Medical School Application Guide

 

Imperial College London

 

King’s College London

 

 

Imperial College London was officially founded in 1909, but its medical school origins date back to 1823, when the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School began to train apprentice doctors. Situated in central London, a stone’s throw from the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, Imperial College is renowned all over the world for its excellence in the field of scientific research. There are so many notable alumni over its history that you could be forgiven for finding it a little daunting! Alexander Fleming and John Snow (who famously linked the 1854 cholera outbreak in London to the water supply and prompted a major advance in public health), are some of the medical alumni, but the college is also famous for business and engineering and Nicholas Tombazis, chief car designer at McLaren and Ferrari (for those of you interested in Formula 1!) also studied here.

 

Undergraduates and non-science graduates can apply to a 6-year programme, which includes an integrated BSc (subjects range from Pharmacology to ‘Death, Autopsy and the Law’). Science graduates can apply to a 5-year programme, without the integrated BSc. The graduate programme offers additional benefits, such as opportunities for training in medical education, and opportunities to get involved in clinical research projects in the first two years.

 

For both course, there is early patient contact and the first two years have a strong focus on the scientific principles behind Medicine. Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials and problem-based learning sessions. The clinical years conclude with preparation for practice as a Foundation doctor. Accommodation is guaranteed for first year undergraduate students, and the university offers a wide range of recreational and voluntary activities for students. Added to this, you will be studying in one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5 to 6-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
6-year
5-year
6-year
No. of places
283
30
283
Degree
N/A
2:1*
2:1
GCSEs
AAABB
 
 
A levels
AAA-A*AA
TBC
BBB
Exam
BMAT
BMAT
BMAT
Interview
Panel
Panel
Panel
Work experience
Essential
Essential
Essential
 
*Biological science degree

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduates can apply to the 6-year programme with an integrated BSc year included. A wide range of subjects can be studied in this year, including Arts-based subjects, such as Medical Humanities. For candidates interested in pursuing further research, there is the opportunity to apply for the MBBS PhD programme during your medical degree. Successful students will go on to complete a PhD following their BSc year, and will then complete the final years of the clinical programme.

 

Note that Imperial College London offers a medical degree jointly with the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, aimed primarily at applicants from Singapore. More information can be found at: http://www.lkcmedicine.ntu.edu.sg/admissions/Pages/Entry-Requirements-And-Selection-Criteria.aspx

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

The standard A level offer is A*AA, with minimum A level grades of AAA. Chemistry and Biology are both mandatory. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. The Extended Project Qualification is not part of the A level requirements. A levels must be achieved in the same sitting. Candidates are normally expected to have at least AAABB at GCSE in the following subjects (in any order): English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

IB

 

38 points are required overall with 6 in both Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level. If Chemistry or Biology only offered to Standard Level, another science subject or Mathematics may be considered as a substitute at Higher Level. Grade 5 in Standard Level English is also required.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The BMAT is required and is valid for one year. Cut-off scores in 2015 were 4.3 in Section 1, 4.4 in Section 2, and 2.3 with grade B in Section 3.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Not accepted.

 

Other Diplomas

 

The Cambridge Pre-U is accepted with three Principal Subjects, to include Biology and Chemistry, with grades of D2 in either Biology or Chemistry, and D3 or higher in an additional science or mathematics subject.

 

International Students

 

Approximately 18 international students are accepted onto the course each year. The medical school requests that you contact its admissions team (medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk) if you do not have A levels or the IB, to supply full details of your qualifications. English Language requirements can be met by grade B in GCSE English, or there are a number of suitable alternatives, listed in the following webpage:

 

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 Imperial.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The School of Medicine welcomes applications from school leavers who wish to take a gap year. You must state in your UCAS personal statement how you propose to spend your time. Deferred entry applications from overseas applicants are not normally accepted.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for both undergraduate programmes are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • International students with qualifications which are not listed above, should also contact the medical school admissions team with the relevant details about their qualifications: medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

