Lab workUCAS code: n/a*
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 8/9 years full-time

LocationSouth Kensington

* Apply initially for MBBS / BSc Medicine (A100) or Graduate Medicine (A109)

Exceptional students on the standard six-year undergraduate and the five-year graduate courses may be offered the opportunity to include a PhD programme as part of their course.

About the course


This course consists of three years’ research, taken either after completion of the BSc for those following the six-year programme or after the second year of the Graduate programme.

After the three years of research are complete, you will resume the rest of the MBBS programme, graduating with both an MBBS and a PhD qualification.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

Please see the entry requirements for our 6-year MBBS/BSc course and 5-year Graduate MBBS course.

The eligibility requirements for entry to the PhD programme include:

  • Satisfactory performance in the early year(s) of the MBBS course
  • Normally no previous examination re-sits
  • A BSc classification of at least 2.1

If you meet these requirements and are given permission, you can either apply for one of the advertised MB/PhDs funded by a division in the Faculty or secure the required funding for the three years of the MB/PhD from external sources in collaboration with your proposed supervisor.

Oxbridge students are also eligible once they have completed the first year of their course at Imperial, have had no examination re-sits and a BSc classification of at least 2.1.

Tuition fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • £9,250 per year for the MBBS course
  • £ 5,650 per year for the PhD

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

We expect EU students will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition as long as the UK remains in the EU, and for the duration of their course, provided this remains lawful.

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £38,500 per year for the MBBS course
  • £36,100 per year for the PhD course

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees for 2017 entry have not yet been confirmed. These will be published here in October 2016 so please check back for details.


For information on funding for medical students from the NHS, the UK government and Imperial please see our Fees and Funding website.

What our graduates do

Graduates from the School of Medicine enter a wide and diverse range of careers, including medical practice, biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, scientific journalism and healthcare management.

Achieving an MBBS degree from Imperial provides you with a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and license to practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts, subject only to acceptance by the GMC that there are no fitness to practise concerns that need consideration.

You will need to apply for a Foundation Year 1 post during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC before entering Foundation Year 2. Doctors need full registration with a license to practise for unsupervised medical practise in the NHS or UK private practice.*

*This information is correct as of January 2016 but please be aware that regulations in this area are subject to change.

How to apply

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Application deadlines

All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017. 

The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.

Students at a school/college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.

To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS

If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed your application and it’s been submitted through UCAS’s Apply system, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

Professional accreditation and associateship


All MBBS degrees based at Imperial College London are professionally accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC).


Additionally, all MBBS degrees lead to the award of the Associateship of Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM).