Intercalated PhD option for Medical Students
Build on your study of Medicine with the chance to complete a PhD as part of your course.
MBBS and PhD
Three A-level offer: A*AA
Applications : admissions ratio
9 : 1
Based on 2017 entry data
- UCAS course code: n/a*
- ECTS: n/a
- Start date: October 2018
This course offers exceptional students on the standard MBBS/BSc and Graduate Medicine degrees the opportunity to include a PhD as part of their course.
This consists of three years’ research, taken either after completion of the BSc for those following the six-year programme, or after the third year of the Graduate Medicine programme.
Research within the Department covers a very broad range of specialties, and you will benefit from access to world class facilities and the chance to collaborate with researchers from other departments and faculties at the College.
After your three years of research are complete, you will resume the rest of the MBBS programme, graduating with both an MBBS and PhD qualification.
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 and Teaching General Practices associated with Imperial.
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.
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).
Transfer between courses
You must meet certain academic requirements in the early years of your degree to be eligible for the PhD programme, and places are competitive so cannot be guaranteed (see Entry requirements below).
If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.
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
Our course is traditional in nature for the first and second years. You will spend most of your time in lectures, small group teaching, 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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)
|2018 entry (MBBS)||PhD|
|£9,250 per year||Dependent on the PhD fee rate for the year in which you start your PhD|
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 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.
Government funding arrangements for medicine students change during the clinical years of the course – see funding for medicine students for more information.
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 and have access to the Tuition Fee Loan.
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)
|2018 entry (MBBS)||PhD|
|£40,000 per year||Dependent on the PhD fee rate for the year in which you start your PhD|
The tuition fees for Overseas and Islands students are set by Imperial College London.
You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year 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.
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: n/a*
- 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.
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