Overview of the Medical School

  • St George’s, University of London is a Medical School located in South London; their distinctiveness is based on their exclusive focus on health sciences and medicine. They have three research institutes that focus on biomedical and scientific discovery, advancing the prevention and treatment of disease in the fields of population health, heart disease and infection. Students are immersed in a professional environment from day 1 since they share a campus with a teaching hospital.
  • Has its origins in 1733, and was the second institution in England to provide formal training courses for doctors. St George’s affiliated with the University of London soon after the latter’s establishment in 1836. In 1915, St George’s is the 1st University in London to admit female students during World War I.
  • Among its alumni, include: Patrick Christopher Steptoe (1930) who developed the technique of in vitro fertilization (IVF); Aubrey Leatham (1950) who implanted the first ’indwelling’ pacemaker in the UK and invented the ’Leatham stethoscope’; Mr Frank Chinegwundoh (1984), who has been awarded an MBE for his service to the NHS.

Campus and Facilities

  • Campus:
    • At the School of Medicine – St George’s
  • Facilities:
    • Simulation Centre: High-tech, computer-controlled mannequins accurately replicate a range of medical conditions including heart failure and lung problems.
    • Dissection facilities
    • Pathology Museum: collection of over 2000, pathological specimens
    • IT facilities: five computer suites housing 260 workstations with an app to identify free workstations available in real time.
    • Library facilities: more than 42,000 books, ebooks and multimedia resources. We subscribe to more than 10,000 journals, mostly electronic.

National and International Rankings

  • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 33 (2016)
  • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 28 (2016)
  • QS World ranking for medicine: ranked between 201-250
  • Times Higher Education for medicine: rank 94 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview

  • (A100) In St George’s the programme is underpinned by 4 main themes: basic and clinical sciences, patient and doctor, community and population health and personal and professional development.
  • These themes are delivered through 6 modules: Life Cycle; Life Protection; Life Support; Life Maintenance; Life Structure; and Life Control.
  • Year 1 and 2 of the A100 programme are seen in year 1 of A101 programme, and then students in the graduate entry – 4 years join A100 students in year 3.

Number of students on this course:

Intake into the MBBS5 programme differs from year to year. However, in 2015 our student intake was 147 Home/EU students.

Course Structure and Length:

  • Year 1 and 2: is emphasized on lectures, tutorials, group activities with short clinical and community-based placements.
    • Provide a thorough understanding of clinical science and first hand clinical experience through a range of placements.
  • Year 3: transition from clinical science to clinical practice
    • Three five-week clinical attachments (medicine, general practice and surgery) interspersed with problem-based learning and lectures to consolidate from your clinical experience.
  • Year 4: students rotate between 10-week clinical attachments in four specialties: Surgery & Surgical Specialities, Medicine & Medical Specialties, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Neurology & Psychiatry.
  • Year 5: deepen your understanding of different areas of clinical practice through assistantships where you shadow junior doctors.
    • You can arrange to undertake elective study abroad.

Course Content:

Year 1: 23 weeks “taught” and 2 weeks “clinical”


  • Broad introductory covering all modules, themes and teaching strands.
  • First two days in each of the first ten weeks involve interprofessional education
  • Life Support Module (Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems)
  • Life Maintenance Module (Endocrine and Alimentary Systems, Kidney and Body Fluids, Metabolism)


  • General practice and community visits
  • Good Medical Practice Clinical Attachment (Paediatrics and Geriatrics, Medicine, Surgery)

Year 2: 21 weeks “taught”, 4 “clinical” and 12 “self-directed”


  • Life Structure module (Musculoskeletal and Integument, Genetics)
  • Life Control module (Neuroscience and Psychiatry)
  • Life Cycle module (Inheritance, Reproduction, Growth, Ageing and Disability)
  • Life Protection module (Infection, Immunity, Mechanisms of Disease)


  • Good Medical Practice clinical placement


  • Student selected components; study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and to gain insight into possible careers

Year 3: transition – 18 weeks “Problem Solving”, 18 weeks “Clinical”, 6 weeks “Self-directed”, and 4 weeks “Clinical Assessment”

Problem Solving:

  • Life Support, Life Cycle
  • Life Control, Life Structure
  • Life Protection, Life Maintenance


  • Junior Medicine (6), or Junior Surgery (6) or General Practice/Primary Care (3) and Geriatrics (3)


  • Student selected components; study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and to gain insight into possible careers.

Year 4: clinical attachments (undertaken on rotation)

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (6 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Specialities (ENT, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology) (6 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (6 weeks)
  • Neurology/Disability/Stroke/Palliative care (6 weeks)
  • General Medicine/General Surgery including Cardiology (12 weeks)
  • Clinical Assessment (4 weeks)

Year 5: clinical attachments (undertaken on rotation)

  • Advanced Clinical Practice (1 week)
  • Student Selected Component (5 weeks)
  • Assistant House Officer attachments (five weeks each of Medicine and Surgery)
  • General Practice (5 weeks)
  • A&E and Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care and Anaesthetics (4 weeks)
  • Public Health (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Finals Assessment (5 weeks)
  • Elective (6 weeks)
  • F1 preparation (3 weeks)

Teaching locations:

