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Target Medicine mentoring scheme

Applications for the 2021 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme are now closed!

Details of the 2022 programme will be published on this webpage in September 2021. For other widening participation opportunities at UCL, please visit UCL Access and Widening Participation.


What is the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme?

Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme (TMMS) is a year-long programme for Year 12 students from underrepresented backgrounds with the potential and desire to go to medical school.

The mentoring scheme takes place over an entire calendar year, starting from January when students are in Year 12, through to December, when students are in Year 13 and ready to apply to medical school.  All mentoring sessions and events take place on Wednesday evenings at the UCL Bloomsbury campus.

What does the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme involve?

Successful applicants will be paired with a current UCL Medical Student who will act as their mentor for an entire calendar year. The programme is made up of seven 'face to face' group mentoring sessions that will take place live online, regular contact with your mentor using the Brightside online mentoring platform, and a series of additional information, advice and guidance events.

Face to face mentoring sessions

Each live group mentoring session has a tailored lesson plan to provide you with practical support and information to help you become a competitive candidate for medical school. Mentoring sessions include information and support on:

  • Preparing to apply to medical school
  • Choosing the right medical school for you
  • How to obtain work experience
  • Personal statements
  • Admissions interviews

Online mentoring (Brightside)

Mentors and mentees will be able to communicate regularly using the Brightside online mentoring platform. We expect all mentors and mentees to message one another at least every two weeks. 

Target Medicine events

In addition to mentoring, the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme offers participants additional events throughout the year that are designed to help students apply to medical school. TMMS Mentees will be expected to attend at least two of these events

Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme – 2021 cohort

The following mentoring and event dates are for the 2021 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme, running from January to December 2021. 

TMMS mentoring sessions 2021:

  • Wednesday 13th January, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 1: Introductory session for mentees and parents/carers

  • Wednesday 27th January, 5:30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 2

  • Wednesday 10th February, 5:30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 3

  • Wednesday 24th March, 5:30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 4

  • Wednesday 8th September, 5:30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 5

  • Wednesday 3rd November, 5:30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 6

  • Wednesday 1st December, 5:30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 7

TMMS events 2021:

Please note: the timing, format and location of these events may change depending on UCL and government social distancing guidelines in 2021. We will confirm the details of these events as soon as possible once the programme commences.

  • Wednesday 3rd March, 5.00-7.30pm – Meet the Doctor Event 

  • Wednesday 21st April, 4.00-7.00pm – Admissions and Student Finance Event (TBC)

  • Wednesday 16th June, 5.00-7:00pm – All About UCAT Event

  • Wednesday 23rd June, 5.00-7:00pm – UCAT Q&A Event

  • Wednesday 4th August, 5:00-7:00pm – All About BMAT Event

  • Wednesday 10th November, 3.30-6pm and/or 5.30-8pm – Mock Interviews

  • Wednesday 17th November, 3.30-6pm and/or 5.30-8pm – Mock Interviews

Application Process

Applications for the 2021 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme are now closed!

For other widening participation opportunities at UCL, please visit UCL Access and Widening Participation.

If you would like more information on applying for medical school, you may find the following websites useful:

For further information please email: targetmedicine@ucl.ac.uk