This profile of UCL 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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University College London Medical School offers a six-year integrated medical programme, with a compulsory intercalated BSc in year three. The course aims to equip graduates with a strong grounding in science, enabling success in ever-evolving medical practice. Applicants should be aware that UCL offers an MBPhD programme, in which students interested in academic research study for a PhD after their fourth year on the course. Anatomy is taught through dissection, prosection, and computer simulation.
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UCL medical school establishment date: 1998
Years of course: 6
Total medical students: 2010
Average year cohort: 335.0
A Level typical offer:A*AA
Advanced Higher typical offer:A1AA
IB typical offer:39 points
For UK-based students, a grade C (5) or equivalent in a modern foreign language is required.
If results in Chemistry and Biology are A1, A at Advanced Higher, then AAA expected at Higher.
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'.
|Admission year||Total students admitted this year||Home places||International places|
|385 students in this cohort||360 Home students||25 International students|
|340 students in this cohort||315 Home students||25 International students|
|320 students in this cohort||295 Home students||25 International students|
|310 students in this cohort||290 Home students||20 International students|
|330 students in this cohort||305 Home students||25 International students|
|325 students in this cohort||290 Home students||35 International students|
|315 students in this cohort||290 Home students||25 International students|
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.
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.
6-year course, including mandatory intercalated BSc in year 3.
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and lab work.
Systems based learning is delivered as a series of sequential, integrated, systems based modules.
Anatomy taught through a combination of dissection, prosection and computer simulation.
As explained on the website overview of course structure, "The MBBS programme aspires to educate the 'UCL Doctor': a highly competent and scientifically literate clinician who is equipped to practise patient-centred medicine in a constantly changing modern world and has a foundation in the basic medical and social sciences. Each year is comprised of a number of themed integrated modules with Clinical and Professional Practice modules running vertically through the programme."
Year three is devoted to an intercalated BSc, mandatory for all except graduate students already in possession of a BSc degree. There are a wide range of options, including ‘Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences', Oncology, and ‘Mathematics, Computers, and Medicine' among others. As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, "The iBSc year allows students to pursue an individual subject, of their choice, in considerable depth, with a strong emphasis on undertaking an extended research study."
Years one and two:
Years one and two at UCL are entitled ‘Fundamentals of Clinical Science', introducing students to scientific topics that run throughout the six year course. Systems-based modules in years one and two cover physiology of each organ-system. Theory is consolidated through early interaction with patients and healthcare professionals.
The third year intercalated BSc is mandatory for all except graduate students already in possession of a BSc degree. There are a wide range of options, including ‘Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences', Oncology, and ‘Mathematics, Computers, and Medicine' among others.
Year four at UCL combines extensive clinical experience with formal teaching, building on core concepts from years one and two. Students undertake three long placements, based in primary care and on hospital wards.
Year five adopts a ‘Life Cycle' approach to teaching, with students undertaking placements from Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine to Oncology and Palliative Care.
UCL's sixth and final year aims to prepare students for foundation training, with opportunities for long clinical placements and assistantships. The importance of evidence based Medicine is revisited, ensuring graduates are practitioners of patient-centred care.
This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by UCL 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.
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||52.2% female students||47.8% male students||4.9% students with disability||95.1% students without disability|
|2016-17||50.7% female students||49.3% male students||5.6% students with disability||94.4% students without disability|
UCL medical school was established in 1998. Previously, teaching of medicine was based elsewhere and the current structure of UCL medical school derives from several mergers: in 1987, a merger between the medical schools of Middlesex Hospital (1746) and University College Hospital (1834), and a subsequent merger in 1998 with the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (founded as the London School of Medicine for Women in 1874).