  • At the School of Medicine – St George’s
  • Clinical teaching:
    • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
    • Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, Carshalton, London
    • Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston, Surrey
    • Croydon Health Sciences NHS Trust, Croydon, London
    • South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust

Integrated BSc opportunities:

  • In your fourth year you have the opportunity to undertake iBSc. You are supervised by academic and research staff in individual research laboratories.
  • Modules:
    • Biology of Cancer
    • Clinical Aspects of Birth Defects
    • Leadership in Disaster Medicine
    • Clinically Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy
    • Cloning, Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine
    • Therapeutics: protein to patient

Open day dates:

To attend an open day, you should book by completing the online form 2 months prior to each open day date

  • 04 June 2016
  • 30 July 2016
  • 10 September 2016

Tasters: besides an open date to get to know the campus, courses, etc, there are tasters courses. Year 12 prospective students can attend to sample university life, what it’s like to study medicine.

Term dates:

  • The University sends out the information about term dates at the beginning of June, regardless the result of the selection process.

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • August-September – Make an online application vita UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
    • You will have to provide:
      1. Full details of your Level 2 (GCSE equivalent qualifications) with grades
      2. Full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent qualifications) with achieved/predicted grades
      3. A personal statement
      4. An academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades
    • For the four-year Medicine MBBS (graduate entry) you must provide:
      1. Full details of your undergraduate education with achieved/predicted grades (and postgraduate qualifications, if applicable)
    • Institution code name is SGEO and the number S49
  • October – April: acknowledgement email and letter on receipt of your application are sent. Assessment of applications begins.
  • December-May: interviews are held. Decisions are published on UCAS Track and St George’s emails the outcome.
  • February – April: Offer holders are invited to attend a Taster Day on-site
  • June: The university sends out information about funding, courses, term dates and applying for halls.
  • End of August: welcome packs are sent containing enrolment and induction information

Entry requirements:

  • GCSEs
    • 416 points from the top eight subjects (equivalent to an average of grade A).
      • Points System:
        • A* = 58
        • A = 52
        • B = 46
        • C = 40
        • D = 34
        • E = 28
      • Subjects must include: English Language (minimum grade B), Maths and Dual Award or the three separate sciences.
  • A Levels or equivalent
    • A level: AAA, AS level: B in a fourth subject
    • A level: Three subjects to include Chemistry and/or Biology/Human Biology.
    • AS level: Four subjects to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology.
    • General Studies and Key Skills not accepted.
    • Mathematics and Further Mathematics (A level or AS level) studied in combination can be considered.
    • If your predicted/actual grades are between AABb and BBCb, your application will be considered in relation to the average A-Level point score per student at your school/college.
    • A levels must be completed within 2 years
  • Cambridge Pre-U Qualification
    • Grades: D3, D3, D3.
    • Three principle subjects to include Biology and Chemistry
    • An additional AS level at grade B or a Pre-U short course at grade M2 or above.
  • International Baccalaureate
    • Full award diploma
    • Overall score: 36 (not including Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay)
    • Higher level: Combined score of 18; must include at least two subjects at grade 6 or above including Biology and/or Chemistry
    • Standard level: Grade 5 or above in SL Mathematics and English, Grade 6 or above in SL Biology or Chemistry.
  • Other:
    • Scottish Highers:
      • Highers: AAA including Chemistry and/or Biology
      • Advanced Highers: AA including Chemistry and/or Biology
      • Subjects must include Chemistry and/or Biology.
      • English Language at Standard Grade 2 or higher is required.
  • Open University:
    • 120 units in total, including: Level 1: Exploring/Discovering Science module, 60 units; Level 2: Any other science based module, 30 units; Any other subject area (including humanities or arts) 30 units.
  • UCAT score: both the section score and the overall cut-off need to be met
    • Section score: 500
    • Overall score: the 2016 entry minimum has been set as 2,600

Candidate Selection

  • UCAT score: both the section score and the overall cut-off need to be met. As a guideline consider:
    • Section score: 500
  • Overall score: the 2016 entry minimum has been set as 2,600
  • UCAT results are used to select students for interview
    • In 2015, 571 Home/EU students were selected for interview
  • Decisions to make offers will be based on the interview score and the global UCAT.
  • UCAT is also used to rank the post-interview waiting list

Interview procedure

  • Interviews are held from December to April
  • There are in the format of multiple mini interviews (MMI)
  • An MMI combines traditional-style questions with task-based activities.
  • The interview consists of up to eight activities each lasting five minutes (40 minutes in total).
  • There are assessed the following key competencies:
    • Academic ability and intellect
    • Empathy
    • Initiative and resilience
    • Communication skills
    • Organization and problem solving
    • Team work
    • Insight and integrity
    • Effective learning style

Extra important information for candidates

  • Medical students at Oxford University and Cambridge University may apply for direct entry to the third year of our Medicine MBBS course through the Metropolitan Oxbridge Common Admissions Group (MOCAG) admissions scheme.
  • You can track your application process logging to UCAS, and St George’s emails the outcome of your application and whether you need to provide any supplementary information.
  • If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a Medicine Taster Course.

Admissions contacts:

  • General enquiries
    • Phone: +44 020 8672 9944
  • Admissions:

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