General Medical Council (GMC) approval process
The GMC is working closely with QMUL to ensure that the MBBS Malta degree meets the GMC standards outlined in Promoting excellence: standards in medical education and training. The approval process takes the form of a year-by-year review following the first cohort to graduation. Only during the final year of the programme will the GMC be able to confirm the programme meets the GMC standards.
The School has already demonstrated in its first year of teaching (2017/18) that it is able to satisfy the GMC with the ability to deliver the academic content of classroom teaching, GP experience and small amounts of hospital experience (in the Student-Selected Components).
The School is working alongside the GMC to respond to areas identified for improvement and to continue to deliver a high quality education experience to its students. However, there is no guarantee that there will be a successful outcome to this quality assurance process.
In the highly unlikely event that there is a significant concern in a section of the course, the QMUL Malta programme will implement its contingency arrangements with the home university programme of QMUL in London. This means that QMUL could provide additional experience in the UK, for a short period of time, to ensure that the areas of concern are delivered to the satisfaction of the GMC. This means that students enrolled in the programme who are successfully passing all assessments, will be able to complete their studies and graduate with a GMC recognised medical qualification. The requirements will be led by the GMC in discussion with QMUL. However, QMUL does not envisage any problem area to necessitate the transfer of groups of students to the UK for extended periods of time.
All MBBS Malta students who successfully pass the assessments over the duration of the course will graduate with a GMC recognised, MBBS degree from Queen Mary University of London, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.