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Duration

Five years, full time (or six with Intercalated BSc)

Application Deadline

15 October 2022

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

A100, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2023

Apply via UCAS

Clinically focused and patient-centred, our five-year undergraduate degree will equip you with essential knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to practice medicine competently and professionally. You will gain a unique opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary clinical setting, together with students across the full range of allied healthcare professions, and acquire the scientific and clinical expertise to keep abreast of the changes in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine required for our rapidly changing societies.

Your hands-on learning starts with practical classes in our pathology labs, anatomy and dissection rooms, alongside GP and community visits. Over the course of studies, you’ll participate in a comprehensive series of clinical placements in medicine, surgery, general practice, senior health, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry and diagnostics such as radiology, as well as other specialities.

On successful completion, you’ll be granted the primary medical qualification – the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – eligible to register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and begin its Foundation Programme.

Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions. You’ll study in a clinical setting with like-minded individuals, mixing with the many different healthcare professionals you will go on to work alongside throughout your career.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

MBBS curriculum brochure

Read the MBBS curriculum brochure (PDF) to find out more about what the course contains.

Highlights

  • We offer two routes to obtain the MBBS: this undergraduate five-year degree and a four-year graduate entry programme for those who have already achieved a Bachelor’s or higher degree.
  • Contact with patients and clinical placements begins in your first year and over subsequent years spans the full range of disciplines – general practice, medicine and medical specialties such as cardiology, surgery and surgical specialties such as orthopaedics, paediatrics, senior health, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry and neurology and public health. 
  • Cutting-edge facilities include our state-of-the-art laboratories, pathology museum and advanced patient simulation centre, which enables you to learn clinical skills and practise techniques in a safe environment.
  • Interactive and team-based learning will take place in the Dissecting Room using prosections, plastinated and potted (preserved) specimens, anatomical models, and 3D digital software
  • On graduation from either route, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the GMC and license to practice in approved Foundation Year 1 posts.
  • Competitive opportunity to apply to intercalate (after Year 2, T or P year) at St George’s or at an alternative institution, spending an additional year of study on top of your Medicine degree to obtain an iBSc in a variety of related subjects. Between P and Final year an MSc is also an alternative option (St George’s or at an alternative institution).  
  • St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university and the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital providing a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals boosting your multidisciplinary understanding and context.
  • Teaching is informed by our world-class research which informs practice, and often delivered by working clinicians and scientists who have recently been using their expertise in the fight against Covid-19.
  • The extensive experience of our teaching team spans the full breadth of medical and surgical specialists, GPs, biomedical scientists and research scientists. The MBBS leadership team, overseeing the programme, are all practicing NHS clinicians, with both national and international subject and educational expertise.
  • The MBBS course offers high quality simulated practise for you to safely acquire competency in clinical skills and procedures at all stages of the course.
  • Benefit from opportunities to undertake student-selected components (SSC) of study on areas of interest. This includes three blocks of a few weeks each exploring a topic of your choice in-depth, for example basic science, a clinical or service improvement project or a humanities module.

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Course info

A career in medicine is a calling like no other: the chance to harness science and make a real difference, often saving people’s lives. Perhaps you are drawn to the many practical and intellectual challenges this well respected and rewarding profession offers, where no day is ever the same.

Whatever your motivations, our Medicine degree offers a unique opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary clinical setting together with students across the full range of healthcare professions, building your appreciation of what it means to work as part of a team.

Our transformative education blends academic and practical clinical skills training with on-the-job placement learning. This provides the knowledge, understanding, skills and professional competencies to help you become a confident, resilient doctor. Students tell us that this early patient contact and rotation across a comprehensive range of medical services and specialities which begins in the first year is what makes our course stand out from the rest.

We take pride in being clinically and patient-focused with a strong emphasis on communicating with patients from a range of backgrounds so that, on graduation, you provide excellent, compassionate care, and are ready to work with colleagues and equipped to adapt to rapidly changing science and society.

As well as the option for teaching, research and management, medicine offers a wide choice of careers with over 60 different specialities – from general practice, surgery, emergency or intensive care medicine, to focused practice in areas such as ears, nose and throat surgery (ENT) and ophthalmology.

That we are the only UK university based on a hospital site ensures your experience is diverse and broad, so you can identify where your passions truly lie. St George’s Hospital is the largest healthcare provider in southwest London, providing acute hospital services, specialist care and community services to patients of all ages, nationalities and ethnicities.

Our degree also offers two opportunities to undertake student-selected components (SSC) of study on areas of interest to you, spending a few weeks exploring a topic of your choice in-depth, which could be basic science, a clinical or service improvement project or a humanities module.

You can also apply competitively to intercalate with us or an alternative institution, inserting an additional year of study to obtain an iBSc or even a master’s degree in a very wide variety of related subjects.

