St George’s University of London
St George’s University of London

St George’s University of London is the only university in the UK that is dedicated exclusively to health sciences education, training and research. It first opened its doors to medical students/’apprentice physicians’ in 1751, and has many renowned alumni, such as Edward Jenner (who discovered the vaccine for small pox), and Patrick Steptoe (a successful pioneer of in vitro fertilisation). Likely due to its tightly knit health care community, St George’s places a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary team-work and inter-professional education, starting from Year 1 on its medical courses. Sharing a campus with the major London teaching hospital, St George’s hospital, makes it easy for students to access both lectures and clinical placements from the beginning. Medicine is taught in an integrated style, with early patient contact through regular hospital and community placements, alongside lectures and tutorials. Problem-based learning is a key component of the later clinical years.

Anatomy is taught by demonstrators with the use of whole body prosections. It is one of the smaller medical courses within London, with roughly 175 students in each year group; and being slightly out of central London (though it is still very accessible), gives a community-feel to studying here. A foundation assistantship period is offered in the final year, as well as a medical elective. St George’s has always been a progressive university – the first in London to allow female medical students, the first to commence a graduate entry course in the UK in 2000, and its involvement with the INTO programme (via an international foundation course) provides a wonderful opportunity for international students who are interested in studying in the UK, the US and elsewhere in the world.

St George’s University of London

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • 160
  • N/A
  • 8As*
  • AAA
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Essential
  • 6-year international programme
  • 35
  • N/A
  • 8As*
  • AAA
  • UKCAT
  • MMI
  • Essential

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 4-year programme
  • 55
  • 2:1
  • N/A
  • N/A**
  • GAMSAT
  • MMI
  • Essential
  • 4-year international programme
  • 55
  • 2:2
  • N/A
  • N/A**
  • GAMSAT or MCAT
  • MMI
  • Essential
*Or equivalent. Top 8 GCSE subjects should equate to 416 UCAS tariff points (or above)
**Graduates must demonstrate evidence of academic activity within the last 3 years (this could be from their degree, from A levels, from the GAMSAT or from a postgraduate diploma)

UK and EU undergraduate applicants can apply for a 5-year medical programme, with the option of taking an extra year after their third or second year of studies to do an intercalated degree (a wide range of topics can be studied and researched, from the Clinical Aspects of Birth Defects, through to Behavioural Medicine). Teaching is integrated and has a focus on problem-based learning from the third year onwards.

International students, but not UK/EU students, can also apply to the 6-year international programme, which allows students to spend their first four years (including an intercalated BSc year with a research project) in St George’s University in London, and the subsequent two years in the USA, with the US Medical License Exam being part of the course. Candidates will graduate with a medical degree (MBBS) and a BSc in Biomedical Sciences.

A/AS levels and GCSEs

A typical offer for the 5-year programme is AAA at A level, to include Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry. General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted. Further Maths is only accepted to AS level.

For GCSEs, students must have a minimum of 416 UCAS tariff points in their top 8 subjects (roughly equivalent to 8 As), regardless of schools attended or extenuating circumstances. Subjects should include English Language (minimum grade B), Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics (or Dual Award Science). GCSE tariff points are calculated using the following points: A*=58, A=52, B = 46, C=40, D=32, E=28. If you took alternative but equivalent qualifications to GCSEs, the university will consider these instead.

For the 6-year international programme, students can apply with the A level and GCSE grades listed above (or acceptable equivalents), or if they have completed the Foundation Programme in Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences (via INTO St George’s), they can apply if they have an overall score of 75%, with a minimum of 68% in academic English, and no module scores less than 60%.

IB

Candidates applying to the 5-year and 6-year programme with the International Baccalaureate should have an overall score of 36 (excluding the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay), as well as a combined score of 18 at Higher level, including at least two subjects of grade 6 or above (to include Biology and Chemistry). They should offer Mathematics and English to at least grade 5 at standard level, if not taken to higher level. They should also offer Chemistry or Biology to grade 6 at standard level, if not taken to higher level.

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT is required for all applicants to the 5-year programme and the 6-year international programme. The test is only valid for one year. Applicants must achieve a score of at least 500 in each section, in addition to meeting the cut-off threshold for their year of application.

Note that for 2018 entry, St George’s will not be considering any extenuating circumstances.

