Extended Medical Degree Programme




Full Time

| UCAS code: A101
The EMDP is the UK’s flagship widening access to medicine programme. The programme runs for six years rather than the usual five, allowing the first stage to be studied at a slower pace and with greater support for the first three years. EMDP students follow the same medical curriculum as all other medical students and undergo the same rigorous assessment.

Now in its 15th year, over 300 students are currently studying on the EMDP. Each September we will take another 50 eligible students onto the course.

Which programme should I apply to?

Applicants will only be considered for the EMDP if they apply for UCAS course code A101. If applicants wish to also be considered for the standard five-year programme then they must apply to UCAS course code A100 as well as A101, and each application will be considered separately.

Eligibility for the EMDP

All 50 EMDP places are funded by HEFCE which means that only applicants with Home/EU fee status are eligible to apply to the programme. Grade requirements for the EMDP are aligned with individual school performance, as reported annually by the Department for Education and Schools. The minimum offer is BBB at A level
Applicants who have previously registered for, started or completed a degree at another higher education institution in the UK or overseas are not eligible for the EMDP.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

• Applicants must be completing, or have completed, all A levels at an eligible Greater London school.
• From the age of 11, applicants must have attended only educationally non-selective state schools or FE Colleges – no independent or selective study. All schools attended since the age of 11 should be listed on the UCAS form.
• Applicants will have completed all GCSEs, including maths and English, at a non-selective state school.
• Applicants must have achieved a grade B or higher in Maths and English GCSE. Please note that candidates re-sitting GCSEs in Maths or English will not be considered and are recommended to reapply once they have achieved their grades.
• Applicants taking A levels must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, at least BBB including Chemistry, Biology and one other A level (not including General Studies or Critical Thinking).
• Applicants taking an Access to Medicine course are eligible if they have completed it, or are about to complete it, at an eligible FE college in Greater London. If applicants are taking the Access to Medicine course and have previously started or completed A levels, all academic achievements will be assessed.
• Applicants taking an Access to Medicine course are expected to achieve 60 credits overall, 45 credits at level 3, 36 level 3 credits at distinction and the remaining 9 at merit.
• All applicants must sit the UKCAT in the appropriate admissions cycle.
• Applicants must be able to demonstrate a genuine "commitment to the community" in their UCAS statement. This could be in the form of regular voluntary work at school or within the wider community.

Eligibility through Realising Opportunities (RO)

The EMDP admits 50 students a year from eligible non-selective state schools in Greater London but may offer up to five places (maximum) each year to RO participants from any non-selective state school in the UK who meet all eligibility criteria and are successful at interview.

Please note that candidates taking part in RO who are attending an A level school or college in Greater London must also be attending an EMDP-eligible A level school/college. Eligible schools are listed in the "Entry requirements" section of the online prospectus.
If you successfully complete the RO programme your application to the EMDP at King’s will receive additional consideration when short-listing for interview. This is dependent on you meeting the schools’ eligibility criteria and some additional admissions criteria for this programme, specifically that you have attended only non-selective, state schools since the age of 11, that you have achieved at least a grade B in Maths and English at GCSE, that you are completing three A levels including Biology and Chemistry, and that you have sat the UKCAT.

RO candidates who want to apply to the EMDP should also be able to demonstrate evidence of "commitment to community" in their UCAS statement: this could be in the form of regular voluntary work at school or within the wider community. We would also like candidates to have taken up all opportunities available to them through RO for attending medically-themed outreach events, and would ask for evidence of that in your UCAS statement.

RO candidates who are successful at interview will be expected to achieve at least BBB at A level.

How are applications to the EMDP assessed?

Once applicants have satisfied all eligibility criteria, applications are assessed using a number of contextual details included on the UCAS form, including the personal statement and educational reference.

We are looking for candidates who:

1. Are academically capable of coping with the course: some evidence of “excellence” at GCSE would be an advantage to candidates who have not yet completed their A levels.

2. Can demonstrate evidence of genuine enthusiasm for medicine and a realistic understanding of the demands of the professional life of a doctor. For example: have you taken part in any medical outreach opportunities? For more information about King’s Outreach for Medicine programme, see: www.kcl.ac.uk/outreachmed

3. Will contribute to the College community, have experience of being effective and responsible leaders, and who have gained some practical experience of working as part of a team.