“At St George's, you really benefit from problem-based learning in your transition year. I found it a perfect complement to the lectures and clinical teaching. It’s very student-led, enabling us to discuss and make decisions about managing our patient which, as students, helps us to work in a team and think like a doctor. ”

- Jozel

Medicine (Graduate Entry MBBS)

Fees and funding

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee*

2022/23

£9,250

£46,250

*Tuition fees for Home (UK) students are determined by UK government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the government.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages

International (including EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2022/23

£38,500

 £192,500

*Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and will not normally increase by more than 5 per cent each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages

Additional costs

The table below highlights the additional course-specific costs related to this degree. Visit the additional course-related costs for more information on general costs to consider alongside your studies.

Additional cost 

Description

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

DBS - £40

Post office verification - £6

Administration fee - £9

Equipment

Lab coat £20 - available for purchase in the SU shop

Stethoscope - £100.

Travel to and from hospital placements

Students complete compulsory clinical placements throughout their studies, with shorter placements in year one and two of MBBS5 and year one of Graduate Entry Medicine (MBBS4). Clinical placements in the third/transition (T), penultimate (P) and final (F) years typically last five weeks, with some placements being shorter.

The majority of our secondary care placement providers outside of London, will offer accommodation as part of the placement. Accommodation is not offered for London-based placements, and for these students will incur travel costs from their place of residence. Travel costs will vary according to where you live and where your placement is located. As a guide, the cost of an annual student travelcard from Zones 1 - 9 is £2,700.

If you are in receipt of/eligible for an NHS Bursary from your 5th year, you may also be eligible to receive reimbursement towards placement accommodation and/or travel costs.

Please see the MBBS brochure (PDF) for further details of secondary care placement provider locations in the clinical years.

Electives

Costs may be incurred for travel and accommodation and will depend entirely on where an elective is undertaken. Immunisations, insurance, passport renewals and visa costs may be necessary if you choose to study abroad.

Some hosting institutions also charge an administrative fee (typically around £500 to £1000).

Final Year GP accommodation (five weeks)

In the final year of the course, additional expenses may be incurred for travel and accommodation to GP placements.

Those in receipt of an NHS bursary can reclaim most of the costs. Residual costs up to a cap are available from Health Education England (HEE) Undergraduate Tariff when the placement is beyond a reasonable commute from the University.

For students who are not eligible for NHS Bursary travel and accommodation expenses, and who are in placements beyond a reasonable commute from the University, students can claim expenses from the University and Undergraduate Tariff, up to a cap.

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Entry criteria: 2023 Entry

To be eligible for the Medicine MBBS (5-year) programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

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Our admissions process

At St George’s, we strive to ensure our admissions process is fair and transparent. In order to make sure every applicant is treated equally, we use a process based on objective measures. For example, while we take the time to read your personal statement, it is not formally assessed, or used to determine whether you will be invited for a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).

The steps below outline our general admissions process and the way by which we determine which applicants will receive an offer to study Medicine MBBS (5-year) at St George’s.

  1. Each applicant that meets our entry criteria (see below) is ranked by their UCAT score. As we have graduate and overseas number caps on our Medicine MBBS (5-year) course, the below groups are ranked separately, and may be required to achieve different UCAT scores:
  • Home non-graduates
  • Overseas non-graduates
  • Home graduates
  • Overseas graduates
  1. The number of interviews we run each year may vary. In previous years, we have interviewed approximately 750-950 applicants. Our UCAT cut-off scores are determined by the number of available interviews. Interview places will be allocated to applicants who have the highest UCAT scores within the groups above, until all of our available interview places are filled.
  2. If, as a result of the number of MMIs we plan to offer, the cut-off score falls at a point where a number of applicants within the same group have achieved the same UCAT score, we may increase or reduce the number of MMIs we conduct to accommodate all applicants who have received that score. This means that all eligible applicants with the same UCAT score within each group are considered equally.
  3. Applicants will then be invited to attend an MMI which is a values-based recruitment process and reinforces objectivity.
  4. Once all of our interviews are conducted, we rank MMI and SJT scores and the highest performing applicants within each group are made an offer to study Medicine at St George’s.

Entry Qualifications

For non-graduate applicants, with the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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A Levels

If you are applying on the basis of A Levels, you must meet both the A Level and GCSE requirements below.

Grades

AAA

Subjects

Including Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology.

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

Please note, the above states our minimum entry requirements, but you may receive an offer ranging between AAA – A*AA at A Level.

A Levels must be completed within one sitting across a maximum of two years. We do not accept resits which require a third year of study. Exceptions may apply if your education has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit our Covid-19 FAQs for further information.

GCSEs

Grades

Five subjects graded 6 (B) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

If you are applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate, you need to meet both our Higher Level and Standard Level requirements, as outlined below.

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 36

Subjects

18 points at Higher Level, including a minimum grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 6 (B) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. For Maths, we accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations. For English, we accept A (language & literature) or B (language).

