A medical qualification from St George’s is quality-assured and recognised internationally. With our MBBS you will be perfectly placed to contribute to the ongoing development of medicine and healthcare provision globally.
Through an integrated study programme of medical 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. The majority of our MBBS graduates choose to remain in the south London area, and to complete their two-year Foundation Programme at one of our affiliated healthcare trusts.
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.
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.
Medical Licensing Assessment
The GMC is in the process of implementing a national Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) that all UK medical graduates will need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Currently, indicative timelines suggest this will be applicable to students graduating in 2023 and beyond.
The format and details of the assessment are yet to be decided while the GMC is in consultation with all UK medical schools. However, it is not envisaged that the type or amount of assessment is likely to be significantly different from the existing assessments students undertake in their final year of Medicine.
You can read more information on the GMC website.