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Medicine MBBS BSc

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 is centred on key health problems, clinical presentations and patient pathways. You will have clinical contact throughout with patients and doctors.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
A100
Duration
Full-time: 6 years
Accreditation
General Medical Council (GMC)
Application deadline
15 October 2019
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
Biology and Chemistry required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

Contextual offer

Grades
AAB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Biology and Chemistry required at grades AA.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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, each with minimum score 6. No score below 5.

Contextual offer

Points
36 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects with a minimum score of 6 in Chemistry and Biology and no score below 5.
Additional tests

BMAT

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) from the College of West Anglia, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the credits in the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus Chemistry and Biology GCE A levels at grades A*AA.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

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 a prestigious medical school which has educated doctors since 1834 and today graduates approximately 350 distinctive 'UCL Doctors' each year.  Located in the heart of London and working closely with several major teaching hospitals, it provides a truly world class medical education

  • Six former students and staff have been awarded Nobel Prizes. Medical advances have included the discovery of adrenaline, the immune system, the hormone aldosterone and auto-immune disease.

  • Students can expect high quality teaching by an internationally acknowledged faculty of education and research leaders and a committed team of NHS based teachers whose aim is to provide the best possible student experience

  • UCL has one of the widest ranges of integrated BSc opportunities in the UK

Accreditation

The MBBS is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) as a Primary Medical Qualification

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The goal of the MBBS programme at UCL is to educate 'The UCL Doctor': a highly competent and scientifically literate clinician who is equipped to practise person-centred medicine in a constantly changing modern world with a foundation in the basic medical and social sciences.

The six-year integrated programme of study comprises a series of compulsory modules which are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken, through both formative and integrated summative methods. 

The modules in each year are themed and focus on:

Year 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1
Year 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2
Year 3: Integrated BSc
Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care
Year 5: The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice
Year 6: Preparation for Practice

Students who are already UK graduates are exempt from the integrated BSc and will move directly from year two to year four.

Clinical and Professional Practice (CPP) modules run 'vertically' through the entire MBBS programme and include Anatomy and Imaging, Clinical Skills and Practical Procedures, Pathological Sciences, Use of Medicines, Doctor as a Data Scientist, Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Ethics and Law, Clinical Communication and Patient Safety/Patient Experience. 

Student Selected Components (SSCs) in years one, two and six allow students to pursue special interests and develop a range of generic skills. The SSCs include choices in science, research, the arts and humanities and languages.

An elective period in Year Six, which the majority of students choose to take overseas, enables students to experience medicine in other health care environments.

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 MBPhD programme. Selection normally takes place during year four of the programme.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1

In addition to the Clinical and Professional Practice vertical modules, year one is arranged as a series of consecutive modules, each based on a physiological system. 

These modules are:

  • Foundations of Health and Medical Practice
  • Infection and Defence
  • Circulation and Breathing
  • Fluids, Nutrition and Metabolism

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2

Year two is organised in a similar way to year one, with both vertical and system-based consecutive modules.

The modules are:

  • Movement and Musculoskeletal Biology
  • Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Endocrine Systems and Regulation
  • Development, Genetics and Cancer

Scientific Method in Depth (integrated BSc)

A wide range of integrated BSc degree programmes are available, for example: Cardiovascular Science; Global Health; Mathematics, Computers and Medicine; Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering; Neuroscience; Oncology; Paediatrics and Child Health; Pharmacology; Physiology; Primary Healthcare; Surgical Sciences and Women's Health. Subject choices can change each year and our current list of integrated BSc options can be found on our Year 3 website

Integrated Clinical Care

This year is divided into four parts. It begins with an introductory module in clinical methods followed by three twelve-week integrated modules of clinical placements, each preceded by a related core teaching week. The clinical attachments are largely, but not exclusively, spent at the three main University NHS Trusts (University College London Hospital, Royal Free Hospital and the Whittington Hospital) and in the community. The clinical attachments for all students address integrated clinical care and cover acute care and hospital admissions, hospital-based care, outpatient care and community-based care in medical, surgical and mental health domains.

Clinical and Professional Practice teaching will occur throughout the year in a wide range of topics relevant to integrated patient care. 

The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice

Following an introductory module, Year five comprises three twelve-week integrated modules of clinical placements, each preceded by a related core teaching week. These modules include some major themes centred around the lifecycle: Child and Family Health; Women's Health and Men's Health, including Sexual Health and HIV medicine; Ageing, Palliative Care and Psychiatry, integrated with placements in a range of other clinical specailties (including cancer medicine, breast disease, urology, dermatology and ophthalmology).

Clinical and Professional Practice learning takes place in both dedicated teaching sessions and in learning activities embedded in the core modules throughout the year. These sessions cover topics relevant to the life cycle and specialist practice and include a person-centred care pathway and leadership skills development. 

Preparation for Practice

The final year involves a 16-week clinical placement at a district general hospital addressing all areas of practice (medicine, surgery, specialist practice and emergency care); an assistantship where you will share the work of a named Foundation Year 1 doctor; plus a four-week GP placement. Students also maintain a portfolio of workplace-based assessments and complete required coursework during their placement.

After completion of the final examinations in March, students return to complete an eight-week elective period usually, but not exclusively, spent overseas and a final four-week ‘Preparation for Practice’ SSC designed to orient them towards future work in the Foundation Programme.


Your learning

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the programme. These include small group activities, lectures, self-paced and computer-assisted learning, practical work, patient and community-based activities, and private study. Anatomy and Imaging are taught through a combination of dissection, prosection and computer simulation. You will also learn from a range of healthcare professionals and patients during placements.

Assessment

You will be assessed using a wide range of methods, including single-best-answer questions, practical examinations, clinical examinations, workplace-based assessment and a portfolio. 

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Medicine MBBS BSc.

Careers

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 the UCL 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 further specialist training.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view
As I've reached my clinical years, I've learnt to appreciate the advantage we have by rotating around some of the best hospitals in the country. The University College Hospital and the Royal Free are known for offering specialised modern treatments. Having access to such a large number of patients has been crucial to our learning. Carmen Camino Garcia - Medicine MBBS BSc Fifth Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
In response to a recent Government consultation, fees for Overseas students entering the MBBS from 2020 onwards will increase to include clinical placement fees. The UK government is expected to require international students at publicly funded medical schools to pay the full cost of their clinical placements (which are undertaken during Years 4-6 of our programme). Further information will be published on the UCL Students website as soon as it is available.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

There are many bursaries and scholarships available to MBBS students, mostly based on financial need. Further information can be found on the Medical School’s website

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

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

Application deadline: 15 October 2019



Selection

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.

Previous study of chemistry and biology is required.

All students offered a place will need to demonstrate that they are fit for the programme by providing information in collaboration with their GP, for an occupational health assessment. All students will also be required to undergo a police check (this is through the Disclosure and Barring Service for UK students).

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


Page last modified on 6 November 2019