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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

15 October 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

A101, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2022

Apply via UCAS

Overview

Open to graduates from a wide range of science and non-science backgrounds, our graduate entry programme offers a fast-track route which condenses the first stage of a conventional medical degree, so you achieve the qualification in four rather than five years.

Clinically focused and patient-centred, it will equip you with essential knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to practice medicine competently and professionally. 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.

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 four-year graduate entry programme for those who have already achieved a Bachelor’s degree and the conventional undergraduate five-year degree.

  • Contact with patients and clinical placements begins in your first year and over subsequent years spans the full range of disciplines – medicine, surgery, paediatrics, senior health, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry and specialities, such as clinical oncology.

  • 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.

  • Learn fundamentals of anatomy through demonstrator-led whole body prosection in our dedicated dissection room.

  • Students have the opportunity to apply to do an intercalated Masters (at SGUL or externally) between P and F Years.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Course info

It is never too late to switch to a caring and rewarding career in medicine, especially if you’ve the determination and desire to save lives, reduce pain and alleviate the suffering of others. Our graduate entry Medicine degree offers a four-year route into the medical profession for those who already hold an undergraduate degree, not just in the biomedical/life sciences, but also a wide range of non-science disciplines, like Law and English.

We attract recent graduates and those who have already experienced professional life in other fields and decided to switch careers. Their diverse backgrounds and skills make this accelerated, four-year medical degree programme particularly exciting and stimulating.

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 anaesthesiology, clinical oncology or paediatrics.

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 a student-selected component (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.

High performing students may be able to apply competitively to intercalate with us or an alternative institution, inserting an additional year of study to obtain a master’s degree in a very wide variety of related subjects.

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“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)

Academic Year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee*

2022/23

£9,250

£37,000

*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

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 costs

Description

Equipment

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

Stethoscope - £50.

Travel to and from clinical 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 Trusts 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 an NHS Bursary for T, P and F years, you may also be eligible to receive reimbursement for placement accommodation and/or travel costs.

Please see the MBBS brochure for further details of Trust 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.

Final Year GP accommodation (five weeks)

In the final year of the course, some students may need to pay for accommodation costs for their five-week General Practice Placement. A loan is available for this and those in receipt of an NHS bursary can reclaim the cost.

Inside of London, students will pay commuting costs from their residence. This estimate will traditionally be based on previous expenses incurred from the previous year of study.

Minimum cost of £500 on accommodation for placements outside of London. 

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Entry Criteria: 2022 Entry

To be eligible for the Medicine MBBS (graduate entry) 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 (graduate entry) at St George’s.

  1. Each applicant that meets our entry criteria (see below) is ranked by their GAMSAT score.
  2. The number of interviews we run each year may vary. In previous years, we have interviewed approximately 250-350 applicants.
  3. Our GAMSAT cut-off scores are determined by the number of available interviews. Interview places will be allocated to applicants who have the highest GAMSAT score, until all of our available interview places are filled.
  4. 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 have achieved the same GAMSAT 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 GAMSAT score are considered equally.
  5. Applicants will then be invited to attend an MMI which is a values-based recruitment process and reinforces objectivity.
  6. Once all of our interviews are conducted, we rank MMI scores and the highest performing applicants within each group are made an offer to study Medicine MBBS (graduate entry) at St George’s.

Entry Qualifications

To be eligible for this programme, your degree should have been awarded within the past five years (e.g. no earlier than summer 2017). If your degree was awarded before this time, please click on the Recent Engagement in Education tab below.                                                           

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Undergraduate Degree

If you are applying on the basis of an undergraduate degree, you do not need to meet any 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.

Postgraduate Degree

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

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 July of the academic year of application.

International 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 requirements outlined above.

Other Academic Requirements

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GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test)

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

Section score

Minimum of 50 in each individual section

Overall score

Minimum overall GAMSAT score (calculated every year)

Extenuating Circumstances

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

Additional Information

GAMSAT is a professionally designed and marked written entrance test based on a model developed for Australian graduate-entry medical schools. It tests knowledge, reasoning and communication skills across a range of disciplines.

