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Medicine MBBS 5 Years (A100)

Key Facts

  • Medicine | MBBS (5 Years), Full time
  • UCAS Code: A100, Institution Code: Q50, Campus Code: W
  • UCAS application deadline: 15 October

Key Benefits - MBBS (5 years)

The east London advantage

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry brings together two venerable teaching institutions: St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which dates back to 1123, and The London Hospital Medical College, founded in 1785, the oldest medical school in England and Wales.

The two hospitals lie in two very different parts of London, the City and the East End, meaning our students are exposed to a greater diversity of people and their problems than at almost any other medical and dental school. We are in an unrivalled position to offer you the very best experience as a student – the experience that will shape what sort of doctor or dentist you will be for the rest of your life.


Barts and The London is part of Queen Mary, the only university in London to offer extensive campus-based facilities. This promotes a sense of community and encourages an active social life.

If you are a single full-time first year undergraduate who applies during the normal admissions cycle and has not lived in Queen Mary housing before, you may be eligible for accommodation on campus. Priority is given to those who apply by the required deadline and who live furthest away.

More about student accommodation at Barts and The London

State-of-the-art teaching facilities

Barts and The London has modern state-of-the-art buildings alongside more traditional facilities. 

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Excellence in research

Barts and The London has a long and proud record in the delivery of internationally recognised research.

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An integrated curriculum

The MB BS 5-year programme in Medicine is designed to equip you with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of medicine, and to develop the skills and attitudes you need in order to apply that knowledge in practice.

It is essential for doctors to be able to relate well to their patients and demonstrate empathy and respect for them. The programme therefore places considerable emphasis on developing your expertise in a whole range of practical areas, including clinical, communication, observation, teamwork and management skills.

We have completely eliminated the traditional divide between pre-clinical studies and clinical years and operate an integrated curriculum, which means that you will start seeing patients from the very first term. If you have not already achieved a degree prior to entry and based on your academic performance, you will also have the opportunity to take an extra year of studies leading to an intercalated degree in Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) or Bachelor of Science (BSc). An additional degree may give you a greater choice of career opportunities.

During the five-year programme you will gain a thorough understanding of body systems and the medical sciences underpinning your study as well as develop communication skills and gain substantial clinical experience. The medical programme is divided in to three phases. The first two phases are a vertically and horizontally integrated, systems-based spiral curriculum where you have the opportunity to revisit each of the systems three times, revising and increasing the depth of your knowledge in these areas.

Learning and teaching

With support from tutors, students are encouraged to develop an independent attitude to learning, such as making decisions about how to tackle key subjects and researching and discussing them with fellow students.  This approach prepares you well for life as a qualified doctor, when you will take responsibility for keeping your knowledge up-to-date through continuing professional development.

The teaching methods will ensure that you can both understand the principles of medicine and apply your knowledge in the same way when treating a patient.  Formal lectures play a small part compared with more traditional programmes.  

Important features of teaching are listed below:-

  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL) PBL is a central element of the medical curriculum.  It is an active way of learning that teaches students problem-solving skills and teamwork while at the same time allowing them to acquire basic knowledge.  Here PBL involves groups of eight to ten students working together to understand and explain the central issues of a problem under the guidance of a tutor.  Effective teamwork is essential for PBL and undertaking independent research and presenting your findings to the group will help you retain the information, and develop your communication skills.  The early use of clinical scenarios will help you apply your knowledge. 
  • Practical sessions – sessions take place in our laboratories, IT labs, clinical skills labs and wards.
  • Communication skills – you will have practical training in interviewing techniques and special sessions devoted to communication between doctors or dentists and their patients.
  • Project work – this will bring you in to contact with the local community.  In the early stages of the course this involves working with GPs and community tutors.
  • E-learning – students have access to a large amount of teaching material via ‘Blackboard’ – an intranet-based facility which enables you to revisit lectures and masses of other teaching materials at your convenience.

Student support

We have a highly developed network for pastoral and academic support.

This network is a vital resource for medical students, who take much of the responsibility for their own learning during their challenging courses. At every stage you will receive support from staff who are experienced in helping and advising students.

For detailed information about the support we offer visit our student support web page.

The QMUL MBBS course is also taught in Malta

Medicine (MBBS Malta, 5 year Programme) A110

  • You can apply to both MBBS London and MBBS Malta
  • MBBS Malta applications are sent directly to QMUL, not UCAS

Structure - MBBS (5 years)

The programme has been designed to provide students with the medical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitude that are required to become a competent and safe FY1 Doctor.  

