To be eligible to apply, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
Eligibility through Realising Opportunities
The EMDP admits 50 students a year from eligible non-selective state schools in Greater London, but may offer up to 5 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 "Overview" section of the online prospectus.
If you successfully complete the Realising Opportunities (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 been in 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 by using a number of contextual details included on the UCAS form, including the personal statement and educational reference.
We are looking for candidates who:
Special consideration will be given to candidates who:
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 will take place in March 2014. 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. Candidates are asked to arrive around half an hour before their interview slot, and 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 medical curriculum is divided into five phases.
Phases 1 and 2 (Introduction to Medical Science) focus on basic science, illustrated and informed by clinical practice.
Phases 3 and 4 (Intensive Patient Contact) focus on clinical training, underpinned by science.
Phase 5 (Clinical Assistantships) is vocationally oriented and includes the opportunity to study abroad for an elective period.
EMDP students complete phases 1 & 2 over three years.
Each phase contains elements from the core curriculum, which is compulsory, as well as Student Selected Components, which offer a wide element of student choice.
Students can follow a year-long BSc in a subject of their choice by ‘intercalating’ the degree between phases of their MBBS.
During phase 2 of the programme you will be introduced to patients and clinicians. You will also work with other students destined for healthcare professions such as dentistry, nursing and midwifery. Interprofessional Education is embedded in the curriculum, developing teamwork, communication, and an awareness of ethical and professional responsibilities.
An important feature of the King’s approach to studying medicine is the way in which understanding is built up: as new knowledge is added, material covered in earlier phases is reinforced. So, for example, communication skills are developed through a ‘spiral’ curriculum which runs through all five years of the MBBS, allowing students to revisit and progressively build on their skills.
Teaching takes place mainly on the three hospital campuses (Guy’s, King’s Denmark Hill and St Thomas’), with placements in general practices in London and district general hospitals throughout south east England adding a further dimension to the clinical experience.
Lectures and seminars are complemented by rich and varied opportunities to develop practical skills such as venepuncture and examination. Students can make use of 17 separate rooms in the Chantler Skills Centre, the largest of its kind in the UK, to develop and practise their skills in taught classes or on a self-access basis. They also benefit from the training provided by trained Patient Educators and student peers. These are innovative schemes, which supplement more formal teaching.
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.
Although there are four entry routes into medicine at King’s, all students follow the same MBBS curriculum.
Outcome of the course
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. 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 excessive 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.