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Duration

Four years, full time

UCAS deadline

15 October 2019

UCAS Code

A101, institution code S49

UK and EU only

EEA nationals can apply, but will be subject to a fee status assessment

Apply via UCAS

This course is open to graduates from a wide range of science and non-science backgrounds. You will be part of a cohort of students that have a wide range of experience and skills, making this an exciting and stimulating entry route into the medical profession. At the end of this course you will be ready to undertake foundation year one as a junior doctor. Upon graduation you will be awarded a primary medical qualification called the MBBS and will be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC).

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Tuition fees

Home (UK/EU)

Academic Year

UK/EU (per academic year)

Total fee*

2019/20

£9,250

£37,000

2020/21

£9,250

£37,000

*Tuition fees for Home (UK) and EU 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

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

Highlights

  • Contact with patients from the second week of year 1.

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • Learn anatomy through demonstrator-led whole body prosections.

  • Patient-focused education with a strong emphasis on communicating with patients from a range of backgrounds.

  • Opportunities to undertake student-selected component (SSC) of study on areas of interest to you.

  • Interprofessional education: learning opportunities exist for our students to learn alongside one another reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare workplace environment.

  • Careers advice embedded into our teaching.

  • Teaching is informed by our world class research which informs practice.

  • Many lecturers are working clinicians.

If you meet our minimum academic requirements, you will be invited for an interview. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

Entry criteria: 2020 entry

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Nationality

You must be a citizen of the UK, EU or EEA or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. You must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK, EU or EEA for a minimum of three years before 1 September in the year of entry to the programme. More information is available from UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) who publish the guidance.

Undergraduate degree

Subject

Any discipline: BSc, BA, BEng, BBA, MSci, etc

Grade

2.1 honours minimum or higher

Additional information

Must be completed and fully awarded (including re-writes) by 1 August in the year of entry.

Postgraduate degree

You may apply to graduate entry medicine if you have achieved either an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree.

Subject

Any discipline: MSc, MPhil, PhD 

Grade

Pass minimum

Additional information

Must be completed and fully awarded (including viva and re-writes) by 1 August in the year of entry.

GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test)

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.

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)

Additional information

Although we have no upper age limit, our approach is to accept those who can provide a reasonable period of service to the National Health Service after graduation.

We accept test scores achieved in the year before application, as long as you make the request when you apply to UCAS. We cannot accept unverified scores on your UCAS form or communicated directly to us. You must provide your GAMSAT candidate ID, UCAS Personal ID number, name and date of birth to UCAS at gamsat@ucas.ac.uk.

GAMSAT overall cut-off score for previous years
  • 2015: 62

  • 2016: 60

  • 2017: 57

  • 2018: 59

  • 2019: 59

Other qualifications

EU and international qualifications

Please find the UK equivalent of your qualification by visiting the UK NARIC website. If your qualification meets our entry requirements you are eligible to apply

Provide a copy of your qualifications and a copy of the UK NARIC certificate of comparability with your application.

Other tests

Please contact us for details

English language requirements for speakers of other languages

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 / B or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.

IELTS 

(International English Language Testing System

7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and Speaking component and a minimum score of 6.5 in the Reading and Listening component)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years. 

Pearson’s Test 

Overall score of 67 overall (with at least 67 in Writing element, and no section with a score below 61)

Non-academic criteria

Work experience

At interview, you will need to demonstrate that you have gained volunteer experience or work experience in a medical or health-related field. You'll also need to show a broad awareness of the scope of medicine. For further information about work experience, please visit the 'Experience It' section of the Taste of Medicine website.

Health and police screening

You will need satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and chickenpox.
Enhanced Police Disclosures are obtained via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass an occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to patients and students. If you are concerned about a health issue we strongly advise you to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety. Please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange a screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six-month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this is sent to you as part of the admissions process.

Read more about DBS checks.

Professional registration 

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If you have had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation.

Any information you disclose will only be used to consider your application.

Relevant work experience and insight

At the interview, you will need to show that you've gained insight into medicine through relevant work/voluntary experience.

Undertaking relevant work experience and gaining insight from those activities helps you to learn about yourself and to decide whether medicine is the right choice for you.

