Overview of the Medical School

  • The medical school of Queen Mary University of London is Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Formed in 1995 by the merger of the London Hospital Medical College (the first school to be granted an official charter for medical teaching in 1785) and the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital (the oldest hospital in the UK, having been founded in 1123) and Queen Mary and Westfield College.
  • The school has 6 research institutes: Barts Cancer Institute, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Institute of Dentistry, Institute of Health Sciences Education, William Harvey Research Institute which focus on biochemical pharmacology, orthopaedic diseases, endocrinology, genomics, clinical pharmacology and translational medicine and therapeutics. And Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine.
  • Among Queen Mary notable alumni are: James Parkinson first to describe Parkinson’s Disease, Sir James Paget Surgeon and founder of scientific medical pathology, William John Little pioneer of orthopaedic surgery, John Hunter (The Hunterian Society is named in his honour), William Harvey First person to describe circulation, and John Langdon Down first to describe Down syndrome, a genetic disorder named after him.

Campus and Facilities:

  • Campus: based in the City of London and east London
    • Mile End
    • West Smithfield (site of St Bartholomew’s Hospital)
    • Whitechapel (site of the Royal London Hospital)
  • Facilities:
    • Teaching institutions: St Bartholomew’s Hospital and The London Hospital Medical College
    • The Blizard building: research facility and a 400-seat lecture theatre
    • The Francis Bancroft Building: three lecture theatres with IT facilities and multiuser laboratories
    • Garrod Building: teaching rooms for PBL sessions as well as larger lecture theatres, computing facilities and the Student Office.
    • Learning Landscape: take place practical sessions on anatomy
    • Clinical and Communications Skills Centre
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 6 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 4 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 51-100 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: rank 75 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • For studying medicine you can apply for the five year A100-standard course or the A101 medicine programme for graduate entrants.
  • The main teaching methods of the programme includes: Practical sessions, communication skills, project work, and Problem-based Learning (PBL).

Number of students on this course:

Around 253 students in each year and 40 for the A101 programme

Course Structure and Length:

  • The course duration is 5 years.
  • The programme is divided into 3 phases:
    • Phase 1 – Body in Health (Year 1 and Year 2), Mechanisms of Disease (Year 1 and Year 2)
    • Phase 2 – Clinical Basis of Medicine (Year 3 and Year 4)
    • Phase 3 – Preparation for Practice (Year 5)
  • For the A101 4-year Graduate Entry programme, phase 1 is covered in year 1, phase 2 in years 2 and 3 and phase 3 in year 4.
  • The curriculum is taught in a series of modules which are based on body systems which, in turn, encompass various scientific and medical themes. Each system is visited a minimum of three times during the programme.
  • Collaborative learning through a programme of Problem Based Learning scenarios (PBLs) is encouraged. In addition, learning is facilitated by a programme of lectures, workshops and other group activities.

Course Content:

  • Phase 1 – Years 1 and 2
    • Taught via a series of systems-based modules which introduce the basic biological sciences and address key topics including:
      • Normal biological structure and function of cells
      • Organs and body systems
      • The effect of illness on people and their families
      • Impact of environmental and social factors on health.
    • Students take five systems-based modules and three student selected components (SSCs) each year.
    • Regular patient contact is a key feature of these early years.
  • Phase 2 – Years 3 and 4:
    • Students return to the medical school for teaching weeks and assessments as well as being introduced to clinical medicine through placements in teaching hospitals.
      • Apply knowledge and skills acquired during Phase 1: work alongside clinical teams both in the hospital and also within community placements.
      • All students complete three SSCs a year, which are based around clinical scenarios, patient interviews and history taking and associated issues surrounding their chosen patient.
  • Phase 3 – Year 5:
    • Students are placed in the hospital and firm where they will be based for their FY1 training – they shadow the current FY1 doctor.
    • Community placements include GP surgeries.
    • Students complete their SSC programme, which may include spending time in a specialty.
    • Throughout the year, students return to the medical school for a teaching programme and individual sessions in communication skills teaching and simulated patient scenarios.
    • Students may complete their Intermediate Life Support qualification.
    • On successful completion of final examinations, students complete a four-week elective and this is followed by a further four-week hospital placement shadowing the FY1 doctor they will be replacing following graduation.