Access to Medicine courses

Access to Medicine diplomas are accepted. They should involve 60 credits at level 3, including 45 science credits, graded Merit or Distinction (Biology and Chemistry must be graded at Distinction and at least 30 credits overall must be distinction). If a candidate does not offer the required A level or GCSE grades (or equivalent) they should have completed their Access course prior to applying. However, if GCSE Mathematics and English not taken to minimum grade B previously, these must be completed to at least grade B alongside the Access course. Transcripts should be provided.

The following courses are considered:

  • College of West Anglia
  • Lambeth College
  • Sussex Downs College

Other Diplomas

The Cambridge Pre-U qualification is accepted in lieu of A levels with three grade D3s, to include Biology and Chemistry. A fourth subject should be taken to grade B as AS level, or a Pre-U short course to grade M2 or above.

The Open University modules Level 1 Exploring/Discovering Science (60 units), plus any Level 2 science module (30 units) and a third module in any other subject area (also worth 30 units) may be used to meet the academic entrance criteria. 120 units in total are required.

Widening Participation

If your school’s A level performance is in the bottom 20% nationally, and your predicted grades are between AAB and ABB (must include an A in Chemistry)), you will be considered for interview. A list of eligible schools is published on the St George’s website: http://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-courses/medicine-mbbs/entry-criteria

These entry grades may also apply to students with extenuating circumstances (proof of which much be supplied; see application documents below).

International Students

International students are eligible to apply for the 6-year international programme, on which there are 35 spaces available.

To prove competency in English Language, at least grade B in GCSE English is required, or IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (7.0 in the written and speaking element, and at least 6.5 in the reading and listening element), or Pearson’s test with an overall score of 67 (at least 67 in the written section and no section scored lower than 61). If either of the last two qualifications are being used as evidence for proficiency in English Language, they must have been taken within the last two years prior to applying.

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at St George’s.

Policy on Re-applicants

If an applicant has not previously got to interview stage, they can reapply as many times as they wish. Once a candidate has applied and got to interview stage twice, and has not received an offer, they can no longer re-apply.

Policy on Deferrals

St George’s will consider applicants who wish to defer, provided that they demonstrate that their interim year will be used constructively.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry for the 5-year programme are open from 6th September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

Applications for the 6-year international programme can be made via UCAS or directly to the university. The deadline for submission is 31st March of the year you would like to commence the degree.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • If you have extenuating circumstances which mean that you are eligible for consideration for Medicine at St George’s, despite not meeting the usual academic criteria, you must fill in an additional form: http://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-courses/medicine-mbbs/application, which ought to be with the university admissions department, no later than 1st November in the year that you are applying.
  • If invited to interview, you will be required to provide references for any formal work experience you have carried out within the last 2 years. This is not a character reference and should only state dates, hours worked and duties undertaken. International applicants must provide a full syllabus/transcript of the subjects they have completed up to year 12 (or equivalent).

SELECTION PROCESS

To be selected for interview for the 5-year programme, applicants must initially meet the minimum academic standards required. UKCAT scores are then used to rank applicants and the top 600 applicants are invited for interview. In 2016 the cut-off UKCAT score was 2600. After the interview, offers are solely based on the interview performance. If two applicants have the same interview score, the UKCAT scores are used as a tie-breaker.

For the 6-year INTO programme, the selection process for interview takes into account the personal statement and work experience, as well as the UKCAT result. After the interview, offers are mainly based on the interview performance.

INTERVIEW

The interview will take the form of up to 8 MMI stations, lasting 5 minutes each. The following criteria will be assessed:

  • Academic ability and intellect
  • Empathy
  • Initiative and resilience
  • Communication skills
  • Organisation and problem solving
  • Team work
  • Insight and integrity
  • Effective learning style

The following are examples of MMI stations from St George’s website:

During the interview, applicants will also be expected to talk about relevant work experience and to also provide references for each example of work experience they have undertaken. This will also include relevant voluntary experiences. Candidates are expected to have a combination of both health-care and non-healthcare based work experience, for example:

  • Paid/unpaid voluntary placements
  • School, college or university societies
  • Full or part time employment
  • The Guides, Scouts, Red Cross or similar organisations
  • Shadowing a healthcare professional
  • Gap year experiences
  • Caring for a sick relative or first hand experience of illness

Note that the above list is not exhaustive and other experiences are also valuable. Candidates should reflect on their experiences and be able to demonstrate the following qualities: communication, patience, accuracy, team work, leadership and perseverance.

If applicants are invited to interview, they will be required to provide references for any formal work experience carried out within the last 2 years and should include dates and hours worked as well as any duties undertaken.

For entry to the 5-year programme in 2016, 1300 applicants applied for 160 places, 700 were interviewed and approximately 400 offers were made.

