Medicine students

Achieve both an MBBS and BSc qualification in this dual award degree, with direct contact with patients from the very start.

Key information

Award

MBBS/BSc

Duration

6 years

full-time

Typical offer

Three A-level offer: A*AA

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

7.3 : 1

Based on 2015 application data

Professionally accredited

Read about this course's accreditation

  • UCAS course code: A100
  • ECTS: n/a
  • Start date: October 2018

Open days

Book your place now for 28 and 29 June 2017.

Overview

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.

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, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning.

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 or Teaching General Practices associated with Imperial. You continue to study the systems and topics component of the course via a programme of live lectures and interactive online learning delivered alongside the clinical attachments.

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.

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).

Structure

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 2018 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.

Years 1 and 2

You will undertake an integrated programme covering the three main elements of the core course: Scientific Basis of Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Clinical Experience.

  • Molecules, cells and Disease includes molecular and cell biology, genetics, blood and blood-forming tissues, metabolism, infection, immunity, cell pathology, and cancer.
  • Life Support Systems includes the cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems, and the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum.
  • Life Cycle and Regulatory Systems includes the reproduction, development and ageing, neuroscience and mental health, the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems, the anatomy of the head, neck, spine and limbs, as well as pharmacology and therapeutics.
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice includes communication skills, society and health, medical ethics and law, and epidemiology in practice. The initial element of clinical experience (the First Clinical Attachment), plus problem-based learning and personal and professional development, is also part of this theme and are taught in small groups.
  • Clinical Research and Innovation integrates your learning from the first two years with the development of research skills e.g. statistics, critical appraisal and data analysis. During this Theme you will undertake a research experience, collecting data that will be presented as a poster in a Festival of Science at the end of Year 2.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience in the first year is provided by the First Clinical Attachment. During the module, you will pay a number of visits to a patient in their home environment and in a clinical setting, in order to explore the module topics:

  • Illness, health and disease;
  • The experience of health and social care; and
  • Living with a long term condition.

Patient visits are supplemented by small group work with practising GP’s or hospital consultants.

In the second year you will have your first hospital-based clinical attachment (Second Clinical Attachment). This will allow you to apply your knowledge and skills to the care of patients, focusing on the multidisciplinary team.

Year 3

  • Three 10-week clinical attachments

We emphasise the acquisition of core skills and knowledge in general medicine (including cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, neurology, oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, haematology, rheumatology and medicine for the elderly), general surgery (including gastrointestinal, breast and vascular surgery, and urology), anaesthetics, and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

Core learning

  • Medical or surgical takes
  • GP teaching: basic clinical skills/methods in general practice
  • Patient clerking: to clerk (take the history and examine) at least two patients each week and write up these case histories – you are assessed on two of these written clerkings during each attachment, separate from the case project
  • Consultant teaching: key cases relating to the attachment – you will be expected to present patients during these sessions and this forms part of your assessment
  • Problem-based learning
  • Lecture module: a continuation of systems and topics teaching
  • Other teaching: this will depend on the nature of the clinical programme of the attachment, but should include outpatient clinic teaching, theatre sessions, endoscopy sessions, and anaesthetics sessions
  • Reading and electronic resources
  • You will also undertake the three-week Doctor, Patient and Disease module which will integrate all your clinical learning and introduce some pathology

Year 4

BSc degree

You will spend this year working towards the BSc by undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project or specialist module in an area of particular scientific/medical interest, leading to one of the degrees below.

BSc courses/ title of award

'BSc Medical Sciences with' one of the following:

Year 5

There is a dedicated Pathology unit at the start of the fifth year which covers essential clinical pathology followed by ten clinical specialties:

  • Critical care
  • Dermatology
  • General Practice and Primary Health Care
  • Infectious Diseases/GUM/HIV
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology and Palliative Care
  • Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Teaching skills

Year 6

  • Seven three-week clinical attachments in:
    • Emergency Medicine
    • General Practice Student Assistantship
    • Cardiology
    • Neurology
    • Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT)
    • Ophthalmology
    • Renal Medicine
  • Two professional work experience attachments (one in medicine and one in surgery)
  • One specialty choice module
  • An eight-week elective period which may be spent in the UK or overseas
  • Five weeks of private study
  • A practical medicine course
  • An integrated course in Medicine, Surgery and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the General Medical Council.


