Medicine Graduate Entry Programme (A101)

Key Facts

  • Medicine | Graduate Entry Programme MBBS (GEP) (4 Years), Full time
  • UCAS Code: A101, Institution Code: Q50, Campus Code: W
  • UCAS application deadline: 15 October
  • Number of places: 40

Key benefits

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.

Campus based

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. www.residences.qmul.ac.uk

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.  For more information, see www.smd.qmul.ac.uk/research

An integrated curriculum

The MB BS 4-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.

During the four-year programme you will gain a thorough understanding of body systems and the medical sciences underpinning your study. You will also develop communication skills and gain substantial clinical experience. The medical programme is divided into 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.

Detailed information about the support we offer.

Structure - Medicine Graduate Entry Programme

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 – 4 YEAR GEP MBBS PROGRAMME (YEAR 1)

Phase 1, which students complete in one year,  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 and hospital wards where they can learn about the clinical content of their growing medical knowledge..  In addition GEP students will learn skills that are common to all healthcare professions including subjects such as ethics and law and clinical and communication studies.  GEP students do not complete an SSC programme in their first 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 eight to ten students and a facilitator working together to tackle a problem presented as a clinical scenario.  In addition, learning is facilitated by a programme of didactic lectures, workshops and other group activities.  Regular patient contact is a key feature of these early years.

PHASE 2 – 4 YEAR GEP MBBS PROGRAMME (YEARS 2 AND 3)
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.
PHASE 3 – 4 YEAR GEP MBBS PROGRAMME (YEAR 4)

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  SSCs (Student Selected Components) from Year 2 on the GEP MB BS programme which are based around clinical scenarios, patient interviews, history taking and associated issues surrounding their chosen patient.

Student Selected Components

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

Assessment

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.

Minimum Entry requirements - Medicine Graduate Entry Programme

  • Only your first undergraduate degree will be considered for entry.
  • You can only apply in or after the final year of your degree and must be predicted or have achieved at least an upper second class honours degree in a science/health related subject.
  • Either, there must have been a significant component of Biology and Chemistry in your degree programme, at least equivalent to AS level and both must be approved prior to application by the Admissions Office.
  • Or, 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/have achieved B grades in both.

Is my degree title acceptable for entry onto the MBBS GEP programme?

Graduates with a non-UK degree

Graduates who offer a science/health related 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 smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk 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.

UKCAT

All candidates applying to the four-year GEP MB BS 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.  

Deferred entry

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry do not accept deferred entry applicants for entry on to the GEP 4-year MB BS programme.

International students

We accept 23 international students onto the Medicine programmes each year.  One of the following English Language qualifications are required from applicants educated outside the UK who meet our other academic criteria:-

  • 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
  • Degree taught in the English Language medium

IELTS and TOEFL must have been taken within 2 years.

Application deadline

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

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 www.gmc-uk.org.

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 occhealth@qmul.ac.uk , 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: www.medschools.ac.uk/AboutUs/Projects/Documents/BBVsGuidanceFeb2008.pdf

Criminal record check

All offers of a place on the medical and dental courses are made subject to satisfactory enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) 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 CRB 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 CRB check may well result in your offer being withdrawn.

The cost of the CRB 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 CRB 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 CRB 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 

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Selection Criteria

Admissions data: the 2013 admissions cycle

Admission to GEP medicine at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 900 applications for entry and interview about 200 candidates. Approximately 70 offers are made, and 40 students will be admitted in September.

A range of criteria is used to assess candidates. Candidates must meet the minimum academic requirements outlined in the section on entrance requirements and have taken the UKCAT. 

How we use the UKCAT

Graduates will be assessed to ensure they meet our minimum academic criteria. Applicants who meet this 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.

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 at least an upper second class honours degree in a science/health related subject
  • have the required Chemistry and Biology either from your degree or A/AS levels at grade B  
  • sit the UKCAT examination in the same year as you make your application
  • apply by the deadline

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

Interviews

If selected, you will be required to attend a Selection Centre which lasts half a day and takes place in February.  Trained assessors will observe you completing tasks including a group-based task, written exercise and structured interview, and score you on a set of predetermined criteria.

Applying to both Barts and The London School of Medicine and Warwick University

In keeping with the spirit of team-working and collaboration that is necessary for success in medicine, Barts and The London Medical School and Warwick Medical School operate a joint Selection Centre Process.

Applicants who are short-listed by both institutions will only be invited to a single Selection Centre. The scores the applicant achieves at the Selection Centre they attend will be shared by both institutions. Each institution decides independently about whether a university place will be offered. Consequently, an applicant may then go on to receive offers of places at medical school from both institutions, or from either one, or may receive no offer at all.

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. 

Applying, Fees and Funding

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.

Important

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]

This information was updated: 07 September 2012