The curriculum closely follows the recommendations set out in Tomorrow’s Doctors (General Medical Council: September 2009).

The curriculum is taught in a series of modules which are based on BODY SYSTEMS which, in turn, encompass various scientific and medical THEMES.  

Each system is visited a minimum of three times during the programme.

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 are regularly placed in general practices where they can learn about the clinical content of their growing medical knowledge.
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. Students’ 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.

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.

Students complete their SSC programme and this may include spending time in a speciality not previously experienced or may allow them to gain a deeper understanding in an area that 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 FYI doctor they will be replacing following graduation.

Students may visit some or all of the following hospitals:

  • The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London
  • 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 Hospital University, Colchester, Essex
  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex
  • Queens Hospital, Romford, Essex
  • King George V Hospital, Romford, Essex

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

Student Selected Components

With over 800 SSCs to choose from, there are 13 separate SSCs spread across the five years of the MB BS comprising around 20% of the total programme.  Some are carried out in blocks 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 organise their own SSCs.  SSCs allow you to:-

  • Choose topics which interest you
  • Acquire broader-based knowledge that provides an appreciation of medicine in its wider context
  • Study a subject in depth
  • Develop independent study, self-directed learning and transferable skills, key competencies in the development of a doctor
  • Consider potential career paths

Examples of SSCs currently on offer:

  • Developing Communication Skills
  • Observation of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Human Structure by Dissection : Limbs
  • Neural and Pharmacological Control of Body Function
  • Applied Radiological Anatomy
  • Cystic Fibrosis : An insight into Chronic Illness
  • Tropical Diseases : Biochemical and Medical Aspects
  • A Pain in the Neck : Mouth, Jaws, Face and Neck for Beginners
  • Renal Medicine and Transplantation
  • Pre-hospital Care – Working with the Emergency Medical Teams
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • Introduction to ENT Surgery
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Function and Dysfunction of the Pancreatic Beta Cell in Health and Disease
  • How do Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Work
  • Forensic Medical Investigation
  • Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Cardiometabolic Risk
  • Seasonality in Suicides involving Drugs
  • Human Structure by Dissection : Thorax and Abdomen
  • Clinical and Scientific basis of Skin Cancer
  • Teddy Bear Hospital


The pattern of assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and regular examinations throughout the programme, with final exams each year.  A scheme of merits and distinctions rewards excellent or outstanding performance across each sector of the curriculum.  There is also a comprehensive scheme of prizes to recognise special ability both in the main examinations and in specialist subjects.

Continuous assessment

Continuous assessment provides you with regular opportunities to consolidate your learning.  You can monitor your own progress and teaching staff can identify students who may need additional help with their studies.  Continuous assessment takes many forms: short in-course examinations, written accounts of problems or cases studied, poster, clinical or other presentations, log-books, work-books, direct observation or clinical firm grades.  This approach to the end-of-year examinations, results in less cramming and examination stress for students.

End-of-year examinations

End-of-year examinations measure progression through the core curriculum and use a range of innovative assessment methods.  Written papers test knowledge and its application to problem solving with extended matching questions, short answer and modified essay questions, often used in conjunction with clinical scenarios.  In addition, computer based exams for anatomy, histology and data interpretation are used in the first two phases of the programme.

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

These are used from the first year of the programme to assess competence in clinical, communication and practical skills.  Students move through a series of stations, where they have five or ten minutes to perform a specified task with real or simulated patient or a mannequin.

Formative assessment workshops

Formative assessment workshops (where scores do not count) and informal feedback in small group teaching sessions help you develop your knowledge, personal and group skills throughout the programme.

Assessment of Student Selected Components

SSCs are assessed individually on a simple grading system, which build into a portfolio covering many aspects of medicine.  They must be successfully completed at the end of each year in order to progress to the next year and can help inform the award of merit in other parts of the programme.

