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Overview

Our Medicine MBBS programme provides an innovative and integrated curriculum to support your training and development as a medical professional. This will ensure that you are not only better equipped for the transition to becoming an outstanding doctor, but we will also prepare you to be able to become one of the next generation of medical leaders.


Key benefits

  • Integration of medical science with clinical teaching.
  • Focus on learning in close contact with patients.
  • Partner hospitals include Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals – three of the most highly regarded and busiest teaching hospitals in London.
  • Learn from some of the world’s most influential clinicians and scientists, who are global leaders in life sciences and medical research.
  • Teaching underpinned by high-quality online learning resources.
  • A multi-faculty university giving you access to a breadth of non-core subjects including humanities and social sciences.
  • Twinned with leading medical schools around the world, providing opportunities for clinical exchanges during your elective module.

Key information

UCAS code A100

Duration Five years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAA

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here

Required grades:

85% overall

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels: AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a further AS-level B. If only one of Chemistry or Biology is offered at A-level, the other must be taken at AS-level grade A. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required, if not offered at A/AS level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT,  also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

Grade B in both English and Mathematics, and the UKCAT, also required.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010) :Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). If only one of Chemistry of Biology is offered at Advanced Higher, the other must be offered at Higher level at grade A. English and Mathematics required at N5/Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2, with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Chemistry and Biology (if only one taken to HL the other must be taken at SL with 7).  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. GCSE Grade B in both English and Mathematics also required (if no GCSE, passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL) 

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance required? (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check(Compulsory): Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc

Community activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation (Very Desirable): We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a medical clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work (Very Desirable): Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected. 
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes. 
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview?Communication skills, interest in the subject and profession, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Selection procedure

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in medicine. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to medicine whether you include a non-health programme choice or not.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

Application deadline: October 15 2016

The UKCAT

Please note: all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to the MBBS degree. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. All of these contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, but examination performance and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of comparing applicants.

The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.

Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the School of Medical Education’s minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a medicine degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a Medical clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring medical professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for medicine.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews for international applicants are held in late January or early February. A large number of applications are received for Medicine. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Medicine programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical medical students at King's.

If you are made an offer for Medicine you will be invited to attend a post-offer Open Day.

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Medicine. Suitably qualified graduate applicants for our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for the five-year programme A100.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A102 may apply directly to A100 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A102 and A100 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Graduate applicants to A100 do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-Level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at A-Level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree (a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

For 2014 entry, approximately 18 per cent of our A100 medical students were graduates.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. International applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. There may be English language requirements: for details of these, please check here . Competition for places is high as the UK Government restricts places for overseas applicants to 8 per cent of the total intake.

University of Oxford applicants

If you are a pre-clinical medicine University of Oxford graduate, or if you expect to obtain a relevant degree from Oxford, you may apply to join the programme. You will join King’s at the beginning of the third year and follow a special preparatory course to cover elements of the course not covered at your previous university.
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme. The closing date will be 4 January 2016. An Open Day specifically for University of Oxford students is held in November, to enable applicants to see the facilities and meet students and staff. Successful applicants will also be given the option of attending one of the post offer Open Days in March and April.

All University of Oxford applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

International Science Foundation Programme (ISFP) – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Science Foundation Programme -Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Medicine MBBS. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements, including having followed a school curriculum abroad that would not allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university otherwise (for example your country’s national high school diploma), and have not completed an international qualification like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Before starting the ISFP, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible ISFP students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. For more information please see our FAQ sheet.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Getting a decision

There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students wishing to study Medicine. Applications to the GKT School of Medical Education each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview

Direct transfer applications

Transfers in to Medicine will be considered in to the third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on Phase 2 at a UK registered Medical School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly in their current degree.  Alternatively, they can be about to complete an intercalated degree, having already completed Phase 2 of an MBBS.

Transfer applications into the third year of our MBBS course can be considered only from applicants who have extenuating circumstances. King’s only accepts a maximum of two transfers each year.

  • Further details regarding our policy can be found here
  • Application form for direct entry can be found here
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Course detail

Description

Course details

Our MBBS Programme aims to train students to become:

  • Critical scientific thinkers.
  • Collaborative leaders and innovators.
  • Outstanding patient-centred clinicians.
  • Excellent team-players.
  • Educators and life-long learners.
  • Resilient and adaptable professionals.

The programme is divided into three ‘Stages’. Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum.

Stage 1 (Foundations of Medicine) provides you with a foundation in biomedical sciences and population sciences, along with the skills to begin to integrate them with clinical practice.

Stage 2 (Principles of Clinical Practice) brings together science and clinical practice in blocks organised around the human life-cycle and common pathological processes. It focuses on the care of patients with common conditions in a range of clinical settings. You will also follow patients for prolonged periods of time to learn how to deliver whole-person care. This stage is underpinned by study in biomedical and population sciences.

