Frequently asked questions (MBBS and BDS)
How many applications do you receive for medicine and dentistry and how many offers do you make?
For the five-year medical programme in 2011, we received over 1600 applications. Each year, we make about 500 offers (universities make more offers than they have places to account for those who either do not accept or do not meet the requirements) this is approximately 3 applicants to every offer of a place. For the four year graduate programme, this is approximately 13 applicants to every offer of a place.
For the five-year dental programme in 2011, we received over 500 applications. Each year, we make about 130 offers (universities make more offers than they have places to account for those who either do not accept or do not meet the requirements) this is approximately 4 applicants to every offer of a place.
If I have grades higher than the entry requirements, will this give me an advantage?
Yes, but only as a school-leaver/gap year applicant applying to A100 5-year MB BS and A200 5-year BDS programmes. There is competition for places and school-leaver/gap year applicants with strong academic backgrounds are at an advantage. We also carefully consider the other interests and talents you may have at interview which will contribute to our university and your suitability as a future member of the medical/dental professions. Your UKCAT score will also play a part in selection.
I have applied to Barts and the London previously but was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?
Yes, provided you meet our entry requirements, you may apply to us again without prejudice.
Do all my AS-level results need to be at least grade B or above?
No. We take in to consideration your A-level predicted grades so do not require any grade for AS-levels that are being taken on to A-level.
If you are dropping your fourth subject at AS level, you must achieve a B grade in your AS level to meet our minimum entry requirements.
I did not certificate my AS-level examinations and so grades are not listed on my UCAS form. Will this disadvantage my application?
No. We consider the A/AS-level predicted grades given by your referee.
Can I re-sit modules within the A/AS-levels without disadvantage?
Yes. We are looking for applicants who can study and pass subjects to a high level over a specific time frame. This will indicate that you are able to deal with the academic workload of our medical/dental programmes. Therefore, we will expect you to achieve the required A/AS-level results over the normal two year period (for example, year 12 and 13). Within this period, you can re-sit modules within qualifications without prejudice to your application. However, at the end of the period you are required to have completed the appropriate full examinations and achieve our minimum entry requirements.
Can I re-sit the entire AS/A-level year?
The School of Medicine does not consider re-sit applicants who achieve the required grades over the normal two year period.
If I do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but offer or exceed the correct tariff points, can I apply?
No, we expect applicants to be predicted/achieved at least AAAb in the correct subjects, therefore you cannot offer tariff points that add up to AAAb. We will only consider the grades AAAb (or higher).
What is the deadline for application through UCAS?
The deadline for medicine and dentistry is 15 October.
What if my predicted grade changes after the UCAS deadline?
We are unable to consider any changes to your predicted grades after the October 15 UCAS deadline.
What if I change my As/A2 subject(s) after submitting my application through UCAS?
We will allow a change of subject(s)(assuming you still meet our minimum subject specific entry criteria with the necessary grades). However, we are unable to alter the tariff points assessed on the UCAS form submitted by the 15th of October.
If I apply by the 15 October deadline when can I expect to hear from you?
We receive a large number of applications for medicine and dentistry. As we assess applications throughout the cycle, some applicants will hear from us quite early in the process, while others will be contacted later. If you do not hear from us for sometime it does not automatically mean that your application has been unsuccessful as we invite some applicants to interview as late as March.
When I receive my examination results, what happens if I don't quite meet the academic conditions specified in my offer?
When your final results are known you will, of course, be accepted by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry if you achieve all the conditions stipulated in your offer. In a few cases, if you do not meet the academic requirements of our offer it may still be possible to confirm your place on the programme. This will depend on whether we have any spare places, and if we were particularly impressed with your application and interview.
I am doing A levels, but I don't have GCSEs because I did my secondary schooling abroad – can I still apply?
Yes, but you need to offer English Language from one of the following examinations:
- IELTS with a score of 7.0 overall
- TOEFL with a score of 610+ (paper test) or 250+ (computer test) or 100+ (internet test)
- GCSE/IGCSE/O-level in English Language at grade B
IELTS and TOEFL must have been taken within 2 years.
I do not meet the minimum GCSE grade requirements. What should I do?
You can re-sit the GCSE subjects during your AS or A-level year.
I do not wish to finish my degree and would like to apply for medicine or dentistry
The School of Medicine and Dentistry does not accept applicants who have not completed their degree courses, nor do we accept transfers from a related degree onto our medical/dental courses.