We accept test scores achieved in the year before application, as long as you make the request when you apply to UCAS. We will only accept scores communicated directly by ACER, so please ensure you follow the guidance they provide. 

For reference purposes, we have provided the 2021 GAMSAT cut off score, as well as the overall scores we have required in previous years, on our Admissions Statistics page.

English Language

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

Non-academic Requirements

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Fee Status

You must be eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees. Please visit the UKCISA website for further information.

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.

When admitting candidates to study and practise 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, 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.

Recent Engagement in Education

Due to the demanding nature of the Medicine MBBS (graduate entry) programme, it is important that applicants can demonstrate recent engagement in education. If your degree was awarded more than five years ago, we will accept any of the following qualifications, in any subject (excluding General Studies), awarded between summer 2017 and summer 2022, as evidence of recent education.

  • One A Level (grade B)
  • One Cambridge Pre-U Certificate (grade M2)
  • One Scottish Advanced Higher (grade B)
  • One Irish Leaving Certificate (grade H2)
  • Access Diploma (D30 M15)

If the above qualification is pending at the point of application, your offer will be conditional on successful completion of this at the grade specified. Other recognised programmes of study may be accepted, please contact us for details.

Alternatively, you may wish to apply for our Medicine MBBS (5-year) programme, which does not include a five-year time limit for graduates.                                   

Our graduate entry MBBS 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 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.

Graduate entry medicine programmes involve rigorous, fast-paced study in your first year. Building on the intellectual skills gained through your previous undergraduate degree, Year 1 covers the essential principles of all the curriculum themes, covering the first two years of knowledge from the conventional five-year pathway in one year.

Year 1

Known as the ‘clinical science year’, this year is 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 the first year and second transition year, these themes are delivered through seven modules: Foundations of Clinical Science; Life Support; Life Maintenance; Life Cycle; Life Protection; Life Structure; and Life Control. During the first year, 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 3 Foundations of clinical science (cellular process, basic science)
Taught 5 Life support (cardiovascular, respiratory systems)
Assessments 1 Formative assessment
Taught 5 Life protection (infection, immunity, mechanisms of disease)
Assessment 1 Summative assessment
Taught 5 Life cycle (inheritance, immunity, mechanisms of disease)
Assessment 1 Summative assessment
Taught 5 Life cycle (inheritance, reproduction, growth, ageing and disability)
Taught 6 Life control (neuroscience and psychiatry)
Taught 5 Life structure (musculoskeletal, skin)
Asessment 4 Summative assessment

 

Year 2

From Year 2 – 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 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 iMSc degree: optional additional year

As an alternative to an intercalated bachelor’s degree, high performing students can choose after their third year to aim for an iMSc, again internally or externally. All taught components of this 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 3 and 4

Subsequent years have increasing amounts of clinical exposure and are known as the ‘clinical practice years’.

Year 3, the penultimate year, features rotation through a series of clinical attachments in: senior medicine

(including cardiology and geriatrics), senior 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. Read more about our elective options.

Please note that clinical attachments are based at healthcare trusts, hospitals and other community-based sites in south London and the south east of England.

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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Year 1

During the first year, you will undertake short clinical and community-based placements, 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: Community and general practice visits throughout the year

Year 2

During Year 2, 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 2: Five weeks rotates throughout the year

Hospital placements

Year 2: Two five-week placements in each of medicine and surgery

Year 3

In Year 3 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. 

Hospital placements

Year 3: 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.

Final year

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 4: Five weeks rotates throughout the year

Hospital placements

Year 4: Three five-week assistantships in each of medicine, general practice and surgery, four weeks critical care and anaesthetics, four weeks emergency medicine.

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

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.

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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 Health Sciences NHS Trust, Croydon, London

  • South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust

  • East Kent Hospital

  • East Surrey Hospital

  • Frimley Park Hospital

  • Ashford & St Peters

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.

  • Demonstrator-led anatomy teaching: Observing and participating in whole-body prosection in the dissection room.

  • 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 Skills: through objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE)
  • Professional Knowledge: through Year-end specific knowledge tests (YSKT) in Years 3, 4 and 5
  • Becoming a Doctor: through longitudinal professional assessment, attendance and case analysis projects.

