University: Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Barts has an international reputation for excellence in research in the following fields of research: cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, endocrinology/ metabolism, immunology and infectious diseases, genomics, neuroscience, gastroenterology, epidemiology and primary care. It is part of the Queen Mary University of London and was founded in 1995 through the amalgamation of the London Hospital Medical College and the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital (currently the oldest hospital in the UK). Famous alumni include William Harvey (formulated and proved the theory that blood circulates around the body) and James Parkinson (eponymous discoverer of Parkinson’s disease).

The medical course structure is integrated, with elements of problem-based learning to encourage independent thinking. The first two years are devoted to systems of the body, and mechanisms of disease, while the last three years are primarily reserved for clinical attachments. The central London campus includes modern, state-of-the-art buildings as well as beautiful traditional structures, such as the Whitechapel Library, a former church. There is early patient contact on the course and the wide catchment area, encompassing both East London and the City of London, means that there is a large diversity of patients and conditions. The medical school scored 96% in overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2015.

Barts and the London also offers a 5-year medical degree course in Malta, where students can complete their Foundation doctor training. Students at Barts will have the opportunity to do an intercalated degree, and as part of their training they will complete thirteen student selected components, which enables them to explore, in depth, particular areas of Medicine which interest them. They will shadow an FY1 doctor as part of their final year, as well as completing a medical elective (which can be in the UK or abroad).

University: Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Undergraduate Applicants


  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 5-year programme
  • London and Malta
  • 253 (45 in Malta)
  • N/A
  • AAABBB
  • AAAb
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Highly important
  •  
  • 6-year programme
  • 4
  • N/A
  • C in English + Maths
  • AAB-BBB
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Highly important

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 4-year programme
  • 39
  • 2:1*
  • None
  • B in Bio + Chem
  • UKCAT
  • Panel + activities
  • Highly important
  • 5-year programme
  • 253 (45 in Malta)
  • 2:1
  • None
  • B in Bio + Chem
  • UKCAT
  • Panel
  • Highly important
*In Science/Healthcare

Barts medical school offers a 5 year and 6 year programme to undergraduates based in London. Furthermore, they offer a 5-year undergraduate degree based in Malta which follows the same curriculum as the MBBS in London. Upon completion of the degree, students are able to complete their Foundation Years 1 and 2 in Malta. Students will study in Gozo General Hospital which has recently been developed to feature state of the art teaching facilities.

In the 5-year programme in London, there is an option to take an intercalated degree after the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. There are a wide range of degree options to choose from, including Molecular Medicine, Sports and Exercise Medicine and Medical Education. Furthermore, students also have a wide choice of student selected components throughout the course where they are encouraged to follow their own interests. The course is delivered through problem based learning which allows students to work through the course content in small group. There is also very early clinical experience with students having patient contact within the first term.

The 6-year programme is available for school leavers residing in the East London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Hackney and Havering and Waltham Forest. It includes an initial year of study, based at Newham University Hospital, where students undergo placements in a variety of medical subjects, as well as attending problem-based learning sessions with the first year students on the 5-year programme. Successful completion of this year guarantees entrance to the 5-year programme in London.

From 2017, the university has introduced a new model known as the QMUL Model as part of all their degree programmes. This model enables students to develop skills beyond medicine, for example taking the opportunity to volunteer in the community, learn new languages or study abroad. It comprises of various modules which are integrated into the first year of the degree programme and account for 10% of the studies each year. After the first year, students are able to select modules which they are interested in.

The following requirements apply for candidates applying to either the 5-year course in London or in Malta.

A levels and GCSEs

For the 5-yearprogramme the typical offer is AAA with Chemistry or Biology to A level with at least one other of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Mathematics. The third A level can be in any subject, but Critical Thinking and General Studies. Note that Chemistry and Biology must both be offered at AS level to a minimum of grade B. If Mathematics and Further Mathematics are offered in the same sitting, Further Mathematics will only be accepted to AS level.

For those offering 4 A levels (two science and two non-science subjects), the normal offer is AAAC (A grades are required in two science subjects one of which must be Biology or Chemistry). All four subjects must be pursued to A2 level and no AS-levels should have been cashed in.

Note that Barts does not normally accept A level re-sits after the normal 2 year period in which most candidates take these exams. The only exception to this rule is if the candidate is protected under the Equality and Diversity Act of 2010, in which case they should contact the medical school by the 1st September in the year of application, to ensure the school is aware. Re-sits during the two year period are acceptable.

