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Extended Medical Degree Programme MBBS

UCAS code: A101

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Six Years (seven if an optional intercalated degree is undertaken)
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
Apply via UCAS

Our Extended Medical Degree course MBBS (EMDP) is specifically designed for students who are studying A-levels or Access to Medicine at a non- selective state school or who are participants of Realising Opportunities across England. The course offers a more graduated introduction to medical study than the standard MBBS degree and provides greater academic and pastoral support.

Key benefits

  • Graduated introduction to medical study with additional support in your first two years
  • Integration of medical science with clinical teaching and focus on learning in close contact with patients
  • Focus on learning in close contact with patients
  • Partner hospitals include Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals – three of the most renowned and busiest teaching hospitals in London. • In addition, students benefit from clinical placements at district general hospitals located across the south east of England and over 350 general practices.
  • Learn from some of the world’s most influential clinicians and scientists, who are global leaders in life sciences and medical research.
  • 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.

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The MBBS degree at King’s 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 MBBS curriculum is divided into three ‘Stages’ with the opportunity to take an intercalated one-year BSc course between Year 4 and Year 5. Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum. Stage 1 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 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 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. The intercalated degree is a one-year BSc course which gives you the opportunity to study the subjects of your choice in greater depth across King’s and the university’s clinical partners. As a multi-faculty institution, we offer an unrivalled range of intercalated degrees from clinical and biomedical sciences to humanities subjects. The Intercalated BSc is optional for students on the Extended Medical Degree Programme and can be taken between Stages 2 and 3 of the course. The EMDP is the UK’s flagship broadening- access-to-medicine degree. It is specifically designed for students from non-selective state schools and lasts six or seven (with the BSc) years, allowing you to study the first stage at a slower pace. You will, however, follow the same medical curriculum as all other medical students and undergo the same rigorous assessments. We teach Stage 1 of the curriculum over two years, allowing you additional time for self- directed study, as well as a range of extra academic tuition and pastoral support. In your third year and onwards, you will sit exactly the same exams as the other medical students and you must achieve the same pass mark. At the end of the course you will graduate with the same MBBS qualification. Which course should I apply to? We will only consider your application for the EMDP if you apply for UCAS course code A101. If you wish to also be considered for the standard entry course (A100), then you must apply to UCAS course code A100 as well as A101, and we will consider each application separately. The EMDP has the following five key aims:

Course Aims

  • To broaden participation in medicine by levelling the educational playing field.
  • To prepare outstanding doctors capable of working as members of teams to provide safe and effective patient-centred care.
  • To educate clinical scientists committed to life- long learning and education.
  • To nurture resilient professionals capable of adapting to changing healthcare needs.
  • To inspire collaborative leaders actively engaged in the improvement of patient and population health.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and also provides facilities to the Dental Institute.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Biology and Chemistry

A-Levels

Required grades:
ABB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Subjects must include grade A in either Biology or Chemistry and grade B in the other. All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including 6,5,5 at Higher Level with 6 in either Higher Level Biology or Higher Level Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in the other. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

You will also need:

GCSEs: GCSE grade 6/B in both English Language and Mathematics is required.

 
The UCAT

All applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as UKCAT, prior to applying to this programme. Please refer to the UCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline

15 October for entry in September 2020. All applications must be submitted through UCAS.

Eligibility for the EMDP

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have attended only non-selective state education, as determined by the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE), since the age of 11. Please list all the schools that you have attended since the age of 11 on your UCAS application, even if some previously attended schools were not in the UK.

  • You cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting your application.

  • You must have sat the UCAT prior to submitting your application.

Special consideration will also be given to the following:

  • Applicants from schools with low attainment

  • Applicants from low participation areas as determined by ACORN* and POLAR

  • Participants of Realising Opportunities

  • Participants who have completed King’s K+ or Medview programmes

  • Applicants who are care experienced

  • Applicants with other widening participation backgrounds

*You are able to check your ACORN profile by checking your postcode using the CACI website. You will be asked to register but the service is free.

Information for Overseas Applicants

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA has a number of resources to advise you of which fee status category you may fall into dependent on your circumstances, so we would recommend reviewing these prior to making an application.

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 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, e.g. 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 professional.

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.

