Overview of the Medical School

  • Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM) is the medical school of Imperial College London in England, and one of the United Hospitals. The School was formed in 1997 through the merger of several historic medical schools. It first gained a medical school in 1988 by merger with St Mary’s Medical School. Current School of Medicine was formed by the merger of St Mary’s Medical School with Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (formerly Charing Cross Hospital Medical School and Westminster Hospital Medical School), the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and the National Heart and Lung Institute in 1997.
  • The School is especially known for its heart and lung transplant surgery skills led by Sir Magdi Yacoub, rheumatology treatments by Sir Marc Feldmann, and recent robot-assisted surgery techniques by surgeon Lord Darzi.
  • ICSM is associated with 5 Nobel prizes: Sir Ernst Chain, Sir Alexander Fleming, Sir Frederick Hopkins, Sir Andrew Huxley, and Sir Rodney Robert Porter.

Campus and Facilities

  • Campus:
    • Charing Cross
    • Chelsea and Westminster
    • Hammersmith
    • Royal Brompton
    • South Kensington
    • St Mary’s
  • Facilities: by campus:
    • Charing Cross: campus library, café and fitness gym
    • Chelsea and Westminster: campus library
    • Hammersmith: campus library, and sports facilities
    • Royal Brompton: campus library
    • South Kensington: campus library, sports facilities, Imperial College Union, Student Hub (one-stop-shop for all key student services), catering outlets, health and dental surgery, disability advisory service and Early Years Education Centre.
    • St Mary’s: campus library and sports facilities
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 5 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 8 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 11 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: 5 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • There are two entry routes to medicine:
    • A100 MBBS/BSc in Medicine (for undergraduates)
    • A109 MBBS in Medicine (for science graduates only)
  • Dual qualification for students on the A100 undergraduate programme, they obtain a BSc in addition to their MBBS.
  • The A109 programme is designed for those who have a science degree.
  • Direct contact with patients from the first term.
  • Courses are delivered through a combination teaching methods: lectures, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning and clinical experience.

Number of students on this course:

Around 330 places available.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The A100 programme duration is 6 years, and the A109 is a five-year course.
  • The A100 programme covers three main elements of the core course:
    • Scientific Basis of Medicine
    • Doctor and Patient
    • Clinical Experience
  • The modules are as follows:
    • Year 1 and 2:
      • Life Support System
      • Life Cycle and Regulatory Systems
      • Foundations of Clinical Practice
      • Clinical Experience
    • Year 3: Clinical Attachments
    • Year 4: BSC Degree
    • Year 5: Pathology unit
    • Year 6: clinical attachments, work experience attachments and elective.
  • The first two years of the Graduate Medicine programme focus on science and foundation clinical skills, with tailored opportunities to pursue research and scholarship. Years 3 to 5 follow years 3, 5 and 6 of the six-year programme, with students exempted from the BSc Honours year.

Course Content:

  • Year 1 and 2:
    • Introduction and orientation (2 weeks)
    • Molecules, Cells and Disease: molecular and cell biology, genetics, blood and blood-forming tissues, metabolism, infection, immunity, cell pathology, and cancer.
    • Life Support Systems: skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems, and the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum.
    • Life Cycle And Regulatory Systems: human life cycle, 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: communication skills, sociology, ethics, epidemiology in practice, and information technology.
    • Science and the Patient integrates the learning from the first two years with critical appraisal and data analysis.
    • Doctor and Patient: problem based-learning taught in small groups
    • Clinical experience: visits to a patient in their home to cover the modules:
      • Illness, health and disease; the experience of health and social care
  • Year 3:
    • Three 10-week clinical attachments with emphasis in:
      • General medicine
      • General surgery
      • Anaesthetics
      • Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
    • Core Learning is based on:
    • Medical or surgical takes
    • GP teaching: basic clinical skills/methods in general practice
    • Patient clerking: take the history and examine at least two patients each week and write up these case histories
    • Consultant teaching: key cases relating to the attachment
    • Problem-based learning
    • Lecture module: a continuation of systems and topics teaching
    • Other teaching: outpatient clinic teaching, theatre sessions, endoscopy sessions, and anaesthetics sessions
    • Three-week Doctor, Patient and Disease module
  • Year 4: BSC Degree
    • Modules and supervised research project or specialist module in an area of interest.
  • Year 5:
    • Clinical pathology followed by 10 clinical specialties:
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Paediatrics
    • Psychiatry
    • Oncology and Palliative Care
    • General Practice and Primary Health Care
    • Radiology
    • Infectious Diseases/GUM/HIV
    • Dermatology
    • Rheumatology
    • Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal Medicine
    • Critical care
    • Teaching skills
  • Year 6:
    • Seven three-week clinical attachments in:
      • Emergency Medicine
      • General Practice Student Assistantship
      • Cardiology
      • Neurology
      • Ears, Nose and Throat
      • 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 Pharamacology and Therapeutics

Teaching locations:

  • Charing Cross: based around Charing Cross Hospital, in Hammersmith
  • Chelsea and Westminster: medical teaching and research campus
  • Hammersmith: based around Hammersmith Hospital
  • Royal Brompton: based around the Royal Brompton Hospital
  • South Kensington: main College campus
  • St Mary’s: based around St Mary’s Hospital.

