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Applying to UCL Medicine MBBS after the UPC

We don’t consider UPCSE applicants who want to apply to UCL’s Medicine MBBS during the UPCSE year. On this page, you’ll find further guidance about UCL Medicine admissions.

Competition for a place at the UCL Medical School is fierce. They receive around 3,500 applications each year, for a total of 334 places. Government regulations have capped the number of places available on Medicine degrees in the UK for international students.

For these reasons, the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE) qualification is not acceptable for entry onto Medicine MBBS at UCL. If you’d like to study Medicine, we recommend two options:

  1. Study A levels before applying for a bachelor’s degree in Medicine
  2. Apply for graduate entry onto Medicine after completing a bachelor’s degree

If you choose the second option, you can apply for a degree related to Medicine during your UPCSE year.

How to gain entry to Medicine

There are several degrees at UCL which you can study if you’re interested in Medicine. These include Biomedical Sciences, Applied Medical Sciences and Neuroscience. In your final year, you could then apply for graduate entry into Medicine.

If successful, this route will take nine years:

  • UPCSE – one year
  • Undergraduate degree – three years
  • Medicine degree (graduate entry) – five years

Please note: It’s not possible to start an undergraduate degree and then apply/transfer to Medicine.

UCL Medical School does not consider students who fail to complete an alternative degree programme. This also applies to students who fail to complete a medical degree at any medical school.

UCL Medical School entry requirements

For details on the application and admissions for UCL Medicine, including the Biomedical admissions test and interview, please see UCL Medical School entry requirements.