During Year 1, knowledge is assessed in two summative written assessments which cover all themes. Testing periods occur halfway through the year and at the end of the year. Formative assessments are offered via first term written assessments to prepare you for summative assessment later in the year. Assessment methods include short answer questions, single best answer, clinical cases, for example, mini-CEX (Clinical Evaluation Exercise), direct observations of practical procedures (DOPS), and case based discussion (CBD).

At the end of each year, there is simulated clinical assessment, known as an objective structured clinical

examination (OSCE), in which you perform a set of structured tasks, which can include practical procedures, interviewing skills and examination of patients. A formative OSCE is offered in second term of Year 1 to familiarise you with the OSCE format for your first end-of-year assessment.

At the end of Years 2, 3 and 4, your knowledge of anatomy is tested in the dissection room via the objective structured practical examination (OSPE), which incorporates both written and practical components.

Workplace supervision of tasks and activities during placement provides 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.

MBBS graduates who wish to undertake the UK foundation programme must pass the situational judgement test (SJT), which is a national assessment. Assessments for progression include the written knowledge proficiency test, the national prescribing safety assessment, the integrated clinical practice OSCE and the clinical placement based aspects of the Becoming a Doctor domain. Competence in all foundation year clinical procedures must be achieved on at least one occasion.

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 recognised by many different countries across the world. However, this is not always the case and applicants are 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.

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.

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 (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. 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.

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.

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 excellent 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.

Dissection room

The dissection 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.

Pathology museum

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.

Imaging simulation suite

Our £1.8 million simulation facilities include two fully functioning ceiling-suspended X-ray tubes, four ultrasound machines, a mobile C-arm X-ray machine and mobile image intensifier, digital (DR) and computed (CR) radiography systems and picture archiving and communication system (PACS). Students can familiarise themselves with and practise using all of the different equipment available in a safe, supervised environment. This enables them to get a real feel for how to manoeuvre the different parts and components of the machines, as well as practise patient positioning, imaging techniques and communication skills, both on mannequins and also safely on each other.

Advanced Patient Simulator Centre

Our £350K Advanced Patient Simulator Centre allows students to test their skills in practical scenarios based on real-life situations including surgical and medical emergencies. You’ll work with computer-controlled patient manikins, both adult and child models, that realistically mimic a wide range of health problems. Trainers can remotely control the manikins to instantly change the scenarios and introduce new problems to tackle.

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

As a mature student 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

In addition to scheduled sessions, you’ll have access to your lecturers, module and placement leads usually by arrangement via email. The senior leadership team (course director, deputy, assessment and year leads) also hold regular drop in sessions for students.

Clinical Teaching Fellows  

Clinical Teaching Fellows (CTFs) are fully qualified junior doctors, who deliver 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 now a virtual ‘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). We welcome applications from mature students.

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UCAS checklist

Applicants to all courses must provide:

  • 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.

Applicants to graduate entry MBBS (UCAS code A101) must also provide:

  • full details of your undergraduate education with achieved/predicted grades (and postgraduate qualifications, if applicable).

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included
  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email admissions 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 immigration and visa advice.

Interviews

After making an application, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). These are held from December to April. They combine traditional-style questions with task-based activities. The interview consists of up to 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.

Visit Taste of Medicine (Scrubbing Up section) for more advice on preparing for interviews.

Learn more about how to ace your MMI.

Medicine Transfers

Medical students at Oxford University and Cambridge University may apply for direct entry to the third year of our Medicine MBBS course through the Metropolitan Oxbridge Common Admissions Group (MOCAG) admissions scheme. Information and application forms can be obtained from individual tutors at Cambridge colleges or from the Oxford Medical School at John Radcliffe Hospital.

With the exception of the MOCAG Admissions Scheme, we are unable to consider transfers from other courses or from other institutions.

Extenuating circumstances

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

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study.

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked question page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available. 

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Location of study

In Year 1, university-based face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing and infection control measures in place.

We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching onsite in a manner that is safe for students and staff. 

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Course content

MBBS4 Year 1 students 

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Graduate Entry Medicine programme in relation to Covid-19.