Academic performance

You should carefully check that you will meet the programme’s 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 our Fair Admissions Policy (pdf), we 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, we will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

UCAT score and interview shortlisting

We do not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UCAT examination for this course. The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

When considering applicants which will be shortlisted for interview we 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 UCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of applicants, and we do assess for this programme holistically, taking in to account all these factors and your performance in the context of your educational background. Examination results and the UCAT score are perhaps the most important factors when considering applications. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of assessing applicants.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. EMDP interviews are usually held from November to May. If you are invited to an interview, you will be provided with further details about the expected interview format and guidance of when and where to report to through the King’s Apply portal.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are used 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. For more information on the interview process, you may wish to read our Admissions Interview Policy (pdf).

Criminal conviction disclosure

You are asked to declare any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands on your UCAS application form. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Further details on this process with be sent to concerned applicants through the King’s Apply portal.

Getting a decision

Applications to the medical school each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview. In the last application cycle, around 400 EMDP applications were received for 50 places. From 2018 entry, EMDP entry criteria are changing (see entry criteria above) and applications are welcome from across the UK. We anticipate a greater number of applications for the EMDP than in previous years, and a total of 77 places will be available on the programme each year. We aim to notify all applicants of final decisions by the beginning of May at the latest.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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

Stage Lectures, seminars and similar Placement Self-study time

1

(Years 1 and 2)

33% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy. 0% 67%

2

(Years 3 and 4)
56% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy. 44% 0%

3

(Years 5 and 6)
8% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 81% 11%

 

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will learn in a wide variety of hospital and community care settings. Students undertake placements at general practices and district general hospitals located in south London and south east England, currently they are mostly in Kent and Sussex. Placements outside of London offer a different and rich perspective on clinical learning, complementing the experiences gained in central London hospitals.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, all students will experience placements at London and peripheral sites during their programme.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Learning outcomes

Outcome of the course

On successful completion of the course you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. Generally all suitably qualified UK graduates are allocated a place on Foundation Year 1, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

On successful completion of Foundation Year 1, you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC. 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.

Assessment

  • Formative Assessment
  • Summative 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 against course standards and learning outcomes). 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 course in preparation for professional life.
  • Written examinations in Stage 1 at the end of Year 1 and Year 2, 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.

There are also two external assessments in Stage 3, that are necessary to support your Foundation Year 1 training, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate from the MBBS course.

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) for students graduating in 2024/25 onwards to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

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 Office for Students.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

The Intercalated BSc is optional but must be taken between Stages 2 and 3.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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The MBBS degree at King’s 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 MBBS curriculum is divided into three ‘Stages’ with the opportunity to take an intercalated one-year BSc course between Year 4 and Year 5. Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum. Stage 1 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 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 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. The intercalated degree is a one-year BSc course which gives you the opportunity to study the subjects of your choice in greater depth across King’s and the university’s clinical partners. As a multi-faculty institution, we offer an unrivalled range of intercalated degrees from clinical and biomedical sciences to humanities subjects. The Intercalated BSc is optional for students on the Extended Medical Degree Programme and can be taken between Stages 2 and 3 of the course. The EMDP is the UK’s flagship broadening- access-to-medicine degree. It is specifically designed for students from non-selective state schools and lasts six or seven (with the BSc) years, allowing you to study the first stage at a slower pace. You will, however, follow the same medical curriculum as all other medical students and undergo the same rigorous assessments. We teach Stage 1 of the curriculum over two years, allowing you additional time for self- directed study, as well as a range of extra academic tuition and pastoral support. In your third year and onwards, you will sit exactly the same exams as the other medical students and you must achieve the same pass mark. At the end of the course you will graduate with the same MBBS qualification. Which course should I apply to? We will only consider your application for the EMDP if you apply for UCAS course code A101. If you wish to also be considered for the standard entry course (A100), then you must apply to UCAS course code A100 as well as A101, and we will consider each application separately. The EMDP has the following five key aims:

Course Aims

  • To broaden participation in medicine by levelling the educational playing field.
  • To prepare outstanding doctors capable of working as members of teams to provide safe and effective patient-centred care.
  • To educate clinical scientists committed to life- long learning and education.
  • To nurture resilient professionals capable of adapting to changing healthcare needs.
  • To inspire collaborative leaders actively engaged in the improvement of patient and population health.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and also provides facilities to the Dental Institute.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Biology and Chemistry

A-Levels

Required grades:
ABB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Subjects must include grade A in either Biology or Chemistry and grade B in the other. All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including 6,5,5 at Higher Level with 6 in either Higher Level Biology or Higher Level Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in the other. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

You will also need:

GCSEs: GCSE grade 6/B in both English Language and Mathematics is required.

