Quality of Education: the course is delivered through traditional and innovative methods of teaching.
Patient contact: you will have direct contact with patients from the first term.
Double Qualification: students will gain both a BSc and MBBS by completing the six-year degree programme.
Research: you will have the opportunity to develop skills in research techniques and methodology through a supervised research project.
YEARS 1 AND 2
During the first two weeks you will undertake an introduction and orientation to the undergraduate medical course and to the School of Medicine. This course includes study skills and information technology sessions, in addition to introductory sessions in the scientific basis of medicine and clinical practice.
Following the introductory sessions you will begin an integrated programme consisting of themes covering the three main elements of the core course: Scientific Basis of Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Clinical Experience.
Teaching comprises lectures, clinical demonstrations, tutorials, seminars, computer workshops, laboratory practical and clinical skills classes, and some problem-based learning.
Doctor and Patient
Doctor and Patient includes problem-based learning and personal and professional development and is taught in small groups throughout the first and second years.
Clinical experience in the first year is provided by the Patient Contact course. During the course students will pay a number of visits to a patient or a family in their home environment, and in a clinic setting, in order to explore the course topics: illness, health and disease; the experience of health and social care; and living with a long term condition. Patient visits are supplemented by small group work with practising GPs or hospital consultants.
This course is designed to enable you to understand health and illness from the perspective of patients, their families and carers, in a number of different settings.
In the second year you progress to your first hospital-based clinical attachment where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills to the care of patients.
This year consists of three 10-week clinical attachments, which may be at any of the hospitals associated with the School.
You also continue to study the systems and topics component of the course, begun in the first and second years, via a programme of live lectures and interactive online learning delivered alongside the clinical attachments.
The emphasis throughout is on the acquisition of core skills and knowledge in general medicine (including cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, neurology, oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, haematology, rheumatology and medicine for the elderly), general surgery (including gastrointestinal, breast and vascular surgery, and urology), anaesthetics, and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
Core learning is based on:
You will spend this year working towards the BSc by undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project or specialist course in an area of particular scientific/medical interest, leading to one of the degrees below.
BSc courses/title of award (BSc Honours)
Medical Sciences with one of:
The specialist courses currently on offer are:
Intercalated BSc courses
If you are studying in another UK medical school, you may obtain your BSc at Imperial via a one-year course in Year 4 of the Imperial MBBS course. The main eligibility requirements for undertaking an intercalated BSc at Imperial are that you:
For further information please send us an email.
There is a dedicated Pathology course at the start of the fifth year which covers essential clinical pathology followed by 10 clinical specialties:
The final year consists of:
Additional awards, such as Merits, Distinctions and Prizes may be available to candidates with good performance in summative assessments in each year.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are three A-levels, including Chemistry and/or Biology and one science or mathematics subject, and one additional subject at AS-level.
If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone at A-level, then the other is required at AS-level with at least a grade B.
Our normal offer is for grades AAA in three A-levels and B in the AS-level. The three A levels must be undertaken in the same academic year. For candidates offering four A-levels our normal offer is AAAC.
Vocational A and AS-levels are not acceptable and General Studies will not be accepted at any level.
All applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABB or above (in any order):
The Science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
EPQ: Please note that an EPQ cannot be used as part of the AS and A2 Level entry requirements.
BIOMEDICAL ADMISSIONS TEST (BMAT)
All candidates applying to the six-year course must take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application in order to be considered for interview.
You are required to register with BMAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the Admissions Testing Service for key dates and additional information.
Invitations to an interview will be based on:
BMAT cut-off scores are calculated each year, as a result of ranked candidate BMAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. As a result, the absolute BMAT cut-off changes each year. However, the BMAT cut-off scores from previous admissions cycles may be used as a guide.
For 2014 entry, the minimum scores required were:
The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer four Principal Subjects with grades of D3 or higher including Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The fourth subject may be either an additional Science or another Mathematics subject. Those taking a combination of Pre-U and A-Level subjects should contact the Medicine admissions team.
You will also be required to offer grades AAABB, in any order, in the following GCSEs:
The Science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A-level subjects you should contact the medicine admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve.
The International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. We require 38 points overall, including:
At least one of these subjects must be offered at Higher level. If either Biology or Chemistry is offered at Standard level, one other science or mathematical subject must be offered at Higher level.
We also require English, grade 5 at Standard level.
The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer Chemistry and Biology. Minimum grades of 9.0 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in English. Good passes at GCSE or at equivalent examinations are required in Physics, Mathematics and English Language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate.
Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Scottish Highers, or AS-Level and Advanced Highers, or A-Levels.
You must offer:
Advanced placement candidates must have a minimum of 3 AP tests, with the following grades: 5 in Chemistry, 5 in Biology, and 5 in Mathematics or any other science subject.
The School of Medicine accepts various other international qualifications for admission to medicine. For further information please contact the admissions team.
Foundation and access courses
We do not currently consider any foundation/access courses for entry to Medicine.
The School of Medicine welcomes applications from school leavers who wish to take a gap year. You must state in your UCAS personal statement how you propose to spend your time. Deferred entry applications from overseas applicants are not normally accepted.
We accept a small number of overseas students into the Medicine course each year. If you are offering academic qualifications other than those listed above you must supply full details direct to our Admissions Team.
Graduate students with appropriate science degrees should apply for the five-year Graduate Medicine MBBS, which does not include a BSc Year.
Graduates not fulfilling the above entry criteria are invited to apply for the six-year course. Such graduate students will not be exempt from any section of the MBBS/BSc course or examinations, including the BSc Year (Year 4). Such candidates are required to obtain at least upper second class honours in their first degree.
MBBS/BSc course Scholarships are open to school-leavers who have accepted a conditional or unconditional offer from the School of Medicine. Awarded for outstanding entrance interview performance/prize essay
MBBS/BSc Course - Widening Participation Students
Awarded to students who might otherwise be prevented from studying medicine by financial constraints, for outstanding entrance interview performance/prize essay.
MBBS Course - Graduate Entry Students
Awarded for for outstanding entrance interview performance/prize essay.
MBBS Course - Oxford and Cambridge Clinical Entry Students
For direct entrants to Year 3 of the course. Awarded for outstanding entrance interview performance/prize essay