The first year of the course comprises of a series of compulsory modules in which there is integrated teaching from the core educational themes which drive the knowledge and skills to achieve qualification as a doctor. 

We have been able to incorporate student and staff feedback from the experience of online teaching delivery during the pandemic to inform which content continues to be delivered online, and which will be delivered face-to-face, subject to any Covid-19 related restrictions. This is detailed in the next section.

We anticipate Problem-Based Learning (PBL) will be delivered with a combination of remote and face-to face tutorials in Year 1, with the proportion determined by government guidance for social distancing and infection control at the time. We will rotate PBL groups to ensure that all students have the opportunity for onsite face-to-face PBL, shared across students over the year should it be necessary to have only a proportion of the cohort onsite at any one time.

Non-Covid-19 health and safety factors are impacting on access to the dissection room, as detailed on the main course pages. At least for the first term, anatomy delivery will take the form of online, interactive practical sessions, recorded dissection room videos and guided virtual dissection using ‘Complete Anatomy’ until the cohort can be accommodated safely in the dissection room.

When it is safe to do so, which is not expected to be any sooner than early 2022, Year 1 students will have an initial orientation visit to the dissection room, and practical dissection sessions will resume.

There are primary and secondary care placements within the community from the start of the course. We are planning for all primary and secondary care placements to be delivered as scheduled in 2021-22. If for any reason this is not possible, some may be replaced with virtual placement experiences.

Alternative virtual experiences are also already prepared for any community placements that are not able to host students in person during 2021/22. 

All students on placement will be expected to undertake a Covid-19 risk assessment and adhere to local NHS provider working patterns and guidance.  In some instances, placement experience may be supplemented by remote learning experiences.

We have already prepared to cover learning normally delivered in these environments if it is not possible to attend clinical environments if temporary local restrictions are required, such that the content will be unchanged.

Apart from the annual review and refresh cycle, we have not made any major changes to the curriculum of the clinical practice years (Years 3 and 4).

The content of the course, the skills to be acquired, and development of the professional attitudes, abilities and behaviours to be acquired are unchanged. There will be minor changes to the detail of some skills – for example, some clinical procedures are currently unsafe to be performed on real patients during the Covid-19 pandemic (e.g., airway management, throat examination), and so simulation may be used instead of learning with real patients. 

Although critical care and anaesthetics placements (final year) were suspended during 2020/21, with the content and skills being taught via lectures, small group teaching and simulation instead of experience in the clinical environment, this is returning for the 2021/22 academic year and we anticipate should continue beyond that.  

There are student-selected components (SSCs) threaded through the course. Due to reduced capacity for students at placement sites, we anticipate there m be ongoing reduced opportunities to do clinical attachments for these components of the course, but there will be an expanded range of remote opportunities covering similar areas, including in clinical sciences, health service delivery, research, and humanities. 

We cannot predict at this stage how the pandemic might impact on the potential for overseas travel in the final year SSC (elective) in the future but we will support this providing it is safe to do so and will ensure alternative local opportunities if required.

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

How the course is being delivered

MBBS4 year 1 students 

The learning outcomes for our modules have undergone the normal annual review and refresh cycle and remain largely the same. There is a similar amount of contact time, though some of this will now be delivered remotely. 

Year 1 of the course comprises of a series of compulsory modules, in which there is integrated teaching from the core educational themes which drive the knowledge and skills to achieve qualification as a doctor. The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students alongside self-paced independent study.

Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress. 

Access to course materials, including curriculum information, learning resources, and where applicable recordings of live lectures/sessions will continue to be via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching including clinical and communication skills, and many small group tutorials (dependent on government guidance for universities) will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location. 

If restrictions increase, some early years sessions may be delivered remotely, or rescheduled until later in the course. Students in Year 1 should expect to come to the campus on average at least twice a week for scheduled face-to-face teaching for sessions which require a physical presence and/or direct interaction with others – for example, learning clinical skills, communication skills sessions, and a proportion of small group tutorials.

Currently we anticipate all the clinical and communication sessions will be onsite throughout the first year.