Teaching locations:

  • Teaching takes place on three campuses: Mile End, West Smithfield (site of St Bartholomew’s Hospital) and Whitechapel (site of the Royal London Hospital)
  • Clinical Studies: associated teaching hospitals:
    • The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel
    • St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London
    • Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone, London
    • Newham University Hospital, Newham, London
    • Homerton University Hospital, Homerton, London
    • Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex
    • Southend University Hospital, Southend, Essex
    • Colchester University Hospital, Colchester, Essex
    • The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex
    • Queens Hospital, Romford, Essex
    • King George Hospital, Romford, Essex

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • Applications to study for an Intercalated Degree will be considered from post 2nd/3rd/4th year Medical.
  • Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.
  • There are 11 intercalated courses available:
    • Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials (iBSc)
    • Experimental Pathology (iBSc)
    • Global Public Health (iBSc)
    • Infectious Disease and Epidemiology (iBSc)
    • Medical Education (iBSc)
    • Molecular Medicine (iBMedSci)
    • Molecular Therapeutics (iBMedSci)
    • Neuroscience (iBSc)
    • Oral Biology (iBSc)
    • Pre-hospital Medicine (iBSc)
    • Sports and Exercise Medicine (iBSc) 

Open day dates:

To attend an open day, you should book by completing the online form at each college:

  • Tuesday 19th July
  • Friday 22nd July

Term dates:

  • Semester 1: 26 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Semester 2: 09 Jan 2017 – 31 Mar 2017
  • Semester 3 – revision week: 24 Apr 2017 – 28 Apr 2017
  • Semester 3: 02 May 2017 – 09 Jun 2017


MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • Institution code: Q50
    • Campus code: W
  • Interview: around 800 applicants each year

Entry requirements:

  • Three A-levels at AAA
    • Chemistry or Biology
    • Another Science or Maths (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Mathematics
  • GCSE level, at grades AAABBB or above (in any order) to include biology (or human biology), chemistry, English language and mathematics (or additional mathematics or statistics). The science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
  • IB: 38 points, with minimum of 6 points in the Higher Level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher Level subject.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 at Higher Level including A1 in chemistry and biology.
  • Scottish Highers: at grades AAA, including biology and chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including chemistry and/or biology.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including biology and/or chemistry.
  • European Baccalaureate: minimum 8.5 are required (must offer chemistry and biology) and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall.
  • Graduate students applying for the five-year programme:
    • Apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.
    • There must have been a component of biology and chemistry in your degree programme, at least equivalent to AS-level. 

Candidate Selection:

  • 2,500 applications are received each year, about 800 candidates are interview, approximately 440 offers are made, and 253 students will be admitted.
  • Overall score within the third decile range or above in the UCAT and meet the minimum academic entry criteria will be given a score for their UCAS tariff based on achieved/predicted grades for all ‘tariffable’ criteria.
  • Candidates will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 410 or more.
    • Must be achieved from the main scoring Academic acceptable criteria: 50% of the weighting will be on Tariff and 50% on the UCAT score.
  • UCAS tariff is made up of a number of academic and non-academic qualifications.
  • They will calculate the tariff for all tariffable qualifications listed on your UCAS application including those that are not taken into consideration for meeting our minimum academic requirements e.g. An AS or A Level in General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Interview procedure:

  • Interviews take place at the Whitechapel campus between January and March
  • Short interview and normally interview panels consist of two members of senior academic or clinical staff, a medical student and sometimes a lay selector.
  • It will evaluate:
    • Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
    • Show initiative, resilience and maturity
    • Work well as part of a team
    • Be well organized and demonstrate problem solving abilities
    • Likely contribution to university life
    • Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations
  • After your interview, you will have a chance to take a tour of the Whitechapel campus organized by medical students.
  • Decisions are made when all the interviews have been completed. The formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS at the same time.
  • There are 3 possible outcomes: an offer, waiting list or rejection

Extra important information for candidates:  

  • Queen Mary University of London welcomes enquiries and applications from anyone wishing to take part in the UCAS Extra Scheme.
    • Extra: If you find yourself without an offer, and you have used all five choices already, Extra helps you to have an additional choice through UCAS.
    • The Extra procedure operates from mid-March to the end of June.
  • If you are in “waiting list” after the interview, means candidates who are unplaced elsewhere may be reconsidered after the summer examination results.
  • For unsuccessful applications after the interview, feedback is available upon request and it may take up to 20 working days to respond.
  • As a guideline, for the 2015 admissions cycle, the top and bottom UCAT scores that received offers this year was 3,150 and 2,670 respectively.

Admissions contacts:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • There are 11 intercalated courses available:
    • Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials (iBSc)
    • Experimental Pathology (iBSc)
    • Global Public Health (iBSc)
    • Infectious Disease and Epidemiology (iBSc)
    • Medical Education (iBSc)
    • Molecular Medicine (iBMedSci)
    • Molecular Therapeutics (iBMedSci)
    • Neuroscience (iBSc)
    • Oral Biology (iBSc)
    • Pre-hospital Medicine (iBSc)
    • Sports and Exercise Medicine (iBSc)
  • Keep posted on the dates of the Intercalated degrees recruitment fair and the closing dates for applications


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