London Imperial College, School of Medicine
Degree Type & Length: 6 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: I50
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes
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Academic entry requirement:


The minimum entry requirements for this course is AAA + AS-level at grade B overall, to be achieved in the same sitting.

Biology and Chemistry are required, therefore if one of these subjects is not taken at A2 level, it must be taken at AS level and a grade B is required.

For candidates offering four A-levels our normal offer is AAAC. Grades obtained in resit examinations are not normally considered, however resit candidates who believe they have extenuating circumstances are invited to contact the School of Medicine prior to application at

Vocational A and AS-levels are not acceptable and General Studies will not be accepted at any level.

GCSE (or equivalent)

All applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABB or above (in any order):

Biology (or Human Biology)


English Language

Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics)


The Science double award or Science plus Additional Science may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

EPQ:  Please note that an EPQ cannot be used as part of the AS and A2 Level entry requirements.

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: Level 2, Faculty Building
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ, UK
Key attribute of medical institute: All MBBS degrees based at Imperial College London are professionally accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC). Additionally, all MBBS degrees lead to the award of the Associateship of Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM).
Course Structure:

 Years 1 and 2

During the first two weeks you will undertake an introduction and orientation to the undergraduate medical course and to the School of Medicine. This course includes study skills and information technology sessions, in addition to introductory sessions in the scientific basis of medicine and clinical practice.

Following the introductory sessions you will begin an integrated programme consisting of themes covering the three main elements of the core course: Scientific Basis of Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Clinical Experience.

  • Molecules, Cells and Disease includes molecular and cell biology, genetics, blood and blood-forming tissues, metabolism, infection, immunity, cell pathology, and cancer.
  • Life Support Systems includes the skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems, and the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum.
  • Life Cycle And Regulatory Systems includes human life cycle, neuroscience and mental health, the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems, the anatomy of the head, neck, spine and limbs, as well as pharmacology and therapeutics.
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice includes communication skills, sociology, ethics, epidemiology in practice, and information technology. The initial element of clinical experience (the Patient Contact course) is also managed as part of this theme.
  • Science and the Patient integrates your learning from the first two years with the teaching of generic skills that will be particularly useful in your BSc e.g. critical appraisal and data analysis.

Teaching comprises lectures, clinical demonstrations, tutorials, seminars, computer workshops, laboratory practical and clinical skills classes, and some problem-based learning.


Doctor and Patient includes problem-based learning and personal and professional development and is taught in small groups throughout the first and second years.


Clinical experience in the first year is provided by the First Clinical Attachment. During the course students will pay a number of visits to a patient in their home environment, and in a clinic setting, in order to explore the course topics: illness, health and disease; the experience of health and social care; and living with a long term condition. Patient visits are supplemented by small group work with practising GPs or hospital consultants.

This course is designed to enable you to understand health and illness from the perspective of patients, their families and carers, in a number of different settings.

In the second year you progress to your first hospital-based clinical attachment where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills to the care of patients.

Year 3

This year consists of three 10-week clinical attachments, which may be at any of the hospitals associated with the School.

You also continue to study the systems and topics component of the course, begun in the first and second years, via a programme of live lectures and interactive online learning delivered alongside the clinical attachments. 

The emphasis throughout is on the acquisition of core skills and knowledge in general medicine (including cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, neurology, oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, haematology, rheumatology and medicine for the elderly), general surgery (including gastrointestinal, breast and vascular surgery, and urology), anaesthetics, and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

  • Medical or surgical takes
  • GP teaching: basic clinical skills/methods in general practice
  • Patient clerking: to clerk (take the history and examine) at least two patients each week and write up these case histories – students are assessed on two of these written clerkings during each attachment, separate from the case project
  • Consultant teaching: key cases relating to the attachment – you will be expected to present patients during these sessions and this forms part of your assessment
  • Problem-based learning
  • Lecture course: a continuation of systems and topics teaching
  • Other teaching: this will depend on the nature of the clinical programme of the attachment, but should include outpatient clinic teaching, theatre sessions, endoscopy sessions, and anaesthetics sessions
  • Reading and electronic resources
  • You will also undertake the three-week Doctor, Patient and Disease course which will integradte all your clinical learning and introduce some pathology

Year 4


You will spend this year working towards the BSc by undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project or specialist course in an area of particular scientific/medical interest, leading to one of the degrees below.


Medical Sciences with one of:

  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Global Health
  • Haematology
  • Immunity and Infection
  • Management
  • Neurosciences and Mental Health
  • Pharmacology
  • Reproductive and Developmental Science
  • Respiratory Science
  • Surgery and Anaesthesia

The specialist courses currently on offer are:

  • Death Autopsy and the Law
  • Medical Humanities
  • History of Medicine

If you are studying in another UK medical school, you may obtain your BSc at Imperial via a one-year course in Year 4 of the Imperial MBBS course. The main eligibility requirements for undertaking an intercalated BSc at Imperial are that you:

1. have completed at least two years of a medical course elsewhere;

2. have permission to intercalate at Imperial for your BSc from your home medical school; and

3. will be able to return to your home medical school and resume studies on your medical course there after completing the BSc at Imperial.

For further information please send us an email.

Year 5

There is a dedicated Pathology course at the start of the fifth year which covers essential clinical pathology followed by 10 clinical specialties:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology and Palliative Care
  • General Practice and Primary Health Care
  • Radiology
  • Infectious Diseases/GUM/HIV
  • Dermatology
  • Rheumatology
  • Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Critical care
  • Teaching skills

Year 6

The final year consists of:

Seven three-week clinical attachments in:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice Student Assistantship
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Ears, Nose and Throat
  • Ophthalmology
  • Renal Medicine

- Two professional work experience attachments (one in medicine and one in surgery)

  • One specialty choice module
  • An eight-week elective period which may be spent in the UK or overseas
  • Five weeks of private study
  • A practical medicine course
  • An integrated course in Medicine, Surgery and Clinical Pharamacology and Therapeutics
London Imperial College, School of Medicine