The minimum GCSE grades required are AAABBB to include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics (in any order). Double award science can be substituted for Biology and Chemistry.

For entry to the 6-year programme, A level grade offers will be in the range of AAB-BBB depending on the contextual data from the candidate’s educational and socio-economic background. The minimum GCSE requirements are grades C in English and Mathematics. The same A level subject criteria applies, as for the 5-year programme. For further details about how to apply to this course, see below (under Widening Participation).

IB

38 points are required in total with 6,6,6 at Higher Level. Higher Level subjects should include Chemistry or Biology and one other science/Mathematics subject. Standard level subjects should include Biology or Chemistry, if not offered at Higher Level. If English is not part of the IB, it should be offered to GCSE at grade B or above.

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT is required for all applicants to the 5-year programmes and 6-year programme. The test is only valid for one year. Candidates must score above the third decile as a minimum.

Access to Medicine courses

Not accepted.

Other Diplomas (inc. BTEC)

The Cambridge Pre-U is accepted, with three subjects to grade D3 or above, to include Biology and/or Chemistry. A second science is required if only one of these is offered. An additional short course is required at grade M2. If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A-level subjects you should contact the medicine admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve. The GCSE requirements are the same as above.

The BTEC is not accepted, though it does count towards your UCAS tariff points, which contribute to your likelihood of being selected for interview (see below).

Widening Participation

The 6-year programme, known as the Barts Health Scheme (formerly the Newham Doc Scheme), is offered to students from the London boroughs listed above, who are unlikely to obtain the usual A level entry requirements for the 5-year programme. The applicant must be nominated by one of their teachers, who feels that they would be suited to studying Medicine. If you think that you might be eligible for this programme, speak to your teachers, who can contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office: smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk on your behalf.

International Students

International students can apply to the 5-year programmes, provided that the university accepts their international qualifications. There are usually about 24 spaces for international students in total across the medical school (this includes applicants to the 4-year graduate programme). English Language requirements may be met by English Language GCSE at grade B or an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (sat within the last 2 years).

Note that US and Canadian students can also study on the 5-year Malta programme directly after high school without first undertaking a 4-year undergraduate degree.

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 Barts.

Policy on Re-applicants

There are no restrictions on re-applying to Barts.

Policy on Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are welcomed at the time of the UCAS submission, though the university would expect that you would be able to tell them at interview how you plan to use your gap year constructively. It may not be possible to defer later in the application process.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry are open from 1st September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Those wishing to apply to the Malta programme must do so directly to the university and not through UCAS. This means that applicants can use their five UCAS choices in addition to applying to study Medicine MBBS Malta.

SELECTION PROCESS

Note that there is the same selection process for both Malta and London programmes.The admissions team initially reviews all applications to ensure candidates meet the minimum grades required. Selection for interview is then based on allocating points to the candidate’s UKCAT score and their UCAS tariff points. The weighting is 50% for each, so candidates with lower UCAS tariff scores can compensate with a higher UKCAT score and vice versa. The minimum UCAS tariff score is 144 (note that this is calculated on the basis of the academic grades you have listed on your UCAS form, as well as any non-academic qualifications such as music exams – this link will show you what counts as ‘tariffable’ qualifications: http://www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff/).

The minimum UKCAT score is 2400 (candidates scoring below the third decile will not be selected for interview). Note that cut-off scores will vary each year, as the pool of applicants changes. Note that in 2017, the lowest UKCAT score which received offers for interview for school leavers were 1760 and for graduate applicants 1780 for the 5 year course. The medical school emphasises the high importance of work and voluntary experience. Although not having this will not prevent you from getting to the interview stage; it is inevitable that questions about your work experience will be asked at interview. Once selected for interview, offers are based primarily on your performance at the interview stage, however the Situational Judgement section from your UKCAT exam may be assessed during your interview.

INTERVIEW

The format of the interview is the same for both London and Malta programmes. Interviews are conducted by a panel of 2 academic/clinical members of staff, a medical student and sometimes a lay person. The interviewers are looking for you to demonstrate the following:

  • Motivation and realistic approach to Medicine as a career
  • Show initiative, resilience and maturity
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Be well organised and demonstrate problem solving abilities
  • Likely contribution to university life
  • Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations

Your personal statement is not scored but you can use it during your interview to show supporting evidence of the above criteria. Barts are looking for medical students who will not only participate academically, but also enthusiastically in university life and in the local community. Note that the Situational Judgement section from your UKCAT exam may be used as part of the interview assessment.