There are 35 spaces available to international students in the 6-year international programme. In 2016 292 applicants applied for this programme. 53 of these have received offers and there are a small number of applicants still going through the selection process.

Medicine at St George’s University London is ranked 30th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 33rd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

It is among the top 151-200 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings in 2017.

UK/EU graduates can apply to a 4-year graduate entry programme, with an integrated course structure, involving lectures, tutorials and problem-based and case-based learning. The first year is dedicated to developing a knowledge base in clinical science, with integrated clinical/community placements and the following three years, like those of the undergraduate degree have a greater emphasis on clinical attachments in hospital.

International (non-EU) graduates can apply to the 4-year international programme which follows the same course structure as the UK/EU graduate entry programme.

All graduates are eligible to apply to the 4-year graduate entry programme run by St George’s University of London in Cyprus. The first two years of this programme are spent in Cyprus. The final two years can be spent in Cyprus, Israel or the USA.

Degree and A levels

For the 4-year programme in London, graduates from any degree discipline can apply and must have a minimum grade of an Upper Second Class (2:1) Honours Degree. If a postgraduate degree is offered (e.g. Master’s degree or PhD), a pass is the minimum mark. All postgraduate degrees must be fully completed (including vivas and re-writes) by 1st August of the year of entry to the course.

For the 4-year international programme based in Cyprus, graduates with a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours Degree (2:2) or equivalent (3.0 GPA in the USA, 2.7 in Canada) or a higher degree in any discipline may apply.

There is no minimum A level requirement.

GCSEs

There is no minimum GCSE requirement.

Admissions Exam

For the UK/EU 4-year programme, students must sit the GAMSAT, which is valid for 2 years.

For both the 4-year international graduate programme and the 4-year Cyprus programme, candidates must sit either the GAMSAT or the MCAT.

Access to Medicine courses

For graduates who completed their degree over 5 years ago, they may wish to aid their application by completing an Access to Medicine course. This course cannot be used as substitution for the minimum degree requirement.

The following courses are considered:

  • College of West Anglia
  • Lambeth College
  • Sussex Downs College
International Students

International students are eligible to apply for either the 4-year international programme based at St George’s London campus (55 spaces available), or the 4-year graduate programme based at the University of Nicosia campus in Cyprus.

To prove competency in English Language, at least grade B in GCSE English is required, or IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (7.0 in the written and speaking element, and at least 6.5 in the reading and listening element), or Pearson’s test with an overall score of 67 (at least 67 in the written section and no section scored lower than 61). If either of the last two qualifications are being used as evidence for proficiency in English Language, they must have been taken within the last two years prior to applying.

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at St George’s.

Policy on Re-applicants

If an applicant has not previously got to interview stage, they can reapply as many times as they wish. Once a candidate has applied and got to interview stage twice, and has not received an offer, they can no longer re-apply.

Policy on Deferrals

St George’s will consider applicants who wish to defer, provided that they demonstrate that their interim year will be used constructively.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For the 4-year graduate entry programme for UK students, applications via UCAS for 2018 entry are open from 6th September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017.

For the 4-year international graduate entry programme, applications via UCAS for September entry close on 31st May of the same year.

For the 4-year graduate entry programme in Cyprus applications can be made directly via their website: http://www.nicosia.sgul.ac.cy/admissions/apply-now/

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • If you have extenuating circumstances which mean that you are eligible for consideration for Medicine at St George’s, despite not meeting the usual academic criteria, you must fill in an additional form: http://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-courses/medicine-mbbs/application, which ought to be with the university admissions department, no later than 1st November in the year that you are applying.
  • If invited to interview, you will be required to provide references for any formal work experience you have carried out within the last 2 years. This is not a character reference and should only state dates, hours worked and duties undertaken.
  • International applicants must provide a full syllabus/transcript of the subjects they have completed up to year 12 (or equivalent).

SELECTION PROCESS

For the UK/EU 4-year graduate programme, if a candidate meets the relevant degree requirement, they are then selected for interview on the basis of their GAMSAT score. To be successful at this stage, the applicant must have scored a minimum of 50 in each section, as well as meeting the cut-off score, which is determined for each year of entry by the scores of the pool of applicants.

Interview performance then directs which candidates will receive an offer. If two students have the same interview score and are on the borderline for gaining admission, the one with the higher GAMSAT score will receive an admission offer. If two students have the same interview score and the same GAMSAT score, then the admissions committee will look at their UCAS applications to decide who will get an admission offer.

