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 two phases 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 14th 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.

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 London or Kent school. Please check the list of eligible schools posted on the "Entry Requirements" tab. Independent candidates are not accepted.
• Since the age of 11, applicants must have attended only educationally non-selective state schools or FE Colleges – no private 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. 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 must have achieved a grade B or higher in Maths and English GCSE.
• 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 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

The EMDP admits 50 students a year from eligible non-selective state schools in Greater London or Kent, 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 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:

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, see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/medicine/study/outreach/index.aspx

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 MedView) or are participating in Realising Opportunities.

How are candidates selected for interview?

Once all contextual factors are considered, around 190 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 March2015. 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 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 (Shadowing Practising Doctors) is vocationally oriented and includes the opportunity to study abroad for an elective period.

EMDP students complete Phases 1 and 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.

Student Selected Components

The Student Selected Components (SSCs) are projects and short courses in medical, scientific and non-medical (for example humanities and languages) subjects. You will have considerable freedom in selecting from a wide range of approved modules. In a multifaculty university such as King's we are very well placed to offer a varied range of SSCs, which can draw widely from the different Faculties of the College.

Possibilities exist to take SSCs not only from within basic medical sciences and clinical medicine but from the School of Bioscience Education, Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences and Faculty of Arts & Humanities; notably, many students also take modern language SSCs. There is, thus, considerable scope for you to widen and increase your knowledge.

The following is a small selection of the SSCs that are currently available:
Modern Languages; Library Projects; Teaching Children about Health; Molecular Medicine; Metabolic Regulation; Care of the Elderly; Demography of Ageing; Topics in Endocrinology; Social and Psychological Studies; Drug Design & Development; Liver Failure & Transplantation; Palliative Medicine; Population & Health; Gene Cloning & Analysis; Sign Language.

Intercalated BSc

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, 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 phases of the MBBS, allowing you to revisit and progressively build on your skills.

You should expect to have a varied diet of clinical placements, encompassing the whole range of clinical services provided by the NHS to the general population, from local practices and local hospitals right up to the world famous hospital names associated with King’s.

Learning the basics of clinical practice in Phases 3 and 4 takes place primarily on the three “home” hospital campuses (Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals), with placements in general practices in London and district general hospitals throughout south east England adding a further dimension to the clinical experience. In Phase 5, when learning the role of junior doctor, you will have most of your clinical experience out of central London.

Lectures and seminars are complemented by rich and varied opportunities to develop practical skills such as venepuncture and examination. You can make use of the recently refurbished Chantler Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre to develop and practise their skills in taught classes or on a self-access basis. You 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 programme

The arrangements for registration outlined below are those that apply at present. There is a proposal that the UK Parliament change the law to allow full registration at the point of graduation, which would allow graduates to practice without the need for a first postgraduate year of provisional registration. If Parliament changes the law, full registration is unlikely to shift to the end of medical school before 2021. It should also be noted that the current situation where all graduates from UK medical schools get employment within the NHS in their first postgraduate year is already no longer guaranteed.

Currently, at the end of the undergraduate programme 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 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.

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 are then 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.

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 2015
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