 
The UCAT

All applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as UKCAT, prior to applying to this programme. Please refer to the UCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline

15 October for entry in September 2020. All applications must be submitted through UCAS.

Eligibility for the EMDP

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have attended only non-selective state education, as determined by the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE), since the age of 11. Please list all the schools that you have attended since the age of 11 on your UCAS application, even if some previously attended schools were not in the UK.

  • You cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting your application.

  • You must have sat the UCAT prior to submitting your application.

Special consideration will also be given to the following:

  • Applicants from schools with low attainment

  • Applicants from low participation areas as determined by ACORN* and POLAR

  • Participants of Realising Opportunities

  • Participants who have completed King’s K+ or Medview programmes

  • Applicants who are care experienced

  • Applicants with other widening participation backgrounds

*You are able to check your ACORN profile by checking your postcode using the CACI website. You will be asked to register but the service is free.

Information for Overseas Applicants

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA has a number of resources to advise you of which fee status category you may fall into dependent on your circumstances, so we would recommend reviewing these prior to making an application.

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 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, e.g. 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 professional.

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.

Academic performance

You should carefully check that you will meet the programme’s 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 our Fair Admissions Policy (pdf), we 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, we will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

UCAT score and interview shortlisting

We do not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UCAT examination for this course. The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

When considering applicants which will be shortlisted for interview we 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 UCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of applicants, and we do assess for this programme holistically, taking in to account all these factors and your performance in the context of your educational background. Examination results and the UCAT score are perhaps the most important factors when considering applications. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of assessing applicants.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. EMDP interviews are usually held from November to May. If you are invited to an interview, you will be provided with further details about the expected interview format and guidance of when and where to report to through the King’s Apply portal.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are used 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. For more information on the interview process, you may wish to read our Admissions Interview Policy (pdf).

Criminal conviction disclosure

You are asked to declare any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands on your UCAS application form. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Further details on this process with be sent to concerned applicants through the King’s Apply portal.

Getting a decision

Applications to the medical school each year for our undergraduate medical programmes are around 4500 for a total of 410 places. Around 1200 – 1400 applicants are selected for interview. In the last application cycle, around 400 EMDP applications were received for 50 places. From 2018 entry, EMDP entry criteria are changing (see entry criteria above) and applications are welcome from across the UK. We anticipate a greater number of applications for the EMDP than in previous years, and a total of 77 places will be available on the programme each year. We aim to notify all applicants of final decisions by the beginning of May at the latest.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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

Stage Lectures, seminars and similar Placement Self-study time

1

(Years 1 and 2)

33% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy. 0% 67%

2

(Years 3 and 4)
56% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy. 44% 0%

3

(Years 5 and 6)
8% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 81% 11%

 

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will learn in a wide variety of hospital and community care settings. Students undertake placements at general practices and district general hospitals located in south London and south east England, currently they are mostly in Kent and Sussex. Placements outside of London offer a different and rich perspective on clinical learning, complementing the experiences gained in central London hospitals.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, all students will experience placements at London and peripheral sites during their programme.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Learning outcomes

Outcome of the course

On successful completion of the course you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. Generally all suitably qualified UK graduates are allocated a place on Foundation Year 1, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

On successful completion of Foundation Year 1, you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC. 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.

Assessment

  • Formative Assessment
  • Summative 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 against course standards and learning outcomes). 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 course in preparation for professional life.
  • Written examinations in Stage 1 at the end of Year 1 and Year 2, 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.

There are also two external assessments in Stage 3, that are necessary to support your Foundation Year 1 training, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate from the MBBS course.

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) for students graduating in 2024/25 onwards to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

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 Office for Students.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

The Intercalated BSc is optional but must be taken between Stages 2 and 3.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Six Years (seven if an optional intercalated degree is undertaken)
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
Apply via UCAS

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