Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2019

Medicine MBBS BSc

This six-year programme includes an integrated BSc (except for graduate entrants with UK degrees), leading to the awards of Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The curriculum is centred on key health problems, clinical presentations and patient pathways. You will have clinical contact throughout with patients and doctors.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 6 years
Application deadline
15 October 2018
London, Bloomsbury
General Medical Council (GMC)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Biology and Chemistry required.
(contextual offer)
AAB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
Biology and Chemistry required at grades AA.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, each with minimum score 6. No score below 5.
(contextual offer)
36 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects with a minimum score of 6 in Chemistry and Biology and no score below 5.
Additional tests


UK applicants qualifications

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) from the College of West Anglia, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the credits in the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus Chemistry and Biology GCE A levels at grades A*AA.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • As a student of medicine at UCL you will be joining a prestigious medical school, part of the largest Academic Health Science Centre i(AHSC) n Europe.

  • Six former students and staff have been awarded Nobel Prizes. Medical advances have included the discovery of adrenaline, the immune system, the hormone aldosterone and auto-immune disease.

  • You will be taught by those at the forefront of international research and cutting-edge practice in medical sciences and clinical medicine.

  • Our location in central London provides access to exciting clinical attachments in a range of settings.


The MBBS is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) as a Primary Medical Qualification

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of compulsory modules. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken through both formative and integrated summative methods.

Your degree will follow a six-year programme inclusive of an integrated BSc (except for graduate entrants with UK degrees) leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

The MBBS programme aspires to educate the 'UCL Doctor': a highly competent and scientifically literate clinician who is equipped to practise patient-centred medicine in a constantly changing modern world and has a foundation in the basic medical and social sciences.

The MBBS at UCL is a six-year integrated programme of study. Each year comprises a number of themed integrated modules, focusing on:

Year 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1
Year 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2
Year 3: Integrated BSc
Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care
Year 5: The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice
Year 6: Preparation for Practice

Students who are already UK graduates are exempt from the integrated BSc and will move directly from year two to year four.

Clinical and Professional Practice (CPP) modules run 'vertically' across the entire MBBS programme.

There are 16 CPP modules organised into three groupings: Integrated Clinical and Professional Practice (including: Anatomy and Imaging, Cinical Skills and Practical Procedures, Pathological Sciences, Use of Medicines and Use of Evidence); Overarching Themes (including: Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Ethics and Law and Clinical Communication); and Student-centred Learning, Person-centred Learning. 

Students may choose Student Selected Components (SSCs) in years one, two and six and in the elective period in year six. SSCs allow students to pursue special interests and develop a range of generic skills. They include choices in science, research, the arts, and humanities and languages.

For highly motivated and especially able students there is the opportunity to obtain a PhD in addition to the BSc and MBBS degrees. A small number of students are selected each year for the MBPhD programme. Selection takes place during year four of the programme.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1

In addition to the Clinical and Professional Practice vertical modules, year one is arranged as a series of consecutive modules, each based on a physiological system. 

These modules are:

Foundations of Health and Medical Practice
Infection and Defence
Circulation and Breathing
Fluids, Nutrition and Metabolism

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2

Year two is organised in a similar way to year one, with both vertical and system-based consecutive modules.

The modules are:

Movement and Musculoskeletal Biology
Neuroscience and Behaviour
Endocrine Systems and Regulation
Development, Genetics and Cancer

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; and Surgical Sciences.

Integrated Clinical Care

This year is divided into four parts. It begins with a three-week introductory module in clinical methods followed by 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 (University College London Hospital, Royal Free Hospital and the Whittington Hospital) 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.

Clinical and Professional Practice teaching will occur throughout the year in a wide range of topics relevant to integrated patient care. 

The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice

Following a one-week introductory module, year five comprises 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).

Clinical and Professional Practice learning takes place in both dedicated teaching sessions and in learning activities embedded in the core modules throughout the year. These sessions cover topics relevant to the life cycle and specialist practice and include a patient-centred care pathway.

Preparation for Practice

The final year involves a 16-week clinical placement at a district general hospital addressing all areas of practice (medicine, surgery, specialist practice and emergency care); an assistantship where you will share the work of a named FY1 doctor; plus a four-week GP placement. Students also maintain a portfolio of workplace-based assessments and complete required coursework during their placement.

After completion of the final examinations in March, students return to complete an eight-week elective period usually, but not exclusively, spent overseas, and a final four-week ‘Preparation for Practice’ SSC designed to orient them towards future work in the Foundation Programme.

Your learning

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the programme. These include: small group activities, lectures, self-paced and computer-assisted learning, practical work, patient and community-based activities, and private study. Anatomy and imaging are taught through a combination of dissection, prosection and computer simulation. You will also learn from a range of healthcare professionals and patients during placements.


You will be assessed using a wide range of methods, including single-best-answer questions, data interpretation, practical examinations, clinical examinations, workplace-based assessment and a comprehensive portfolio. The integrated BSc year will be assessed partly through a research project and also using your marks from years one and two.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Medicine MBBS BSc.


The programme integrates basic medical sciences and clinical sciences with professional skills and competencies throughout the programme. The integrated BSc enhances key generic skills including independent learning, critical thinking, scholarly writing and scientific method.

Your medical degree opens up a structured career framework and a wealth of opportunities. You will have access to the UCL Careers Service, and to specialist help and advice through the Careers and Foundation Transition Committee of the Medical School.

The two-year foundation programme for medical graduates offers the opportunity to gain insight into possible career options or to build a wider appreciation of medical practice before embarking on specialist training.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • FY1/F1 Junior Doctor (Foundation Year 1), Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • FY1/F1 Junior Doctor (Foundation Year 1), Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trus
  • FY1/F1 Junior Doctor (Foundation Year 1), University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Academic Foundation Doctor, Borders General Hospital (NHS)
  • FY1/F1 Junior Doctor (Foundation Year 1), Basildon Hospital (NHS)

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2014-2016 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£33,650 (2018/19) - Fixed fees for Overseas students do not apply for this programme. Overseas students entering in Year 1 pay fees in 5 annual instalments of 33,650 (2 x 22,620 plus 3 x 41,003). Continuing Overseas students transferring in will pay 41,003 per year, which represents the clinical rate for the later years of the MBBS programme. All fees are subject to annual increases of up to 5%.

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Entry to medicine at UCL is very competitive so it is wise to follow the advice given on the UCL Medical School website about how to get the most out of your application. In addition to submitting your UCAS application you are required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT—see www.admissionstestingservice.org for more details).

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 October 2018


We seek candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Academic qualifications are important but considerable weight is also given to your BMAT scores, personal statement, referee's report, steps you have taken to gain insight into a medical career, community activities, general education and, if invited, your performance at the interview.

At the interview you will have the opportunity to see UCL and the Medical School and to talk with students and staff about what it is like to study here.

Previous study of chemistry and biology is required.

All students offered a place will need to demonstrate that they are fit for the programme by providing information in collaboration with their GP. All students will also be required to undergo a police check (through the Disclosure and Barring Service for UK students).

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.