Overview of the Medical School
- The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, created in 2014, encompasses both a School of Bioscience Education and a School of Medical Education (GKT). Together they deliver undergraduate health professions programmes (Medicine, Nutrition & Dietetics, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy) and a suite of related BSc programmes in Biomedical Sciences, through 18 Academic Divisions.
- King’s College London was founded in 1829 as a university college. When the University of London was established in 1836, King’s became one of its founding colleges and included a medical department from the beginning. The school of medicine was formed following a merger with the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals (GKT) on 1 August 1998.
- Among its alumni, the school is associated with 2 Nobel prizes: Sir Frederick Hopkins in 1929 for the discovery of vitamins and Max Theiler in 1951 for developing a vaccine against yellow fever. Also Patrick Steptoe, pioneer of IVF, missed out a Nobel Prize because he died before the awarding. Other remarkable alumni are: Russell Brock pioneer of modern open-heart surgery and Thomas Hodgkin discoverer of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Campus and Facilities
- Campus: 4 central London campuses
- Guy’s Hospital Campus at London Bridge
- St Thomas’ Hospital at Waterloo
- Franklin Wilkins Building at Waterloo
- King’s College Hospital in South London
- Teaching facilities:
- Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre (Guy’s Campus): provides clinical classrooms, hospital and community care settings
- Dissecting rooms: two dissecting rooms based at the Guy’s Campus
- Upper dissecting room: 38 double-tables, housing 50 cadavers
- Lower dissecting room: 14 double-tables, housing 12 cadavers
- Gordon Museum of Pathology: largest medical museum in the UK containing over 8,000 pathology specimens. Its primary function is to help train medical professionals to diagnose disease.
- Virtual Learning for students: provides online resources and support
National and International Rankings
- Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 21 (2016)
- Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 29 (2016)
- QS World ranking for medicine: rank 21 (2016)
- Times Higher Education for medicine: rank 8 (2016)
MBBS Programme Information
- The curriculum of this course provides early patient experience and has 3 stages: foundation of Biomedical Science, From Science to Clinical practice, Integrated Clinical practice. This, to achieve the value of “doctors in partnership with patients, to manage risk across a range of different care settings”.
- Although there are four entry routes into medicine at King’s, all students follow the MBBS curriculum:
- Medicine: standard five-year programme
- Medicine Graduate & Professional Entry: four-year fast track programme
- Extended Medical Degree Programme: six-year widening access programme
- MaxFax: four-year programme for qualified dentists
Number of students on this course:
Around 410 students each year in all 4 programmes
Course Structure and Length
- Year 1: Stage 1 – Foundations of Medicine
- Focused on the basis of biomedical sciences, population sciences and quality improvement, and the skills to integrate them with clinical practice.
- Year 2 and 3: Stage 2 – Principles of Clinical Practice
- Emphasis on clinical practice and uses the experience to integrate biomedical science, populations science and generic clinical skills
- In year 3 students have projects and opportunities to combine practice and theory.
- Year 4 and 5: Stage 3 – Integrated Clinical Practice
- Students develop their capabilities in different settings under direct supervision to take care of patients.
- In year 4 students may take an intercalated year to include other studies in biomedical sciences, languages and humanities.
- In year 5 students have a component of preparation for practices that helps for a smooth transition from studying to work.
- Variations of the standard 5-year programme:
- Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme (GPEP) MBBS (four-year fast track programme): they cover year 1-2 in an extended single year known as the ‘transition year’.
- Extended Medical Degree Programme (six-year programme): allows that the 1st stage is studied at a slower pace for the first three years.
- Medicine MaxFax Entry Programme (four-year programme for qualified dentists): After their introductory first year, students join the third year of the standard five-year MBBS programme.
- Year 1: Foundations of biomedical sciences and skills to begin to integrate with clinical practice:
- Foundations of Biomedical Science: principles of anatomy and physiology of body systems, metabolism, communication within and between cells, molecular and cell biology, immunology and pharmacology.
- Biomedical Science: deeper knowledge by practical work in anatomy (functional anatomy, biochemistry and physiology of systems).
- Population Science and Quality Improvement: Introduces students to the structure of the Health Service in the UK and the role of organizations such as the GMC, BMA, medical Royal Colleges, NICE and MRC.
- Genes, Behaviour and Environment: emphasis on learning about the complex interplay of genes, behaviours and the environment, and the opportunities to work with patient and the public to modify risk.
- Introduction to Clinical Skills and Communication: basic skills of communication and clinical practice using simulated clinical environments and clinical skills. Students have to demonstrate that they can be trusted to work with patients in a supervised environment.
- Doctor and Society: This covers the ethical and legal principles underpinning medical practice. It also includes preparatory workshops on student health, wellbeing and resilience.
- Student Selected Components: areas of study for which students are able to select the subject and which give additional opportunities to explore areas of interest: modern languages, medical humanities and the Associateship of King’s College
- Years 2: starts Stage 2 that provides greater emphasis on clinical practice and uses the experience to integrate biomedical sciences, population sciences and generic clinical skills:
- Longitudinal placements: Students learn with a panel of patients or other service users in general practice, mental health or other care settings. The placements are designed to help students develop clinical, shared decision-making and patient advocacy capabilities.
- Clinical Practice: Students are allocated to short clinical placements (typically 4 week blocks) organized around common patient care pathways. These opportunities to both develop generic clinical skills but also the ability to provide care for patients with common acute and long-term conditions.
- Diagnostics, Pathology and Therapeutics: Students learn to identify appropriate investigations and develop the capabilities to develop safe, effective and economic management plans. The course also covers the imaging sciences, microbiology, immunology, genetics, bio-engineering, pathology and pharmacology.