Outcome of the course

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB BS (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ).  Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration  with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

The QMUL MBBS course is also taught in Malta

Medicine (MBBS Malta, 5 year Programme) A110

  • You can apply to both MBBS London and MBBS Malta
  • MBBS Malta applications are sent directly to QMUL, not UCAS

Minimum entry requirements - MBBS (5 years)


Minimum AAAb from 3 A-levels and 1 AS level

  • Chemistry and Biology at AS level, at least one at A-level. If both subjects not taken to A-level, a second science A-level is required.  If you are planning to drop either Chemistry or Biology before A2, you must attain a B grade in that subject at AS level. Science subjects are regarded as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
  • If A-level Maths and Further Maths are offered in the same sitting, Further Maths is acceptable at AS-level only.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted subjects at AS and A-level.
  • Our normal offer is for grades AAA in three A-levels and B in the AS-level.
  • For candidates offering four A-levels in two science and two non science subjects, our normal offer is AAAC if no AS-levels have been cashed in.

All eligible applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABBB or above (in any order) to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). The Science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

A-levels achieved prior to Year 13 will be considered as part of the overall academic strength of an application but will not count towards an offer. In year 13, 3 of the accepted A levels must be sat taken over not more than 2 years study.

The minimum entry requirements must be read alongside the selection criteria which gives greater clarity to the selection process from application, interview and offer.

Policy for applicants who re-sit their qualifications

The Medical School does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A-level year thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must make the medical school aware with evidence by September 1st of the year of application to ensure their application is suitable to be considered under this framework. 

The School does accept AS re-sit modules taken within the two years of study.

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer 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.

International Baccalaureate

The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects 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, 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.

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.

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. English Language at Standard Grade 2 or higher is required.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 at Higher level including A1 in Chemistry and Biology. English Language at grade B or higher in the Irish Junior Certificate is required.

Advanced placements

Average of 85 per cent in the High School Diploma including grade B in English Language.  Three Advanced Placement subjects with grades 5, 5, 4 including Chemistry and Biology.

NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

NUS High School Diploma should be offered with 3.6 CAP in Yrs 3-6 and 4.0 CAP in Yrs 5-6.  Students must also have taken at least three Advanced Placement examinations and achieve grades of 5, 5, 4.  Two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry

Hong Kong HKDSE and HKALE

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 5 in English Language and Mathematics and level 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies. Level 5 in 3 elective subjects . Level 5 is needed in Chemistry and Biology.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) AAA Chemistry and Biology are needed.


All candidates applying to the five-year course must take the UKCAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with the UKCAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the UKCAT website for key dates and additional information.  

Foundation, Pre-med and access courses

We do not currently consider any foundation, Pre-med or access courses for entry to Medicine.

Deferred entry

The School of Medicine welcomes applications from school leavers who wish to take a gap year. You should state in your UCAS personal statement how you propose to spend your time.

International students

We accept 23 international students onto the Medicine programmes each year. If you are offering academic qualifications other than those listed above, please check your country of origin to ensure we accept your qualifications.  One of the following English Language qualifications is required from applicants educated outside the UK who meet our other academic criteria:-

  • IELTS with a score of 7.0 overall
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O-level in English Language at grade B

IELTS must have been taken within 2 years.

Graduate students applying for the 5 Yr MB BS programme

  • Only your first undergraduate degree will be considered for entry. Students who have commenced another medical or dental degree and have either voluntarily withdrawn or been de registered by their university are not eligible to apply.
  • You may apply in or after the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. 
  • There must have been a significant component of Biology and Chemistry in your degree programme, at least equivalent to AS level. 
  • Alternatively, you must have achieved grades of at least BB in A-level Biology and Chemistry prior to starting your degree or you must be completing or have completed AS levels in Chemistry and Biology and be predicted/achieved B grades in both. 

Acceptable science / healthcare degree list

Graduates with a non-UK degree

Graduates who offer a degree with at least an upper second class honours or equivalent who have graduated from a university outside the UK, must send the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office the following prior to application to ensure your eligibility to apply:

  • A transcript of your degree (translated into English if necessary)
  • A statement of comparability from NARIC confirming your degree is comparable to a British Bachelor (Honours) degree standard
  • Graduates from America/Canada must offer an Honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Work experience

We would expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting.  It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.


Students will not be accepted for transfer from other Queen Mary courses or from other medical and non medical courses, with the exception of Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) applicants – see below.
If you have started a degree programme elsewhere you are not eligible to apply to start at Barts and the London from the first year.

Application deadline

Applications must be received by 15 October in order to be considered for entry in the following September.

Age requirements

Candidates below the age of 18 on the first day of the course in September will not be admitted to the course.