Access Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of an Access Diploma, you must meet both the Access Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

Award

Full award diploma (Access to Medicine)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Subjects

39 credits at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit. All Chemistry and Biology credits must be at Distinction.

Additional information

Any additional level 3 credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted. The course should be QAA recognised. If you have completed Level 3 qualifications (i.e. A Levels) in the required subjects within the past five years (including the year of entry), or you are a graduate, we are unable to consider an application on the basis of an Access Diploma.

GCSEs

Grades

Two subjects graded 6 (B) or above

Subjects English Language and Maths

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

University Degrees

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

Degree

UK Undergraduate (BSc, BA, BEng, BBA, MSci etc.)

Grade

2:1 Honours

Subjects

Any discipline and any subject

Additional information

Degrees must be completed and fully awarded (including re-writes) by 31 July of the academic year of application. If you achieved a 2:2, you will need to complete a Masters to be eligible to apply. Graduates cannot apply on the basis of Level 3 qualifications.

OR

Degree

UK Postgraduate (MA, MSc, MPhil, PhD etc.)

Grade

Pass

Subjects

Any discipline and any subject

Additional information

In addition, applicants must have an undergraduate degree at 2:2 honours or higher (any discipline and subject).

Degrees must be completed and fully awarded (including re-writes) by 31 August of the academic year of application.

Funding options differ for graduates on an undergraduate degree. More information can be found from the Medical Schools Council.

Applicants who are currently enrolled on a degree, but are not in their final year, cannot be considered for this course. In order to be considered, these applicants can apply later as a graduate, or withdraw from their degree, and apply with their previous qualifications. 

Other UK Qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

D3, D3, D3

Three principal subjects to include Biology and Chemistry.

Five GCSEs at grade 6 (B) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Scottish Highers

If you are applying on the basis of Scottish Highers, you must meet the Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 requirements below.

Highers: AAA including Chemistry and Biology

Advanced Highers: AA including Chemistry and Biology

English Language and Maths National 5 at grade B

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

If you would like to apply on the basis of a non-UK degree, please find the UK equivalent of your qualification(s) by visiting the UK NARIC website. Your qualification(s) will need to be equivalent to the University Degree requirements outlined above.

Other Academic Requirements

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UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test)

Both the section scores and the overall cut-off score must be met.

Section score

Minimum 500 in each individual section

Overall score

Minimum overall UCAT score (calculated every year)

Additional information

For 2023 entry, we will be considering the 'Situational Judgement' SJT Banding scores in our decision making. 

We will not consider any extenuating circumstances in relation to UCAT test scores.

 

Additional information

UCAT results are used to select applicants invited to interview and may be used to rank a post-interview waiting list.

UCAT scores do not need to be included on your UCAS application as we will be informed of your scores directly by Pearson and UCAS. Please ensure that the name you use to register for UCAT is the same as that used on your UCAS form so results can be matched. We will receive any annotations UCAT include with your scores, however we are unfortunately unable to consider these as part of your application.

For reference purposes, we have provided the 2022 UCAT cut off scores, as well as the overall scores we have required in previous years, on our Admissions Statistics page.

Below are some key dates that you may find useful. These are correct as of February 2022, however please do check the UCAT website for the most up to date information.

  • Registration opens: 24 May 2022
  • Testing begins: 11 July 2022
  • Final booking deadline: 22 September 2022
  • Last testing date: 29 September 2022
  • UCAS application deadline: 15 October 2022

Test preparation

UCAT has developed practice tests and a toolkit to support your test preparation.

View the information on the UCAT Candidate Preparation Toolkit page.

Details of the exam and how to register to sit the test can be found on the UCAT website.

English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a group 1 course.

Non-academic Requirements

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Work Experience and Insight

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here.

Occupational Health Check

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

We do not currently require you to have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but we strongly recommend that you get double vaccinated before the start of your studies, unless medically exempt.

When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check & Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Previous Studies in Medicine

If you studied but did not complete Medicine at an alternative university and are re-applying on the basis of your Level 3 (e.g. A Level) qualifications, please provide formal evidence as to why you withdrew when you apply, and no later than 1 November in the year of application. Please email the team ensuring you include your UCAS personal ID number and programme name in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Our MBBS five-year course provides a well-rounded base of scientific medical education and practice, equipping you with the latest skills and techniques to bring benefits to patients and populations, with particular emphasis given to developing you as a professional and person over and above the role of the doctor. It is made up of core curriculum elements and opportunities for in-depth study in areas of your choice.