Special consideration

Special consideration will be given to candidates who:

• Are in care.

• Are attending a sixth form school or college whose educational performance is ranked to be in the bottom third of schools eligible for the EMDP. Educational performance is assessed by using the "Average Point Score per Entry" data, as published by the Department for Education and updated annually. The most recent data will be used.

• Are completing or have completed King’s widening participation schemes, including K+ and Outreach for Medicine events (such as Med-View) or are participating in Realising Opportunities.

How are candidates selected for interview?

Once all contextual factors are considered, around 180 of the most competitive and suitable candidates will be invited for interview. The EMDP is a competitive programme with around 10 applications for every place. It is not possible to interview everyone who is eligible and meets the minimum entry requirements, and we will select only the most promising candidates in the context of their educational background for interview.

What is the interview process?

Interviews are expected to take place in March 2016. The EMDP interviews candidates by using a "Multiple Mini Interview" format (MMI), where candidates rotate around a number of different stations, each lasting between 5 and 10 minutes. An interviewer will be present in each station. All candidates will take part in a short interview "debriefing" session after the process is completed.

How can I prepare for interview?

Candidates may be asked to discuss aspects of their UCAS statement, to answer questions on particular topics, or to complete specific tasks. You can prepare for the MMI by thinking about why you are interested in medicine and the experiences you have had that make you suitable for the degree and for the profession. You should also expect to be asked to demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, and some understanding of current issues in medicine, public health and medical ethics.

We are looking for candidates who have excellent attention to detail, can think on their feet and be reflective about their experiences by responding naturally to a question, rather than repeating memorised phrases or ideas. We would also expect candidates to demonstrate openness, honesty, clarity in thought and expression, and a realistic and professional approach to being selected for a place at medical school.


The EMDP programme has five key aims:

a) To widen participation in medicine by levelling the educational playing field;
b) To prepare outstanding doctors capable of working as members of teams to provide safe and effective patient-centred care;
c) To educate students to become clinical scientists committed to life-long learning and scholarship;
d) To nurture resilient professionals capable of adapting to changing healthcare needs; and
e) To inspire collaborative leaders actively engaged in the improvement of patient and population health

The curriculum is divided into three Stages:

• Stage One (Foundations of Medicine) focuses on biomedical sciences, illustrated and informed by clinical practice. There are opportunities to develop clinical skills in simulated environments and nurture the core values enshrined in the NHS Constitution.

• Stage Two (Principles of Clinical Practice) focuses on the care of patients with common conditions in a range of clinical settings. Students will also follow patients for prolonged periods of time to better understand how to deliver whole-person care. This is underpinned by biomedical and population sciences.

• Stage Three (Integrated Clinical Practice) is vocationally oriented and includes the opportunity to study abroad for an elective period. Students also contribute to quality improvement projects and develop additional skills to transform patient and population health at home and abroad. Inter-professional training and simulation at increasing levels of fidelity are important curriculum elements.

In addition to the core curriculum, medical students have a choice of optional elements that allow you to explore topics of interest in greater depth across our Multi-Faculty University and with our clinical partners. Twinned with 12 prestigious global institutions, King’s has an exceptionally wide range of opportunities for study abroad. Clinical rotations can also sometimes be taken overseas.

Lectures and seminars are complemented by practical-skills training, e-learning and teaching by patient educators and student peers. A key resource for all King’s medical students is the Virtual Campus, a constantly updated online environment which you can access at any time, from anywhere in the world. As well as providing administrative support including timetables and reading lists, the virtual campus offers innovative teaching and learning resources such as clinical videos and interactive scenarios.

Students may also opt to undertake a one-year Intercalated BSc degree, which often includes an experimental research element.

Although there are four entry routes into medicine at King’s, all students follow the same core MBBS curriculum.

Outcome of the programme

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (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. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

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.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

In addition the GMC is currently considering whether to introduce a formal assessment that all doctors would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.

ABOUT THE Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

King’s offers students within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine unrivalled educational resources including the Gordon Museum which is the largest pathology museum in the UK. King’s Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art interprofessional undergraduate and postgraduate facility providing clinical classrooms, hospital and community care settings.

UCAS code
Awarding institution
King's College London
Programme type
Single honours
Six years
Guy's Campus
Year of entry 2016
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