Health requirements

The School welcomes and accommodates people from a range of backgrounds and faiths, as well as those with health conditions and disabilities.  However, medical or dental students must be fit to practise and the safety of patients will always be the primary consideration.  We have a strong network of student support and students will be offered the appropriate adjustments and support required to help them succeed.  However, an impairment or health condition may make it impossible for a student to meet the outcomes required by the GMC or GDC at the point of graduation.  Where all possible options to help the student have been explored and are still unsuccessful, the student may have to leave the course or be reviewed by the Professional Capability Committee. 

All candidates offered a place must complete a health assessment with the College’s Occupational Health Service. You will be sent a confidential health questionnaire after firm acceptance of your offer. You should complete this and return it to the Occupational Health Service by the required deadline.

The primary aim of the assessment is to learn about any health problems or disabilities you may have which may require special support, so that we can plan for this before you begin your course. We are also required by the General Medical Council (GMC) to ensure that you are not affected by a condition that would make it impossible for you to acquire the skills necessary to qualify and work safely as a doctor before accepting you onto the course.

You can read the GMC requirements in their booklet Tomorrow’s Doctors, available from
If you have a disability or health problem that you think may affect your fitness to practise, or which you think may be difficult to accommodate, then you can contact the College Occupational Health Physician for advice , in confidence, before applying.

Vaccinations for medical school

If you are offered a place, you will need to be immunised against a range of infections to meet health and safety standards necessary for work with patients. We strongly recommend that all medical students are vaccinated against hepatitis B before entry.  If you are a known carrier of a blood-borne virus (BBV),  you should contact the College Occupational Health Service (OHS) for further advice. 

Exposure prone procedures

Experience of exposure prone procedures is not a requirement for the medical programmes.  Applicants for these programmes are not required to demonstrate that they are free from infection with blood borne viruses before admission.  However, prospective students should read the Guidance document published by the Medical Schools Council and others, for a discussion of the benefits of obtaining clearance to undertake exposure prone procedures as a student and later as a doctor.  This can be found at the following:

Criminal record check

All offers of a place on the medical and dental courses are made subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure. 

The School implements strict deadlines for the submission of this information.  These deadlines are conditions of the offers we make and students who fail to meet them may be rejected even if they have fulfilled the academic conditions of their offer.  Applicants are exempted from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 specifically because they may be working with children and vulnerable adults. The DBS check may disclose all spent and unspent criminal records including (but not limited to) convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, bind over orders or similar and may also show details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

If you think you might have received a conviction, caution, or other punishment (listed above) from the police, whether spent or unspent, you must declare ‘Yes’ to a criminal conviction or other punishment on your UCAS application form.  Failure to inform the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office of matters that subsequently appear on a DBS check may well result in your offer being withdrawn.

The cost of the DBS and registration process must be paid by you.  Once you have been offered a place at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office will send out further information of how to obtain criminal record clearance.  Applicants who have declared ‘Yes’ to a criminal conviction or other punishment will be contacted for more information and may be invited for an interview with the School’s Criminal Records Panel. More details of this process can be found in the School’s policy, below. 

Applicants with criminal records should also be aware that subsequent registration with the GMC/GDC cannot be guaranteed.

Where there is a delay in the processing of your DBS clearance, you will be asked to sign a waiver to confirm that you have made a full declaration prior to enrolment of any spent or unspent criminal record you have received, in line with the School’s Policy for the enrolment of Medical and Dental Students without DBS or Health Clearance.

It is anticipated that students will need to apply to be entered on the Vetting and Barring Scheme register. Further information will be provided to candidates who are offered admission to the course.

For further information about our process, please see the Admissions Policy.

The QMUL MBBS course is also taught in Malta

Medicine (MBBS Malta, 5 year Programme) A110

  • You can apply to both MBBS London and MBBS Malta
  • MBBS Malta applications are sent directly to QMUL, not UCAS

Selection Criteria - MBBS (5 years)

Admissions data: the 2014 admissions cycle

Admission to medicine at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 2,500 applications for entry and interview about 800 candidates. Approximately 440 offers are made, and 253 students will be admitted in September to the five-year course (A100).

A range of criteria is used to assess candidates in order to be considered for an interview:-

Applications are firstly reviewed within the Admissions Office to check that they meet the minimum academic requirements.  Any applications which do not meet the minimum academic requirements will be rejected at this point.

