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Medicine MBBS

UCAS code: A100

Key information

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

Our Medicine MBBS degree provides an innovative and integrated curriculum to support your training and development as a medical professional. This will equip you to become an outstanding doctor and also one of the next generation of medical leaders.

Key benefits

  • Integration of medical science with clinical teaching throughout with 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.
  • 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.

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Our MBBS degree 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 course is divided into three ‘Stages’ with an optional intercalation year between Stages 2 and 3. 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.

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:
Chemistry and Biology
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
A*AA

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 Biology and Chemistry. 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

will not be considered for direct entry

including 7,6,6 at Higher Level with HL Chemistry and HL Biology. 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. International equivalents can also be considered.

 

The UCAT

Please note that 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.

King’s does 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.

 

Meeting our requirements

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offer holders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this.

 

UCAS Choices

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.

 

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

Suitably qualified graduate applicants to Medicine are welcome to apply to our five-year programme (A100). Any interested applicants should check very carefully that they meet the requirements for the programme.

 

  • Bioscience graduates will be considered with minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject
  • All other graduates will be considered with minimum 2:1 AND grades AA at A-Level in both Biology and Chemistry (or international equivalent)

In addition, all applicants are required to meet the GCSE requirements for the programme.

Qualified graduate applicants who are eligible for both our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme (A102) and our five-year programme (A100) are welcome to make an application for both. However, due to the competition for places it is only possible to consider applicants for the programme they apply for. As such, the only way to be considered for both programmes is to apply for both programmes.

 

Non-Academic Requirements

Age on entry: King’s is only able to accept applicants who will turn 18 years of age before commencing the second year of the Medicine degree. Applicants who will not be 18 by this date should submit an application the following year.

 

Occupational Health clearance (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants.

 

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

 

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, e.g. 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 e.g. clubs, theatrical, religious etc.


General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas e.g. 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, e.g. volunteer in a care home. 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.

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: October 15th 2020

Shorlisting

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 UCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, 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.

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 November and May and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. 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.

King's International Foundation – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International 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 King's International Foundation programme, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. 

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

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 & Similar Placement Self-study time
1 33% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy. - 67%
2 (years 2 and 3) 56% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 44% 0%
3 (years 4 and 5) 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 programme

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 (GMC), 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. 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.

On successful completion of Foundation Year 1, you will 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.

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 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.

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

Courses are divided into modules. 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.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £40,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £5,000 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.

Additional Costs

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

  • Alternative venue examination fees
  • 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 

The following gives you an indication of additional costs associated with the Medicine course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees. Clothing: Students will need to purchase a white coat for laboratory work from any source. Cost at February 2017: £15.00. Course-related conferences: Conferences are optional. If you attend a conference you will need to pay for all costs associated e.g. accommodation, travel, food & beverages and appropriate clothing. If the conference includes travel abroad, you will need to budget for travel insurance and, if necessary, passport renewal and visas. Electives: Students have to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective. You will need to pay for travel insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK and if necessary, passport renewal and visas. Equipment: Approved calculators. Across all King’s campuses computer workstations are available. Students may wish to buy their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies (optional). For medical equipment and materials for Stage 2 onwards, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction from £39. Students will need to buy a fob watch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required. Health checks/immunisations/ vaccinations: Students pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs required to ensure you have a complete immunisation/vaccination history prior to commencing the course. Further information on required immunisations/vaccinations is provided to those applicants made an academic offer of study. You will need to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK. Insurance: Students need to pay for insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK. Travel: Students need to pay for travel to and from clinical placements.

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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Our MBBS degree 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 course is divided into three ‘Stages’ with an optional intercalation year between Stages 2 and 3. 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.

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:
Chemistry and Biology
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
A*AA

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 Biology and Chemistry. 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

will not be considered for direct entry

including 7,6,6 at Higher Level with HL Chemistry and HL Biology. 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. International equivalents can also be considered.

 

The UCAT

Please note that 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.

King’s does 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.

 

Meeting our requirements

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offer holders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this.

 

UCAS Choices

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.

 

Graduate applicants to Medicine A100

Suitably qualified graduate applicants to Medicine are welcome to apply to our five-year programme (A100). Any interested applicants should check very carefully that they meet the requirements for the programme.

 

  • Bioscience graduates will be considered with minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject
  • All other graduates will be considered with minimum 2:1 AND grades AA at A-Level in both Biology and Chemistry (or international equivalent)

In addition, all applicants are required to meet the GCSE requirements for the programme.

Qualified graduate applicants who are eligible for both our four-year Graduate/Professional Entry Programme (A102) and our five-year programme (A100) are welcome to make an application for both. However, due to the competition for places it is only possible to consider applicants for the programme they apply for. As such, the only way to be considered for both programmes is to apply for both programmes.

 

Non-Academic Requirements

Age on entry: King’s is only able to accept applicants who will turn 18 years of age before commencing the second year of the Medicine degree. Applicants who will not be 18 by this date should submit an application the following year.

 

Occupational Health clearance (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants.

 

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

 

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): Any scholastic activity would be considered, e.g. 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 e.g. clubs, theatrical, religious etc.


General (Very Desirable): We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas e.g. 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, e.g. volunteer in a care home. 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.

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: October 15th 2020

Shorlisting

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 UCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, 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.

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 November and May and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. 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.

King's International Foundation – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International 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 King's International Foundation programme, students will need to ensure that they also meet the Medicine MBBS entry requirements (including relevant work experience and UKCAT exam). Eligible students that successfully apply to Medicine are guaranteed an interview for the 5-year MBBS programme. 

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

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 & Similar Placement Self-study time
1 33% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy. - 67%
2 (years 2 and 3) 56% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks. 44% 0%
3 (years 4 and 5) 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 programme

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 (GMC), 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. 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.

On successful completion of Foundation Year 1, you will 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.

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 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.

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

Courses are divided into modules. 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.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £40,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £5,000 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.

Additional Costs

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

  • Alternative venue examination fees
  • 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 

The following gives you an indication of additional costs associated with the Medicine course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees. Clothing: Students will need to purchase a white coat for laboratory work from any source. Cost at February 2017: £15.00. Course-related conferences: Conferences are optional. If you attend a conference you will need to pay for all costs associated e.g. accommodation, travel, food & beverages and appropriate clothing. If the conference includes travel abroad, you will need to budget for travel insurance and, if necessary, passport renewal and visas. Electives: Students have to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective. You will need to pay for travel insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK and if necessary, passport renewal and visas. Equipment: Approved calculators. Across all King’s campuses computer workstations are available. Students may wish to buy their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies (optional). For medical equipment and materials for Stage 2 onwards, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction from £39. Students will need to buy a fob watch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required. Health checks/immunisations/ vaccinations: Students pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs required to ensure you have a complete immunisation/vaccination history prior to commencing the course. Further information on required immunisations/vaccinations is provided to those applicants made an academic offer of study. You will need to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK. Insurance: Students need to pay for insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK. Travel: Students need to pay for travel to and from clinical placements.

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:
Five Years (six if an optional intercalated degree is undertaken)
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
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