Year 1 and 2

The early years, known as the ‘clinical science years’, are underpinned by three main themes:

  • Basic and clinical sciences: Provides core professional knowledge of the structure, function and development of the normal human body and the changes that occur as the result of disease, injury, abnormal development and ageing.
  • Professional skills: Equips you with the core patient-centred communication, clinical and procedural skills integral to becoming a doctor, developed and integrated first through simulated practice involving diverse and authentic clinical scenarios, then actual placement experience.
  • Patients, populations and society: Provides a firm understanding of the health behaviours, attitudes, cultural beliefs and socio-economic factors that influence health outcomes in individuals and communities. You’ll learn to appreciate the need for a partnership with patients and communities that takes account of these components, understands evidence for harms and benefits of medical intervention and can work professionally in a complex, uncertain and evolving field.

In Years 1 and 2, these themes are delivered through seven modules: Introduction to Medicine; Life Cycle; Life Protection; Life Support; Life Maintenance; Life Structure; and Life Control. During the first two years, the emphasis is on lectures, tutorials and group activity, but there is a strong underlying focus on patient care and early patient contact through short clinical and community-based placements.

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Year 1 modules

Delivery  

Weeks

Modules/placements

Taught

12

Broad introductory syllabus covering all modules, themes and teaching strands. The first ten weeks includes elements of interprofessional education.

Clinical  

 

Half day general practice and community visits

Taught  

5

Life Support Module (Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems)

Clinical  

2

Early Years Clinical Experience (Hospital placements currently include medicine, surgery, senior health and radiology)

Taught  

6

Life Maintenance Module (Endocrine and Alimentary Systems, Kidney and Body Fluids, Metabolism)

Typical year one clinical sciences learning week

The following shows an example timetable for a learning week on this course. Please note that this is for illustrative purposes only as timetables will vary in between and within modules.

 

Monday     

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

 Friday

Morning

Live large group teaching (hybrid, onsite or remote)

Onsite case based learning (small group tutorial)

Onsite anatomy

Live, onsite large group teaching 

Asynchronous learning content or live sessions (onsite or remote) 

Afternoon

Onsite professional skills (small group) teaching 

GP/Community healthcare visits or asynchronous learning content 

Free

Live, onsite large group teaching

Asynchronous learning content or live sessions (onsite or remote) 

Year 2 modules

Delivery  

Weeks

Modules/placements

Taught 

5

Life structure (musculoskeletal, integument and genetics)

Clinical 

2

Early years clinical experience (geriatrics, radiology, medicine, surgery)

Taught

5

Life control (neuroscience and psychiatry)

Taught

6

Life cycle (inheritance, reproduction, growth, ageing and disability)

Clinical

2

Early years clinical experience attachment (geriatrics, radiology, medicine, surgery)

Taught 

5

Life protection (infection, immunity, mechanisms of disease

Self-directed

-

Student selected components; study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and to gain insight into possible careers

Revision

2

Revision period

Assessment

3

Summative assessment

Typical year two clinical sciences learning week

The following shows an example timetable for a learning week on this course. Please note that this is for illustrative purposes only as timetables will vary in between modules.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Onsite case based learning (small group tutorial) Mostly asynchronous learning, o/c Onsite large group teaching  Asynchronous learning content or live onsite sessions  Onsite anatomy Asynchronous learning content or live onsite sessions 
Afternoon Onsite large group teaching Self-directed activities (incl. SSC Oct-Feb) or GP Jan-May) Free Live, Onsite professional skills (small group) teaching  Asynchronous learning content or live onsite sessions 

Year 3

From Year 3 – the ‘transition year’ – the emphasis shifts away from lecture-based activity to a combination of problem based learning and SSCs of study based on your own interests, rotating with experiential learning on clinical attachments. Problem based learning in Year 3 covers:

  • Foundations of Clinical Practice: Establishes core knowledge and skills for safe transition to clinical placements.
  • Mechanisms of disease: Reviews and extends learning in life protection topics.
  • Body systems: Revisits learning in each major organ system to support generalist clinical history and examination skills.
  • Specialties: Contains key cases from areas covered in penultimate year placements: paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, neurology, psychiatry and rheumatology.

As well as a three-week block based around your SSC, you will undertake five-week clinical placement blocks in Medicine, Surgery and General Practice (outlined below). These incorporate a weekly half-day lecture and tutorial programme to support the development of planning and interpreting core investigations and prescribing common drugs. These sessions are delivered by leading practitioners in their fields and focus on analytical skills and practical knowhow.

  • Medicine: Includes cases from all core body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal (GI), renal, endocrine, musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Interpretation of basic investigations such as electrocardiograms (ECGs), chest x ray and common blood tests is practised at the bedside and supported by transition to practice (TTP) and investigation of disease (IOD) teaching.
  • Surgery: You’ll participate in the work of your assigned clinical team, on ward rounds, attending operating theatre, radiology and pathology meetings. Bedside teaching, supervised and self-directed patient contact provide the stimulus for learning about common and important surgical conditions, including pre- and post-operative care, GI and urological conditions.
  • General Practice: Themes include using approaches from the humanities to focus on understanding the patient experience, clinical reasoning skills required for the first/early presentation of illness, patient-centred consultation skills, therapeutic relationships, and the impact of the ever-changing health care system on the patient journey.