You are expected to have a combination of experience in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings and be able to demonstrate why these experiences are relevant to an application for medicine. Experience could include, but is not limited to:

  • paid/unpaid voluntary placements

  • school, college or university societies

  • full or part-time employment

  • the Guides, Scouts, Red Cross or similar

  • shadowing a healthcare professional

  • gap year experience

  • caring for a sick relative or first-hand experience of illness.

It is good to have a broad range of experience in a variety of settings, including hands-on healthcare experience, in order to gain insight into different aspects of the skills and qualities needed in a medical student and future healthcare professional.

We will ask you to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of your own abilities and limitations
  • explain what you have learned and what you have contributed

We also expect you to show insight into transferable skills, such as communication, patience, accuracy, teamwork, leadership and perseverance and to be able to relate those to your application for medicine.

Evidence that you have made a consistent effort to gain these experiences as a regular commitment is preferred.

If invited to interview, you will be asked to provide references for any formal work experience you have carried out (dates, hours worked and duties undertaken) within the last two years.    

Exceptions

If you have previously studied, but not completed, medicine at another university, you will need to provide formal evidence as to why you previously withdrew from your studies. Applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis. However, we are unable to consider individuals who were suspended from previous medicine studies due to fitness to practice issues or failure in assessments or examinations.

This course will equip you with the essential knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes required to practice medicine competently and professionally in a patient-centred, multidisciplinary environment.

This course is underpinned by four main themes:

  • Basic and Clinical Sciences

  • Patient and Doctor

  • Community and Population Health

  • Personal and Professional Development.

In the early years, these themes are delivered through six modules:

  • Life Cycle

  • Life Protection

  • Life Support

  • Life Maintenance

  • Life Structure

  • Life Control.

In years one and two, the emphasis is on lectures, tutorials and group activity with short clinical and community-based placements in healthcare trusts across south London.

In year three (penultimate year) and year four (final year) clinical attachments take precedence, with complementary lectures running in parallel. Your exposure to clinical environments is maximised within hospitals, primary care trusts and other community-based healthcare services.

In the final year all students undertake an elective. This is an opportunity to explore an aspect of medicine of particular interest to you, anywhere in the world. Elective plans are reviewed and approved by an academic member of staff, and a report is written upon completion.

 

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Year 1

Delivery 

Weeks

Module/placement

 

3

Introductory module

 

10

Life Cycle, Life Protection

 

11

Life Support, Life Maintenance

 

12

Life Structure, Life Control

Placements   

 

Interspersed one-day visits

Typical year one clinical sciences learning week

 

Monday   

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

PBL tutorials

Lectures (relating to current case)

Community visits/GP/ personal and professional development

PBL tutorials

Anatomy/single- site activities
expert forum

PM

Independent learning/visits

Patient and doctor clinical and communication skills

 Free 

Independent learning/visits

Single site activities

Year 2 (transition)

Delivery 

Weeks

Modules/placements (undertaken on rotation)

Problem-based learning

6

 Life Support, Life Cycle

Clinical  

6

Junior Medicine (6), or Junior Surgery (6) or
General Practice/Primary Care (3) and Geriatrics (3)

Problem-based learning 

6

Life Control, Life Structure

Clinical attachments

6

Junior Medicine (6), or Junior Surgery (6) or
General Practice/Primary Care (3) and Geriatrics (3)

Problem-based learning

6

Life Protection, Life Maintenance

Clinical attachments

6

Junior Medicine (6), or Junior Surgery (6) or
General Practice/Primary Care (3) and Geriatrics (3)

Self-directed  

6

Student-selected component: study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and gain insight into possible careers

 

Clinical Assessment

Year 3 (penultimate)

Weeks 

Modules/attachments (undertaken on rotation)

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Paediatrics

Specialities (ENT, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology)

Psychiatry

Neurology/Disability/Stroke/Palliative Care

12

General Medicine/General Surgery including Cardiology

Clinical Assessment

Year 4 (final)

Weeks 

Modules/attachments (undertaken on rotation)

Advanced Clinical Practice

Student Selected Component

10 

Assistant House Officer attachments (five weeks each of Medicine and Surgery)

General Practice

A&E and Emergency Medicine

Critical Care and Anaesthetics

Public Health

Clinical Finals Assessment

6

Elective

F1 preparation

The curriculum is organised into integrated learning weeks, with case- and problem-based learning tutorials, and typically includes lectures, tutorials, practical and anatomy sessions, as well as self-directed study.

