Overview Description of the Medical School

  • The University College London was founded in 1828 with Medicine as one of its foundation faculties. The currently medical school was established in 2008 following mergers between UCLH Medical School and the medical school of the Middlesex Hospital (in 1987) and The Royal Free Hospital Medical School (in 1998).
  • Associated with the Medical School are clinical and research institutions, including:
    • The Institute of Child Health (Great Ormond Street)
    • The Institute of Neurology (The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery)
    • The Ear Institute (The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital)
    • The Institute of Ophthalmology (Moorfields Eye Hospital).
  • Among UCL notable alumni, are Anita Harding, neurologist who co-authored the first paper which identified pathogenic mitochondrial DNA mutation in human disease, Donald Jeffries a leading expert on HIV, Bernard Ribeiro former President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2005–08), Sydney Ringer, best known for inventing Ringer’s solution, and Deborah Doniach, leading expert on auto-immune diseases.

Campus and Facilities:

  • Campus:
    • Bloomsbury campus
    • Royal Free campus
    • Whittington campus
  • Facilities:
    • Clinical Facilities
    • Teaching laboratories
    • Lecture theatres
    • Libraries 
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 4 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 3 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 9 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: rank 4 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • For studying medicine you can apply for the the A100-standard course (6 year programme).
  • Graduates admitted follow the same programme of study as the undergraduate students, except that they will complete the course in five years instead of six, since the iBSc year (Year 3) is waived.

Number of students on this course:

Around 322 students in each year.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The course duration is 6 years.
    • Fundamentals of Clinical Sciences (year 1 & 2)
    • Scientific method in depth – iBSc (year 3)
    • Integrated clinical care (year 4)
    • Life cycle (year 5)
    • Preparation for practice (year 6)
  • Each module is based around a physiological system; provides integrated teaching across disciplines; is integrated with the learning within the vertical modules; and is designed to build on knowledge and skills learnt in previous modules.
  • Vertical modules:
    • Patient centered learning, student centered learning
    • Integrated clinical and professional practice
    • Overarching Themes
    • And at end an assessment

Course Content:

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Science
    • Modules:
      • Foundations of Health and Medical Practice
      • Infection and Defence
      • Circulation and Breathing
      • The vertical modules include teaching and learning sessions in a wide range of topics relevant to clinical and professional practice.
  • Year 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Science
    • Modules:
      • Movement and Musculoskeletal Biology
      • Neuroscience and Behaviour
      • Endocrine Systems and Regulation
      • Development, Genetics and Cancer
  • The vertical modules again include teaching and learning sessions in a wide range of topics relevant to clinical and professional practice.
  • Year 3: Scientific Method in Depth (integrated BSc)
    • A wide range of integrated BSc degree programmes are available, for example in: Global Health; Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering; Neuroscience; Orthopaedic Science; Paediatrics and Child Health; Pharmacology; Physiology; Surgical Sciences.
  • Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care
    • Three-week introductory course in clinical methods
    • Three twelve-week integrated modules of clinical placements, each preceded by a related core teaching week.
      • The clinical attachments are largely, but not exclusively, spent at the three main University NHS Trusts and in the community.
      • The clinical attachments for all students address integrated clinical care and cover acute care and hospital admissions, hospital based care, outpatient care and community based care in medical, surgical and mental health domains.
      • The vertical modules include teaching and learning sessions and include a patient-based cancer patient pathway throughout the year.
  • Year 5: The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice
    • One-week introductory module
    • Three twelve-week integrated modules of clinical placements, each preceded by a related core teaching week.
      • These modules are themed around the lifecycle: Child and Family Health with Dermatology, Women’s and Men’s Health, Ageing and Palliative Care, plus a brief rotation in a range of clinical specialities (cancer medicine, ENT, ophthalmology and adult psychiatry).
    • The vertical modules include teaching and learning sessions in a wide range of topics relevant to the life cycle
  • Year 6: Preparation for Practice
    • 16-week clinical placement at a District General Hospital addressing all areas of practice (medicine, surgery, specialist practice, emergency care)
    • An assistantship where you will share the work of a named FY1 doctor, plus a four-week GP placement.
    • After completion of the final examinations in March, students return to an eight week elective period usually, but not exclusively, spent overseas
    • Final four weeks of study; completing a preparation for practice SSC of their choice designed to orientate them to future work in the Foundation programme.

Teaching locations:

  • Campus:
    • Bloomsbury campus: main clinical facilities University College Hospital (UCH)
    • Royal Free campus: site of the Royal Free Hospital
    • Whittington campus: site of the Whittington Hospital
  • Clinical Teaching:
    • Also takes place in other prestigious Foundation Trusts, Associated University Hospitals, District General Hospitals, and in a range of general practice and community settings.

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • UCL medical students are required to take an integrated BSc (year 3 of the programme) as a compulsory part of their 6 year MBBS programme after completion of Year 2 of the MBBS.

Open day dates:

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

  • Friday, 17 June
  • Saturday, 18 June
  • Saturday, 10 September

Also, you are welcome to visit UCL on any weekday between 10am–4pm and follow our self-guided tour.