A100 applicants (not including graduates) who achieve at least 2400 overall in the UKCAT and meet our minimum academic entry criteria will be given a score for their UCAS tariff based on achieved/predicted grades for all ‘tariffable’ criteria.  Candidates will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 410 or more. 410 points must be achieved from  the main scoring Academic acceptable criteria . 50% of the weighting will be on Tariff and 50% on the UKCAT score 

We aim to interview approximately 800 applicants on the basis of UKCAT score and predicted UCAS tariff.  It is not possible to predict what the thresholds will be in any individual year, nor to use data from previous years to predict subsequent years’ thresholds, since it is essentially competitive and depends on who applies. Hence we do not plan to make this information public.

UCAS tariff is made up of a number of academic and non-academic qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to review the list of ‘tariffable’ qualifications and must ensure that all qualifications they have taken and/or are taking are listed on their UCAS application in order to be taken into consideration. As well as AS and A2 levels, other examples of academic  tariffable qualifications include the Cambridge Pre-U, the International Baccalaureate, the Irish Leaving Certificate, and the non academic qualifications  Extended Project, BTEC level 3,  Music Examinations. We will calculate your tariff for all tariffable qualifications you list on your UCAS application including those that are not taken into consideration for meeting our minimum academic requirements e.g. An AS or A’level in General Studies or Critical Thinking.

An overview of tariff scores can be found at


All candidates applying to the five-year course must take the UKCAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with the UKCAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the UKCAT website for key dates and additional information.  

How we use the UKCAT

  • For school-leavers/gap year students, you must achieve at least 2400 overall in the UKCAT.
  • We are not able to give you advice on the minimum score we require, since it varies from year to year; however, it is unlikely that you would be offered an interview if you obtained a TOTAL UKCAT score below 2400; although there is no guarantee you will be offered an interview if you score above this.
  • Graduates who apply for the 5 year programme will be assessed to ensure they meet our minimum academic criteria.  Applicants who meet these criteria will then be ranked against the other graduate applicants applying in that year according to their overall UKCAT score to determine which applicants to short-list for interview.

How we use the UCAS Tariff

  • For school-leavers/gap year students, you must be predicted to achieve a UCAS Tariff of at least 410 from the minimum Academic subjects we allow. We expect you to take all exams for which we have been given a predicted result.

  • We are not able to give you advice on the minimum score we require to be shortlisted for interview, since it varies from year to year. The tariff score makes up 50% of the weighting and the other 50% is from the UKCAT score. You are advised to check last year admissions cycle data before applying.

  • UCAS Tariff is not relevant for graduates who apply for either the 5 year or 4 year programme.

In summary, the School of Medicine has a comprehensive admissions policy that ensures that all applications are dealt with in the same way. When applications are received, they are assessed to make sure that candidates fulfil the minimum requirements. Candidates must:

  • have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in GCSE and A and AS-levels, International or European Baccalaureate, or other acceptable qualifications that satisfy the School of Medicine’s academic criteria (see Entry requirements section)
  • sit the UKCAT examination each year of the application
  • apply by the deadline

Candidates who do not fulfil the above requirements will be rejected without interview.


If selected, you will be required to attend a short interview. This will take place at the Whitechapel campus in January and February.

We will be holding interviews in Hong Kong and Singapore in January.

Normally interview panels consist of two members of senior academic or clinical staff a medical student and sometimes a lay selector. The interview is not intended to be an intimidating experience and staff will try to put candidates at ease while evaluating 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

The personal statement does not form part of the assessment to reach interview  and is there to support the candidate during the interview process. The personal statement does not form part of the scoring at interview.  

After your interview, you will have a chance to take a tour of the Whitechapel campus organised by medical students.

There will be three possible outcomes from the interview:

  • An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non academic clearance checks
  • Rejection
  • Waiting list – candidates who are unplaced elsewhere may be reconsidered after the summer examination results

Decisions are made when all the interviews have been completed. The formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS at the same time.

Candidates who are unsuccessful cannot be reconsidered for entry within the same cycle but may reapply the following year (if they obtain the relevant qualifications at the first attempt) without prejudice to the new application.

Doc Route Programme (Formerly Newham Doc Scheme)

The Doc Route Programme is Barts and The London’s widening access to medicine programme for applicants studying and/or living in the borough of Newham. Applicants must apply to Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry through UCAS in the normal way and take the UKCAT.