Intercalated iBSc degree: optional additional year

You have the opportunity in your third or fourth year to undertake an intercalated iBSc of your choice. You can study here at St George’s or at a selection of other institutions. This allows you to advance your coverage of a variety of topics and undertake in-depth research, resulting in the award of a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours). You are supervised by academic and research staff in individual research laboratories. Entry is competitive and selection is based on academic results.

We offer degree pathways in Anatomy, Cell and Molecular biology, Genomics, Global Health, Infection and Immunity, Medical Ethics and Law, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

Modules include the following.

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Modules

  • Behavioural Medicine

  • Big Data in Biomedicine

  • Biology of Cancer

  • Biomedical Research Techniques for Drug Development

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Clinical Applications of Genomics

  • Clinical Neuroscience

  • Clinically Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy

  • Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine

  • Development and Disease

  • Genes and Gene Expression in Eukaryotic Cells

  • Global Governance for Health

  • Global Health and Comparative Health Systems

  • Global Health Diseases

  • Global Health Justice

  • Human Medical Genetics

  • Images of Anatomy

  • Immunity and Infection

  • Learning and Teaching: Student and Professional

  • Medical Ethics and Law

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (subject to validation)

  • Neuroscience of Sensation and Perception

  • Personalised Medicine

  • Pharmacology and Physiology of Drugs of Abuse

  • Primary Care: Diversity and Complexity

  • Psychology, Psychiatry and the Mind

  • Science of Reproduction

  • The Role of Biomedical Science in Contemporary Society

Intercalated iMSc degree: optional additional year

As an alternative to an intercalated bachelor’s degree, students can apply competitively after their third year to aim for an iMSc, again internally or externally. All taught components of an intercalated master’s programme must be completed before the start of your final year in August and we would also expect you to have completed your research project by this point in time, despite the usual end date being October each year. All of St George’s master’s programmes meet these requirements, as do some external courses.

Years 4 and 5

Subsequent years have increasing amounts of clinical exposure and are known as the ‘clinical practice years’. Students are increasingly responsible as partners in their own development, with an increasing emphasis on experiential learning in the workplace in line with GMC guidance.

Year 4, the penultimate year, features rotation through a series of clinical attachments in: medicine, senior health, cardiology, surgery (including surgical specialties), palliative care, neurology, neurosurgery, neurorehabilitation, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, and paediatrics.

In the final year, five-week assistantships in medicine, surgery and general practice offer the opportunity for a one-to-one apprenticeship with a foundation (junior) doctor or GP. You’ll also experience rotations in critical care and anaesthetics, accident and emergency, and public health.

After finals assessments, you will undertake a five-week elective activity. This is an opportunity for you to explore, in a practical setting, an aspect of medicine of particular interest to you or relevant to your future career in medicine, anywhere in the world.

Clinical attachments are based at healthcare trusts, hospitals and other community-based sites mostly in south London and the south east of England. In the later years of the course, placements can include more distant sites in order that students gain experience in a range of urban and more rural settings.  

Clinical placements

Learning from patients, clinicians and other healthcare professionals in practice is a fundamental part of training to become a doctor. It is the variety and volume of clinical placement opportunities we offer that students tell us they like most about our course. Teaching and learning is initially supplemented by and later dependent on attachments throughout South West London and beyond in areas of general practice, hospitals and other community settings, for example, palliative care hospices, sexual health clinics or community hospitals. You will gain experience of working as part of a team, demonstrating professional behaviour and performing (under supervision) a range of procedures, beginning with routine procedures and culminating in more advanced, highly skilled techniques by the end of your course.

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Years 1 and 2

Following an initial preparatory week, there are three two-week early years clinical experience placements in any of a broad range of hospital specialities between term 2 of Year 1 and Year 2. 

You will undertake short clinical and community-based placements with local providers, which mark the beginning of your career long clinical and professionalism learning. Building on your clinical communication skills and clinical skills, you will learn and practise simple clinical procedures. You will not yet be expected to clerk patients and present their problems in the ways you will be during the clinical practice years, but instead will be encouraged to talk and listen to patients and their carers as people, and learn from them in their role as ‘experts by experience’. In particular, we want you to learn about their experiences of their care, good and bad and their expectations of the various professionals caring for them. Understanding the significance of working in true partnership with patients is at the heart of good medical practice.

Learning the importance of working collaboratively and effectively with other professionals in the health care team is also an essential part of your training. You will have opportunities to extend your knowledge of the roles of the various members of the health care team, and seek their views on the role of the doctor within the team. You will take part in nursing shifts, so that you can fully orientate yourself to the hospital environment, take an active part and contribute to ward life under nursing supervision.

General Practice

Year 1: Two sessions for M5 in October.

Year 2: Three sessions from January onwards.

Hospital placements

Year 1 and 2: Three one-week early years clinical experience in any of a broad range of hospital specialities.