If a candidate fulfils the minimum academic requirements, and scores above the cut-off marks in their BMAT examination that year (the cut-off changes from year to year, based on the cohort of candidates taking the exam. Cut-off scores for 2016 entry are listed above under ‘Admissions Exam’), their entire application will then be reviewed by the admissions team. The following criteria will be assessed:

 

  • GCSE results
  • A/AS-level or equivalent predicted (or achieved) grades
  • A/AS-level or equivalent predicted (or achieved) grades
  • BMAT scores
  • Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS Constitution (see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england)
  • Motivation and understanding of medicine as a career
  • Community activities
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Extracurricular interests
  • Referee’s report

 

Interview

 

Once selected for interview, offers are made primarily on the basis of interview performance. The interview is panel-style and lasts approximately 15 minutes. The panel consists of a chairperson, two other members of the admissions selection team, a senior medical student and a lay person. You will be assessed on the following:

 

  • Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
  • Capacity to deal with stressful situations
  • Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution (see above)
  • Evidence of working as both a leader and a team member
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Likely contribution to university life
  • Communication skills and maturity of character

 

Note that candidates who have performed exceptionally well at interview, may be invited to compete for various scholarships available at the university. Application for scholarship is normally in the form of an essay.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

Each year, Imperial College receives over 2000 applications for Medicine, and interviews 750 of these applicants. They will make 480 offers for 283 places.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Imperial College London is ranked 8th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 5th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

In the QS World University Rankings, Imperial is number 11.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Graduates with a biological science degree can apply for the 5-year programme, which is similar to the undergraduate 6-year programme, without the integrated BSc year. However in the first two years, graduates will have additional opportunities compared to undergraduates, such as undertaking a clinical research project and undertaking training in educating others. During their 2nd year, graduates will have the opportunity to act as Graduate Teaching Assistants. This makes the course very appealing for those graduates who are interested in pursuing an academic clinical career.

 

Graduates with a non-science degree can only apply to the 6-year programme, and must complete the integrated BSc year.

 

For candidates interested in pursuing further research, there is the opportunity to apply for the MBBS PhD programme during your medical degree. Successful students will go on to complete a PhD following the BSc year of the 6-year programme, or following the 2nd year of the 5-year programme. They will then complete the final years of the clinical programme.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree and A levelss

 

For the 5-year programme, a 2:1 BSc or a PhD in a biological science-based degree is the minimum requirement. Applicants will need to check that their degree fulfils certain subject criteria by completing a check-list ( https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/study/public/Graduate-Medicine-Checklist-2015.pdf), which will need to be signed by their course tutor and submitted to the Imperial admissions team if the applicant is invited for interview.

 

Graduates who do not meet the degree criteria for the 5-year programme, may apply to the 6-year programme. A 2:1 degree in any discipline is the minimum entry requirement. They should also have at least BBB at A level, to include Biology and Chemistry.

 

GCSEss

 

There are no GCSE requirements for graduates.

 

IB Eligibility

 

IB students can email their grades to the admissions committee to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The BMAT is required and is valid for one year. Cut-off scores in 2015 were 4.3 in Section 1, 4.4 in Section 2, and 2.3 with grade B in Section 3.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Not accepted

 

International Students

 

A small number of international students (7 in 2015) are accepted on to the 5-year programme each year. Up to 18 international students will be accepted for the 6-year programme (including both graduates and undergraduates). Candidates should submit their degree transcript to the Imperial admissions team (medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk) when they submit their UCAS applications. English Language requirements can be met by grade B in GCSE English, or there are a number of suitable alternatives, listed in the following webpage: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/requirements/english/

 

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 Imperial.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for the 5-year programme.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for both programmes are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • International graduates should submit their degree transcript directly to the Imperial admissions team at the time of application
  • At interview, applicants to the 5-year programme, may be requested to provide a checklist signed by their undergraduate tutor, to ensure they fulfil the necessary subject requirements