Only the students’ teachers are permitted to put them forward to this scheme based on their belief that the students are suited to a degree programme in medicine, but are not predicted the necessary grades to apply directly to A100. These students’ names are then forwarded to Barts and The London Student Recruitment and Admissions Office for consideration.

The Doc Route Programme runs for six years rather than the usual five and the first year takes place at Newham University Hospital where students undergo placements in a variety of medical subjects as well as attending PBL sessions with current 1st year medical students at Barts and The London. Successful completion of this first year guarantees students a place on the 5-year Medicine MBBS programme the following year.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Doc Route Programme)


  • The minimum entry requirements for this course are three A-levels, including Chemistry and/or Biology and one science or mathematics subject, and one additional subject at AS-level.
  • If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone at A-level, then the other is required at AS-level with at least a grade C.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable subjects at either AS or A-level.
  • Maths and English Language required at GCSE at grade C or above.
  • Applicants who have already achieved their A level grades are not eligible to apply to the Doc Route Programme.
Aptitude test

UKCAT required


All applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be called for interview.

Places available

up to 4

Applicants who study and/or live in the borough of Newham MUST BE nominated by their school in order to be considered for this programme.

The Doc Route Programme won the widening participation category of the Health Education, North, Central and East London Quality Awards in 2013 and was awarded the Guardian Public Service Award 2010 in Innovation and Progress in the category of Diversity and Equality.

For further information on the Doc Route Programme, please contact The Student Recruitment and Admissions Office at – please note that only teachers and careers advisors should use this point of contact, not the students themselves.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) / Oral Medicine

Entry on to year 3 of the 5 year MBBS programme is designed specifically for qualified dentists who are fully registered with the General Dental Council and members of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) or the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM).  There are 5 available places each year and is only open to UK/EU applicants. Applicants must have the MFDS, at least 12 months experience of either clinical pathway  and clear career aims. In addition it is desirable to have some publication history or research experience.

Applicants applying for this course are not required to take the UKCAT.

Applications should be made directly to Barts and The London from October each year with an application deadline at the end of December.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please email

Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) applicants

If you are a current pre-clinical medicine Oxbridge student, you may apply to join year 3 of the 5 year MBBS programme at Barts and The London.

Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. A clinical open day specifically for Oxbridge students is usually held in October/November.  This is an opportunity for you to see the facilities and meet students and staff.   All Oxbridge applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please email

The QMUL MBBS course is also taught in Malta

Medicine (MBBS Malta, 5 year Programme) A110

  • You can apply to both MBBS London and MBBS Malta
  • MBBS Malta applications are sent directly to QMUL, not UCAS


For all full-time undergraduate higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, you must make an online application via UCAS.

The UCAS code for Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London is Q50.
For all applicants, there are full instructions on the UCAS website to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. UCAS also has a comprehensive guide called Applying Online, which can be downloaded from their website. UCAS allows you to apply to up to five courses per year.

There are three types of applicant:

1. Students at a school or college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments international) are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications.
Advice is available from your teacher or a careers adviser at your school or college. You fill in an online application and submit it to a member of staff. After checking your details, and having added the academic reference, your school or college submits the completed application online to UCAS. You pay online using a credit card or debit card. You may also be able to pay through your school or college.

2. Independent applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants who are not at school or college must apply online independently. It is likely that you cannot readily seek advice from your teacher, but can instead consult with various careers organisations (such as Connexions). You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

3. International applicants outside the UK (EU and worldwide)

If your school or college is registered with UCAS you will be able to apply the same way as UK students; otherwise individuals from the EU (excluding the UK) and worldwide will need to apply online independently. Advice is normally available from your school or college. You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.


Applicants for Medicine can make up to four choices for medical courses on the UCAS form. Your remaining choices can be used for alternative subjects without prejudice to the commitment to medicine. Applicants intending to include non-medical choices are encouraged to consider other courses available at Queen Mary.
All applications which include choices for medicine must be submitted by 15 October for entry in September the following year.

Fees and Funding

Full details of fees [on Queen Mary, University of London web site]

The QMUL MBBS course is also taught in Malta

Medicine (MBBS Malta, 5 year Programme) A110

  • You can apply to both MBBS London and MBBS Malta
  • MBBS Malta applications are sent directly to QMUL, not UCAS

This information was updated: 07 October 2013

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