About 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:

  • Notable Alumni


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  • is the oldest and largest College of the University of London
  • was founded in 1826 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 is consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. Currently UCL is 5th in the QS World University Rankings (2014/15) and 4th in Europe in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings (2014).
  • has a distinguished cadre of academic staff including 34 fellows of the Royal Society; former students/staff have included 21 Nobel Prize winners, 6 from Physiology and Medicine, including Huxley, Hill and Katz.
  • is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength. (REF2014)