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

If a candidate fulfils the minimum academic requirements, and scores above the cut-off marks in their BMAT examination that year (the cut-off changes from year to year, based on the cohort of candidates taking the exam. Cut-off scores for 2016 entry are listed above under ‘Admissions Exam’), their entire application will then be reviewed by the admissions team. The following criteria will be assessed:

 

  • Previous grades/academic performance and content of previous degree(s)
  • BMAT scores
  • Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS Constitution (see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england)
  • Motivation and understanding of medicine as a career
  • Community activities
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Extracurricular interests
  • Referee’s report

 

Interview

 

Once selected for interview, offers are made primarily on the basis of interview performance. The interview is panel-style and lasts approximately 15 minutes. The panel consists of a chairperson, two other members of the admissions selection team, a senior medical student and a lay person. You will be assessed on the following:

 

• Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career

• Capacity to deal with stressful situations

• Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution (see above)

• Evidence of working as both a leader and a team member

• Ability to multi-task

• Likely contribution to university life

• Communication skills and maturity of character

 

Note that candidates who have performed exceptionally well at interview, may be invited to compete for various scholarships available at the university. Application for scholarship is normally in the form of an essay.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

For the 5-year programme, the university receives over 800 applications each year, and interview approximately 80 candidates. 30 applicants will receive an offer of a place.

 

For the 6-year programme, Imperial College receives over 2000 applications, and interviews 750 of these applicants. They will make 480 offers for 283 places.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Imperial College London is ranked 8th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 5th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

In the QS World University Rankings, Imperial is number 11.

 

Nikhil Patel, Final year medical student

 

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

 

"There are a number of benefits to studying Medicine at Imperial. First of all, it has an excellent reputation worldwide of having a fantastic, reputable medical school which is regularly carrying out cutting edge research. The teaching hospitals are some of the best in London where consultants who are experts throughout the world in their speciality work. The main campus, as well as many of the halls of residence, is in South Kensington which means that Hyde Park, Knightsbridge and High Street Kensington are all on your doorstep. The course structure provides solid scientific understanding of the medical sciences like physiology, anatomy, biochemistry and cell biology but also involves early patient contact in the first year. By talking to ‘real’ patients with ‘real’ illnesses on hospital wards, you will not become lost in the intricacies of pure science but start to prepare to be a doctor. Regarding extra-curricular activities, Imperial College has one of the largest number of clubs and societies of all the universities in the UK so there is something for everyone to get involved with in their spare time. It has a great rivalry with the other London medical schools which is always good to watch on the sports field in the United Hospitals’ competitions."

 

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine at Imperial?

 

"Living in London, albeit a lot of fun, can get quite expensive, especially considering it is a 6 year course."

 

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

 

"Definitely apply to Imperial! Its course structure is varied, and ensures you are not stuck in a lecture theatre or lab throughout first and second year. The hospitals, where clinical attachments take place, are all in the West London area and are very commutable. London is an amazing city to experience as a student with something for everyone. "

 

4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

 

"As with any medical school application, I would recommend having a well-rounded personal statement and reference; ensure that you have evidence of being both a team player and a leader. Some evidence of long term commitment to an extra-curricular activity or voluntary work is always impressive. Furthermore, it goes without saying that you should play to your strengths so if there is something that you do which is particularly unique or interesting, definitely draw attention to it both in the personal statement and at interview because it will make you stand out from other applicants. At interview, the panel are trying to see if you would be the kind of student they would like to teach or have on their team during clinical attachments. Coming across as approachable, polite and friendly is a must. Do not forget to smile and be enthusiastic when talking about studying medicine or any experiences you want to draw upon when asked. Imperial uses the BMAT as a way of filtering candidates and it goes without saying that a strong performance in that particular exam is only going to help you get in (check their website for further information on minimum scores required)."

 

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