Imperial College School of Medicine is one of the largest schools in the country, training more than 2000 students in Medicine and Biomedical Science. Programmes are delivered at four main campuses across London including: South Kensington, Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, Royal Brompton and St Mary’s as well as at a wide range of partner hospitals and general practices.
The Faculty of Medicine has an international reputation for excellence, routinely ranked among the world’s top five in the sector. The School harnesses that excellence to provide a unique, research-led student experience in Medicine and Health Sciences. Learning from international experts and undertaking research under their supervision provide both an enviable, world-class training and an inspirational setting in which to prepare for a career in the NHS, academia or related industries.
Teaching at Imperial is enriched by internationally competitive research and clinical expertise, so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. The degree programme is delivered through a range of innovative and traditional teaching methods, including lectures, small group teaching, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning.
The emphasis on Imperial’s evolved MBBS programme is on the development of Professional Values and Behaviours, Professional Skills, and Professional Knowledge. The spiral curriculum is delivered in three phases and provides exciting new opportunities for students and staff including:
- More opportunities for clinical skills training and patient experience.
- A case-based learning approach to facilitate integration and translation of scientific knowledge to clinical care.
- A structure to facilitate active, life-long learning, with each module building on the previous one, adding more depth and complexity.
- A Programmatic Assessment strategy, to enable you to build your knowledge throughout your studies.
- A focus on the application of science and research skills in Phase Two, expanding upon early science exposure in Phase One.
- Continued opportunities across Phase Three for reflective learning, to be recorded and reviewed by you and your Tutor.
- A tutoring programme to support your progression with a focus on Study Skills.
Years 1 and 2 – Focus on the scientific basis of medicine and introductory clinical experience. Teaching is delivered through a range of lectures, tutorials and problem-based learning sessions.
Year 3 – Three 10-week hospital attachments covering General Medicine and Surgery, complemented by a central teaching programme and e-learning.
Year 4 – Working towards the BSc – undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project or a specialist course, giving you an opportunity to delve deeply into a subject that catches your interest.
Year 5 – A dedicated Pathology course followed by a year of clinical specialities in rotation, including Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, General Practice and Paediatrics.
Year 6 – A range of clinical placements and lecture courses designed to prepare you for your first job as a doctor and a student-selected specialist study module.
Exceptional students may be offered the opportunity to include a PhD as part of the course.
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What are the best things about your Medical School?
- Strong sense of camaraderie
- World-class teaching and facilities
- Vibrant and diverse social life
What are the hardest things about your course?
- High academic load at times
- Long working hours
- Difficult commutes to peripheral clinical placements
What’s the social side of your Medical School like?
The social life at ICSM is inclusive and far from dull. There is a plethora of societies to take your pick from. We have a dedicated Union, specifically for medical students, to offer academic and pastoral support along with plenty of social events throughout the year. Lastly London is a city filled with life, culture and diversity, and you get the opportunity to live and study at the heart of it.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?
- Be genuine and true to yourself, in both your personal statement and in the interview.
- Be familiar with basic medical ethics and be balanced in your arguments.
- Practice your interview techniques. Learn to be confident under pressure.