- Biomedical Sciences: deeper knowledge of biomedical sciences by practical work in anatomy and physiology relevant to their clinical placements.
- Genes, Behaviour and Environment: relates genetics, behavioural sciences, microbiology, immunology, pathology, environmental sciences, population sciences to their clinical placements.
- Population Science and Quality Improvement: students are expected to critically reflect on the factors that enhance patient experience, reduce the risk of error and improve outcomes.
- Doctor and Society: Helps students grow in self-awareness, develop their reflective practice skills, apply ethical and legal principles in medical practice.
- Year 3: offers the same core components of year 2, plus:
- Doctor as teacher: covering educational theory and practice to support students in developing their confidence and competence as educators.
- Tasters: provides opportunities to explore possible career options
- Projects: provides opportunities to develop teaching skills, quality improvement skills and a knowledge of global health
- Year 4: starts stage 3 of the programme
- Clinical blocks: include placements in mental health, child health, women’s health, general practice, outpatients, elective care, emergency medicine and acute and critical care.
- Diagnostics, Pathology and Therapeutics: Students are expected to develop focussed plans to confirm a diagnosis, contribute to the development of management plans that take account of co-morbidities.
- Doctor and Society: Help students model professional attributes as they take increasing responsibility for patient care and their own learning
- Population Science and Quality Improvement: focus on the improvement of patient care in a range of different settings and include a live quality improvement project.
- Global Health: covers the global determinants of health and disease and variations in healthcare delivery and medical practice. It will assist students with the preparation for their elective.
- Year 5: the integrated clinical practice continued, and also offers:
- Electives: opportunity to undertake an eight-week elective in the UK or abroad which will include a project.
- Tasters: These are in a clinical setting and offer students the opportunity to explore possible career options.
- Preparation for practice: This programme focuses on the generic roles and responsibilities of a F1 doctor to help facilitate a smooth transitional to work.
- GKT School of Medical School at King’s College London Medical School uses 3 out of 4 campuses (Waterloo is home for the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery).
- Denmark Hill
- Guy’s Campus
- St Thomas Campus
Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):
- King’s currently offers 19 intercalated BSc programmes open to medical, dental and veterinary medicine students from King’s and other universities.
- The MBBS programme considers that an intercalated year can be taken in year 4.
- Anatomy, Developmental and Human Biology
- Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine
- Craniofacial and Stem Cell Biology
- Endocrinology: Clinical and Molecular
- Global Health
- Health Care Management
- History of Medicine
- Human Nutrition and Metabolism
- Imaging Sciences
- Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology
- Medical Ethics and Law
- Medical Genetics
- Regenerative Medicine & Innovation Technology
- Women’s Health
Open day dates:
- 11 June 2016 (10:00-17:00) at Guy’s Campus
- 09 July 2016 (09:00-17:00) at Guy’s Campus
- Autumn Term: 19 Sep 2016 – 09 Dec 2016
- Spring Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 31 Mar 2017
- Summer Term: 01 May 2017 – 09 Jun 2017
- AAA at A-level (including Chemistry and Biology) and a further B at AS-level.
- If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be offered at AS-level grade A.
- Are welcome applicants who offer non-science subjects
- Grade B in English Language and Mathematics if not offered at A or AS-level.
- For graduate applicants an upper second class undergraduate honors degree (any subject), plus grade B at A level in Chemistry and Biology
- Alternatively, a lower second class undergraduate honors degree with a postgraduate master’s degree with at least a merit.
Medicine Graduate & Professional Entry Graduate and undergraduate entry:
- Degree must be in a science subject
- At least an upper second class undergraduate honors, or a lower second class undergraduate honors degree combined with a postgraduate master’s degree with at least a merit.
- Health service professionals without an honors degree but with appropriate post-qualification experience may be considered
- Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing will be considered with at least two years nursing work experience
Extended Medical Degree Other:
- Three A-levels, including Chemistry, Biology and any other subject.
- Grade B at English Language and Maths, if not offered at A/AS-level.
- Only Home/EU applicants are considered for this programme.
- To be eligible applicants must be studying in an eligible nonselective state school or FE College in London, or be a participant of Realising Opportunities across England.
- Applicants must be qualified dentists, registered with the UK General Dental Council.
Clinical transfer students – direct entry to Phase 3
- For medical students from Oxford University who have obtained their BSc honors degree
- UCAT: there is no threshold UCAT score in any particular year, for guidelines consider:
- 2015 entry 630
- 2014 entry 735
- 2013 entry 695
- 2012 entry 685
- There are around 1,200-1,400 places for interview
- To be consider for interview, selectors consider:
- GCSE (or equivalent performance) – most important
- The reference and the score in the UCAT – most important
- Predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent)
- Personal statement
- No offers are made without an interview
- Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission.
- It is expected that candidates adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King’s.
- The Interview:
- Are in the format of multiple mini interviews
- There are several “mini” interviews or stations
- At each station, candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit.
- Station to assess values and personality based attributes: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity.
- Station to assess information handling and evaluation skills
- Station to assess knowledge on topical medical issues.
- Station to assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma.
- A standardized interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station.
- The interview considered:
- Communication skills
- Interest in the subject and profession
- Exploring general social and ethical issues normally health related
- How the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.
Extra important information for candidates
- All applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.
- If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.
- Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.
- All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.
- The application can be tracked using the “King’s Apply” online portal system.
- General enquiries – King’s College London Switchboard
- Phone: +44 (0) 20 7836 5454
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Admissions enquiries:
- Phone: +44 (0) 207 848 7000
- Visit: Admissions Office Enquiries Team, based on the 7th floor of the James Clerk Maxwell Building, Waterloo Campus.
- Live Chat: Undergraduate Admissions Live Chats every other Friday from 15.00-17.00.