Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

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

UCAS code
6 years
Application deadline
15 October 2016
Applications per place
7 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
322 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Medicine subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Biology and Chemistry required, with A* in one of these subjects.
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 Skills Challenge Certificate with grade A, plus Chemistry and Biology GCE A levels at grades A*A.

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, 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 and cutting-edge practice in the basic medical sciences and clinical medicine.
  • Our location in central London provides access to exciting clinical attachments in a range of settings.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL Medical School.

  • 80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year.

Your degree will follow a six-year programme inclusive of an integrated BSc (leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)).

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

The MBBS at UCL is a 6-year, integrated programme of study with each year comprising of a number of themed integrated modules focused on:

Year 1: Fundamentals of clinical science 1
Year 2: Fundamentals of clinical sciences 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 move directly from year 2 to year 4.

Running through the programme are the vertical modules known as Clinical and Professional Practice (CPP). These include: Student centred learning and patient centred learning, the portfolio, the patient pathways, the integrated vertical strands, anatomy and imaging, clinical skills and practical procedures, pathological sciences, use of evidence, use of medicines, the overarching themes, mental health, social determinants of heath, synthesis and professional practice (including Ethics & Law and Clinical Communication).

Elements of choice for students include Student Selected Components (SSCs) in years 1, 2 and 6 and in the elective period in year 6. SSCs allow students to pursue special interests and develop a range of generic skills and include underpinning 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 MB PhD 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.

The modules are:
Foundations of Health and Medical Practice
Infection and Defence
Circulation and Breathing
Fluids, Nutrition and Metabolism

The vertical modules include teaching and learning sessions in a wide range of topics relevant to clinical and professional practice.

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

The vertical modules again include teaching and learning sessions in a wide range of topics relevant to clinical and professional practice.

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.

Integrated Clinical Care

This year is divided into four parts. It begins with a three-week introductory course 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 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. The vertical modules include teaching and learning sessions in a wide range of topics relevant to integrated care and clinical and professional practice and include a patient-based cancer patient pathway throughout the year.

The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice

Following a one-week introductory module, Year 5 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). The vertical modules include teaching and learning sessions in a wide range of topics relevant to the life cycle and specialist practice and more generally to clinical and professional practice and include a patient-based patient pathway throughout the year.

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, 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. After completion of the final examinations in March, students return to an eight week elective period usually, but not exclusively, spent overseas, and a final four weeks of study; completing a ?preparation for practice? SSC of their choice designed to orientate them to future work in the Foundation programme.

Your learning

A variety of teaching and learning methods includes small group activities, lectures, self-paced and computer assisted learning, practical work, patient- and community-based activities and private study. Anatomy and Imaging is 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 and a comprehensive portfolio. The integrated BSc year will be assessed partly through a research project and a contribution of 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 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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Doctor at NHS White Cross Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Doctor, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Academic Foundation Doctor, Oxford University Hospitals
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One), Pennine Acute Care
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One), Birmingham Children's Hospital

*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.

UK/EU students
£TBC (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£32,670 (2017/18) - overseas students entering in Year 1 pay the fees in five annual instalments of 32,670 (2 x 21,960 plus 3 x 39,810). Continuing Overseas students transferring in will pay 39,810 per year, which represents the clinical rate for the later years of the MBBS programme. Fees shown are at 2017/18 prices and are subject to the annual increases which are applied to all UCL fees.

UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at 9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current 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 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 2016


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

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