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Teaching and learning methods

The course is structured across four years. The first year (clinical science year) gives you a thorough understanding of clinical science and first-hand clinical experience through a range of placements, giving you an insight into the patient journey and the role of multidisciplinary teams.

At the start of year two (T year) you will begin your transition from clinical science to clinical practice. You will undertake three five-week clinical attachments (medicine, general practice and surgery) interspersed with problem-based learning and lectures to consolidate and maximise the learning from your clinical experience.

In your third year (P year) you will rotate between 10-week clinical attachments in four specialties:

  • surgery and surgical specialities

  • medicine and medical specialties

  • paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology

  • neurology and psychiatry.

In your final year (F year) you will deepen your understanding of different areas of clinical practice through a series of assistantships where you shadow junior doctors and understand the role for which you are preparing. In this year you can also arrange to undertake elective study anywhere in the world.

We utilise a variety of teaching styles to encourage learning including:

  • lectures

  • expert tutorials

  • clinical and Communication skills sessions

  • demonstrator-led anatomy teaching using whole-body prosections in the Dissecting Room

  • directed self-learning

  • student-selected special study

  • independent study.

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.

Teaching takes place on our site in Tooting which is shared with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is supplemented by general practice attachments throughout south London and the south-east of England, including:

  • 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 Services NHS Trust, Croydon, London

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

Assessment methods

The emphasis is on regular formative and summative assessments with detailed feedback throughout.

Assessment methods include:

  • short answer questions

  • single best answer questions

  • clinical cases – for example, mini-CEX (Clinical Evaluation Exercise), Direct Observations of Practical Procedures (DOPS), Case Based Discussion (CBD).

You will also be assessed with Objective Structured Practical Examinations in the Dissecting Room, and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) where you perform a set of structured tasks, which can include practical procedures, interviewing skills and examination of patients.

You will be assessed in three domains:

  • doctor as practitioner: through objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE)

  • doctor as scientist: through year-end knowledge tests

  • doctor as professional: through longitudinal professional assessment, attendance and case-analysis project.

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.

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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.

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

We define extenuating circumstances as unforeseen and outside of an applicant’s control. The circumstances must demonstrate that there has been a substantial, serious impact on your academic studies and results.

For example, such circumstances would include: health and personal problems, disability or difficulties with schooling. Whilst St George’s is keen to widen participation for particular groups, we are required to ensure that you as an applicant can cope with the rigours of, and are suited to, the programme you apply for.

Please note that we cannot consider extenuating circumstances in regards to degree classification or GAMSAT score for application to this programme.

Who can complete the form?

You will need to ask a representative or teacher at your college or university to complete the Extenuating Circumstances Form for Applicants (please note that this form is only for use by applicants and not current St George's students).

If your college or university is unaware of your circumstances, the form can be completed by another official such as a GP or social worker. Forms completed by family members unfortunately cannot be considered.

How and when the form needs to be submitted?

The form needs to be completed and submitted by a representative or teacher at your college or university within 15 working days of you submitting your application form (UCAS or direct applications). For the two MBBS courses, the form must be received no later than 1 November in the year of application. (For all other healthcare courses, the form should be received no later than 1 March in the year of entry.)

Please send the form to admissions@sgul.ac.uk

What else you need to include

The form should include any information that is relevant to the application and the circumstances. Formal supporting documentation (eg from a GP) can also be attached. This will ensure that the Admissions Tutors are able to accurately assess the circumstances in context with the academic record.

Notes for schools/colleges/universities

When considering endorsing an applicant’s circumstances, please note that appropriate circumstances would be:

  • serious, acute or chronic illness since the age of 14 or recently diagnosed illness (for example, depression) that has led to significant educational disruption

  • significant caring responsibilities or a recent bereavement or serious illness of an immediate family member

  • serious disruption of educational provision at their school/college/university.

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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

15 October 2019

UCAS Code

A101, institution code S49

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