Year 3

During Year 3, your transition from the academic environment to learning in the workplace continues, with longer placements during which you become more able to learn effectively and safely from direct patient contact, establishing the trust of patients and colleagues. By the end of this year you should be fluent in taking a history and examining adult patients, and giving a basic list of potential diagnoses and initial management plans.

General Practice

Year 3: One 5-week placement

Hospital placements

Year 3: Two 5-week placements in each of medicine and surgery

Year 4 and final year

In Year 4 almost all learning is on clinical placements, including your first exposure to a range of specialist areas, so that by the end of the year you are able to tailor your diagnostic skills and outline investigation and management plans for common conditions, with expanded skills in the specialities you have encountered.

Your final year then lays the groundwork preparing you to be a foundation doctor, with assistantships in general practice, medicine and surgery, and advanced clinical practice experience in emergency medicine, critical care and anaesthetics as well as a public health block.

General practice

Year 5: Five week placement.

Hospital placements

Year 4: 11 weeks integrated medical specialities, 10 weeks general surgery and surgical specialities, one week palliative care, and five-and-a-half weeks each neurology stroke and rehabilitation, psychiatry, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology.

Year 5: Three five-week assistantships in each of medicine, general practice and surgery, four weeks critical care and anaesthetics, four weeks emergency medicine

Public health

Year 5: 2 week clinical placement.

You should be prepared to travel for your placements across Greater London, neighbouring counties and beyond.

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Practice placement locations include:*

  •  St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
  • Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, Carshalton, London
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston, Surrey
  • Croydon University Hospitals Health Sciences NHS Trust, Croydon, London
  • Springfield University Hospital, Southwest London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, Tooting, London
  • William Harvey Hospital, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Ashford, Kent
  • East Surrey Hospital, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Redhill, Surrey 
  • Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley, Surrey
  • Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ashford and Chertsey, Surrey

You are supervised by experienced clinicians and trained mentors. You also receive support from your University personal tutor, specialty and year leads with a mixture of fixed and student initiated contacts.

*This list is subject to change and should be used as a guide of where students may be able to go. In the final year, placements are also provided at more distant sites, including Maidstone, Royal Devon and Exeter, Yeovil and Torbay.

During your course, you will acquire the scientific and clinical expertise to keep abreast of the changes in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine required for our rapidly changing societies. We will equip you to apply for the specialty training you desire and support you to become future healthcare leaders. 

The curriculum is organised into integrated learning weeks, supported by case-based and problem-based learning tutorials. We use a variety of teaching styles to encourage learning, including directed self-learning, student-selected study and independent study:

  • Lectures and seminars: Lecture based teaching from specialist scientists and clinicians is designed to support your depth of learning and the relevance to clinical practice of each core subject. Complementary sociology, psychology, professionalism, ethics and critical appraisal sessions run alongside and stimulate analysis and critical thinking.
  • Small group teaching: Wherever possible, teaching and learning occurs in small groups. Weekly clinical skills and communication skills sessions all occur in the small group format allowing a high degree of learner engagement, role play and reflection.
  • Inter-professional learning: In the first year, you will take part in shared learning with students from other healthcare professions, including interactive workshops on the themes of professionalism and ethics. This interprofessional focus aims to demonstrate fundamental principles that are essential to all healthcare workers, especially those that form the foundation for safe practice, effective and appropriate patient-centred care.
  • Case-based learning: Each week begins and ends with a tutorial based on a clinical scenario. By applying the taught theory to a clinical context, both your critical skills and learning techniques develop.
  • Problem-based learning: Given a clinical problem, you use self-directed research to make a diagnosis and suggest an appropriate course of action. Problem-based learning encourages learning in context, self-motivation and deep, rather than surface understanding.
  • Clinical and communication skills sessions: At St George’s we are proud of our emphasis on clinical communication in the MBBS curriculum. What used to be called a ‘good bedside manner’ is now recognised as an evidence-based core clinical competence. We work with you to develop empathic practice and a relationship of trust with your future patients. You will learn to sensitively draw out the patient’s illness and clinical history, how to give information and clear explanations, and how to negotiate with patients and relatives in order to share decisions about their healthcare.
  • Multimodal anatomy teaching: Interactive and team-based learning will take place in the Dissecting Room using prosections, plastinated and potted (preserved) specimens, anatomical models, and 3D digital software
  • Expert tutorials: These cover the full breadth of topics over the year and feature expert patients, practising clinicians and sometimes representatives from the third sector, for example, the Alzheimer's Society or alcohol support teams.
  • Online learning: Staff at St George’s have designed a number of Massive Open Online Learning Courses (MOOCs) to support your learning and interest in particular areas, such as genomics or organ donation. We make use of online resources, such as Speaking Clinically, which has a huge number of videos in which patients talk about their conditions, and have also developed virtual anatomy lessons. Our anatomists have videoed dissection resources and overlayed the images with X-rays and 3D computational graphics to aid your learning and engagement.
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Our expertise

The extensive experience of our teaching team spans the full breadth of medical and surgical specialists, GPs, biomedical scientists and research scientists. For example, our transition year is led by an A&E consultant, the penultimate year by a renal and acute medicine physician, and final year by a urological surgeon.

