INTO - St George's, University of London
In 2011, St George’s, University of London entered into partnership with global education provider INTO University Partnerships, to form INTO St George’s, University of London. INTO SGUL now offers Foundation and degree level programmes in medical, biomedical and health sciences, designed specifically for overseas (non-UK, non-EU) students. These programmes have been subject to the General Medical Council standard quality assurance process for new medical schools and overseas programmes.
Through these programmes, INTO SGUL offers talented and ambitious overseas students the opportunity to study health sciences in a compact and friendly environment and learn clinical practice at one of the London’s busiest hospitals.
The Foundation programme in Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences is perfect for those students wanting to study medicine or health sciences in the UK whose high school qualifications do not allow them to progress directly into higher education. This is a one-year programme covering Biology and Chemistry up to UK A level, alongside Mathematics, Physics and English and study skills. The programme also provides advice and support for students making applications to degree level programmes in medicine or health sciences.
On successful completion of this programme, and on meeting the entry requirements for the relevant programme, students may progress onto the International Medicine BSc/MBBS or the Biomedical Sciences (International) BSc (Hons) offered at INTO SGUL.
The International Medicine BSc/MBBS is a six-year undergraduate programme, combining a BSc (Hons) in Medical Science with an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) qualification that is recognised as a primary medical qualification (PMQ) by the UK General Medical Council. The programme is based on St George’s pre-existing successful MBBS programme, and students will study clinical medical sciences alongside home students during the first four years of their course. The final two years will be spent in clinical practice at affiliated clinical sites overseas.
The Biomedical Sciences (International) BSc (Hons) is an innovative three-year Bachelor of Science programme covering the whole range of biological sciences that underpin medicine. It is taught in a hospital environment and offers top performing students the chance to transfer directly into the clinical practice years of the International Medicine MBBS.
Finally, INTO SGUL also offers a four-year International Graduate Medicine (MBBS) for international graduates of any discipline wanting to make a career change into medicine. Students on this programme study clinical medical sciences alongside home students during years one and two of their course, before moving into clinical practice at affiliated clinical sites overseas in years three and four.
Students who complete either the International BSc/MBBS or the International Graduate MBBS programme will earn a degree from St George's, University of London, which provides a firm foundation on which to build a career in the global healthcare sector.
At the end of the course you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.
To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you would 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. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You would then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK. Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.
While the St George's, University of London MBBS is recognised by many different countries, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their own country.