UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.


Admissions Tutor

Dr Brenda Cross

Email: medicaladmissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0841

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Faculty overview:

Faculty of Medical Sciences

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UCL Medical School

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise

70%: Other hospital-based clinical subjects; 50%: Primary care and other community-based clinical subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
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Medicine MBBS BSc

UCAS code: A100

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.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA
Subjects 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.
GCSEs 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

Points 39
Subjects 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.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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.

Your degree will follow a six-year programme inclusive of an integrated BSc (year 3, 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.

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.

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).

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
Vertical courses

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
Vertical courses

Year Three

Scientific Method in Depth (integrated BSc)

A wide range of integrated BSc degree programmes is available. Examples include: Global Health; Medical Physics and Bioengineering; 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 course 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.

Further details on 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:

  • Junior Doctor, NHS Queen’s Hospital (2012)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One), the Lister Hospital (2012)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One), Bristol Royal Infirmary (2011)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One), Royal Gwent Hospital (2011)
  • Doctor (Foundation Year One), Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

Entry to medicine at UCL is very competitive so it is wise to follow the advice given on the 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.bmat.org.uk 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.


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).

Video: applying to UCL through UCAS

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£29,900 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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