UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences

UCL is one of the top 10 Faculties of Medical Sciences in the World*, Number One for Medicine in London* and No 1 In Europe For Medical Technology*. We have been educating doctors and scientists in London since 1834.


UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences has been at the forefront of innovation and research in the medical sciences, advancing medical knowledge with the discovery of adrenaline, the immune system, the hormone aldosterone, and auto-immune disease. Our internationally-acknowledged faculty of research leaders and dedicated team of NHS-based teachers provide our students with the highest quality education and training.

We partner with outstanding training hospitals that allow students to gain hands-on experience putting their education into practice, and getting valuable contact time with leading doctors and patients alike.

A unique combination of pioneering research, best in class academics and clinicians, cutting-edge facilities, world-renowned partner hospitals & institutions and location in the world’s most global city makes it one of the best places in the world to undertake medical education at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

UCL offers a whole range of integrated BSc Undergraduate Degrees that aim to bridge the gap between medicine and science, technology, business and innovation.

Our flagship undergraduate MBBS course is world-renowned and produces highly competent, ready-to-practice doctors that have sound scientific training and a person-centred approach to medicine. UCL has been educating doctors since 1834, working closely with some of the best teaching hospitals in the UK. Currently, around 350 distinctive ‘UCL Doctors’ graduate every year.

Our other courses provide a strong foundation of medical knowledge, but allow for students to explore further beyond medicine to push the boundaries of research and innovation.

Put theory into practice in our Applied Medical Sciences degree, where the latests scientific advances are translated into clinical practice. Take the Medical Innovation and Enterprise Bachelor of Science and become an entrepreneur in the field of medical technology. Ever dreamed of developing a cure for cancer? Take another step towards achieving this by taking our Cancer Biomedicine BSc course.

Exceptional students looking to take their research further have the opportunity to do so with any one of our Postgraduate Courses. These range from Advanced Surgery Techniques to Dentistry to Biomedical Engineering to Oncology. Students have the option of taking one of our many taught masters courses, or pursuing a research-based PhD in a topic of their choosing.

At UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences, we constantly challenge ourselves to be more innovative – from the areas in which we research to the techniques we use to the technologies that we leverage. If you are intellectually curious, keen to push boundaries and seeking genuine challenges in your studies UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences is the place for you.

UCL Medicine Entry Requirements

Admission to UCL medical school is extremely competitive. Entry requirements for the Medical Sciences Faculty include exceptional A-Level grades, with at least chemistry and biology, and an additional AS-Level pass.

This is an integrated BSc, leading to Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) over the course of six years. The MBBS is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) as a Primary Medical Qualification.

Medical Work Experience

UCL graduates in medicine gain immensely from the final year consultancy placements that provide important opportunities to get hands-on clinical work experience and make valuable connections in the medical industry. This is invaluable in helping them become future leaders in their fields.

Undergraduate Courses

In an ever-changing world, if you do not adapt to the demands of the new environment you will quickly find yourself at the back of the pack. This is why the UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences is constantly evolving and challenging itself to be more innovative.

This is reflected in the changes made to our long-established courses, as well as by adding new areas of training and research to demonstrate our understanding of growth areas and trends in medical science.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences offers eight cutting-edge Bachelor of Science undergraduate programs, three of which were recently added in 2019. Here is a list of the degrees offered with a brief description of the course content:

  • Applied Medical Sciences BSc - aims to shape minds that are ideally placed to translate scientific advances into clinical practice. With fresh, technology-led teaching and a strong focus on employability, this course is custom-designed to give our graduates every advantage for the future.

  • Medical Innovation & Enterprise BSc/MSci - offers a creative, interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on understanding how this cutting-edge research can be commercialized into products that improve people's lives.

  • Infection & Immunity BSc - delivers a rigorous training in biomedical sciences with a focus on tackling urgent issues such as virus control, drug-resistance, cancer and immunotherapy.

  • Cancer Biomedicine BSc - offers a radical perspective on the diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of people with cancer, and investigates human physiology, the biological mechanisms of cancer and its treatment, the socioeconomic impact of the disease and its impact on the arts and society.

  • Nutrition & Medical Sciences BSc - examines the biomedical and societal effects of the food we eat, the benefits of a proper diet, and the worldwide impact of unhealthy eating. Students of the BSc Nutrition will join UCL's world-leading academic community working on obesity, child health, epidemiology and the psychiatry of disordered eating.

  • Medicine MBBS - is anchored around key health problems, clinical presentations, and patient pathways. Students are introduced into the clinic environment early, and have valuable contact with experienced doctors while engaging regularly with patients.

  • Medical Sciences & Engineering BSc/MSci - combines innovation and technology with patient care. With a strong foundation in systems physiology and a focus on understanding health and disease, students will tackle real medical challenges encountered through teaching in world-class hospital facilities, and develop medical engineering solutions to revolutionise patient care, health and quality of life.

  • Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc - synthesises the disciplines of sports sciences and clinical medicine to train future leading health professionals in a deep understanding of human body systems, and provide the research skills to innovate in the areas of elite sport and exercise performance and the prevention and treatment of chronic medical conditions.


Postgraduate Courses

UCL Medical Sciences offers both taught and research postgraduate courses.

Be at the forefront of solving some of the biggest medical issues of our time, and get the chance to work with some of the greatest minds in clinical medicine and science. Perform cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art facilities and have access to some of the world’s leading hospitals and institutes by enrolling in one of our postgraduate programs.

Taught Postgraduate Programs

Over 40 taught masters programs are available for you to choose from. Specialize in anything from clinical drug development to human tissue repair, as well as nanotechnology and regenerative medicine. UCL’s masters in medical science courses are very popular, as they provide excellent practical medical experience.

