Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

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 centres on key health problems, clinical presentations and patient pathways. You will have clinical contact throughout with patients and doctors.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Medicine MBBS BSc
UCAS code
6 years
Application deadline
15 October 2015
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
322 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
8 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Biology and Chemistry required, with A* in one of these subjects.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C 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 with one at grade 7 and the other at grade 6, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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 with one at D2

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 with A1 in one of these subjects.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades A*A. Chemistry and Biology required.

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

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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 an important and prestigious medical school, which is part of the largest academic health science centre in Europe.
  • Six former students and staff have been awarded Nobel Prizes and medical advances have included the discovery of adrenaline, the immune system, the hormone aldosterone and auto-immune disease.
  • Your time at UCL will be greatly enhanced by being taught by those at the forefront of international research in the basic medical sciences and clinical medicine.
  • Our location in central London provides access to exciting clinical attachments in a range of settings.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

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

The programme includes a series of 'horizontal courses' incorporating the vertical themes (e.g. scholarship and science, social determinants of health, patient safety, professionalism, use of medicines). Student-selected components (SSCs) in a variety of topics (including languages, arts, humanities and teaching) also form a compulsory part of the programme.

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 MB PhD programme; selection takes place during the integrated BSc year (year three) or during year two for graduate entrants.

Year One

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1

Year One courses:
Circulation and Breathing
Fluids, Nutrition and Metabolism
Foundations of Health and Medical Practice
Infection and Defence

Clinical and Professional Practice

Year Two

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2

Year Two courses:
Cancer Biology
Endocrine Systems and Regulation
Movement and Musculoskeletal Biology
Neuroscience and Behaviour
Reproduction, Genetics and Development

Clinical and Professional Practice

Year Three

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 Four

Integrated Clinical Care

This year is divided into four parts: a short foundation of workplace-based and patient-centred learning courses followed by three long courses based in hospitals and associated community and GP settings.

Year Five

Life Cycle

You will continue to integrate your developing knowledge and understanding of clinical sciences and clinical practice, with the focus on the lifecycle. A large part of the year is dedicated to beginnings of life, through women's health and child health, but a substantial amount of time is also spent learning about family health and brain and behaviour.

Final Year

Preparation for Practice

The final year aims to ensure students think and act like doctors. The year includes a 16-week clinical attachment across a range of settings including student assistantships in general practice and a district general hospital, where students will assist a foundation doctor in caring for patients. The attachment includes a period in medicine, surgery and emergency care. There will be three four-week student-selected components and eight weeks of elective study in the UK or overseas.

Your learning

You will be taught through lectures, tutorials and small-group work, and laboratory classes. Anatomy is taught through a combination of dissection, prosection and computer simulation. Later years will involve attachment to teams of consultants and doctors, with the final year focusing on intensive clinical experience.


You will be assessed by methods including single best answer questions, data interpretation and objective structured practical examinations and objective structured clinical examinations supplemented with portfolios. The integrated BSc year will be assessed partly through the completion of a research project and 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 UCL's 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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Doctor (Foundation Year One) at University College London Hospitals (2013)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One) at Cambridge University Hospitals (2013)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (2012)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One) at Darent Valley Hospital (2012)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One) at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals (2011)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£31,720 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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 2015


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. Those also offering a contrasting arts subject will be looked on favourably.

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