Can I apply as a graduate if I do not have a 2.1 classification in my degree?
Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply to ANY of our courses. We do not accept applicants with 2:2s in their first undergraduate degree for any of our courses, and you cannot offer any qualifications in lieu of this (e.g. MSc or PhD).
I will not be 18 by the start of the course, can I still apply?
Candidates MUST be 18 or over by the start of the course, if not, you are unable to apply for that year's entry but you can apply for deferred entry if you will meet the age requirement the following year. Even if you are a few days or weeks under the age requirement by the start of the course, you will be automatically rejected if you do not intend to defer entry.
I'm taking a gap year and wish to defer entry, how will this affect my application?
We are happy to consider students who are deferring entry for the 5-year Medical and Dental programmes. Please ensure you tick the correct box on the UCAS form to let us know you are applying for deferred entry. You may well be asked at interview why you are deferring – it is best to have an answer! If you decide late in the cycle to defer entry it may not be possible to offer you a place the following year.
I have not taken the UKCAT test, can I still be considered for entry?
No, all eligible applicants must take the UKCAT test in the year of application or be officially exempted, see:
What if I decide to drop qualifications that I listed on my UCAS application after I have applied?
We are unable to consider any changes to qualifications listed on your application after the UCAS deadline (ie 15 October). This is because we consider you based on the information you have provided on your UCAS application.
Why must I get a CRB check?
We have a duty to our patients and other vulnerable people, and must ensure all students have an enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.
All offers of a place will be subject to this check which will be undertaken before students commence their course. If you wish to discuss this in confidence, please call the Student Recruitment team on 020 7882 8478 or email email@example.com
Can I come and have a look around the campus at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry?
Yes, you are able to conduct a self guided tour on Monday-Friday from 09:00-17:00. Please download and print the map and self guided tour information below.
- Self guided tour (Whitechapel) April 2012 [PDF 44 KB] UPDATED 17/05/13Follow this guide to take your own tour of the Whitechapel campus
- Map of Whitechapel campus [PDF]
Please note that there is construction work taking place at the Royal London Hospital and certain access pathways are closed. This map shows alternative routes.
When will I be invited to an interview?
All our interviews take place between December and March. We start inviting selected candidates to interview at the end of November/beginning of December through to March with the exception of the GEP MB BS 4-year programme which runs the assessment centre in February of each year.
I have an interview. What should I expect?
All shortlisted candidates are asked to attend for interview. 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 looking at admissionsforum.net where you can find details of other students' experiences of interview.
Why has my application been rejected before interview?
We can assure you that in order to be fair to our candidates; all applications follow the same selection process. We receive an extremely high standard of application; so many candidates will be rejected before the interview stage.
There are some key reasons why your application may have been rejected at this stage:
- Your academic performance was not as strong as those applicants shortlisted for interview
- Your UKCAT score was below our cut-off point determined by the overall candidates total scores
- Your personal reference gave us doubts about your suitability for the course
- You did not meet the minimum age requirement
- You are in the first or second year of a 3-year degree programme
Why has my application been rejected (after interview)
Whilst we are aware that it is very disappointing for your application to be rejected at this stage, we would like to reassure you that this decision is undertaken according to a process designed to judge all candidates equally. Our interviewers are trained members of staff and are chosen for their experience in selecting candidates as well as representing many different areas of the University.
Many candidates are of an excellent standard, so we do reject a large amount of suitably qualified candidates at interview – as a guide, we make about 500 offers and interview approximately 800 people for the A100 5 year MB BS programme and about 130 offers and interview approximately 250 people for the A200 5 year MB BS programme, so a large number of students will be disappointed.
My application was unsuccessful and I would like feedback
If your application was rejected without interview, it is likely that this was due to one of the factors outlined in the ‘why have I been rejected' question. We are unable to provide written feedback to applicants who are rejected prior to interview.
We are able to provide brief feedback to applicants who were unsuccessful after the interview stage but this will not be personal feedback. Please be aware that we need this request in writing, and that due to the busy nature of the admissions office it can take up to 20 working days to respond.
My offer letter says that I will be considered as a ‘home’ student, what does this mean?
‘Home’ refers to your fee status, as International and Home students pay different fees. It does not mean you have to live at Home!