We are planning for all primary and secondary care placements to be delivered as scheduled in 2021/22. If for any reason this is not possible, some may be replaced with virtual placement experiences. Alternative virtual experiences are also already prepared for any community placements that are not able to host students in person during 2021/22. 

Primary and secondary care placements for students in Years 3 and 4 have been continuing on site since early autumn 2020, including through pandemic peaks, and we expect this to remain the case in the future.

All our providers are now experienced in continuing to provide an educational experience, and adapting this as required depending on the prevalence of Covid-19 and NHS service capacity during peaks, and the consequent risks to students of being on placement.

This is supported by now well-established infection control policies, and the ongoing commitment of our providers, backed up by Health Education England and the General Medical Council (GMC) to keep students on placement now that organisations have had time to prepare.

In the clinical practice years (Years 3 and 4), the curriculum is driven by 15 clinical outcomes which change in content each year and by speciality. These outcomes, together with the list of priority conditions for each speciality, drive your learning as you progress through the course and ultimately graduate.

In 2021, using those 15 outcomes and priority case framework, we will teach to the same outcomes using a blended approach to support clinical placement experience, informed by the St George’s online educational framework, which involves: 

  1. remote delivery for teaching where suitable: knowledge dissemination, clinical interventions and videos of operations, case discussions, clinical reasoning, diagnostic investigations, treatments, presentations, debates, and quizzes. Staff have been trained in adapting teaching for remote learning using the online education framework. 
  2. More focused clinical placements which are orientated to the safety of the student and the learning and practice of skills which medical students need to develop as doctors in the clinical workplace: witnessing and participating in patient safety processes; clinical communication and examination of patients; real-time investigation and treatment of patients; teamworking; multi-disciplinary team working; and practical procedures. We anticipate providing all speciality placements, including contact with patients who may have, or do have Covid-19, where this is essential for student learning.
  3. Enhanced provision of digital resources on Canvas, our virtual learning environment. We are steadily increasing the digital resources relating to clinical medicine which are available for medical students to review, if clinical experience available to the students on placement dips again, as it did in March 2020. 
  4. Increased face-to-face, remote, low and high-fidelity simulation where required. 

Even if the Covid-19 pandemic disappears, the success of our blended learning programme while placements were closed has led us to continue with parts of the blended delivery that were considered valuable by students, e.g., video tutorials about operations, but returning to the delivery of clinical education in healthcare environments for those clinical outcomes which cannot be otherwise taught.  

Additional teaching about personal protective equipment (PPE), Covid-19, and how to learn effectively in a remote or blended environment has been developed.  

Changes published for Year 1*

Module/component 

Academic year to which the change will apply 

Description of change 

Anatomy Teaching across all Year 1 modules 

2021/22 

Dissection room practical experience replaced with online interactive practical sessions, recorded dissection room videos and guided virtual dissection using ‘Complete Anatomy’ at least for term one 

*This was Covid-19 related in 2020/21, but changes to non-Covid-19 health and safety regulations have precluded return to the dissection room until these are resolved as detailed on the main course pages.

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Course length

MBBS4 Year 1 students 

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and graduate without delay. Information about contingencies for teaching, placement experience and assessments to facilitate this in the event of further outbreaks of Covid-19 are detailed in other sections.

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Assessments

The applied clinical and scientific knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of our students is assessed in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations (mainly Single Best Answer with some Short Answer Questions), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and a professionalism portfolio that varies in content over the duration of the course. We intend to carry out all assessments as normal for students joining in 2021/22.  

Written assessments will be in the format previously specified, and delivered online, as will be the case for the national Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) at Finals. Whether cohorts are required to be on campus, or expected to access assessments remotely will depend on local or national health conditions restrictions in relation to large gatherings at the time, and site capacity depending on social distancing requirements. We successfully delivered online assessments in 2020 and 2021. All assessments will be invigilated either in person (on site), or via remote proctoring if students are sitting remotely.  Students with special circumstances (meaning they would find it difficult to find suitable space and facilities to sit assessment remotely) will be able to take assessments on campus.