Term dates:

  • First Term: 26 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Second Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 24 Mar 2017
  • Third Term: 24 Apr 2017 – 09 Jun 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • Are 4 programmes available for healthcare professionals:
    • Training to teach course
    • Continuing Professional Development: master level modules, foundation year training, individual assistance for those who wish to apply for membership at the Higher Education Academy, seminars and conferences.
    • Masters
    • Research degrees


MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Check eligibility – entry requirements
  • Complete UCAS application
    • Complete and on time applications will be considered
  • Register to take the BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test)
    • Test is held the 1st week of November
  • UCAS application and BMAT scores are used to select candidates for interview

Entry requirements:

  • GCSEs:
    • Grade B or above in both English language and Mathematics
  • GCE A Levels:
    • A*AA to include Chemistry and Biology (with the A* grade being in either Chemistry or Biology).
  • International Baccalaureate:
    • Three subjects including Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level, plus three subjects at Standard Level.
    • The grade requirement for the diploma is 39 points out of 45 overall.
    • The grades for the three Higher subjects must make up at least 19 points and must include Biology and Chemistry, with one of these subjects at grade 7 and the other at 6.
    • Scores below 5 in any subject are not acceptable.
  • Graduate Entry:
    • Graduates or students in their final year of degree studies
    • Obtain at least an upper second-class Honours (2.1) degree
    • A-level Chemistry and Biology (or IB equivalent)
    • ABB grades in A-levels taken prior to their first degree (or IB Higher Levels with scores of 6,5,5).
    • For A-levels taken after their degree we will expect grade A* or A (or IB Higher Levels with scores of 7 or 6).

Candidate Selection:

  • Around 2,500 applications are received each year, up to 700 applicants are selected for interview and are accepted 322 (of which 24 are reserved for overseas students)
  • Candidates are invited to interview in order of priority and we continue interviewing until we run out of places
  • Factors are taken into account when deciding which candidates to interview:
    • Predicted and actual grades
    • Evidence of independent learning skills (qualifications such as EPQ, extra- curricular reading and research, etc.
    • Previous experience
    • Demonstration of motivation to study Medicine and an appropriate attitude
    • Other interests
    • Evidence of teamwork, leadership and communication skills
    • BMAT scores

Interview procedure:

  • Are invited on a weekday morning or afternoon
  • The visit includes:
    • Talk by the Admissions Tutor
    • Opportunity to speak with current medical students
    • Interview
    • Student-led campus tour
  • Interviews last between 15-20 minutes
  • Interviews are conducted by a panel of 2-3 interviewers, including clinical and basic medical science staff, a senior medical student or ‘lay’ interviewer.
  • Interviewers score the candidate for the following qualities:
  • Intellectual potential (intellectual curiosity and robustness)
  • Motivation for (and understanding of) a career in medicine
  • Awareness of scientific and medical issues
  • Ability to express and defend opinions, which may include discussion of BMAT essay topic
  • Attitude, including factors such as flexibility, integrity, conscientiousness
  • Individual strengths (e.g. social, musical, sporting interests or activities)
  • Communication skills (verbal and listening skills)

Extra important information for candidates:

  • Re-applicants are not reconsidered: an applicant who has previously been unsuccessful following interview in a previous application cycle.
  • The interview season begins in December and runs through March: candidates normally being given two weeks notice.
  • The outcome of the interview is usually sent to the candidate within two weeks

Admissions contacts:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 020 3108 8228/8235
  • Contact:
    • Admissions Tutor for MBBS – Dr Sarah Bennett
    • Principal Admissions Officer – Dr Caroline Aspinwall
    • Admissions Officer – Mrs Amy Davis

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • During Year 3 of the programme, iBSc is taken, it allows students to pursue an individual subject, of their choice with a strong emphasis on undertaking an extended research study.
  • During Year 2, students need to apply for the iBSc programme they will undertake in Year 3.
  • Programmes:
    • Anatomy, Cell, & Developmental Biology
    • Cardiovascular Science
    • Clinical Sciences
    • Global Health
    • History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine
    • Human Genetics & Genomics
    • Immunology, Infection & Cell Pathology
    • Medical Anthropology
    • Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
    • Neuroscience
    • Orthopaedic Science
    • Paediatrics & Child Health
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology & Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Policy, Communication & Ethics
    • Primary Health Care
    • Psychology
    • Surgical Sciences
    • Women’s Health


  • The programme is only available to students who are currently undertaking a Primary Medical Qualification (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent) at a UK Medical School.
  • Programme:
    • The PhD is intercalated between the first and latter two years of clinical training.
    • Students will enter the clinical component of the programme (MBBS Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care)
    • After completion of MBBS Year 4, MBPhD students divert to full-time research studies (PhD) for a period of three years.
    • During the research component, a regular clinical teaching programme keeps students’ clinical skills and knowledge up-to-date.
    • Re-entry into the MBBS Years 5 & 6 is contingent on submission of the PhD.
    • Students will graduate with a UCL M.B B.S. and UCL PhD.

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