UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


Structure, funding and accommodation

Find out general information about fees, funding and programme structure below.

Please visit the programme pages for details on specific iBSc programme content and the How to apply section for application process and deadlines

Programme structure

The degree programme is made up of course units. Units usually have a value of 0.5, 1.0 or 1.5 . A 1.0 course unit normally has about 40 hours of lectures and a total work load (including private reading, preparation of course work and revision) of 300 hours. Each 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 course unit has its own assessment components which usually include an examination and course work. All iBSc degree programmes consist of 4 course units (you may not take more than 4). All programmes have a research project worth up to 1.5 course units.

A degree programme is defined by its core course units: those you must take. In many cases there is the possibility of selecting some optional course units. Your programme tutor will provide details of optional course units. In all cases your programme tutor must approve your choice of optional course units. In addition the department/division teaching the programme must approve your taking it as there may be constraints imposed by prerequisites, the timetable or numbers. All units, including the research project, contribute to the degree classification and must be completed.

For external students completing their degree in 2018/19, you will be awarded your iBSc based on your marks for your year at UCL only.

Programme details and content can be found on the individual iBSc pages.

Fees and funding


The level of fee will depend upon whether you're classed as a UK or Overseas student. You may already know into which category you fall but this will be confirmed if you are offered a place at UCL. Further information available on the UCL Prospective Students website.

UCL's annual tuition fee covers all elements of your tuition (except any field courses you might have to take), registration and examinations. However, optional courses taken elsewhere in the University of London may attract an additional fee.

UCL's annual tuition fees for students who began their medical degrees in 2017/18 or earlier and are commencing their iBSc in 2023/24 are:

  • To be confirmed for UK students on iBSc programmes. Fees for continuing students who started in the 2017-18 academic year or later may be subject to an increase in fees, if the government increases the current fee cap above £9,250. UCL reserves the right to adjust its fees in line with government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme).
  • £32,100 for Overseas students on iBSc programmes. 

Please note that these fees are for 2023 entry.

Living expenses

Budgeting for your living and day-to-day expenses while you are studying will vary according to your personal needs and wants.  Please see the Prospective Students website for further guidance.

Funding support

You can still apply for funding from Student Finance England (or your regional funding authority) during your intercalated year. When applying you must indicate that you will be studying at UCL and select: Intercalated Degree - Subjects allied to medicine.

Please note that if you have already received four years of means-tested funding from Student Finance England for your MBBS programme, you may be eligible for NHS bursary support for your intercalated degree.

UCL also offers a range of additional financial support. If you have any questions about your funding entitlement you can contact us via studentfundingwelfare@ucl.ac.uk.

Overseas students

If you are in receipt of funding from your home government or a private sponsor you should notify them directly that you are intercalating at UCL. If you have any questions about your funding entitlement you can contact us via studentfundingwelfare@ucl.ac.uk.

Students with disabilities

If you're a UK student with a disability, you may be eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance.

This covers additional study-related costs that arise because of your disability. The allowance is not means-tested. 

How to apply

Visit the application pages to find out more about applications and deadlines.

What accommodation is available?

UCL cannot guarantee an accommodation place for iBSc students; please be prepared to find accommodation using University of London Housing Services.  Additionally, there are a number of private providers in London offering accommodation to students. Further information and a list of private providers can be found on the UCL Accommodation website.

If you are a disabled student and have specific requirements for your accommodation, please get in touch with UCL Student Disability Services or the UCL Student Accommodation office, for advice.