There are opportunities to be interviewed in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

For entry to the 5-year programme in 2017, Barts received 2088 Home/EU applications, with 796 candidates offered interviews. There were 476 overseas applicants of which 135 were invited to interview.

Medicine at Barts and the London is ranked 3rd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

It is among the top 51-100 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

Graduates can apply to the 5-year programme along with undergraduate students, or to a 4-year fast-track graduate programme. The 4-year programme differs to the 5-year programme primarily in the first year, which has a stronger emphasis on problem-based learning and combines the core content of the first two years’ curriculum of the 5-year programme into one year.

From 2017, the university has introduced a new model known as the QMUL Model as part of all their degree programmes. This model enables students to develop skills beyond medicine, for example taking the opportunity to volunteer in the community, learn new languages or study abroad. It comprises of various modules which are integrated into the first year of the degree programme and account for 10% of the studies each year. After the first year, students are able to select modules which they are interested in.

The 4-year programme is divided into three phases: Systems in Health and Disease (year 1), Clinical Basis of Medicine (Years 2 and 3) and Preparation for Practice (year 4). The curriculum is delivered through modules based on body systems. Each body system is revisited a minimum of three times throughout the programme in order to explore the topics further. In the first year, students take six system based modules, together with Human Sciences, Public Health and Infection and Immunity modules. Teaching is delivered through problem based learning in groups of 8-10 students working through a clinical scenario with a facilitator. In the second and third years, students spend most of their time in clinical placements in associated teaching hospitals though time is spent in the medical school during teaching weeks and assessments. Finally, during the fourth year of the programme, students undergo community placements as well as shadow foundation year doctors in order to prepare them for work.

Within the 4-year graduate programme, there are 13 separate student selected components which give students the opportunity to study an area of medicine which they are interested in.

Furthermore, they also offer a 5-year undergraduate degree based in Malta which follows the same curriculum as the MBBS in London. Upon completion of the degree, students are able to complete their Foundation Years 1 and 2 in Malta. Students will study in Gozo General Hospital which has recently been developed to feature state of the art teaching facilities.

Degree and A levels 

For the 5-year programmes (London and Malta), graduates should have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in any discipline. To show that they have the ability to cope with the scientific content of the course, they should either have:

  • a significant component of Biology and Chemistry in their degree or:
  • A level Chemistry and Biology to grade B

To apply to the 4-year programme, graduates should have at least a 2:1 in any subject. Graduates should have grades B in A level Biology and Chemistry if they have taken these prior to their degree, or they must complete AS levels in Biology and Chemistry with predicted grades of B in each subject.

GCSEs

There are no GCSE restrictions for graduates.

Admissions Exam

The UKCAT is required for all applicants. The test is only valid for one year. Candidates must score above the third decile as a minimum.

Access to Medicine courses

Not accepted

International Students

There are 24 international places in total for both undergraduate and graduate places on the 5-year programme and the 4-year programme. Note that international graduates have additional application documents (see below). English Language requirements may be met by English Language GCSE at grade B or an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (sat within the last 2 years).

Graduates with a non UK degree must send the Student Recruitment and Admissions office a transcript of the degree as well as a statement of comparability from NARIC confirming that the degree taken is comparable to a British bachelor (honours) degree standard.

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 Barts.

Policy on Re-applicants

There are no restrictions on re-applying to Bart’s, except that an applicant cannot re-apply within the same application cycle

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications via UCAS for 2018/19 entry are open from 1st September 2017 and close on 15th October 2017

Application Documents

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • Graduates with non-UK degrees must also provide a transcript of their degree, as well as a statement of comparability from NARIC (www.naric.org) confirming that their degree is comparable to a UK degree.
  • Applicants wishing to apply to the Malta programme must do so directly to the university.

SELECTION PROCESS

For both the 5-year programme (London and Malta), and the 4-year programme, candidates who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked against the other graduate applicants applying in that year according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability (measured using a points weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees). Note that candidates with UKCAT scores below the third decile will not be offered an interview.

