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This profile of Barts highlights this medical school's entry requirements, typical offers, student numbers, competition ratios, teaching and learning methods, course structure, demographics and history.

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Summary overview: 

Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry was founded in 1785, making it one of the oldest medical schools in the UK. Its five-year integrated course is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the UK, owing to high student satisfaction and high-quality research. Its teaching hospitals are based in the East End and the City of London, meaning that medical students can learn from the one of the most diverse patient groups anywhere in the UK. PBL forms a major part of the curriculum at Barts. Groups of up to ten students discuss medical cases in order to reach a diagnosis and management plan, aided by a facilitator from the faculty.


Key information dashboard

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Subject prerequisites:

Biology (acceptable option)
Chemistry (acceptable option)

Interview format:
Traditional interview

Admissions test:

A Level typical offer:

Advanced Higher typical offer:

IB typical offer:
38 points

General teaching method:
Integrated, PBL

Anatomy teaching:

Intercalation mode:
Optional intercalation

Entry requirements

Work experience expectations:

Work experience is assessed in the shortlisting process but not scored. Interviewers will ask about work experience and candidates will be expected to draw on their experiences to answer competency-based questions.

Admissions test: UCAT

School-leavers/gap-year students are ranked with a 50:50 weighting of UCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff.
Candidates achieving a total UCAT score below the third decile are rejected.
SJT score may form part of assessment at interview.

Personal statement usage:

Personal statements are assessed in interview shortlisting, but not scored.
They are used in the interview process for panelists to ask about work experience.

Interview type: Traditional interview

Candidates are assessed on: Motivation for a career in Medicine, initiative, resilience and maturity, teamwork, problem-solving abilities, and communication skills.
Candidates are assessed by a panel interview, lasting fifteen to twenty minutes.

Coursework subjects expected: Biology (acceptable option), Chemistry (acceptable option)

For more details about subjects expected by this medical school, see the notes below regarding typical offers.

Typical offers

A Level typical offer: A*AA

A Levels must include Chemistry or Biology and a second science subject (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths).
Any third A level can be taken except for Further Maths, General Studies or Critical Thinking.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE results must achieve 777666 (AAABBB for GSCEs taken before 2015) or above in any order, to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Maths (or Additional Maths or Statistics).

Advanced Higher typical offer: AA

Advanced Highers must include two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and/or Biology.

Scottish Higher typical offer: AAA

Scottish Highers must include Biology and Chemistry.

National 5 requirements:

National 5 subjects not specified

International Baccalaureate typical offer: 38 points

IB applicants must achieve minimum of 6 points in the Higher-level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher-level subject.
Three subjects required, including Chemistry or Biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher level.
Three subjects required at Standard level including Chemistry or Biology, if not offered at the Higher level.

Notes about Widening Access:

Barts has 'Bridge the Gap' and 'Realising Opportunities' schemes in place. Students on these schemes may receive a contextual offer.
As explained in discussion of 'Contextual offers' on the website, medical school applicants "must score 3 points from at least two of our contextual criteria, or successful completion of the Realising Opportunities Programme." 

Total students and cohort sizes at UK medical schools

For uniform comparison of medical student admissions each year across all UK medical schools, we rely on annual reports from the Office for Students (OfS) entitled 'Medical and dental intakes'.

Total medical students: 1725 Total years of course: 5 Years data reports available: 5 Average cohort per year: 345.0 Percentage of Home students in latest cohort: 89.2% Percentage of International students in latest cohort: 10.8%
Recent cohort admissions data: 
Admission year Total students admitted this year Home places International places
415 students in this cohort 370 Home students 45 International students
375 students in this cohort 340 Home students 35 International students
330 students in this cohort 300 Home students 30 International students
300 students in this cohort 265 Home students 35 International students
305 students in this cohort 285 Home students 20 International students
310 students in this cohort 280 Home students 30 International students

Competition data

Competition ratio data reported here is from the 2019-20 admissions cycle, as confirmed by MedSchoolGenie Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from this period.

Please note: Due to ongoing impact of Covid-19 since March 2020, UK medical schools have not yet released competition ratio data for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Applicants should keep in mind that coronavirus-related lockdowns and other restrictions affected the entire UK education sector, so competition ratios were most likely distorted during 2020-21. MedSchoolGenie will update here when further competition data becomes available.

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Applicant percentages of success

From reported competition ratios, it's possible to calculate percentages of success at various stages of the application process.

Numbers of applicants competing in latest admissions cycle

Based on reported numbers of applicants securing places, we can use competition ratios to estimate how many applicants have been competing at each stage of the most recent admissions cycle.

Please note: Estimates of competition factors from 2020 onwards may be less reliable than in previous years because UK medical schools have not yet reported competition ratios for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. MedSchoolGenie will update here when more recent data on competition ratios becomes available.

Total number of all applicants in latest admissions cycle: 2750
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Teaching and learning

Predominant teaching style: Integrated, PBL

Early clinical experience
Emphasis on communication skills
Problem-based learning
Formal lectures play relatively small part in curriculum compared with more traditional programmes
As explained in its overview of teaching methods, Problem-based learning is a "central element of the medical curriculum.... 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, developing your communication skills. The early use of clinical scenarios will help you apply your knowledge."

Anatomy teaching method: Dissection Intercalation mode: Optional intercalation

As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website: "Who can take an intercalated degree? Applications to study will be considered from post 2nd / 3rd / 4th year medical ...  students for an iBSc or post 3rd / 4th year for an MSc (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK / EU countries) who have passed all years to date. This includes those who have previously undertaken an undergraduate degree unless that course was itself an intercalated degree."

Overview of course structure

Phase one (years one and two):
PBL is a major part of the first two years at Barts, implemented in a series of systems-based modules. Students choose one student-selected component in each year of phase one. Early patient contact forms the backbone of teaching in phase one.
Phase two (years three and four):
Students spend an increasing amount of time on clinical placement, covering a range of specialties in primary and secondary care, in order to consolidate learning from phase one. Three student-selected components are chosen each year in phase two. Students return to the medical school for lectures throughout phase two.
Phase three (year five):
Phase three takes place in year five, focussing on preparation for practice as an FY1 doctor. Medical students complete clinical attachments at their chosen hospital, shadowing current FY1s. Similar to phase two, medical students return to medical school for lectures throughout the year for communication skills teaching and simulated patient scenarios.

Reported demographics

This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by Barts to the General Medical Council (GMC), which has compiled this information into spreadsheets as part of its medical school annual return (MSAR) data sets.

Please note this data is retrospective, and that future numbers can vary from preceding years.

Demographic data collection: 

For comparison, we also include below all demographic data reported by this medical school to General Medical Council.

Reporting year Female students Male students Students with declared disability Students without declared disability
2017-18 52.8% female students 47.2% male students 17.5% students with disability 82.5% students without disability
2016-17 51.9% female students 48.1% male students 18.6% students with disability 81.4% students without disability

Medical school history

The current structure of Barts medical school was formed by the 1785 merger of the Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital (founded 1123) and the London Hospital Medical College. It has claim to be the oldest and first medical school in England and Wales. St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and The London Hospital Medical College merged In 1995 with Queen Mary University.

Note: To see how this compares chronologically, you can check our sortable overview of establishment dates at UK medical schools.

Medical school location

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Garrod Building, Turner Street
E1 2AD
United Kingdom
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