Associateship

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

Student agreement

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.

Find out more: Faculty of Medicine and Medical Undergraduate Agreement [pdf]

Teaching

Our course is traditional in nature for the first and second years. You will spend most of your time in lectures, 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.

Assessment

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.

Placements and location of study

You complete a number of placements and clinical attachments throughout your degree.

The location of study will be our South Kensington campus, and your studies will 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 10 week clinical attachments
  • Year 5 – dedicated pathology course and six clinical specialities
  • Year 6 – range of clinical attachments, work experience self-selected specialty choice module and elective period

Staff expertise

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.

Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats Key Information Set (KIS).

You can use the KIS to find out how this course compares in areas such as the proportion of time spent in timetabled teaching and independent study, how the course is assessed, student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

Entry requirements

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.

A-levels

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels was A*AA, to be achieved in the same sitting.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • A* in Chemistry or Biology
  • A in the remaining subject from Chemistry or Biology
  • A in a third subject

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 38 points overall.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • 6 in Biology at higher level
  • 6 in Chemistry at higher level

Advanced Placements

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

Admissions test (all applicants)

All candidates applying to the six-year 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.

For 2016 entry, the minimum scores required were:

  • a score of 4.5 in section 1
  • a score of 4.5 in section 2
  • a score of 2.5 and grade B in section 3

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admission to medicine at Imperial is highly competitive. We receive well over 2,000 applications for entry and interview about 750 candidates. We make approximately 480 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.

Candidates must:

  • have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in A and AS-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 BMAT, his or her application form will be passed to an experienced member of the selection panel.

Selection panel

The selection panel comprises 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 panel members look at the following criteria when assessing applications:

  • A/AS-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

Contextual admissions information

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.

Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2016 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.

Interview

If selected, you will be required to attend a 15-minute interview. This will take place at the South Kensington Campus between December and March. The interview includes time for the panel to make its decision.

Normally interview panels consist of a chairperson, two other members of the selection panel, a senior medical student and frequently a lay observer. Before your interview you will have a chance to take a tour of the South Kensington Campus organised by medical students.

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 both a leader and a team member
  • Ability to multitask
  • Likely contribution to university life
  • Communication skills and maturity of character

There will be three possible outcomes from the interview:

  • An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications
  • Reserve list – meaning that if you remain unplaced at any other medical school, we may be able to reconsider you later in the admissions cycle should a vacancy occur
  • Rejection

Following the interview candidates should normally receive a written response from the School of Medicine within two weeks of interview. The formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS at the same time.

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.

Deferred entry

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.

Oxford (direct entry) applicants

If you will be a pre-clinical medicine graduate from Oxford University, you may apply to join the course. You will join Imperial at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the Imperial course not covered at your previous university. You will not study for the BSc.

Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme.

A clinical open day specifically for Direct Entry students is held in November.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please email us at: medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk.

Health 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 Tomorrow’s Doctors.

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.

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.

Blood-borne infections

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 you are infected, 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 during the admissions process.

Faculty of Medicine's Disclosure and Barring Certification policy [pdf]

Faculty of Medicine's Policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders [pdf]

Overseas students

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 medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk.

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.

English language qualifications (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.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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

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

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)

2017 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. This is the maximum rate of tuition chargeable by institutions that achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award under the first year of the UK government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

In its TEF: Year Two specification guidance document, the government confirmed that all institutions achieving a Bronze rating or higher in Year Two will be able to charge the maximum capped amount. These ratings will be announced in spring 2017.

You should expect the fee to increase 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.

Government funding

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 entering university in the UK in 2017 and 2018 also have access to the Tuition Fee Loan for the duration of their course. This will remain the case even if their course finishes after the UK's exit from the European Union.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£38,500 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. The fee for the 2018–19 academic fee has not yet been set by the College. We will update this page as soon as this fee information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.

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

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.

Careers

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 2016 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).

Application deadlines

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.

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Contact us

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Admissions Team
T: +44 (0)20 7594 7259
E: medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

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