Course Director Professor Hannah Cock is a consultant neurologist in the Atkinson Morley Regional Epilepsy Network, based at St George’s hospital. In addition to her educational roles, she has research interests in status epilepticus (prolonged uncontrolled seizures), the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy, and improving services and care for people with epilepsy.

Our researchers are contributing to the University research focused on advancing the prevention and treatment of disease in the fields of population health, heart disease and infection – three of the greatest challenges to global health in the 21st century. Our focus on health and biosciences has recently been targeted at helping to understand the immunology, virology, and genetics of Covid-19 to inform advances in new diagnostics, new treatments and a vaccine. We are also influencing public health policy and providing evidence-based information and advice to frontline healthcare practitioners.

During the course, you’ll also have the opportunity to study alongside highly experienced clinicians and learn directly from junior doctors on the job, something our students particularly enjoy.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in three domains:

  • Professional Knowledge: through Year Specific Knowledge Tests (YSKT) in Years 1, 2, 3(T) and 4(P)
  • Professional Skills: through Clinical Competency Assessments (CCA) in years 2, 3(T) and 4(P)
  • Becoming a Doctor: through longitudinal professional assessment, attendance, clinical practice skills and projects in each year of the Programme in years 2, 3(T) and 4(P) and

All domains must be passed independently in order to progress to the subsequent year.

During Year 1, there is one practice ‘formative’ assessment of knowledge, and in year 2 one of clinical competency, to prepare you for summative assessments later in the year, and during the remainder of the programme. Teaching Staff are encouraged to also include formative quizzes within their learning materials throughout the curriculum.

Knowledge assessment methods include short answer questions and single best answer questions. CCAs take the form of a set of structured tasks, which can include practical procedures, interviewing skills and examination of patients, reflecting the curriculum content up to that year of the programme.

Workplace (placement) based assessments, for example, mini-CEX (Clinical Evaluation Exercise), direct observations of practical procedures (DOPS), and case based discussion (CBD) also play an increasing role in the later years of the curriculum, for both formative and summative purposes. These tasks and activities during placements provide an opportunity to receive expert feedback, reflect on and discuss events and your own experiences in the real clinical environment. Together with attendance, behaviour, a personal and professional development portfolio, and variety of projects, this forms part of the Becoming a Doctor domain, which builds and assesses professional behaviour each year, and serves as an evolving portfolio to evidence your knowledge and experience to support later career plans.

Final year assessments (for graduates from 2024-25 onwards) will take the form of the National Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) comprising an Applied Knowledge Test (AKT), and the Clinical and Professional Skills Assessment (CPSA). This will be instead of our current Final year AKT and CCA, but with essentially the same format and delivery. We have also been, and will continue to take part in the pilots for the MLA, and member of our assessment team are also involved in the MLA. The Prescribing Safety Assessment, and Becoming a Doctor Domain must also be passed in Final year prior to graduation under our Scheme of Assessment.

MBBS graduates who wish to undertake the UK foundation programme must also take the situational judgement test (SJT), which is a national assessment. Competence in all foundation year Practical Skills and Procedures (Outcomes for graduates – Practical skills and procedures - GMC (gmc-uk.org)_ must be achieved on at least one occasion, within the two clinical practice years prior to graduation. “

Hannah Cock

Hannah Cock

Course Director

Professor Cock is course director for MBBS, a consultant neurologist (epilepsy), and research active

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UK Medical Programmes, including ours, are quality-assured and recognised internationally. However, applicants are always advised to check with individual national authorities if they wish to practise outside the UK after graduation. In some instances, students may need to take a national licensing assessment for the relevant country, in addition to their medical degree in order to be able to practice there.

At the end of the undergraduate 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 (GMC), as long as the GMC has no concerns relating to your fitness to practise. 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.

Through an integrated study programme of medical sciences and clinical sciences, graduates are fully equipped to perform well in the GMC Foundation Programme and further develop the essential knowledge and competencies needed to pursue a specialist discipline. Alternative career options include a career in academia, teaching or conducting research, or within hospital management. Many of our MBBS Graduates remain in the South London area to complete their two-year Foundation Programme at one of our affiliated healthcare trusts.

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. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed.

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 will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise medicine unsupervised in the UK in the NHS or private practice.

Regulations in this area change from time to time so we recommend visiting Medical Careers NHS, which also provides information on working as a doctor.

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK university based on a hospital site, St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Clinical skills room

This self-directed learning room provides a space where you can practise clinical skills outside of the formal teaching sessions. Equipment needed is available in the room or can be borrowed from our Teaching Services team. This facility provides an opportunity for peer practice and shared learning.