If conditions mean large-scale OSCEs for all cohorts are not possible, our contingency plan is to either use remote clinical examinations or to defer assessment until later in the academic year, or even following year. Decisions on this will depend upon the degree and extent of disruption at the time and throughout the academic year. The professionalism portfolio will be assessed as described in the programme specification. Again, if health conditions interrupt the academic year, we may have to modify certain elements of this assessment. In the first year, however, major changes should not be required. 

The Graduate Entry Medicine MBBS4 programme is accredited and quality assured by the General Medical Council (GMC). We have discussed the changes that we are making with our regulators who have confirmed that the programme continues to meet their standards.  Graduates will, therefore, be eligible to apply for provisional GMC registration when they complete the programme. 

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Placements and essential hands-on teaching

In all years of the course, the programme does include essential practical elements (clinical examination skills, procedures, and communication skills) that require some learning and assessment on campus, as well as on clinical placements in a range of NHS settings.

We have identified the elements of learning and assessment essential to progression and graduation that must be delivered on-site, and aim to deliver these as planned in 2021/22 with appropriate social distancing and personal protective measures.

Clinical placement providers are continuing to offer placements as they have in previous years, but with reduced capacity in some areas, and with substantial changes to how services are delivered. Their capacity to offer placements may change if, in the event of a further outbreak of Covid-19, delivering care to affected patients becomes the overriding priority. 

If that happens, it is expected that students will remain on their placements and continue to benefit from the experience of apprentice-style learning in a clinical environment, although opportunities in some specialist areas may be reduced. We will limit the impact on students where possible. We will rotate students through the sites that are continuing to accept students and, where necessary and possible, we will use remote and simulation facilities to offer a comparable clinical experience.  

Currently it is anticipated that students will resume face-to-face General Practice placements (11 visits throughout the first year), in-line with public health guidance. 

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page. 

As a result of our courses beginning with most lectures and some tutorials being delivered online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and reliable access to the internet to participate in online learning.

Information is available on the recommended device specification.

If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you. 

Personal protective equipment in line with guidance at the time will be provided for free to students who attend onsite practical sessions at the university, and also to those on clinical placements, as long as the NHS supply chain to those placements is maintained. 

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Additional cost items

Cost

Notes

Students will be expected to travel to placements at different locations throughout the programme. 

 

Costs of travel vary depending on students’ placement allocation.

Students will be expected to cover costs of travel to placement.  Students who are in receipt of a NHS bursary these costs will be reimbursed in the Clinical Years (T, P and F), subject to specific criteria.  Travel to placements local to St George’s (within Greater London) is not normally reimbursed. 

In the final year of the course, some students may need to pay for accommodation costs for their five-week General Practice placement; a loan is available for this and those in receipt of a NHS Bursary can reclaim this cost (according to specific criteria).

Course timetable

The MBBS4 is a full-time course.

In Year 1 skeleton timetables will be released a month before the scheduled teaching; due to the nature of the pedagogy underpinning the curriculum, detailed content is published during the learning week. Skeleton timetables allow students to plan their lives outside of the university and will distinguish between what is delivered onsite and what content will be delivered remotely.

While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, students should expect to be on placement, or available for virtual or campus-based teaching Monday through Friday during normal working hours, apart from Wednesday afternoons which are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

In later years of the course some placements also offer, or occasionally require out-of-hours shifts with on-call teams (other than for students with approved exceptional circumstances).

It is the course team’s intention, in-line with current public health advice, to deliver small group face-to-face teaching on site. This currently includes twice weekly Problem Based Learning (PBL), clinical and communication skills.

As covered elsewhere, we hope at least some anatomy lessons may also resume on site, though no earlier than January 2022. All lectures for at least the first two terms will be delivered online. 

The situation will be reviewed throughout the first term and, should there be a need to increase or reduce face-to-face teaching, all student cohorts will be informed in good time.

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Term dates

Academic terms dates can be found on this page.

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited. We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g., by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.  

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please use the existing feedback mechanisms which will be explained to you at the start of your course to raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

T, P and F year students (on home and international programmes) 

The detail of this is shared on the MBBS5 template, as these are shared years between the programme, and cohorts from these years receive the same communication about the course and changes impacting the student experience. 

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, 4th year

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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

15 October 2021

UCAS Code

A101, institution code S49

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