In conjunction with some of the top medical and scientific minds in the industry, we have recently developed and added three innovative and cutting-edge masters degrees to our offering.

The Precision Medicine MSc is the world’s first Masters in what we believe will be the basis for the next generation of healthcare – Personalised Medicine. Studying with world-leading experts and institutes you will cover topics from restoring vision to the latest advances in the treatment of cancer.

In the Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery MSc, UCL has developed the most innovative program in surgery in the world. Get hands-on experience with the most cutting-edge tools and methods available and future-proof your surgical career.

The Pain Management MSc explores one of the most rapidly developing fields in medicine. Recognising the urgent need for advanced expertise in this critical area, UCL has developed this new degree to be at the forefront of innovative clinical techniques and technologies.

Flexible Learning for Professionals - Our Online MSc Programmes

The UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences offers industry professionals the opportunity to expand their career prospects and personal horizons whilst remaining in work. Clinicians, scientists and healthcare professionals from across the world are able to do this through taking one of our online Masters programmes.

Postgraduate Research Programs

Talented students in any of the various divisions and institutes are afforded the opportunity to further their postgraduate research with a PhD. Each year, PhD candidates have the opportunity to present their research at the annual Dean’s Research Prize event. This is a great way to develop confidence in public speaking, while sharing interesting findings with peers, academics and the wider audience.

Did you know?

  • In 1878, UCL became the first English university to admit and award degrees to women.

  • Nobel Prizes have been won by no less than 29 current and past students and academics at UCL. The latest of those came in 2014 when Professor John O’Keefe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his break-through work in neuroscience.

  • Six of these have been awarded to former students and staff of the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

  • The First Surgery under Anaesthesia was performed by a surgeon at UCL.

  • The Immune System and Autoimmune Disease were both discovered at UCL.

  • UCL Medical Sciences plays a leading role in providing Londoners with first-rate health care by being associated with several major teaching hospitals, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the Royal Free Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

  • UCL became the first international link to the ARPANET, the precursor of today’s Internet, and sent the world’s first email in 1973.

  • In 1997, four UCL students started a band that became known as Coldplay. Their first EP was released during their studies, and a five-album contract was signed shortly after their final exams.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

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Study at UCL

UCL is recognised as a world leader in Medical Education. Our internationally recognised research, cutting-edge practices and state of the art facilities ensure that our students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in their fields. Explore our more than 60 courses across Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professional levels.

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UCL was rated the top university in the UK for research strength in 2014, in part driven by its world leading research in Medical Sciences. It is home to some of the most influential researchers in Cancer, Genetics, Surgery and many more. Current research projects cover topics from prostate cancer to malaria to the latest imaging techniques. 

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Innovation and Enterprise

The UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences is widely recognised as a world leader in biomedical science and therapeutic innovation. Our biomedical research capabilities and infrastructure span all stages of the translational spectrum from basic discovery science to proof-of-mechanism and clinical evaluation in patients. Find Out More Here

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What Makes UCL Medical Sciences Different?

No 1 in London for Medicine, Top 10 in the World for Medicine, No 1 in Europe for Medical Technology - UCL is and always has been a pioneer in Medical Sciences and Medical Education. We are looking for students who seek to push the boundaries of current thinking and practice. All in the world's most global city - Explore more than 60 courses

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UCL Medical Sciences Pioneers recognised at BMJ Awards


The PRECISION trial, which found that an MRI scan and targeted prostate biopsies are significantly better at making a positive prostate cancer diagnosis than standard biopsies, won UK Research Paper of the Year.  This research supported the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) decision to recommend that all men at risk of prostate cancer receive an MRI scan ahead of a biopsy.

The award’s recipients included Professor Caroline Moore and Dr Veeru Kasivisvanathan (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science), Professor Mark Emberton (Dean of Faculty of Medical Sciences) and radiology colleagues Francesco Giganti (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science), Professor Shonit Punwani (UCL Centre for Medical Imaging) and Dr Clare Allen (UCLH).

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What we do

Take a closer look at some of the things that go on inside the UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences. One of the highly anticipated events is the Dean’s Research Prize where PhD candidates are invited to present their work and elaborate on their findings.

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Find out what it is like to attend a UCL Undergraduate Open Day!

This orientation is designed to assist students in deciding if UCL is right for them. Open days are an excellent opportunity for potential students to tour the campus, speak with students and staff, and find out more about the courses offered. Take a closer look at the different departments and focus on what interests you.

Various activities are offered, including accommodation tours and general talks on topics such as finances, career paths, and admission. Find out if UCL is a place where you would like to study. Enjoy the music, food, and the laid-back atmosphere. Ask as many questions as you’d like and get a real sense of what University life is like.

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Life in an International Medical University

Diversity is at the core of University College of London. UCL embraces the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. We are proud that our graduate population is made up of students from many different cultures and countries and reflect broad intellectual interests.

These values are fundamental to the ethos of the University, and we feel that this promotes intellectual curiosity, productivity, and success. UCL takes great pride in the diversity represented on campus.

UCL is recognized as a world leader in Medical Science Education. Our medical department is made up of students from all over the world. Medical practice is a universal practice, therefore, we feel it is critical for our student demographic to be reflected by as many countries, cultures, and backgrounds as possible. Diversity and inclusion are key to nurturing success. This is why, at UCL, an enriching educational experience is strengthened by diversity.

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“By training our scientists to think like clinicians, they’re much more likely to be able to translate a scientific discovery into a clinical application.” Professor Kevin Moore - Professor of Hepatology and Director for Applied Medical Sciences Programme.