Laboratories

Our science laboratories are fully fitted with equipment for biological, chemistry, biomedical, molecular biology and pharmacy practicals. This includes microscopes, spectrophotometers, DNA amplifiers, organ baths and specialist glassware. We also have audio visual equipment installed, so that microscope images can be projected on to large screens.

Dissecting room

The dissecting room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens.

Please note: The Dissecting Room is currently closed while we complete extensive improvement works. We hope we will be able to resume practical teaching in our facility in early 2023.

Museum for Human Diseases

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Simulation

There are opportunities for simulated practice in all years of the course both within the University, and across our partner NHS Trusts. This includes access to the St George’s Hospital Advanced Patient Simulator Centre in Final year.  

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Wandsworth. The University attracts both school leavers as well as a  ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff. Previous projects involving our students have included the creation of a handbook to highlight the often different presentation of clinical signs on black and brown skin, as well as a series of video profiles of doctors and healthcare professionals in different specialities at various stages of their careers.

Personal tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Academic staff support

The senior leadership team (course director, deputy, assessment and year leads) meet regularly with year representatives, and also arrange drop in/FAQ sessions where needed, in addition to being contactable directly as with all staff.

We have a wide variety of support resources, including close academic review and support from the Course Team, so that students who are experiencing challenges or difficulty can be proactively supported by the academic development centre, and other appropriate support services or reasonable adjustments.

Clinical Teaching Fellows  

Clinical Teaching Fellows (CTFs) are fully qualified junior doctors, who support the delivery of teaching within St George's, University of London and St George’s Hospital. They are also employed at many of our partner sites, including Ashford and St Peter’s, Croydon, Epsom and St Helier, East Surrey, Kingston, and Springfield hospitals.

Mums and dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family.

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with almost any aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, careers, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain a rewarding and successful career. As well as general workshops on topics such as writing a CV and developing interview skills, the service works with careers tutors from each course area to ensure there are careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession. You will also be able to book a one-to-one appointment with a careers consultant to discuss all aspects of careers and employability. This might include investigating options and making career decisions, gaining advice and guidance on where to look for jobs, CV and application checking, or booking in for a practice interview.  

Over and above central careers support, the MBBS team has collated a range of targeted medicine resources for our students, including prompts for personal tutors, careers sessions in every year of the programme, a dedicated area of our virtual learning environment with tips on expanding and developing skills beyond the core curriculum, and ‘careers fair’ with input from a broad range of specialities available to all students.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 October 2022.

There are no upper age limits, and we welcome applications from mature students.

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UCAS checklist

 

 

 

Information to include on your form 

 You must provide:

  • full details of your Level 2 (GCSE equivalent qualifications) with grades

  • full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent qualifications) with achieved/predicted grades

  • a personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website)

  • an academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS

  • log in to UCAS Track and check your application to see if all your academic details have been included

  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the Admissions Officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades

 

International applicants

  • International applicants must provide a full syllabus/transcript of the subjects they have completed up to year 12 (or equivalent).

  • Students from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland will need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Read our visa and immigration advice.

Interviews

After making an application, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).

Multiple Mini Interview (held December to March)

An MMI combines traditional-style questions with task-based activities. The interview consists of eight activities each lasting five minutes (40 minutes in total).

Example MMI tasks

  • Pack a suitcase for a trip, where the case can only contain half of the items available.

  • Travelling on the London Underground, one of your friends has become separated from the group – it’s their first time in London – describe your plan of action.

  • You have a list of 15 individuals, giving their sex, age and occupation – you can save five of them from nuclear attack – which five and why?

  • As captain of a football team, inform a member of your team that they have not been selected to play in the final.

  • Inform your neighbour that you have just (accidentally) run over and killed their cat.

Key competencies assessed

  • Academic ability and intellect.

  • Empathy.

  • Initiative and resilience.

  • Communication skills.

  • Organisation and problem solving.

  • Team work.

  • Insight and integrity.

  • Effective learning style.

This interview format provides a high level of interaction between you and the interviewer. It gives you a chance to demonstrate more than just a taught knowledge of your chosen field of science.

MMIs are a better predictor of academic performance and professional behaviour than traditional panel interviews. This format also allows us to assess more candidates in a shorter period of time, which means you will get the results sooner.

Learn more about how to ace your MMI.

Extenuating circumstances

Information about applying with extenuating circumstances can be found on the How To Apply webpage.

At the moment there are no changes to our programmes due to Covid-19.

If you start at St George's in 2023 your course will be delivered in the normal way and you can expect the full university experience from us.

If you started prior to this and would like to see the changes that were made to your programme, please visit this webpage.

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Duration

Five years, full time (or six with Intercalated BSc)

Application Deadline

15 October 2022

UCAS Code

A100, institution code S49

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