Cut-off UKCAT scores for interview vary each year, depending on the pool of applicants applying. The medical school emphasises the high importance of work and voluntary experience. Note that in 2017, the lowest UKCAT score which received offers for interview for school leavers were 1760 and for graduate applicants 1780 for the 5 year course. For the 4 year course, the lowest UKCAT score which was invited for interview was 1820. Although not having this will not prevent you from getting to the interview stage; it is inevitable that questions about your work experience will be asked at interview. Once selected for interview, offers are based primarily on your performance at the interview stage, however the Situational Judgement section from your UKCAT exam may be assessed during your interview.

INTERVIEW

The interview format is the same in both London and Malta. For the 5-year programme, interviews are conducted by a panel of 2 academic/clinical members of staff, a medical student and sometimes a lay person. The interviewers are looking for you to demonstrate the following:

  • Motivation and realistic approach to Medicine as a career
  • Show initiative, resilience and maturity
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Be well organised and demonstrate problem solving abilities
  • Likely contribution to university life
  • Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations

Your personal statement is not scored but you can use it during your interview to show supporting evidence of the above criteria. Barts are looking for medical students who will not only participate academically, but also enthusiastically in university life and in the local community. Note that the Situational Judgement section from your UKCAT exam may be used as part of the interview assessment.

There are opportunities to be interviewed in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

For the 4-year programme, interviews are held at an assessment centre where students are given different tasks to complete, including:

  • a group task
  • a written exercise
  • a structured interview

One task used previously asked applicants to watch a recording of a consultation and answer related questions. This takes place in February and lasts half a day.

For entry to the 5-year programme in 2017, Barts received 2088 Home/EU applications, with 796 candidates offered interviews. There were 476 overseas applicants of which 135 were invited to interview.

For entry to the 4-year programme in 2017, Barts received 1314 Home/EU applications of which 187 were invited to interview. There were 77 overseas applicants of which 8 were invited to interview.

Medicine at Barts and the London is ranked 3rd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

It is ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.

It is among the top 51-100 medical schools in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

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

    The university has a very friendly and supportive environment. During freshers week, all new students are allocated a Barts Mum and Dad, who are senior students who have volunteered to help. During the whole year, any questions or problems I had, I spoke to my Barts parents first, who were incredibly helpful with lots of things, ranging from the best society to join to exam tips and past papers. The lecturers are also incredibly supportive, where after each module the students are welcome to provide feedback to improve the course, and the feedback we give is actually take on board.

    I really enjoyed how the course is designed, whereby a spiral model is used to teach us. Each module is revisited each year, however with more detail. I found this to be hard work but in the end very helpful as I was reminded of the same information several times, making it easier to learn. I also really like that Barts do clinical skills, OCSEs and GP placements from the first year, as these lay a solid foundation for the following years.

    Another thing I found incredibly helpful was that we were taught anatomy using both lectures and prosections, and then later in the year those who wanted to were able to choose dissection as part of their SSC (student selected component) which lasted 2 weeks. Once I had dissected, my anatomy vastly improved and I was also much more confident in my learning.

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

    So much is integrated into the first year and therefore it can be very overwhelming, you basically hit the ground running, whereas other medical schools give first years a more relaxed environment. We cover a lot of material from the get go and have in-course assessments (ICA), which you have to pass to sit finals exams. This can get very stressful as not only are you learning from lectures but also PBLs, clinical skills classes, anatomy and physiology labs, GP placements, poster presentations, while preparing for upcoming ICA. That being said, once you get the hang of it, which usually happens after your first ICA, you build a pattern and a good revision plan, which helps you throughout medical school, and as the years gets more stressful, you’re well equipped to handle it.

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

    Making sure they are ready to work hard and stay on top of their work, as it can easily snowball. Join lots of societies. If you manage your time well, there’s plenty of time for sports and other societies and they keep you more integrated and allow you to do other things that aren’t medicine. As we are part of Queen Mary University of London, there are many events and societies we can take part in, which allow you to be away from other medics too.

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

    A good UKCAT score
    Once you are offered an interview and given an article/issue to discuss. Make sure you can argue it from several sides with good reasoning. They don’t care much about what you think about homeopathy for example, they’re more interested in how you think.
    Not be scared. Barts have the nicest interviews ever. The panel are incredibly friendly, so just be yourself.