For the 4-year international programme, selection is made by considering the quality of the overall application (including personal statement and work experience), as well as the admissions test results (either GAMSAT or MCAT). If sitting the GAMSAT, applicants must have scored 55 overall, with a minimum of 50 in each section. Those sitting the MCAT must achieve a total score of 498

INTERVIEW

The interview will take the form of up to 8 MMI stations, lasting 5 minutes each. The following criteria will be assessed:

  • Academic ability and intellect
  • Empathy
  • Initiative and resilience
  • Communication skills
  • Organisation and problem solving
  • Team work
  • Insight and integrity
  • Effective learning style

The following are examples of MMI stations from St George’s website:

During the interview, applicants will also be expected to talk about relevant work experience and to also provide references for each example of work experience they have undertaken. This will also include relevant voluntary experiences. Candidates are expected to have a combination of both health-care and non-healthcare based work experience, for example:

  • Paid/unpaid voluntary placements
  • School, college or university societies
  • Full or part time employment
  • The Guides, Scouts, Red Cross or similar organisations
  • Shadowing a healthcare professional
  • Gap year experiences
  • Caring for a sick relative or first hand experience of illness

Note that the above list is not exhaustive and other experiences are also valuable. Candidates should reflect on their experiences and be able to demonstrate the following qualities: communication, patience, accuracy, team work, leadership and perseverance.

If applicants are invited to interview, they will be required to provide references for any formal work experience carried out within the last 2 years and should include dates and hours worked as well as any duties undertaken.

Interviews can be arranged in centres in other countries (contact the admissions department for further information: admissions@sgul.ac.uk) and for students applying to the course in Cyprus can be via Skype (the same format will apply as for interviews in person).

For entry to the 4-year graduate programme in 2016, just over 1300 applicants applied for 55 places and of the 230 interviewed, 71 received offers.

For the 4-year international programme in 2016, there were 297 applicants. 77 offers have been made and a small number of applicants are still in the assessment process.

Medicine at St George’s University London is ranked 30th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 33rd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

It is among the top 151-200 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings in 2017.

  1. 1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

    You gain clinical experience from the very beginning, with patient interaction in the very first week of uni! Alongside this, we are taught clinical skills and examinations from first year, and sit our first OSCE four months into the course. Many other universities do not begin teaching clinical skills until 3rd year. There is an option to pursue an Intercalated BSc, with a wide range of modules available (from ‘Clinical Neuroscience’ to ‘Leadership in Disaster Medicine’!) SGUL also allows students to study at another institution for their intercalated BSc if they have been offered a place. The university shares a site with St George’s hospital; therefore, providing excellent case based bedside teaching. Farah Kassam

    I liked the small size and self-contained premises. There is a good dissecting room and the opportunity to work as a dissector during the summer. There is a very good program with students mentoring/teaching clinical skills and the possibility to teach anatomy. There are a wide range of club and societies for extracurricular activities. Many lecturers are physicians then encountered on the wards. Anon

  2. 2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

    There is a large emphasis on self-directed learning therefore you need to be extremely organised! What you put in is essentially what you get out - no spoon-feeding! SGUL uses a PBL (problem based learning) structure for teaching throughout the first 3 years, and while this may be good for years 1 and 2, it becomes less valuable in year 3 when your time to study is minimal (no study leave before exams!) and you really need to focus on your areas of weakness rather than the PBL case of the week. Farah Kassam

    It is very health care-centred as the Medical School is within the hospital. The students encountered are all doing medical/biomedical degrees. There are a lot of trainees in the hospital and this can make it difficult to be hands-on because of the competition for time and space. Anon

  3. 3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

    SGUL is a small, healthcare focused university with opportunities for research and networking with professionals in other healthcare disciplines. The fact that it is so small means that you can really get to know everybody in your year on a personal level so will never fall short of a familiar face! SGUL really does operate on ‘work hard play hard’ policy, and as long as you organise yourself, your studies and your social life appropriately, you are guaranteed to have a good time! Farah Kassam

    St George’s is not in central London but is situated on the Northern Line in a very vibrant neighbourhood with a lot of Indian restaurants. The atmosphere of the school is very friendly and there are plenty of chances to get to know fellow medical students. However, it is also a place full of opportunities to get work done and experienced gathered, as it is linked to a tertiary hospital which is also a trauma centre, neurosurgical centre, and also has a PICU. Have something special on your CV – I had swimming achievements and plans for further competitions and I think that was viewed very favourably by the panel. Anon