Whether it's your hometown or you're attracted by the buzz and excitement of the capital, there's no denying that London is a popular choice for students when applying to medical school for higher education. There are currently 5 universities in London that offer courses in medicine, and in this blog post, we'll be looking at all 5 medical schools individually in detail.
Disclaimer: All the information below was verified via the university website in the last week of October 2018 and predominantly related to the undergraduate courses. Please note that the course structure and admission requirements are subject to change.
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is part of the Queen Mary University of London and includes St Bartholomew's Hospital (currently the oldest hospital in the UK).
Based around Whitechapel the central London campus includes state of the art buildings as well as beautiful traditional structures such as the Whitechapel Library, a former church. Medical students are introduced to patient contact early on the course and the large catchment area, encompassing both London and Essex means there is a large variety of patients and conditions for students to learn from.
The 5-year medicine course here is integrated, with a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, problem based learning and practical sessions.
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry are unique in that it offers students the opportunity to study medicine in Malta, where they can also complete their Foundation doctor training. The medical school also offers students the opportunity to do an Intercalated Bsc degree as part of their medical training.
Imperial College London was founded through a combination of several major west London medical schools and it's Faculty of Medicine is one of the largest in Europe with hospitals spread across North and West London (the most famous of which is St. Mary's Hospital which is where the recent BBC Hospital documentary was filmed in 2017).
The main campus for Imperial College is based in South Kensington near Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall but medical students will also be spending a large proportion of their time in hospitals at Hammersmith and Paddington as well as across North West London.
King's College London, otherwise known as GKT incorporates 3 of the most renowned and busiest teaching hospitals in the UK - namely Guy's Hospital in London Bridge, St Thomas' hospital in Westminster and King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill (which some of you may recognise from popular TV show 24 hours in A&E).
Based in Tooting, St George's University of London is unique in that it is the only university in the UK that is dedicated exclusively to health sciences education, training and research.St George's University of London has unique campus facilities embedded into St George's Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK. Students will be taught using a variety of methods, including lectures, problem based learning, anatomy sessions and tutorials, as well as clinical attachments throughout south London and SE England.
At St George's students apply for a 5-year programme with the option to intercalate for an additional BSc after 3rd year.
At UCL Student Selected Components must also be completed in years 1, 2 and 6 during the elective period with a range of subjects from Science, Art, Humanities and Languages.
Now that you have a good overview of the different medical schools in London, let's have a look at their entrance requirements.
|Medical school||GCSE requirements|
|Barts and the London||AAABBB including Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry (or Double Science), English Language and Maths (or additional Mathematics or Statistics).|
|Imperial College London||Minimum B in English Language|
|King's College London||Minimum B in English and Maths|
|St George's||Five GCSEs at grade B or above, including English Language, Maths, Triple or Double Science|
|University College London||Minimum B in English Language and Maths. Minimum C in a foreign language for UK students|
*source of information checked on 31/10/2018 from the university website.
|Medical school||A level requirements||Subjects required||Source of information and date checked|
|Barts and the London||A*AA||Chemistry or Biology with at least one other in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics||University website on 31/10/2018|
|Imperial College London||Typical offer A*AA||Biology or Chemistry (A* should be in one of these)||University website on 31/10/2018|
|King's College London||A*AA||Chemistry and Biology||University website on 31/10/2018|
|St George's||AAA||Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology||University website on 31/10/2018|
|University College London||A*AA||Chemistry and Biology||University website on 31/10/2018|
|Medical school||Admission exam||How is it used?||Source of information and date checked|
|Barts and the London||UKCAT||Candidates must score above the third decile as a minimum. A 50:50 weighting is used to weigh up the UKCAT score and academic.||University website on 31/10/2018|
|Imperial College London||BMAT||
Cut off scores are used and change every year, based on ranked candidate BMAT scores vs number of expected interview sessions. For 2018 cut off scores were:
|University website on 31/10/2018|
|King's College London||UKCAT||There is no threshold cut off score. As a guide in 2015 the average score for candidates invited to interview was 630.||University website on 31/10/2018|
|St George's||UKCAT||500 or above in each of the sections is needed. For 2019 SJT will not be used. UKCAT results determine which students are selected for interview and to rank post-interview waiting lists. As a guide the overall cut off score in 2018 was 2590.||University website on 31/10/2018|
|University College London||BMAT||
No minimum score but it is considered in selection for interview. As a guide mean scores for 2018 offer holders were:
|University website on 31/10/2018|
One final point to remember is that all medical schools in the UK are regulated and overseen by the GMC to guarantee high standards and a world-class education for the future doctors of tomorrow.
Good luck with your selection, and for more advice or information don't hesitate to get in touch via hello@theMSAG.com or you can check our Get into Medical School Guidebook for more information on admissions, UKCAT, BMAT and interviews for all medical schools in the UK.
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