The definitive guide to medical schools in London

Your guide to medical schools in London

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 predominately related to the undergraduate courses. Please note that the course structure and admission requirements are subject to change.

your-guide-to-medical-schools-in-london

1. Barts and the London

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.

Barts and the London Medicine course structure

The 5-year medicine course here is integrated, with a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, problem based learning and practical sessions.

Years 1 & 2: Devoted to systems of the body and mechanisms of disease with early clinical exposure by meeting patients in first year.

Years 3, 4 & 5: Clinical attachments in teaching hospitals and general practices. There is a focus on communication skills throughout and medical students can follow their own interests with a wide choice of Student Selected Components

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.

2. Imperial College London

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.

Imperial College Medicine course structure

Years 1 & 2: Focus on the scientific basis of medicine and the foundations of clinical practice with early patient exposure. Teaching via a variety of methods, including lectures, anatomy dissections, workshops and problem based learning

Year 3: Three 10 week long clinical attachments in various teaching hospitals and GP surgeries. Continued lectures and online learning alongside attachments

Year 4: Compulsory Intercalated BSc with a choice of medical sciences or Management BSc

Years 5 & 6: Immersive clinical placement in a diverse range of specialities

3. King's College 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).

King's College London Medicine course structure

Year 1: Foundations of medicine - The basis for future learning. Students are taught foundations in biomedical sciences and population sciences, along with the skills to integrate them with clinical practice

Years 2 & 3: Principles of clinical practice - Science and clinical practice blocks organised around the human life cycle and common pathological processes. Students will follow patients for a prolonged period of time to learn how to deliver holistic care. This stage is underpinned by study in biomedical and population sciences

Years 4 & 5: Integrated Clinical Practice - Orientated towards future practice. Students will conduct quality improvement projects, develop skills to transform patient health and undertake inter-professional training and simulations

King's has an excellent reputation for clinical research which benefits the overall student experience as a variety of one year intercalated BSc degrees are offered between stages 2 and 3 (although this is not compulsory).

King's College London is also unique in that it offers a 6 year extended Medical Degree Programme aimed at students who may not have achieved the usual A-level grades for admission to the 5-year programme. On this course, students will spend 2 years on Stage 1 rather than 1 year, before joining the 5-year programme in their second year. More information on this is available in our guidebook.

4. St George's University of London

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.

St George's Medicine course structure

Years 1 and 2: Clinical science years which will provide students with a thorough understanding of clinical science and early patient contact

Year 3: Three 6 week attachments in Medicine, Surgery and GP/Primary care/Geriatrics structured around further problem based learning and student selected components

Year 4: Attachments in a variety of specialties, including pediatrics, O&G, Psychiatry and General Medicine/Surgery

Year 5: A series of further attachments and assistantships shadowing foundation doctors in preparation for working as a doctor

At St George's students apply for a 5-year programme with the option to intercalate for an additional BSc after 3rd year.

5. University College London

Of all the medical schools in London, UCL is probably the most central with University College Hospital located right in the heart of Bloomsbury. Students at UCL medical school will also be taught at campuses in Whittington and Royal Free.

Like Imperial College London, UCL Medical School also incorporates an integrated BSc into the six-year medical degree. Medical education is delivered using a variety of methods, including lectures, small group activities and dissection.

UCL Medicine course structure

Years 1 & 2: Modules in fundamentals of clinical sciences

Year 3: Integrated BSc

Year 4: Integrated clinical care

Year 5: Lifecycle and Specialist practices

Year 6: Preparation for clinical practice

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.

medical-schools-in-london-entrance-requirements

Medical schools in London - entrance requirements

So now that you have a good overview of the different medical schools in London let's have a look at their entrance requirements

Medical schools in London - GCSE requirements

Medical school GCSE requirements Source of information and date checked
Barts and the London  AAABBB including Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry (or Double Science), English Language and Maths (or additional Mathematics or Statistics). University website on 31/10/2018
Imperial College London Minimum B in English Language University website on 31/10/2018
King's College London Minimum B in English and Maths University website on 31/10/2018
St George's Five GCSEs at grade B or above, including English Language, Maths, Triple or Double Science University website on 31/10/2018
University College London Minimum B in English Language and Maths. Minimum C in a foreign language for UK students University website on 31/10/2018

 

Medical schools in London - A level requirements

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 schools in London - admission exams

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:

- 4.1 in section 1

- 4.2 in section 2

- 2.5 and grade C in section 3

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:

- Section 1=5.1

- Section 2= 5.3

- Section 3=5.3A

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 guidebook for more information on admissions, UKCAT, BMAT and interviews for all medical schools in the UK.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published