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Primary Care iBSc

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The intercalated BSc in Primary Care is an exciting opportunity for medical students to engage further with a general practice clinical experience whilst also studying aspects of primary care in more depth and undertaking a research project.

It aims to inspire doctors and health care leaders of the future and give an excellent generalist grounding to students planning a career in both general practice and other medical careers, equipping them with the skills necessary to lead integrated and innovative care.


  • The clinical aspect will provide practical opportunities to improve clinical and consultation skills

  • Focus on quality improvement, leadership, teamwork, as well as motivational interviewing skills which will be highly valuable for future careers

  • Encouraged to run own ‘health improvement’ clinics

  • Leadership skills will be mentored, coached and developed, linking the theory with practical experience

  • Opportunities to apply leadership in practice

  • Wide range of research projects available from within the School of Population Health and Environment Sciences

  • Our iBSc journal club will discuss seminal and relevant research papers to expand medical knowledge

  • Supported towards writing research papers, posters and presentations at conference

  • Opportunities to learn more about healthcare systems in the UK and globally, history of the NHS, health inequalities and to develop teaching skills

Key information

UCAS code Apply direct to King's

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations N/A

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences



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Course detail


The programme is divided into three components: a clinical placement, taught modules and a research project and dissertation.
The course is run by King’s Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community (KUMEC) and the School of Population Health, which involves collaboration with the Departments of Global Health, Physiotherapy and Primary Care Research.

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the taught modules on the programme. During the clinical placement you will spend one day per week in terms 1 and 2 in a general practice setting. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. A guide to how your time will be spent is shown in the accompanying table.

Your performance will be assessed through a variety of coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, presentations, posters and engagement reports. 

 ModuleLectures (hours) Seminar/Tutorials (hours) Placement/Practical (hours)Self-Guided Learning (hours)  Assesment

Introduction to Primary Care





50% case study

50% essay

Clinical General Practice





80%: essay

20%: engagement report

Leadership, Management and Quality





10%: QIP abstract

20% QIP presentation

70% critical reflection

Researh Methods





 80%: research proposal

20%: presentation

Teaching in Primary Care (optional)





 100%: essay

Health Inequality (optional)





 80%: essay

20% presentation

Research Project in Primary Care





 70%: dissertation

20%: poster presentation

10%: supervisor’s

performance report


The taught modules are primarily taught on the Guy’s Campus (although please note that this may vary).
The clinical placement will be in a general practice setting in a practice that is approved by KUMEC.

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules
You are required to take:
  • Introduction to Primary Care (15 credits)

  • Leadership, Management & Quality in Primary Care (15 credits)

  • Research Methods (15 credits)

  • Clinical General Practice (30 credits)

  • Research Project in Primary Care (30 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you take one module from the options below or any other 15 credit module if this is agreed by all parties.

  • Teaching in Primary Care (15 credits)

  • Health Inequality (15 credits)

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 update.

Entry requirements


Required subjects

This BSc accepts Medical students.  All students enter having passed a minimum of 2 years of study on an MBBS course.

Further information and other requirements

Please see the Intercalated BSc Entry Requirements page.

Selection procedure

Application deadline:

King's students:  27th January 2020 
Non-King's students: 2nd March 2020   

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 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 £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.

Additional costs

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

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • library fees and fines

  • personal photocopies

  • printing course handouts

  • society membership fees

  • stationery

  • graduation costs

  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Please see the Intercalated BSc Fees & Funding page.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

This programme is an optional component of the MBBS and hence has been designed to develop future doctors with enhanced skills in leadership, scholarship, teamwork and an excellent grounding in general healthcare.

As well as opportunities to improve clinical and consultation skills there is a focus on quality improvement, leadership, motivational interviewing and research, which are highly relevant and desirable in a wide range of specialities and professions. The academic aspect of the programme will develop and showcase your ability to research an area in depth and communicate this to the relevant audience; and there will be support with writing research papers and presenting at conferences which, again, are highly-desirable skills, providing an extra advantage in establishing a research career and in medical job applications.


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