Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: Q50
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
Applicants: 2500
Interviews: 800
Offers: 440
Places: 253
Academic entry requirement:

A/ AS-levels Grades requirement 

Minimum Grades requirement: three A-levels and one AS-level (AAAb) 

Minimum entry from 2017 is expected to be 3 A levels at AAA

  • Chemistry or Biology
  • Another Science or Maths( Chemistry ,Biology, Physics or Maths)
  • Any A level except Critical Thinking or General Studies

Please be aware there are changes to the UKCAT test in 2016 for entry in 2017 and the website should be consulted for all information

lnternational Baccalaureate

The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects are required, including chemistry or biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher Level, and three subjects at Standard Level including chemistry or biology if not offered at the Higher Level. If English is not offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE, at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent. The minimum requirement is for 38 points in total with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher Level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher Level subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate 

We require A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 at Higher Level including A1 in chemistry and biology. 

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Advanced Highers. Candidates must offer: three Scottish Highers at grades AAA, including biology and chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including chemistry and/or biology.

Cambridge Pre-U

The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. We require the full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including biology and/or chemistry. If either chemistry or biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required. An additional Short-Course in any subject is required at grade M2. You will also be required to offer grades AAABBB, in any order, in GCSE English language, mathematics, biology and chemistry. The science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE. 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.

European Baccalaureate 

The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer chemistry and biology. Minimum grades of 8.5 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall. Good passes at GCSE at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent in mathematics and English language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate are also required.

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Garrod Building, Turner Street, Whitechapel
E1 2AD
Tel: 020 7882 8478
Tel: 020 7882 2243
Key attribute of medical institute: The overall positive experience offered to students has been reflected in recent league table positions for 2015 entry; in The Complete University Guide the School was ranked 4th for Medicine.
Interview style format: For the 5 year MB BS and BDS programme, we always interview using a panel (which can contain tutors, admissions staff, doctors and dentists and current students) and are looking for the qualities that we consider would make you a good doctor or dentist. It would be useful to prepare yourself by browsing student forums where you can find details of other students' experiences of interview.
Course Structure:

Phase 1 A100 (Years 1 and 2)

Phase 1 is taught via a series of systems-based modules which introduce the basic biological sciences and address key topics including normal biological structure and function of cells, organs and body systems; the effect of illness on people and their families and the impact of environmental and social factors on health. Students take five systems-based modules and three student selected components (SSCs) each year. Students form an effective and mutually supportive community which encourages collaborative learning through a programme of Problem Based Learning scenarios (PBLs), which involve groups of 8-10 students and a facilitator working together to tackle a problem presented as a clinical scenario. In addition, learning is facilitated by a programme of lectures, workshops and other group activities. Regular patient contact is a key feature of these early years.

Phase 2 A100 (Years 3 and 4)

Students regularly return to the medical school for teaching weeks and assessments as well as being introduced to clinical medicine through a series of placements in our associate teaching hospitals. Their knowledge and clinical skills are enhanced by working alongside clinical teams both in the hospital and also within community placements. This enables them to expand and apply the knowledge and skills acquired during Phase 1.
Students may visit some or all of these hospitals during their clinical years:

  • The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel
  • St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone, London
  • Newham University Hospital, Newham, London
  • Homerton University Hospital, Homerton, London
  • Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex
  • Southend University Hospital, Southend, Essex
  • Colchester University Hospital, Colchester, Essex
  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex
  • Queens Hospital, Romford, Essex
  • King George Hospital, Romford, Essex

All students complete three SSCs a year, which are based around clinical scenarios, patient interviews and history taking and associated issues surrounding their chosen patient.

Phase 3 A100 (Year 5)

The final year of the programme provides students with clinical and community placements, practical skills and first-hand experience of the working life of a first year Foundation Year (FY1) doctor. Students are placed in the hospital and firm where they will be based for their FY1 training. During this time, they shadow the current FY1 doctor. Community placements include GP surgeries. Students complete their SSC programme, which may include spending time in a specialty not previously experienced or may allow them to gain a deeper understanding in an area that already interests them.

Throughout the year, students return to the medical school for a teaching programme; in addition, there are individual sessions in communication skills teaching and simulated patient scenarios.

Students also complete their Intermediate Life Support qualification.
On successful completion of final examinations, students complete a four-week elective and this is followed by a further four-week hospital placement shadowing the FY1 doctor they will be replacing following graduation.

Student Selected Components (SSCs)

There are 13 separate SSCs spread across the five years of the MB BS, comprising around 20 per cent of the total programme. Some are carried out in blocks, lasting from two to five weeks, while others run throughout the year. They are an integral part of the curriculum enabling students to demonstrate mandatory competences while allowing a degree of choice in studying an area of particular interest to them.

SSCs range from basic sciences (biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology), to clinical specialities, community and public health, ethics and law as applied to medicine and understanding the importance of research in the development of medicine. You are encouraged to pursue any area related to medicine or medical sciences that has particularly interested you. Students are also encouraged to organize their own SSCs.


One of the most interesting areas of the programme is the elective period in your final year, in which you will spend time studying one or more topics in the UK or abroad. This is a vital and challenging aspect of the programme enabling you to gain experience invaluable to your future career and personal development.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry