UCL Medical School


Student Selected Components

Student Selected components represent one of the ‘choice’ elements of the MBBS programmes which, when added to the ‘core’ elements, enriches students’ learning and allows students to tailor what they learn to their individual needs and interests. SSCs are a core requirement of all undergraduate medical programmes and are an integral part of the curriculum, enabling students to demonstrate mandatory competences while allowing choice in studying an area of particular interest to them.

The aim of the SSCs is to provide you with an opportunity to study additional topics which are not included in the core MBBS curriculum, to study topics of interest in more depth, to engage in a more meaningful way in an area of practice that you have enjoyed, or allow you to further develop skills or understanding. They should additionally allow students to develop one or more generic skills which will be useful in the practise of medicine such as team-working, essay-writing, PowerPoint presentations, researching, teaching, or patient advocacy. 

SSCs are provided in half day teaching in Years 1 and 2 where the emphasis is on broadening your educational horizons and experience; and in 2 x 4 week clinical placements in year 6 where the emphasis is on enabling you to explore a clinical specialty of your choice in greater depth with a view to developing your career.


    SSC Prizes

    • Details of all SSC prizes can be found here