Stage 3 (Integrated Clinical Practice) is oriented towards future practice, and includes the opportunity to undertake elective study abroad. You will also conduct quality improvement projects and develop skills to transform patient and population health at home and abroad. Inter-professional training and increasingly realistic simulation are important parts of the curriculum.

In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to explore topics of interest in greater depth across King’s and the university’s clinical partners. This includes the opportunity to take an intercalated degree between Stages 2 and 3. The intercalated degree is a one-year BSc programme which gives you the opportunity to study the subjects of your choice in greater depth. As a multi-faculty institution, we offer an unrivalled range of intercalated degrees [link], from clinical and biomedical sciences to humanities subjects.

Outcome of the programme

At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS (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. 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 programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed.

You will normally successfully complete Foundation Year 1 within 12 months, which 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, you should 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 MBBS (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.

The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced you should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise.

Location

We offer you unrivalled educational resources for studying medicine, including the Gordon Museum, which is the largest pathology museum in the UK. Our Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art interprofessional undergraduate and postgraduate facility providing clinical classrooms. You will learn in a wide variety of hospital and community care settings; students undertake placements at general practices and district general hospitals mainly located in London, Kent and Surrey.

 

Other related courses:

  • Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme MBBS
  • Medicine Maxfax Entry Programme MBBS
  • Extended Medical Degree Programme MBBS
  • Dentistry BDS
  • Dentistry Graduate/Professional Entry Programme BDS
  • Dentistry Entry Programme for Medical Graduates BDS
  • Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme

Teaching

We will provide you with high-level teaching from experts, which you will put into practice on your placements.

Year

Lectures, seminars & similar

Placement

Self-study time

1

50% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy

-

50%

2

30% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks

45%

25%

3

30% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks

45%

25%

4

16%

56%

28%

5

13%

67%

20%

 

Assessment

Assessment is split between that which is formative (where the primary role is to give feedback to student, this does not contribute towards the overall module/degree score) and summative (where the primary role is to demonstrate competence to faculty, this does contribute towards the overall module/degree score). Formative assessment occurs through the years. Of note, there is an early formative learning assessment in Stage 1 to identify those who need extra support.

 

Summative assessment includes:

 

  • Portfolio-based summative assessment which begins in Stage 1 and continues throughout the programme in preparation for professional life.
  • Written examinations at the end of Stage 1, becoming Progress Tests in Stage 2 and Stage 3

 

  • OSCEs (formative mid-stage, summative end-of-stage) in Stages 2 and 3

 

  • Project assessment in Stages 2 and 3, with prior formative experience in Stage 1

 

Progress between stages and at graduation is determined by the Progress Board, and depends on assessment results and, as appropriate, fitness to practice information and student views (where progress is halted).

 

There are also two external assessments in Stage 3, important for working as a Junior Doctor, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate.

 

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements

Indicator of actual or estimated teaching methods

Year 1

 

 

 

 

Year 2

 

 

 

 

Year 3

 

 

 

 

Year 4

 

 

 

 

Year 5

 

 

 

 

Course accreditation

Accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), this Primary Medical Qualification entitles the holder to apply to the GMC for registration to practise medicine in the UK.

 Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Structure

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    Required Modules

    • Foundations of Biomedical Science (1)
    • Foundations of Biomedical Science (2)
    • Genes, Behaviour and Environment
    • Doctor and Society and Introduction to Clinical Skills

    Optional Modules

    There are no optional modules in Year 1
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    Required Modules

    • From Science to Clinical Practice
    • Longitudinal placements
    • Doctor as teacher

    Optional Modules

    You also have the opportunity to explore other subjects of your choice in greater detail which take the form of the following:

    • Student selected components (SSCs): SSCs are projects and short courses in medical, scientific and non-medical subjects that you choose according to personal interest. You may choose up to two of these.
    • Scholarly projects: You will undertake a scholarly project in an area of interest selected from across the multi-faculty university.
    • Taster module: Short clinical placements to explore a clinical specialty, to test career prospects and explore possible specialties.

  • Required Modules

    • From Science to Clinical Practice
    • Longitudinal placements
    • Doctor as teacher

    Optional Modules

    You also have the opportunity to explore other subjects of your choice in greater detail which take the form of the following:

    • Student selected components (SSCs): SSCs are projects and short courses in medical, scientific and non-medical subjects that you choose according to personal interest. You may choose up to two of these.
    • Scholarly projects: You will undertake a scholarly project in an area of interest selected from across the multi-faculty university.
    • Taster module: Short clinical placements to explore a clinical specialty, to test career prospects and explore possible specialties.

  • Required Modules

    • Integrated Clinical Practice
    • Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Practice
    •  Elective and Global Health
    • Transition to F1 (Foundation year 1)

    You will also have a taster block.

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx

    Optional Modules

    There are no optional modules in Year 4/5

    • Integrated Clinical Practice
    • Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Practice
    •  Elective and Global Health
    • Transition to F1 (Foundation year 1)

    You will also have a taster block.

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx


    There are no optional modules in Year 4/5
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Full time tuition fees UK:

The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

£33,000 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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