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • For students of Imperial Medical School, in year 4 of the six-year programme is for an BSc degree.
  • For students of another UK or Irish medical or veterinary school, you can apply to join for one year the School’s integrated BSc programme.
  • Intercalated BSc pathways
    • Cardiovascular Sciences
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    • Global Health
    • Haematology
    • Immunity and Infection
    • Management
    • Neuroscience and Mental Health
    • Pharmacology
    • Reproductive and Developmental Sciences
    • Respiratory Science
    • Surgery and Anaesthesia

Open day date:

  • Wednesday 22 June and Thursday 23 June 2016 – booking now open
  • Saturday 17 September 2016 – booking will open in late July 2016 

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 01 Oct 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 07 Jan 2017 – 24 Mar 2017
  • Summer Term: 29 Apr 2017 – 30 Jun 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • The Imperial College has the following postgraduate opportunities:
    • Master’s programmes:
      • Laboratory-based MRes: Biomedical Research, Cancer Biology, Experimental Neuroscience
      • Public Health Science Policy: Epidemiology (MSc), Health Policy (MSc), Healthcare and Design (MSc), Patient Safety (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert), Public Health (Master’s)
      • Clinical and Health Sciences: Allergy (MSc, PG Cert), Cardiorespiratory Nursing (MSc), Genomic Medicine (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert), Medical Ultrasound (MSc), Paediatrics and Child Health (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert), Preventive Cardiology (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert), Surgical Innovation (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert)
      • MSc with Laboratory Research Project: Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells – Novel Therapies (MSc, PG Cert), Human Molecular Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses, Molecular Medicine, Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Translational Neuroscience
      • Clinical Research: Diabetes and Obesity, Human Nutrition, Translational Medicine
      • Medical Engineering Research MRes: Medical Robotics and Image Guided Intervention
      • Medical Education: Surgical Education (MEd)
    • Postgraduate Research (PhD). Research themes:
      • Brain sciences
      • Cancer
      • Cardiovascular
      • Chronic disease epidemiology
      • Clinical trials and evaluation
      • Computational and systems medicine
      • Diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism
      • Infection, immunology and inflammation
      • Infectious disease epidemiology
      • Respiratory
      • Surgery and surgical technology

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Take the BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test)
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • UCAS Institution code: I50
    • Add the UCAS buzzword (to make it clear which school or college you are applying from)
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)
  • Getting a decision

Entry requirements:

A100 programme

  • A levels: AAA overall to be achieved in one sitting, and to include:
    • A in Chemistry
    • A in Biology
    • A in any third subject (excluding vocational subjects, General Studies and Critical Thinking)
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D2, D3, D3 or higher and must include Biology and Chemistry, and the third subject may be an additional science or mathematics.
  • IB: 38 points overall, including 6 in Biology and 6 in Chemistry at higher level with English, grade 5 at Standard level.
  • European Baccalaureate: must offer Chemistry and Biology. Minimum grades of 9.0 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85% is required overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in English.
  • Scottish Qualifications: You must offer Scottish Highers, or AS-Level and Advanced Highers, or A-Levels:
  • AAA grades in Advanced Highers or A-Levels, including Chemistry and Biology and one science or mathematics subject, and one additional subject at Scottish Higher or AS-Level.

A109 programme

  • 1 BSc or PhD in a biological subject that you will have knowledge of the basic physiology and biochemistry of mammalian cells and organs such as:
    • Biochemistry
    • Cell Biology
    • Physiology
    • Bioengineering
    • Biomedical Science
    • Pharmacology

Candidate Selection:

  • They receive over 2,000 applications for entry, interview about 750 candidates, and make approximately 480 offers for the A100 programme.
  • For the A109 course they receive over 800 applications, interview about 80 candidates, and make approximately 30 offers.
  • Invitations to an interview will be based on:
    • Content of your UCAS application
    • 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 guide for 2016 entry:
    • 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
    • If the applicant passes the first filter, then it will be passed to a member of the selection panel, who will decide whether or not to offer an interview.
    • The panel member 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

Interview procedure:

  • Interviews take place at the South Kensington Campus between December and March.
  • Is a fifteen-minute interview
  • The interview includes time for the panel to make its decision
  • The panel consists of a chairperson, two other members of the selection panel, a senior medical student and frequently a lay observer.
  • In the interview they will evaluate:
    • 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
  • Before the interview there is time to take a tour of the South Kensington Campus organized by medical students.
  • For the Graduate Medicine Programme, you will need to provide details of your previous degree course, and if you are yet to graduate you will need a letter from your course supervision.

Extra important information for candidates:

  • 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 receive a written response with the outcome and a formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS.
  • If you will be a pre-clinical medicine graduate from Oxford or Cambridge, you may apply to join the course.
    • You will join at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course.
    • You will not study for the BSc.

Admissions contacts:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • For students of Imperial Medical School, in year 4 of the six-year programme is for an BSc degree.
  • For students of another UK or Irish medical or veterinary school, you can apply to join for one year the School’s integrated BSc programme.


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