a duty to ensure that no member of the public is harmed as a consequence of participating in the training of medical students. The School of Medicine Fitness to Practise policy may be activated in cases where significant concerns have been raised about the behaviour of students, including prior to their admission to the School. For more information, refer to the Fitness to Practise policy.
If selected, you will be required to attend for interview. This will take place at the South Kensington Campus between December and March. It will take the form of multiple mini-interviews and will last approximately 45 minutes.
There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of the South Kensington Campus organised by current medical students. This takes place toward the middle of the day, between our morning and afternoon sessions.
Make sure that you portray your patient centred approach, be enthusiastic and most of all ... smile"
Graduated medical student
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 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
Candidates will receive a notification through UCAS track of the outcome of their application at the end of the cycle.
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 degree or medical school
The Department of Medicine does not accept students who have previously started at or are already studying at another Medical School. The Department of Medicine does not accept students for transfer from other Imperial courses or from other institutions onto the course, except where students are transferring on to the A300 course (MBBS Graduate Medicine, direct entry).
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 13 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 and age 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 Outcomes for Graduates.
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.
You must be 18 years of age by the time you would start this course.
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 tested positive for these infections, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If you have not lived in the UK, you will be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from your government or police force in place of the DBS certificate.
2020 applicants who missed their grade conditions
This applies if you were a Condition Firm applicant from the 2020 Entry cycle and you missed your academic conditions.
This is not applicable if you declined our offer or if Imperial was your insurance option.
If you did not meet your academic conditions in August 2020, you have the opportunity to sit the examinations in Autumn 2020 or Summer 2021 for the subjects where you were not awarded the grades to meet your academic offer. This will be considered as your first attempt.
You must submit an application through UCAS for 2021 entry by the deadline of 15 October. Unfortunately, without reapplication, we will be unable to consider you.
You will not be required to re-take BMAT or complete the interview process. We will automatically offer you a conditional place for 2021 entry based on your original 2020 offer.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the School of Medicine Admissions Team on email@example.com
Currently, Medicine courses do not accept UCL UPCSE nor Warwick IFP Science and Engineering applications.
English language requirement (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.
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.
Home rate of tuition
£9,250 per year
Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually by an amount linked to inflation and approved by Parliament under the Student Fees (Inflation Index) Regulations 2006 – currently the measure of inflation used is the RPIX.
Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status. Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out more about how we assess your fee status.
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 who begin a course in the 2020–21 academic year (until the end of July 2021) will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.
Students from the EU, other EEA and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.
Overseas rate of tuition
£44,000 per year
You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an amount tied to inflation. 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. For example, the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.
Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status. Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out more about how we assess your fee status.
For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.
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 (including travel and accomodation)
|Clinical Research and Innovation - Research Experiences||Optional||Varies by location|
|Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (x2)||Mandatory||Provided|
|Phase 2 pathways||Mandatory||Varies (see module specifications)|
|Replacement for lost or damaged items and equipment||Mandatory||
|Student exchanges to Toko Medical and Dental University and McGill||Optional||Varies by location|
|Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.|
You will complete mandatory clinical attachments during your studies through Phase 1 and Phase 3 of study on the MBBS A100 course. During Phase 1, you will undertake shorter attachments in a clinical environment, whilst a majority of your longer attachments will take place in the final year of Phase 1 and throughout Phase 3.
Clinical attachments typically last between one 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. Typically, you will be between Zone 1 and Zone 3; however, you can be expected to travel beyond this, including to Zones 4 to 6, as well as outside London. For more information about Student Oyster Prices and the cost of travelling between zones, please visit the Transport for London fares information webpage
For hospital sites outside London, such as Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, a minivan runs between Imperial College London’s Charing Cross site and Chertsey twice daily. This is a free of charge service.
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 overnight accommodation. This is usually on a case-by-case basis for clinical attachments that are further outside the centre of London. This is discussed with your site’s Undergraduate Education Office via the Teaching Coordinator.
If you are in receipt of an NHS Bursary in Year 5 or Year 6 of the course, you may also be eligible to receive reimbursement for placement accommodation and/or travel costs. You can find out more information about how to apply for Placement Practice Expenses in the NHS Bursary guide here
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.
Travel to placements and location of study
You will need to budget for peak-time travel to and from your practice. Typically, you will be between Zone 1 and Zone 3; however, you can be expected to travel beyond this, including to Zones 4 to 6, as well as outside London. For more information about Student Oyster Prices and the cost of travelling between zones, please visit the Transport for London fares information.
Other costs to consider
To budget effectively for student life at Imperial see our information on living costs and general additional costs that apply to all Imperial students, which are not covered by our tuition fees.
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 2018 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).
You can view this course on the UCAS website.
All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2019 for entry in October 2020.
The deadline for other courses starting in 2020 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2020.
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.
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Terms and conditions
There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to universities. We've put together this information in a dedicated section of our website.
Read our terms and conditions for these areas: