History of UCL Medical School

UCL Medical School

UCL Medical School has emerged from the amalgamation of a number of prestigious institutions over a period of some years. These are the medical schools of the Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. These organisations combine a rich past in the history of science and medicine with advanced clinical practice. Associated with the Medical School are several world-famous medical institutions which are now Institutes in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. Staff from these Institutes design and deliver the MBBS programme together with colleagues from UCL Faculty of Life Sciences.

  • University College Hospital Medical School merged with the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1987 and the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in 1998
  • The Middlesex Hospital started training doctors in 1746
  • University College Hospital opened in 1834 and was the only one in London to be built to provide a university faculty with a hospital for teaching purposes
  • The Royal Free was the first medical school to admit women students
  • Associated with the Medical School are numerous world famous 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) and the Institute of Ophthalmology (Moorfields Eye Hospital).


  • is the oldest and largest College of the University of London
  • was founded in 1828 with Medicine as one of its foundation faculties
  • was the first to admit women on equal terms with men
  • is a truly multi-faculty university, teaching diverse subjects from Fine Art at the Slade School through Architecture and Egyptology to Neuroscience and Medicine
  • is one of the world’s very best universities, and isconsistently placed in the global 25 in a wide range of world rankings
  • has a distinguished cadre of academic staff including34 fellows of the Royal Society; former students/staff have included 21 Nobel Prize winners, 6 from Physiology and Medicine, including Huxley, Hill and Katz.
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